Thursday, January 5, 2012

Play Locally: Lawrence Arms at Metro, Ice Cream Vendors at Beat Kitchen, Art Openings, Bike Films, Brownies, Wolves and More

Our friend, neighbor, and talented artist, Kathleen Roman has a gallery opening with reception from 6-9pm Friday.

If you like your art, a bit edgier, with music and's our link again to the Chicago Zine Fest Bene W/ WFFLF
January 6th

  • Creaturely Features- (Something you may want to see)
  • XLions of TsavoX- Features some Zinesters? Hardcore (sorta)

The Spaceship
1804 S. Racine


It's Cookie Kick Off Time again!   Why eat a brownie when you can buy cookies instead.   

There's an app for that:   The tech savvy tots and teens in brown and green have an iphone app for Girl Scout Cookies.   Check it out here.  Or, even better, go lo-tech and hit up your favorite girl sprout for everyone's favorite once a year treat.   When they're gone, you have to wait till next January to order more!

Check out our photo filled coverage from last year's big kick off right here 1 and here 2 and stay tunes for 2012's version after Saturday.

The big kick off happens at All State Arena again, culminating in a Chicago Wolves Game--one of our other all time favorite winter things to do.   We love hockey and watch The Chicago Wolves and our beloved Chicago Blackhawks as often as possible.

Here's the scoop:

More than four thousand Girl Scouts will gather prior to the Wolves game to participate in fun, hands-on activities designed to help girls build their leadership skills, a key component of the overall Girl Scout Program.

When:  Saturday, January 7, 2012
2 – 4:45 p.m.  Cookie Kickoff; Family Fun Festival
Following the educational portion of the kickoff, the Girl Scouts will enjoy a Family Fun Fest featuring face painting, games and pictures with Skates the Wolf, as well as a pep rally just prior to the game.
5 – 5:45 p.m.        Pep rally and entertainment

7 p.m.                    Chicago Wolves vs. the Lake Erie Monsters
Where:                  Allstate Arena, Rosemont

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.4 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana impacts the lives of nearly 86,000 girls and 23,000 adult members in 245 communities in six Illinois counties (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Lake, and Will) and four Indiana counties (Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter). 

For more information, visit
If you don't know any Brownies or Girl Scouts, visit to find cookies available in your area. 

Saturday--Bikes on Film...or is it films on bikes?

If you can't pass yourself off as a Girl Scout, check out a fun, little one day, FREE Bike Winter Film Fest at Facets Multimedia-1517 W. Fullerton at Ashland.  
The annual Bike Winter Film Festival, founded by Bob Matter, will take over the small theater at Facets this Sunday.  A series of documentaries and shorts related to the bicycle will begin at one and go on to eleven.  No charge.
And once again-here's the prior scoop on WFFLF's Occupy Chicago Bene at Empty Bottle (*all ages welcome w/ accompanying adult) 11am-4:30pm.
Saturday Night- Lawrence Arms at Metro

Here's ChiIL Mama's prior coverage of local Chicago boys, The Lawrence Arms with the Fat Wreck Chords label, when they opened for The Dead Milkmen.   They got the fans well warmed up and good to go.   I've gotta admit, the bodies were dropping into the photo pit at The Congress Theater at good pace and I've never seen so many punk rock girls crowd surfing.   Fun times!
The Lawrence Arms
Metro- Chicago, IL

3730 N. Clark
January 7, 2012 7:00 PM 

All Ages.
Doors open at 6:00 PM.
Also appearing: The Holy Mess and Lords.

$20.00 advanced

Fun for the waaay underagers at Beat Kitchen.   We've been talking this one up for weeks, giving away tixs and putting up save the date notices for upcoming shows.   Remember we give away a family 4 pack of tickets every week to every show, and announce our winners on Free Ticket Tuesdays.  Winners will be contacted by e-mail (so check your spam filters) and the winners' names will also appear in the original Rafflecopter entry form, so check back early and often.

Ice Cream Vendors, Jan. 8 (click here for videos and our prior coverage)

Beat Kitchen Concerts for Kids says:  If you've never seen ICV, think Devo for kids and grown ups.  Pack up the family van and come to Beat Kitchen. Our weekly Concerts for Kids series kicks off 2012 with the Ice Cream Vendors. Hailing from Westmont, IL, ICV is a little bit weird, a little bit new wave, a little bit rock, a little bit rap, a little bit funk and a whole lot of fun. 

As always, shows start at noon. Doors open at 11am and the kitchen is open. Beat Kitchen's signature brunch with everything from pancakes to pizza is sure to please even the pickiest palate.

Up next:  Little Miss Ann Band, Jan 15

CD Release Party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Little Miss Ann's 3rd album, Walk with Me, is hot off the press arriving just in time for our Sunday, January 15th show. We were able to catch up with busy kindie rocker, Little Miss Ann, and ask a few questions about the new album.

What are you excited about on the album?  
     Most of the songs are originals, and I've got a couple really talented guest back-up vocalists, Brooklyn-based, Suzi Shelton and Seattle-based, Charlie Hope. I've also got some great guest instrumentalists that play fiddle, flute, and more.

Which are your current favorite songs on Walk with Me? 
     Waltzing Matilda and Walk with Me. (The interviewer here loves the last track, Honey Bear Ham.)


How long was the album in the making? 
     I started it in February of 2011.


Carefully crafted and fun to hop, jump and jiggle to, come hear new tunes from Walk with Me as well as some old favorites. 

Beat Kitchen. January 15th. Noon.

Check out our hot and happening Concerts for Kids! lineup

Save the Dates...
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont

shows at noon on every Sunday, 
Just $6

Jan 8: Ice Cream Vendors

Jan 15: Little Miss Ann Band, CD Release Party!!!
Jan 22: The Boogers

Jan 29: Winter Fest, 11am-3pm, $8: 
Featuring Mary Macaroni, Sarah Parker, The Storybook Mom and Istvan & His Imaginary Band with activities included: facepainting, crafts, ChiIL Mama's rock star photo booth and instrument petting zoo. 

Feb 5: Okee Dokee Brothers

Feb. 12: Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies
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