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2013.04.26 (wk826)
What's done is done.
RECOMMENDED:
Movie: Anarchist Film Festival at Various locations.
Movie: "Pain & Gain" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "The Big Wedding" now playing everywhere.
..-Tu: STD Awareness Month.
Ongoing: The Elephant & The Whale at Redmoon.
Ongoing: Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium.
Fr: Arbor Day.
..-Su: Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Masquerade Mystique at Lincoln Tap Room.
Fr: Doctor Who Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Walk&Roll Chicago at Soldier Field.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Nocturna at Metro.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Chris Drew - Life Celebration and Memorial Service at American Indian Center.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Su: Carnal at Neo.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Walpurgis Night.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: May Day.
We: Tributosaurus at Martyrs'.
We: Magic Chicago at Stage 773.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Machina at SmartBar.
Th: Need To Breathe at Riviera Theatre.
Th: Big C Jamboree at Martyrs'.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
Anarchist Film Festival (since 2001). -2013.05.17 Yearly.
http://chicagoanarchistfilmfest.com
Various locations.
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"Pain & Gain" now playing.
Michael Bay w/ Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, ...
http://painandgainmovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"The Big Wedding" now playing.
Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, ...
http://thebigweddingmovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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Now playing.
Oblivion, 42, To the Wonder, Antiviral, Disconnect, G.I. Joe 2, Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Upside Down, 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, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Ongoing:    ^
STD Awareness Month. -2013.04.30 Yearly.
Individuals, doctors, and community-based organizations address ways to prevent some of the nearly 20 million new sexually-transmitted diseases that occur in the U.S. annually. Frequency in ages 25-45 has doubled in the last decade.
http://cdc.gov/std/sam
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The Elephant & The Whale. -2013.05.26 All ages. $26-36+.
Sea voyages, circus songs, wild mechanical objects, panoramic paintings, innovative shadow puppetry.
Redmoon, 312/850-8440, 2120 S Jefferson St.
http://redmoon.org
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Joffrey Ballet. -2013.05.05 All ages. $25-150.
Othello.
http://joffrey.com
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Friday 2013.04.26:    ^
Arbor Day. Last Friday in April Yearly.
A special day set aside for the planting of trees. First proposed in Nebraska in 1872, later became a legal holiday there. Different date by state.
http://www.arborday.org
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Comic and Entertainment Expo. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $$.
Dozen of special guests.
http://c2e2.com
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore.
http://mccormickplace.com/events.php
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* Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
http://Bedno.com/bike/ccm
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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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.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.
http://ioimprov.com/chicago/
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Masquerade Mystique. 21+ Free 9p.
Bellydancing, free masks, burlesque, music, fire artists, sideshow, raffle, ...
http://ChicagoFunNews.com/fb/549929981713992
Lincoln Tap Room, 773/868-0060, 3010 N Lincoln.
http://lincolntaproom.com
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Doctor Who Burlesque. Fridays 18+ $35 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.
http://GorillaTango.com
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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.
http://berlinchicago.com
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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.
http://www.neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2013.04.27:    ^
* Walk&Roll Chicago (since 1973). Walk / skate / bike to fight cancer. Yearly. All ages. 9a.
Unique charity event for the American Cancer Society. Pledged Bike (15mi), walk (5mi), or skate (10mi). Dogs permitted. Around 5000 people will participate to raise more than $1,000,000.
800/227-2345 http://walkroll.org
Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus. Stadium Green just South.
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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.
04.27: Special May Day Speaker - 198 Methods of Protest and Persuasion.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.
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"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.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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* Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 11:30p-5a.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah spinning goth, darkwave, dark indie, deathrock, industrial, new wave, electro, ... Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals.
http://facebook.com/groups/15090361526
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Skinprov. Saturdays 18+ $7 12a.
All male clothing reduced comedy.
Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 773/561-4665, 4830 N. Broadway.
http://annoyanceproductions.com
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Sunday 2013.04.28:    ^
* Chris Drew - Life Celebration and Memorial Service. 2p.
Happy memories will be shared and light refreshments served.
http://ChicagoFunNews.com/fb/561308197242109
American Indian Center, 773/275-5871, 1630 W Wilson.
http://aic-chicago.org
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
http://chicagobikepolo.com
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6:30p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Cleveland, American Dad, more.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.com
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
http://www.adultswim.com
TOON. On cable.
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
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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.
http://facebook.com/BoomBoomRoomChicago
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.
http://facebook.com/thegreendolphinstreet
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* Carnal. 2nd/Last Sundays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Sexy electro, short skirts, cheap booze.
http://tinyurl.com/stereokillerfb
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.
http://neo-chicago.com
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Monday 2013.04.29:    ^
Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
04.29: Fear and Loathing Banger!
http://soreadytobang.do312.com
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2013.04.30:    ^
Walpurgis Night. Yearly.
Also known as witches' sabbath and eve of May Day. Commemorates the 8th century saint and protectress against witchcraft.
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/w/walpurgis_night.html
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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."
http://opengovhacknight.eventbrite.com
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.
http://1871.com
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Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
http://beatkitchen.com
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Wednesday 2013.05.01:    ^
May Day. Also known as Labor Day in Europe. Yearly.
Honors workers. Gloriously observed in communist nations. Chicago remembers the Haymarket Massacre.
http://wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers_Day
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Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20+ 7p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
05.01: Becomes The Kinks.
http://tributosaurus.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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Magic Chicago (since 2004). 1st Wednesdays All ages. $25 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians. Lobby bar, nearby chow, easy parking.
773/334-4192 http://MagicChicagoShow.com
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. near Racine.
http://stage773.com
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Terrapin Flyer. Wednesdays 21+ $7 9p.
Grateful Dead homage.
http://terrapinflyer.net
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.
http://abbeypub.com
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=5016477382
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://www.heartlandcafe.com
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Machina. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
Celebrates 80s/90s industrial, new wave, goth music.
05.01: DJ Scary Lady Sarah.
http://facebook.com/smartbarchicago/events
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://smartbarchicago.com/calendar
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Thursday 2013.05.02:    ^
Need To Breathe. All ages. $30+ 7p.
http://needtobreathe.net
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.
http://rivieratheatre.com
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Big C Jamboree (since 1991). 1st Thursdays 21+ Free 9:30p-?a.
Longest running local Rockabilly night. Multiple bands perform 40s-50s style swing, blues, rock-n-roll, swiftly and simply to a jumpin party crowd, many in period getups.
http://www.bigcjam.com/
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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Dubstep night. Thursdays 21+ $8-10 10p-4a.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://smartbarchicago.com/calendar
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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.
http://chicagoculturalcenter.org
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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.
http://www.mcachicago.org
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LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free.
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.
http://www.navypier.com
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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.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org
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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.
http://artinstituteofchicago.org
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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.
http://www.chicago-botanic.org
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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.
http://chicagochildrensmuseum.org
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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.
http://www.fmnh.org
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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.
http://www.imss.org
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World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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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.
http://www.msichicago.org
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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.
http://SheddAquarium.org
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Notes:    ^
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2013.04.26