2000.05.12 (week 150)
Spread The Joy
Spread The Joy
Then call your mom to say "I love you, thanks for watching my back all those years". Undeniably this week's prominent feature is mothers day (here come the letters from anti-reproduction activists). Standout events include the simultaneous observance of Fight Against Guns Day and its national Million Mom March. In-towners with good maternal relations may start that day with fine dining. Some may join the Y-ME Race Against Breast Cancer or the Mothers day Wildflower Walk in North Park or Mothers day amulet making family workshop at the MCA. Later, new Futurama, King-O-Hill, and Simpsons episodes take angles on the subject, while Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind does a special edition. Also prominent this week is the world class Art Chicago show opening at the Pier in conjunction with this year's crop of massive outdoor sculptures there. Our fair city is becoming renowned for shows such as this. Even beyond those it's a pretty dreamy week for my kind of Freak. The John Travolta sci-fi Battlefield Earth opens, as well as Time Code, and on TV the Miss Universe Pageant, Robot Wars, and the 90210 Final Episode! It's National Inline Skating Week, so there's blading events almost every day. Could things get any cooler? Yes: Patti Smith, Bobby McFerrin with the CSO, The Temptations AND The Supremes. Yes Yes: Urb vs. ThousandWords DJs at Eden, two raves and a dozen good dance nights. YES YES YES: BrockOut on a Full Moon, the Windy City Hemp Fest and Police Memorial Day! Remember:

Ongoing: ^

FRI-SUN: Bobby McFerrin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. $11-175 Fr-Sa 8p, Su 3p.
10 Grammy "Don't Worry, Be Happy" conductor and soloist performs classical.

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

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

Art Chicago (8th), reknowned contemporary show -Monday, $10 noon-8p/8p/8p/6p.
ALSO: Pier Walk massive outdoor sculptural show now open.
2000 artists represented by 200 galleries, all media, international.
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand. Festival Hall.

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

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

Friday 2000.05.12: ^

Battlefield Earth opens. Major sci-fi starring John Travolta.

Time Code now showing. Earnest creative effort, mixed reviews.
Story shot with four digital video cams in real time, shown in quadrants

MeowMix 3, rave.
DJs: Funk, Robert Armani, 3d, Acidman, Mark Almaria, Jerry Sanchez, RP Smack, Master Control Program, Ryback, Chyna Qotj, Bumble Bee, Geometric, Deadly Sin.
Future Forces: 847/604-0579 * 414/297-9587.
Voodoo Child: 773/207-2782. ShadeFree: 312/458-9144.

Sleater-Kinney, The Bangs, The Gossip. All ages $10 doors 6p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark.

UR Magazine issue release party. You and friends invited free. 7p-?
Bacardi Limon, Dewar's Scotch and Finlandia Vodka free -9p.
Three rooms, cool music, casual dress, co-sponsored.
Joy Blue, 773/477-3330, 3998 N Southport.
RSVP or 773/832-4611 to attend.

Miss Universe Pageant, federation of planets final round, 2hr 8p.

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.
Tonight's victim/guest/incidental character: Michael Stipe.

Drop. Ramond Roker (Urb) vs. Droopy (Thousand Words), $8.
Compact but nice two floor Lincoln Park-ish dance club. Valet.
Club Eden, 3407 N Clark. Near Red line Addison/Belmont stops.

Saturday 2000.05.13: ^

Windy City Hemp Fest. Bands/speakers/beads/incense/tie-dye/... Noon.
Cricket Hill, Near Montrose and LSD, 312/683-5172. -Sunday.

Chicago Neighborhood Tour: Chinatown/Pilsen, 4hr, $30, departs 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph, bring a snack.

Patti Smith. $27.50 7:30p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine. Ticketmaster: 312/559-1212.

Samsara. rave.
East Coats Boogiemen, Deeon, Lion, Stymie, Gruve, Matthew Bandy, The Teknicians, Luis Aguilera, Matthew Bandy, Mark Almaria, Submerge 101, ...
Full Spectrum, Blink, Yellow no. 13: 773/509-6343 * 312/409-3685 * 317/977-6937.

DJs Cesar Ramirez, Inbum, Sombionx, Flip. 10p-5a.
Dragon Room, 312/751-8700, 809 W Evergreen.

Pansexual Pleasuredome (or something) 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 2000.05.14: ^

Mothers Day, respect and be kind to mothers, especially your own.
Created by Woodrow Wilson proclamation in 1914.
Email mom your sincerest honor and gratitude.

Observed by a nationwide "Million Mom March"

Y-ME Race Against Breast Cancer. 5K Run/1-3m Walk, 9a.
Grant Park, 312-294-8534.

Windy City Hemp Fest. Bands/speakers/beads/incense/tie-dye/... Noon.
Cricket Hill, Near Montrose and LSD, 312/683-5172.

