Saturday, January 18, 2020

HELP OUT: CLLAW XXXV Lady Arms Wrestlers Benefiting Sideshow Theatre Company & Girls Rock! Chicago

The Chicago League of Lady Arms Wrestlers Presents
CLLAW XXXV: Pageant of Champions
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Logan Square Auditorium

(left to right) CLLAW 34 Co-Champs Shaydes and Cursula at The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers’ 34th match CLLAW XXXIV: Good vs. Evil at Logan Square Auditorium. 
All Photos by Trainman Photography.

Benefiting Sideshow Theatre Company & Girls Rock! Chicago

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, we love it when our friends play well together, especially when it's for a great cause. Sideshow Theatre Company & Girls Rock! Chicago are both long time favorites of ours. My daughter attended Girls Rock! Chicago summer camps for years, from age 9-12, and it was an incredible experience. She got to write music and learn to play bass and drums. She even got to perform on stage at legendary Chicago venues: The Metro, Thalia Hall, and Bottom Lounge twice.

As a theatre critic since 2010, I've seen numerous Sideshow Theatre Company productions as well, and they're a great asset to Chicago's vital storefront scene. Come on out February 8th and support both excellent organizations and have a lot of laughs and a great night out at the same time.  

CLLAW34-5 (left to right) Hot Babe-tato vs. The PRIDEator 

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) puts the “win” in winter with its 35th match CLLAW XXXV: Pageant of Champions on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. CLLAW’s benefit match will feature Chicago’s biggest, baddest lady arm wrestlers, live musical entertainment from funk band OD Jo and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 pm with the first match beginning at 9:30 pm. Tickets, priced at $25, are available in advance at or $30 at the door (the ladies will gladly take cash or credit at the door). The event is 21+.

(left to right) Cursula wins the final bout at The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers’ 34th match CLLAW XXXIV: Good vs. Evil at Logan Square Auditorium. Photo by Trainman Photography.

All proceeds from CLLAW XXXV will benefit Sideshow Theatre Company and Girls Rock! Chicago.

The Main Event 

Their names echo through the ages. They come from all corners of Chicago, united only by one dream: to elbow their way through the competition and wrestle their way to the top. Who will unseat reigning co-champions Shaydes and Cursula? Joined by CLLAW’s Mistress of Ceremonialisms Harry Scaray, referees Beau K and Dick Douchee and commentators Vallery Dolls and Shirley Blazen, the line-up of not-so-lady-like ladies in outrageous costumes volunteer their time to vie for that most cherished prize – the bedazzled CLLAW gloves. Who will leverage their way up the bracket? Or bribe their way to the top? All these questions and more will be answered, and all of Chicago is invited to bear witness.

(left to right) Sister Frida Rage vs. Taylor Fist 

CLLAWdience Participation and Prizes 

Not content to leave the fun in the arms of its competitors, CLLAW XXXV gets everyone in on the action. Audience members have the opportunity to purchase CLLAWBUX, the official currency of CLLAW, throughout the night. With their CLLAWBUX, onlookers can bet on their favorite wrestlers to prevail, and maybe slip a few to the referees to even the score. All CLLAWBUX purchased also go towards fantastic raffle prizes. Half-priced CLLAWBUX are available in advance.

CLLAW34-3 (left to right) Cousin Becky vs. Violent Beauregarde

All for a good CLLAWse

A portion of CLLAW XXXV proceeds will benefit Girls Rock! Chicago, committed to building socially just community with girls, transgender youth, and gender non-conforming youth by developing leadership, fostering self-esteem, and encouraging creative expression through music. For additional information, visit

Proceeds also benefit CLLAW’s creator and producer, Sideshow Theatre Company. Since its first match in 2009, Sideshow’s CLLAW events have helped fundraise for numerous Chicago based non-profits including the GirlForward, Chicago Women's Health Center, {she crew}, The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), Barrel of Monkeys, C4 - Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, Girls Rock! Chicago, Marwen, Rock for Kids, About Face Youth Theatre, 826CHI, CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education), Ayodele Drum and Dance, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project and others.

(left to right) Jigglybuff vs. Cursula 


Title: CLLAW XXXV: Pageant of Champions 
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: Doors open at 9 pm, first match begins at 9:30 pm   
Location: Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago                     

Tickets: $25 in advance at or $30 at the door (cash or credit). Half-priced CLLAWBUX are available with advance ticket purchase: $30 includes 10 CLLAWBUX, $35 includes 20 CLLAWBUX. Cash and credit cards are accepted for tickets, CLLAWBUX and CLLAW merchandise. A cash-only bar is available.

Benefiting: Sideshow Theatre Company and Girls Rock! Chicago.

 (left to right) Sister Frida Rage vs. Aunt Nance

About Chicago CLLAW and CLAW USA
CLLAW is a member of CLAW USA, the national Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers. It is the mission of CLAW USA to empower women and strengthen local communities through theatre, arm wrestling, and philanthropy. CLLAW includes a compendium of female-identified participants and seeks to create a safe space for all participants and audience. We seek to mirror the diversity of our greater society and welcome participation from people of diverse identities by age, race, class, ability and gender definition.

About Sideshow Theatre Company:
Sideshow Theatre Company: Theatre for the Curious. It is the mission of Sideshow Theatre Company to mine the collective unconscious of the world we live in with limitless curiosity, drawing inspiration from the familiar stories, memories and images we all share to spark new conversation and bring our audiences together as adventurers in a communal experience of exploration.

Over its 10+ year history, Sideshow is proud to have distinguished itself as a vital member of the Chicago theatre community. Sideshow was awarded the 2016 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award by the League of Chicago Theatres. Sideshow is a multiple Jeff Award-winning theatre and has been listed on the “Best of” lists in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. Sideshow continues its multi-year residency at Victory Gardens in the historic Biograph Theater in the 2019/20 season.

Sideshow is also the producer of Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW), a wildly popular fundraiser held in benefit of Sideshow Theatre Company and other local community organizations. CLLAW has been featured in local and national press, including The Washington Post, Reuters and the Chicago Sun-Times and on WGN Morning News, ABC 7’s Windy City Live and CBS 2. For more information about CLLAW, visit

For additional information on Sideshow Theatre Company, visit

(left to right) Cousin Becky vs. Sister Vagina Dentata 

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