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2007.05.25 (week 517)
Like tears in rain.  v
Movie: "Pirates of the Caribbean 3" now playing everywhere.
Movie: Sing-Along Grease at Music Box Theatre.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
..-Mo: International Mister Leather competition at The Palmer House Hilton.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Fr: Star Wars 30th anniversary.
Ongoing: "Nature House" at Woman Made Gallery.
Fr: Serendipity at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Lucky Boys Confusion at House of Blues.
..-Sa: The John and Bill show at Portage Theater.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: "Neon Barbie Fashion Show" at Enclave.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Sa: Memorial Day Parade.
Sa: Mechanical Playground at Kinetic Playground.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.

Movie:    ^
"Pirates of the Caribbean 3" now playing.
"At World's End" w/ Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Sing-Along Grease. -Thursday No pre-teens. $15 Various times.
The hip-swivelling 1978 musical comedy now released in a sing-along version subtitled with lyrics. Each audience member receives a goodie bag of fun props to help interact with the film, and a live host introduces each performance, warms up the audience's vocal cords, and give a prize for the best costume.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Now playing.
Shrek 3, 28 Weeks Later, Delta Farce, Georgia Rule, Spider-Man 3, Next, Hot Fuzz, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Grindhouse, Meet the Robinsons, Blades of Glory, Reign Over Me, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Black Snake Moan, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
This is a great great horror/pulp/comedy film, directed by Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie with a ton of stars.
8:30p Fr-Sa,Mo-We; 7:30p Su: Grindhouse: Planet Terror.
10p Fr-Sa,Mo-We; 9p Su: Grindhouse: Death Proof.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Ongoing:    ^
Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2007.09.30 Yearly.
Participate in any of the over 150 events. Helmet sale and Police auction, workshops and safety checks, lectures and clinics, neighborhood tours and family events, contests and stunt shows, parades and more!! Bikes temporarily allowed on certain train and bus lines at certain times. Mayor's Office of Special Events, see site or call.
Various City Locations.

International Mister Leather competition (since 1979). -Monday Yearly.
Huge leather market, events all day, hot parties at select clubs, tough tourists. Registration Thursday, opening Friday, Pre-judging Saturday, finals Sunday, party at House of Blues.
The Palmer House Hilton, 312/726-7500, 17 East Monroe St.

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 (since 1980). Cut out the middlemen. -2007.10.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn 7a-2p 06.12-10.30.
Tu: Federal Plaza, Adams/Dearborn, 7a-3p 5.17-10.4.
Th: Daley Plaza 7a-3p 05.17-10.04.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt 7a-2p 07.07-10.25.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central 7a-2p 07.07-10.27.
Sa: Edgewater, Broadway&Norwood 06.17-10.21.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Orchard 7a-2p 05.19-10.27.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division 7a-2p 06.02-10.27.
Sa: North Center, BellPln/Damen/Lncln 7a-2p 06.09-10.20.
Su: WickerPark, WickerPark&Damen 7a-2p 06.03-10.21.
Various city locations.

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Bottom Lounge, 773/975-0505, 3206 N Wilton, Near Red/Brown Line Belmont stop,
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
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,
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo, discounted parking, near downtown train stops,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Friday 2007.05.25:    ^
Star Wars 30th anniversary.
First released today in 1977 to 40 theaters. To be prominently observed by the postal service and History channel.

"Nature House" -2007.06.21 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
Works by 40 artists and poets. "This planet is our house and it looks like how we treat it - the positive or negative interplay between human kind and the natural world."
05.25: Opening reception 6-9p.
Woman Made Gallery, 773/489-8900, 2418 W Bloomingdale.

Serendipity (since 2004). All ages. $25 3p.
"Showcases the artistic talents of Chicago's seniors in a spectacular cabaret show of Broadway medleys, soulful solos, and lively dance routines - complete with a 76-year-old roller dancer! All proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels Chicago, The Chicago Academy for the Arts and After School Matters."
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Critical Mass. Last Fridays All ages Free 5:30p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington.

