Friday, April 30, 2010

Look For ChiIL Mama This Weekend: Exploring Humanities Fest, Kites, Comics, Rock, Theatre, Roller Derby, & The Blackhawks

 Mayor Daley's Kids and Kites Fest 2009

It's finally warm and gorgeous outside and this weekend is popping with too many fun options to count.   We've pulled some of the best from the rest.

Also, don't forget to enter to win a free kids' CD on ChiIL Mama's Win-A-Disc Wednesdays.   Enter all week.   Winners will be announced on the following Wednesday.


 Chicago Humanities Fest runs from April 29th-May 16th, with loads of fantastic programming for the whole family.   This year they are exploring the body as a "coming of age" theme for their 21st year.   They're also featuring Stages, Sights and Sounds, a festival for the kid in all of us.  Check their site for details.
Chicago Humanities Festival

Chicago Humanities Festival This weekend don't miss David Gaines in "7 (x1) Samurai, An Epic Tale Told by an Idiot!" Tickets will be available at the door: $7 for kids, $13 for adults. Visit us online for more info or call the CHF Box Office at 312.494.9509.


PARENTS' NITE OUT:  Spice up your life with SALT, the newest release from The Locals.  Check out their site for info and come on out to The Elbo Room tonight for their CD release party.
Mayor Daley's Kids & Kites  is one of our favorite annual events.   Come on down to Montrose Harbor from 10-4 and go fly a kite.  To avoid the crowds, aim early.   

This weekend is your last chance to see THE BLUE SHADOW, a multicultural folktale musical by one of our favorite theatre troupes, Lifeline.   Check out their site for details.   Shows run Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 11 and 1pm.
 To quote our friend, Alicia, "Yep. Free omicron book day is a yearly nationally recognized day. You can hit up multiple comic shops on FCBD and treat it like a Halloween just for nerds!"    Check out the web site to plan your own graphic trick or treat.

Here's one to get you started.  If you make it to Third Coast comics, say hi to Ben, who will be giving out sketches to kids and nerds, as a guest artist. Come check it out, and get your kid a free comic, no trick or strings!
 6234 North  Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
(847) 863-7450

Look for ChiIL Mama cheering The Windy City Rollers in bout 5.  So sorry Blackhawks, we've got some other skaters to see first.

The Chicago Blackhawks take it to the next round against Vancouver, in their bid for The Stanley Cup.   Go Blackhawks.
 Are you still living in the 80's?  Get your punk on this weekend.   Parents' Night out:  PIL plays Saturday and Sunday night at House of Blues

Since returning in December 2009 for seven monumental concerts in the United Kingdom–their first shows in 17 years–PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) now continue into 2010 with a North American tour. The headlining U.S. trek marks their first stateside tour in 18 years. 

After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. With their experimental sound fusing Rock, Dance, Folk, Ballet, Pop and Dub, PiL are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the 70s and 80s. As a band, the music and vision constantly evolved like no other, culminating in an incredible live experience.

Cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, PiL return to a country where they enjoyed a special relationship throughout their career for what are set to be stunning shows. The North American dates will be followed by a series of high-profile summer European Festival appearances.

John Lydon (vocals), Lu Edmonds (guitar), Bruce Smith (drums) and Scott Firth  (bass) earned critical and public acclaim for their concerts in December 2009, with many British media outlets championing them as the shows of the year.

John Lydon: “I sound like a bag of kittens thrown down the staircase.”
2010 sees the 30th anniversary of the band’s first U.S. tour and also their U.S TV debut on “American Bandstand,” where singer John Lydon invited the audience onstage to dance with the band! Host Dick Clark famously introduced their appearance as "a memorable moment in rock n roll, something special and interesting.” 

With a wide and varied back catalogue spanning three decades, Public Image Ltd will be showcasing the unique sounds of tracks such as “Public Image,” “This Is Not A Love Song,” “Rise,” and “Disappointed,” with many further surprises in store. 

Saturday & Sunday, May 1 & 2 at House of Blues
329 North Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 923-2007
Doors 7:30 Show 9:00 Tickets $37.99
17 and over

For further PiL information, see:

MONDAY:  We'll be at the 2nd game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.   We back you Blackhawks.

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