2002.07.26 (week 265)

..-Su: Book sale and Bughouse Square Debates at Newberry Library.
Ongoing: Austin Powers in "Goldmember" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Fr: YES at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Spundae at Vision Nightclub.
Sa: Bristol Renaissance Faire at Renaissance Village.
Sa: Get inline... Chicagoland! at Deer Grove Forest Preserve.
Sa: Venetian Night at Lakefront from Shedd to Monroe Harbor.
Su: ELVIRA public appearances.
Su: Adult Skate w/ Bar! at Rainbo Roller Rink.
Su: New Power Party at Berlin.
Su: Blondie at House of Blues.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Industry Sundaze at Dragonfly Mandarin Lounge.
Su: Whiplash at Spy Bar.
Mo: Your Brain on Mondays at Tree House.
Tu: "Forward" A Brand-spankin-new Drum&Bass Night! at Dragonfly Mandarin Lounge.
Tu: Nocturna at SmartBar.
We: The Backyard Variety Show at Hot House.
We: DJ High Contrast and MC Blackeye host Seminar - THE weekly drum&bass party at Red Dog.

Vagina Monologues. Rotating cast. Fr/Sa/Su $24.75-55 Fr 8p, Sa 6+9p, Su 3:30+7p.
Apollo Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

Movin' Out. -2002.08.04 $44-77.
World-premiere pre-Broadway engagement of a new musical conceived, choreographed, directed by Twyla Tharp, based on songs and instrumental compositions of Billy Joel. Follows the lives of six friends through the turbulent years of 1967-1987 as they and their world changes.
Shubert Theatre, 312/902-1500 tickets, 22 W Monroe. Downtown.

* Book sale and Bughouse Square Debates (since 1985). Major literati event. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Over 100K volumes most under $1. Public heckling of outlandish soapbox oratory at nearby park Friday 6-8p and Saturday 1-5p.
Newberry Library, 312/943-9090, 60 W Walton.

Ram Dass - Fierce Grace - As Here As Ever. -2002.07.26 No pre-teens. $7.50 5:45p.
"Filmmaker Mickey Lemle, who has known his subject for 25 years, balances fascinating, often hilariously funny footage from the hippie era, with contemporary material on spiritual leader Ram Dass, as he remakes his life since suffering a stroke five years ago."
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Chicago Summerdance. Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2002.09.11 Yearly. All ages. Free Th-Su.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons Th-Sa 6-7p; Su 4-5p. Live Music and dancing Th-Sa 7:30-9:30p; Su 5-7p.
Grant Park, "Spirit of Music" Garden., 312/744-3370, Between Harrison and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Now playing.
Mr. Deeds, Crocodile Hunter, Men In Black II, PowerPuff Girls, Minority Report, Bourne Identity, Scooby Doo, Windtalkers, Undercover Brother, Spider Man, ...
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.

Under The Picasso. All ages. Free 12p.
Interesting free performances almost every week day at noon. Go to the spectacular Thompson Center nearby (100 W Randolph) for more good art.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Farmers Markets. Cut out the middlemen. -2002.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 7a-2p.
Tu: Federal Plaza, Dearborn/Adams 5.14-10.15.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn 6.18-10.22.
Tu: Museum of Contemporary Art 5.25-10.15 11a-7p.
Th: Daley Plaza 7.11+25, 8.8+22, 9.5+19+26, daily 10.17-31 7a-3p.
Th: Prudential Plaza, Lake/Beaubien: 7.18, 8.1+15+29, 9.12+26, 10.10 7a-3p.
Th: Jackson/Wacker park: 5.16-10.17.
Th: Eli's/Wright College, Mntrs&Forest 6.20-10.17.
Th: Edison/Norwood Park, Oshkosh&NW HW 7.18, 8.1+15+29, 9.12+26, 10.10+24.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt 6.20-10.24.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central 6.22-10.19.
Sa: Edgewater, Broadway&Thorndale 6.22-10.19.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Halsted 6.22-10.26.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division 6.22-10.19.
Sa: North Center, BellPln/Damen/Lncln 6.22-10.19.
Sa: North Halsted, Grace/Brdwy/Halsted 6.22-10.19.
Su: Farm-In-The-Zoo, 2001 N Stockton, 6.23, 7.28, 8.25, 9.22.
Su: Galewood, Cortland&Newlnd 7.14,8.11,9.8,10.13.
Su: Rogers Park, Howard&Marshfield, 6.23, 7.28, 8.25, 9.22 10a-2p.
Su: WickerPark, Schiller&Damen 6.23-10.20.
Su: Roscoe Village, Belmont&Wolcott 7.7, 8.4, 9.1, 10.6.
Various city locations.

