2008.04.11 (week 563)
Destiny always wins.
Movie: Latino Film Festival at Various locations.
Movie: "Smart People" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Street Kings" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: "Boneyard Prayer" at Redmoon Central.
Ongoing: "Clay and Fiber" at Woman Made Gallery.
..-Sa: Jerry Seinfeld at Chicago Theatre.
..-Su: Widespread Panic at Auditorium.
Fr: Soul Legends at Arie Crown Theater.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
..-Sa: Peter Guerin at Noodles Resturant.
Fr: Autechre at Abbey Pub.
Fr: Battlestar Galactica on SCI.
Fr: Konkrete Jungle at Cafe Lura.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Ongoing: The Flaming Dames in "Vegas Baby!" at The Spot.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa-Su: CHIRP Record Fair at Pulaski Park Auditorium.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Sa: Silver Soul Session at Park West.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.

Movie:    ^
Latino Film Festival (since 1985). Over 100 screenings. -2008.04.16 Yearly. All ages. $10+ Various times.
Various locations.

"Smart People" now playing.
Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page, Thomas Haden Church, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Street Kings" now playing.
W/ Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Cedric, Common, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Leatherheads, Shine a Light, 21, Flawless, Superhero Movie, Drillbit Taylor, Doomsday, Horton Hears a Who, 10K BC, Semi-Pro, The Other Boleyn Girl, Be Kind Rewind, Charlie Bartlett, Vantage Point, Witless Protection, Definitely Maybe, Jumper, Hottie and Nottie, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Meet the Spartans, Rambo, Untraceable, 27 Dresses, Aliens v Predator 2, The Bucket List, The Great Debaters, Juno, Sweeney Todd, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Ongoing:    ^
"Boneyard Prayer" -2008.05.11 18+ $?
Explores struggle, sorrow, and salvation drawing from varied sources. A Depression-era tale of one man's fractured life and ultimate redemption using puppetry, shadow images, and extraordinary music.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

"Clay and Fiber" -2008.05.15 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

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 2008.04.11:    ^
Jerry Seinfeld. -Saturday 18+ $45-75 7p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Widespread Panic. -Sunday All ages. $20-60 Three shows, mostly sold out. 7p.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

Soul Legends. $50-60+ 8p.
Dells, Dramatics, Impressions, Emotions, Chi-lites.
Arie Crown Theater, 312/791-6516, 2301 S Lake Shore. in McCormick Place.

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.

Peter Guerin. Chicago's Original Elvis Tribute Artist. Fr/Sa -2008.04.12 All ages. Free 8:30p.
Enjoy a collection of rock-n-roll, soulful hits and classics inspired by the legendary music greats of our time, including Peter's nationally acclaimed Tribute to Elvis!
Noodles Resturant, 773/775-7525, 9575 W Higgins. At Austin.

Autechre. 18+ $20+ 9p.
British electronica pioneers Rob Brown and Sean Booth of Warp Records fame, touring their first album in years. W/ Graham Massey of 808 State.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

Battlestar Galactica. NEW EPISODE. Fridays All ages. Free 9p.
Fantastic new series' fourth (final?) season. Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary Mcdonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, ...

* Konkrete Jungle. 2nd Fridays 21+ $10+ 9p-2a.
Drum&Bass may include DJs General Malice, De La Mota, Sliz Taylor, Doc Toxic, Axsent & Didactikid, other.
04.11: FANU w/ djgc, borja, stunna, blueprint.
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Good Polish lounge with adequate dance room, chill couches, attached restaurant, Zywiec. 94 to Kimball, right, then Belmont, right, then Milwaukee, sharp left. Easy parking. Blue Line train to Belmont then brisk 10 minute walk west.

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.

The Flaming Dames in "Vegas Baby!" Burlesque. Fridays -2008.05.30 21+ $15 10:30p.
New Millennium Theatre Company (NMTC) presents the premiere concept burlesque troupe in their latest installment: "Vegas Baby!" Fresh off the strip with hot new hosts Jack Spade and "Mr. Vegas" himself, Tony Clifton, the Dames are "all in" with brand new sexier-than-ever dance numbers; a sleek knockout production that glitters like Elvis' bedazzled white suit without losing their edge.
The Spot, 773/728-8934, 4437 N Broadway. Between Montrose & Wilson.

