2001.11.30 (week 231)
I'm Not Dead Yet!
I'm Not Dead Yet!
A post-birthday/pre-thanksgiving cold scrapped the last newsletter for the first time in 190 weeks! I was exhausted from weeks of massive recent work on a major new local singles site.
DON'T MISS: Friday Aretha Franklin, Cold Play, Indiginous and several good dance events. Saturday AIDS awareness day, Day Without Art, and several theatre events. Sunday: Toys For Tots motorcycle parade, Caroling to the Animals at LPZ, Smash Mouth at Metro, a major Anti-Landmine charity event at Chicago Theatre, and Drum&Bass Gods STAKKA & SKYNET at Circus! Tuesday Cardio Jam at Link's Hall. Wednesday Exotic Dancer Awards at Riviera. Thursday: FAMILY GUY, THE TICK, Annoying Holiday Music Show at ParkWest, Dixie Dregs at House of Blues and good DJs at Rive Gauche.

Ongoing: FREE Collection of Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories.
Mo: FREE calendar.
Ongoing: Nutcracker at Auditorium Theatre.
Ongoing: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Holiday Bazaar at Woman Made Gallery.
Fr: Full Moon.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Aretha Franklin at UIC Pavilion.
Fr: Cold Play at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Indiginous at Park West.
...-Sa: "Original Toughman Contest" at Aragon Ballroom.
Fr: "IT'S ALL LOVE" at Subterranean.
Fr: Iron Chef - Milk Battle on FOOD.
Fr: TranceZenDance Chicago at TransAmoeba Loft.
Fr: Spectrum of Sound anniversary party at Zentra.
Fr: Mesh Fridays at Club Mercury.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Futurarium.
Sa: AIDS awareness day.
Sa: Day Without Art.
Sa: Breakfast with the Beatles at House of Blues.
Sa: Chicago Neighborhood Tour: Uptown at Chicago Cultural Center.
Sa: Miracle on State Street at Chicago Theatre.
Sa: The Irish Tenors at UIC Pavilion.
Sa: BUTTER at Cafe Lura.
Sa: All-Star Saturday's at Cafe Dolce.
Su: Britney Spears Birthday.
Su: Toys For Tots motorcycle parade at Dan Ryan Woods.
Su: Bears host Detroit at Soldiers Field.
Su: Caroling to the Animals at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Su: "A Hair Raising Experience" at Navy Pier.

Seasonal:    ^
FREE Collection of Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2002.01.02 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories. Also available for POCKET ORGANIZERS!

* FREE calendar.
Respond to give your address for a free October to October calendar, sponsored by Chicago's top DARK goods and service provides. Full of eerie black and white art.

Nutcracker. Joffrey Ballet. -2001.12.23 $20-60 Various times.
Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2001.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr/Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets. Changes to a broader ethnic market after 12.20.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2001.12.30 Yearly. All ages.
Free photo with Santa for 94th floor visitors -12.23 Sa-Su 11a-5:30p. John Hancock Center Observatory, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan,
Radio City Rockettes -12.29 Rosemont Theatre, 847/692-2220, 5400 N River Rd,
A Christmas Carol -12.22 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,

Ongoing:    ^
Holiday Bazaar. -2001.12.23 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
Unique hand made crafts, jewelry, and small-scale artwork.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/328-0038, 1900 S Prairie.

Now playing.
Shallow Hal, Harry Potter, The One, Monsters Inc, K-Pax, Riding In Cars, Iron Monkey, Mulholland Drive, Bandits, Zoolander, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

WAY too much GREAT dance and theater and comedy and poetry to cover.
Get yourself a Reader or NewCity magazine.
Hundreds of city locations.

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
Survivor Africa 7p Th; Temptation Island II 8p Th.
8p (Fr,Su-We; 9p Th): Rush Hour 2 - Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, ...
10p (Fr,Su-We; 11p Th): Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back - Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, ....
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2001.11.30:    ^
Full Moon. Always adds an interesting twist.

Critical Mass. Last Fridays 5:30p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Now joined by some bladers.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington.

Aretha Franklin. $40-50 7:30p.
UIC Pavilion, 1201 W Harrison.

