2005.03.11 (week 402)
Made In America
Ongoing: National Women's History Month.
Ongoing: International Womens Art Open at Woman Made Gallery.
..-Su: Irish Film Festival at Beverly Arts Center.
Ongoing: Mini Golf Around Chicago at Navy Pier - Crystal Gardens.
Ongoing: Redmoon's "The Cabinet" at Viaduct Theater.
Ongoing: The O' Franken Factor now web-cast only.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: "Hostage" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: "Robots" now playing everywhere.
..-Th: Schultze Gets The Blues at Music Box Theatre.
Fr: Slipknot at Allstate Arena.
Fr: KC & The Sunshine Band at House of Blues.
Fr: Interpol at Aragon Ballroom.
Fr: Margaret Cho at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Live Drumming at Rhythm.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Futurarium.
Sa-Su: Chevy-Vette Fest at McCormick Place.
Sa: Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier.

Ongoing:    ^
* National Women's History Month (since 1987). THANXX! -2005.03.31 Yearly.
2005: "Women Change America"

International Womens Art Open (since 1998). -2005.03.31 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
Woman Made Gallery, 773/489-8900, 2418 W Bloomingdale.

Irish Film Festival (since 2000). -2005.03.13 Yearly. Ages? $25-40 7p and 4:30p.
Highlights the language, wit and culture.
Beverly Arts Center, 773/445-3838, 2407 W 111th.

* Mini Golf Around Chicago (since 1996). -2005.04.13 Yearly. All ages. $5.25-6.25 Mo-Fr 10a-10p, Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p.
Fanciful mini-golf course by area architects, depicts many famed local buildings and themes.
Navy Pier - Crystal Gardens, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Redmoon's "The Cabinet" -2005.05.08 18+ $15-25 Sa 6+9p, Su 3p, We-Fr 9p.
"Haunting spectacle in minature, sets the story of the murderous Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist slave Ceseare in an off-kilter world of puppetry and intricate machinery."
Viaduct Theater, 773/296-6024, 3111 N Western.

Now playing.
Robots, Hostage, Constantine, Son of the Mask, Hitch, Are We There Yet?, Elektra, Meet The Fockers, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Aviator, ...
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,Th; 7p Su: National Treasure - Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Christopher Plummer, ...
10p Fr,Sa,Mo,We,Th; 9p Su: Spanglish - James L. Brooks w/ Adam Sandler, T Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2005.03.11:    ^
"Hostage" now playing.
W/ Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Jonathan Tucker, Ben Foster, Serena Scott Thomas, Jimmy Bennett, Rumer Willis, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Robots" now playing.
W/ Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Greg Kinnear, Drew Carey, Amanda Bynes, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Schultze Gets The Blues. -Thursday No pre-teens. $7.50 Various times.
Charming and bittersweet accordion and zydeco filled middle aged road-trip from East Germany to Louisiana.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Slipknot. $36.50+ 7p.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

KC & The Sunshine Band. 21+ $37.50+ Doors 7:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Interpol. 18+ $24+ 8p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Margaret Cho. 18+ $29.50-43.50 8p.
"The Assassin Tour" Mature Content.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Supernatural Chicago. Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p.
BRING A GUEST FREE with each paid admission!
Hosted by Necromancer Neil Tobin. 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.

Live Drumming. Fr/Sa 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.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). 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 2005.03.12:    ^
Chevy-Vette Fest. Super great show for enthusiasts. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-12 9a-6p.
Over 300 cars, parts, sales, contests.
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. Lakeside Center - Halls D1-2.

* Chicago Flower and Garden Show (since 1995). -2005.03.20 Yearly. All ages. $5-13 Su -6p, Mo-Sa 10a-8p.
"25 themed gardens that magically transform Festival Hall into a lush botanical wonderland of color" also lectures, demos and 200 products/info booths.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

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

* Saint Patrick's Day parade (since 1955). Carried on ABC and WGN. Yearly. 2hrs 12p.
Around 100 bands/floats/balloons, thousands of marchers. Preceded by Mass at Old St. Pats at 9:30 with Irish music and dancing, river dyed green 10:30a, Trinity Dancers and Irish Pipe Band at Buckingham Fountain (11a).
Downtown, 312/942-9188, Columbus, from Balbo to Monroe. Take any train.

