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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!



  • There are few better rock bands out there than Drive-By Truckers and you can see them tonight at The Vic.
  • The webmaniacs at ClickHole bring their live show to the Hideout for another evening of depraved sketch and other weirdness.
  • Empty Bottle’s got a HIGH QUALITY rock show from Fake Limbs, Lasers and Fast and Shit, Salvation, and Den. Good stuff from top to bottom.
  • Talk show The Therapy Sessions at The Hungry Brian has guests Jessica Marks, Sue Kwong, and Nick Mazzarella talking about this week’s topic: dreams.
  • Talib Kweli headlines the Metro with support from Styles P and K’Valentine.
  • Pop dude Kevin Garrett brings his False Hope Tour through Lincoln Hall with guests ARIZONA and Broken Luxury.
  • The Music Box’s ongoing partnership with Doc10 brings us a screening of Solitary, a documentary about prison life in a super-maximum security prison in Appalachia.
  • Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Issues, Dangerkids, and Dead Girls Academy are all playing at the Riviera. Five band show alert! Honk! Honk!
  • It’s Groundhog Day so the Logan Theatre is showing Groundhog Day.
  • The General Logan Square is tapping a rare coffee stout named after Special Agent Dale Cooper for a special Twin Peaks party!
  • Reliably excellent standup showcase Congrats On Your Success returns to Logan Square’s Uncharted Books with another strong lineup!
  • Fresh Roasted is a monthly competition at the Whistler that pits beatmakers against each other to create new beats on the spot from samples selected by local crate diggers!
  • Night Names, the Logan Arcade’s monthly queer night is back with DJ Essential Logic and drink specials happening all night long.




  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • The Demolition Rock n Bowl at Schubas is one last farewell party for their Harmony Grill before renovations begin!
  • Comedy Party the Late Late Breakfast is back for another wild afternoon of jokes goofs and pancakes.
  • The School of Rock Evanston and Highwood perform the music of Bob Dylan at the Empty Bottle with a tribute to the many acts that have graced the Riot Fest’s stages to open!
  • 1931 Barbara Stanwick classic Night Nurse screens at the Music Box as a part of their ongoing showcase of pre-code Hollywood films.
  • Check out the Promontory’s Black Market vendor showcase this afternoon!
  • George’s Ice Cream in Andersonville celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day with a morning full of activities, giveaways, and ice cream.
  • Celebrate Alice Cooper’s 69th (nice) birthday at the Empty Bottle with a brunchtime DJ set from DJ Skip Church!