Lucky Boys Confusion. All ages. $16+ 6:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* The John and Bill show. -Saturday 18+ $25 8p.
Fri: Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi hosts the presentation of his rare, unseen and banned cartoons for adults, highlighting each of the seven deadly sins!
Sat: Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton hosts the premiere of his latest feature-length animated film, "Hair High", an outrageous Gothic myth from the 1950s about a teenage couple murdered on prom night, the returnging for revenge. Featuring voices of Sarah Silverman, Don Hertzfeldt, Martha Plimpton & Matt Groening.
Portage Theater, 773/736-4050, 4050 N Milwaukee.

Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p.
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.

"Neon Barbie Fashion Show" 21+ $? 9p-2a.
Featuring black light body art by Mario Ink, and glowing in the dark clothing by Amy J Designs.
Enclave, 312/654-0234, 220 W Chicago. Enter in back.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 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.

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 2007.05.26:    ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sa/Su -2007.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Memorial Day Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 12p.
150 units, a dozen bands, veterans distributing flags and poppies, some 25000 participants expected. Wreath laying ceremony at 11a. Note that Grant Park features a statue of General Logan, who first officially recognized this day.
State Street from Wacker to Van Buren.

Mechanical Playground. 21+ Free 8p-5a.
W/ bands Marazene, Jilt, Lockjaw, Cyanotic, CurseThisMetalBody, MindFluxFuneral; DJs Noir, Peter Propaganda.
Kinetic Playground, 773-769-LIVE, 1113 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

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.
05.26: The War, Recruitment and the Returning Soldier - Honor the Promises to the Veterans, or Fight Your Own Damn Wars!
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

"Kinetic" Last Saturdays 21+ $0-3 9p-3a.
Rhythmic noise and harsh electronics w/ resident DJs Sprite, WEiRD sKeTCH, MisterEntropy, others.
Spot6, 773/388-0185, 3343 N Clark. Two blocks north of Belmont.

"Pans*xual Pleasuredome" Saturdays 21+ $5 after 11p 9:30p-5a.
"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.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2007.09.01 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.

"Don't Spit the Water!" Saturdays $12 10:30p.
Crazy live game show in which contestants from the audience compete to keep their mouth full (not laugh) at Chicago's strangest, most hilarious comedians. Party with live jug band performance afterwards.
Playground Theater, 866/208-6298, 3209 N Halsted.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. 4th Saturdays 21+ $10 12a.
The Bombshells bring their own unique blend of old school burlesque, featuring acts ranging from bawdy comedy to classy striptease to mystifying magic.
The Playground, 312/871-3793, 3209 N Halsted.

Colonel Ritters's Spectacular Hour of Wonderment. Saturdays 21+ $5 12a.
Fairly excellent bunch of goofy vaudeville acts, live band, booze, and an intermission. Actual duration may vary.
Lakeshore Theater, 773/472-3492, 3175 N Broadway.

Sunday 2007.05.27:    ^
Bike The Drive (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $35 Gathering begins at 5:30a. 8-11:30a.
15 or 30mi ride on L.S.D., closed to cars. Over 20000 participants, pre-reg and ID and cash and helmet required. Vendors and parties after. No headphones.
Upper Hutchinson Field, Columbus and Balbo. Near Buckingham Fountain.

"Electrohell" 21+ $10-12 8p-1a.
With Cruciform Injection, Caustin, Biocarbon 13, more.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

International Mr Leather After Party. 21+ $50+ 8p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

New Power Party (since 1996). Samnation spins Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Last Sundays 21+ Free 8p-4a.
Movie at 8p, dancing from 10p, diverse glam clique.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

"Adult Swim" NEW EPISODES. Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinarily good block of free-form thought-jazz toonage. May include Venture Bros, Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Family Guy, more.
TOON. On cable.

