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America’s greatest rebounder/hope for peace with North Korea, Dennis Rodman, turns 57 this weekend. His well being determines the safety of 25.37 million North Koreans. Happy birthday, Worm!

Also, tell all your friends to subscribe to the Chicago mailing list. We gave away tickets to Chicago mailing list subscribers.



We write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preference

This is what it’s like to deliver a gorilla.

• Robby Hoffman is our Funny Human of the Week.

We interviewed Jay and Mark Duplass. They are brothers.


That was not the question but congrats to Weezer!


ACTIVE: Head to the National Hellenic Museum for a Greek Dance Class, where you can drop by and learn traditional Green dancing among a bunch of fellow dance enthusiasts that may not have a ton of experience!

CULTURE: Poetry off the Shelf at Poetry Foundation, featuring poets Mark Doty and Rafael Campo in conversation, who draw from dramatically different backgrounds to create acclaimed works of language.

FILM: The Music Box hosts the closing ceremonies for the Chicago Critics Film Festival with a screening of Eighth Grade, with a special Q&A session featuring comedian Bo Burnam, who wrote and directed this revealing, critically acclaimed look into modern adolescence.

FOOD + DRINK: The Cafe Imports Cultivar Caravan’s Legendary Coffee Tour tour of the US makes a stop in Chicago at the Metropolis Coffee Roasterie, offering up coffee tastings, samples, and snacks free with RSVP!

FREE: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art has a free artist talk from Philip Carey, whose work is currently on display at the gallery. His work focuses on medical ephemera and the imagery of treatment, as filtered through the lens of his experiences with heart disease, kidney disease, and prostate cancer over the last 15 years.

MUSIC: Perennial indie rock favorites No Age return to the Empty Bottle with special guests Behavior and Bruised. Good rock show here.

OUTSIDE: The Art Institute’s got a new installation opening tonight in the Bluhm Family Terrace, a site-specific installation called “Chromatic Patterns for the Art Institute of Chicago,” which will cover the terrace in patterned pink vinyl, for a playful new visual presentation of this iconic outdoor space.

STAGE: Rainn Wilson is currently in town starring in a play at Steppenwolf. The whole city gets to reap the benefit of his presence, at things like the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts Visiting Artists Series, where Wilson will be stopping by to discuss his work as an actor and producer in Hollywood!

STAY IN: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, a new collection of essays edited by Roxane Gay hit shelves earlier this month. Grab a copy of this well-reviewed new book, ignore all other obligations, and have a nice evening at home.


ACTIVE: The Temple of Kriya Yoga does a hybrid comedy and yoga night tonight. It’s an Evening of Cosmic Comedy!

CULTURE: The I Love Logan Square event at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center on Armitage helps the fight for social justice and equality in the rapidly changing Logan Square neighborhood. Be a force for good and have a good time at this singularly positive event.

FILM: Doc Films at the University of Chicago celebrates the 30th anniversary of the iconic anime film Akira by doing a pair of screenings on 35mm, the first of which is tonight.

FOOD + DRINK: Ipsento 606’s third Spring Spotlight event features beers from Hopewell Brewing Company and food from the best taco joint in the city, L’Patron Tacos. Perfect Chicago Summer Weather event right here.

FREE: The Space Race at Forefront is a free storytelling event that features a slew of folks from across the cultural spectrum sharing their own personal dispatches from a race for space.

MUSIC: Modern classical vibemasters Bing & Ruth play Constellation, which is honestly just a dream night out for me, tbh. See y’all there.

OUTSIDE: The Cubs and Sox duke it out at Wrigley Field tonight, these are always insanely fun games. Get over there!

STAGE: The Hideout’s longrunning live lit series Funny Ha-Ha’s back with another month of extremely good live readings from writers like Lily Be, Julia Sweeney Blum, Elizabeth Gomez, and more!

STAY IN: Netflix’s hit science show Bill Nye Saves the World returns for its third season today! You love Bill Nye!


ACTIVE: Multifaceted new age-y triathalon Wanderlust goes down here in Chicago today, kicking things off with a big ole yoga sesh in Butler Field in Grant Park, followed by running and some meditation.

CULTURE: The Chicago Science Expo at the Merchandise Mart has talks, panels, and demonstrations from leading researchers from across a variety of scientific disciplines. This thing looks rad as hell.

FILM: Comfort Station’s Silent Films/Loud Music series showcases a screening of the 1920 silent film Our Gates, with a brand-new score crafted by Chicago-based composers Paul Giallorenzo and Ben LaMar Gay.

FOOD + DRINK: Parson’s Chicken and Fish celebrates 5 Years of Chooglin’ all day today, with food, drinks, music, and surprises on their newly renovated and expanded patio area!

FREE: Head to Dank Haus, the German American Cultural Center, for a watch party of the finals for the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s like American Idol but more European!

MUSIC: Cello monster Helen Money headlines the always great Hungry Brain, with special guests Peter Maunu and Carol Genetti.

OUTSIDE: Head to Humboldt Park and be a positive influence on the community by participating in their May Litter Clean Up and Cookout. Pick up the park and then enjoy some grilled meats!

STAGE: Motherhood-focused podcast One Bad Mother comes to GMan tonight, for a live taping of their well-loved and down-to-earth musings and wild tales of parenting.

STAY IN: Double feature of two extremely Lifetime Original Movie titled movies, Did I Kill My Mother? and A Daughter’s Revenge premieres tonight. Why leave the house when you can just get loaded and watch these campy nuggets?


ACTIVE: Spend your Mother’s Day running for a little while in the morning at the 2018 Komen Chicago Race for the Cure® which goes down this AM at Grove 16 at Montrose Harbor.

CULTURE: It’s Renegade Craft Fair season again, y’all. Halsted in Pilsen transforms into a weekend long showcase of some of the best, most creative artisans in the city.

FILM: The Music Box celebrates Mother’s Day with a screening of Mommie Dearest, the iconic, melodramatic cult film. Grab yer Ma and laugh at the ridiculousness!

FOOD + DRINK: Do Mother’s Day brunch a little differently this year by going to the zoo. The Lincoln Park Zoo’s Mother’s Day Brunch features a nice buffet and live music at their lovely Cafe Brauer.

FREE: Emporium Wicker Park has a holiday-appropriate free concert headlined by Mama, with guests Mystery Actions, Bad Sons, and Atomic Love.

MUSIC: Chicago-based New Music ensemble Third Coast Percussion performs a handful of new works, including Paddle to the Sea, a soundtrack composed for the Academy Award nominated film of the same name. Thalia Hall’s the place to be for this particular thing.

OUTSIDE: Look at some big crazy old houses at Evanston’s Mother’s Day House Walk. Mom or not, we all love to gawk at rich people’s houses!

STAGE: Experimental circus troupe Yes Ma’am Circus presents a new show at Aloft Circus Arts, entitled It’s Not Me, It’s You: A Paradise Lost Reimagining. And it’s just that: a reworking of the classic epic poem.

STAY IN:  Ali Wong’s new standup special, Hard Knock Wife hits Netflix today, the followup to her runaway hit special Baby Cobra. She’s great!

We had a lot of fun with The Worm this week but please remember he is the greatest rebounder in NBA history. Just so impressive.