Different culturally diverse performances nightly. 21+ to drink (18+ w/ parent) $5-10.
Generally: Mo: Swing/Yoko Noge; Tu: Hip-Hop; We-Su: various. Cabaret / gallery atmosphere.
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo. Discounted parking available. Near downtown train stops.

Different rock, jazz and experimental bands every night. 21+ $? 8p.
Dive-ish, with pool and an old video game or two.
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western.

Different rock show almost every night. 21+ $? 9p.
Three bands and a beer for $3 some Tuesdays.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

WNUR ROCKS MY WORLD! NorthWestern University Radio. All ages. Free.
Best intelligent dance music on the free airwaves, with excellent cutting edge ambient and drum&bass shows.
89.3FM, 847-866-WNUR. AIM: WNURdj.

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p (daily): Kissing Jessica Stein - "When it comes to love, sometimes she just can't think straight."
10p (daily): Life or Something Like it - Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub, ...
midnt (Fr,Sa,Th): Kissing Jessica Stein again.
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2002.07.26:
** Austin Powers in "Goldmember" now playing.
Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael York, Michael Caine, Heather Graham, Seth Green, Eddie Adams, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Tom Cruise, Danny DeVito, Gwyneth Paltrow, Quincy Jones, Ozzy Osbourne, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

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.

** YES. All ages. $40-80 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

College of Complexes - South Side campus. "The Playground for People Who Think" Fridays All ages. $2 byob 2.5hrs 8p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers.
Future World Cafe, 773/256-1570, 1744 E 55th. Hyde Park.

Cosmic Breaks Radio. Live drum&bass DJ web-cast. Fridays All ages. Free -at least midnt. 8p.
The Cosmic Breaks DJ's spin live on the net weekly. Tune in and drop us a line on icq or email for shouts, requests etc. Listen before you go out, after you get home, or just stay at home in from of your computer and pretend you are out somewhere. 8).
Cosmic Breaks Studio, Logan Square.

Angeles Del Infierno. Rock Espanol. 18+ $21.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Iron Chef - Sea Urchin 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!"

* Spundae. Fridays 21+ $15-20, free -9:30p. 9p-4a.
Email for discount.
Top name DJs weekly, and a drum&bass room.
7.26: Meat Katie, Andre Solaris, Donnie Stash, Lemon D & Dillinja, Focus, Chamberweed.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Great venue (formerly Aura). Parking hard and valet fills.

DJ Danny Miller's stuff and things.. Fridays 21+ $5 9:30p-2a.
Email for guestlisting.
Hollywood East, 773/271-4711, 5650 N Broadway. Near ByrnMawr Red Line stop, end of LSD.

Austin Powers party. 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Discount admission for retro atire.
"Retro Wild Child Fashion Show, Gogo Boots Screen Show, DJ Jesse Dela Pena, Psychadelic Visuals, Costumes By Hollywood Mirror, Models By Elite And Aria."
Circus, 312/266-1200, 901 W Weed.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins his signature mix of progressive, hardhouse, trance, & breakbeat along with some of his favorite classic club hits.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Sweet & LowDown. Fridays 21+ $0-15 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
BIG NAME weekly guest DJs join residents Justin Long, Sativa, Shon Dervis. Mostly House and Techno.
Zentra, 312/787-0400, 923 W Weed. Between North and Division by Joe's behind Crobar.