"The End" Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
"Warning: we will get you drunk and try to make out with you."
Sunday June 17: DJs Vyle, Heather Doble, C-Mass, James Lauer.
05.27: DJs Telefon Tel Aviv, The Flashbulb, James Lauer.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Monday 2007.05.28:    ^
Memorial Day. Last Monday in May Yearly.
Legal Holiday. Honors United States military personnel who died in wars. Formerly called Decoration Day, observed since the civil war. Parades, flags fly at half mast, ceremonies at veteran's graves. Major pinic and veg-e-q day.

Tales of Terror (since 1993). 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 N Lincoln. One block north of Fullerton, across from the Biograph.

"Clash" Drum&Bass. Mondays 21+ Free 9p-?a.
Various dedicated local DJs weekly.
05.28: Section 9, The Ghost, Pat Evil.
Sweet Alice, 773/227-3310, 1415 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park.

Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ 10p-4a.
Long running weekly w/ DJs Michael Serafini, Uncle Milty. others. 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.

The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. Emmy award winner. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages, Free. Reruns several times a day. 10-10:30p.
"The best fake news show ever!" Followed by the brilliant "Colbert Report" show.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2007.05.29:    ^
Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
8:30p Grindhouse: Planet Terror, 10p Grindhouse: Death Proof.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Smarty Pants Balloon Art & Dining Family Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-8p.
Mention this ad for a free Kids under 12 Meal!
See Chicago's most fantastic (and humble) balloon sculptor create "the most eye popping balloons ever seen on the planet!" Eat some tasty pizza and go home with your own balloon sculpture masterpiece. Fun for kids from 3-93!
Ranalli's Restaurant, 773/334-1300, 1512 W. Berwyn. Andersonville, near Berwyn Red Line stop.

"Damaged" Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p-?a.
Industrial/Electro/New Wave weekly. Hosted by MF and Mister F.
05.29: DJ Mr. Bobby.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

Wednesday 2007.05.30:    ^
"Onomatopoeia" Wednesdays All ages. $5+ 6p-12a.
Showcasing experimental, Psymbient, IDM, Breaks, Ambient, Downtempo tunes. Now with live painting, tai chi, wi-fi.
05.30: Ferrocene 3 - ambient, avant world trio explores sonic manipulations of organic sound through laptop performance.
Dulcenea, 201/982-6453, 1431 N Milwaukee. "An emerging event gallery in Wicker park"

* "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ Free 7p-2a.
Returning after a long venue remodeling break.
05.30: DJs Gizzmo, Dave Owen, Pipline, Release.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

* WE drum TRIBE. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-9:30p.
"Community Drumming Circle for all. Gather & join our highest intentions together with the intensity & concentration to charge the planet with the power of our collective rhythms to vibrate peace & healing and broadcast these potent energies into the lens of our growing satellite, instructing the ether, programming for peaceful change & prosperity."
Northwestern University, Sheridan at Clark, Evanston. Stone Circle Fire-pit On The Landfill, South End of Campus.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $2 10p-?a.
"Eclectic mix of people who groove on laid-back vibes."
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Thursday 2007.05.31:    ^
** World No Tobacco Day (since 1988). Leave the pack behind. Yearly.
Sponsored by the World Health Organization.

I-Go Audio Emissions. 21+ $10-15 7p.
Presents Detholz, Palliard, Madison Buchanan, more, w/ DJs Quantazelle and Flawlesz. Hosted By Miss Mia.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. Now non smoking.

Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:45-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
Foster at the Lake. Gathering slightly South in grassy area.

Boneshaker Shoegaze night. 21+ $8 9p.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah w/ bands Airiel, A Place to Bury Strangers, La Scala. Bring earplugs.
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago.

Planet Earth (since 1994). 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. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

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, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 77 E Randolph.

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-10, Free Tuesdays. We-Su 10a-5p, Tu 10a-8p, closed Mo, xgiving, xmas, nyd.
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. $12 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. $0-7, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Su/Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10a-5p. Th/Sa 10a-8p.
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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