Thursday, February 10, 2011

Think Globally-Play Locally: Best of The Weekend Bands, Art and Theatre

Thursday:   We've already clued you in on Madness in Miniature, the intriguing new show opening tonight at The House Theatre at 10:30.    We'll be there and have a full review for you.   We also highly recommend checking out Bobby Conn at Schubas tonight.   He's been a Chicago regular on the performance scene since the mid 90's and also happens to be a father of two.   Parents rock!   

tonight9:00pm $10 21+
Musician, misfit, culture warrior and bullshitter: Robert "Bobby" Conn.
Bobby has equally delighted and annoyed hipsters since first appearing on the Chicago music scene in the mid '90s. Blending aggressive showmanship with an omnivorous love of musical genres, from Suicide to Streisand or from The Sweet to Stravinsky, Bobby has often irritated and provoked audiences, but never bored them.

Bobby Conn's lyrics document the continuing absurdities of contemporary Western culture, illustrating and celebrating the convenient hypocrisies that allow us to sleep soundly every night. He developed "The Continuous Ca$h Flow System" in 1995 as a critic of the magical thinking that Americans employ concerning their debt fuelled lifestyles. 15 years later, Bobby's "Continuous Ca$h Flow" is revealed as the operating principle of the entire financial system. He has accurately described the Armageddon based world view of America's Christian right since 1996, and tracked its evolution from fringe fanaticism to its current place in the heart of America's political mainstream. But despite the relevance and prescience of his songwriting, his devotion to total entertainment in glitter and heels has confused as many as he has enlightened.


We'll be out at Allstate Arena with ear plugs and eager grins, for Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam.   Check out the details HERE, along with contest details and a discount ticket code.

Meanwhile, back at one of our favorite shows, Magic Parlour at The House Theatre, there's a special guest this week.

The Magic Parlour has been running every Friday night since last September, and it has been an absolute blast.   You can read ChiIL Mama's review HERE.
This week is going to be extra special fun, as the show will feature special guest performer David Kovac!
Dennis will be doing a show out of town, so he asked one of his very favorite Chicago magicians to step in. David graciously agreed to do the show.
If you've never experienced David Kovac, you are in for an enormous treat.
Join The House in welcoming him to our stage THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!

Every Friday night at 10:30pm
Tickets at or 773.769.3832.

Saturday:   MCA Family Day  I ♥ Art

Family Days 
Second Saturdays, 11 am - 3 pm, free
Every second Saturday the MCA invites families to learn about the art of our time through hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts, Look ‘n' Learn stations, and more. Admission is FREE For families with children 12 and under. 
Activities are appropriate for all ages.


Two fun kindie rock shows are going down at our two favorite family show venues.   Check out Laura Doherty at Schubas at 11:00am and Mindy Hester and The Time Outs at Beat Kitchen at noon.   Click the links for ChiIL Mama's show info.

Multilingual Chicago

Free Language Fair
Join us for a fun morning of language and laughter at our free Language Fair Sunday, February 13th, 10:00-11:30am featuring activities in Spanish, French and Mandarin. For those that have never been to our classes, our Language Fairs are a great opportunity meet our instructors, learn about our programs and enjoy snacks in our Language Cafe. Just email us with your child's name and age.

Bring that Special Someone to our
Special Sunday Matinee Bout:
Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.

Extended and Ongoing:

Use promo code "MOM" when ordering to save $5 on tickets to
Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, playing Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. through March 5 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Tickets are just $11- $15 with this exclusive online offer, and audience members save 40% on parking in Navy Pier garages. Book your tickets today by calling 312.595.5600 or online at
A theatrical, percussive world of swords, sound and the supernatural makeMacbeth one of Shakespeare's most spellbinding plays—and CST's 75-minute abridged production provides a perfect introduction to this legendary work.

Jackie and Me Show Information 

Based on the book by Dan Gutman
Adapted by Steven Dietz
Directed by Derrick Sanders

February 8 - March 27
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St.
For children ages 8 and up

for tickets or call 866.811.4111 

Written by: Heiner Müller
Translated by: Carl Weber
Directed by: Max Truax
Music Composed by: Jonathan Guillen
Now Playing in an Extended Run
Through February 12, 2011
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM.
Admission: $20 (2-for-1 on Thursdays)

There's something rotten in Denmark. This is the basis for Hamletmachine, Heiner Muller's seminal postmodernist meditation on the decay of an individual's national pride. Hamlet's conflict arises not out of familial betrayal, but out of a festering disappointment he feels toward a country he once loved. What happens to the individual's sense of self when his country betrays him? In this world, Hamlet becomes fragmented, and his relationships with others come to embody various aspects of his national identity - he feels betrayed by the Denmark that has been at one time or another his mother, his father, his friend, his lover and his self. When Hamlet engages these living metaphors directly, the consequences are as harrowing as they are cathartic.

"No theater company in Chicago can combine madness and conceptualism better than Trap Door, and Hamletmachine is a near-perfect vehicle to showcase their genius."
-New City (Monica Westin)

"No one calculates chaos and masters madness with more purpose, conviction, theatrical artistry and artistic integrity than Trap Door Theatre."
-Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

"Truax makes Trap Door Theatre's HAMLETMACHINE a well-oiled deadly sexy fantasy."
-Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh

-Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun -Times

Upcoming gigs with Miss Mia Park of Chic-A-Go-Go:
The 2nd is a benefit for Girls Rock!  Chicago.   We love these guys and highly recommend supporting their awesome camp for Chi town girls 3rd grade and up.

Tiny Bones is our best pop rock band.

Tiny Bones February Action #1!
Print out the above flier and get into the show free or cough up $5. February 15th, Double Door. An early show for you.

In order of rocking appearance:
Tiny Bones (8PM sharp!)

We play a rare acoustic set on Friday, February 18th at Dream Theatre at a gala event for their play, "Downward Facing". We play after the play at 9:30PM. $25 includes the play, food, drink, and Tiny Bones. 

Sunday, February 20 2011 6:00 PM
All Ages $12.00 ($15.00 Door / $5.00 Under 17)
Lincoln Hall
on Lincoln Avenue

1 comment:

  1. For the show at Double Door on Tuesday, Feb 15, you can also pull up the flyer on your smartphone if you don't have a printer :-)