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2014.02.28 (wk870)
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RECOMMENDED:
Movie: Irish Film Festival at Various locations.
..-Fr: Black History Month.
Ongoing: Louder Than A Bomb at Various locations.
Ongoing: Magical Exploding Boy at The Actors Gymnasium.
Ongoing: Alvin Ailey at Auditorium.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Bike Winter Art Show at Ancien Cycles.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: National Women's History Month.
Sa: Chiditarod.
Sa: College of Complexes at Powell's Bookstore UIC.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: El Circo Cheapo Cabaret at Aloft Circus Arts.
Su: Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Su: Carnival.
Su: Academy Awards on ABC.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Su: Madonnarama at Berlin.
Mo: Pulaski Day.
Mo: Movieoke at Whistler.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: City of Chicago's Birthday.
Tu: IHOP Natl Pancake Day.
Tu: Mardi Gras.
Tu: National Grammar Day.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Ash Wednesday.
We: Tributosaurus at Martyrs'.
We: Magic Chicago at Stage 773.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: "Unbridled" at Untitled.
Th: Big C Jamboree at Martyrs'.

Movie:    ^
Irish Film Festival (since 2000). -2014.03.08 Yearly. All ages. $30-65.
Highlights the language, wit and culture.
http://chicagoirishfilmfestival.com
Various locations.
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Now playing.
Lego Movie, 47 Ronin, Anchorman 2, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Hunger Games 2, Delivery Man, Thor: The Dark World, Ender's Game, Free Birds, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Ongoing:    ^
Black History Month (since 1926). -2014.02.28 Yearly.
February contains the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This holiday recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Observed with special events and exhibits at many cultural institutions, especially the Chicago Cultural Center, H.W.Library, Dusable Museum, and South Shore Cultural Center.
http://www.blackvoices.com
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Louder Than A Bomb (since 2001). -2014.03.15 Yearly. All ages. $? 6p.
Young Chicago Authors and Columbia College Chicago present, renowned Chicago Teen Poetry Festival.
773/486-4331 http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org
Various locations.
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Magical Exploding Boy. -2014.03.23 $15-20 Fr 7:30p, Su 3p, Sa 4:30+7:30p.
"A simple creature who longs to be someone else, the Magical Exploding Boy learns that he cannot escape his unique destiny. Features original live music, aerial acrobatics, and the birth of a clown."
773/387-8766 http://deanevans.net
The Actors Gymnasium, 847/328-2795, 927 Noyes St, Evanston.
http://actorsgymnasium.com
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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 2014.02.28:    ^
Alvin Ailey. -2014.03.08 All ages. $$.
http://alvinailey.org
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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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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Bike Winter Art Show (since 1998). 6p-12a.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org/artshow
Ancien Cycles, 773/914-0102, 688 N Milwaukee Ave.
http://anciencycles.com
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Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 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.
800/979-3370 http://SupernaturalChicago.com
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.
http://www.excaliburchicago.com
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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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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://neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2014.03.01:    ^
National Women's History Month (since 1987). THANXX! -2014.03.31 Yearly.
2014: "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment"
http://www.nwhp.org
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* Chiditarod (since 2006). Chicago's most absurd race. Yearly. 21+ $5+ 10a-5p.
Four person teams pull shopping cart and musher by checkpoints gathering donated food en-route. Points for volume and creativity.
http://chiditarod.org
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? +food/drink purchase 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
03.01: Tar Sands-Free Midwest, Southeast Environmental Task Force. Tar Sands Mining, Pipelines across US (including the notorious Keystone), the BP Refinery in Whiting, and the End Result of a Huge Quantity of Petcoke.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Powell's Bookstore UIC, 312/243-9070, 1218 S Halsted. At Roosevelt.
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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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El Circo Cheapo. 1st Saturdays $10-ish. 7+10p.
Outstanding local circus artists perform a casual and intimate show. Sells out. "BYO Picnic Basket"
http://elcircocheapo.com
Aloft Circus Arts, 2041 W Carroll #306.
http://aloftaerialdance.com
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Sunday 2014.03.02:    ^
Dr. Seuss' birthday. Yearly.
Theodor Seuss Geisel 1904.03.02-1991.09.24.
http://drseuss.com
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Carnival. -Tuesday Yearly.
Three days of festivities culminating on Mardi Gras. Christian in origin, it is the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Mardi Gras) preceding Ash Wednesday.
http://mardigras.com
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Academy Awards (since 1929). Yearly. All ages. Free. 7p.
E! usually runs an eight hour pre-show. Various viewing parties around town.
http://www.oscar.com
ABC. http://www.abc.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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Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Monday 2014.03.03:    ^
Pulaski Day. Honors revolutionary war general Casimir Pulaski (1747-1779). 1st Monday in March Yearly.
A Polish pride celebration observed much like a legal holiday in Chicago.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_Pulaski_Day
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Movieoke. 1st Mondays 21+ $? 9p.
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
http://chicagomovieoke.com
Whistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.
http://whistlerchicago.com
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Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant awards winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.
http://comedycentral.com
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
http://soreadytobang.do312.com
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2014.03.04:    ^
City of Chicago's Birthday (since 1837). Yearly.
Celebrated early at Chicago History Museum.
http://cityofchicago.org
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IHOP Natl Pancake Day (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free.
Free short stack (Children's Miracle Network donation encouraged).
http://ihoppancakeday.com
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Mardi Gras. Yearly.
French for Fat Tuesday. Christian in origin it is the last day of the period of Carnival preceding Ash Wednesday. The name has come to represent the entire carnival period. Celebrated on a large scale in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and Nice. Observed with Cajun music, costumes, parades and dancing and beads.
http://mardigras.com
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National Grammar Day. Yearly.
"March forth to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!"
http://nationalgrammarday.com
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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 2014.03.05:    ^
Ash Wednesday. Yearly.
Christian in origin, this is the first day of Lent and the seventh Wednesday preceding Easter Sunday. The name originates from the ritual of placing ashes on worshippers foreheads, symbolizing death and sorrow for sin. Lent is a 40 day period of penetence, prayer and fasting. Over time, fasting has been de-emphasized (though certain abstentions such as drinking and red meats are commonly observed), and the importance of prayer and works of charity has grown. Lent was first observed in the 4th century.
http://christianity.about.com
http://www.smart.net/~mmontes/ec-cal.html
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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."
03.05: Becomes Van Morrison.
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. 1st/2nd/3rd 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/groups/5016477382
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://heartlandcafe.com
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"Unbridled" Wednesdays 21+ $10 10p-2a.
"Unleash your inhibitions at Unbridled - a fun, funky, freaky evening of titillating variety." DJs with vaudevillian, burlesque and extreme acts throughout the bar.
http://facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitled
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
http://untitledchicago.com
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Thursday 2014.03.06:    ^
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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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. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
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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2014.02.28