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John Carpenter performs at the Aragon Ballroom tonight. He makes great music and films. So his films are this week’s BWB theme.

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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!






  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • The Empty Bottle’s well-loved vendor/DIY craft market Handmade Market is back!
  • Check out a screening of the innovative silent film The Last Man On Earth at the Music Box.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art’s got a family day, where families of all sort can get free admission and check out kid-friendly activities!
  • 24 hour horror film fest The Massacre at the Patio Theatre starts today at noon! So many good movies showing at this thing, including Sleepaway Camp, Creepshow, Aliens, and many more!
  • Go hit up a bunch of crowded bars on Division for The Division Street Bar Crawl if that’s something you’d be interested in doing!
  • The Block Museum in Evanston hosts the 2017 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. Go get yr mind warped by weirdo cartoons!


  • Real good concert happening at Subterranean’s Downstairs space, featuring Brooklyn-based indie rock band Bethlehem Steel, plus locals Beach Bunny, Bloodsport: The Movie, The Band, and Violet Mice.
  • Blitzen Trapper and Lilly Hiatt play Lincoln Hall!
  • Mini-podcast festival The Fest presents a recording of The Longform Podcast featuring special guest Zoe Chace at The Hideout.
  • Love + Radio’s also got a special The Fest-approved event at the Hideout. This one’s a little different, an “in-the-dark screening” of a previously unreleased episode of their cultishly beloved podcast.
  • Bleachers close out a two night run at The Vic tonight (Saturday’s show was sold out, this one probably will be soon). Bishop Briggs and Amy Shark open!
  • Cimmfest presents a screening of the new music doc David Bowie: The Last Five Years at the Comfort Station.
  • Earthly, Domestik, and SiP play a show full of weirdo tunez at the Empty Bottle.
  • The Bears and Packers play each other today at noon. On Tour Brewing’s giving you the opportunity to watch the game WHILE eating a bunch of different chilis. Niceeeeeeeeeeeee. It’s the Bears vs. Packers Chili Cook-Off!
  • The Burlington’s got a show from Sound of Ceres, Advance Base, and Desert Liminal.
  • Room 43 hosts a Sleigh All Day Holiday Bazaar, which hosts a slew of vendors, including some of the biggest/nicest boutiques and designers in the city.
  • Longrunning indie rock warrior Ted Leo & the Pharmacists headlines Thalia Hall. Ian Sweet opens.