2010.04.23 (week 669)
Watch your back.
Movie: Latino Film Festival at Various locations.
Movie: "The Losers" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
..-Su: Redmoon's "The Cabinet" at Redmoon Central.
..-Su: Chicago Improv Festival at Athenaeum Theatre.
..-Su: Digital Detox Week.
Ongoing: Version Festival at Various locations.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Talk Like Shakespeare Day.
..-Sa: Illinois State University Circus.
Fr: Mark Knopfler at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Sa: Zombie Pub Crawl at Andersonville.
Sa: Angels & Airwaves at Aragon Ballroom.
Sa: Resonate at Congress Theatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Belmont Burlesque Revue at The Playground.
Sa: Improv Star Trek at iO Theater.
Su: Parental Alienation Awareness Day.
Su: "Salon de Vine" at Joie de Vine.
Su: Carnal at Neo.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Booty Movement Coalition at Martyrs'.
Mo: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We-..: Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium.
We: Full "Pink" Moon.
We: 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins.
We: Full Moon Fire Jam near lake south of Foster.
We: Sublime at Riviera Theatre.
We: South Park new episode on COM.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Festival of Flesh! at Lucky Number Grill.
Th: "Atomic New Wave Dance Party" at Neo.

Movie:    ^
Latino Film Festival (since 1985). Over 100 screenings. -2010.04.29 Yearly. All ages. $10+ Various times.
Various locations.

"The Losers" now playing.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Kick Ass, Repo Men, Alice in Wonderland, The Crazies, Cop Out, Valentine's Day, Tooth Fairy, Book of Eli, Spy Next Door, Daybreakers, Leap Year, Youth in Revolt, Imaginarium, It's Complicated, Sherlock Holmes, Up in the Air, Avatar, Planet 51, The Blind Side, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
The Crazies: 6:30p Fr, Sa, Mo-Th.
Cop Out: 8:30p Fr, Sa, Mo-Th.
Beverly Hills Cop: 10:30p Fr, Sa, Mo-Th.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Ongoing:    ^
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Redmoon's "The Cabinet" -2010.04.25 13+ $15-25 Sa 6+9p, Su 3p, Th 8p, Fr 8+10p.
"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."
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

Chicago Improv Festival (since 1998). -2010.04.25 Yearly. $0-25 Various times.
Includes Seth Meyers, visitors from Mad TV and Upright Citizens Brigade, Schadenfreude, Boom Chicago, BASSPROV, dozens of locals. More than a week at several venues.
Athenaeum Theatre, 773/935-6860, 2936 N Southport.

Digital Detox Week. -Sunday.
Turn off your TV, iPhone and Xbox for seven days and reconnect with the natural world.

* Version Festival (since 2001). -2010.05.02 Yearly. All ages. $25-100.
"Join us to amplify micro-movements and nowtopian ideas!"
Various locations.

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

Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fr/Sa 21+ $25 7:30-9p.
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.

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 2010.04.23:    ^
Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Yearly. All ages. Free.
Actually proclaimed, also observes the bard's birthday.

Illinois State University Circus (since 1929). -Saturday Yearly. All ages. $1-12 7p.
Performs just one weekend a year. Also known as Gamma Phi circus.
Illinois State University, Redbird Arena, Bloomington.

Mark Knopfler. All ages. $54-110+ 7:30p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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.

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 2010.04.24:    ^
Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
04.24 Hyde Park & Kenwood.
05.01 Greek Chicago.
05.01 Historic Bronzeville.
05.08 Land of Lincoln.
05.08 Pullman Historic District.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Zombie Pub Crawl (since 2008). Yearly. 21+ $10-15+ 2-8p.
Price may include t-shirt, cup, makeup, etc.
Andersonville, 5340 N. Clark. USBank lot.

Angels & Airwaves. $25+ 7p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Resonate (since 2006). Yearly. Ages? $? 7p-3a.
Chicago Burner Community presents an evening of sound, light, art, fire, more. W/ tons of DJs, artists, fire performers, etc, til dawn.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

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.
alues and history
04.24: World War IV - The Long Struggle Against Islamofacism.
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.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. 4th Saturdays 21+ $10 12a.
The Bombshells bring their own unique blend of old school burlesque, featuring acts ranging from bawdy comedy to classy striptease to mystifying magic.
The Playground, 312/871-3793, 3209 N Halsted.

Improv Star Trek. Saturdays $5 ($0 in costume) 12a.
Cast creates an "episode" live from audience title detailing adventures of a lesser-known crew on a less "enterprising" starship. May include first contact with alien species, time travel, mind control, intergalactic intrigue, unexplained phenomena, the eminent destruction of the entire quadrant, or all of the above.
iO Theater, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.

Sunday 2010.04.25:    ^
Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Yearly.
Interfering with visitation is a crime.

"Salon de Vine" Sundays 21+ Free 8+9:30p.
Girlie-Q presents "Premier Queer Burlesque and Variety Performances" in "Chicago's Most intimate". Fine wines and handcrafted cocktails.
Joie de Vine, 773/989-6846, 1744 W. Balmoral.

Carnal. Sundays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Sexy electro, short skirts, cheap booze.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
TOON. On cable.

Monday 2010.04.26:    ^
Booty Movement Coalition. Last Mondays 21+ $8 8:30p.
Mix of top local musician doing big band improv phat funk.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

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.

Rehab. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-2a.
"America's Best Party" according to frisky young Wickers.
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.

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

Tuesday 2010.04.27:    ^
Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.

Wednesday 2010.04.28:    ^
Joffrey Ballet. -2010.05.09 All ages. $25-145.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

Full "Pink" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 7:15a.
Sun 5:51-19:46 / Moon 20:30-5:29.

31 Cent Scoop Night (since 2007). Yearly. All ages. $0.31 5-10p.
Enjoy your favorite flavors while paying tribute to local fire heroes of all ages. Partner with National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), supports National Junior Firefighter Program.
Baskin Robbins, All Locations.

* Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
04.28: Wednesday 8:00p (sunset 19:46, moonrise 20:27).
4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.

Sublime. 18+ SOLD OUT 7:30p.
W/ Rome, The Diry Heads / Del Mar.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
COM. On cable.

"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 2010.04.29:    ^
Festival of Flesh! Last Thursdays 21+ $7 9p-2a.
"evening of live burlesque, comedy, variety sideshow, DJs and more - from kinky stripteases, fire breathers, snake charmers, and girls walking on glass"
Lucky Number Grill, 773/235-7761, 1931 N Milwaukee. 2nd Floor.

"Atomic New Wave Dance Party" Thursdays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs QBot, Kamar, special guests 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. $0-12, 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. $0-18 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. $0-10, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
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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