2004.11.26 (week 387)
Every turkey dies, not every turkey truly lives.
Ongoing: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.
..-Su: Ringling Bros, B&B Circus at United Center.
Ongoing: "Menopause" the musical at Apollo Theater.
Ongoing: The O' Franken Factor now web-cast only.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Buy Nothing Day.
Fr: Full Moon.
Ongoing: "Finding Neverland" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
..-Su: Sing-a-long Sound of Music at Music Box Theatre.
Fr: City Holiday Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Korn at Aragon Ballroom.
Fr: Enterprise on UPN.
..-Sa: The Bodeans at Vic Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
..-Su: Tom Jones at House of Blues.
Fr: Liquid Soul at Martyrs'.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Futurarium.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.

Seasonal:    ^
Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2004.12.22 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 12.22.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2004.12.31 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.20-12.26 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,
* The Nutcracker: 12.15-26 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress, $15-90,
* Free photo with Santa: for 94th floor visitors 11.26-12.19 Sa-Su 11a-5:30p. John Hancock Center Observatory, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan,
* Decorated State Street Store Windows: Downtown Carson Pirie Scott, Marshall Field's.
* Christmas Around The World: 11.16-1.9 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry,
* Zoolights: 11.26-1.2 Over a million lights, Lincoln Park Zoo,

Ongoing:    ^
Network sweeps. -2004.11.29 Yearly.
Extra special new TV programming this month on major networks.

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

"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.
SpongeBob, National Treasure, Bridget Jones 2, The Polar Express, Kinsey, The Incredibles, Surviving Christmas, The Grudge, Team America, The Final Cut, Shall We Dance, Around the Bend, Taxi, Shark Tale, ...
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 Mo-We; 7p Su: Collateral - Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, ...
10p Mo-We; 9p Su: Without A Paddle - Matthew Price, Andrew Hampton, Jarred Rumbold, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2004.11.26:    ^
* Buy Nothing Day (since 1992). International celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Yearly. Day after Thanksgiving.
Very real global day of protest against the corporate brainwashing which leads to the un-sustainable Western hyper-consumerist culture. Includes anti-commercials and events at the world's largest malls. Intentionally occurs on the biggest shopping day of the year. See the website for more info.

Full Moon. Always adds an interesting twist.

"Finding Neverland" now playing.
Experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie, which lead him to write the children's classic. W/ Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Nick Roud, Radha Mitchell, Joe Prospero, Freddie Highmore, Dustin Hoffman, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

* Sing-a-long Sound of Music. -Sunday Yearly. $10-22.50 2p.
The classic film, now with subtitles. Now with costume contest. Usually sells out.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

* City Holiday Tree Lighting (since 1914). The mayor does his thing! Music, etc. Last Friday in November Yearly. All ages. Free 4p.
Uses 40 Wisconsin Balsam Firs, 80 foot tall, 10000 lights, 1000 bows, 1000 ornaments.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

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.

* Korn. All ages. $32.50+ 7p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

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.
11.26: Awakening: Archer and T'Pol encounter the Syrrannites, a radical group hiding in the Vulcan desert, while the NX-01 crew contends with Vulcan power ploys.
UPN/WPWR. Repeats Sunday at 9p.

The Bodeans. -Saturday 18+ $39+ 7:30p.
Holiday Concert For Kids.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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.

Tom Jones. -Sunday 21+ $65+ Three nights. 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Liquid Soul. 21+ $10 10p.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

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.

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 2004.11.27:    ^
Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-25 4hr 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Mega Huge Backstock Zine Blow-Out. All ages. 11a-?p.
"Oh my god, almost 10-13 years worth of vintage rare and old school zines go on sale today from the Zine Guide archives. Most of them will be priced at $1 to $2, so complete your collection or just come get some great holiday suprises. You are guaranteed to FREAK OUT. So wake up early and join in the hunt."
Quimby's Bookstore, 773/342-0910, 1854 W North.

Lloyd Banks. All ages. $36+ Second show (18+) at 11p. 6:30p.
WGCI welcomes.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Insane Clown Posse. Ages? $34+ 7p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

* Turkey Free Thanksgiving. Yearly. All ages. $15 RSVP encouraged. 7-10p.
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Potluck ocal and comedy night,
Healing Earth Resources, 773/327-8459, 3111 N Ashland.

