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Events this weekend, starting Friday, September 19th, 2014

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Friday 2014.09.19 ^
Joffrey Ballet. -Sunday All ages. $$.
Stories in Motion.
http://joffrey.com
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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World Music Festival (since 1999). -2014.09.21 Yearly.
Different international musical acts nightly all day at numerous music venues and major cultural facilities.
312/742-1938 http://worldmusicfestivalchicago.org
Various locations.
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Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yearly. 10a-1p.
http://talklikeapirate.com
http://bedno.com/drizzle/pirate/webapp.htm
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EXPO Chicago. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $20-100+ 11a-7p.
Featuring leading international galleries, curated blend of contemporary and modern art, design and new technology. Museum-quality, concept-driven programming to attract top artists, thinkers and collectors.
http://expositionchicago.com
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Peace Day (since 1979). All ages. Free 12-1p.
Live music, speakers, cultural performances, Minute of Silence, colorful procession of the world's flags carried by members of the Consular Corps. Lend your voice to peace.
http://buildthepeace.org
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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Group Skate. 1st/3rd Fridays All ages. Free 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 10-12 miles. Helmet required, other protective gear and water recommended. Weather permitting.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://road-raves.org
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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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Bonobo. 18+ $21 9p.
http://bonobomusic.com
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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"Nexus 6" 3rd Fridays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
"Kinetic" DJs spin EBM, industrial, rhythmic noise and special requests.
http://kineticnoise.wordpress.com
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.
http://facebook.com/NeoChicago
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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 2014.09.20 ^
Final summer show.
Food Network in Concert at Ravinia: musical headliner John Mayer.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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** Perimeter Ride (since 2002). Yearly. 8:30-12a.
A slow circumnavigation of the city's boundary with lots of stops for site-seeing and snacking. ~82 miles over 15+ hours. Follow on http://MassUp.us
http://tinyurl.com/periride2014
Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive.
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Applefest (since 1988). Yearly. All ages. Free 9a-5p.
Live music, food, entertainment, farm-fresh fruits and veges and flowers, pie bake-off.
http://www.lincolnsquare.org
Lincoln Square, 773/561-5535, 4731 N Lincoln. Giddings Plaza.
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City Made Craft Brew Fest (since 2013). -Sunday Yearly. 21+ Free 12-9p.
Featuring local beers, music and artisans.
http://andersonville.org/events/andersonville-city-made-fest
Andersonville, Clark between Argyle and Carmen.
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
09.20: CHANGE Illinois "Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics"
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.
http://facebook.com/HilltopChicago
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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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Sunday 2014.09.21 ^
* International Day of Peace (since 1982). Yearly.
United Nations global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
http://internationaldayofpeace.org
Observances locally.
http://buildthepeace.org
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Unmarried and Single Americans (U.S.A.) Week. 3rd Sunday in September -Saturday Yearly.
Formally proclaimed in many cities.
http://nationalsinglesweek.com
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North Shore Century ride (since 1985). Yearly. All ages. $17-25 6a-7p.
Evanston Bike Club "incredibly scenic biking... tranquil tree-lined streets... refreshing lake breezes." Uses cue sheets and painted street markings. Five distance options from 25-100 miles.
http://evanstonbikeclub.org/nsc
Dawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Road.
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Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2014.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
847/524-9590 http://wolffs.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com
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Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays $? 11a-6p.
100 vintage and antique dealers.
09.21: 1984.
847/579-9079 http://vintagegaragechicago.com
5051 N Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle.
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Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year.
http://nirarocketry.org
East Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
http://facebook.com/chicagobikepolo
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Bryan Ferry. $63-120+ 7:30p.
http://bryanferry.com
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.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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Seasonal ^
* Circus In The Parks. -2014.10.17 Yearly. All ages. $0-15.
Midnight Circus' world class troupe of clowns, contortionists, acrobats, etc perform just a few shows in each park.
http://circusintheparks.com
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Summer Vacation. Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2015.09.14 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p UNCONFIRMED
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
http://chicagosummerdance.org
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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FINAL WEEKEND: Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2015.08.30 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p UNCONFIRMED
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen 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, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.
http://renfair.com/bristol
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Ongoing ^
"Pump" now playing.
History of America's oil addiction and how we can defeat the manipulative monstrous monopolies.
http://pumpthemovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"The Maze Runner" now playing.
Young adults sci-fi.
http://themazerunnermovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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"The Zero Theorem" now playing.
Terry Gilliam w/ Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, ...
http://www.thezerotheorem-movie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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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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Now playing.
Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, For No Good Reason, Transcendence, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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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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Now playing.
Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, For No Good Reason, Transcendence, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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* Cirque Shanghai. -2015.09.01 Yearly. All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time. UNCONFIRMED
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
312/902-1500 http://cirqueshanghai.com
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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