2000.05.05 (week 149)
Push The Limits
Push The Limits
Do that extra chin-up! Keep driving even though you're on E! Blade that extra mile, it won't kill you. And there'll be plenty of buddies around to call the Paramedics at the major Friday group skate downtown, or the challenging South and North trips on Wednesday and Thursday. Blader-wise, this week also brings top champion skaters to the United Center on Saturday, and a presentation of blading tours/camp by Zephyr on Sunday. Don't blade? How about some absolutely psycho music from limit pushers Insane Clown Posse, Danzig, Kiss, and my current fave, Kittie. Not for the squeamish. Or Psycho-ist of all, the long awaited Psychosis2000 rave and pre-party. Crazy heavy electronic dance vibe from three stages for all ages until dawn! This party'll be off-the hook, in Chicago, and CHEAP! If you've never done a rave, but been interested, PUSH YOUR LIMITS and come out Drinking limits will be pushed Friday as Cinco De Mayo gets a Cuervo sponsored BLOCK PARTY downtown, and all over town drinkers will also be enjoying Iron Chef and the Upright Citizens Brigade Chaos marathon! It's First Friday at the MCA, and they're trying something new. Limit ignoring Laurie Anderson will be there, and an East/West integrating DJ team. Unsure? maybe the MCA's workshop on making lanterns is more your speed. 42UP is still at MusicBox, as is Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation festival. Intimidated? See some Silver Images instead. It's Saturday though that has really out-done itself. Starting with the city's volunteer driven Clean and Green Day which brings the Mayor to Senn Park, the massive outdoor sculpture show opening at the Pier, an anarchist Book fair, Variety Show, and Film Fest, thousands of dogs and their masters jogging at Montrose, the beautiful Kids and Kites Fest at MSI, and many brave committed people pushing the limits to bring about change at the Millennium Marijuana March from Federal Plaza downtown. It was comedy limit pushers like the Legends of the Catskills that paved the way for the cutting edge humor of Futurama, King-O-Hill, and the Simpsons. Other full throttle fun this week includes Dylan & Facs playing rough at Seminar, The The, Fabulous Janes, Seventh Heaven, Burn The Floor international pro dance show, Frances Parker School Jazz Ensemble Under The Picasso, Goth and glam at The Mutiny, Diagonal drum&bass at SmartBar and the LAN Party MEGA-EVENT. So as Harry Truman did, as did the soldiers on V-E day, push your limits HARD, and maybe push someone else's as well ;)

Ongoing: ^

ENDS SUNDAY: Burn The Floor. Major dance show. $25-60 Fr 8p, Sa 2+8p, Su 2+7p.
44 pros from 15 countries do Swing, Tango, Hip-Hop, Industrial and Street.
Rosemont Theatre, 847/692-2220, 5400 N River Rd, Rosemont.

All's Well That Ends Well, $23-42 Tu-Su various times -2000.06.11.
Shakespeare Theatre, 312/595-5600, 600 E Grand. Impressive venue!

Bettie Page Uncensored, well reviewed baudy biographical play. 18+ Fr/Sa 10:30p.
Playground Theatre, 312/726-4849 tickets, 3341 N Lincoln, -2000.06.24.

Blue Man Group. VERY impressive, funny, and interactive. $39-$46.
Perfect for tourists and the young. We-Th 8p, Fr 7+10p, Sa 4+7+10p, Su 3+6p.
Briar Street Theater, 773/348-5996 info, 3133 N Halsted.

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

Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted Animation festival.
42 UP. "One of the ten greatest films of all time" - Ebert.
Music Box, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Silver Images Film Festival (6th) continues. Senior related, mostly free, -2000.05.14.
Several venues, 773/881-6940, many on video.

Committed, Flintstones, High Fidelity, What Planet Are You From, Virgin Suicides, Gladiator, Being John Malkovich, American Beauty, ...

Friday 2000.05.05: ^

Cinco De Mayo, Spanish for May 5th. Celebrated loudly.
Commemorates major victory by Mexican army against occupying French in 1862.

First Friday. Music, art, snax, drinks, creative types and gold coasters, $6-12 6-10p.
Guest lecture w/ performance artist Laurie Anderson and RoseLee Goldberg at 6p.
Musical entertainment: Ami Saraiya sings blues/rock w/ Pelvic Delta, Tony Talwar and Sunny Singh spin east-west cross cultural dance.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

The The. All ages $22.50 doors 6p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Red line Addison stop.

Cinco de Mayo group skate. BLADERS - come on out. Free 7:30p.
Exciting 12 mile street skate past Mexican cultural sights.
Gear and blinkers recommended, intermediate and up.
Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn).