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.
11.27: Petit Bourgeois Paradise: A Better World Without Unions etc.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Thanksgiving Weekend Live. 21+ $25-75 9p.
"VIP Events, Dream Nites, Jhiggy, and A&O present live music, dancing, networking, 2 VIP areas, 2 DJ's. VIP ticket includes 4hr premium open bar. Featuring The Third Dynasty Band & R&B Group I-94, WGCI's DJ Phantom & V103's Maurice "Ice" Culpepper."
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

iCandy. Er*tically themed dance event. Monthly. 21+ $10-20 9p-5a.
RSVP on website for discount.
Las Vegas / South Beach style scene. May include dancers, costumes, body paint, circus acts and skin. "Show Girls and Big Beats"
Sound-Bar, 312/787-4480, 226 West Ontario. Credit cards accepted. Walkable from Red and Brown lines.

"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!"
11.27: Turkey battle.
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.
11.27: Official PTI Blackout release party. CD giveaway.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

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.
11.27: ATB, Seneca, ...
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Parking sometimes hard and valet fills.

Sunday 2004.11.28:    ^
Deathsister 1334's 35th birthday gathering. Goth/electro/deathrock event. All ages. $7 6-11p.
All are invited. Bands: Arch Visceral Parlor (ethereal), Infinity Interrupt (electro/industrial soundscapes), Statistical Multiplexer; DJs Pascal, Seraph, Transit; live fetish performance by Mistress Cleo and Erick Johnson. Come early for cake!
Chase Cafe, 773/295-0395, 7301 N Sheridan. Rogers Park.

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 clique.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

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 2004.11.29:    ^
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 N Lincoln. One block north of Fullerton, across from the Biograph.

Minnie Driver. 21+ $16 Doors 7p. 8p.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. Emmy award winner. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages, Free. Reruns twice a day. 10-10:30p.
"The best fake news show ever!"
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2004.11.30:    ^
Boyz II Men. 21+ $25+ 9p.
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 2004.12.01:    ^
* 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.

An Irish Christmas. Celtic holiday music performed by Chicago-area musicians. $12 6p.
Opens with the Academy of Irish Music, Noel Rice directs young performers of classical and Irish instruments. Then Chuck Kessell leads Irish Heritage Singers in a choral program of traditional songs in English and Irish languages.
Newberry Library, 312/943-9090, 60 W Walton. Three blocks south of Clark/Division Red Line.

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.

George Thorogood. 21+ $38.50+ 9p.
W/ Tom Hambridge.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Funk the Mental. Futuristic Electronic Grooves w/ Live Video Mixing. 1st Wednesdays 21+ Free. 9p-2a.
Chris Widman (WLUWs Abstract Science) & Don Solo showcase futurefunk, jazztronica, freakstep, & triphop from around the world on Sonotheque's audiophilic sound system. $2 PBRs, $4 Cosmos!
12.01: "Friends'n'family gathering" w/ Atomly and Soultek, w/ Meiotic Soundsystem, live visuals by Merkaba. "FtM2005 = dancefloor FUNKtion + MENTAL reconstruction"
Sonotheque, 312/226-7600, 1444 W Chicago. Just east of Ashland and west of Blue Line Chicago stop.

South Park new episode. Wednesdays 9p.
Followed by "Drawn Together" new series.
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.

* Tributosaurus. 1st Wednesdays 21+ $10 Early show 7p, late show 10:30p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
12.31-01.01: The Who.12.01: Paul McCartney.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Thursday 2004.12.02:    ^
* Britney Spears Birthday (since 1981). Yearly.

Rudolph the Red Hosed Reindeer (since 1998). -2004.12.31 $10-15 Th-Su (not xmas nor eve).
"Intense physical comedy with energy, daring and grace."
Loop Theater, 312/744-5667 (LOOP), 8 E Randolph.

* Redmoon Winter Pageant (since 1991). Yearly. All ages. $? Times?
Secular celebration of the changing seasons and the coming of Winter takes a new, whimsical form every year. Filled with Redmoon's trademark mix of music, puppetry, mask, and physical performance. The cast includes dozens of children from Redmoon's outreach programs alongside adult volunteer and professional performers.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

Bruce Hornsby. 18+ $38.50+ 8p.
"Holiday Concerts For Kids"
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

* 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.
12.02: Lady Snowblood (1973): Mom dies giving birth in prison, daughter becomes instrument of vengeance.
Improv Kitchen, 773/868-6423, 3419 N Clark. One block south of CTA Red Line Addison stop.

Soundbar Thursdays. Thursdays 21+ $0-10 10p.
"Chicago's biggest Thursday night party, large and in charge with two levels of non-stop funk, mixed up by the best and brightest big-shots around." DJs Flipside, Mark Centennial, Jay Prasad.
Sound-Bar, 312/787-4480, 226 West Ontario. Credit cards accepted. Walkable from Red and Brown lines.

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-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.

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