2013.03.15 (wk820)
True story.
Movie: "Incredible Burt Wonderstone" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Upside Down" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: National Women's History Month.
Ongoing: International Women's Art Open at Woman Made Gallery.
..-Su: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Auditorium.
..-Su: Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Skooled: A Study in Circus at The Actors Gymnasium.
Fr: Ides of March.
Ongoing: Bike Winter Fashion+Art Show at C-Haus.
Fr: Lynyrd Skynyrd at Congress Theatre.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: The Ides of March at Viper Alley.
Fr: Doctor Who Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Fr: "Nexus 6" at Neo.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Saint Patrick's Day parade downtown.
Sa: St. Patrick's Day Festival at Irish American Heritage Center.
Sa: Brit Floyd at Chicago Theatre.
Sa: They Might Be Giants at Vic Theatre.
Sa: YES at Hammond Casino.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Sound Tribe Sector Nine at Congress Theatre.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Midnight Marauders ride at Billy Goat Tavern.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Saint Patrick's Day.
Su: Nerd Social Club's Pi Day at Open Books.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: STRFCKR at Metro.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Invasion of Iraq anniversary.
We: Vernal Equinox.
We: Great American Meatout.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Start of Aries.
Th: Critical Lass at The Chipp Inn.
Th: Triton Troupers Circus at Triton College.
Th: Bikini Shakespeare at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Th: Poi Dog Pondering at Metro.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
"Incredible Burt Wonderstone" now playing.
W/ Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Upside Down" now playing.
W/ Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Oz the Great and Powerful, Jack the Giant Slayer, Snitch, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Last Stand, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Jack Reacher, The Guilt Trip, This is 40, Hobbit, Anna Karenina, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall, The Comedy, Flight, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Ongoing:    ^
* National Women's History Month (since 1987). THANXX! -2013.03.31 Yearly.
2013: "Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination"

International Women's Art Open (since 1998). -2013.04.25 Yearly. We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Juried show of artwork in all media by women from the international community.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. -2013.03.17 All ages. $32-92.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show (since 1995). -2013.03.17 Yearly. All ages. $5-15 Mo-Sa 10a-8p, Su 10a-6p.
"25 themed gardens that magically transform the space into a lush botanical wonderland of color" also lectures, demos and 200 products/info booths.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Skooled: A Study in Circus. -2013.03.23 All ages. $15-20 Fr 7:30p, Sa 4:30+7:30p, Su 3p.
Chicago clown Dean Evans and an amazing team explore the school of hard knocks. Takes audiences on a journey of eccentric clowning, aerial acrobatics, live music and devilish pranks.
The Actors Gymnasium, 847/328-2795, 927 Noyes St, Evanston.

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 2013.03.15:    ^
Ides of March. Yearly.
Simple Roman Nomenclature for the fifteen of March (or middle of other months, not necessarily the 15th), made foreboding in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, referring to the soothsayer's warning to the emperor of his impending murder at the hands of his closest associates.

* Bike Winter Fashion+Art Show (since 1998). -2013.04.01 6p-12a.
6p: Chili, Drinks, Art; 8:30p: Zigtebra performs *The Red Pony Play*; 8:55p: Racketeers kick off the Fashion Show; 9-9:30pm: Bikes & Models on the Runway! -1am: Dancing and Carousing.
C-Haus, 1617 N. Drake Ave.

Lynyrd Skynyrd. All ages. $35-100 8p.
Still one original member!
Congress Theatre, 773/276-1235, 2135 N Milwaukee.

Improvised Shakespeare. Fridays 18+ $14 10:30p+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.

The Ides of March. 18+ $30 9p.
Viper Alley, 847/499-5000, 275 Parkway Dr, Lincolnshire.

Doctor Who Burlesque. Fridays 18+ $35 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.

"Nexus 6" 3rd Fridays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
"Kinetic" DJs spin EBM, industrial, rhythmic noise and special requests.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.

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/Su All ages? $6-11+ Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, sometimes topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2013.03.16:    ^
* Saint Patrick's Day parade (since 1955). Carried on ABC and WGN. Yearly. 2hrs 12p.
Around 100 bands/floats/balloons, thousands of marchers. Preceded by Mass at Old St. Pats at 9:30 with Irish music and dancing, river dyed green 10:30a, Trinity Dancers and Irish Pipe Band at Buckingham Fountain (11a).
Downtown, 312/942-9188, Columbus, from Balbo to Monroe. Take any train.