Cinco de Mayo Block Party, 4-10p.
Under heated tent at Superior and LaSalle. Jose Cuervo specials.
Party features Michael Mcdermott, Leona Naess, Satya Gratha.

Brew&View, smoking, heckling, drink deals, fun!
8p (Fr-Sa,Mo-We): "The Ninth Gate" Roman Polanski: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, ...
10p (Fr-Sa,Mo-We): "Drowning Mona" Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, ...
midnt (Fr-Sa): "Being John Malkovich" John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, ...
312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Near Belmont red line stop.

Fabulous Janes, Seventh Heaven. 18+ only $10 doors 7:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

All That Glitters, A celebration of goth and glam. 21+ $5 doors 9p.
Give aways from Glampire, CarrieMonster's birthday.
The Mutiny, 773/486-7774, 2428 N Western.

Iron Chef (Veal Battle). Fiercely competitive cooking show from Japan, 1hr 9p.
Sip a drink each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"

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

Chaos! Upright Citizens Brigade marathon. Free 3-4hrs 10p.
"Seriously F*ck-up sketch comedy." One of my very favorite shows.

Psychosis 5 pre-party. Pretty good drum&bass option. $5.
Residents: Roger De Luna, Fonz de la Mota, Eddie de Soto, RP Smack, Superboy, ...
Compact but nice two floor Lincoln Park-ish dance club. Valet.
Club Eden, 3407 N Clark. Near Red line Addison/Belmont stops.
Also at Area 51, 3508 169th St.

Saturday 2000.05.06: ^

Clean and Green Day (12th). Volunteers beautify the city.
Department of Streets and Sanitation. Call 311 to participate.
Mayor at Senn Park (Ridge/Thorndale/Clark) tree planting 10:15a.
ALSO: Pink Ribbon days in Andersonville, merchants give to women's health.

Pier Walk opens (5th). Chicago's greatest outdoor sculpture show. -2000.11.07 Free 24/7.
About 100 modest to massive intensely intriguing works by internationally acclaimed artists.
Last year's show:
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand. Front, surrounding fields, and promenade.

Bark in the Park (6th). 5k walkathon w/ dogs benefiting Anti-Cruelty. 9a-...
Montrose Harbor (4400 N), 644-8338. 3000 participants expected.

Kids and Kites Fest (2nd), family event, education, expert demos, 10a-4p.
Museum of Science and Industry, 312/744-3315, Lake Shore Drive at 57th.

Anarchist Bookfair 11a-6p, art, and variety Show 8-11p.
Belvis Center, 773/252-6019, 1632 N Milwaukee,
Also see anarchist films Fri-Sun:

Millenium Marijuana March. Starts with speakers and music. Free noon.
Federal Plaza, 220 S Dearborn, 312/683-5172.

Champions On Ice. 15 star skaters including Kwan, Boitano, Hamill, Bobek, Baiul. 2p and 8p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison. Ticketmaster: 312/559-1212.

Insane Clown Posse. $18.50 7:30p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine. Ticketmaster: 312/559-1212.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Only $5, party starts in line at 9p.
Come in any costume. Movie w/ simultaneous outrageous live performance.
Biograph, 773/348-4123, 2433 N Lincoln.

Psychosis 5, rave. Fairly drum&bass heavy.
Trace, len Underground, Hyperactive, Dread, Esp Woody Mcbride, 3d, Robert Armani,, Phantom 45, Ron Carrol, Skip, Marcus, Danny Wildchild, Mark Vebros, Undergroundsouljazz, Mystic Bill, Deepstar, Frankie Vega, Deelishous, Jethrox, Mazi, Colette, Kid Entropy, Brian Harden, Acetate, Phil Freeart, Acidman, Marcus Watkins, Niko, Paul Anthony, Dayhota, Geometrix, Natty, Matt Postive, Frosty Lung.
ALSO: Kung Fu, Pakya, Chi-Tao and battle weapons demonstration. Performances by the awesome William Dark Circus! Workshops on breathing, yoga, women's self defense and meditation. Mel Hammond demos the ROLAND 505. Sega Dreamcast Tournament.
Pre-sale laminated four day ticket comes with CD and t-shirt.
Tickets at Untitled: 773/404-9225, 2705 N Clark.

Pansexual Pleasuredome (or similar) w/ DJ Dion, 21+ $5 aft midnt 11p-5a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont.

The Evil Show. A Low Sodium comedy presentation. $8 1a.
"...the most insane, f*ed up show ever! Please do not come..."
Stage Left Theater, 773/549-3250, 3408 N Sheffield.

Sunday 2000.05.07: ^

LAN Party MEGA-EVENT, biggest "Bring Your Own Computer" gaming gathering, $10 10a-?.
Playing Half-Life, Unreal Tournament, Quake, etc, in a networked environment. Cool software and accessory prizes. RSVP required. Quick SDSL pipe to the Internet. RJ-45 ethernet capability and cables required.
In Melrose Park. Get directions, pictures, details at the web site.

