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Friday is Sacha Baron Cohen’s birthday so let’s celebrate his more famous (in Europe) character Ali G! It sure is problematic! Is it still funny? Was it ever funny? Not sure!

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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!

Yes, that is Martin Freeman.



  • Iron & Wine plays the first of two shows at Thalia Hall tonight.
  • It’s Halloween season which means scary movies everywhere!!!! For example Se7en at the Logan Theatre.
  • Paul Weller, iconic frontman of The Jam, brings his Kind Revolution Tour through the House of Blues.
  • Jim Gaffigan is one of the most popular comedians going and for good reason: he’s very good. He’s at the Chicago Theatre all weekend long, starting tonight.
  • Saint Pé, the solo project from a troublemaker that used to be in the Black Lips, catch him at the Hideout, with guests Crocodiles and Les Strychnine.
  • 90s indie rockers Pinback are back and they’re closing out a two night run at the Bottom Lounge tonight.
  • Are you a fan of vlogging? I have great news, if so: Brooklyn and Bailey, twin daughters of Mindy from CuteGirlsHairstyles, are doing… something? at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine. It’s always weird when YouTube people try to do a live tour and it’s like “uh a lot of your 3,000,000 views are from people trying to get a certain kind of stain out of their shirt.” I dunno, have fun.
  • Racquet Club, Airstream Futures, and Jason S. Thompson play Subterranean.
  • Weekly variety/talk show The Therapy Sessions has appearances from Lyra Hill and Lathram Zearfross.
  • Yehme2, The Trap House, and Elevated play Thalia Hall.
  • Catch Bit Brigade, Space Blood, and Boss Fight at the Beat Kitchen.
  • The Laureates, Cross Country, and Innkeepers play the Empty Bottle tonight.


There are few artists more hilariously outspoken and insightful than Vince Staples. He’s joined in conversation with Pitchfork’s Matthew Schnipper at the Museum of Contemporary Art for a chat that will undoubtedly be extremely compelling.
  • Evil Dead II is one of the best movies ever made and you can watch on the big screen at the best movie theater in Chicago, The Music Box.
  • Emo collective The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die bring their feelings jams to Subterannean, with guests Rozwell Kid and Slow Mass.
  • Night two of the infinite Jim Gaffigan residency happens tonight at the Chicago Theatre.
  • RAC and LPX play a three letter all caps double bill at the Metro.
  • The 7th annual Malort and cheap beer festival comes to Paddy Long’s in Lakeview and it’s exactly the way it’s described: a celebration of all things canned domestics and nasty shots.
  • Spend an evening with the Dark Star Orchestra at The Vic.
  • One man band weirdo Bob Log III headlines Beat Kitchen with guests The Columbines and Tijuana Hercules.
  • Elastic Arts hosts a benefit for Puerto Rico with performances from RP Boo, pppmmm, Blackerface, Sarah Squirm, and more!
  • Northerly Island Park hosts a double feature of bonfire-lit screenings of Hocus Pocus and Friday the 13th. Really good stuff here.
  • The Whiskey Strings tour comes through Schubas for a pair of shows this weekend, starting tonight. Billy Strings and Whiskey Shivers coheadline an Americana ass bill.
  • The Chicago Film International Film Festival is in full swing, catch screenings of stuff like Goodbye Christopher Robin, The Square, and Los Perros and tons more today!


  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Comedy party/breakfast open mic The Late Late Breakfast returns to the Hideout for another madcap afternoon blowout.
  • The first Handmade Market of the fall 2017 season comes to the Empty Bottle! Scoop up quality craft goods and vintage treasures from local vendors.
  • Check out a pre-noon screening of one of Hitchcock’s finest films, Rear Window, at the Music Box as a part of their ongoing celebration of Jimmy Stewart’s life’s work.
  • Go look at least a couple of the 200+ buildings available for exploration during the annual overwhelming exercise in architectural appreciation Open House Chicago.
  • The Gene Siskel Film Center is the place to catch the Chicago premiere of the new doc The Last Dalai Lama.
  • If you’re into vintage wares or handmade treasures, consider checking out the City Made Handmade Market: Outdoor/Indoor at Arts Week up in Andersonville.