Please note: I could go on for days, but I’ll keep it short.
The election cycle has run its course again and a large majority of individuals, myself included, are met with a president-elect who does not meet our standards. Underneath an extreme thin veil of sudden decorum there is a valley of prejudice in our president-elect. The outrage and protests that have occurred are understandable and a clear example of our distaste in the rest of the country’s results. But even as I say that, we can’t make it an “us versus them” issue. As Hillary Clinton and President Obama implored in their speeches after the results, we must unite in order to progress. No matter how vile we may think our leadership will be come inauguration day, we must work together to create the future we so desperately want and need.
Now, let’s get your Chicago curated weekend started.
THURSDAY – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th – 12th
Chicago Comedy Film Festival @ The New 400 Theater, 6746 N Sheridan Rd., and The Second City Harold Ramis Film School, 1616 N Wells St., Various times throughout the weekend
WHAT: Some laughs to forget about your troubles
SO WHAT: Founded in 2010, the Chicago Comedy Film Festival is committed to bringing independent comedy to the screen and supporting comedy filmmaking as a vital and influential art form. CCFF is managed by Collab Studios of Los Angeles and works with their team on events, partnerships, filmmaker opportunities and original content. The first night’s events include the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jane Lynch for her contribution to comedy and takes place at The Second City Harold Ramis Film School.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
Revolutionize CHIRP! @ Revolution Brewing Taproom, 3340 North Kedzie Avenue, 7:00PM – 11:00PM
WHAT: A shindig to make something great better
SO WHAT: The Independent Radio Project is hosting a fundraiser at Revolution Brewery. There will be an open bar, small bites and a performance by Gerard Dowd for this fantastic event focused on getting CHIRP closer their big goal of 107.1.
NOW WHAT: Tickets ar $50 for this next step in CHIRP’s bright future here. Use the code CHIRPEARLYBIRD to take $15 off your ticket price.
Kansas Bible Company @ Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00PM
WHAT: Live music at the local arcade bar
SO WHAT: The Kansas Bible Company is a big psychedelic rock band with tons of brass backing them up. Heavy guitar noise and blaring horns blend together beautifully alongside poppy melodies. They will be joined by retro psych band Major And The Monbacks and beach rockers Little Boy Jr.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $10 for this fun and trippy night.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome Edition @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., showings at 4:30PM, 6:45PM, 11:59PM
WHAT: Witness me… the way this post apocalyptic film was supposed to be seen.
SO WHAT: I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN! A year and a half after its initial release, George Miller’s modern action masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road is getting a chance to shine once again, this time around in all its stark glory. Mad Max: Fury Road was originally meant to be seen in black and white and the Music Box Theatre will be having special screenings of this intense version of this amazing film.
NOW WHAT: Oh, what a day… what a lovely day! Tickets are $11 for general admission and $9 for seniors.
Art and Soul @ Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 North Ravenswood Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: Music and Fashion for Charity
SO WHAT: Chicago’s Art & Science Salons are presenting the third annual Art & Soul event, combining music and fashion with for a socially conscious expeience. This celebration will benefit the National Alliance for Mental Illness Illinois Chapter with an evening of live art, a “Client for Life” raffle and music themed runway show. Musical guests will include DJ Intel, The Special 20s and the evening’s headliner Cults.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $85 for general admission and $165 for VIP access which includes early entry, a gift bag, and reserved seating for the show.
Manos: Hands of Fate @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., 7:30PM
WHAT: One of the worst movies ever made for your enjoyment.
SO WHAT: With the election behind us, what better way to forget the whole thing and give into Manos: The Hands of Fate! Come on out and see one of the worst movies ever made with your hosts: Laura Mazzuca Toops and Jackey Neyman Jones, author of Growing Up with Manos: The Hands of Fate: How I was the Child Star of the Worst Movie Ever Made and Lived to Tell the Story. There will be a panel discussion, book signing, and screening of this “classic” film. Come dressed as your favorite Manos character for added fun!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this so bad its good (but still really bad) movie experience.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th
FlipBooKit Workshop @ Rotofugi, 2780 N Lincoln Ave., 2:00PM – 4:00PM
WHAT: Make a cool photo/video contraption
SO WHAT: The inventors of the FlipBooKit, Wendy Marvel and Mark Arnon Rosen, will be at Rotofugi for a special workshop. Wendy and Mark will take a small group of people through the process of building your FlipBook Box from the provided FlipBooKit Craft kit, and then help you create your own hand-cranked FlipBook animation from a video. You’ll just need to record a 2-3 second video on your cell phone beforehand that will be printed and converted to an animated FlipBook. You can check out more instructions to prep for this cool experience here.
NOW WHAT: This workshop is limited to 18 participants, spots are $30 so sign up quick!
DRAW! DRAW! DRAW! @ Galerie F, 2381 N Milwaukee Ave., 6:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: A live art event in Logan Square
SO WHAT: Galerie F, your place for posters, prints and street art in Chicago, will be hosting a panel of pre-selected artists who will be creating works in the gallery that you can take home with you. Artist that will be participationg in this month’s event include are TBA. For those of you who may want to create some artwork to sell, there will be 7 first come first serve “drop-in” seats for artists who were not previously selected for the show. Artists keep 100% of their proceeds from this event and get to share their craft with the amazing patrons of Galerie F. The event will also be holding a raffle to win some awesome prizes, so just bring in some toiletries to donate such as shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes, hair brushes, razors, etc. 1 item = 1 raffle ticket. It’s set to be a great night of live at creation where you can socialize with like minded art enthusiasts.
NOW WHAT: The event is free, open to the public, and BYOB. So get yourself some art and party with the funnest art gallery in Chicago!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th
Chicago Book Expo @ Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash Ave., Noon – 5:00PM
WHAT: An opportunity to buy and read local
SO WHAT: The 5th annual Chicago Book Expo is a free celebration of Chicago’s literary community that features 20 programs and workshops with local authors, plus 75 exhibitors selling books from local presses and literary organizations. Highlights include an all-day professional development seminar called “So You Want to Be An Author”; “A Tribune to Roger Ebert, the Writer” at noon featuring featuring Chaz Ebert, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, Sun-Times colleagues Laura Emerick and Jim DeRogatis, and more; Jim DeRogatis moderating a panel about books on music in Chicago with James Krakow , Sally Timms, and Michael Dugan at 1PM; and plenty more! You can check out the full schedule here.
NOW WHAT: Check out their Facebook page and get yourself to this free event to expand your literary knowledge
Latino Music Festival: Avalon Quartet and Cuarteto Q-Arte @ The Art Institute of Chicago Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave., 2:00PM
WHAT: A chance to see Q-Arte, one of the most interesting and innovative chamber music ensembles in Colombia
SO WHAT: In this installment of the 11th Annual Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Avalon String Quartet and Cuarteto Q-Arte will join forces to play music by Chicago composer Gustavo Leone, Blas Atehortúa, and Osvaldo Golijov.
NOW WHAT: This concert is free with admission to The Art Institute of Chicago.