2003.11.07 (week 332)
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Sa: "Contemporary Insanity" at Neo.
We: Sound Tribe Sector 9 at House of Blues.
We: South Park NEW EPISODE on COM.
Th: "Rotation" drum&bass night at Cafe Lura.

Ongoing:    ^
Women, Trauma & Visual Expression. -2003.11.13 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
Woman Made Gallery, 773/489-8900, 2418 W Bloomingdale.

Chicago Humanities Fest (since 1990). -2003.11.09 Yearly. Various times.
HUNDREDS of speakers on a theme of universal interest at dozens of venues. 2003: "Saving+Spending, addresses the many economic systems we create, and choices we make, as individuals, organizations, governments, and entire societies. We believe the arts and humanities can go far toward illuminating the science of economics in its many forms."
Various downtown locations.

Network sweeps. -2003.11.29 Yearly.
Extra special new TV programming this month on major networks.

Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). -2003.11.16 All ages. $11-50 Various times.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

"Menopause" the musical. $47 Tu-Fr 8p, Sa 5+8p, Su 3:30.
Joyful musical parody set to 28 classic baby-boomer tunes.
Apollo Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

Now playing.
The Matrix Revolutions, Elf, The Human Stain, Scary Movie 3, Beyond Borders, Sylvia, Pieces of April, Wonderland, Good Boy, Kill Bill, School of Rock, Underworld, Secondhand Lions, Lost in Translation, Desperado II, ...
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.

Different new rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop,
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish,
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln,
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo, discounted parking, near downtown train stops,

Friday 2003.11.07:    ^
"Elf" now playing.
Will Ferrell, James Caan, Edward Asner, Patrick Baynham, Jane Bradbury, Annie Brebner, Zooey Deschanel, Artie Lange, Claire Lautier, Faizon Love, Bob Newhart, Luke Pohl, Michael Roberds, Amy Sedaris, Richard Side, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Matrix Revolutions" now playing.
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Mary Alice, Monica Bellucci, Daniel Bernhardt, Ian Bliss, Nona M. Gaye, Lachy Hulme, Nathaniel Lees, Harry J. Lennix, Matt McColm, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sing Ngai, Genevieve O'Reilly, Harold Perrineau Jr., Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrian Rayment, Neil Rayment, Bruce Spence, Hugo Weaving, Bernard White, Lambert Wilson, Anthony Wong, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Chicago Design Show (since 1997). Over 200 exhibitors of elite furniture. -Sunday Yearly. $15 11a-6p.
Merchandise Mart, 800/527-MART, Orleans at Hubbard.

First Friday. Music, art, snax, drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays All ages? $7-14 6-10p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy w/ Jakehead. 18+ $22.50 6:45p.
Smirnoff Jazz.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Primus. All ages. $30 8p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Rick Springfield. 21+ $? 8p.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

"Eight:18 - A Circus of the Spirit" 1st Fridays All ages. $8-10 8p-12a.
DJs, global music, live-tronica, drum circles, yoga, artwork, massage, healing, improv, video, much more. Food and drink, alcohol and smoke free. "Spirit-expressing-with-respect is the essence of this event, w/ peace, love, understanding, tolerance, diversity, respect, and unity!"
Unity Chicago, 773/973-0007, 1925 Thome. S/W of Devon/Ridge.

MainFrame. ElectroPunk Night. Monthly. 21+ $5 9p-2a.
"Bi-weekly club night devoted to spreading the electropunk virus throughout Chicago with a concentrated injection of local and national electro bands and DJs."
11.7: Boston's Tastiest Electropop Trio FREEZEPOP w/ local faves Flutter, J+J+J, Bunnyhug, DJ Monster-0.
Triple D's, 773/871-6239, 1902 W Irving Park Rd. Just east of the Irving Park, Damen, Lincoln Ave intersection.

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.

Sonic Boom. Fr/Sa 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, guest DJs.

Sweet & LowDown. Fridays 21+ $0-15 10p-4a.
Respond at venue website for discount.
BIG NAME weekly guest DJs join resident DJ Sativa and friends. Mostly House and Techno.
Zentra, 312/787-0400, 923 W Weed. Between North and Division by Joe's behind Crobar.

Ferry Corsten and DJ Rap. 18+ $25 11p-?a.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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 2003.11.08:    ^
Full Moon. Always adds an interesting twist.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-25 4hr 10a.
11.8: Pullman Historic District.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

RingSide (since 1992). Boxing match between CBOT, MERC and CBOE traders. Yearly. $150 6p-12a.
Benefits Mercy Home for boys and girls, black tie, big band, fine dining and cocktails.
Marriott Downtown, 312/738-9245, 540 N Michigan.

Godsmack. All ages. $30 7:30p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

King Crimson. -Sunday 18+ $47 No smoking. 7:30p.
W/ Living Colour.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

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.
11.08: How To Make Poor Nations Rich, Or, A Short Treatise On Economic Development, Tim Bolger.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Live Drumming. Saturdays 21+ $10 No smoking. 8p-3a.
Also drum circles and loaner percussions of every kind, lessons Friday 9p.
Rhythm, 312/492-6100, 1108 W Randolph. At Aberdeen, six blocks W of Halsted.

