2005.05.06 (week 410)
..-Th: "Secret Place, Sacred Space" at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: Redmoon's "The Cabinet" at Viaduct Theater.
Ongoing: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Ongoing: The O' Franken Factor now web-cast only.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Sonic Vision at Adler Planetarium.
Ongoing: "Crash" now playing.
Ongoing: "House of Wax" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood" now playing.
Ongoing: "Kingdom of Heaven" now playing everywhere.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: Enterprise new episode on UPN.
..-Sa: Al Green at House of Blues.
..-Sa: Nine Inch Nails at Congress Theatre.
Fr: Skate Rave from Daley Plaza.
..-Sa: Breakbone dance at Columbia College.
Fr: "Eight:18 Circus of the Spirit" at Unity Chicago.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: "Kinetic" Dance Night at Bottom Lounge.
Fr: Live Drumming at Rhythm.

Ongoing:    ^
"Secret Place, Sacred Space" -2005.05.12 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
"...a deep and familiar chord of healing from specific pain or loss by creating work that was confrontational, factual, or in memorial..."
Woman Made Gallery, 773/489-8900, 2418 W Bloomingdale.

Redmoon's "The Cabinet" -2005.06.05 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.

Wolff's Flea Market and Antique Mall. -2005.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $1 Outside Su 7a-3p; Inside Sa+Su 8a-4p, Mo-We 11a-6p, Th+Fr 11a-8p.
350 market spaces, 80 dealers, 50 showcases. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Now playing.
Crash, House of Wax, Jiminy Glick, Kingdom of Heaven, Hitchhiker's Guide, xXx, A Lot Like Love, The Interpreter, Eros, Fever Pitch, Sahara, Sin City, Guess Who, Miss Congeniality 2, ...
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.

Sonic Vision. All ages. $5-8 Fr+Sa: 10, 9, 8, 7p.
Groundbreaking digitally animated alternative music show takes StarRider Theater audiences on mind-warping one-of-a-kind visual roller-coaster through fantastical dreamspace. Mix by Moby featuring Radiohead, U2, David Bowie, Coldplay, Prodigy, Flaming Lips, Fischerspooner, Spiritualized, Audioslave, Stereolab, Zwan, White Zombie, more.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

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: Meet the Fockers - Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, ...
10p Mo-We; 9p Su: Man of the House - Tommy Lee Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, Christina Milian, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2005.05.06:    ^
"Crash" now playing.
Paul Haggis w/ Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Dashon Howard, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate, Tony Danza, Keith David, Shaun Toub, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"House of Wax" now playing.
W/ Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Jiminy Glick in La La Wood" now playing.
W/ Martin Short, Jan Hooks, also John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Perkins, Linda Cardellini, Janeane Garofalo, Corey Pearson, Carlos Jacott, Aries Spears, DeRay Davis, Gary Anthony Williams, Mo Collins, Kristina Copeland, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Kline, Rob Lowe, Steve Martin, Kurt Russell, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Trebor, Forest Whitaker, Connor Widdows, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Kingdom of Heaven" now playing.
Ridley Scott w/ Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

* First Friday. Music, art, snax, drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-14 6-10p.
05.06: "Flash your ice... Bling it on" w/ specialty drinks.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

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.
05.06: Demons (096): A xenophobic faction of humanity threatens to undermine talks to form a new coalition of planets.
UPN/WPWR. May repeat late Sunday.

Al Green. -Saturday 21+ $65 Two shows. 7:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Nine Inch Nails. W/ The Dresden Dolls. -Saturday Ages? $30 Doors 7:30p.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

Skate Rave. Bladers Take Downtown. 1st Fridays 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the BIGGEST group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 9-12 miles. Sprinkled w/ Chicago Skate Patrol members. Protective gear (esp. helmet) now required. Weather permitting. Different themed tour each month. Ends at O'learys (541 North Wells) 9:30p-ish.
05.06: Blues Brothers theme, stops at movie sights.
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn.

Breakbone presents the ONE series. Fr/Sa/Su -2005.05.07 18+ $20 8p.
"an unsettling, provocative multimedia dance exile work set in a series of dark, romantic, voyeuristic visions about human relationships. Recipient of the 2003 Chicago Dance & Music Alliance Award for Excellence in Performance, ONE leads the audience on a journey through a medieval castle giving glimpses into the life of each inhabitant as they explore abandonment, violence, isolation, self-hatred, jealousy and personal salvation."
Columbia College, 1306 S Michigan. Dance Center.

"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, food, drink, much more. 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.

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.

* "Kinetic" Dance Night (since 2004). 1st Fridays 21+ $3 9p-2a.
05.06: DJs Gremlin, LickMeI'mDelicious, Su.
Bottom Lounge, 773/975-0505, 3206 N Wilton. One block West of Belmont/Clark.

