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Events this weekend, starting Friday, February 12th, 2016

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Friday 2016.02.12 ^
"Deadpool" now playing.
Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, ...
http://deadpool.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"How to Be Single" now playing.
Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Rebel Wilson, ...
http://howtobesinglemovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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* "Where to Invade Next" now playing.
Michael Moore shows how we could have nice things.
http://wheretoinvadenext.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"Zoolander 2" now playing.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Olivia Munn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz, Christine Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Billy Zane, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian West, Fred Armisen, Lenny Kravitz, Kanye West, ...
http://zoolander.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. Yearly.
16th president of the United states, born in Kentucky in 1809. Known for living in Illinois. Presided during the Civil War. Lincoln was assasinated in the Ford Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth just five days after the end of the war. Observed later this month on President's Day.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/al16.html
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Darwin Day. Yearly.
A global celebration of science and reason held around the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.
http://darwinday.org
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IGI Chicago Style Gymnastics Meet (since 1999). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $6-10 8a-8p.
The largest women's gymnastics invitational meet in the world, judged event, levels 4-Elite, thousands of competitors.
847/504-2453 http://chicagostylemeet.com
Navy Pier - Festival Hall, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://navypier.com
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10,000 Maniacs. -Saturday 21+ $40-60 3 shows 5p.
http://maniacs.com
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
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Bike Winter Art Show (since 1998). -2016.02.26 Yearly. 6p-12a.
Opening party: Fri Feb 12th, 5:30-11p - A whole new crop of bike art, drinks for donations, and DJ Jive Fresh spinning all night.
http://bedno.com/fb/1519557891706107
Motor Row Gallery, 312/533-2140, 2345 S Michigan Ave.
http://facebook.com/motorgalleryshow
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Henry Rollins. Telling stories. -Saturday All ages. $26-300+ 2 nites 8:30p.
http://henryrollins.com
Thalia Hall, 312/526-3851, 1807 S. Allport St.
http://thaliahallchicago.com/
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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#DATEME: An OKCupid Experiment. Fridays 18+ $31 8+11p.
Hilarious journey through the world of online dating made up of actual dialogue from interactions on OKCupid.com.
UP Comedy Club, 312/662-4562, 230 W. North Ave.
http://upcomedyclub.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 2016.02.13 ^
"A Circus Love Letter" -2016.03.20 All ages. $15-25 Various times.
Charming performance art story of Marnie & Phil's lifelong friendship.
The Actors Gymnasium, 847/328-2795, 927 Noyes St, Evanston.
http://actorsgymnasium.com
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Chicago Auto Show (since 1901). -2016.02.21 Yearly. All ages. $0-12+ 10a-10p.
Largest show in the U.S. of the leading killer of kids. Antiques, advanced power systems, sports stars and cheerleaders, greenwashing, million dollar super-cars and other grotesquely over-compensating monuments to mammon and sloth.
http://chicagoautoshow.com
McCormick Place, 312/791-7000, 2301 S Lake Shore Drive. Red line to Cermak, then bus east.
http://mccormickplace.com
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Cupid's Undie Run. Yearly. $40+ 12-4p.
"Mile-ish run in your bedroom-best" raises money for charity. Doors noon, run 2p, party 3:30p.
http://cupidsundierun.com
John Barleycorn, 773/348-8899, 3524 N Clark St.
http://johnbarleycorn.com/
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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.
02.13: Smart Phones: Are We Becoming Zombies or Truly Connecting with Each Other?
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Dappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
http://facebook.com/Dappers-Restaurant-East-111805538856448
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Valentine's Love Affair. $80-170+ 7:30p.