Tickle. "going deep inside" Fridays 21+ $0-10 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
Spectrum Of Sound Brings you the best in Deep House and Hip-Hop.
Rednofive, 312/733-6699, 440 N Halsted.

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.

* BANG SPECIAL EDITION. 21+ $? 12-4a.
FREE admission and drinks with password "The Penthouse"
Password gets you to the "Penthouse" party in the mezz with "The Collective" Pat Parsons, Riverman, Ms. Michele, open bar -2a!!! Main floor DJs Paul Johnson and Maxwell Edison. Well produced hotspot, mostly house, crowded late. Fetish friendly but dress well, no tennis shoes.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury. No public transit.

Saturday 2002.07.27:
Chicago Neighborhood Tours: Wonders of the West Side; Ethnic Cemetery. Bring a snack. 4th Saturday in July Yearly. $20-25 4hr 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

* Bristol Renaissance Faire. Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2002.08.25 Yearly. 21+ $16.50 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a doezen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773 x227, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.

STOPPING LESSONS by Chicago Skate Patrol. Sa/Su -2002.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-4p.
Certified volunteers teach stopping and other basics. Look for the banner and red t-shirts near the ramp. PERFECT for beginners to walk, drive, cab or train to, bringing skates and protective gear. Great performers practicing nearby.
Oak Street Beach

* Get inline... Chicagoland! inline skating club. Sa/Su/Th All ages. Free 6:30p.
Group skates in the burbs! Get together to skate, socialize and have fun!
Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Palatine, IL, Palatine. I90 to Rt 53N, exit at Dundee, go west a couple miles. Pass Hicks, it's the first entrance on the left.

* Venetian Night (since 1958). Parade of over 35 brightly decorated boats followed by fireworks. Last Saturday in July Yearly. 7-10p.
Symphony Orchestra at Petrillo -8:30. Also includes Lima Lima flyover, Police and Fire Department marine units. 500K expected.
Lakefront from Shedd to Monroe Harbor, 312/744-3370. Reviewing at Queen's Landing (Congress).

New Edition. $50-65 7:30p.
Arie Crown Theater, 312/791-6516, 2301 S Lake Shore. in McCormick Place.

Paul Van Dyk. A Pure, Jam, Q101 Sonic Boom production. 18+ $33 8p-2a.
Appearing with local DJs John Curley, Johnny Chaos, Ashish Shah, Donnie Stash. Tickets at Supreme, Another Level.
RELOCATED from the other dive across the street.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.

College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3 food/drink purchase 2.5hrs 8-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Sister Hazel. Alt-pop-rock. 18+ $15 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Interactive. Saturdays 21+ $10-20 9p-5a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
DJs Psycho-Bitch and Teri Bristol lead a top clubber mating night. Intense, big, crowded, sexy, long. Pricey drinks, mostly house. Serious clubber attire required.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury. No public transit, take a cab.

"AUTOBAHN" How fast can you go? Saturdays 21+ $5 after 10p 9:30p-5a.
Experience the driving, Trans-Euro groove as DJs Christopher Robin and Greg Haus and John Jackson spin a signature mix of progressive music and video. Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you are! An editor fave, sometimes too wild.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Darkmedia presents Water on Electricity. 21+ $8 10p.
Come see one of the Hottest new Bands in Chicago. Special party at Crobar nightclub afterwards.
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N. Milwaukee Ave.

THA LICK. outdoor dance party. 21+ $5 10-3 10p.
join djs phantom 45, danny the wildchild, matt nee, frankie vega, risky bizness, ry-n and many more+++ come on out!!!
World Golf Dome, 8900 S 77th. See web site - 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago.

Sonic Boom. Saturdays All ages. Free 10p-2a.
Considered by many to be Chicago's BEST dance music weekly radio show. Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Big Beat, Drum & Bass, often with Danny the Wildchild.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2002.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.

