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Proud Illinois man Nick Offerman is at The Chicago Theatre this Friday. He did not forget where he came from.

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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!




  • Chicago-based synthwave zen masters Bitchin Bajas celebrate the release of their new album at the Hungry Brain.
  • Powerpoint-focused comedy showcase Slide Show comes to the Hideout with guests like Fran Hoepfner, Grace Thomas, Sarah Sherman, and more!
  • Night one of WKQX’s three night winter concert series at the Aragon tonight begins with rock music from Rise Against, Papa Roach, and Night Riots.
  • Punch House in Pilsen’s doing Soulquarians Night all night long, with a DJ set focused on tunes from folks like Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, and more!
  • Cole’s Bar in Logan Square’s got the Sweet Babies Comedy Show, a free standup show with a bunch of solid acts booked.
  • VCSR, Kyle Landstra, and Spiral Galaxy play a vibed-out experimental music show at Cafe Mustache.
  • Doc Films at the University of Chicago screens the stylish cult favorite coming of age flick Submarine tonight.
  • Jake Bugg and Coins are at the Metro.
  • Mark Kelly, from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, will sit in on a panel with Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design, and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford of the Floating Museum at the Art Institute of Chicago’s latest live converstaion, entitled The Future of Public Art.
  • Michl and Mack both play at Schubas.
  • Celebrate the Chicago Manual of Style with the folks behind the recently published 17th edition of this critical writing guide.
  • Synth-heavy, quadruple decked concert happening at the Empty Bottle, with music from Fee Lion, Replicant, Wingtips, and Panic Priest.
  • Thelonious Martin DJs The Whistler’s monthly J Dilla night tonight!



  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Go sing along with the pictures moving on the screen at the Music Box’s interactive showing of The Sound of Music!
  • It’s prime time for DIY/aritsanal craft markets and The Empty Bottle’s got a nice lookin one from the folks at Krispfringe Vintage, popping up this afternoon.
  • And then following the craft market, the Empty Bottle’s book club convenes to discuss Trevor Noah’s memoir Born A Crime.
  • The Garfield Park’s Artist in Residence Lecture Series hosts a chat entitled Talking Plants: Making Kin with Our Rooted Relations.
  • Martyrs’ 5th annual KrampusFest celebrates the dark side of the holiday season with a party themed around Santa’s nasty friend Krampus.
  • The Chicago Taco Fiesta at Moe’s Cantina River North features a slew of taco treats, giveaways, and more!

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Extremely great folk musicians The Weather Station headlines the Hideout with Paradise of Bachelors labelmate James Elkington opening the night.
  • It’s the final night of 101WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas, closing things out with Queens of the Stone Age, Run The Jewels, and Biffy Clyro all together at the Aragon.
  • It’s an evening of warped, friendly indie rock from Chad VanGaalen, Un Blonde, and Pool Holograph at the Empty Bottle.
  • Brutally honest storytelling showcase We Still Like You reconvenes at Collaboraction for another celebratory evening of shame-free oversharing.
  • The War On Peace’s show at Lincoln Hall is almost sold out so you should probably get tickets soon or else there won’t be any more soon. Tara Terra and Saint Aubin are also playing.
  • The Athenaeum’s got a live recording of Nancy, a hugely popular LGBTQ podcast, presented by WBEZ’s Podcast Passport.
  • Thomas Comerford and Advance Base play a very cool lookin show at the very cozy dive bar the Hungry Brain.
  • Gothy dance night Nocturna with DJ Scary Lady Sarah takes over the Metro.
  • 93XRT brings u Scottish post-rockers Mogwai at the House of Blues.
  • Grammy winning violinist Damien Escobar headlines The Vic tonight.
  • Real good rock show at Cafe Mustache, with Nonagon, The Rutabega, and Sewingneedle.
  • Roots rockers Wild Skies headline a show at Subterranean Downstairs, with guests The Long Lost, Ludlow, and One More Moon.
  • Indie rock band Broncho are at Subterranean with guests Modern Vices and Lala Lala.
  • David Ramirez‘s We’re Not Going Anywhere tour comes thru Schubas, with special guest Molly Parden kicking things off.
  • Makaya McCraven, Irreversible Entanglements, and Dos Santos play an extremely cool looking show at Thalia Hall, celebrating the release of two extremely interesting albums.