2008.01.04 (week 549)
Gonna lose weight in 2008.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
..-Su: Winter Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
..-Su: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Hunchback at Redmoon Central.
Ongoing: "Burn Calories Not Cash" at Conveniently located all over Chicago.
Ongoing: Sketch Comedy Fest at Theatre Building Chicago.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: "Eight:18 Circus of the Spirit" at Unity Chicago.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Tripping Billies at House of Blues.
Fr: "Bass Goes Boom" drum&bass at Lava Lounge.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: "Print-Stant Gratification" Workshop at Spudnik Press.
Sa: Dresden Dolls at Vic Theatre.
Sa: "Jellyfist" book signing at Chicago Comics.
Sa: Bottle Of Justus at House of Blues.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
Aliens v Predator 2, The Bucket List, The Great Debaters, Juno, Sweeney Todd, Charlie Wilson's War, National Treasure 2, P.S. I Love You, Walk Hard, Alvin and the Chipmunks, I Am Legend, Golden Compass, Enchanted, Beowulf, Mr. Magorium, Fred Claus, Lions for Lambs, Bee Movie, Martian Child, Dan in Real Life, Darjeeling Limited, Saw IV, Across The Universe, Elizabeth The Golden Age, Lars and the Real Girl, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! Fridays 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p Fr-Sa,Tu-Th; 7p Su: Superbad - Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, ...
10p Fr-Sa,Tu-Th; 9p Su: 40 Year Old Virgin - Judd Apatow w/ Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Seasonal:    ^
Ice Skating. -2008.02.29 Yearly.
Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...

Winter Vacation. -2008.01.06 Yearly.
Chicago Public Schools.

* Winter Wonderfest. -2008.01.06 Yearly. All ages. $10-17 Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa 10a-10p.
Festival Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring hundreds of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, large inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Ongoing:    ^
Hunchback. -2008.01.20 Ages? $35 Su 4p, Th-Sa 8p.
Remount of the company's acclaimed adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel; a hypnotic, dark, monumental tale of loss and redemption featuring multiple styles of puppetry.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

"Burn Calories Not Cash" -2008.01.16.
Work out for two weeks FREE at all Chicago Park District Fitness Centers! Plus receive 1/3 off if you signup for three months. 55 new/improved centers offer a high-quality alternative to private gyms, with rates as low as under $15/month.
Conveniently located all over Chicago.

Sketch Comedy Fest (since 2002). -2008.01.13 Yearly. Several shows daily.
Nations Largest, over 100 performances featuring 83 local, national, Canadian sketch comedy troupes, all three 150-seat theatres. "Sketch comedy is as Chicago as deep-dish pizza and the Sears Tower. Unlike its cousin improvisation, sketch comedy is scripted. Strong writing is a vital element of the art form, which usually consists of short, satirical and funny vignettes. Although elements of improvisation are often used in creating sketches, the resulting performance is scripted, rather than made up on the spot."
Theatre Building Chicago, 773/327-5252, 1225 W Belmont. 5 blocks from Belmont Red/Brown line stop, on corner of Racine.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity magazines.
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 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,

Friday 2008.01.04:    ^
* First Friday. Music, art, snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-14 6-10p.
01.04: "Fallen Star" theme, reflects on turbulent lives of pop idols.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

"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 (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p.
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.

Tripping Billies. 18+ $15 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"Bass Goes Boom" drum&bass. Monthly. 21+ $7+ 10p-2a.
Dubstep monthly with DJs DJUNYA (SanFran), Grafik, Timid, Four/4, ...
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 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 2008.01.05:    ^
"Print-Stant Gratification" Workshop. All ages. $30 12-5p.
Screenprinting with Alana Bailey and Angee Lennard. Learn how to make a one to two color screen printed poster, patch, art print, card, or other printed-on-wonder. In the spirit of freelance poster design, participants' prints will go straight from the drying rack to the Cheap Art Table at Method to Madness programs at Links Hall, with all proceeds going to the artists!
Spudnik Press, 847 N Paulina.

Dresden Dolls. All ages. $22.50 6p.
With Two Ton Boa & Meow Meow.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

* "Jellyfist" book signing. Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg. All ages. Free 7-9p.
From the author of Invader Zim, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, Squee, more.
Chicago Comics, 773/528-1983, 3244 N Clark St.

Bottle Of Justus. 18+ $14+ 8p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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.
01.05: FairTax Act of 2007 Organization - with a Prebate.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

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 2008.01.06:    ^
Epiphany. Yearly.
Observes the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus, 12 days after Christmas.

Fox cartoons new episodes. Sundays All ages. Free 7p.
May include Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad!

"Adult Swim" NEW EPISODES. Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinarily good block of free-form thought-jazz toonage. May include Venture Bros, Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Great Job, Metalocalypse, Family Guy, more.
TOON. On cable.

"The End" Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
A club "Industry" night with quality local guest DJs. "Warning: we will get you drunk and try to make out with you."
01.06: DJs Tracy Tobey, Pulz-8, James Lauer.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Monday 2008.01.07:    ^
Tales of Terror (since 1993). 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.

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

Tuesday 2008.01.08:    ^
Elvis Presley's Birthday (since 1935). Yearly.
The king of Rock and Roll was born this day in Tupelo MS, and (allegedly) died on August 16th, 1977. Observed by enjoying memorabilia, his 33 films, music and impersonators.

Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
8p Superbad, 10p 40 Year Old Virgin.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

RetroForward. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJs Qbot + Kamar spin the music, crowd determines which band moves on to the next round, final match in December.
01.08: Depeche Mode vs. Ladytron.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

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!" Followed by the brilliant "Colbert Report" show.
COM. On cable.

Wednesday 2008.01.09:    ^
* "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $0-10 7p-2a.
01.09: United Front, Stunna, Grand Marquee, Axcent, free.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $2 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.

Thursday 2008.01.10:    ^
Star and Garter Burlesque. 21+ $7+ 9p.
Experimental cover band B1g T1me, S&G sirens, plus special guests.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

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-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 77 E Randolph.

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Mo-We,Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa-Su 10a-5p.
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. $12 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 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. $0-8, Free 1st Mons. Su/Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10a-5p. Th/Sa 10a-8p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 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-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +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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