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2002.08.02 (week 266)
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Ongoing: Vagina Monologues at Apollo Theater.
..-Su: Movin' Out at Shubert Theatre.
Ongoing: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park, "Spirit of Music" Garden.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Different culturally diverse performances nightly at Hot House.
Ongoing: Different rock, jazz and experimental bands every night at Empty Bottle.
Ongoing: Different rock show almost every night at Double Door.
Ongoing: WNUR ROCKS MY WORLD! at 89.3FM.
Ongoing: "Signs" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: "The Master of Disguise" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: Annual Member's Show at Woman Made Gallery.
Fr: Annual Member's Show Opening Reception at Woman Made Gallery.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: Skate Rave at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Disco Biscuits at Park West.
..-Sa: Wilco at Riviera Theatre.
Fr: College of Complexes - South Side campus at Future World Cafe.
Fr: Earatik Statik at Cafe Lura.
Fr: PROPER at Vision Nightclub.
..-Sa: Super Diamond at House of Blues.
Fr: Hex at Winner's.
Fr: DJ Danny Miller's stuff and things. at Hollywood East.
Fr: Foam Party with Pure? at Joe's Sports Bar.
Fr: Warp Records Presents Nesh.. at Metro.
Fr: Bang at Crobar.

Vagina Monologues. Rotating cast. Fr/Sa/Su $24.75-55 Fr 8p, Sa 6+9p, Su 3:30+7p.
Apollo Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

Movin' Out. -2002.08.04 $44-77.
World-premiere pre-Broadway engagement of a new musical conceived, choreographed, directed by Twyla Tharp, based on songs and instrumental compositions of Billy Joel. Follows the lives of six friends through the turbulent years of 1967-1987 as they and their world changes.
Shubert Theatre, 312/902-1500 tickets, 22 W Monroe. Downtown.

Chicago Summerdance. Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2002.09.11 Yearly. All ages. Free Th-Su.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons Th-Sa 6-7p; Su 4-5p. Live Music and dancing Th-Sa 7:30-9:30p; Su 5-7p.
Grant Park, "Spirit of Music" Garden., 312/744-3370, Between Harrison and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Now playing.
Mr. Deeds, Crocodile Hunter, Men In Black II, PowerPuff Girls, Minority Report, Bourne Identity, Scooby Doo, Windtalkers, Undercover Brother, Spider Man, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

WAY too much GREAT dance and theater and comedy and poetry to cover.
Get yourself a Reader or NewCity magazine.
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.

Farmers Markets. Cut out the middlemen. -2002.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 7a-2p.
Tu: Federal Plaza, Dearborn/Adams 5.14-10.15.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn 6.18-10.22.
Tu: Museum of Contemporary Art 5.25-10.15 11a-7p.
Th: Daley Plaza 7.11+25, 8.8+22, 9.5+19+26, daily 10.17-31 7a-3p.
Th: Prudential Plaza, Lake/Beaubien: 7.18, 8.1+15+29, 9.12+26, 10.10 7a-3p.
Th: Jackson/Wacker park: 5.16-10.17.
Th: Eli's/Wright College, Mntrs&Forest 6.20-10.17.
Th: Edison/Norwood Park, Oshkosh&NW HW 7.18, 8.1+15+29, 9.12+26, 10.10+24.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt 6.20-10.24.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central 6.22-10.19.
Sa: Edgewater, Broadway&Thorndale 6.22-10.19.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Halsted 6.22-10.26.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division 6.22-10.19.
Sa: North Center, BellPln/Damen/Lncln 6.22-10.19.
Sa: North Halsted, Grace/Brdwy/Halsted 6.22-10.19.
Su: Farm-In-The-Zoo, 2001 N Stockton, 6.23, 7.28, 8.25, 9.22.
Su: Galewood, Cortland&Newlnd 7.14,8.11,9.8,10.13.
Su: Rogers Park, Howard&Marshfield, 6.23, 7.28, 8.25, 9.22 10a-2p.
Su: WickerPark, Schiller&Damen 6.23-10.20.
Su: Roscoe Village, Belmont&Wolcott 7.7, 8.4, 9.1, 10.6.
Various city locations.

Different culturally diverse performances nightly. 21+ to drink (18+ w/ parent) $5-10.
Generally: Mo: Swing/Yoko Noge; Tu: Hip-Hop; We-Su: various. Cabaret / gallery atmosphere.
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo. Discounted parking available. Near downtown train stops.