St. Patrick's Day Festival (since 1987). Yearly. All ages. $0-15 1-?p.
Irish music, step dancers, ceili instruction, bagpipes, kids activities, corned beef and cabbage, and maybe Guinness.
Irish American Heritage Center, 773/282-7035, 4626 N Knox.

Brit Floyd. $29-50+ 7:30p.
"P.U.L.S.E. 2013: The Ultimate Pink Floyd Light & Sound Experience"
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

They Might Be Giants. 14+ $30+ 7:30p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

YES. 21+ $35-75 8p.
Jon Davison, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes.
Hammond Casino, 219/473-7000, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond IN.

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.
03.16: Israel-Palestine, with possible application elsewhere.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Sound Tribe Sector Nine. 17+ $30-40 9p.
W/ Maserati.
Congress Theatre, 773/276-1235, 2135 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.

Midnight Marauders ride. 3rd Saturdays 18+ Leaves after 11:30p-?a.
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home after dawn.
03.16: St. Pat's edition.
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.

Skinprov. Saturdays 18+ $7 12a.
All male clothing reduced comedy.
Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 773/561-4665, 4830 N. Broadway.

Sunday 2013.03.17:    ^
Saint Patrick's Day. Patron saint of Ireland, 389-461 AD, born in Britain. Yearly.
Observed by wearing green, beer, highlights Irish culture, songs, etc. PARTIES AT EVERY BAR.'s_Day

* Nerd Social Club's Pi(e) Day. $6-10 4-?p.
Pies, baking, drinks, decimal places recitation contest, more.
Open Books, 213 W Institute Place.

New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6:30p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Cleveland, American Dad, more.

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

Boom Boom Room. Sundays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
Long running (1991) weekly. Big dance space, multiple bars and environments, late night dining, state-of-the-art sound and lights.
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.

Monday 2013.03.18:    ^
Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.

Tuesday 2013.03.19:    ^
Open Gov Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p.
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.

STRFCKR. 18+ $16+ 9p.
W/ Blackbird Blackbird.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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 2013.03.20:    ^
* Invasion of Iraq anniversary (since 2003). Yearly.
This grossly ill-planned and criminal distraction built on Bush lies, only brought increased hatreds and insurmountable debt. History will judge this fool's errand as a mixture of disaster, nightmare and treason which hemorrhaged over 2 BILLION $$$ a week. By the end of this sociopathic endeavor we wasted enough to have achieved energy independence, cured a few top diseases, and put every high school grad through college. The soldier blood and orphan tears are on your hands GOP. The mere existence of war shames our species.

* Vernal Equinox. Yearly.
Night and day are equal length (sun 06:02-18:11), official start of spring.

Great American Meatout (since 1985). Yearly.
Eat nothing with eyes today.

Terrapin Flyer. Wednesdays 21+ $7 9p.
Grateful Dead homage.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

"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.

Thursday 2013.03.21:    ^
Start of Aries. Astrological sign, the ram. Yearly.

Critical Lass. Monthly. All ages. Free 6p.
Monthly 5-8 mile bike ride exclusively for women/trans cyclists. Departs at 6:30, ends with a nosh.
The Chipp Inn, 312/421-9052, 832 N Greenview Ave.

* Triton Troupers Circus (since 1972). Yearly. All ages. 2hr $6 Sa 1p* and 7p, Th+Fr 7p.
Annual local circus with true spirit and extraordinarily skilled performers in all classic specialties; acrobats, trapeze, juggling, wire, clowns, feats of strength, much more. No animal acts. Come early (doors open 1hr before show) for tickets and pre-show. Popcorn, drinks, candy available. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday matinee interpreted for hearing impaired, and pancake breakfast with the cast 8a-noon.
Triton College, 2001 5th Ave, River Grove. Robert M. Collins Center Gymnasium, 708/456-0300 x3383, 800-526-0844 TTY. East side of street, just North of North Avenue (64), just West of 1st Avenue (171). Near Maywood Park. From 294 take Irving Park (19) exit East to Des Plaines River Rd South (right) 2.3 miles to 5th. From 290 take exit 20 to 1st Ave North.

Bikini Shakespeare. The Tempest. Thursdays -2013.04.25 $15 9p.
An island romp in bikinis and speedos with the hilarity and poetry of the bard.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.

Poi Dog Pondering. 21+ Free 9:30p.
CD release party.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Dubstep night. Thursdays 21+ $8-10 10p-4a.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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, 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. $0-12, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-6p.
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.

Notes:    ^
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