Featuring Kenny ‘Babyface' Edmonds, Ledisi and Eric Benet.
http://babyfacemusic.com
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.com
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Improvised Shakespeare. Saturdays 18+ $16+ 10:30+8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
Del Close Theater, 312/929-2401, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
http://ioimprov.com/chicago/
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Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Saturdays 18+ $20-40 8p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties.
http://kisskisscabaret.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Sound Tribe Sector Nine. Ages? $35-65 8p.
http://sts9.com/
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.com
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Star Wars Burlesque. Saturdays 18+ $28 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.
http://GorillaTango.com
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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://berlinchicago.com
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CLLAW: My Bloody Valentine. Ages? $10-15+ 9:30p-1a.
Chicago's biggest, baddest, most belligerent lady arm wrestlers decked out in over-the-top outfits with fast-talking managers, ebullient entourages and shady referees. The horrifically romantic evening will include live music, kissing booth, chance to win dates with wrestlers, cash bar, food truck, etc.
http://facebook.com/ChicagoCLLAW
Logan Square Auditorium, 773/252-6179, 2539 N Kedzie. Near Blue Line, and 90/94.
http://www.logansquareauditorium.com
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Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
http://Vaudezilla.com
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.com
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* Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 11p-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 2016.02.14 ^
* Valentine's Day. Yearly.
Day to exchange messages of love with the object of one's romantic interest. Typically observed through the gifting of roses, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and luxury dinners. The day gets its name from the Christian saint Valentine. See http://www.metromix.com for best dining ideas.
http://www.victoriassecret.com
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* Chinese New Years Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 1p.
100' Dragon dances, Miss Chinatown, gifts, fireworks, etc.
http://cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.html
Chinatown, 312/255-0303, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues South to 24th Street.
http://chicagochinatown.org
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Valentine's Day Dinner. Yearly. All ages. $95+ 5-10p.
Special menu directed by executive chef may include Champagne, heart shaped chocolate mousse cakes, breath-taking view and live jazz.
The Signature Room, 312/787-9596, 875 N Michigan. Top of the Hancock.
http://www.signatureroom.com
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Daddy Daughter Dances. Yearly. All ages. 6-9:30p UNCONFIRMED
Also couples dance events.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/20140214
Chicago Parks.
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6:30p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.com
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"Nickel & Dimed" Sundays 21+ Free 7p-2a.
$1 beers and free pizza w/ DJs.
Beauty Bar, 312/226-8828, 1444 W Chicago Ave.
http://thebeautybar.com/home-chicago
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Anti-Valentines Day party (since 2009). Yearly. 21+ $14 8p UNCONFIRMED
Chicago Reader's famed annual. Bands. Gift bags.
http://realdeal.chicagoreader.com
Thalia Hall, 312/526-3851, 1807 S. Allport St.
http://thaliahallchicago.com
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Naked Girls Reading. 18+ $20-35+ 8-9:30p.
"Absinthe and French Erotica" theme.
http://nakedgirlsreading.com
Studio L'amour, 773/641-6387, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave #205.
http://studiolamour.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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Ongoing ^
"Hail, Caesar!" now playing.
Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Dolph Lundgren, ...
http://hailcaesarmovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" now playing.
Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, ...
http://facebook.com/PPZMovie
Theaters Everywhere.
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Black History Month (since 1926). -2016.02.28 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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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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Ice Skating. -2016.02.28 Yearly.
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Movies and Beers. -Thursday 18+ $5+.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976 w/ David Bowie) tribute band opens! Fr,Sa,Su 8:30p.
Hunger Games Mockingjay 2:2 Sa,Su 3:30p, Mo-We 9p.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.
http://brewview.com
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Now playing.
Hail Caesar!, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Kung Fu Panda 3, Synchronicity, Dirty Grandpa, Anomalisa, The Hateful Eight, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Sisters, The Big Short, Chiraq, Hunger Games 4, The Night Before, Peanuts, Spectre, Love, Our Brand Is Crisis, Steve Jobs, I Smile Back, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2016.02.28 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
http://rhinofest.com
Prop Theatre, 773/267-0666, 3502 N Elston.
http://curioustheatrebranch.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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