2004.11.12 (week 385)
Roll with it.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at The Curious Theatre Branch.
..-Sa: 500 Clown Frankenstein at Loop Theater.
..-Su: Chicago Humanities Fest at Various downtown locations.
..-Su: Ringling Bros, B&B Circus at Allstate.
Ongoing: "Menopause" the musical at Apollo Theater.
Ongoing: The O' Franken Factor now web-cast only.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
..-Th: "Anatomy of Hell" at Music Box Theatre.
Ongoing: "Kinsey" now playing at everywhere.
Ongoing: "The Polar Express" now playing everywhere.
..-Su: American Indian Center Annual Pow Wow at UIC Pavilion.
Fr: Enterprise on UPN.
Fr: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals at Riviera Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: "Kinetic" Dance Night at Bottom Lounge.
Fr: Live Drumming at Rhythm.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Fatboy Slim at Metro.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Futurarium.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.

Ongoing:    ^
Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2004.11.20 Yearly. Ages? $12 Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
The Curious Theatre Branch, 773/274-6660, 7001 N Glenwood.

500 Clown Frankenstein. -2004.11.13 $10-15 Th-Su.
"Intense physical comedy with energy, daring and grace."
Loop Theater, 312/744-5667 (LOOP), 8 E Randolph.

Chicago Humanities Fest (since 1990). -2004.11.14 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. -2004.11.29 Yearly.
Extra special new TV programming this month on major networks.

Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). -2004.11.14 Yearly. 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 Incredibles, Surviving Christmas, The Grudge, The Machinist, Team America: World Police, Hijacking Catastrophe, The Final Cut, Shall We Dance?, Being Julia, Eulogy, Stage Beauty, Around the Bend, Primer, Taxi, Shark Tale, What the bleep, A Dirty Shame, Shaun of the Dead, The Last Shot, Ghost in the Shell 2, Sky Captain, ...
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.

The O' Franken Factor. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages. Free. 11a-2p.
Al & Katherine Lanpher present drug-free talk radio. Also hear Randi Rhodes after, and Janeane Garofalo & Sam Seder on "The Majority Report" (8-11p).
Air America Radio. Available locally on web-cast.

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 rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Bottom Lounge, 773/975-0505, 3206 N Wilton, Near Red/Brown Line Belmont stop,
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,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p Fr-Sa,Mo-We; 7p Su: Collateral - Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, ...
10p Fr-Sa,Mo-We; 7p Su: Bourne Supremacy - Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, ...
midnt Fr/Sa: Alien vs Predator - Aliens, predators, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2004.11.12:    ^
"Anatomy of Hell" -Thursday No pre-teens. $7.50 Various times.
Catherine Breillat dissects female sexuality and male apprehension in a film that mesmerizes and shocks as it blurs the lines between artistic intent and obscenity.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

"Kinsey" now playing.
A look at the life of pioneer human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey. W/ Bill Condon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Polar Express" now playing.
Robert Zemeckis, w/ voices of Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter. Uses revolutionary new Performance Capture computer animation.
Theaters Everywhere.

* American Indian Center Annual Pow Wow (since 1954). -Sunday Yearly. $0-10 Fr 5p-, Sa/Su 10a-11p.
Dozens of vendors, dance contest, public welcome, reportedly quite nice.
UIC Pavilion, 1201 W Harrison.

Enterprise. Newest Star Trek series. Fridays All ages. Free 7p.
Starring Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer.
11.12: The Augments: In defiance of their "father," Arik Soong's (Brent Spiner) eugenic creationgs devise a heinous plot against the Klingons which will surely lead to interstellar war.

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals. 18+ $25+ 8p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

Supernatural Chicago. Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p.
BRING A GUEST FREE with each paid admission!
Hear true Chicago stories of the unexplained, brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and magic -- at one of Chicago's most haunted nightspots. Price includes the show plus two drinks and general admission to the club.
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.