Different rock, jazz and experimental bands every night. 21+ $? 8p.
Dive-ish, with pool and an old video game or two.
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western.

Different rock show almost every night. 21+ $? 9p.
Three bands and a beer for $3 some Tuesdays.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

WNUR ROCKS MY WORLD! NorthWestern University Radio. All ages. Free.
Best intelligent dance music on the free airwaves, with excellent cutting edge ambient and drum&bass shows.
89.3FM, 847-866-WNUR. AIM: WNURdj.

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p (Sa,Su,Mo,We,Th): Windtalkers - John Woo: Nicolas Cage, ...
10p (Sa,Su,Mo,We,Th): Enough - Jennifer Lopez, Bill Campbell, Tessa Allen, Juliette Lewis, Dan Futterman, ...
midnt (Sa,Th): The New Guy - Uncool highschooler remakes his image.
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2002.08.02:
"Signs" now playing.
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Master of Disguise" now playing.
Dana Carvey, Paula Abdul, James Brolin, Bo Derek, Harold Gould, Steven Hack, Jesse Johnson, Jay Johnston, Robert Machray, Edie McClurg, Ava Metz, Andy Morrow, Brent Spiner, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Annual Member's Show (since 1994). -2002.08.29 We-Fr noon-4p, Sa/Su noon-7p.
Juried exhibition of artworks by gallery members selected based on originality, craftmanship, quality and professionalism.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/328-0038, 1900 S Prairie.

Annual Member's Show (since 1994) Opening Reception. All ages. Free 6-9p.
Juried exhibition of artworks by gallery members selected based on originality, craftmanship, quality and professionalism.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/328-0038, 1900 S Prairie.

* First Friday. Music, art, snax, drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays All ages? $7-14 6-10p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Skate Rave. Bladers Take Downtown. 1st Fridays 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the BIGGEST group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 9-12 miles. Chicago Skate Patrol sanctioned. Protective gear (esp. helmet) and blinker STRONGLY encouraged. Weather permitting. May reach Chinatown, may end at Navy Pier Beer Garden.
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn.

Disco Biscuits. 18+ $16.50 8p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

Wilco. -Saturday 18+ $24 8p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

College of Complexes - South Side campus. "The Playground for People Who Think" Fridays All ages. $2 byob 2.5hrs 8p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers.
Future World Cafe, 773/256-1570, 1744 E 55th. Hyde Park.

Cosmic Breaks Radio. Live drum&bass DJ web-cast. Fridays All ages. Free -at least midnt. 8p.
The Cosmic Breaks DJ's spin live on the net weekly. Tune in and drop us a line on icq or email for shouts, requests etc. Listen before you go out, after you get home, or just stay at home in from of your computer and pretend you are out somewhere. 8).
Cosmic Breaks Studio, Logan Square.

* Earatik Statik. Live Entertainment. 21+ $? 8:30p-?a.
The Same Group you've seen with Kid Rock, Ice Cube, Rakim, Alkaholiks, Digital Undergroud, Outkast to name a few.... Is back on the live stage for a special performance with Heavy Metal Heads Monoxide... Earatik hasn't performed in a while and doesnt plan on any more shows till after completion of their debut LP "Feelin Earatik" Come Out and have a Lovely Time!!!!
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Just south of Belmont, not close to train.

Iron Chef - Pike Conger Battle. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Fridays All ages. Free. Also midnt. 9-10p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"

* PROPER. 21+ $10, free -9:30p? 9p-4a.
Drum&Bass DJs in "The Lair": Teebee, Focus, Kc, Rukus.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Great venue (formerly Aura). Parking hard and valet fills.

Super Diamond. Homage band. -Saturday 18+ $18.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Hex. Gothic-Industrial Dance Night. 1st/3rd Fridays 21+ $3 9p-2a.
Dance to new and favorite gothic, deathrock, new grave, electro, futurepop, and industrial music.
Winner's, 773/271-0401, 4530 N Lincoln. Between Wilson and Montrose. Near Brown Line Western stop.

DJ Danny Miller's stuff and things.. Fridays 21+ $5 9:30p-2a.
Email for guestlisting.
Hollywood East, 773/271-4711, 5650 N Broadway. Near ByrnMawr Red Line stop, end of LSD.

