2000.02.18 (week 138)
Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts
Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts
It's one of those assortment weeks we do so well. No simple definable character, just a big cultural scrap heap. After getting Cubs tickets, Metro's the place to be Friday with Joey Beltram, DJ Funk, Paul Anthony, Terri Bristol, Nosmo, and Danny The Wildchild, so you'll have to tape the edge of your seat exciting Iron Chef show (Tofu episode). I'll be at the Auto Show on Saturday, so I'll miss Ralph Nader's speech in Evanston, Ice Carvings at the Zoo and the opening of MSI's big new Titanic exhibit. Under the sign of Pisces and a full moon, Saturday night has good Karma (also Thursday), a Bulls game, electro-art-music at EB and a live 24 hour sketch/improv comedy marathon! Sunday starts with a wacky wrun downtown, gets going with new toons from FOX and the premier of Brak Presents The Brak Show Starring Brak, and peaks with an Absinthe Tasting at Delilah's, Machine Head, Reveille, Biz Markie, SmashMouth, and Luscious Jackson! Many offices will be closed Monday, so we can observe Washington and Lincoln's birthdays with Star Trek and Dexter marathons. Take your pick on hump day from the last blader gathering at Skate On State, the Grammy Awards, a Music Industry Party, or where I'll be, dancing like a lunatic at BigWig's Seminar. Euro-cinephiles, last chance for the film fest, and Dogma is now at B&V. BE!


ENDS SUNDAY! Chicago Auto Show (92nd), huge and sparkly, $5-8 10a-10p.
Last year I saw antiques, advanced power systems, the Bulls cheerleaders, a $300K spy car, and an SUV too over-compensating to be street legal.
McCormick Place South, 2301 S LSD, 630/495-2282.

ENDS SUNDAY: European Union Film Fest (3rd), over twenty works, $3-7.
Film Center, 312/443-3737, 280 S Columbus (at Jackson).

FINAL WEEK: Skate on State. Ice/motion/sun/snax/shelter, free ($2-3 rentals).
Off season RollerBladers meet here Wednesdays 5:45-beer time.
Also a dozen other free park district rinks open all over!
9a-7:15p (-9:45p Th), closed 30minutes every 2hrs. Exhibitions MWF at 11:40a.
State at Randolph, 312/744-2898, 100x200ft oval, -2000.02.27.

Black History Month continues.
Recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans.
Observed with special events and exhibits at many sites and cultural institutions.

Turn Of The Century Carousel artist redone with 30 modern characters.
Visiting from NY School of Visual Arts 7a-7pM-F 9a-5pSaSu -2000.03.09.
Union Station Main Waiting Hall, 210 S Canal.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, $23-42 Tu-Su various times -2000.03.12.
Shakespeare Theatre, 312/595-5600, 600 E Grand. Impressive venue!

Theater Oobleck: An Apology For the Course and Outcome of Certain Events ... $10 obo Fr/Sa 8p.
Berger Park, 6205 N Sheridan (MCA/Park District) -2000.03.25.

WAY too much GREAT dance and theater and poetry and comedy to cover.
Get yourself a Reader or NewCity

The Tigger Movie now open. Finds the meaning of friends and family.

Next Friday, Galaxy Quest, Sweet and Lowdown, Fantasia/2000, Titus, All About My Mother, Man On The Moon, Millennium Man, Dogma, Toy Story 2, Being John Malkovich, American Beauty, ...

Friday 2000.02.18:

Cubs tickets go on sale. Now in their 124th year.

Brew&View, smoking, heckling, drink deals, fun!
8p (Fr-Tu,Th): "The World is not Enough" Pierce Brosnan, ...
10p (Fr-Tu,Th): "Dogma" S.Hayek, C.Rock, B.Cort, J.Garofalo, A.Morissette, ...
midnt (Fr,Sa,Th): "Mall Rats" S.Doherty, J.London, C.Forlani, B.Affleck, J.Adams, K.Smith, ...
312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Near Belmont red line stop.

Joey Beltram, DJ Funk, Paul Anthony, Terri Bristol, Nosmo, Danny The Wildchild, $15 18+ doors 9p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Red line Addison stop.

Iron Chef, fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan, 1hr 9p.

Space Ghost Coast To Coast, the strangest talk show in the galaxy, 10p.

Aura, 312/266-2114, 640 N Dearborn.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.
Smart Bar, 773/549-4140, 3730 N Clark.

Saturday 2000.02.19:

Full Moon, always adds an interesting twist.

Start of Pisces.
Astrological sign, the fish.

IceBreaker, assorted major ice carvings.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

World's Largest Titanic Exhibit opens.
Interior re-creations, artifacts, stories, technology, -2000.09.04.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Laugh, 24 hour sketch and improv comedy marathon. $5-50 starts at noon.
Benefits Gilda's Club cancer support center. Reservations recommended.
Improv Olympics, Second City, Annoyance Theatre, Comedy Sportz, Sirens.
TurnAround Theatre, 773/222-7053, 3209 N Halsted.

Ralph Nader speaks at the Future of Environmentalism conference. $5 4p.
N.U. Leverone Hall, 847/475-4046, 2001 Sheridan, Evanston.

Bulls host L.A. Clippers, carried on FSChi, 7:30p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison. Ticketmaster: 312/902-1500.

"bin" presents electronic musicians Kim Cascone and Taylor Deupree, $8 10p.
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western.

Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury.
Dragon Room, 312/751-2900, 809 W Evergreen.
Karma, 312/321-1331, 318 W Grand.
Hell, 312/236-4355, 1115 N Northbranch.

