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Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 3/23 – 3/26

Don’t let this upcoming weekend pass you by! Take a look at some of the great events happening this weekend and do some thing fun! Let’s get on with your curated weekend!

THURSDAY, MARCH 23rd

Goose Island Fulton & Wood Release @ Manny’s Deli, 1141 S Jefferson St., 7:00PM -10:00PM

WHAT: New beer series from Chicago’s own Goose Island

SO WHAT: Come try Goose Island’s Lill Moxie, the latest release from the Fulton & Wood series, with Manny’s legendary corned beef sandwich and sides.

NOW WHAT: No tickets are needed for this event, so head over and try out this new beer!

FRIDAY – SUNDAY , MARCH 24th – 26th

Blade Runner: Final Cut @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., Various Times

WHAT: The 35th Anniversary of this great film!

SO WHAT: The Music Box Theatre will be presenting Blade Runner in Ridley Scott’s definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. This film is a visually spectacular and intensely action-packed that has been powerfully prophetic since its debut.

NOW WHAT: Check out the various show times here!

FRIDAY AND SUNDAY, MARCH 24th AND MARCH 26th

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Charlie Parker’s Yardbird @ Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph St., 7:30PM on Friday and 2:00PM on Sunday

WHAT: A Special two-night presentation of this unique jazz opera

SO WHAT: In partnership with the Harris Theater, Lyric Unlimited presents Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a 90-minute chamber opera that explores the extraordinary life of legendary jazz saxophonist and bebop artist Charlie Parker. The show is an electrifying fusion of opera and jazz, set in the renowned New York City jazz club Birdland and takes place in the days after Parker’s death. In the empty twilight between life and death, the tortured jazzman composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fueled his creative genius.

NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $35! Go see this limited engagement as it will only be performed twice!

FRIDAY, MARCH 24th

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Wizard Skull: Five Flavors @ Galerie F Underground, 2415 N Milwaukee Ave, 6:00PM – 10:00PM

WHAT: The first official exhibition in Galerie F’s underground space!

SO WHAT: This first exhibition in the new vintage-inspired space will feature artwork from Wizard Skull, an outrageous character-based artist hailing from Brooklyn. Influenced by the skateboard graphics, garbage pail kids and cartoons of the 80s, Wizard Skull’s exhibition Five Flavors is a series of new paintings on wood and paper that will explore pop culture characters in five different iconic styles of the Artist: Paintings without a single straight line; Stretching figures into hilarious proportions; Magnificent mashups of recognizable characters; Original works using both hands to draw mirror images; an Intertwining the shapes that exist within Bart Simpson.

NOW WHAT: Head to the new Galerie F underground space and experience the phenomenal weirdness of Wizard Skull!

Bourbon County Stout Night @ Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W Randolph St., 7:00PM

WHAT: A night of barreled aged goodness.

SO WHAT: It’s Kaiser Tiger’s Annual Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Night. This event is dedicated to the powerful flavor of Goose Island rare barrel aged release and will feature the following delicious and tasty beers on draft: 2014, 2015, and 2016 BCS; 2016 BCS Coffee; 2016 BCS Barley Wine; and to balance out the stouts there will be some sours in the form of Goose Island Juliet and Goose Island Halia. There will also be 2010 and 2012 Matilda and BCS Rare in bottles.

NOW WHAT: Make your way over to Kaiser Tiger and responsibly enjoy some rare beers.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25th

the kates @ The Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00PM

WHAT: Comedy to help you get through the week

SO WHAT: the kates, an all female comedy showcase, features a semi-monthly line-up of the city’s funniest, most talented comedians as well as emerging female comic performers. The show, produced by Kelsie Huff, encourages its comedians to express their hilarious viewpoints unapologetically and have done so with great results! This edition of the kates will feature Chicago comedian Lainie Lenertz hosting the showcase at The Book Cellar. You can see the full lineup over at the kates website

NOW WHAT: There is a $10 suggested donation for this PG-13 show, so stop by for some laughs!

More-Than-A-Letter-web-370x555Chicago Sinfonietta Celebrates LGBTQ Composers and Performers @ Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL, 8:00PM

WHAT: Beautiful music for your weekend

SO WHAT: In keeping with its practice of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music, the Chicago Sinfonietta will be celebrating composers and performers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning community in two Chicago-area concerts Saturday and Monday. You can check out Louis Harris’ full preview of the shows here!

NOW WHAT: Saturday’s Naperville performance will be at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, March 25, 8:00 pm, $48-$60, $10 for students.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26th

Neighborhoods of the World @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., Noon

WHAT: An opportunity to experience different cultures

SO WHAT: Navy Pier will be celebrating the diversity of Chicago’s communities with the seven week series Neighborhoods of the World. This annual cultural tribute is presented in collaboration with community arts organizations, consulates, and museums in attempt to bring the beauty of the world into everyone’s lives. Each week will feature a different culture as its theme, letting attendees enjoying lively folk music, traditional dance, cuisine, and crafts from the various ethnic Chicago communities. This weekend’s cultural theme will be a celebration of Greece!

NOW WHAT: This event is free and open to the public, so head to the Crystal Gardens and let a little part of the world into your life!

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