* St. Patrick's Day Festival (since 1987). Yearly. All ages. $0-15 1-11:45p.
Irish music, step dancers, ceili instruction, bagpipes, kids activities, corned beef and cabbage, and maybe Guinness.
Irish American Heritage Center, 773/282-7035, 4626 N Knox.

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.
03.12: Zombies Among Us: How educaton and culture have Conspired to create a new generation of automatons - Dr. R P Holland.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Michael McDermott. 21+ $15+ Doors 8p. 9p.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

"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.
03.12: Ju Ju (San Fran).
Sonotheque, 312/226-7600, 1444 W Chicago.

Godskitchen. Saturdays 21+ $10-20 10p-5a.
Replaces Spundae. Big name DJs, mostly house, dress well, extraordinary venue and crowd.
03.12: DJs Herman Cattaneo, KyleSzmurlo, more.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Parking sometimes hard and valet fills.

Old School w/ DJ Chris Gin. Sa/Su 21+ Free Fr -2a, Sa 10p-3a.
Kitchen sink music, requests, video games, over 20 beers, kitchen, pool, 15 TVs.
Cans Bar and Canteen, 773/227-2277, 1640 N Damen. Wicker Park, 1blk N 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.

Sunday 2005.03.13:    ^
South Side Irish St. Pattrick's Day Parade (since 1979). All ages. Free 12p.
Over 100 families, schools, orgs and bizzes.
Western from 103rd to 115th.

Metal Madness. 21+ $13 8:30p.
Insane night with Amorphis, Eternity, Beyond the Embrace, and Single Bullet Theory.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Weekly Coffeehouse (since 1999). Sundays All ages. $5 Donation 9p-1a.
Newly resumed. 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, Space Ghost, Harvey Birdman, Family Guy, Milk Chan, more.
TOON. On cable.

Monday 2005.03.14:    ^
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.

Danny's Mondays. Mondays 21+ Free 9:30p-2a.
Listening party w/ innovative modern DJs.
03.14: Miles Tilmann Birthday, Machwhat, Oly, more.
Danny's, 773/489-6457, 1951 W Dickens. At Damen.

Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Long running weekly w/ DJs Lego, Michael Serafini, JustJoey, Uncle Milty. 4kft dance space, multiple bars and environments, late night dining, state-of-the-art sound and lights, tent, private dock, free parking.
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.

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

Tuesday 2005.03.15:    ^
Ides of March. Yearly.
Simple Roman Nomeclature for the fifteen of March (or middle of other months, not necessarily the 15th), made foreboding in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, referring to the soothsayer's warning to the emperor of his impending murder at the hands of his closest associates.

Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays.
Beer, Smoking, Heckling, FUN!
03.15: National Treasure 8p, Spanglish 10p.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

An Evening With Tesla. 18+ $25+ 7:30p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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 2005.03.16:    ^
* Women in the Director's Chair (since 1980). WIDC independent media festival!!! -2005.03.20 Yearly. All ages. $6-8 6p.
Over 100 works representing many countries. Focusing on intellectual complexity and responsibility to the subject matter. Also other venues and related pre/post-parties.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 77 E Randolph.

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.

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.
3.16: PURE DJs Curley, Little, Walsh, Sommer.
3.23: DJs Mnookin, Ffar.
Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 312/243-1699, 1600 W Grand. At Ashland.

Future Roots. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Drum&Bass, Broken Beat, Funk, Dub; w/ R&S Soundsystem DJs: Stunna, Radiata, Pipeline, 40oz, guests. $3 Goose Island Drafts, tasty food.
Streetside Cafe, 773/252-9700, 3201 W Armitage. At Kedzie.

Thursday 2005.03.17:    ^
* Saint Patrick's Day. Patron saint of Ireland, 389-461 AD, born in Britain. Yearly.
Observed by wearing green, beer, highlights Irish culture, songs, etc. PARTIES AT EVERY BAR.

* Triton Troupers Circus (since 1972). -Saturday All ages. 2hr Sa 1p+7p, Th-Fr 7p.
Volunteer college circus with true spirit. Saturday early show is interpreted for the hearing impaired.
708/456-0300 x3383
Triton College, 2000 5th Ave, River Grove. Collins Center, east side of street.

* ViRAM drum&bass World Tour. 21+ $20-25 10p-4a.
W/ Andy C, Ed Rush, Optical, Shimon, Red One, MC GQ, MC Rymetyme, ... Incredible lineup, small space.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 77 E Randolph.

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.
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) 9a-5p.
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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