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.

* Crystal Method. 18+ $20 10p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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.

* Electrobash. 1st Fridays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs RazerX and Ryan Bedlam spin electro-clash, nuwave, and classic industrial.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

Surreal's "Famous Friday Soiree" Fridays 21+ 10p-4a.
Hot new Global Adrenaline weekly with dancers and percussion.
Wet, 312/223-9232. 209 W Lake.

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 2005.05.07:    ^
Bark In The Park (since 1995). 5k walkathon w/ dogs benefiting Anti-Cruelty. Yearly. All ages. $15-25 Registration from 7a. 9-?a.
Snax, canine performers, entertainment, more. Registration now full. Thousands participate.
Montrose Harbor, Montrose and Lake Shore Drive.

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

Pug Party. Pug owners gathering. 1st Saturday in May Yearly. All ages? $? 1-5p.
Over 100 may show.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Fall Out Boy. All ages. $16.50 7p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

U2. -2005.05.12 All ages. $49.50-165 Sa,Tu,Th 7:30p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

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.
05.07: Annual Haymarket Martyr Memorial - play Cell 29 - slide show.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

"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.

Godskitchen. Saturdays 21+ $10-20 10p-5a.
Big name DJs, mostly house, dress well, extraordinary venue and crowd.
05.07: DJs Dan, Christopher Lawrence, Chris Santiago, JJ Perez, Spin.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Parking sometimes hard and valet fills.

Iron Chef. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Saturdays All ages. Free. 1hr. Repeats later. 10p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"
05.07: Eggplant Battle, Chef Sakai battles chef Shinichi Suematsu.
FOOD. On cable.

Old School w/ DJ Chris Gin. Sa/Su/We 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.

Hair Banger's Ball. Monthly. 21+ $10 11p.
"The greatest tribute to The Decade of Decadence you have ever seen! Bring your lighter for classics by Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue and more."
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Sunday 2005.05.08:    ^
Harry Truman's Birthday. Yearly.
Day to remember Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the U.S. (1945-1953), who presided during the Cold War and Korean War. Known for the New Deal economic policies. He was born in Lamar MO in 1884 and died on December 26th, 1972 in Kansas City MO.

* Mother's Day. Respect and be kind to mothers, especially your own. 2nd Sunday in May Yearly.
Created in 1914 by a proclamation from President Woodrow Wilson.

V.E. Day. Yearly.
Victory in Europe day. Commemorates Germany's surrender in World War II, 1945.

Y-ME Race Against Breast Cancer (since 1992). Pledged 5K Run/1-3m Walk. 2nd Sunday in May Yearly. All ages. 9a.
Over 25000 runners/walkers expected!!! Raises over $1M.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370. Red line Madison stop, various buses.

"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 2005.05.09:    ^
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.

Metropolis. Mondays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
Smorgasborg of electro, nu/no wave, industrial, synthpop, italo and rock stuff DJs Trancid, Rayalin3 and Mr. Bobby.
Bungalow, 1622 W Belmont. Just West of Ashland/Lincoln.

"Spectrum" drum&bass. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
05.09: Pipeline.
Morseland, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse. Rogers Park, at Sheridan, 2blks E of Morse L stop. Free parking.

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 2005.05.10:    ^
See preceding and ongoing sections above.
For events continuing through this Tuesday.

Boyz Nite. Hard dance music for men. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2005.05.11:    ^
"Talk Arts: The Legalities of Art - Legal Basics" Educational panel for artists of all disciplines. All Free 2 6:30-8:30p.
"Andrea E. Friedman (attorney specializing in advertising/marketing transactions), Linda Forman (tax and consulting practice president), Shawn Murphy (Midwest Director of Membership for ASCAP), William Rattner (Lawyers for the Creative Arts Executive Director), and moderators Valerie Calloway and Brent Ritzel (members of Evanston Arts Council) will address a variety of legal issues concerning the creative and performing arts. Including protecting ones creative expressions under intellectual property laws, keeping others from using ones creative expressions without permission, tax and accounting basics for artists, legal limits of marketing ones creative expressions, plus valuable insight on most other legal matters associated with creative expressions, such as publishing agreements, lease agreements, performance agreements, partnership agreements, and recording and distribution agreements."
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 847/448-8260, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston. Room 106. By Noyes L stop.

The Killers. Ages? $22 7:30p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

"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.
05.11: All Manic All Night.
Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 312/243-1699, 1600 W Grand. At Ashland.

Women Obsession (since 1990). Ladies night for ladies. 1st/2nd/3rd Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
W/ Go-Go Girls, drink specials, art, lessons, contests, more.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

Thursday 2005.05.12:    ^
Billy Idol. All ages. $35 6:30p.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

Kansas. 21+ $28.50 7:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Planet Earth (since 1994). 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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