Sunday 2000.02.20:

Wacky Snacky 5K Run (9th), benefits Blind Service Association, $25 10a.
Refreshments and HUGE snack food party for participants.
Starts downtown at Adams and upper Wacker, 312/236-0808, runs lower Wacker.

IceBreaker, assorted major ice carvings.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Brak Presents The Brak Show Starring Brak. Series premier! 6p.
As completely incoherent as Space Ghost, but dumber.

Machine Head, Reveille, $16 all ages 6:30p. - sold out
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Red line Addison stop.

SmashMouth, Luscious Jackson. $17.50 All ages 7p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence.

New Futurama, King-o-Hill and Simpsons episodes. Ned dating?!? 7p.

(legal) Absinthe Tasting, expert Mike Miller hosts, $? 8p.
Delilah's, 773/472-2771, 2771 N Lincoln.

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

Biz Markie, w/ DJ Finesse, $15 10p.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Monday 2000.02.21:

Presidents Day
Observes the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Schools, government offices closed.
Sales at major retail stores. Good museum day?

Star Trek marathon, 10hr 8a.

Dexter's Laboratory marathon. duration? time?

Twilight Tales. Gathering of local writers. $2 8p.
Red Lion, 773/348-2695, 2446 N Lincoln. Books for sale.

Milk, drum + bass + hiphop, $3 10p-2a.
MadBar, 773/BAR-BAR7, 1640 N Damen

Tuesday 2000.02.22:

George Washington's Birthday.
1st president of the United states, born in Kentucky in 1732.

Bulls host Vancouver, carried on FSChi+, 7:30p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison. Ticketmaster: 312/902-1500.

Nocturna, Goth w/ DJ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. 10p-2a?
Smart Bar, 773/549-4140, 3730 N Clark, near the Addison red line stop.

Testosterone Tuesday, hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers. 10p-2a?
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont, at the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2000.02.23:

Ballet Chicago Youth Company dances to Duke Ellington, free noon.
Under The Picasso, Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington.

Final ice gathering of off-season inline skaters. 5:30-pub at 7:15.
Skate on State, then Governor's pub (on State) for live music, free food/beer.

Grammy Awards (42nd), Cher, Dixie Chix, etc. 7p.
Watch it on the huge screen at Brew&View for $2.

Urban M.I.N.E.S. (Music Industry Networking & Entertainment Social), 21+ 8p.
Informal mixer w/ Tina M. Howell, Coolout & Tony Baines, and Juzt Nuzt.
RSVP to come.
Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 312/243-8778, 1600 W Grand.

X, Quick says they've "got that Riot Grrl sound" 18+ $23.50 7:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Bass By The Pound - Seminar. THE weekly drum-n-bass scene. $5 21+ 9p-2a.
Jordana new lethal bass CD tour stop. URB release party, promos.
Also DJs Flipside, Gamewarden, Kee, Glyde and Poolside.
Great tunes, cool decor, good drink selection.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Web simulcast.

Thursday 2000.02.24:

Special evening events and late hours at all cultural institutions.
MCA, Randolph Cafe, Shubert Theater, Shedd Aquarium (Jazz), more.

Fresh Jive's Raw Vibe Tour w/ Doc Martin, Josh Wink, Idjut Boys (UK), 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Peak urban club-wear required. Big and intense, but pricey and usually too much House.
Karma, 312/321-1331, 318 W Grand. Come early or wait an hour in line.


NEW: Mars Exploration Station exhibit, examines how people will live there.
Sky Pavilion, major new expansion, much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-STAR, 1300 S Lake Shore.

NEW! Dinosaur Giants, enormous 130M y.o. fossil bones and 60' footprint -2000.03.19.
NEW! E.B. Smith Stained Glass Window Museum.
Oooooodles of other good art, IMax, food, Shakespeare, fun.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.

100 Years of Architecture -2000.03.12.
Beat Streuli, large color transparent photos in the windows -2000.03.19.
Mon closed, Tu 10a-8p, We-Su 10a-5p, FREE TUESDAYS.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Various interesting works.
Also good stuff at the Randolph Cafe daily at 1p, late Thursdays.
Free. Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-2400, 78 E Washington.

Lovely design, near conservatory, lake, rookery. New lion web cam!
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Sounds From The Vaults, try 50 international instruments, world's largest harp!
Underground Adventure, walk through hugely magnified soil ecosystem.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt Rd. at Lake Shore. FREE WEDNESDAY.

NEW: Collection of over 5000 fast food toys back to 1977.
NEW: World's Largest Titanic Exhibit! -2000.09.04.
Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day.
Omni Laser Fantasy. 20KW music visual immersion experience Fr-Su.
Laser: Beatles 6:30p, Floyd Machine 7:30p, Nirvana 9p, Beastie 10:30p, Floyd Moon mdnt.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore. FREE THURSDAYS.

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

Seahorse Symphony, the amazing seahorse and kin, becoming endangered.
90000 gallon Coral Reef Exhibit now re-opened.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore. FREE MONDAYS.

Masterpieces and other stodgy stuff (16th century Polish works?!?!).
MWF 10:30a-4:30p, TuTh 10:30a-8:00p, SaSu 10a-5p, FREE TUESDAYS.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

Norman Rockwell collection. First such show in 30 years -2000.05.21.
Treasures from Mount Vernon: George Washington Revealed -2000.04.21.
Chicago Historical Society, 312/642-4600, 1601 N Clark. $1-8 9:30a-4:30p.


Always call before going to a listed event.
Galaxy Quest is a REALLY FUN film even for some grownups.
Opinions are STRONGLY split on The World Is Not Enough and Girl Interrupted.
Check out the new photos!