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John Lithgow turns 72 this weekend. The very good actor shouldn’t have killed Mrs. Dexter. That was mean.

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!




  • Throwback spacey classic rockers The War On Drugs play the Aragon with guests The Building.
  • Nobody’s better than Bridget Everett. She’s a pure entertainer: filthy, hilarious, and tremendously charming. Make a point to catch her at Park West tonight.
  • Beat Kitchen hosts a show from longrunning hip hop group Dälek, with special guests Street Sects, and Derek Allen.
  • OG B-horror movie Freaks screens at the Logan Theatre tonight.
  • Internet-famous rapper Snow Tha Product plays Metro.
  • Pilsen Community Books hosts a popup event from the folks at Lumpen Radio called Eye94, a live interview show recorded for broadcast on WLPN 105.5 FM.
  • Art rockers Algiers plays the Empty Bottle with guests TüTH.
  • Smiile and Town Criers are at the Hideout.
  • Whitney Cummings is touring in support of her new book, I’m Fine and Other Lies, stopping through The Vic.
  • Fay Ray used to be called Church Booty and I feel like they made the right call there. They headline Schubas with guests Krystal Metcalfe and OBY.
  • Phantoms, Pusher, and Wolfe all perform at Lincoln Hall.
  • Chicago-born traveling feline variety show The Amazing Acro-cats returns home for a run of shows at the Vittum Theater.


Pioneering experimental musician Arto Lindsay plays the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall with openers Beauty Pill. Dude is a legend and this is a cool place to see a show!
  • Country/emo rock band Ratboys are very good and you can see them live at the Empty Bottle tonight with DAGS! and Jodi.
  • The Bughouse Theatre hosts a fundraiser for the Chicago DSA’s Social Feminist Working Group called We Still Like You Comrade, a live storytelling party that contributes to a very cool progressive cause.
  • Indie folkie This Is The Kit plays Constellation, alongside Helena Deland.
  • Boundary pushing experimental rock musician Lawrence Rothman plays the Hideout. Fee Lion opens.
  • Ongoing live storytelling series 20×2 is at the Hideout, featuring 20 Chicago-based creatives spending 2 minutes answering the question “How Does It Work?”
  • Catch Nora Jane Struthers and Caroline Spence at Schubas.
  • Beetlejuice is such a good movie and you can go see it at the Logan Theatre.
  • The Ghost of Paul Revere and Ryan Joseph Anderson play the late show at Schubas.
  • Polished indie rockers Bad Suns headline Metro with guests Hunny and QTY.
  • The Stone Foxes headline Beat Kitchen, Honeystone and Gazebo Effect open.
  • Max Frost and Nawas are at Lincoln Hall.


  • Then, night stuff:
  • Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker have a new album of guitar duets out and they celebrate the release of the record at Constellation. Tim Kinsella opens.
  • Long running soul music dance night Soul Summit has been at the Logan Square auditorium for the last while, but they’re done there after tonight! Then they’re moving elsewhere. Where? IDK yet!
  • Spend an evening with Americana dude Charlie Parr at Schubas.
  • Mirrored at the Empty Bottle is a monthly jazz/experimental music hybrid series that features music from the Nick Alvarez Group to start your evening off in a real cool way.
  • Doc Films at the University of Chicago is showing Disney’s The Jungle Book on 35mm in honor of the classic animated film’s 50th anniversary. Nice!
  • Get your dance on at the Windy City Soul Club at the Empty Bottle.
  • Star Creature Vibes is a big time blowout party at the Hideout with performances from Saucy Lady, K-Maxx and E. Live plus DJ sets from Bell Boys, Tim Zawada, and The Boogie Munsters.
  • Indie folk dudes Deer Tick play two sets at the Metro, one acoustic and one electric, with an opening set from comedian Chris Crofton.
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue headline the Riviera Theatre with guests Vintage Trouble.
  • Park West hosts sets from Ron Pope, Ages & Ages, and The Heart Of.
  • Head to the Davis Theatre for a screening of the final chapter of the Evil Dead trilogy: Army of Darkness!
  • Cliffhanger celebrates the release of their new EP in the Downstairs space at Subterranean, with performances from other folks like Davlin, Friction, and Lightweights.
  • Palatine’s Durty Nellie’s brings u Old 97’s and Lilly Hiatt tonight.
  • Indie pop bands Sales and Varsity play Subterranean.


  • Julien Baker, Half Waif, and Petal play an extremely stacked show at Thalia Hall tonight. Just a great lineup, here.
  • Weirdo rapper Jonwayne comes to Schubas, where you can catch Danny Watts, Lamon Manuel, and EMV also perform on the same show.
  • Longrunning, formerly Chicago-based variety/chat show You, Me, Them, Everybody Live is back in town for a show at the Whistler with guests like Ashley-Ray Harris, Adam Homer Lawson, Meredith Kachel, Allison Dunne and more.
  • Darkwave electro brooders The Soft Moon headlines the Empty Bottle tonight with opening sets from Matteo Vallicelli and the Pirate Twins DJs.
  • Beloved electro pop band Cults plays Lincoln Hall alongside Cullen Omori and Hideout.
  • The Logan Theatre’s doing a way late night screening The Shining tonight just in time to get real freaked out for Halloweentimes.
  • Local musicians Paul Cherry and Rupert & Joey play an instore at Wicker Park’s Purple Llama Coffee & Records.
  • The Chicago Honky Tonk at the Empty Bottle hosts music from The Family Gold and Ryan Koenig.
  • PVRIS’ North American tour comes to Chicago tonight at the Riviera with guests Lights and Flint Eastwood.
  • The Bazaar of the Occult at the Den Theatre is a very spooky market featuring paranormal-friendly vendors and vintage Halloween-ish goods for sale.
  • Remember Gavin Degraw? Wow! He’s playing the Vic? The name of the tour is the Raw Tour so he’s probably doing like a, ~*~stripped down~*~ set or whatever.
  • The Chicago Composers Orchestra and the Chicago Latino Music Festival bring you five works from modern composers at Constellation tonight.
  • Catch the very nice musicians in Florist, Advance Base, and Jessica Risker play Beat Kitchen tonight.
  • Rock music concert at Subterranean happens when you see Emarosa, A Lot Like Birds, Jule vera, and The Burst & Bloom.