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David Letterman said goodbye last night. We’re using Dave and his best guest, Bill Murray, to guide us this holiday weekend.




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




We’ll miss Dave, too.



  • Formerly Chicago-based talk show/podcast You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to Chicago for a live taping at Logan Square record shop saki. Guests include Gabe Liebowitz, Alicia Sowisdral, Meredith Kachel, and Meaghan Strickland.
  • French art film Cousin Jules, which blurs the line between documentary and fiction filmmaking, has its long-awaited Chicago premiere at Columbia College in the South Loop.
  • Lo-fi pop songsmith Advance Base plays an intimate show at the Logan Square Comfort Station with Portland, ME-based folk singer Lisa/Liza.
  • You’ve seen him cover “I’ll Be There” on faucets for a sink commercial (and as the drummer in Wilco but that faucet thing is important), now watch Glenn Koche join forces with the Third Coast Percussion collective for a performance of his new composition “Wild Sound” at the MCA.
  • Danny Kallas is, hands down, the best standup comic working in Chicago. Tonight he headlines Stand Up Stand Up, one of the most reliably solid showcases in the city. They give you free pizza when you buy beer at their shows, it’s great.
  • Matt & Kim are at the Riviera tonight, it’s sold out but maybe if you show up and ask really nicely they’ll let you in?
  • When I was younger and just getting into music I didn’t know there was a difference between Jeff Beck and Beck. I still don’t and can’t wait to hear both “Sexx Laws” and “Freeway Jam” tonight at The Chicago Theater.
  • Moody, 90’s-indebted singer-songwriter Torres plays the Empty Bottle in support of her new LP Sprinter with Minneapolis’ Aero Flynn and locals Landmarks.
  • So since the black-eyed beast called nostalgia is unavoidable and coming for us all, you might as well give in and check out Emo Night at The Burlington, where special guest DJ Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes) spins tracks that remind us all of a time where Livejournal reigned king and Through Being Cool was the most important record in the world.
  • Slo’ Mo: Slow Jams for Homos (And Their Fans) is a long-running and well-loved dance night at the Whistler. Check it out if you haven’t and are available!
  • Yesterday Amy Schumer announced a show at Constellation and now it’s very sold-out.
  • Ian Svenonius’ (Nation of Ulysses, The Make Up) latest rock band Chain & The Gang plays a free late night show at the Owl with Blizzard Babies. Ian is the punk rock Liberace.










  • It’s a holiday. Celebrate it the right way or not. It’s your call.


  • Every Monday, the Music Box Theatre offers discounted admission and no matter what you go see or when, you’re in for a treat. Revisionist western Slow West, fashion doc Iris, and Welcome To Me, which answers the question “What if Kristin Wiig starred in Synecdoche, NY instead of Phillip Seymour Hoffman?” are all playing today and are all worth seeing.
  • Health & Beauty headline a stacked-ass lineup of psych rocking oddball locals tonight as a part of the Empty Bottle’s weekly free Monday night show. Invisible Things, Dark Fog, and Plastic Crimewave Syndicate round out the bill.
  • The folks from Salonathon offer up the secret to life at the Memorial Day edition of their weekly variety show at Beauty Bar, hosted and curated by local event producer/in-the-know lady Jane Beachy.
  • Fans of Speedy Ortiz should make a point to get over to the Beat Kitchen for Massachusetts-based indie rock trio Palehound. They’re similarly 90’s-indebted and destined to blow up soon.
  • Set To Scene asks some of the best standup comedians in Chicago to leave their material at the door and improvise their entire set based on a series of audience suggestions, and then a crew of improvisers do a short set based on their performance. Sound confusing? It’s not, just check it out!
  • Check out the Relax Attack Jazz Series at the Whistler, featuring top jazz dudes from around town setting a nice cool atmosphere for you to sip on a fancy cocktail or two to.
  • The world-renowned gay fetish beauty pageant/celebration of everything kinky and done up in leather, the International Mr. Leather summit comes to a close with their final event, the Black and Blue Ball tonight.