Fresh Start To Your Week: 1/22 – 1/24

A little bit of rain never hurt, especially when it brings in an unseasonable warmth into our usually chilly Chicago. This week there are so many great events to enjoy from concerts, readings, artist showcases, and live drawing! Many of these shows are free; an added bonus to going out under these little raindrops. So let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, JANUARY 22nd Free Monday: Mykele Deville / Daymaker / Blackerface / Ze’ev @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 8:30PM, 21+ WHAT: The weekly tradition of amazing free Mondays at the Bottle SO WHAT: Keep the fun weekend vibes going with a stacked and elecletic lineup at the Bottle! Enjoy the likes of Ze'ev's experimental rock, Blackerface's energetic afropunk, the exuberance of Daymaker's far our rock, and the soulful hip hop of Mykele Deville. NOW WHAT: It's Monday, it's the Empty Bottle, it's free! Salonathon: Family @ Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 8:00PM, 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 family and its many forms. Parents, siblings, cousins, partners, and chosen brethren will be celebrated all night long! 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, JANUARY 23rd Hungry for Stories #11: Electric Arches ft. Eve L. Ewing @ Read/Write Library, 914 N. California, Walton Entrance, 7:00PM - 8:30PM, All Ages WHAT: Hungry for Stories, a book club which offer encourages discussion among participants to question the culture and expression we value as a city through a wide range of contemporary books and their creators' perspectives on Chicago SO WHAT:  Hungry for Stories is growing a community committed to reading outside of their comfort zones. For this edition at the Read/Write Library, Dr. Eve L. Ewing will be in attendance to discuss her award-winning first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches. NOW WHAT: Entry is $10 suggested for the public and all attendees are welcome to actively participate regardless of subscriber status. This discussion is free for current Hungry for Stories subscribers and their guests. If you'd like to join the subscription book club, you can do so on their website. Sun Storm: Bill MacKay & Tim Kinsella Residency @ Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00PM - 11:00PM, 21+ WHAT: A January residency of local geniuses SO WHAT: Two local musical mainstays, Bill MacKay and Tim Kinsella, are teaming together as for Sun Storm: a month long residency at the Hideout! Every Tuesday the pair will come together for two sets each night featuring a some special guests to help fill out the band. This evening will include Jenny Polus & John Daniel! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this great musical adventure. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24th RAW Chicago: Envision @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St., 7:00PM, 21+ WHAT: A look at what Chicago artists have to offer SO WHAT: RAW Chicago is a night of artistry and entertainment that celebrates the local artists of Chicago! There is so much to immerse yourself in with over 50 different local artists showing off their works in fields like fashion, accessory design, visual arts, performing art, hair and makeup design, and live music.  Check out the event roster at their website. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $22 pre-sale, $30 at the door A Celebration of Chicago Drink and Draw @ Red Lion Pub, 2446 N Lincoln Ave., 7:30PM -11:00PM, 21+ WHAT: A little bit of tasty drinks and amazing artists drawing! SO WHAT: Join C2E2 and Four Star Studios in celebrating the 15 year history of Chicago Drink and Draw. Chicago Drink and Draw was started in 2006 by Tim Seeley and Skottie Young for a way to bring all the Chicago creators together to celebrate a rich history of Chicago comics. They’ll be giving out exclusive C2E2 capes in a unique color for this fan event!as well as raffling off signed comics, C2E2 tickets, and other cool swag! NOW WHAT: This event is free and is first-come, first served. A Babely Bazaar @ Slippery Slope, 2357 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00PM - 11:00PM, 21+ WHAT: Slippery Slope is showcasing some very talented local artists! SO WHAT: Very talented local artists will have their fantastic creations on display for you to browse and buy! You can grab a bite to eat, have a drink and purchase yourself a one of a kind gift. Each of these artists will have her own booth featuring a variety of unique & handmade items. The featured artists include Crystal Gravy, Salad Days Pins, Jennifer Sue Kaplan, Powers Hand Crafted Jewelry, Clare Byrne, Vintage Royalty Jewelry, For The People Chicago Collective, and Adornamorphis Jewelry! NOW WHAT: Entry is free! Just stop by and support local talent! 100% Off Bands: Axons / Little Church / Flux Corsair @ 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 pristine electro pop of AxonsLittle Church's funky experimentation, and the chill vibes of Flux Corsair. NOW WHAT: It's 100% off! (It's free) CHIRP Night w/ Sex No Babies and beastii @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:30PM, 21+ WHAT: A monthly dose of CHIRP curated music at the Whistler SO WHAT: Every fourth Wednesday of the month, CHIRP takes over The Whistler for an evening of great music performed by CHIRP-curated local artists. You will be able to enjoy some wonderful music, the Whistler’s take on classic cocktails, and the good feeling of supporting independent radio at this monthly event. This edition of the event will feature two wonderful bands: Sex No Babies and beastii! NOW WHAT: There is no cover for this 21+ event, so just make your way to the Whistler and have a great time!  
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Julian Ramirez