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.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8:15p Fr-Sa,Tu-We; 7p Su: Juno - Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, ...
10p Fr-Sa,Tu-We; 9p Su: Semi-Pro - Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, Maura Tierney, Andrew Daly, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Saturday 2008.04.12:    ^
* CHIRP Record Fair (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5-10 Su -5p, Sa 10a-6p.
Benefits Chicago Independent Radio Project and 88.7FM WLUW. Also selling crafts, snax, with DJs, bands, workshops, video game contests, hipsters.
Pulaski Park Auditorium, 1419 W Blackhawk. Near Ashland/Division/Milwaukee six corners.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
04.12: Hyde Park & Kenwood.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Silver Soul Session. 21+ $50 8p.
Metroboard presents a benefit concert. Featuring Chico Debarge & Marsha Ambrosius (of Floetry), Corey Wilkes & Black Slang, special guest DJ Frances Jaye, hosted by Art "Chat Daddy" Sims.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

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.
04.12: Why I Am A Christian...Any Why You Should Be One.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Sasha & Digweed. 18+ $40 9p.
"Vision Presents: Spring Club Tour"
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"Dynamite" Drum&Bass party. 2nd Saturdays 21+ $10+ 9p-3a.
Excellent DJs, sometimes packed.
04.12: "Breakage 'longside Carbide and Lambrane"
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

"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.

Sunday 2008.04.13:    ^
Thomas Jefferson's birthday (1743-1826). Declaration of Independence author and two term president (1801-1809). Yearly.
Also an accomplished architect.

Great Midwest Train Show (since 1974). 2nd Sundays All ages. $0-7 9:30a-3p.
Featuring thousands of trains (engines and rolling stock) in every size and scale and from every era, scenery, supplies, books, videos, souvenirs, memorabilia, more, over 550 vendor tables in five huge buildings. Demo layouts including Lego and interactive. Now also with R/C cars, boats and planes, rockets, model cars, comics, trading cards, slot cars, dolls, diecast, action figures, toys, etc.
Dupage County Fairgrounds, 630/668-6636, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton. County Farm and Manchester Roads.

Baby Loves Disco. Monthly. All ages. $12 12-3p.
Night-clubbing made child-proof, for toddlers, pre-schoolers and parents. With DJ Bald Eagle.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. Now non smoking.

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

Bone Thugs N Harmony. 18+ $26+ 7:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"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 DJ James Lauer and quality guest DJs. "Warning: we will get you drunk and try to make out with you."
04.13: DJs Dave Powers, Tony Kasper, Jason Patrick, Enots.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Monday 2008.04.14:    ^
Story Of The Year. All ages. $17 6p.
W/ Madina Lake & Josephine Collective.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Styx, Koko Taylor, and more. 18+ $50 7:30p.
Rock & Roll Rhythm & Blues Review.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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, Diz, Just Joey, Uncle Milty; Hosts JoJo, Sal-E, Reggie, Christopher Banks, Danielle, Dr. Cho; 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.

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.
Struggling along without writers.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2008.04.15:    ^
Personal income tax due. Yearly.
Instituted in the 16th amendment (1913). Withholding was later introduced to fund World War II.

Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
8:15p Juno, 10p Semi-Pro.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Chevelle. All ages. $25+ 6p.
W/ Finger Eleven & God Or Julie.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

Wednesday 2008.04.16:    ^
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. -Sunday All ages. $30-80 Various times.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

"Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $0-10 7p-2a.
04.16: DJs Otra Vez, Danny The Wildchild, Fonz De La Mota. $0.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

* Laurie Anderson's "Homeland" $44-65 7:30p.
Concert of songs and stories creating a poetic and political portrait of contemporary American culture.
Harris Theater, 312/334-7777, 205 E Randolph. Millennium Park.

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

Thursday 2008.04.17:    ^
My Chemical Romance. -Friday Ages? $33.50 7p.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

Golden Gloves (since 1923). -Saturday Yearly. All ages. $15-40+ Finals Saturday. 7:30p.
St. Andrew's Gym, 1658 W Addison.

Emergenza Festival. Battle Of The Bands. 21+ $12-18 8p.
Th: Nguzo, Allegra Dolores, Contents Under Pressure, The Band Who Cares, Armored Assault, Noise Machine, Quartermile.
Fr: The M Report, The Uma Thurmans, Under Dover, Zammis, Written In Red, Bruce's Red Rocket, Dogs, Arek Religa.
Sa: Avulsion of Flesh, The Calvary, Moxxy, Room 11, Contriband, Diztastro, Don't Tell Mama, Article.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

Destroyer. 18+? $15 9p.
W/ Colossal Yes. Touring the seventh full-length release by Vancouver's Dan Bejar .
Logan Square Auditorium, 773/252-6179, 2539 N Kedzie. Near Blue Line, and 90/94.

Atomic. Thursdays 21+ $5+ 10p-4a.
DJs Qbot Kamr and special guests spin 80s, New Wave and more.
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. $0-9, Free Th 5-8p. Su-We+Fr -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.

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