2016 is in its final days and we can leave it to the history books. It’s over. Whether this past year was atrocious or personally decent, let’s celebrate its end and look forward to the coming year.
So let’s get on with your last curated weekend for 2016!
THE WHOLE WEEKEND, DECEMBER 29th – JANUARY 1st
Three By Marty: A Martin Scorsese Series @ Music Box Theatre 3733 N Southport Ave., Various times
WHAT: Martin Scorsese movies for your viewing pleasure
SO WHAT: In anticipation of Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, opening at the Music Box on January 6th, the Music Box will be celebrating the career of the iconic director with three often overlooked gems from his extensive filmography, screening a film from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.This is a great opportunity to see Scorcese’s semi-biographical Mean Streets, his dark satire King of Comedy, and Bringing Out the Dead (the spiritual successor to Taxi Driver).
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $11 and $9 for seniors. Check out individual showtimes here.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29th
Hemmingbirds Farewell Show @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 8:00PM, 18+
WHAT: Chicago musicians coming together to bid adieu to the Hemmingbirds
SO WHAT: Hemmingbirds started out as collection of songs by Yoo Soo Kim, ten of which eventually became Hemmingbirds’ debut, “Death Wave.” Members Zach Benkowski and Tim Cap joined the band to bring those recordings to life and they continued to grow with a series of release but it’s time to say goodbye to this amazing local band. Joining them on their final show will be fellow Chicago bands Mutts, Archie Powell and the Exports, and Jesse W. Johnson.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This 18+ show is your last chance to see Hemmingbirds, so go now!
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30th – 31st
Diane Coffee and Friends @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 9:00PM
WHAT: Two nights of Diane Coffee
SO WHAT: Diane Coffee is the alter ego of Shaun Fleming. As Coffee, Fleming lets out all the strange but gentle psychedelia that reminds listeners of the best theatrical rock of years past. This is music you’ll want to strut to as you finish off 2016. Diane Coffee will be joined by the fuzzy guitar and doo-wop/post-punk sensibilities of Modern Vices on Friday night. On New Year’s Eve, Coffee will be joined by the glam influenced rockers The Voluptuouls and Yoko and the Oh-Nos with their retro rock and soul infused sound.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st
Three Floyds New Year’s Eve @ Big Star 1531 N Damen Ave., 6:00PM
WHAT: Beer for your New Year’s Eve
SO WHAT: Big Star will be welcoming the New Year with help from some friendly brewers from Munster, Indiana. Three Floyds Brewery will take over the taps at this sizable Wicker Park taco, whiskey, and honky tonk stop. Beer fans will be able to partake in drafts like Gumballhead, Blot Out The Sun, Yum Yum, Space Station Middle Finger and plenty more. Those who stick around all the way to midnight will be treated to whiskey shots.
NOW WHAT: This party is free and first come first served, so get there early and enjoy your New Year’s Eve.
SUNDAY JANUARY 1st
Recover from whatever celebrating you ended up doing the night before.