THENEWSOUND. An evening of great music not heard too often at clubs. Saturdays 21+ Free 10:30p-3a.
DJ Intel (one of the Platter Pirates) spins hip-hop, downtemp and the occasional drum and bass. Weekly guest make appearences along with weekly drink specials.
Mia Notte (inside Francesca's Fiore), 708/771-3063, 7407 W Madison, Forest Park. 4 blocks west of Harlem. Easy access from 290.

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival. Sa/Su 18+ $7.50 Various times. 12a.
Caution: Mostly tasteless, some new, some old, some great, some garbage.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Sunday 2002.07.28:
* ELVIRA (aka Cassandra Peterson) public appearances. Debuting her new movie.
1. Pre-Party with DJ Scary Lady Sarah at Circuit, 773/325-2233, 3641 N Halsted,
2. "Elvira's Haunted Hills" Charity Movie Premier (part of the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) at Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport,
3. Haunted Hills Summer Madness Party with DJ Scary Lady Sarah at Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark,
Tickets from benefit The Children's Place, a non-profit organization servicing children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

MATIAL ARTS FEST. Demos, videos, books, clothes, food, beer, movies, FUN! 18+ (ID reqd) $10-12.
Noon: "Shaolin and Tai Chi" Disciples of each clan battle each other for supremacy.
2p: "Prodigal Son" Wing Chun classic starring Jackie Chan.
4p: Choke (?).
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Beach Poets (since 1991). Sundays -2002.10.27 Yearly. All ages. Free 4-6p.
Varied readings and music.
Loyola Beach. Greenleaf at the lakefront, south of Heartland.

* Adult Skate w/ Bar! Sundays 21+ $7 8p-1a.
Large smooth wood rink, goes through a series of sessions for mixed, backwards, couples, etc. Hip/Hop, urban, R&B DJ. Some of the roller skating regulars have awesome moves. Bladers welcome. Hours: Mo-Th private; Fr 4:30-7p teens $4, 7-10:30p family $5, 11p-? private; Sa 10:30a-1p family $4, 1-3:30p all $5, 4-7p all $5, 7:30-11p teen $10, mid-4a 18+ $7; Su noon-1p inline lessons $10, 1-3:30p all $5, 4-7p all $5, 8p-1a 21+ $7. $2-3 rentals.
Rainbo Roller Rink, 773/271-6200, 4836 N Clark.

* New Power Party (since 1996). Samnation spins Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Last Sundays 21+ Free 8p-4a.
Movie at 8p, dancing from 10p, diverse glam/sexy clique.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

* Blondie. Classic punk rock. 21+ $47.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* "Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 9-11:30p.
Extraordinarily good block of toonage, includes free form thought jazz like animated Ken Nordine. Includes Home Movies, Baby Blues, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, sometimes Space Ghost and pals.

Weekly Coffeehouse (since 1999). Sundays All ages. $5 Donation. (doors 7p) 9p-1a.
Open mic, poets, musicians, interesting alternative community art and photos always on display. Includes coffee, tea, soda, snax, raffle.
The Burkhart Underground, 773/348-8536, 2845 N Halsted.

FLICK! Movie night at a dance club! Sundays 21+ Showtimes 11p, 1a. 10p-4a.
"Chill at the all new Dragon Room for a night of flicks, $2 movie drafts, popcorn, and the sounds of the industry's own Martin Boogieman, Fast Eddie, and Weekly Guest DJs."
Dragon Room, 312/751-8700, 809 W Evergreen. Just off Halsted.

* Industry Sundaze. Resident DJ Chris Gin hosts guests weekly. Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
"A night dedicated to waitresses, waiters, bartenders, bouncers, promoters, dancers, DJs and all those that make Chicago nitelife what it is, with variety and flavour." Good club, on a low pressure night. Full service restaurant and bar open all night. Drink specials and valet.
Dragonfly Mandarin Lounge, 312/204-9991, 1206 N State. At Division, East of Dearborn.

* Whiplash. Sundays 21+ $6-8 (up to $15 if not in costume) 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, rave reviews, not for the meek!
Spy Bar, 312/587-8779, 646 N Franklin. Free parking in South lot.