* "Kinetic" Dance Night. Monthly. 21+ $3 9p-2a.
"rhythmic noize + aggro-industrial + EBM"
11.12: DJs Gremlin, Sprite, and Cypher.
Bottom Lounge, 773/975-0505, 3206 N Wilton. One block West of Belmont/Clark.

Live Drumming. Fr/Sa/We 21+ $5-10 No smoking. 9p-3a.
Loaner percussions of every kind. Lessons and performances first, then immense drum circles.
Rhythm, 312/492-6100, 1108 W Randolph. At Aberdeen, six blocks W of Halsted.

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.

Fatboy Slim. 18+ $22+ 10:30p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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

Saturday 2004.11.13:    ^
Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-25 4hr 10a.
11.13: Threads of Ireland.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Gays For Strays. 3rd Annual Happy Hour Benefit for Red Door Animal Shelter. 21+ $20-25 4-8p.
Have a Drink & Help a Homeless Animal! Open bar 4-5p sponsored by Effen Vodka! Silent auction, raffle, great prizes and light bites 5-8p. Special video programs and music all night. All proceeds benefit the homeless cats, dogs & rabbits at Red Door's no-kill shelter.
Sidetrack, 773/477-9189, 3349 N Halsted. Near Red and Brown Line Belmont stop.

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. Grand Ballroom.

Cannibal Corpse. All ages. $20+ 6:30p.
Heavy Death Speed Metal w/ Napalm Death, Macabre, Goatwhore & Katakalysm.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Muse. Ages? $19+ 7p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

Pixies. W/ The Datsuns. -Wednesday All ages. $32.50+ 7p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Mitch Hedberg And Stephen Lynch. $28 7:30p.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

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.
11.13: Cold Energy - Atmospheric Megawatts without raw materials.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

* Laibach. -Sunday 21+ $18-22 Two shows. 9p.
W/ Bonfire Madigan.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

"The Edge" comedy improv show. Saturdays All ages. (21+ byob!) $5-8 9p-?a.
No two drink minimum, no egos, no rules, pizza, coffee, more.
Chase Cafe, 773/295-0395, 7301 N Sheridan. Rogers Park.

Iron Chef. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Saturdays All ages. Free. 1hr. Repeats later. 9p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"
11.13: Holiday Turkey Battle" Michiba vs. Furushyou Hiroshi.
FOOD. On cable.

"Pans*xual Pleasuredome" Saturdays 21+ $5 after 11p 9:30p-5a.
"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.

* "Dynamite" Drum&Bass. 2nd Saturdays 21+ $7-10 10p-3a.
Nice place, local parking, good guest DJs, sometimes packed. Residents Flipside, Poolside, Glyde and Carbide.
11.13: DJ Flight.
Sonotheque, 312/226-7600, 1444 W Chicago.

Old School w/ DJ Chris Gin. Sa/Su 21+ Free Fr -2a, Sa 10p-3a.
Kitchen sink music, requests, video games, sports and movies, 26 beers, kitchen.
Cans Bar and Canteen, 773/227-2277, 1640 N Damen. 1 block North of North/Milwaukee.

Sonic Boom. Saturdays All ages. Free 10p-4a.
Considered by many to be Chicago's BEST dance music weekly radio show. Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Big Beat, Drum & Bass, guest DJs.

Spundae. Saturdays 21+ $10-20 10p-5a.
RSVP on site for discount.
Acclaimed promoter, occasional big name DJs, mostly house, dress well, extraordinary venue and crowd.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Parking sometimes hard and valet fills.

Whiplash. 2nd Saturdays 21+ $10+ 10p-3a.
Scary Lady Sarah produced. DJs spinning hard & dark alternative dance. Dress code: F*t*, latex, leather, pvc, drag, ultra glam, uber goth, fantasy character, period costume. Newly moved from SpyBar, now somewhat more low-key.
Bottom Lounge, 773/975-0505, 3206 N Wilton. One block West of Belmont/Clark.

* Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10 11p-5a.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah spinning goth, darkwave, dark indie, deathrock, industrial, new wave, electro, ... Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Sunday 2004.11.14:    ^
Hot Tuna. -Monday 21+ $22 8p.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

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, Venture Bros, The Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Brak Show, Space Ghost, Harvey Birdman, Family Guy, more.
TOON. On cable.

Monday 2004.11.15:    ^
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 N Lincoln. One block north of Fullerton, across from the Biograph.

Metal Church. 18+ $15+ 9p.
W/ Three Inches of Blood.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. Emmy award winner. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages, free. Reruns at midnt, 9a, 6p. 10-10:30p.
"The best fake news show ever!" Usually followed by "Tough Crowd" w/ Collin Quinn. An excellent hour of sceptical thinkers.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2004.11.16:    ^
** ANDREW'S BIRTHDAY (since 1961). Yearly.
The prodigious brilliance behind this system turns a year wiser.

Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). -2004.11.28 All ages. $11-50 Various times. 7p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Everclear. 18+ $25+ 9p.
w/ Avion.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Noctronica. Tuesdays 21+ $5-10 10p-4a.
Industrial, EBM, darkwave, electro, and noise w/ DJs (censored) and Gremlin.
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.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2004.11.17:    ^
Women Obsession (since 1990). Ladies night for ladies. 1st/2nd/3rd Wednesdays 21+ Free 6p-12a.
W/ Go-Go Girls, drink specials, then 80s theme midnt-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

Jimmy Eat World. All ages. $19+ 6:30p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

South Park new episode. Wednesdays 9p.
COM. On cable.

"In One Ear" (since 1985). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays All ages. $3 10p-?a.
"Eclectic mix of people who groove on laid-back vibes."
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Backspin. Mid-week club night featuring local turntable talent. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Area big name DJs join resident Chris Gin. $2 domestics, $5 RedBull/vodkas.
Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 312/243-1699, 1600 W Grand. At Ashland.

Thursday 2004.11.18:    ^
Treasures & Trimmings. Holiday Benefit for the Newberry Library. $100 6p.
Ring in the holidayswith an evening including fine cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, holiday shopping amidst exclusive boutiques, and competitive bidding on 8 silent auction packages, including a cruise to Holland or France, a week's stay in Switzerland, and a private poker night with best-selling author James McManus.
Newberry Library, 312/943-9090, 60 W Walton. Three blocks south of Clark/Division Red Line.

The Alarm. "Best rock group to come out of the UK" 21+ $20 8p.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

* Psychotronic Movies. Thursdays Ages? Free. 8p.
Each table has its own HUGE state-o'-de-art monitor, with individual volume controls Food and drink available. Presenting the Japanese films that inspired Kill Bill. Author Brian Thomas of the encyclopedic "VideoHound's Dragon: Asian Action & Cult Flicks" will be onhand.
11.18: Black Tight Killers (1966): Ninja go go dancers on a rampage w/ deadly bubble gum and hearse driving.
Improv Kitchen, 773/868-6423, 3419 N Clark. One block south of CTA Red Line Addison stop.

Better Than Ezra. -Friday 18+ $24+ 8:30p.
W/ Pat Mcgee Band.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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.

* Preston Klik's Ritual. 3rd Thursdays 21+ Free 10p-12a.
Jazz-ish, totally remodeled, great drink selection, really good food, free parking.
Morseland, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free Mo-Th 10a-7p, 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.
07.24-01.02: Stalemate - ambiguity and existential crisis.
07.10-01.09: Soft Edge - Subtlety and organic materials.
11.05-11.28: Huong Ngo - security fixation parody.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

PIER WALK outdoor scultpure show now on display.
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.
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. $0-7, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Tu-Su 10a-5p. Th -8p.
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.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
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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