"The Edge" comedy improv show. Saturdays All ages. $5-8 9p-?a UNCONFIRMED
Chase Cafe, 773/295-0395, 7301 N Sheridan. Rogers Park.

Iron Chef. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Saturdays All ages. Free. Repeats at 1a. 9-10p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"
FOOD. On cable.

"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.

* "Contemporary Insanity" Saturdays 21+ $5 10p-5a.
THE BEST Industrial/EBM nite in town.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

Sunday 2003.11.09:    ^
Total Lunar Eclipse.

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.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinarily good block of free-form thought-jazz toonage. May include Home Movies, The Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Brak Show, Space Ghost, Harvey Birdman, Family Guy, and more.
TOON. On cable.

"Sedition" Sundays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
A "dark, sensual and subversive scene" w/ DJ (censored) and guests spinning EBM/Industrial/Electro.
11.09: DJs Cryptomech & yzgi.
Joy-Blue, 773/477-3330, 1401 W Irving Park. Several blocks West of Red Line Sheridan stop (24hr), or East of Brown Line Irving Park stop.

Whiplash. Sundays 21+ $7-9 (up to $15 if not in costume) 10p-3a.
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 2003.11.10:    ^
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.

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.

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p (Mo-Th): Bad Boys 2.
10p (Mo-Th): S.W.A.T.
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Tuesday 2003.11.11:    ^
Veteran's Day. Legal holiday in the U.S. Yearly.
Anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in 1918. This day is also known as Armistice Day in Europe and Rememberance Day in Canada. Two month anniversary of the start of the newest war. Many offices closed Monday.
No parade this year?

Chic-a-Go-Go (since 1996). Tu/We All ages. Free Tu 8:30p, We 3:30p. UNCONFIRMED
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. Now in 8th year!
CAN-TV. Public Access channel on cable.

Hanson. All ages. $20 8p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Noctronica/Nocturna (since 1988). Electro/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. Some weeks 18+ held upstairs at Metro.
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 2003.11.12:    ^
Enterprise. Newest Star Trek series. Wednesdays All ages. Free 7p.
Starring Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer. Sometimes great, sometimes lame. It's said that some ST is playing somewhere on Earth at any given time. Catch Voyager reruns nightly at 5a.

* Sound Tribe Sector 9. 18+ $16.50 9p.
w/ spoken word by Poetree.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays 9p.
COM. On cable.

"In One Ear" (since 1985). Open Mic. Wednesdays All ages. $2 10p-?a.
"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.

Women Obsession (since 1990). Intended as a ladies night for ladies. 1st/2nd/3rd Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

Ladies Night with Elevate. Wednesdays 21+ Free for Ladies 10:30p-3a.
Elevate presents Ladies Night at Bar Chicago Wednesdays. DJ Vygo spins progressive dance and Chicago house.
Bar Chicago, 312/654-1120, 9 W Division. At State.

Thursday 2003.11.13:    ^
Deicide, Hate Eternal, Krisium, Cattle Decapitation. All ages. $20 6p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Blink 182. All ages. Free?!? 6:15p.
W/ Bubba Sparxxx, The Kinison.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Bar Revu. We go to bars and "REVU" them. Monthly. 21+ Free 7:30p-?a.
Group gathering for drinking, talking. Cash bar.
11.13: Nine Restaurant & Bar, 312/575-9900, 440 W Randolph.

Rickie Lee Jones. $30-40 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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+ $5-10 9p-2a.
Chicago's official Thursday night drum&bass session. Good Polish lounge with adequate dance room, chill couches, attached restaurant, Zywiec. DJs Danny the WildChild, Phantom 45, Radiata, MF, Regge, Lamebrane. Also catch WNUR 89.3FM 9:30-11p.
11.13:" target=_blank>Concord Dawn (New Zealand), DJ Kontact (Chicago).
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Just south of Belmont, easy parking or Blue Line train to Belmont then brisk 10 minute walk west.

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.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Also: good music daily at 12:15p, open late Thursdays.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 78 E Washington.

Various good modern art shows. $0-8 Free Tuesdays. We-Su 10a-5p, Tu 10a-8p, closed Mo, xgiving, xmas, nyd.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

With 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.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
6.5-8.28: "Family Fun Night" Thursdays.
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. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. All ages. $6-10, Free Tuesdays. Mo/We/Th/Fr 10:30a-4:30p, Tu 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $6-7, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Tu-Su 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $5-10, Free Mo/Tu 1.1-2.28+9.23-12.23. Last entry 4p, closed xmas+ny. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, 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. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

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

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $4-9 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
New TIME exhibit, possibly the best collection in existence of clocks through history. Also new Train, Genetics, Cyberspace, AIDS and toy exhibits.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

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

Notes:    ^
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