Friday, August 19, 2011

Play Locally: Peter Pan 360 & Cirque du Soleil's Ovo Closing, The Dwarves/Nashville Pussy at Bottom Lounge, Glenwood Arts Fest, LeThrift Deals, Boogers N Little Beans, Pints for Pups and More...

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Featured Favs:
If you haven't caught Peter Pan 360 yet, or want to experience the magic again before the show flies on to the next city, it's now or Neverland.   The show ends this Sunday, the 21st!   ChiIL Mama highly recommends it.   Check out ChiIL Mama's show review and past photo filled coverage.   There are even reduced tickets at

Broadway In Chicago at Chicago Tribune Freedom Center, 
675 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 
threesixty entertainment, in association with Broadway In Chicago, is excited to announce a unique event - a spectacular new production of J M Barrie's classic story, PETER PAN, at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center. Conceived by an award-winning creative team, the SMASH HIT Peter Pan features twenty-two actors, stunning puppets, epic music and dazzling flying sequences surrounded by breathtaking video projection using the world's first 360-degree CGI theater set. Both cast and audience fly over Edwardian London. Performed in a state-of-the-art theater pavilion, this magical new "in-the-round" production of Peter Pan is an extraordinary experience for the whole family.

Friday 3:00pm $32.50 buy now or at Hot Tix outlet
Saturday 2:00pm $37.50 buy now or at Hot Tix outlet
Saturday 7:00pm $20.00 buy now or at Hot Tix outlet
Sunday 1:00pm $37.50/$20.00 buy now or at Hot Tix outlet

Family Finds also features Buy One Get One Free Pan Tixs.   Check out the details HERE.

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Cirque Du Soleil's Ovo is also highly recommended.   Click here for ChiIL Mama's Ovo review.   Check out our exclusive video interviews with Ovo's Artistic Director, Marjon van Grunsven and Sébastien Savard, Cirque du Soleil Ovo's Violin Playing Cockroach Dad!

Click here for our photo filled, sneak peek behind the scenes at Ovo.

All Week:  

Dog Flights Benefit the Park - All Week Long at Dunlays!

Can't make it to the Pints for Pups Fundraiser? No Problem! Stop by Dunlays on the Square any time this week and ask for the "Dog" flight. You get 5 FANTASTIC Lagunitas Brews, and $3 goes toward the Logan Square Dog Park!

Facets Films:

Sixteen years after adopting Flora, circus producer David Balding realizes she is no longer happy performing. The road to Flora's retirement is an emotional journey which tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, the film eschews easy sentimentality and does not avoid examining the problems and mysteries posed by keeping wild animals in captivity. Aug 19 - Sept 1. Read more  Buy tickets.


Benefit show for Streetwise at Beat Kitchen.  
Half of all proceeds will go to this great organization that helps Chicago's homeless population.

Friday, August 19th @ 8:30 pm

Beat Kitchen

The Future Laureates
Bassel and the Supernaturals
   The Hand Grenades


This will be a solid night of live music in a fun venue, for a great cause.    Dance, drink and do good.

Don't miss the 10th Annual

Friday night (Aug 19) Kick-Off Party: 6-10pm

Saturday & Sunday (Aug 20 & 21) Fest: 12-9pm
Featuring 100+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment by 40 bands on three outdoor stages. Experience art of all disciplines, music, theater, food, and drink on the streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District.

Check out for information and schedules.

Weekend:   53rd Annual Air & Water Show.  Love it or hate it, this event will overrun the waterfront this weekend.    We avoided it for years, then my husband ended up interviewing some of the pilots a few years back and the kids were clamoring to check it out.    So we went and had a pretty good time.    

I was still a bit creeped out by the massive display of war machinery and the whole show's basically kid enticing military propaganda.   It was good to see protestors were being given space to do their thing, and raise public awareness there, too.   

I'd last gone back in the early 90's and the sweaty masses and the sight of a bunch of little kids playing all over a tank left a bad taste in my mouth.   I kept thinking of the hippy sticker....It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.  ~Author unknown, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

This time around, we didn't see the "tank playground" and my husband was in awe of the planes.   We've debated this for year and his take is, he can admire the science and technology of the machinery and split it from it's intent.    So he doesn't see death, destruction and war, he sees state of the art aeronautics.    The kids just dug the aerial tricks and the excuse to hang with the family at the lakefront all day.

Little Beans Cafe Family Concert Series-The Boogers
Boogers and BBQ-What a great way to spend a Saturday as a family.   Like the Ramones?   Check out Little Beans impressive play space and come rock out with one of ChiIL Mama's favorite bands for the punk kin.    You can see our video interview with The Boogers and loads of live concert footage on ChiIL Mama's YouTube Channel--The Boogers.    Check 'em out!

Sold Out, but ChiIL Mama will see you there from 3-5 if you got your tixs.

Le Thrift Storewide 

Hey Le Thriftiers! SALE  

Saturday August 20th, 2011

25-75% all items in store
Complimentary drinks and  
hors d'oeuvres starting at 5 p.m.

   Extended Hours on Saturday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  
1754 W. Division, Chicago IL 60622  

Online customers use code SSLeThrift  
Saturday only 25% off  
Take advantage of our special deals... they won't last long 

Of course we'll be in the photo pit at Bottom Lounge Saturday for this sweet 17+ show!    Click HERE for all the show details and to enter our The Dwarves Are Born Again Disc give away!

Save the Date:
Like temporary tattoos and dunk tanks? Good thing you're invited to 5th Annual Threadless Family Reunion!

ChiIL Mama adores Threadless.   They run free workshops with our favorite non profits like 826Chi and  Girls Rock Chicago.   Du-Jay just took a free creative writing class at their headquarters on Madison earlier this week.   Each kid got to pick a free Threadless T-Shirt to keep and let the shirt spark their creative writing.

New Art Exposition to Feature Leading International Contemporary, Modern and Design Galleries

The inaugural exposition CHICAGO debuts September 1923, 2012 in Festival Hall at Navy Pier, produced by the newly formed Art Expositions, LLC under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman.  The new fair will open the fall art season in the heart of America and will draw upon our city’s rich history as a preeminent arts and culture destination.  exposition CHICAGO will showcase up to 100 international art galleries, presenting a curated mix of contemporary and modern art, design and new mediums.  

“This is an exciting time for Chicago.  With our foremost cultural institutions, innovative technology sectors, internationally renowned restaurants, music and theater, and a new Mayor strongly committed to the arts, it’s the right time for us to launch a new contemporary art exposition for our city,” said Karman. “exposition CHICAGO is about looking forward – in theme, scope and presentation. We will adhere to the highest of standards of quality to present a thoughtfully curated mix of dealers, artwork and design for collectors, curators and arts enthusiasts to explore.”  

For 2012, exposition CHICAGO will introduce an overarching theme – Discovery – to focus the programming and special installations that will occur at Navy Pier and other public art projects and events throughout the city.
Discovery is important in all aspects of what we are trying to do with exposition CHICAGO.  We envision that this theme will complement– and magnify – the extraordinary work of our local institutions, dealers, curators and artists,” said Karman. “September is the perfect time to establish our exposition and we will work closely with Chicago’s arts, design, entertainment, business and tourism industries to ensure a not-to-be-missed experience.”   

Art Expositions, LLC has committed to present exposition CHICAGO at Navy Pier for at least three years.
For more information about exposition CHICAGO, please call (312) 428-3094 or visit

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