Lana Del Rey says Radiohead are suing her because something sounds like “Creep” and Radiohead say that’s not happening so here are some Lana and Thom gifs. They’d make a cute couple!
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- We handpicked the best of everything this month, so you can have Your Best January.
- Your 2018 guide to murder mysteries has arrived: Best of: TV Murder Mysteries to Binge Watch NOW – 2018 Edition.
- We asked some of our favorite funny people what will be funny in 2018. Laugh.
- What’s The Deal With Stand-Up Bookings?: Using Data To Show Gender Discrepancies in Booking
ACTIVE: Get lit while also getting limber at Trap Yoga, a 60 minute yoga class soundtracked by high energy trap music. Head to the Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab to make it happen.
CULTURE: Free Spirit Media hosts the latest installation of the ongoing Public Newsroom series, which acts as a vessel for communication between journalists and the communities they cover. This latest edition pops up in North Lawndale, giving attendees a chance to look behind the scenes at the Real Chi Youth Newsroom, a youth-led newsroom giving college-aged journalists the chance to do original, community-oriented journalism.
FILM: Thalia Hall’s got a screening of Bruk Out, a documentary that follows six dancers of varying backgrounds as they prepare to compete in the International Dancehall Queen competition in Jamaica. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A and live performance curated by Lady Sol and featuring DHQ Jukeboxx, Jazleen, DHQ QueenV, and Ms Mighty.
FOOD + DRINK: Quenchers is celebrating Stout Fest 2018 all month long, celebrating the darkest, tastiest, strongest stout beers imaginable. Drop in for tastes of rare and sought-after brewdogs!
FREE: Haley Fohr, the iconoclast behind local music collective Circuit Des Yeux performs “in response” to the Ando Gallery at The Art Institute of Chicago. Admission to the whole museum is free for Illinois residents today, so pop in early/stick around after to take in some fine works of art!
MUSIC: Chicago-based rapper Joseph Chilliams headlines the launch party for Open Your City, a new video series from Audiotree and Consequence of Sound. They’re screening a handful of episodes of the new series, capped off by performances from Chilliams, Tunde Olaniran, and Mother Nature.
OUTSIDE: Get a heavy coat and some solid winter-y hiking boots on and head out to Naperville for a hike through the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, where you’ll be joined by the folks at the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center on a search to see some of the short-eared owls that call the preserve home.
STAGE: Standup comedy showcase This Is For You kicks off Martin Luther King weekend with a pair of shows at the Promontory. Expect sets from folks like Just Nesh, T. Murph, Eli Hamilton, and more!
STAY IN: Netflix’s new “limited series” The End of the F***ing World is getting tons of positive reviews. I haven’t started it yet but probably will this weekend! Join me, huh? Let’s meet back here next week and talk about it.
ACTIVE: Curling & cocktails combines one thing I love with one thing I’ve never done before but am totally open to trying. The Gwen Hotel’s bar, The Gwen Terrace, can set you up to drink and curl at the same damn time. What a city!
CULTURE: The Hairpin Arts Center celebrates the opening of Do Not Resist?: 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence, a group gallery show curated by the For The People Aritsts Collective. Expect live performances, a panel discussion, and refreshments!
FILM: Phantom Thread, the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie opens at the Music Box this weekend! They’re screening it in 70mm because there’s nowhere better to see movies than the damn Music Box. What a treasure!
FOOD + DRINK: The Happy Lobster Truck stops by Dovetail Brewery this evening for an unbeatable combo of lobster rolls and beer. How can it get better than that?
FREE: Free admission to the Adler Planetarium all day, so skip out of work early and head straight there to start your weekend off with a head full of stars.
MUSIC: New Orleans icons The Rebirth Brass Band has been around since 1983 and are among the most beloved purveyors of New Orleans Jazz in the world. Dance your damn butt off at their show at Thalia Hall tonight.
OUTSIDE: Have you gone ice skating in Millennium Park yet this year? You should! It’s fun and fun helps you get through these brutal winter months, you know?
STAGE: The Fly By Night Circus is a new monthly showcase of circus arts practitioners at MSA & Circus Arts in Wicker Park. I’m intrigued!