Zephyr Skate slide/video presentation of blading tours/camp, snacks. Free 1p.
RSVP: 888-SK8-TOUR or
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Adult workshop on making handmade lanterns. Free? 1-4p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Danzig, Disturbed, Six Feet Under. All ages $20 6p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

NEW CARTOONS! Futurama, King-O-Hill, Simpsons. Starts 6p.

SUMO, 10 piece acid jazz improv, $2 beer. 21+ $5 10:30p.
Elbo Room, 773/549-5549, 2871 N Lincoln.

Monday 2000.05.08: ^

Harry Truman's Birthday (1884-1972), 33rd president of U.S.
Presided during Cold and Korean Wars, known for "New Deal" economics.

V-E Day, Victory in Europe.
Commemorates Germany's surrender in World War II, 1945.

Frances Parker School Jazz Ensemble. Free at noon.
Under The Picasso, Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington.

The Beat Project w/ Shon Dervis and Hiroki. Rap open mike after 1a. $3 10p-2a.
Coooooool scene with break dancers, beauties, and sophisticated beats.
MadBar, 773/BAR-BAR7, 1640 N Damen. Near Blue line Damen stop.

Diagonal - drum&bass w/ temulent, current, j initial, mc ovid.
Anyone been to this, please report. I'm skeptical.
Smart Bar, 773/549-4140, 3730 N Clark.

Tuesday 2000.05.09: ^

Kittie, Relative Ash. Grrl punk RULES! All ages $12 6p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Gold. SubZero hosts Ry-N, Kevin Cunningham, Frankie Vega, Durkin. $5? 9p-2a.
A growing new d&b weekly. 2 levels, free food and parking.
Rapture, 312/633-0911, 730 N Green.

Nocturna, Goth w/ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. $8 10p-4a.
CD promo/giveaway for Soil & Eclipse and Moev.
Smart Bar, 773/549-4140, 3730 N Clark. Near Red line Addison stop.

Testosterone Tuesday, hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers. Free 10p-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont, at the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2000.05.10: ^

In-line Skaters Gathering unless too wet, 8-15 miles, leaves at 6:30p.
Big loop past planetarium and back, then beers.
Protective gear and blinkers strongly recommended, street skating.
Meet at Londo Mondo, 888/828-7630, 1100 N Dearborn.
Check the weather:

Bass By The Pound - Seminar. THE weekly drum-n-bass scene. $3 21+ 9p-2a.
Dylan & Facs (UK Fuse/Biotic tour) play rough. With residents Glyde, Flipside, Gamewarden, Poolside and Kee.
Great tunes, cool decor, good drink selection, teeny dance area, web-cast!
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

Big Wow w/ Sasha B. 9p.
Double Door, 312/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee.

Women Obsession, mainly a ladies night for ladies. Free 10p-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Red line Belmont stop.

Thursday 2000.05.11: ^

Special evening events and late hours at ALL MAJOR cultural institutions.
MCA, Randolph Cafe, Shubert Theater, Shedd Aquarium (Jazz), MUCH MORE!

Fast Northbound Intermediate Group Skate, leaves at 6:30p.
Lakefront parks/paths to Hollywood and back, then beers. Gear, water, blinkers highly recommended.
City Sweats, 773-348-2489, 2467 N Clark.

Kiss "The Farewell Tour" (w/ Ted Nugent?), also Friday, $30-85 7p.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Legends of the Catskills: Freddie Roman, Frank Gorshin, Aliza Kashi, Jack Carter. 8p.
A laugh-packed tribute by seasoned comedians. -Sunday.
Centre East, 9501 Skokie Blvd. Ticketmaster: 312/559-1212.

Museums: ^

Beginning its seasonal rebirth.
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
World class, gorgeous in summer, easy to get to, great restaurant.

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! E.B. Smith Stained Glass Window Museum.
Oooooodles of other good art, IMax, food, Shakespeare, fun.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.

Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture opens. -2000.06.04.
Beat Streuli, large color transparent photos in the windows, extended -2000.06.05.
Mon closed, Tu 10a-8p, We-Su 10a-5p, FREE TUESDAYS.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Post-Hypnotic, visually active Op Art works -2000.06.25.
Chicago Furniture Designers Association competition -2000.05.14.
Also: Loop tour by CTA train, free -2000.09.30 11:35a/12:15p/12:55p/1:35p.
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.

Dead ancient Sea Scrolls now on display! -2000.06.11
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, interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
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.
Chicago Historical Society, 312/642-4600, 1601 N Clark. $1-8 9:30a-4:30p.

Notes: ^

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