Friday, August 20, 2010

Events Worth Staying In Town For This Weekend: Prichard, Glenview Arts Fest, Roller Derby and The Dome of Doom

Ahhhh.   August in Chicago.   It seems that everyone we know is heading outta town to camp, play in lakes and drink cold beverages of choice.

ChiIL Mama will once again be chillin' in Wisconsin, our neighbors to the north with the much bigger, wooded back yard and a lotta little lakes.   That's one of our favorite things about Chicago.   We get all the greatest music, theatre and art, but we can drive under 2 hours in all 4 directions and get to gorgeous, wild places where the trees are taller than the buildings.

We'll have a feature next week about a couple of lovely Wisconsin lakes you can check out, complete with Frank Lloyd Wright homes, raft rides, and our lunch and boat ride with author, Lawrence Meyer.

If you happen to be stickin' around in town this weekend there are some great events happening.

Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest
Friday  6-10pm
Opening Night Jam
Pyrotechniq fire dancing
The New Iberians
Read My Hips-Exotic Belly Dancing

Friday 10pm
Hightail it out to Schuba's to see our excellent musician friends in Prichard, opening for The Sadies.   Both bands are well worth checking out.

  • 08/20/10 10:00 PM
  • 21+
  • $12.00

Saturday & Sunday--Over 100 artists & merchants, music & performers on 3 stages.

2010 banner
photo by Gil Leora


August 16, 2010 — Chicago — the Windy City Rollers All-Stars host Denver's Rocky Mountain Rollergirls this Saturday, August 21, 2010, at UIC Pavilion, located at 525 S. Racine Ave. First whistle is at 7 p.m. The WCR All-Stars will enter this bout as queens of their region, currently in first place in the WFTDA North Central conference and tenth in the nation, according to Derby News Network. Rocky Mountain has long been a contender on the national flat-track roller derby scene and is currently ranked third nationally.

WCR's B team, The Second Wind, will play Rocky Mountain's B team, The Contenders, in the preliminary bout at 6 p.m.

Anthem will be sung by Chicago indie-folk songwriter Zapruder Point and the halftime act will be a variety show by Girlie-Q. A portion of the bout's proceeds will benefit the Danny Did Foundation, a Rogers Park-based organization whose mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures.

The WCR also has openings for referees and statisticians team members for the 2011 home season. E-mail Unk, Head of Officiating at for details on an upcoming informational session or for any questions.

Tickets are available online at, Ticketmaster, UIC box office or from any WCR roller girl. Groups of 15 or more are 40% and can be purchased by contacting
Sunday--Dome of Doom   Come on out to Unity Park in Logan Square from 6-8PM this Sunday.  Join The Order of Odd-Fish author James Kennedy in participation art for all ages.   Come dressed as your favorite monster and be prepared to do battle by dancing!   A free outdoor showing of Where the Wild Things Are follows.   If you want to parade to the park, meet at 6pm at The Eagle Monument at Logan Blvd and Kedzie for a procession to The Dome.

*Collaboraction and The Dreihaus Foundation's Chicago Performs Program

Here's the excerpt from James Kennedy's site:
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Judging a Dome of Doom costumed dance party with 
Collaboraction! At Unity Playlot in Logan Square in Chicago (2636 N. Kimball) from 6 – 8 pm, followed by a Movie-in-the-Park screening of Where The Wild Things Are. Costumed marching band Environmental Encroachment will be there as well! Meet us at the Eagle Statue in Logan Square (Kedzie and Logan Blvd.) at 6 pm to march to the Dome of Doom for the open dance battles! Dress as a God or Monster, or get costumed on the spot by the Collaboraction team. Summer fun, and it’s free!

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