2010.11.12 (week 698)
It's all about me!
Movie: "Morning Glory" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Skyline" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Unstoppable" now playing everywhere.
..-Su: Chicago Humanities Fest downtown.
..-Su: Ringling Bros, B&B Circus at Allstate.
Ongoing: "Mothers" and "Girl, Please!" at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: Dance Chicago at Multiple venues.
Ongoing: Super Mario Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theater.
Ongoing: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central.
Ongoing: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
..-Su: Windy City Con at Westin Lombard.
Fr: North Side Critical Mass at Young Lincoln Statue.
Fr: Cocktails & Clay at Hyde Park Art Center.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Daniel Tosh at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Sa: Kidical Mass at Palmer Square.
Sa: Robyn at Metro.
Sa: The Fab Faux at Vic Theatre.
Sa: "Short Guys with Glasses" at Magic Incorporated.
Sa: Yo! Chicago Raps 2! at Abbey Pub.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Su: Great Midwest Train Show at Dupage County Fairgrounds.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Combichrist at Bottom Lounge.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Ringling Bros, B&B Circus at United Center.
We: Suicidal Tendencies at Metro.
We: The Dresden Dolls at Vic Theatre.
We: Powerman 5000 at Cubby Bear.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Leonid Meteor Shower.
Th: Great American Smokeout.
Th: Atomic Sketch Event at evilOlive.
Th: Lady Kier DJ set at Berlin.
Th: "Atomic New Wave Dance Party" at Neo.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.
Th: Tim and Eric at Vic Theatre.

Movie:    ^
"Morning Glory" now playing.
Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Skyline" now playing.
Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Unstoppable" now playing.
Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
127 Hours, Due Date, Fair Game, For Colored Girls, Megamind, Monsters, Aftershock, The Social Network, Wall Street 2, You Again, Waiting for Superman, Resident Evil 4, The American, The Tillman Story , Going the Distance, The Winning Season, Eat Pray Love, Scott Pilgrim, The Expendables, Middle Men, The Other Guys, Cats & Dogs 2, Dinner for Schmucks, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Ongoing:    ^
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Chicago Humanities Fest (since 1990). -2010.11.14 Yearly. Various times.
Hundreds of speakers on a theme of universal interest at dozens of venues.
Various downtown locations.

* Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). -2010.11.14 Yearly. All ages. $11-50 Various times.
"Funundrum" All-New Blue Tour.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

"Mothers" and "Girl, Please!" -2010.12.23 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Juried art shows by women.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

Dance Chicago (since 1995). -2010.11.21 Yearly. All ages. $25+ Various times.
100s of performers, 100s of works.
Multiple venues.

Super Mario Burlesque. -2010.12.19 18+ $15. Various times.
Sexy burlesque romp send-up of the famous video games. Bring tips to unlock the alternate ending.
Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N Milwaukee Ave.

Winter Pageant. -2011.01.02 Yearly. All ages. $0-20 Various times.
Family friendly long running annual celebrating the changing seasons.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

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

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 2010.11.12:    ^
Windy City Con (since 1974). -Sunday Yearly. $35-50.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy type convention. Many fine featured guests. Art, vendors, films, gaming, workshops, costume contests, room parties.
Westin Lombard, 630/719-8000, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard. Yorktown Center.

* North Side Critical Mass. 2nd Fridays All ages. Free. Gather after 6:30p, leaves before 7p.
THE monthly north side gathering of cyclists. Winds a dozen miles-ish, ending with food+drink. Well attended. Bring friends, tunes, bells, costumes, cameras...
Young Lincoln Statue, 5959 N Clark. At Ridge and Thorndale.

Cocktails & Clay. 2nd Fridays 18+ $15 suggested donation. 8p-12a.
Late night clay-making, dance-partying, gallery-hopping good time. 45 minute studio sessions, live DJ, drink specials.
Hyde Park Art Center, 773/324-5520, 5020 S Cornell Ave.

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.

Daniel Tosh. 21+ $40 7:30+11p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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 2010.11.13:    ^
Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
11.13 Polish Chicago.
11.20 Taste of the Neighborhoods.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

* Kidical Mass. 2nd Saturdays All ages. Free 10:30a-12p.
Slow easy going fun group bike ride for families, children of all ages.
Palmer Square, 3099 W Palmer Blvd. "the bunny park" playground.

Robyn. All ages. $20 6:30p.
"The most killingest pop star on the planet."
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

The Fab Faux. All ages. $45-125 Doors 6:30p.
Performing "Abbey Road" in its entirety along with other Beatles favorites.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

"Short Guys with Glasses" "A Comedy Spectacle!" All ages. $15 7-8p.
"Chicago's zaniest magicians, Tomas Medina and John Sturk, present their acclaimed magic/comedy/freak/action revue for a special fabled performance. You'll laugh, you'll be amazed, bring a helmet so you don't make a mess when we blow your mind."
Magic Incorporated, 773/334-2855, 5082 N. Lincoln Ave.

Yo! Chicago Raps 2! 21+ $8-12 8p-2a.
SlapBox, Seel Fresh, Ramsey Judson, Dr. Who, Minds Opposite, WhoJahSay, Dmnonlogy...
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

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
11.13: Debating The Un-Debatable? - The Most Censored Stories.
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.

Sunday 2010.11.14:    ^
Great Midwest Train Show (since 1974). 2nd Sundays All ages. $0-7 9:30a-3p.
Countless parts in every scale and era; scenery, supplies, memorabilia, demos, 100s of vendors. Also other hobbies.
Dupage County Fairgrounds, 630/668-6636, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton. At County Farm Road.

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

Monday 2010.11.15:    ^
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 2010.11.16:    ^
**** ANDREW'S BIRTHDAY (since 1961). Yearly.
The prodigious brilliance behind this system and much more turns a year wiser. SCORPIOS RULE!!! Temporarily the same age as Obama.

Combichrist. 18+ $? 9p.
W/ Aesthetic Perfection, iVardensphere, DJ Scary Lady Sarah.
Bottom Lounge, 312/666-6775, 1375 W Lake.

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 2010.11.17:    ^
* Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). -2010.11.28 Yearly. All ages. $11-50 Various times.
"Funundrum" All-New Blue Tour.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Suicidal Tendencies. All ages. $26 6:30p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

The Dresden Dolls. 18+ $24+ Doors 7p.
W/ Mucca Pazza.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Powerman 5000. 21+ $15-18 9p.
W/ Heart Set Self Destruct & A Friend Called Fire.
Cubby Bear, 773/327-1662, 1059 W Addison. On Clark across from Wrigley Field.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Leonid Meteor Shower. Yearly. 11p-7a.

Thursday 2010.11.18:    ^
Great American Smokeout (since 1977). 3rd Thursday in November Yearly.
Promoted by the American Cancer Society. Quit smoking, at least for the day.

Atomic Sketch Event. Live Art. 3rd Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p.
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome. Ambience by "CHIRP" DJs.
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division St.

Lady Kier DJ set. 21+ $? 10p-4a.
(of Deee-Lite) "rare disco, early acid and rave, with todays top tunes."
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

"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.

Dubstep night. Thursdays 21+ $10-15 10p-4a.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Tim and Eric. 18+ $26+ 10:30p.
"Awesome Tour, Great Job! Chrimbus Spectacular"
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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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