Chicago Best Weekend Bets

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Saturday 04/22
Paul Rodriguez LIVE from Original Latin Kings of Comedy @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
$25 / $25
Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeniable universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America and awarded the Ruben Salazar Award by The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, Rodriguez has remained a constant force in his community and the world of comedy throughout his career. Rodriguez's film credits include "Without Men" with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater; "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore;" "The Deported," "I’m Not Like That No More"with comedian Felipe Esparza (2010 "Last Comic Standing" winner), Disney’s blockbuster hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "The World’s Fastest Indian," "A Cinderella Story," "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass," "Ali," "Tortilla Soup," "Crocodile Dundee in LA," "Rat Race," "Bloodwork," "Chasing Papi"and "D.C. Cab," among others. The multifaceted entertainer recently wrote and performed his first-ever one-man show "Just for the Record," which is now available on DVD. In this tell-all theatrical piece, Rodriguez takes audiences on a journey through his remarkable life, including his childhood in Mexico, to his family's move to Compton, California (where he grew up), his illustrious career and the significant relationships and moments that helped shape his life along the way. Rodriguez has hosted several hit series, including the entertainment talk show "El Show de Paul Rodriguez," an entertainment talk show for Univision which reached over 50 markets throughout the United States and an international audience in over 17 countries in Central and South America. His additional hosting credits include the The NCLR ALMA Awards, The Tejano Music Awards, Showtime’s Latino Laugh Festival and his own television specials "Back to School" and "Behind Bars." He recently hosted "Mis Videos Locos with Paul Rodriguez” on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. As an accomplished writer, director and producer for television, motion pictures and feature shows, Rodriguez has several hit projects to his credit including the comedy concert film "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy," which he executive produced and starred in along with Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Carlos Mencia; the feature film "A Million to Juan,"which he also wrote, directed and starred in; six comedy specials for HBO including "Loco Slam, " "Live in San Quentin" and "Idiots and Armadillos." As executive producer, he recently struck comedy again with his Comedy Central stand-up concert DVD, “Comedy Rehab.” In addition to his many hit comedy specials in English, Rodriguez has the distinguished credit of performing the first-ever one-hour standup comedy special in Spanish, "Dime Con Quien Andas,"for Telemundo. Among his many credits, Rodriguez has also made guest appearances on several Late Night shows including "The Wanda Sykes Show,""The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Last Call with Carson Daly,"and "Politically Incorrect." Additionally, he has guest starred in several television series including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Shaken Not Stirred," DIRECTV’s"S upreme Court of Comedy,"Showtime's original series "Resurrection Boulevard"and"American Family." He has also lent his voice to popular animated series including "King of the Hill,""Dora the Explorer" and "The Proud Family." Rodriguez’s first big break came while doing comedy warm-ups for Norman Lear's show "Gloria."Lear ultimately wrote and developed a weekly series for Rodriguez entitled "a.k.a. Pablo," which is enshrined at the Smithsonian and holds the distinct honor for being the first television show about a Mexican American family on mainstream American television.
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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!



  • Variety show The Gumbo, presented by up-and-coming comedy collective The MLK’s of Comedy, brings standup, music, dance, and more to the Laugh Factory. This thing looks rad.
  • Local indie rock institution Hemmingbirds is calling it a day, but only after one final show at Lincoln Hall, with guests Mutts, Archie Powell & The Exports, and Jesse W. Johnson.
  • Today’s the final day of the Music Box’s celebration of all things Indy, catch a screening of the first three Indiana Jones flicks
  • Progressive jazz and experimental jams takes over The Hideout, featuring Jaimie Branch, the Josh Berman Trio, and Bucket Brigade.
  • The Empty Bottle hosts Post Animal, Lucille Furs, and Jude Shuma.
  • Punch House has a Prince Tribute DJ night happening down in Pilsen.
  • At one point Billy Crystal was considered a valuable and charming presence as the leading man in a romantic comedy. The ‘90s were weird and you can go see for yourself at a screening of When Harry Met Sally at the Logan Theatre.
  • The Promontory hosts Brian Fresco, Smoke Ono, and Kay Karma for some pre-NYE partying.
  • Liquor and Latkes at Young Chicago Authors is a live variety show and inter-religious celebration of Hanukkah!
  • Winter has Come to the Fountainhead, and they’re celebrating by tapping three rare Game of Thrones-themed brews from Ommegang.
  • The Therapy Sessions is a nice show at the Hungry Brain all about feelings. Each week, artists from across different disciplines join host Seth Vanek to discuss their work through the lens of a different theme. This week’s theme is disappointment and features guests Ryan Joseph Anderson and Peter Margasak.
  • Booze Box in the West Loop celebrates all thing Sade for one night only at a very chilled out DJ night. 





  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Get up early for one last 5k for 2016, it’s the Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5k. Wow! Ok!
  • Catch an afternoon screening of underrated Scorsese flick Bringing Out The Dead at the mighty Music Box Theatre.
  • Or show up even earlier in the day for a pre-noon showing of Gold Diggers of 1933, a pre-code musical Hollywood romp.
  • Millennium Park hosts a fun afternoon celebration of NYE all around the world, with a family-friendly “countdown” at the bedtime-accomodating time of 6pm.
  • The Logan’s showing Elf, for those looking to preserve those holiday feelings for a few more days.
  • The Green Mill’s weekly “live magazine” event The Paper Machete kisses 2016 goodbye with one last show.
  • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers a special Salute to Vienna for their final concert of the year, featuring hugely talented ballet and ballroom dancers from around the world!


  • The Empty Bottle’s Everyone’s Hungover party is the stuff of legends at this point, with DJ sets from local icons from open til close, helping you start 2017 with a boozy bang.
  • New Year, New Queen is the name of the game tonight at Smartbar, with DJ sets from Chez Damier, Michael Serafini, and Garret David.
  • Maybe go see The King of Comedy, a wildly demented and terrifying Scorsese movie at the Music Box today, to help set an unsettling tone to what will surely be a weird year.
  •  Head to Sidetrack for a onesie day party and get afternoon drunk in some footie pajamas!
  • Catch Die Hard at the Logan tonight at 11pm if you’re into living dangerously.
  • Character Assassination, Chicago’s #1 collective of roasters of abstract concepts and fictional characters welcomes 2017 with a look back at the terrible year of 2016.
  • Nurse your hangover with a nice brunch and some unamplified tunes at Schubas weekly Acoustic Brunch, featuring Matt Brown and Vidar Skrede.
  • If you show up to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba before 3pm in your pajamas, you’ll get a gift card good for the full value of the brunch you just ate to spend the next time you come by. Unreal.
  • For those of you not hungover (or looking to run off your hangover), there’s the New Year’s Day 5k in Lincoln Park. You are a different kind of person than me!
  • The Neo-Futurarium in Andersonville pays tribute to the 28 years of work their collective has pushed out, nearly 10,000 plays in total before taking on a new approach in 2017.
  • Dance to Taking Back Sunday or whoever at Beauty Bar, which hosts their weekly Emo vs. Pop Punk night with a special guest DJ set from local legends Lucky Boys Confusion.