Monday 2002.07.29:
Tales of terror. Mondays 18+ $4 7:30p.
Various readings by local Chicago horror authors, open mike, and different entertainment weekly.
The Red Lion Pub, 773/348-2695, 2446 North Lincoln Avenue. On Lincoln one block north of Fullerton. Across from the Biograph.

Blue Groove Lounge (since 1994). "Chicago's longest running hip-hop night." Mondays 21+ $10, Ladies free -11p. 8p-2a.
Residents 33.3, Supacuts, Non Stop, De La Pena, plus special guests.
Wild Hare, 773/327-4273, 3530 N Clark.

Reactv8. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Boa spins synthpop, hardwave, retro, & more... DJ Kamar from 88.7FM joins him 2nd/4th Mondays. Caters to people who enjoy conversation, good drinks, and NO "boom boom thump thump" music. With good lights and vids, and Mr. Hate dispensing poison.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

* Your Brain on Mondays. Tree House Collective Presents Live DJs - House, Techno, Drum & Bass. Mondays 21+ 10p-2a.
Come and enjoy Great soundz, Lowcost drinks ($2 Rolling Rock), Free Pool, an outdoor section, and of course great people.
Tree House, 312/409-2626, 2345 W Belmont.

Tuesday 2002.07.30:
Chic-a-Go-Go (since 1996). Tu/We All ages. Free Tu 8:30p, We 3:30p.
RESPOND AT to get on the show!
Miss Mia (of Kim) and puppet Ratso host a fun loving local show where bands and performers lip-sync for an entertainingly diverse dancing audience.
CAN-TV. Public Access channel 19.

Terrapin Nation. Dead homage. 21+ $12 Advanced purchase recommended. 8:30p.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Chicago Outdoor Film Festival (since 2000). Enjoy seven classic movies on the Grant Park lawn this summer courtesy of your fair city. Tuesdays -2002.08.27 Yearly. All ages. Free 8:30p.
7.30: A Hard Day's Night; 8.6: Carmen Jones; 8.13: Horse Feathers; 8.20 Vertigo; 8.27 West Side Story.
Grant Park, Butler Field, 312/744-3315, 331 E Randolph. El: Red Line to Monroe; Green, Orange or Brown Line to Madison/Wabash or Adams/Wabash.

Steel Pulse. Reggae. 18+ $23.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* "Forward" A Brand-spankin-new Drum&Bass Night! Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p-3:45a.
$2 Bacardi and Cokes, kitchen (Chinese food) and party all night, beatin' sound system, low lights, easy dress code, nice people, resident DJs Riverman, Ciro, J Initial, Circiut-Breaker. Limited street parking, take train or cab.
7.30 Katz9.
Dragonfly Mandarin Lounge, 312/204-9991, 1206 N State. At Division, East of Dearborn.

Real World Chicago - NEW EPISODES HAVE ENDED. Now playing our season over again. Tuesdays All ages. Free 9p.

Stud Puppy Tuesdays. Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p.
"This hot night out at Temps packs 'em in. Every week hundreds of hot and sexy guys head to Temps for a night of hi-energy dancing and prowling. Join the fun and the always entertaining Sarabia with his troupe of male dancers who 'take it off' all night long. DJ Dave spins today's hottest remixes. $4 Long Island Ice Teas served up by bartenders, Rand and Mike." An unusual GM night at an otherwise LF club.
Temptations Nightclub, 847/455-0008, 10235 W Grand, Franklin Park.

* Nocturna (since 1989). Goth w/ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. Tuesdays 21+ $5-10 10p-4a.
Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals. Upstairs at Metro 18+ every other week.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Testosterone Tuesday. Hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Ralph Rosario.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2002.07.31:
Neo Soul Explosion w/ special guests. Wednesdays -2002.09.04 Ages? $15 5-9:30p.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Group Skate. Wednesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
"The granddaddy of Chicago group skates" as mentioned in national press. Destination TBD (Chinatown/Adler/...) and optionally back for beers. 8-12 miles, some street skating, full gear and blinkers strongly recommended, intermediate and up, be prompt. Canceled if wet.
Londo Mondo, 888/828-7630, 1100 N Dearborn.

