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Friday, February 24, 2017

A Field Museum-themed pop-up bar, an Oscars viewing party, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 02.24.17 at 01:15 PM

The Field Museum's "Specimens" are on display at the Chicago Athletic Association's pop-up bar the Backroom. - COURTESY THE FIELD MUSEUM
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  • The Field Museum's "Specimens" are on display at the Chicago Athletic Association's pop-up bar the Backroom.

Winter has returned, but luckily there's plenty to do indoors in the city this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Bit Bash’s Filthy Pixels, Taco Fest 2017, and more things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 02.20.17 at 12:30 PM

Play the party video game BaraBariBall at Filthy Pixels on Wed 2/22. - COURTESY BIT BASH
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  • Play the party video game BaraBariBall at Filthy Pixels on Wed 2/22.

Rip away your mittens, your beanies, your down jackets! No longer need your johns be long! The sun has returned, and with it, plenty of things to do this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Andersonville Restaurant Week, Ballet de Lorraine, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 02.17.17 at 12:45 PM

Ballet de Lorraine performs the work of Merce Cunningham at the MCA this weekend. - BERNARD PRUDHOMME
  • Bernard Prudhomme
  • Ballet de Lorraine performs the work of Merce Cunningham at the MCA this weekend.


Doesn't global warming feel great? There's plenty to do on this warm February weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Activate:Chi aims to bring the music and nightlife biz into the resistance

Posted By on 02.17.17 at 07:00 AM

Activate:Chi principals Danny Schwartz, Dom Brown, and Mikul Wing - COURTESY ACTIVATE:CHI
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  • Activate:Chi principals Danny Schwartz, Dom Brown, and Mikul Wing

Some people use social media to lash out (hello, Mr. President). Others use it to catalyze positive change. Chicago nightlife veteran Dom Brown (cofounder of Porn and Chicken) has felt pressure to do something since the minute the election was called for Trump, and his personal last straw came in late January, when POTUS issued his executive order on immigration (better known as the "Muslim ban"). Brown took to Facebook to voice his frustration and reach out to friends and colleagues who might also want to make a difference. Out of that post, fledgling activist group Activate:Chi was born.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Trayvon Martin’s parents on their book Rest in Power, Brown Girls premiere, and more things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 02.13.17 at 01:55 PM

Trayvon Martin's parents discuss their new book on Thu 2/16. - COURTESY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
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  • Trayvon Martin's parents discuss their new book on Thu 2/16.

Not everything is about roses and candy hearts this week. If you're looking for some non-Valentine's things to do, here's some of what we recommend:

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Candlelight dinners, rom-coms, and more ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago

Posted By on 02.13.17 at 01:15 PM

It's all about female love at the Feminist Happy Hour Galentine's Day Pahty. - STEPHANIE JENSEN
  • Stephanie Jensen
  • It's all about female love at the Feminist Happy Hour Galentine's Day Pahty.

Whether you're celebrating your singledom or looking for a romantic night out with a significant other, there's plenty to do this Valentine's Day. Here's some of what we recommend:

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This week’s Frequency Festival finds points of contact between classical, jazz, and the avant-garde

Posted By on 02.13.17 at 07:00 AM

Ensemble dal Niente play the Frequency Festival on Sunday, February 19. - KARJAKA STUDIOS
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  • Ensemble dal Niente play the Frequency Festival on Sunday, February 19.

The Frequency Series, programmed by Reader staff writer Peter Margasak, presents new classical and experimental music at Constellation nearly every Sunday night. Its first concert was in April 2013, and the series celebrates its (almost) fourth anniversary with its second annual festival, which this year runs from Tuesday, February 14, through Sunday, February 19. Constellation hosts four of its seven concerts; the other three are at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the U. of C.'s Bond Chapel, and the Art Institute's Fullerton Hall.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, Strip Joker, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 02.10.17 at 01:39 PM

Wrestlers like Geisha Jane and Armgelina Jolie go arm-to-arm at CLLAW XXVI. - JONATHAN L. GREEN
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  • Wrestlers like Geisha Jane and Armgelina Jolie go arm-to-arm at CLLAW XXVI.


There's plenty to do this chilly weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dissecting Sublime Frequencies with the folks behind a recent book on the label

Posted By on 02.09.17 at 04:25 PM

The 2016 Sublime Frequencies compilation Burkina Faso: Vol. 2
  • The 2016 Sublime Frequencies compilation Burkina Faso: Vol. 2

On Saturday afternoon at 2 PM, Corbett vs. Dempsey hosts a series of readings from and a panel discussion about the recent book Punk Ethnography: Artists & Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies (Wesleyan). Sublime Frequencies is an influential record label founded by Alan and Rick Bishop (both of Sun City Girls fame) and their friend Hisham Mayet, and since its launch in 2003 it's released a fascinating array of previously hard-to-find music from around the globe. Mayet and the Bishops collected many of the recordings released early in the label's history while on their frequent international travels—they would tape stuff from local radio stations, make field recordings of performances, and stockpile regional music found in makeshift kiosks. They often cast light on sounds from the Arab world and Asia that rarely surfaced in the West, and many collections focused on regional pop styles usually passed over by the ethnographic labels Sublime Frequencies cited as inspiration, such as Folkways and Ocora.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Winter Mix-Off, Chicago Theatre Week, and more things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 02.06.17 at 02:08 PM

American Theeater Company's genderfluid production of Men On Boats is part of Chicago Theatre Week. - MICHAEL BROSILOW
  • MICHAEL BROSILOW
  • American Theeater Company's genderfluid production of Men On Boats is part of Chicago Theatre Week.

There's plenty to do in Chicago this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

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