Foam Party with Pure? 21+ $? 10p.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

* Warp Records Presents Nesh... LFO, Chris Clark, Richard Devine, DJ Ease (Nightmares on Wax), Prefuse 73, Jamie Lidell, Luke Vibert, Nautilis. 18+ $15 10p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Bang. "The Quality Of Sound" Fridays 21+ $15+ 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
Well produced hotspot, Lots of house, crowded late. Nice change of scene in the mezz. Dress well, no tennis shoes.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury. No public transit.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins his signature mix of progressive, hardhouse, trance, & breakbeat along with some of his favorite classic club hits.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Sweet & LowDown. Fridays 21+ $0-15 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
BIG NAME weekly guest DJs join residents Justin Long, Sativa. Mostly House and Techno.
Zentra, 312/787-0400, 923 W Weed. Between North and Division by Joe's behind Crobar.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Fr/Sa All ages? $6-11 (also Su 7:30p) 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, often topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2002.08.03:
** Free Airplane Rides for Kids. EAA Young Eagles Program. Ages 7-17. Free! Monthly. 9a-2p.
Kids enjoy free airplane rides every month at Meigs Field thanks to generous Chicago-area pilots. Children see major Chicago landmarks, such as the Sears Tower and Comiskey Park, and learn about the principles of flight. Reservations recommended. Call after 7a on flight day for weather status.
Chicago Meigs Field (CGX), 312/409-5691, 1500 S Linn White Dr. Just south of Adler Planetarium.

* Bristol Renaissance Faire. Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2002.08.25 Yearly. 21+ $16.50 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a doezen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773 x227, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.

STOPPING LESSONS by Chicago Skate Patrol. Sa/Su -2002.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-4p.
Certified volunteers teach stopping and other basics. Look for the banner and red t-shirts near the ramp. PERFECT for beginners to walk, drive, cab or train to, bringing skates and protective gear. Great performers practicing nearby.
Oak Street Beach

Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p.
Antique cars, handmade crafts, retro music, kids activities, plenty of food.
Roscoe from Damen to Hamilton

Woman Made Gallery's 10th Anniversary Celebration (since 1993). 3-9p.
"Artist's Demos, Entertainment, Poetry, Music, Fun for the entire family!" This is a substantial event with a retrospective, a number of interesting performers, and significant participatory aspects. See site for details.
Woman Park, 312/328-0038, 1900 S Prairie. Adjacent to gallery.

* Embracing Change Opening Reception. Group Photography Exhibit. All ages. Free 6-9p.
Held in conjunction with Art Wauk VI. Come & celebrate! See the work of 50 local, national and international photographers. Curated by Jo-An Takamoto Sabonjian in celebration of her 40th birthday. Noted Chicago area photographers participating include Susan Aurinko, Bob Black, Michael Bracey, Paul Elledge, Stacey Grieff, Robin Hann, Marc Hauser, Tom Maday, Leasha Overturf, David Sutton.
Bernardo Marigmen Gallery in the Genesee Theatre Building, 847/727-5158, 118 Clayton, Waukegan. Walking distance from Union Pacific North Line Waukegan stop.

* Get inline... Chicagoland! inline skating club. Sa/Su/Th All ages. Free 6:30p.
Group skates in the burbs! Get together to skate, socialize and have fun!
Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Palatine, IL, Palatine. I90 to Rt 53N, exit at Dundee, go west a couple miles. Pass Hicks, it's the first entrance on the left.

Nanci Griffith and the Blue Moon Orchestra. $25-28 7:30p.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

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.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Interactive. Saturdays 21+ $10-20 9p-5a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
DJs Psycho-Bitch and Teri Bristol lead a top clubber mating night. Intense, big, crowded, sexy, long. Pricey drinks, mostly house. Serious clubber attire required.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury. No public transit, take a cab.

"AUTOBAHN" How fast can you go? Saturdays 21+ $5 after 10p 9:30p-5a.
Experience the driving, Trans-Euro groove as DJs Christopher Robin and Greg Haus and John Jackson spin a signature mix of progressive music and video. Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you are! An editor fave, sometimes too wild.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Love Chaos. 18+ $12 Gallery opens at 8p. 10p.
The avant-garde musical circus returns with fresh music, art, poetry, dance, intimate improvisation, film projection and more for a big endorphin rush. Featuring Merkaba Video, Undershorts Film Fest, Chicago Kings, Zarf Media, OVT visuals, De Corps, Environmental Encroachment, ACM Chicago Arts Program, and hors d'oeuvres by Gioco and other fine restaurants. Cabaret / gallery atmosphere.
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo. Discounted parking available. Near downtown train stops.