Cold Play. $? 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Indiginous. 21+ $18.50 8p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

"Original Toughman Contest" -Saturday $15-35 8p.
As seen on FX TV.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Iron Chef USA. Fridays All ages. Free 1hr 8p.
American version of the fiercely competitive Japanese cooking show craze (on FOOD). William Shatner hosts in Las Vegas. Sadly, the premiere was gravely disappointing. Even their own web forum ROASTS it with posts such as "2.5 stars", "the missing ingredient is dignity", "is it suppoosed to be a spoof?", "unwatchable trainwreck" and a slew of one worders such as "XFL", "painful", "MUTE", "disaster", "foul", "vomit" and "SUCK-O-RAMA".

"IT'S ALL LOVE" 21+ $5 9p-?a.
"An Urban Mines Networking affair. Come join us for a relaxing evening of networking and entertainment, as we celebrate One Love, honoring hip-hop in Chicago. With 8 live artist showcases (10p), and Coolout presents Urbanized Music (11p) featuring performances by Amina, Absolute Ikon, Spalaney's, and Cru Life, with DJ Journey on the tables."
Subterranean, 773/278-6600, 2011 W North. At Milwaukee in Wicker Park. In the lounge.

Iron Chef - Milk Battle. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Fridays All ages. Free. Also midnt. 9-10p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"

** TranceZenDance Chicago. Holistic Rave featuring Ethno-Tribal Trance. 18+ $10 9p-2a.
A non-smoking, non-alcohol multimedia DJ/visuals event accented with meditation, live drumming, massage, and reiki in the spirit of peace and unity.
TransAmoeba Loft, 1325 S Wabash. Unit #101. Red, Green, and Orange lines to Roosevelt stop. Walk south on Wabash.

* Spectrum of Sound anniversary party (since 1999). 21+ $15-20 10p-4a.
RSVP for free admission and Champange -11p.
"From the crew that brought you Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, and John Acquaviva... we celebrate this occassion with all of you who have supported us. Special guest DJ for the night is Gene Farris, one of the most sought after DJ/producers to ever come out of Chicago... also DJs Justin Long, Sativa, Shon Dervis... S.O.S. taking you to the edge and beyond."
Zentra, 312/787-0400, 923 W Weed. Between North and Division, by Joe's, behind Crobar.

* Mesh Fridays. Electronic Music Diversity. Fridays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Soulamytes and Neural Intoxications Productions present resident DJs Trancid, Carlos Feliciano, Milo and Phil Medina. Guest DJs:
11.30: DJ Sneak (Toronto, Magnetic Recordings, All World Ent.).
Club Mercury, 312/427-1774, 221 W Van Buren. Downtown Between Franklin and Wells.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Fr/Sa All ages? $6-11 (also Su 7:30p) 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, often topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2001.12.01:    ^
AIDS awareness day. Yearly.
Internationally recognized day for increasing public awareness about AIDS. The best defense is education.

Day Without Art. Commemorates Artists lost to AIDS. Yearly.
Usually observed in some way at the MCA and Cultural Center.

** Breakfast with the Beatles. The Rainbow Foundation charity event. All ages. $35-65 9a-3p.
John Schenk (president of The Rainbow Foundation, a local non-profit organization raising money for families and children in crisis) has put together an all-star lineup headlined by American English, a premier Beatles tribute band, with special guests: Sam Leach who first discovered the Beatles in 1961; Pete Best original Beatles drummer; Denny Laine from Wings; Joey Molland from Badfinger; Jim Peterik from Survivor; World Stage from Ides of March; Johnny Van Zant from Lynyrd Skynyrd; Joe Vana from Mecca; Fergie Frederiksen from Mecca and Toto; Kevin Chalfant from 707; The Storm from Two Fires; Chip and Donnie from Enuff Z'nuff; Spencer Davis from Spencer Davis Band; Terry Brock and Randy Jackson.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Chicago Neighborhood Tour: Uptown. Bring a snack. 1st Saturday in December Yearly. $20-25 4hr 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Miracle on State Street (since 1999). $48 7:30p.
Featuring Five for Fighting, Blues Traveler, and special guest Melissa Etheridge.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

The Irish Tenors. $40-50 7:30p.
UIC Pavilion, 1201 W Harrison.

