Fresh Start to Your Week: 4/17 – 4/19

We've been curating your weekends for quite a while, how about we give the beginning of your week some love? These Fresh Start To Your Week posts will highlight some events to get you going on the right foot so that every day of your week is filled with amazing Chicago events! And remember, you can always check out the rest of our calendar to find more great events, too! So don't let the beginning of your week be boring, go out and so something fun! MONDAY, APRIL 17th Clink for a Cause @ Lagunitas Brewing Co., 2607 W 17th St, 5:30PM WHAT: Raise some money for charity with Lagunitas SO WHAT: This is Reach Out Community Center's 2nd annual fundraiser event at Lagunitas! Your ticket included 1 drink ticket  fro a great Laguntias beer, 1 raffle ticket, some delicious pizza and other tasty treats. There will be plenty of arcade games, pinball machines, an enormous Jenga set, and a chance to bring your own board game to enjoy with other attendees. You'll also have a chance to win a raffle on cool prizes including wonderful gift baskets sponsored by local Southside Chicago businesses. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for this charity event! All net proceeds from this event will benefit Reach Out Community Center, NFP after school and Summer programs for the South Lawndale community. The Moth StorySLAM: Duped @ Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 7:00PM WHAT: Storytellers telling stories SO WHAT: The Moth presets an open-mic storytelling competition. It is open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Come tell a story, or just enjoy the show! This time performers prepare a five-minute story about deception, swindles, tricks or fools. Trojan horses, prank calls, fine-print stipulations or flat out fabrications. White lies and con jobs. This is a perfect theme for this month of April Fools! NOW WHAT: Advance tickets are sold out, but there are usually a handful at the door so get there early TUESDAY, APRIL 18th 5th Annual American Whiskey Affair @ Untitled Supper Club, 111 W Kinzie St., 6:00PM - 10:00PM WHAT: A continuation of your love affair with Whiskey SO WHAT: What better way to treat your self to some whiskey with this little affair? Over 75 American whiskeys will be available for sampling, along with representatives from the top U.S. distilleries, who will discuss history, production, flavor profiles and answer all of your burning, whiskey-related questions. There will also be bourbon friendly bar bites to satiate your hunger NOW WHAT: General admission tickets are $50, remember to dress accordingly and drink responsibly Free Verse!: A Free Poetry Month Celebration @ Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., 1276 N Milwaukee Ave, 7:00PM WHAT: A Poetry Month celebration SO WHAT: Free Verse! will featuring short readings by local Chicago talents, Kenyatta Rogers, David Welch, Rachel Galvin, Zhou Sivan, and Brenna Lemieux.  Refreshments, poetry prompts, and tunes will be provided! And to make your visit sweeter, all poetry titles in the store will be 30% off. NOW WHAT: There is a suggested donation of $5, all of which will go towards 826CHI, which provides Chicago students with free writing programs. Stephin Merritt @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave., 8:00PM WHAT: A conversation with Stephin Merritt at the MCA, co-presented with Pitchfork as part of In Sight Out, a conversation series exploring new perspectives in music, art, and culture. SO WHAT: Magnetic Fields founder Stephin Merritt discusses the band’s new album 50 Song Memoir, an autobiographical album that follows Merritt's life with 50 songs representing the first 50 years of his life, with Pitchfork senior staff writer Marc Hogan. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this interesting conversation event! The Octopus Project @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 9:00PM WHAT: Tunes for Tuesdays night SO WHAT: The Octopus Project, Austin's favorite experimental pop band, is back in the swing of things with their 6th studio album, Memory Mirror, and they'll be making a stop in Chicago! Their sound is everything you'd want from a joyous surreal sound that balances rock loudness with pop riddled psych. Joining them will be the dreamy musical aesthetic of Chicago's WOONGI. NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $12 for this great show! WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19th Generationals / Psychic Twin @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 8:00PM WHAT: Dancaeble electronic pop for your midweek SO WHAT: Generationals combine a myriad of influences, from britpop to hip hop, to create electronic dance music that gets stuck in your head and makes you want to dance your worries away. Psychic Twin will be opening up the night with their equally infectious songs. NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $15 for this great lineup The New Pornographers / Waxahatchee @ Metro, 3730 North Clark St., 8:00PM WHAT: Two bands that you need to see live! SO WHAT: The New Pornographers are touring in support of their latest album Whiteout Conditions. While this is their first album without the wonderful oddities of Dan Bejar, it still brings forth the joyous sound the band is known for. Plus Neko Case will be on tour with them this time around! Opening up the night will be the perfect throwback to the 90s indie sounds of Katie Crutchfield's Waxahatchee. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $37 for this amazing show
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Julian Ramirez