STAY IN: David Letterman’s new monthly longform interview show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction premieres on Netflix today, kicking things off in a big way with a chat with Barack Obama, who was the president for a while a couple years ago. This is gonna be an interesting and worthwhile thing, of course.
ACTIVE: 360 Sky Yoga’s got a Restorative Yoga class set up for you way up on the 94th floor of the Hancock Building, which is pretty cool and high up.
CULTURE: All Star Press in Logan Square’s got the opening reception for The Poster Art of Scott Williams: A Soul Summit Retrospective. Williams has made countless gig posters for bands and comedians over the last decade, and this is your chance to look back at his work!
FILM: Check out a screening of Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power, a documentary about Hill’s landmark appearance at Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearing, at Film Row Cinema. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A/moderated audience discussion!
FOOD + DRINK: The folks at Eataly are celebrating 11 years in business with a celebration of two of the best things on the planet: wine and cheese. Eataly Chicago’s Winter Wine & Cheese Fest is just the thing you need to snap yourself out of those winter doldrums.
FREE: 606 Records in Pilsen hosts a cool looking collaborative instore performance from drummers and DJs Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo and Quinlan Kirchner. There’s gonna be two turntables and two percussionists, beyond that, who knows what will happen!
MUSIC: Beloved indie pop band Tennis plays the Metro tonight. Electronic duo Overcoats opens, making this a pretty darn good looking show.
OUTSIDE: Learn some pivotal outdoors-y type skills from the days of early man out on Northerly Island. The Primitive Skills Gathering meetup is gonna teach you how to make fire using friction, cordage making skills, and more!
STAGE: Megan Gailey is one of the funniest comics to ever come out of Chicago’s massively fertile comedy scene and you’ve got the chance to see her live tonight! She’s seriously the best, catch her and some of the best up-and-coming local talent all in one evening at the Lincoln Lodge in Lakeview!
STAY IN: HBO’s new Bowie documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, premiered a few days ago and is now streaming on HBO Go. It’s a look into his late period creative processes, using intensive research and archival footage to paint a picture of the work that went into crafting his final album, Black Star.
ACTIVE: Yoga and Craft Beer: two great things, together at last. Rock Island Public House out in Blue Island is the place to be for an hourlong yoga class, followed by a complementary pint.
CULTURE: The MLK Day Challenge, brought to you by the folks at the hugely positive community organization My Block, My Hood, My City, incentivizes folks to get out of their comfort zones and explore neighborhoods in Chicago they previously had never visited. It’s a small but necessary step in the work to break Chicago’s stigma as America’s most segregated city.
FILM: The Annoyance Theatre’s bringing you a special, one off screening of Faith Solowoy’s 2001 cult “schlock opera” Jesus Has Two Mommies. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Equality Illinois, so you’ve gotta be a damn fool to miss this thing, honestly.
FOOD + DRINK: The Logan Square Farmer’s Market’s off-season indoor festivities take over Emporium Arcade Bar all day today. Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you can’t swing by the farmer’s market on a nice Sunday afternoon!
FREE: Schubas’ ongoing local music showcase 100% Off Bands is back, with a triple bill featuring lo fi songwriter Rev Gusto, heady jammers Lettucehead, and synth wiz Monogamy. As always, it’s totally free, with some wyld ass drink specials to boot.
MUSIC: For Frankie! is a celebration of the life and legacy of the hugely influential Chicago House Musician Frankie Knuckles. Metro/Smartbar join forces for a multi-level event featuring sets from The Black Madonna, Mike Dunn, Derrick Carter, and many more!
OUTSIDE: Go Snowtrekking at Northerly Island, assuming there’s snow to trek through? It’s been pretty warm. Maybe if there’s no snow you can just go for a nice walk.
STAGE: PBR 25: the Professional Bull Riders Invitational celebrates 25 years in business with a big blowout showcase of some big time bull riding tough guys at the Allstate Arena today. Not sure if this fully counts as “stage” but what, am I not gonna write up a damn bull riding event when it comes through town??
STAY IN: This new Jack Black movie The Polka King hits Netflix this weekend, and while it sort of looks like Bernie 2.0, it’s gotta be perfect for a nice Sunday afternoon viewing. Light and breezy but still weird and entertaining enough to hold your attention.