Fresh Start to Your Week: 5/15 – 5/17

This is a pretty big week for my undying appreciation of Twin Peaks. It's been 25+ years since the show went off the air and it's distressingly surreal follow up film came to be, but now another season of the show will begin airing on Showtime! I am so excited to go back into a world of David Lynch's creation, especially since it has been so many years since we've seen something big from him. So to celebrate return of this highly influential show, this edition of Fresh Start To Your Week is fill with quite a few diverse and fun Twin Peaks related events. No worries if your not into the show, there are plenty of non-Lynchian events to meet everyone's needs (including the Chicago Critics Film Festival which is still going on). So get yourself ready for a great week of events with this fresh start! MONDAY, MAY 15th Curbside Writers Club Curbside Books and RecordsCurbside Writers Club @ Curbside Books and Records, 125 S Clark St., 5:00PM - 7:00PM WHAT: A nice place to sit and actually do some writing SO WHAT: The Curbside Writers Club offers local writers a lax environment conducive to getting some writing done. They will be reserving tables and playing soothing tunes in Revival Food Hall to help writers of all kinds sculpt their manuscript. Because reading good work is integral to creating good work, everything from Curbside Books & Records will be 20% off. The Revival Cafe Bar will also be offering a beer & a shot combo for $6, which can also help get your creative juices flowing. NOW WHAT: All writers and readers are welcome to attend and it's free! The Moth StorySLAM: First Impressions @ Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 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 the mark made upon meeting somebody for the first time. From books with misleading covers and second chance moments that reinvent relationships. Whether it's online dating adventures, long awaited introductions to long lost family, or life's absent characters, every story is welcome! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10. Advance tickets are sold out, but they usually have a few available at the door on a first come first serve basis! Ladylike cafe mustache Ladylike's One Year Anniversary @ Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee Ave., early show at 8:00PM and late show at 10:30PM WHAT: The one year anniversary of this storytelling series that aims to be a safe space for everyone, inclusive of all femme-identifying and non-binary individuals. SO WHAT: Ladylike, the storytelling show where women tell the most disgusting stories they've got, will be celebrating their first year by bringing back some of their favorite storytellers from the past year alongside some amazing performers you've never seen before. This special edition of the show will have Allison Dunne and Sarah Squirm hosting the evening with music before each shows provided by Unofficial: Laura Dern and storytellers will include Molly Kearney, Erin Grotheer, Glamhag, LiZ ZiNER, Melody Kamali, and Kristen Toomey NOW WHAT: This event is 21+ and there is a suggested donation of $5! TUESDAY, MAY 16th Twin Peaks Adult Lego Animation Night Volumes BookcafeTwin Peaks Adult Lego Animation Night @ Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 7:00PM -  9:00PM WHAT: A chance to do something cool with Legos! SO WHAT: You may have thought that Legos were just for kids, but you were wrong my friend.  David Pickett, Lego animator extraoridinaire and author of The LEGO Animation Book, will be on hand to teach adults a thing or two about Lego animation. He will help you bring to life your Twin Peaks fan fics and let you share them with the world while while having a drink or two. NOW WHAT: Entry is $5 per person + one high five. Mild High Club / Paul Cherry / Lucille Furs @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave, 9:00PM WHAT: All the psychedelic sounds you could want SO WHAT: Mild High Club, founded by Chicago native Alexander Brettin, is the perfect band if you want to get yourself lost in a psychedelic haze. Joining them to extend the psych vibes will be two great local acts: Paul Cherry with his infectious lo-fi sound and the beautiful jangle of Lucile Furs. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 for this 18+ night of laid back tunes that will have you grooving along for hours WEDNESDAY, MAY 17th Twin Peaks Night @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave, 6:00PM to closing WHAT: A chance to catch up on Twin Peaks SO WHAT: The Whistler will be curating an evening of surrealistic delights! You'll be able to taken in the oddities of Twin Peaks seasons 1 & 2 on the big screen while enjoying David Lynch-inspired cocktails, such as the Black Yukon Sucker Punch and Double R Diner. It's a fun primer for the upcoming third season of this  highly influential television program. Later in the evening, around 9:30pm,  The Chevrons (featuring Matt Christensen, Mike Weis, Brian Harding, and Eric Eleazer) will be performing two sets of Lynchian doused soundtracks, both of the real and imagined variety. NOW WHAT: This is a free night for some Twin Peaks goodness, so don't miss out Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me + Season 2 Finale + Sam Prekop @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 7:00PM - 10:00PM WHAT: A night where the owls aren't what they seem. SO WHAT:  As if Thalia Hall couldn't gt any cooler, they go and put on this fantastic event in preparation of the third season of Twin Peaks. They will be showing the insanely surreal Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me plus the final episode of Twin Peaks season 2, which still ranks as one of the the strangest things to air on broadcast TV. You'll be able to experience these warped gems through the beautiful hi-fidelity Thalia Hall soundsystem while enjoying a full bar selection and  movie style treats from their hot dog cart. Oh, and did I mention that Sam Prekop of The Sea and Cake will be taking on the roll of movie house organist, taking out the organ in favor of a wall of synths from the opera box. Basically, don't miss this screening! NOW WHAT: It's free, there is no reason to miss this mashup of Lynch and Prekop. Glitter Creeps Presents Panda Riot / Impulsive Hearts / WYYS @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 9:00PM WHAT: Another fantastic edition of Glitter Creeps SO WHAT: Glitter Creeps, the queer night showcase of rock/punk/new wave hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of Absolutely Not, is throwing another party at the Bottle! Each month brings new and exciting bands from Chicago and beyond to perform for a great night of music. Headlining this edition of Glitter Creeps is Panda Riot, the hypnotic collage of ghostly vocals over noisey shoegaze. Joining them will be the always amazing Impulsive Hearts, whose summer soaked tunes will be perfect for the incoming summer weather! Chicago new wave/pop rock quartet WYYS will be making their Empty Bottle debut. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5 for this 21+ night at the Bottle, which will double as a benefit for Mary Lou's Place, a homeless shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
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Julian Ramirez