Mothers day amulet making family workshop. Free? 1-3p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Wildflower Walk, educational for mothers and families. Free 1:30-3p.
North Park Village Nature Center, 312-744-5472, 5801 North Pulaski.

NEW CARTOONS! Futurama, King-O-Hill, Simpsons. 6p.
Mom leads a robot revolt, Peggy's feet are WWW porn, Otto's girlfriend moves in.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Mother's Day show. Fr-Sa 11:30p, Su 7p.
Moms escorted by offspring free.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

The Temptations AND The Supremes w/ Mary Wilson. $35-60 7p.
Chicago Theatre, 175 N State, Ticketmaster: 312/902-1500.

Brew&View theater, movie, drink specials, smoking, heckling, fun!
Showing the 90210 series finale on the big screen free Wednesday at 6:30p.
8p (Sa-Tu,Th): "Pitch Black" "Fight Evil With Evil", sci-fi.
10p (Sa-Tu,Th): "Drowning Mona" Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, ...
midnt (Sa,Th): "Being John Malkovich" John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, ...
312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Near Belmont red line stop.

Borrowed Language. Underground techno and fresh hip-hop. $3 10p.
Birthday boys Izade and Intrakit welcome Brad Geary and DJ PNS.
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western.

Robot Wars, followed by Wild Chicago and some art shows, 10p.
A must see for maximum geeks. Surviving machine wins.

Monday 2000.05.15: ^

Police Memorial Day. Honor police killed while on duty.

National Inline Skating Week (3rd). Various promotional events.
Group skates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Londo Mondo is offering free rentals all week.

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.
ALSO: Aero/Untitled fashion show Tuesday w/ DJ Touch 11:30p.

Tuesday 2000.05.16: ^

Beginner/Intermediate Group Skate, leaves at 6:30p.
A gentle group skate. You should at least be able to stop well.
Full protective gear STRONGLY recommended.
Londo Mondo, 888/828-7630, 1100 N Dearborn.
Check the weather:

Gold. SubZero hosts Colette, Frankie Vega, Matty. Models, fashion show. 9p-2a.
A growing new d&b weekly. 2 levels, food, parking.
Rapture, 312/633-0911, 730 N Green.

Nocturna, Goth w/ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. $8 10p-4a.
Promo/giveaway for Nilaihah Records' "RESISTOR" compilation CD.
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 2000.05.17: ^

Intermediate/Advance downtown group skate, leaves at 6:30p.
Longest running such event - as mentioned in national press.
Big loop past planetarium and back, then beers. 8-15 miles.
Protective gear and blinkers strongly recommended, street skating.
Meet at Londo Mondo, 888/828-7630, 1100 N Dearborn.
Check the weather:

90210 Final Episode. After 10 years and 300 episodes. 2hr 7p.
Another chapter in the Spelling dynasty comes to a close.
Showing on the big screen at the Brew&View theater, free, doors 6:30p.
Great site:

Bass By The Pound - Seminar. THE weekly drum-n-bass scene. $3 21+ 9p-2a.
Droopy (Thousand Words) visits 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.

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 2000.05.18: ^

Full Moon, always adds an interesting twist.

Fast Northbound Intermediate Group Skate, leaves at 6:30p.
From Fullerton to the lake parks path end at Hollywood, then beyond.
Improvised street skate back. Finishers rally at some bar.
Protective gear, water, blinkers, strong legs recommended.
City Sweats, 773-348-2489, 2467 N Clark.
Check the weather:

Barfly Five Band Extravaganza. Beer Nuts, Made To Fade, Shovelhead, ... $7 9p.
Benefit for the family of Karan "Lulu" Evanoff.
Also celebrates publication of "Guide To Chicago Drinking Establishments".
Thurston's, 773/472-6900, 1248 W George

DubShack's BrockOut! THE monthly jungle/d&b event. $5 8p-2a.
Chamberweed/Entropy, Phantom 45/Danny The Wild Child, J.J.Jellybean/Snuggles.
Doing a rewind through jungle history this rinse, 2000-1992.
Intensely energetic music. Eclectic crowd of freaks. Packed after 11p.
Completely KISS themed second bar upstairs.
Liar's Club, 773/665-1110, 1665 W Fullerton. Take I94 or Ashland/Clybourne.

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: ^

Tell all yer friends about NOW!
Being John Malkovich is an AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING movie. See it NOW at Brew&View.
Last week I took "PUSH THE LIMITS" seriously...
Did the Psychosis Rave Saturday, upgraded to Windows98 Sunday,
walked in scant clothes for miles DURING Tuesday's thunderstorm,
reached new physical heights on less sleep than ever Wednesday,
and wrapped up the week by finally seeing Fight Club. YOW!
Rule about raves: always a blast, never over half of what's advertised.
ALWAYS call before going to a listed event.
Email your address for free promotional toys!