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Events this weekend, starting Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Friday 2015.03.27 ^
National Women's History Month (since 1987). THANXX! -2015.03.31 Yearly.
2015: "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives"
http://www.nwhp.org
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International Women's Art Open (since 1998). -2015.04.16 Yearly. We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Juried show of artwork in all media by women from the international community.
http://womanmade.org
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.
http://womanmade.org/calexhibits.html
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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://massup.us/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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Louder Than A Bomb (since 2001). -2015.03.28 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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** Triton Troupers Circus (since 1972). FOUR SHOWS ONLY! Yearly. All ages. 2hr $6 Sa 1p* and 7p, Th+Fr 7p.
Annual local circus with true spirit and extraordinarily skilled performers in all classic specialties; acrobats, trapeze, juggling, wire, clowns, feats of strength, much more. No animal acts. Come early (doors open 1hr before show) for tickets and pre-show. Popcorn, drinks, candy available. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday matinee interpreted for hearing impaired, and pancake breakfast with the cast 8a-noon.
Triton College, 2001 5th Ave, River Grove. Robert M. Collins Center Gymnasium, East side of street, just North of North Avenue (64), just West of 1st Avenue (171). Near Maywood Park. From 294 take Irving Park (19) exit East to Des Plaines River Rd South (right) 2.3 miles to 5th. From 290 take exit 20 to 1st Ave North.
http://TritonTroupersCircus.com
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The Decemberists. $35 7:30p.
http://thedecemberists.com/
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.com
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Improvised Shakespeare. Fr/Th 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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The Devil's Cabaret! Fridays -2015.04.10 21+ $25 9-12p.
Rotating spectacle performances celebrating the Devil's greatest accomplishments, w/ rock&roll, beers, "special appearance by God."
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 2120 S. Jefferson St.
http://redmoon.org
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
03.27: Sci-Fi/Fantasy nite, costumes welcome.
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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* Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $10-25 10p+12a.
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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Saturday 2015.03.28 ^
** Triton Troupers Circus (since 1972). FINAL TWO SHOWS! Yearly. All ages. 2hr $6 Sa 1p* and 7p.
Annual local circus with true spirit and extraordinarily skilled performers in all classic specialties; acrobats, trapeze, juggling, wire, clowns, feats of strength, much more. No animal acts. Come early (doors open 1hr before show) for tickets and pre-show. Popcorn, drinks, candy available. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday matinee interpreted for hearing impaired, and pancake breakfast with the cast 8a-noon.
Triton College, 2001 5th Ave, River Grove. Robert M. Collins Center Gymnasium, East side of street, just North of North Avenue (64), just West of 1st Avenue (171). Near Maywood Park. From 294 take Irving Park (19) exit East to Des Plaines River Rd South (right) 2.3 miles to 5th. From 290 take exit 20 to 1st Ave North.
http://TritonTroupersCircus.com
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Bike Tour of Humboldt Park. All ages. $9 11a-3p.
Lee Diamond leads.
773/255-6347 http://bedno.com/fb/444736432352374
Humboldt Park, California and Division.
http://ChicagoVelo.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.
03.28: In Defense of the One Percent - David Ramsay Steele, a Chicago-based libertarian writer.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.
http://facebook.com/HilltopChicago
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Windy City Roller Derby. Monthly. All ages. $20-40 6-9p.
A new breed of derby dame hellions on skates.
http://windycityrollers.com
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.
http://uicpavilion.com
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Superdiamond. 17+ $35+ 7:30p.
Neil Diamond tribute.
http://uperdiamond.com
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://houseofblues.com/chicago
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* Shpongle. 18+ $28+ 8p-?a.
W/ Phutureprimitive.
http://shpongle.com
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry.
http://concordmusichall.com
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Earth Hour. Yearly. All ages. Free 8:30-9:30p.
"Sends a powerful message of concern beyond our city that demonstrates a readiness to address the harmful effects of climate change. Turns attention towards the need for substantial, long-term action to raise awareness about energy efficiency and global climate change."
http://earthhour.org
Turn off all lights., Wherever you are.
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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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"Massive!" 21+ $0-? 10p-5a.
DJs Derrick Carter, Diz, Black&Yellow, Danny The Wildchild, Bucky Fargo, Alfonz DeLamota, Karl Almaria, ...
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evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Sunday 2015.03.29 ^
Palm Sunday. A Christian holiday, Sunday a week before before Easter, 6th (last) Sunday of Lent. Yearly.
Commemorates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before resurrection, when the people placed palm branches in his path.
http://christianity.about.com
http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday
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Shamrock Shuffle (since 1980). Yearly. All ages. Always fills. 9:30a.
Columbus to Grand to State to Jackson to Clinton to Van Buren to Balbo to Roosevelt to Columbus.
http://shamrockshuffle.com
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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AmeriCheer Great Lakes Championship. Yearly. All ages. $0-15 10a-7p.
Stepping stone to competing at Nationals at Walt Disney World.
http://americheer.com/national-events/great-lakes-open-nationals
Navy Pier, Festival Hall, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Neighborhoods of the World. Sundays All ages. Free 12-5p.
Honoring Chicago's immigrant communities and rich diversity with a lively afternoon of music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, and folk art vendors.
03.29: Celebrate Mexico (with Consulate General of Mexico and Mexico Tourism Board).
Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://navypier.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 ^
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.
Cinderella, Chappie, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jupiter Ascending, SpongeBob 2, Mortdecai, Paddington, Spare Parts, Still Alice, Big Eyes, Into the Woods, Selma, Unbroken, Night at the Museum 3, The Hobbit 3, Remote Area Medical, The Imitation Game, Dumb and Dumber To, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything, Goodbye to Language 3D, The Great Invisible, Fury, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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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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