1999.01.08 (week 080)
Five Foot Walls of Snow. Great Blizzard of Ninety Nine. Still, Fun Prevailed.
It's a Haiku, OK? Elvis' birthday week brings a few heavy but not big name concerts (13mg, Maintenance of Order, Dial-7), some new cartoons (Simpsons, King of the Hill) and probably more snow. Adler Planetarium's new Sky Pavilion opens, can't wait to go, and the dance clubs are cranking every night as usual. OK, I'll stop denying, it's a lame week by recent standards, go see a Second City show (773/337-3992, 1616 N Wells,


"Skate on State" rent ice skates for 1.5hr sessions, exhibitions at 11:20.
State at Randolph, 312/744-2883, -1999.02.28, free, 9a-7:15p, regular half hour breaks.

"Seuss" and many more quality exhibits and activities for young minds.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier, 10a-5p Tu-Su, free Th.

"Art of the Motorcycle", 75 bikes covering a century of progress -1999.03.21.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt Rd. at Lake Shore. May require advance tickets. Twisted Spoke (312/666-1500) group trip Saturdays, starts w/ brunch at 9:30a.

"Seahorse Symphony", the amazing seahorse and kin, becoming endangered.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

Mariko Mori, Japanese, explores femininity, various media, some high tech, -1999.03.14. Damien Hirst, celebrated and notorious artist, -1999.05.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago Tu/Th/Fr 11a-6p, We 11a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-6p.

Mary Cassatt 1890s Impressionist and Julia Margaret 1860s photos of women -1999.01.10, Central African masterpieces -1999.03.14, more.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan. MWF 10:30a-4:30p, TuTh 10:30a-8:00p, SaSu 10a-5p, Free Tuesdays.

Modern female photographers -1999.01.24, Cities By The Lake, many other exhibits. Ursula von Rydingsvard "muscular wooden sculptures of great power" 20yr span -1999.01.31,
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-2400, 77 E Randolph. Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p, late cafe stuff on Thursdays.

"Birthdays" series of tributes to significant musical artists.
Randolph Cafe, 312/744-1426, 77 E Randolph, free, M-F 1p. 1/8 R. Kelly, 1/11 Max Roach, 1/12 Ray Price, 1/13 Sophie Tucker, 1/14 Jack Jones.

Film Noir and Chaplin (new 35mm prints) all month, various times and dates.
Music Box, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Too much dance and art and drama and comedy and poetry and music to cover.
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Virus, At First Site, Happiness, Shakespeare in Love, Patch Adams, Star Trek, Waking Ned, Prince of E., Bug's Life, Elizabeth, Waterboy, ...

Friday 1999.01.08:

Elvis Presley's Birthday.
Observed by enjoying Elvis memorabilia, his 33 films, music and impersonators. Many related things on TV today and this weekend.

13mg w/ Maintenance of Order and Wicker Man, $8 18+ 10p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark

Brew&View, smoking, heckling, drink deals, fun!
8p (daily): "There's Something About Mary" Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Chris Elliott, ...
10p (daily): "Rush Hour" Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker.
midnt (Fr,Sa): "Stripes" Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sean Young, John Candy, John Larroquette, ...
312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield, Belmont red line stop.

"Strictly Jungle" radio show.
89.3 WNUR, 11p, 312/409-7249.

Saturday 1999.01.09:

Maybe sledding weather, or Sunday.
Warren Park (Western near Devon?) or Mount Trashmore (Evanston).

Christmas Tree Recycling, watch it get mulched, free gift for first 500.
Cafe Brauer, 773-549-0606 x2054, 2021 N Stockton Dr (by the Lake).

"Sky Pavilion" building expansion opens, major new attractions, virtual reality ride.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-STAR, 1300 S Lake Shore.

"Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars" enjoyable and peculiar Disney animated sequel.
DIS, 9:10a, 6p, 2a.

"Sonic Saturday" w/ DJ Dion
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont.

Sunday 1999.01.10:

"International Housewares Show" $50, trade only, but interesting to know it's here.
McCormick Place, 847/292-4200, 2301 S Lake Shore, 9a-5p -1.13.

"Funny Chix" female hosted comedy showcase, 8p.
Cafe Ashie, 773/561-7363, 5419 N Clark.

"Simpsons" new episode. Homer and Ned go to Vegas.
FOX, 7p.

"LTJ Bukem", a founder of jungle, 9p 18+ - CANCELLED :(
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn

"Liquid Soul", great band with a rapper and horn section, 9p-mdnt.
Double Door, 312/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee

Monday 1999.01.11:

"Chrome", Jungle DJs, rapping, break dancing, best at 10p.
MadBar, 773/BAR-BAR7, 1640 N Damen

Tuesday 1999.01.12:

"King of the Hill" new episode.
FOX, 7p.

"Dial-7" w/ Citizen King, Plastic Princess, Janus.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, $5 6:30p all ages.

"Fuel Sound System" Mary Jane, Verb, Hiroki, Ar-Tek spin drum-n-bass, hip-hop, downtempo.
Subterranean, 773/278-6600, 2011 W North, never been.

"Kismet" (meant to happen) reportedly rave like, Jevon Jackson, 10p.
Thurston's, 773/472-6900, 1248 W George, never been.

"Nocturna", Goth w/ DJ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of the undead.
Smart Bar, 773/549-4140, 3730 N Clark.

"Testosterone Tuesday", hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont.

Wednesday 1999.01.13:

"Musicality of Poetry Festival" (7th), 7:30p $10 -1999.02.24.
Chopin, 773-296-1268 x26, 1541 W Division, tonight celebrates Anne Sexton.

"Lunacy", cheap drinks, ladies free, industrial, SM/tattoos, pretty darn good.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury.

"Women Obsession", ladies mainly.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont.

Adult skate, bar (sometimes closed), $7 25+ -2a.
Rainbo Roller Rink, 773/271-6200, 4836 N Clark, good other days also, even Sunday.

Thursday 1999.01.14:

"Thursday Appreciation Day"
Day to reflect on all the great things that Thursdays have brought you.