Andrew  Do  See
2009.01.16 (week 603)
It's not rocket science.
Movie: "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
..-Su: Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoor Show at McCormick Place.
..-Su: Sketch Comedy Fest at Theatre Building Chicago.
Ongoing: "Make Me an Offer" Show at Gallery 350.
Fr: The Musical Box at Vic Theatre.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Molotov at Metro.
Fr: Rock Couture at Joe's Sports Bar.
..-Sa: Super Diamond at House of Blues.
Fr: "Nexus 6" at Neo.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
..-Sa: Sexy Santa's Naughty Burlesque at Gorilla Tango.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Benjamin Franklin's Birthday.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Rhombus at Abbey Pub.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Cubby Bear.

Movie:    ^
"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" now playing.
Steve Carr, Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Bride Wars, 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 Sa,Tu-Th; 7p Su: Role Models - Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, ...
10p Sa,Tu-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...

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.

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 2009.01.16:    ^
The Musical Box. 18+ $42+ Two shows. 7p.
Performs Genesis' "A Trick of the Tail"
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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.

Molotov. 18+ $29+ 9p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. Now non smoking.

Rock Couture. 21+ $10 9p.
"Bringing Hi Fashion and Hot Music Together"
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Super Diamond. -Saturday 17+ $20+ Two nights. 9p.
Neil Diamond tribute.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"Nexus 6" Monthly. 21+ $7 10p-4a.
Kinetic DJs Gremlin, Pathogen, spin club hits, old classics, new music and alternative songs from established artists in EBM, industrial, rhythmic noise and other familiar genres, plus attention paid to the request list.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

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.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. -Saturday 18+ $16 11:30p.
The Bombshells bring their own unique blend of old school burlesque, featuring acts ranging from bawdy comedy to classy striptease to mystifying magic.
Fr: Dan Telfer, The Amazing Tomas, more!
Sa: Viva La Muerte, Bryan Bowden, The Amazing Tomas, more.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western 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 2009.01.17:    ^
Benjamin Franklin's Birthday. (1706.01.17-1790.04.17). Yearly.
Day to remember the great early american scientist, thinker and statesman. Franklin is remembered for his Poor Richard's Almanac, the discovery of the electrical nature of lightning leading to the invention of the lightning rod, and for his political activities in pre and post revolutionary America. Born in Boston MA, one of thirteen children of a puritan family, died in Philadelphia. Because Franklin recommended thrift, some schools start a Thrift Week on his birthday.

* 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.
01.17: ANDREW SPEAKS! Bicycling, Transportation Equity and Prospects of a Car-Free City.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Rhombus. 21+ Free 9p.
"Progressive Jam Band"
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

"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.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. 21+ $30+ 10p-?a.
Cubby Bear, 773/327-1662, 1059 W Addison. On Clark across from Wrigley Field.

Sunday 2009.01.18:    ^
Chicago Music Awards (since 1982). Yearly. 18+ $55 7p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

Kill Memory Crash. 21+ Free 9p-2a.
W/ Saber, Eddie Riot & Trancid.
Cobra Lounge, 312/226-6300, 235 N Ashland.

* Liquid Soul. 10 Year Anniversary Show! 21+ $10 Doors 8p. 9p.
Great jazz/funk band with a rapper and horns.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

"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 2009.01.19:    ^
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior day. Legal Holiday. 3rd Monday in January Yearly.
Day to honor the memory, ideals and goals of the famed civil rights leader. Born 1929.01.15 in Atlanta GA, he promoted non-violent tactics and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He died for our sins on 1968.04.04 in Memphis Tennessee, assasinated by James Earl Ray. A copy of the famed "I Have a Dream" speech is available at and in pocket organizer e-text format at

Adele. All ages. $20+ 7:30p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

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.
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 2009.01.20:    ^
**** Inauguration Day. Begins the term of a newly elected president. 10a-12:30p.
Live Daily Show coverage on COM.
Washington DC, Carried live on many networks.

Start of Aquarius. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the water bearer.

Spamalot. -2009.02.01 All ages. $25-90+.
Monty Python.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

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 2009.01.21:    ^
Cirque Du Soleil "Saltimbanco" -2009.02.01 All ages. $40-110 Various times.
Dozens of world class performers explore the urban experience in its myriad forms.
Sears Centre, 847/649-2222, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates.

"Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $0-10 7p-2a.
01.21: "Inta The Lionsden" DJs Liondub, Stunna, $5.
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 2009.01.22:    ^
"JungleFly" drum and bass. 21+ $10 10p-?a.
01.22: DJs Caspa, Murderbot, Phaded, Nameloc.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

"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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