The month-long lead-up to the big October day is finally coming to an end! The next few days are going to be costume-filled fun as Halloween lies smack dab in the middle of this week’s fresh start! There are oh so many events going on that they could overflow this list, so I highly recommend you go over to our Halloween event rundown for even more suggestions on how to spend the year’s spookiest night!
So let’s get on with the frightening task starting your work week and give it a fresh start!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30th
The Flat Five Fall Freak Out Residency @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 7:00PM – 9:00PM. 21+
WHAT: The place you’ll want to be every Monday
SO WHAT: The Flat Five is the super group that Chicago needs. Made up of Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor and Alex Hall, the band’s debut album It’s a World of Love and Hope is made up entirely of songs by Chicago mainstay Chris Ligon. Their sound is everything you could want from these music masters: sweet and twisted pop songs that will get stuck in your head. Now you can see them mix things up like the good ole days at this multi-month residency where they will be trying a whole mess of beautiful things every Monday night. This evening is a release party for The Flat Five’s Halloween single “The Raven” (on colored vinyl!) and will feature special musical guest Chris Ligon. Another special guest Heather McAdams will be showing spooky 16mm films, so wear your costumes and get ready for some Halloween fun!
NOW WHAT: There is no better way to spend $15 on a Monday night. Head out and experience this masterful group.
Salonathon: SalHAUNTathon @ Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago Ave., 21+
WHAT: A weekly show of experimental work featuring an inclusive creative community throwing a great party!
SO WHAT: The theme of this week’s Salonathon is all about the supernatural occurrences that will surely pop up thanks to everyone coming together for this weekly soiree. So come out and join the search party! Feel the love with this line up of fantastic Chicago artists performing some underground, emerging, and genre-defying art and stick around for a fun community with jams provided by DJ Danny Leeroy! You can check out the lineup of artists at their event page!
NOW WHAT: You can RSVP here for the 8-9pm hosted bar!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31st
Nevermore: The Prose, Poetry and Letters of Edgar Allan Poe @ Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: Readings from the works of that spookmaster, Edgar Allan Poe.
SO WHAT: Presented by the Phantom Collective, the show is written by June Sawyers and directed by Si Osborne, who also performs as Poe. Sound effects by Spencer Meeks. See the Phantom Collective here.
NOW WHAT: No cover charge, no reservations, no costumes required. Get there early for a good seat.
Jackie Lynn/Erica Eso/The Hecks @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00PM. 21+
WHAT: Three magnificent bands performing their experimental sounds on Halloween!
SO WHAT: Jackie Lynn is the cowboy hat wearin’, bandana covering, amazing persona of Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux). Her songs reach out beyond the norm with lyrics that embody the wonderful oddness of the Jackie Lynn character. Mixing her low and primal voice with dark synths and drum machines, Fohr’s on the run persona is one you need to experience. She will be joined by the rocking rhythms of The Hecks synth sounds of Weston Minissali and his musical project Erica Eso!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this great Halloween evening!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st
Neo-Futurists Special Infinite Wrench for Then They Came for Me @ Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N Halsted St., 6:00PM
WHAT: One of the most highly regarded experimental theater companies in the country, Chicago’s Neo-Futurists will perform a special version of The Infinite Wrench, inspired by the themes of Then They Came For Me, an exhibit focused on the 1940s Japanese internment camps in the U.S., at Alphawood Gallery
SO WHAT:The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different—some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers.
NOW WHAT: This is event is free and is an ASL interpreted event.
After Work: Sharmon Jarmon @ The Robey, 2022 W North Ave., 6:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Music at chill lounge
SO WHAT: The Robey has a new series, After Work, where local artists will play intimate, stripped down sets in their second floor lounge. Don’t miss out on cocktail, beer & wine specials as you are serenaded by some of the best acts in Chicago. This week the series features a beautiful set by Sharmon Jarmon!
NOW WHAT: This is series is free and a great way to discover new artists.