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Foo Fighters play SNL this Saturday night live. Mr. Peanutbutter is based on Dave Grohl. This is theory that’s nearly a fact.

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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 got a B&B (brunch and benefit) happening this afternoon organized by the dad rock DJs Dad’s Basement, raising funds for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  • The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up at Alexander Graham Bell School gives u the chance to shop handmade artisanal goods from over 40 female artists from Chicago.
  • Fugscreens Studios is opening their doors to the public for one day only, offering a behind-the-scenes at this local print and design studio’s process.
  • The Randolph Street Holiday Market returns to the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall, for another day of one of a kind holiday gifts from local makers.
  • Get heavy into the holiday spirit with a nice afternoon screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Music Box.

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Matt Braunger has roots in the Chicago comedy scene, and is returning to our nice city to perform for one night only tonight at Lincoln Hall. He’s great!
  • Classic rock icon Todd Rundgren headlines Park West’s hybrid 40th Anniversary/XRT Holiday Concert For The Kids fundrasier tonight.
  • Empty Bottle’s got another one of their beloved rock and roll shows, this one features GGOOLLDD, Yoko and THe Oh No’s, and The Gold Web.
  • Live storytelling show/youthful shamefest Mortified returns to Lincoln Hall for a nearly-sold-out show that you should get tickets for soon before they’re all scooped up!
  • Local Tom Waits acolytes Mutts have a new EP coming out and they’re throwing a party at the Hideout to celebrate. Campdogzz and Wet Mouth open!
  • Art pop purveyor Vesperteen headlines Schubas, with supporting acts Bonelang and Amy Guess on the docket 4 u 2 c.
  • Plaque Marks (featuring members of rock weirdos Fight Amp and Creepoid) headline the Downstairs space at Subterranean. War Brides, High Priests, and Hung also play!
  • Clark Street Jams spins all night long at the late night Hideout Dance Party.
  • Lo Rez Brewing hosts Tapped In: a Winter Benefit Show featuring live performances from musicians and artists with donations being accepted for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.




  • Logan Hardware hosts the third annual International Anthem Winter Solstice In-Store, a record shop based live performance featuring folks from the extended universe of local experimental/jazz label International Anthem. Ben Lamar Gay and John McCowen play live, with a debut screening of the new animated short film Alien Flower Sutra.
  • Chicago’s primiere lady-driven comedy showcase Hoo Ha Comedy celebrates its 5th birthday tonight at Schubas with a uniquely curated comedy blowout.
  • Beauty Bar’s Emo vs. Pop Punk night turns 2 years old and it’s time to celebrate. Derek Grant from the Alkaline Trio is on board for a guest DJ set, and I bet they’ve got more surprises in store!
  • Local rock label Dumpster Tapes brings u a wild rock show at Slippery Slope featuring Skip Church, Faux Furrs, and Liquid Gardens.
  • The Empty Bottle’s ongoing Chicago Honky Tonk Sunday matinee series continues with a performance from The Western Elstons.
  • The Hideout hosts an afternoon meta-commentary live essay performance from local writer Christopher Piatt, offering up an analysis of some the recent, deeply fucked up theatre reviews posted by the aging tentpoles of the Chicago theatre beat, Chris Jones and Hedy Weiss. It’s a thing called Topdog/Watchdog, or Who Is Sylvia? and honestly I’m pretty into it.
  • Matthew Milla, frontperson for Frontier Ruckus, plays a solo show at the Empty Bottle, with guests Peter Oren and Caroline Campbell.
  • Schubas’ 100% Off Bands free local showcase returns with a show starring Paul Cherry, Head, and Gosh!
  • The Irreplaceables Tour, starring three of “the girls from Dance Moms,” Kendall, Chloe, and Kalani, stops thru the damn Vic. Sure!!
  • Faith Healer and Cecil Frena play The Hideout this evening.
  • Head to the Logan Theatre for a late night screening of the modern holiday classic Elf.