Chris Gin new residency. Wednesdays 21+ Free 8p-2a.
Promises "a weekly orgy of debauchery ... five hours of hard beats, classics and general insanity." $3 Buds.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

* The Backyard Variety Show. A showcase of Vaudevillesque talent. Last Wednesdays 21+ (or w/ parent) $5-10 8p.
May include acrobats, torch singers, fire eaters, stilt walkers, ventriloquists, fakirs, dog acts, and other amazing and unusual acts. Hosted by Douglas Grew of Midnight Circus. Cabaret / Gallery atmosphere.
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo. Discounted parking available. Near downtown stops on all train lines.

* DJ High Contrast and MC Blackeye host Seminar - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $7 9p-4a.
With resident DJs Gylde, Flipside, etc. Great tunes, good lights, $2 Buds and shot specials, big sound and dance floor, usually packed. Also listen to 89.3FM WNUR 9:30-11p. Parking fairly easy (lot next door), dress code unknown.
Red Dog, 773/278-1009, 1958 W North. Wicker Park.

Pat Benatar. 21+ $38.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"In One Ear" (since 1985). Open Mic. Wednesdays All ages. $2 9p-1a.
"eclectic mix of people" who groove on "laid-back" vibes, folk music and poetry readings.
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

South Park NEW EPISODE? Wednesdays 9p.

"Can Can" party. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
Spectrum of Sound presents "The hottest mid-week party in Chicago. Musical format is House and Hip-Hop. Resident DJs Cedric, FlipSide, Vince Lawrence and Wayne Williams." Visit site below for photos and more.
Glow, 312/587-8469, 1615 N Clybourn.

Thursday 2002.08.01:
Thursday Evening Advanced Group Skate. Thursdays 6:45p.
Leaving from North Avenue Beach House, through the parks and streets, returning to Mickey's snack bar Clark Street north of Fullerton. Protective gear, water, blinkers highly recommended, intermediate to advanced skills, be on time. Canceled if wet.
North Avenue Beach House, North Avenue at the lake.

* Filter. Heavy metal. All ages. $20 7p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Downtown Thursday. Special evening events and later hours at several museums and clubs. Thursdays 7-?p.
Good night to catch Blues downtown, cocktails at the MCA, Jazz at the Shedd or Randolph Cafe. See the site for MUCH MORE!

Bondage A Go-Go. Thursdays 21+ $? 8p-4a.
Hostesses Janelle, Donna, Veronica, DJ Pascal and guests. Bring or buy toys for adult play.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.

** "Rotation" drum&bass night! Thursdays 21+ $5-7 9p-2a.
"Futureroots & Rotation Kru present Chicago's official Thursday night session." $5 RedBull/Vodka, $3 Corona. Video art by Binary Bin. With resident DJs: MF, Regge, N-DEE, Radiata.
8.1 DJ Marcus Intalex (Metalheadz, UK).
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Just south of Belmont, not close to train.

DJ Hyper (cd release), Dissolvent, Johnny Chaos. 21+ $10 10p.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

M 2 O. A night of liquid motion. Thursdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
"This weekly event has quickly become THE party to attend on Thursday nights. With resident DJs Mood and Oscar McMillan and guests DJs from around the world, the message of Deep House is being delivered to the masses. Feel good and have a good time!" Printable pass at site below.
Le Passage, 312/255-0022, 1 Oak Place. At intersection with Rush.

Planet Earth (since 1979). Thursdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Join DJ Dave Roberts for music, makeup, memories and videos. A long running Goth-lite night of new wave club classics.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark.

Various good modern art shows. $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.

LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free. Su-Th 10a-10p, Fr/Sa 10a-midnt.
PIER WALK NOW OPEN! Over 100 massive outdoor sculptures on display. One of Chicago's very greatest civil art features. -2002.11.10.
ALSO: Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, 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. All ages. Free Tuesdays, else $5-8.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
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.
New PEARLS and CHOCOLATE exhibits now open. 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.

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.

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