Sonic Boom. Saturdays All ages. Free 10p-2a.
Considered by many to be Chicago's BEST dance music weekly radio show. Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Big Beat, Drum & Bass, often with Danny the Wildchild.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2002.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.

* Hair Banger's Ball. 1st Saturdays 21+ $? 11p.
"The greatest tribute to The Decade of Decadence you have ever seen! Bring your lighter for classics by Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue and more."
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival. Sa/Su 18+ $7.50 12a.
Caution: Mostly tasteless, some new, some old, some great, some garbage.
ALSO Playing "The Matrix" midnights.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Sunday 2002.08.04:
Beach Poets (since 1991). Sundays -2002.10.27 Yearly. All ages. Free 4-6p.
Varied readings and music.
Loyola Beach. Greenleaf at the lakefront, south of Heartland.

Jimmy Eats World. -Monday All ages. $19 6:30p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

Default. Pretty good new alt-rock. All ages. $14 6:45p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* Adult Skate w/ Bar! Sundays 21+ $7 8p-1a.
Large smooth wood rink, goes through a series of sessions for mixed, backwards, couples, etc. Hip/Hop, urban, R&B DJ. Some of the roller skating regulars have awesome moves. Bladers welcome. Hours: Mo-Th private; Fr 4:30-7p teens $4, 7-10:30p family $5, 11p-? private; Sa 10:30a-1p family $4, 1-3:30p all $5, 4-7p all $5, 7:30-11p teen $10, mid-4a 18+ $7; Su noon-1p inline lessons $10, 1-3:30p all $5, 4-7p all $5, 8p-1a 21+ $7. $2-3 rentals.
Rainbo Roller Rink, 773/271-6200, 4836 N Clark.

* "Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 9-11:30p.
Extraordinarily good block of toonage, includes free form thought jazz like animated Ken Nordine. Includes Home Movies, Baby Blues, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, sometimes Space Ghost and pals.

Weekly Coffeehouse (since 1999). Sundays All ages. $5 Donation. (doors 7p) 9p-1a.
Open mic, poets, musicians, interesting alternative community art and photos always on display. Includes coffee, tea, soda, snax, raffle.
The Burkhart Underground, 773/348-8536, 2845 N Halsted.

* Industry Sundaze. Resident DJ Chris Gin hosts guests weekly. Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
"A night dedicated to waitresses, waiters, bartenders, bouncers, promoters, dancers, DJs and all those that make Chicago nitelife what it is, with variety and flavour." Good club, on a low pressure night. Full service restaurant and bar open all night. Drink specials and valet.
Dragonfly Mandarin Lounge, 312/204-9991, 1206 N State. At Division, East of Dearborn.

* Whiplash. Sundays 21+ $6-8 (up to $15 if not in costume) 10p-4a.
Scary Lady Sarah produced. DJ Chilli Winters spinning hard & dark alternative dance. Dress code: Fetish, latex, leather, pvc, drag, ultra glam, uber goth, fantasy character, period costume. Special performances last Sunday of each month. SERIOUS scene, rave reviews, not for the meek!
Spy Bar, 312/587-8779, 646 N Franklin. Free parking in South lot.

Monday 2002.08.05:
Tales of terror. Mondays 18+ $4 7:30p.
Various readings by local Chicago horror authors, open mike, and different entertainment weekly.
The Red Lion Pub, 773/348-2695, 2446 North Lincoln Avenue. On Lincoln one block north of Fullerton. Across from the Biograph.

Blue Groove Lounge (since 1994). "Chicago's longest running hip-hop night." Mondays 21+ $10, Ladies free -11p. 8p-2a.
Residents 33.3, Supacuts, Non Stop, De La Pena, plus special guests.
Wild Hare, 773/327-4273, 3530 N Clark.

Reactv8. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Boa spins synthpop, hardwave, retro, & more... DJ Kamar from 88.7FM joins him 2nd/4th Mondays. Caters to people who enjoy conversation, good drinks, and NO "boom boom thump thump" music. With good lights and vids, and Mr. Hate dispensing poison.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

* Your Brain on Mondays. Tree House Collective presents House, Techno, Drum&Bass DJs. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Come enjoy deep soundz, $2 Rolling Rock, free Pool, an outdoor section, and of course great people.
Seanchai Public House, 773/549-4444, 2345 W Belmont.

