Andrew  Do  See
2009.01.09 (week 602)
Gimme a beat!
Movie: "Bride Wars" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Sketch Comedy Fest at Theatre Building Chicago.
Ongoing: "Make Me an Offer" Show at Gallery 350.
Fr: Fine Arts Building Open Studios.
Fr: Cocktails and Clay at Hyde Park Art Center.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Konkrete Jungle at Cafe Lura.
Fr: Drumcell at SmartBar.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: "No Pants Subway Ride" at Granville CTA Red line station.
Sa: Elvis Birthday Tribute at Star Plaza Theatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: De/Vision and Seabound at Abbey Pub.
Sa: Suzy Brack & The New Jack Lords at Martyrs'.
Sa: Full "Wolf" Moon.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Su: Great Midwest Train Show at Dupage County Fairgrounds.

Movie:    ^
"Bride Wars" now playing.
Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Bedtime Stories, Marley & Me, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Spirit, Valkyrie, Yes Man, Seven Pounds, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Punisher 2, Transporter 3, Bolt, Quantum of Solace, Repo!, Soul Men, W, Max Payne, Religulous, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 7p Su: Role Models - Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, ...
10p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 9p Su: Zack & Miri Make a Porno - Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Jason Mewes, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Ongoing:    ^
Ice Skating. -2009.02.28 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...

Sketch Comedy Fest (since 2002). -2009.01.18 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.

"Make Me an Offer" Gallery Show. -2009.01.23 All ages. Free 9a-6p.
Themed exhibition of nationwide artists emphasizing growing ambiguity between commercial arts and fine arts and the artificial nature of this distinction.
Gallery 350: Illinois Institute of Art, 312/280-3500, 350 N. Orleans.

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

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago,
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,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Friday 2009.01.09:    ^
Fine Arts Building Open Studios. 2nd Fridays All ages. Free 4:30-9:30p.
Guests tour all ten floors of the building, exploring living artists in their creative environment. Exhibits include painting, music, drawing, musical instruments, photography, architecture, dance, graphic design, theater, installation art, yoga, sculpture, massage, etc...
Fine Arts Building, 312/566-9800, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Cocktails and Clay. 2nd Fridays 21+ $15 suggested. 8p-12a.
"Think night on the town meets playing in the mud. Join us for a late night clay-making, dance-partying, gallery-hopping good time."
Hyde Park Art Center, 773/324-5520, 5020 S Cornell.

Improvised Shakespeare. Fridays 18+ $14 8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.

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.

Konkrete Jungle. 21+ $? 9p-2a.
Good local Drum&Bass crew with varying guests.
01.09: DJs Mayhem, Circle K, BRC, Axsent, MC Anti.
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Good Polish lounge with adequate dance room, chill couches, attached restaurant. E of Blue Line Belmont stop.

Drumcell. 21+ $0-5+ 10p-4a.
Kero, Antiphase, Jeff Pietro "The first big techno show of 2009"
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
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 2009.01.10:    ^
"No Pants Subway Ride" Some time after 12p.
Improv Everywhere 8th Annual multi-city culture jamming collective performance art event. See website for details.
Granville CTA Red line station, 1119 West Granville.

Elvis Birthday Tribute. $32-45+ 8p.
Artist Spectacular w/ Shawn Klush, Ryan Pelton, Donny Edwards, D.J. Fontana & The Fabulous Ambassadors Band.
Star Plaza Theatre, 219/791-1234, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrilville IN. I-65 and U.S. 30.

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.
01.10: Biochemical Challenge to Ecstatic Religion.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

De/Vision and Seabound. 18+ $17-20+ 9p-2a.
DJs Brianne, Noir, Jason ash.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

Suzy Brack & The New Jack Lords. 21+ $10 9:15p.
Chicago's reigning monarchs of tiki-rock return with mega-fab bands: The Good (rare reunion appearance) and the hilarious hard-rockin' Fuglees!
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Full "Wolf" Moon. 9:30p.
Sun 07:18-16:40, Moon 17:34-07:48.

"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 2009.01.11:    ^
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. 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.

"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.

Monday 2009.01.12:    ^
Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Long running weekly w/ smart local DJs. 4kft dance space, multiple bars and environments, late night dining, state-of-the-art sound and lights, free parking, more.
01.12: Ralphi Rosario "The BoomBox Chronicles" rare old skool set.
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.

Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant Emmy award winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2009.01.13:    ^
Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
8p Role Models, 10p Zack & Miri Make a Porno.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Chicago Healing Circle (since 1994). Open-ended exploration of energy healing technique and philosophy. Tuesdays All ages. $5 7:30-9:30p.
People coming together weekly to give and receive healing, practicing different systems which support one to rebalance the mind, body & spirit, including Reiki, Quantum Touch(R), Young Living Theraputic Grade Essential Oils, Magnified Healing(R), Jesus Healing System, and Full Spectrum Healing. This is the original Healing Circle that began at Grant Hospital, moved to Ann Sather's, then to Healing Earth Resources. Open to all persons of Light and Love & is non denominational.
JHP Community Center, 773/293-3621, 5110 N Western Avenue.

Wednesday 2009.01.14:    ^
Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoor Show (since 1931). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $4-8+ (-6p Sun) 10a-9p.
Largest consumer show of it's kind in the US. Hundreds of exhibitors.
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore.

"Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $0-10 7p-2a.
01.14: "Dubfront Stylee" DJs Cringer, M50, Jeekoos, $3.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

"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 2009.01.15:    ^
The Musical Box. -Friday 18+ $42+ Two shows. 7p.
Performs Genesis' "A Trick of the Tail"
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

"Atomic New Wave Dance Party" Thursdays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs QBot + Kamar and special guest DJs spin 80s, New Wave, 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, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops.

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-10, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-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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