BUTTER. Deep Prog House, Breaks, Techno. 21+ $10 9p-3a.
"Fuel & Eggplant Music brings you another true underground event at this ultimate venue. Intensely powerful clean sound, intelligent lighting and extensive visual installations. Justin Corbett (Oakland CA) and Andre Solaris (Fuel/92.75), Nosmo (Sonic Boom), Krispy (Eggplant)."
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. 1/2 blocks south of Belmont. Traveling on I-94 take Kimball exit and drive west on Belmont.

All-Star Saturday's. Industry Night and New York style dance party. Saturdays 21+ $10 9:30p.
Mention for free admission -11p.
All-City Entertainment and Virgin Records invites you to join us to dance, drink and dine in lovely Downtown Chicago. Hip-Hop, R&B, House, Reggae, CD giveaways.
Cafe Dolce, 312/397-0000, 749 N Clark. At Chicago Avenue.

Sunday 2001.12.02:    ^
Britney Spears Birthday (since 1981). Yearly.

* Toys For Tots motorcycle parade (since 1978). World's largest, drawing over 20000 participants! Many biker Santas. 1st Sunday in December Yearly. All ages. Bring a toy. 9:30a.
Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western. Travels all the way North to Foster.

Bears host Detroit. 12p.
Soldiers Field, 425 McFetridge Pl.

* Caroling to the Animals (since 1977). Yearly. All ages. Free 2-4p.
"Caroling to the Animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo is a family holiday celebration of song and good cheer. For 25 years friends and families have gathered on zoo grounds to 'sing in' the holiday season with local choral groups. Enjoy complimentary cider and cookies and the chance to have a photo taken with Santa Claus."
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

* "A Hair Raising Experience" America the Beautiful. All ages. $50-$200 6p.
Chicago firefighters dye their hair platinum blond to raise money for fallen NY firefighters. For each person colored Mario Tricoci Salon will donate $1000 to the funds. This event will feature the newly-blond firefighters, a fashion show and a cocktail party. $50 general admission includes cash bar, $200 patron ticket gives private bar! Anyone can sponsor a firefighter, just call (847) 202-1700.
312/664-2055 ext. 4198
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Smash Mouth. All ages. $15.50 7p.
ALSO: DJ Krush and Synergy in SmartBar.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

* A Concert for a Landmine Free World. $27-49 7:30p.
An intimate acoustic evening featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bruce Cockburn, Patty Griffin and Nanci Griffith.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

"Adult Swim" Su/Th All ages. Free 9p-12a.
Extraordinarily strange block of free form thought jazz cartoonage like animated Ken Nordine. Includes Home Movies, Aqua Teens Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show, Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, and Cowboy Bebop. Also don't miss new Reboot episodes Fridays at 4p.

** "PROPER - Chicago DRUM & BASS" Sundays 21+ $? 10p.
12.2: Drum&Bass Gods STAKKA & SKYNET!
With DJs Focus, LameBrane, Kontact. No dress code, open bar -11p.
Circus, 312/266-1200, 901 W Weed. (inside The Bedroom).

* Whiplash. Sundays 21+ $5-8 10p-4a.
Scary Lady Sarah produced. DJ Chilli Winters spinning hard & dark alternative dance. Dress code: Fetish, latex, leather, pvc, drag, ultra glam, uber goth, fantasy character, period costume. Special performances last Sunday of each month. SERIOUS scene, not for the meek. Getting RAVE reviews!
Spy Bar, 312/587-8779, 646 N Franklin. Free parking in South lot.

Monday 2001.12.03:    ^
Goth Pool Night. Mondays 21+ FREE! 8:30p-12a.
Long running event draws a dozen or more like minded. Bar features wide beer selection, menu, darts, video games. Head for Berlin after.
Cherry Red, 773/477-3661, 2833 N Sheffield.

Blue Groove Lounge (since 1994). "Chicago's longest running hip-hop night." Mondays 21+ $10, Ladies free -11p. 9p-2a.
Residents 33.3, Supacuts, Non Stop, De La Pena. Upcoming guest DJs include Tone B Nimble, Norman Rockwell, Aloe, D Double, more. Open mic from 11p.
Funky Buddha Lounge, 312/666-1695, 728 W Grand.