Tuesday 2002.08.06:
Hiroshima day (since 1945). Yearly.
On this day in 1945, an American bomber "Enola Gay" made the first wartime use of an atomic weapon. A single bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, destroying it completely. This day is often used for anti-nuclear protests worldwide. Watch for symbolic body outlines drawn on the ground in major cities.

Chic-a-Go-Go (since 1996). Tu/We All ages. Free Tu 8:30p, We 3:30p.
RESPOND AT to get on the show!
Miss Mia (of Kim) and puppet Ratso host a fun loving local show where bands and performers lip-sync for an entertainingly diverse dancing audience.
CAN-TV. Public Access channel 19.

Beth Orton. Alex Lloyd / Hem. All ages. $20 7:30p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Terrapin Nation. Dead homage. 21+ $12 Advanced purchase recommended. 8:30p.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Chicago Outdoor Film Festival (since 2000). Enjoy seven classic movies on the Grant Park lawn this summer courtesy of your fair city. Tuesdays -2002.08.27 Yearly. All ages. Free 8:30p.
8.6: Carmen Jones; 8.13: Horse Feathers; 8.20 Vertigo; 8.27 West Side Story.
Grant Park, Butler Field, 312/744-3315, 331 E Randolph. El: Red Line to Monroe; Green, Orange or Brown Line to Madison/Wabash or Adams/Wabash.

Real World Chicago - NEW EPISODES HAVE ENDED. Now playing our season over again. Tuesdays All ages. Free 9p.

* "Forward" Soulful Drum&Bass Night! Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
$2 Bacardi and Cokes, kitchen (Chinese food) and party all night, beatin' sound system, easy dress code, resident DJs Riverman, Ciro, & Katz9. Limited street parking, good to take train or cab.
8.6: Special guests Midway & Chris Gin (d&b set).
Dragonfly Mandarin Lounge, 312/204-9991, 1206 N State. At Division, East of Dearborn.

* Nocturna (since 1989). Goth w/ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. Tuesdays 21+ $5-10 10p-4a.
Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals. Upstairs at Metro 18+ every other week.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Testosterone Tuesday. Hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Ralph Rosario.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2002.08.07:
Neo Soul Explosion w/ special guests. Wednesdays -2002.09.04 Ages? $15 5-9:30p.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Group Skate. Wednesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
"The granddaddy of Chicago group skates" as mentioned in national press. Destination TBD (Chinatown/Adler/...) and optionally back for beers. 8-12 miles, some street skating, full gear and blinkers strongly recommended, intermediate and up, be prompt. Canceled if wet.
Londo Mondo, 888/828-7630, 1100 N Dearborn.

Maxwell. $39-75 7:30p.
Arie Crown Theater, 312/791-6516, 2301 S Lake Shore. in McCormick Place.

Chris Gin new residency. Wednesdays 21+ Free 8p-2a.
Promises "a weekly orgy of debauchery ... five hours of hard beats, classics and general insanity." $3 Buds.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

* DJs Snuggles, Slak, Casper and Ry-N host Seminar - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $5 9p-4a.
With resident DJs Gylde, Flipside, etc. Great tunes, good lights, $2 Buds and shot specials, big sound and dance floor, usually packed. Also listen to 89.3FM WNUR 9:30-11p. Parking fairly easy (lot next door), dress code unknown.
Red Dog, 773/278-1009, 1958 W North. Wicker Park.

"In One Ear" (since 1985). Open Mic. Wednesdays All ages. $2 9p-1a.
"eclectic mix of people" who groove on "laid-back" vibes, folk music and poetry readings.
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Justify Your Existence. 1st Wednesdays 21+ $7 9p.
Local bands prove themselves. Presented by The Onion, WXRT, Reckless Records and DCN.
Schubas, 773/525-2508, 3159 N Southport.

"Can Can" party. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
Spectrum of Sound presents "The hottest mid-week party in Chicago. Musical format is House and Hip-Hop. Resident DJs Cedric, FlipSide, Vince Lawrence and Wayne Williams." Visit site below for photos and more.
Glow, 312/587-8469, 1615 N Clybourn.

Women Obsession (since 1990). Intended as a ladies night for ladies. 1st/2nd/3rd Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

Thursday 2002.08.08:
** National Admit You're Happy Day (since 1999). Rebuff popular cynicism. Yearly.
A real event pursuing proclamation, sponsored by the "Secret Society of Happy People". Smile at strangers. Generally observed all August.

