Things to Do in Chicago (if you are bored) – April 13th ed.

…or just come hang out with me!

From time to time, I like updating folks about the really neat things going on around the City.  N.B. This list is not exhaustive because I’m not (yet) a machine.

Friday, April 13th (now that is ominous)

  • The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick Live @ at the Vic Theatre at 7 p.m.

    The Skinny: Not sure I can easily explain what all The Nerdist covers because it seemingly covers everything. (It’s like a Bill Bryson book but funnier and audible (unless of course you are listening to audiobooks)!) So come listen to (and see) Chris live, but in the meantime go visit The Nerdist website (click here) and see all that it has to offer – trust me there will be a podcast or two or three you will enjoy!

  • In other events…
    • Playing at the Empty Bottle: Big Freedia, BBU and more; should be a rollicking good time.
    • The CIMM Fest continues across the city. CIMM equals “the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival—a four-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances.” There are numerous musical performances and screenings around the city. See the full schedule here. FYI, for fans of Punk Rock, there are a bevy of options. Plus there is a Rock Poster Show at the Wicker Park Arts Center.

Saturday, April 14th

  • Parrallax Sounds @ the Wicker Park Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. (part of the CIMM Fest:

    The Skinny: From the website: “How much does the world around us shape the music we make? Augusto Contento’s contemplative film examines that question through a look at the relationship between Chicago’s dynamic urban landscape and the trailblazing musicians who defined its underground sound from the 1990s into the future. From fiercely independent producer/musician Steve Albini to MacArthur “Genius” grantee Ken Vandermark, Parallax Sounds sets its gifted subjects’ self-examination against Contento’s stunning cinematography and Vandermark’s visionary score.” Why you should go? You love music and/or urban development.

Sunday, April 15th

  • Dose Market @ the River East Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The Skinny: Have you been looking for a great Sunday Market to eat some tasty local delights and find unique crafts, gifts, and/or cheeses in one indoor locale?  Well then go to this phenomenal monthly market in Streeterville (started in part by one of my savvy friends, i.e., another plug) that features a number of local or independent artisans selling and displaying their wares (e.g., furniture makers, clothiers, jewelry makers) and some tasty eating options (including fried chicken, tacos, veggie sliders, fresh smoothies, coffee and cocktails). Read more about Dose Market (generally) at their website here or this Sunday’s offering’s here.

  • The Naked and Famous with Now, Now @ the Vic Theatre
  • The Skinny: One of my 2012 resolutions was to increase the variety of musical shows that I attend. Admittedly, I have yet to fully follow through with this resolution; however, I want to attend some of the shows after reading this phenomenal piece about the founder of this series which seeks to promote awareness about local Jazz artists. Please attend and urge me to join you!

Monday & Tuesday, April 16th and 17th

  • Death Cab For Cutie @ the Chicago Theatre

    The Skinny: I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been blown away by a DCFC record for some time. But, those early albums and songs hold such a pivotal place in my mind (and heart) that seeing them is like chatting with an old friend and revisiting wonderful memories – you haven’t talked in months or years but things are the same as they were before, except with some extra lbs. and responsibilities. Not to mention, this band is always fantastic live, playing songs from their entire catalog, including without fail (I’m jinxing it now) stunning renditions of “Transatlanticism” and “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” Plus, the opening band is the phenomenal Low! (Monday is sold out but there are still tickets for Tuesday, here.)

Okay all for now. Have a wonderful weekend folks!


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