Tuesday 2001.12.04:    ^
Speed-dating. Tuesdays 21+ $? 7p.
Enjoy up to 45 three minute dates. Signup at site below to participate.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Cardio Jam. An aerobic fitness class integrating freestyle dance and techno music. Tuesdays All ages. $5, $3 w/ student ID 8-9p.
For those who love the music and the movement. Come get your groove-out!
Link's Hall Studio, 773/281-0824, 3435 N Sheffield. At Clark and Newport. Red Line to Addison, walk 2 blocks south / Brown Line to Belmont, walk 3 blks north / #22 Clark bus to Newport.

* Nocturna (since 1989). Goth w/ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. Tuesdays 21+ $3 10p-4a.
Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight community of several hundred. Now BACK downstairs from Metro.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Wednesday 2001.12.05:    ^
"All American Exotic Dancer Awards" 21+ $50-150 8p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

Phantom 45 hosts Seminar. THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $5 9p-2a.
With residents Gylde, Flipside, etc. Great tunes, cool decor, good drink selection, often PACKED! Sometimes good cyber lights. Sometimes webcast. Can't come? Tune in to 89.3FM WNUR 9:30-11p.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

Justify Your Existence. 1st Wednesdays 21+ $10 9p.
The Onion presents local bands proving themselves.
Schubas, 773/525-2508, 3159 N Southport.

Thursday 2001.12.06:    ^
* FAMILY GUY and THE TICK. New episodes. Thursdays All ages. Free 7p.
Outstandingly baudy, funniest new prime time cartoon on, followed by the long awaited new live action series starring Patrick Warburton, produced Edlund, Sonnenfeld, Josephson, Sacks, Charles.

* Annoying Holiday Music Show with Jim Nayder. $40 7:30p.
With Ken Nordine, Scott Simon, special guest Mitch Miller, and many more. Non-smoking.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

* Dixie Dregs. Southern art rock. 18+ $22.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* Relode presents "Shattered Thursdays" Nu induced beats. Thursdays 21+ $5-10 10p-4a.
Better than Housse music and NO DRESS CODE! $5 Long Islands, $5 well drinks, $3 domestic beers, $3 kamikaze shots.
12.6: DJs Andrei Morant, Tommy Sunshine, Poolside.
Rive Gauche Nightclub, 312/738-9971, 306 N Halsted. At Fulton.

Attractions:    ^
LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free. Su-Th 10a-10p, Fr/Sa 10a-midnt.
A*MAZING CHICAGO new attraction open. 15-minute walk-through full sensory experience featuring city themed tricky corridors.
IMAX now showing: Cirque Du Soleil Journey of Man.
ALSO: Giant Ferris Wheel, historic carousel, classic spinning swing ride, new mini--golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

See how the universe works. All ages. $5-13 Free Tuesdays.
Dramatically expanded, much high tech exhibitry.
Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-6p.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. Interesting permanent and visiting exhibits. All ages. Free Tuesdays, else $5-8.
Mo/We/Th/Fr 10:30a-4:30p, Tu 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to, great restaurant. All ages. $7-15 parking.
Prarie simulation, oriental garden, produce, vastly more. 1700ft G scale model train path through dozens of miniature American scenes.
Open daily (except xmas) about 8a-sunset.
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. Free Thursdays. 10a-5p Tu-Su.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free.
Excellent art furniture, Ghanian popular paintings, fine Italian glass, and Irish contemporary exhibits right now.
ALSO: Various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Also: good music daily at 12:15p (Classical Mo/We, Jazz Tu, Pop Th). Open late Thursdays.
Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 78 E Washington.

Natural History done right. All ages. $4-8, Free Wednesdays. 8a-5p.
Comprehensive new Freud exhibit open 10.3-12.9.
Also butterfly garden, animated robot kinetosaurs, giant magnified soil ecosystem, "Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.

Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-5 Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free 8a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

African Liberation Movements 1945-94 -2001.12.30. $0-8 Free Tuesdays.
We-Su 10a-5p, Tu 10a-8p. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New years Day.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $3-13, Free Thursdays.
New TIME exhibit now open, possibly the best collection in existence of clocks through history.
Also new Circus backstage, Howdy Doody, Sports and Cyberspace exhibits.
Mo-Fr 9:30a-4p, Sa/Su 9:30a-5:30p.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), many special late days, Free Mo/Tu Sept-Feb.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

Notes:    ^
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