It's happened again. The Autumnal Equinox is here! The light and dark side are equally balanced today, with 12 hours of dark and 12 hours of light. Summer's flown by all too fast. The kids picked up two bright red leaves from the ground yesterday and officially declared, "Fall's here."
As much as we live for summer, we're welcoming the cooler temps, riot of color, ongoing great music and theatre, and bountiful harvest at local farmer's markets! So enjoy the changing seasons, break out your cozy fleece, and check in with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often. Chi-Town is nowhere near ready to hibernate and we've got a zillion great events, shows, and fun ideas for your weekend ahead.
Our top picks are Hideout Block Party (all ages-kids welcome)
The Jane's shows sold out in minutes, but we'll be there covering Hideout Saturday and Jane's Addiction Sunday. We also have a feature on Perry Farrell coming soon. He's reinvented himself yet again and is laying down some sweet new music, with a new CD set for release October 18th. We'll be exploring his house music experiments with his wife and collaborator, under the PerryEtty title. And we'll have a photo filled feature of Perry with his 2 young sons, at Kidzapalooza with Sagezilla and Du-Jay.
ChiIL Mama's shots of Shams Band LIVE at Do Division
There are an unbelievable number of great Saturday night shows to chose from. Shams Band are playing Martyrs (21+). Check out ChiIL Mama's live show video of Shams Band covering Maggie's Farm at Whistler. http://www.chiilmama.com/2011/03/video-shams-band-live-at-whistler.html
Sat, Sep 24 - 9pm - $10
Pinto and The Bean have a CD release house party with free food-beer-giveaways (21+).
ChiIL Mama's also sponsoring two all ages shows for the littles this weekend--Poochamungas FREE at Building Blocks Toy Stores 15th Anniversary Party and Dreamtree Shakers at Beat Kitchen. We'll be posting new live show footage from both bands that ChiIL Mama shot at Beat Kitchen and Schubas. Come on out and get your own free ChiIL Mama button--hot off the Busy Beaver presses!
On the theatre front, we'll be reviewing great adult shows at Collaboraction and Broadway in Chicago. Be A Good Little Widow (free pizza tonight and money back guarantee, this weekend only) & Love, Loss and What I Wore. (an amusing and moving girls' night out or date night).
In kids'/family theatre news, Li'l Buds has a Fall Family Funraiser goin' on.
This Saturday, September 24th 10am - 3pm!
Join Li'l Buds for family fun at their annual fall event! There will be acting games, a scavenger hunt, face painting, dancing, food and did we mention FUN!!!
$15 adults, $10 children
Help Li'l Buds grow! They do amazing work encouraging creativity, teaching, and mentoring Chicago school kids, so show 'em some love.
Here's a message from the troupe:
We have the opportunity to receive a grant from the Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust. This year, the Trust has set up the Sun Shine Project for the greater Chicago community to Shine A Light on worthy charities and select organizations and projects that deserve a grant.
Please act now by voting for our project! Click on the link below, sign up/login for the project (wait for an email confirmation to set up a password) and then search for Li'l Buds Theatre (we are in the Arts and Culture Section, or you can just enter our name in the search box) and vote by clicking on the 'thumbs up" sign! You can also leave testimonials of support in the comments box - and please do as they consider the comments when awarding the grant!
VOTING ENDS OCTOBER 9th!
With input from the community, the Trust will fund $500,000 in grants toward non-profit projects that benefit youth in the Chicago region - and we could be one of them!
So take a deep breath of fall's earthy scent........enjoy the balance, and get out and play!