Fresh Start to Your Week: 1/15 – 1/17

Oh boy, the snowy weather has come back and blanketed our city in a few inches of its fluffy substance. Don't let the little flurries stop you from going out and enjoying all these great events! A little trudge through the snow is definitely worth it. I especially recommend you go and see the  70mm presentation of Phantom Thread at the Music Box Theatre some time this week. The film is a gorgeous character study that had me enthralled. It's a film that feels made for the Music Box's grand atmosphere and shouldn't be missed. Check out Steve Prokopy's review and go! Now, let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, JANUARY 15th 100% Off Bands: The Knees / Grapetooth / Datenight / mtvh1n1 @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 8:00PM, 21+ WHAT: The series that gives you the free shows you yearn for SO WHAT: Are you craving local bands that will having you jamming out at the start of your week? Then you've come to the right place! This week 100% Off Bands welcomes The Knees and their laid back rock, the funky jams of GrapetoothDatenight and their garage rock goodness, and trippy sounds of mtvh1n1. NOW WHAT: It's 100% off! (It's free) Salonathon: To Keep Moving Forward @ Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 8:30PM, 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 taken from a quote by Martin Luther King, evoking his radical honesty and strength of spirit to bring clarity in a time of ending (this will be Bindu Porooi's last solo night!). Feel the love with this lineup of fantastic Chicago artists performing some underground, emerging, and genre-defying art and stick around for a fun community with jams provided by DJ All The Way Kay. 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, JANUARY 16th 826CHI Books & Brew @ Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary,2607 W 17th St., 5:30PM - 8:30PM, WHAT: Books, brews, and all for a great cause! SO WHAT: 826CHI is bringing some books and Lagunitas Brewing Co is bringing their brews. Now all they need is you to stop by and enjoy the books and brews party! Let 826CHI pair your favorite Lagunitas beers with their favorite books written by the 826CHI students. While you enjoy the stories and drinks, you an add some tasty treats from XOCO, Simone's, The Chicago Diner, and Antique Taco. NOW WHAT: Head out and support 826CHI and meet the associate board. The event is free, though a donation of $10 is suggested. TNK Kick-Off Party + Cards Against Humanity Pop Up @ Tied House Loft, 3157 N Southport Ave., 7:00PM - 10:00PM, 21+ WHAT: TNK kicks off their festival with a big party in collaboration with Cards Against Humanity at the new Tied House Loft SO WHAT: When you mix anything with Cards Against Humanity you know it's going to be a good time. This pop-up party will feature games curated by CAH to distract you from the day-to-day monotony of life. Also, prizes, limited edition TNK prints for the first 100 attendees, Busy Beaver Button Co., and complimentary food will help too! Check out their event page for more details on everything going at this kick off/pop up! NOW WHAT: It's free! Attendees can also catch a free show with Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta at Schubas. Sun Storm: Bill MacKay & Tim Kinsella Residency @ Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00PM, 21+ WHAT: A January residency of local geniuses SO WHAT: Two local musical mainstays, Bill MacKay and Tim Kinsella, are teaming as Sun Storm: a month-long residency at the Hideout! Every Tuesday the pair will come together for two sets featuring some special guests to help fill out the band. This evening will include Ben LaMar Gay & Sam Wagster! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this great musical adventure. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17th Soup & Bread @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 5:30PM - 8:00PM, All Ages WHAT: It's the 10th year of Soup & Bread! SO WHAT: Soup & Bread is a low-key, family-friendly community meal held on winter Wednesdays at the Hideout. Through March, you can enjoy hot soup, fresh bread, and good conversation with your fellow soup and bread aficionados. Each meal features six or more soups from a range of cooks and delicious bread donated by Publican Quality Bread. There are sure to be some surprise treats along the way. NOW WHAT: Admission is pay-what-you-can donations, which go to a different Chicago food pantry or hunger relief organization every week. After Work: Sam Trump @ The Robey, 2022 W North Ave., 6:00PM - 8:00PM, 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 and wine specials as you are serenaded by some of the best acts in Chicago. So escape from the once again freezing temps and keep warm with the soulful sounds of Sam Trump! NOW WHAT: This is series is free and a great way to discover new artists. Tomorrow Never Knows Festival @ Various Venues WHAT: TNK unites Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Metro Chicago, Hideout Inn, and Smartbar for a fantastic festival SO WHAT: Taking place over the course of five days, TNK  curates the best of rising local indie artists as well as acclaimed national acts, including both musicians and comedians. Wednesday's shows include: NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 if available in the links above!
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Julian Ramirez