Fresh Start to Your Week: 5/8 – 5/10

It’s the beginning of most people’s work schedule, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a good night out. Take a look at the cool events happening during the first half of the week to ensure that you get a fresh start!


friends with benefits showcase lincoln hall bombatsFriends With Benefits: An LH/ST/AT Staff Showcase @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave, 8:00PM

WHAT: (Local) Friends with (Musical) Benefits
NOW WHAT: Join in on the musical fun as Lincoln Hall showcase some of the best bands their friends and staff have to offer. You’ll get to hear bombastic songs from The Bombats’  new record We Are The Bombats, some fine tuned indie rock essentials from Close Kept, dreamy shoegaze sounds from Not For You, and special guest DJ Doug Hall spinning some tunes
SO WHAT: Tickets for this 21+ show are only $5! All proceeds will go to Cure Violence.


The Moth StorySLAM: Karma @ The Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park Ave, 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 cosmic justice. Did a rude comment come back to bite you? Or have you unwittingly saved your own neck through an act of random kindness? Whether you’re fated for success or doomed for failure, what goes around comes around.
NOW WHAT: All tickets are $10, so don’t miss out on this night of karma focused storytelling

Sappho’s Salon @ Women and Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St, Doors open at 7:00PM

WHAT: A unique open mic night
SO WHAT: Sappho’s Salon is a monthly performance series hosted by Liz Baudler and Eileen Tull that features female-identifying, non-binary, and trans performers exploring gender, feminism, and sexuality in their work.  This edition will feature Goddess Warrior and Roberta Miles , as well as 5 minute open mic spots for anyone who wants to join in (open mic-ers will receive a coupon to Women and Children First Bookstore!)! This event is BYOB and there will be a nice spread of Mediterranean food
NOW WHAT: Admission is pay-what-you-can with all proceeds going to the performers and the bookstore’s Women’s Voices Fund.


stars align logoStars Align with Mako Sica and Essential Arm @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave, 9:00PM – 11:00PM

WHAT: Collaboration in music
SO WHAT: Stars Align brings together two local acts to  see what happens when their districts styles collide to create music. The event introduces new artist and lets some of your favorites shine in a new light. This edition of Stars Align features the primal and graceful trio Mako Sica and Essential Arm, the musical project of the incredibly inventive guitarist Mark Shippy.
NOW WHAT: This event is free, so don’t miss out on this one time collaboration.

Holy Wave / Mr. Elevator / L.A. Witch / Al Lover @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, 8:00PM

WHAT: Lose yourself in a psychedelic desert daze
SO WHAT: You know what a great way to get you through the week, some exceptionally chill and breezy psychedelic vibes. Step into Schubs and let yourself be immersed in the sound of Austin, Texas’s Holy Wave, the prog influenced Mr. Elevator, the reverb of L.A. WITCH, and get experimental with Al Lover.
NOW WHAT: Tickets for this evening of psych are $13 in advance or $15 at the door

Don’t Kid Yourself @ Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 7:30PM

WHAT: Themed comedy for May!
SO WHAT: Don’t Kid Yourself is a monthly comedy variety show where Chicago comedians explore and embrace the weirdness of childhood. Every month features a new theme that will let the audience relive their childhood memories. You can keep up with the ever changing themes over at the DKY Comedy Facebook Page. This time around the evening, hosted by Derek Moulds & Caitlin Checkeroski, theme is Mas (as in moms) and will feature performances by Terence Hartnett, Kristin Fenchak, Mom Genes, Jesse Laika Nicolaus, Arish Singh, and Kristen Toomey.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5 in advance for this fun night of comedy! 21+

Julian Ramirez
Julian Ramirez