Embracing Change. Group Photography Exhibit. Fr/Sa/Th -2002.08.30 All ages. Free 12-6p.
Come & celebrate! See the work of 50 local, national and international photographers. Curated by Jo-An Takamoto Sabonjian in celebration of her 40th birthday. Noted Chicago area photographers participating include Susan Aurinko, Bob Black, Michael Bracey, Paul Elledge, Stacey Grieff, Robin Hann, Marc Hauser, Tom Maday, Leasha Overturf, David Sutton.
Bernardo Marigmen Gallery in The Genesee Theatre Building, 847/727-5158, 118 Clayton Street, Waukegan. Walking distance from Union Pacific North Line Waukegan stop.

* Bar Revu. We go to bars and "REVU" them. 21+ Free 6:30p-?a.
Group gathering for drinking, talking. Cash bar.
Castaways Bar & Grill, 773/281-1200, 1603 N Lakeshore Drive. In the ship shaped North Avenue Beach building.

Thursday Evening Advanced Group Skate. Thursdays 6:45p.
Leaving from North Avenue Beach House, through the parks and streets, returning to Mickey's snack bar Clark Street north of Fullerton. Protective gear, water, blinkers highly recommended, intermediate to advanced skills, be on time. Canceled if wet.
North Avenue Beach House, North Avenue at the lake.

Downtown Thursday. Special evening events and later hours at several museums and clubs. Thursdays 7-?p.
Good night to catch Blues downtown, cocktails at the MCA, Jazz at the Shedd or Randolph Cafe. See the site for MUCH MORE!

Bondage A Go-Go. Thursdays 21+ $? 8p-4a.
Hostesses Janelle, Donna, Veronica, DJ Pascal and guests. Bring or buy toys for adult play.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.

Billy Idol. 21+ $39.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

** "Rotation" drum&bass night! Thursdays 21+ $5-7 9p-2a.
"Futureroots & Rotation Kru present Chicago's official Thursday night session." $5 RedBull/Vodka, $3 Corona. Video art by Binary Bin. With resident DJs: MF, Regge, N-DEE, Radiata.
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Just south of Belmont, not close to train.

M 2 O. A night of liquid motion. Thursdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
"This weekly event has quickly become THE party to attend on Thursday nights. With resident DJs Mood and Oscar McMillan and guests DJs from around the world, the message of Deep House is being delivered to the masses. Feel good and have a good time!" Printable pass at site below.
Le Passage, 312/255-0022, 1 Oak Place. At intersection with Rush.

Planet Earth (since 1979). Thursdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Join DJ Dave Roberts for music, makeup, memories and videos. A long running Goth-lite night of new wave club classics.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark.

Various good modern art shows. $0-8 Free Tuesdays.
We-Su 10a-5p, Tu 10a-8p. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New years Day.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free. Su-Th 10a-10p, Fr/Sa 10a-midnt.
PIER WALK NOW OPEN! Over 100 massive outdoor sculptures on display. One of Chicago's very greatest civil art features. -2002.11.10.
ALSO: 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.
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. $5-13 Free Tuesdays.
Dramatically expanded, much high tech exhibitry.
Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-6p.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. All ages. Free Tuesdays, else $5-8.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Mo/We/Th/Fr 10:30a-4:30p, Tu 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to, great restaurant. All ages. $7-15 parking.
Prarie simulation, oriental garden, produce, vastly more. 1700ft G scale model train path through dozens of miniature American scenes.
Open daily (except xmas) about 8a-sunset.
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. Free Thursdays. 10a-5p Tu-Su.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free.
Excellent art furniture, Ghanian popular paintings, fine Italian glass, and Irish contemporary exhibits right now.
ALSO: Various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Also: good music daily at 12:15p (Classical Mo/We, Jazz Tu, Pop Th). Open late Thursdays.
Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 78 E Washington.

Natural History done right. All ages. $4-8, Free Wednesdays. 8a-5p.
New PEARLS and CHOCOLATE exhibits now open. Also butterfly garden, animated robot kinetosaurs, giant magnified soil ecosystem, "Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, 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. $3-5 Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free 8a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $3-13, Free Thursdays.
New TIME exhibit now open, possibly the best collection in existence of clocks through history. Also new Circus backstage, Howdy Doody, Sports and Cyberspace exhibits.
Mo-Fr 9:30a-4p, Sa/Su 9:30a-5:30p.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), many special late days, Free Mo/Tu Sept-Feb.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

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