Steve Irwin would have celebrated his 56th birthday today. He was a man that loved animals so we loved him the appropriate amount.
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We write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences
ACTIVE: 360 Chicago hosts Flow In The Dark Yoga up near the top of the Hancock Building. Do yoga while wearing glow in the dark stuff and looking out at the sunset skyline of downtown Chicago! Wow!
CULTURE: Catch a discussion with staffers of The Newberry Library entitled Preserving Protest, a talk about their archive of ephemera from protests from the last 100+ years of Chicago history. Very cool!
FILM: Innovative Chinese animated movie Have A Nice Day has been receiving rave reviews for it’s unique and gritty visual style and knotty crime story. Go see it at the Siskel tonight!
FOOD + DRINK: Chicago Magazine’s third annual whiskey party Barrel Night goes down at Chop Shop tonight. Sample some booze and dance to live DJs and taste some nice snacks and more! Good stuff.
FREE: Pilsen Community Books hosts a free taping of chat show Eye 94, part of the Lumpen Radio collective. Author Eve L. Ewing reads from her new book, Electric Archives, followed by a discussion of this acclaimed piece of work!
MUSIC: POLIÇA, s t a r g a z e, and Divide and Dissolve play Thalia Hall tonight. Good news for all you indie pop fans out there and stuff.
OUTSIDE: The Four Rivers Environmental Education Center hosts a Winter Wonder Night Hike tonight, offering you a rare chance to take in the many nocturnal critters that roam their grounds.
STAGE: Catch Chicago’s weirdest while still being funny sketch group Shrimp Boys headline their very own show at iO tonight, with an opening set from the extremely good comic and writer Grace Thomas.
STAY IN: Lincoln is now on Netflix! Did you see it when it came out in like 2012? If not, here’s your chance! Daniel Day Lewis in a Spielberg movie is pretty rad, conceptually, but also I’m not super into period piece/historical docudramas like this soooooooooooooo
ACTIVE: Get active while embracing Chicago’s deep techno culture at the House Music Workout Party featuring DJ Emmaculate at the Salem Baptist Church.
CULTURE: Emerald City Coffee’s got a storytelling event called Loose Chicks, a storytelling/live lit show showcasing extremely personal/revealing stories from Chicago-based writers.
FILM: The Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago’s showing the animal-rights-tinged doc Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret for free tonight. Take a deep dive on the agricultural industrial complex on your Friday night!
FOOD + DRINK: Uppers & Downers, a two-part charity beer dinner celebrating the fucked up midpoint between caffeine and alcohol, raises funds for the Pilsen Food Pantry tonight while you drink coffee beers and feast on complementary snacks. What a solid event.
FREE: The Whistler’s got a DJ night from the folks behind Le Freak Disco, featuring DJ Situps and Sasha No Disco, spinning exclusively disco jams, exclusively on vinyl. Can’t do much better than that!
MUSIC: Celebrate the legacy of our fallen genius angel at a tribute to David Bowie at the Vic Theatre, featuring a slew of musicians and collaborators who worked closely with David throughout his career.
OUTSIDE: Sure it’s February and we’re in Chicago, but is there a better time to hop on your bike and assert your rights to the road? Join your fellow cyclists for the latest Critical Mass ride, where you and a few hundred of your closest friends go for a massive ride around the city!
STAGE: Pilsen comedy showcase/fundraiser Funny Grabs Back is back at Pinwheel Records, with all proceeds going to Mujeres Latinas en Accion, a social services and advocacy group working with Chicago’s Latinx community.
STAY IN: Yes Duncan Jones is David Bowie’s son. He’s also the guy who made Moon, which is one of the best sci-fi movies out there. His new picture, Mute, hits Netflix tonight. I hope it’s good! I bet it will be.
ACTIVE: Ever wanted to compete in one of those old fashioned dance marathons that was probably the main plot point of an episode of like Happy Days or whatever? Here’s your chance! It’s the 9th Annual Chicago Dance Marathon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. All proceeds go to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which rules.
CULTURE: Not sure why these Chicago Gubernatorial events always seem to be out in the damn suburbs but it’s probably worth heading out to Northfield for the Gubernatorial Candidates Forum entitled What’s Wrong with Illinois’ Economy? I feel like the candidates will have wildly differing answers and this will undoubtedly help determine which guy is Your Guy for this race. (Hint: it’s probably Daniel Biss).
FILM: The Music Box has wisely opened a spot on their programming schedule up to their employees, offering their in-house film savants up a chance to select pictures they’d be most interested in seeing on the big screen. One such screening in this series is La Belle et la Bete, a 1946 adaptation of Beauty and the beast that is a showcase for practical effects and makeup during the early days of cinema.
FOOD + DRINK: The Chicago Whiskey and Wine Festival comes to Joe’s on Weed. Sample some whiskey, sample some wine. No way this could be a bad time.
FREE: The Marz Community Brewing building hosts the release party for the latest issue of Lumpen Magazine, showcasing comic works from a ton of local artists.
MUSIC: Catch Ja Rule and Ashanti’s co-headlining tour at The Riviera. I shouldn’t have to explain to you why this is awesome.
OUTSIDE: The Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center’s got a chance for you to go cross-country skiing after dark. Sometimes you have to go out to Oak Brook and just sort of lean into winter, you know?
STAGE: Winner of Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio, brings her Blame It On Bianca tour through Chicago for a show at the Vic.
STAY IN: The HBO adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman show Notes From The Field airs tonight. If you’re looking for an excuse to not go out and instead get insanely pissed off about the school-to-prison pipeline that has been installed without much protest, here’s your chance!
ACTIVE: Oh god, would this be fun for you? The Hustle Up the Hancock? You can run up the 94 floors of the Hancock bulding to raise money for those living with lung cancer, COPD, asthma, and other lung diseases. Brutal! That’s so many stairs!
CULTURE: The Empty Bottle’s book club reconvenes to discuss the progressive, thought provoking memoir Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez.
FILM: Double bill of two underrated Christopher Guest classics, Waiting For Guffman and For Your Consideration showing at Thalia Hall tonight. $5 gets you admission for the night and frankly that’s a hell of deal for a couple of the best comedy films of the last few decades.
FOOD + DRINK: The Democratic Socialists of America’s Anti-Racism Working Group is hosting a Chili Cook-Off at the Hideout. If the various nouns in that last sentence don’t get you stoked automatically (DSA! Anti-Racism Working Group! Chili! The Hideout!), swing by and maybe find out why this is a killer event.
FREE: Schubas ongoing 100% Off Bands free music series continues with sets from locals Daymaker, Big Syn, Fran, and Black Sandwich.
MUSIC: Catch solo sets from experimental music visionaries Mariel Roberts and Haley Fohr at Constellation. Good, freaky stuff here, folks. Check it out!
OUTSIDE: Celebrate and reflect on Black History Month with an Underground Railroad Hike at the Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland, following a route utilized in the 1800s.
STAGE: The Storefront on Milwaukee hosts Stories From The Industry, a storytelling/variety show featuring tales of people’s experiences within the service industry. You know there’s gonna be some weird stuff here.
STAY IN: Season 3 of Ash vs. Evil Dead premieres tonight on Starz! It’s a surprisingly good show, considering it’s a reboot of a movie from like 30 years ago and it’s on Starz.