Fresh Start to Your Week: 2/12 – 2/14

Oh boy it's looking like a hectic start of the week! Hopefully you didn't have much trouble digging yourself out of the weekend's snowstorm because there is simply too much to do! Tons of fun events including Chicago Black Restaurant Week, the auto show, concerts, art, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and so much more! Let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13th Salonathon: On + On + On @ Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., Noon  21+ WHAT: The final show of this weekly series, which has been running since 2011, showcasing experimental work featuring an inclusive creative community throwing  a great party! SO WHAT: Salonathon is coming to an end at Beauty Bar and they are going out with a marathon of festivities! It's your last opportunity to feel the love of this fantastic underground, emerging, and genre-defying art  showcase! The opening ceremony starts at noon and activities will include a performance workshop, a memory-sharing/ forward-looking conversation with the curators, a dance party, and other special appearances and surprises. You can check out the lineup of artists at their event page! NOW WHAT: Spend your day celebrating this amazing series! Who Wants Love? Print Show @ Ace Hotel, 311 N Morgan St., 5:00PM - 10:00PM, All Ages WHAT: Love from a kid's point of view SO WHAT: Find the perfect gift for your Valentine this year at the 3rd Annual Who Wants Love? Pop Up Print Show. With the help of Tiny Bold Creative, eighteen Chicago designers & illustrators will be selling screen printed posters inspired by various student stories about love from 826CHI. NOW WHAT: Entry is free! All sales and donations go towards supporting 826CHI's free tutoring, creative writing, and educational services for Chicago students. All posters are $20 and there will be additional 826CHI goods available for purchase! Scott McCaughey - Photo by Julian Ramirez The Concert for The Emperor of the Bathroom: A Benefit for Scott McCaughey @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 7:00PM, 21+ WHAT: A benefit concert for the beloved Scott McCaughey SO WHAT: After suffering a stroke Last November, there have been an immeasurable outpour of support for the recovery of the amazing rocker Scott McCaughey (Founding member of Young Fresh Fellows and musical collaborator with R.E.M., The Minus 5, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Alejandro Escovedo, The Baseball Project, Tired Pony, and Filthy Friends). This show will add on to that support with friends who have played with Scott over the years celebrating his songbook! Some of those friends include Jon Langford, Nora O'Connor, Kelly Hogan, Dag Juhlin, Max Crawford, Susan Voelz, Jason Narducy, and Josh Kantor! Proceeds will go towards the medical fund set up by his wife, Mary Winzig, to help cover his medical expenses as he recovers. There will also be special auction items donated by the Chicago Cubs, Midwest Buy & Sell and others on display. NOW WHAT: As Scott sang, “Everyone with half a mind is gonna be there”, so you should be too! Tickets are $20 for this damn good benefit show! Free Monday: Sarah Squirm / Ruby McCollister / Fire-Toolz / VAIL @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 8:30PM, 21+ WHAT: A slightly different Free Monday SO WHAT: Instead of an all-music lineup, this Free Monday at the Bottle will feature some wonderfully insane comedy (and a little music because it is Empty Bottle after all). Sarah Squirm, Chicago's source of strange and unsettlingly delicious stand up comedy, will be performing with smattering of guests including NYC comedian Ruby McCollister, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer Fire-Toolz, and VAIL! NOW WHAT: Get ready to laugh and be comfortably disturbed by this free night of weird comedy! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th Carnival of Mardi Gras @ House of Blues, 329 N Dearborn St., 5:00PM, 21+ WHAT: A Mardi Gras blowout! SO WHAT: This year House of Blues is going all out for their Mardi Gras celebration! They'll have a Crawfish Boil for $29.95 (which includes hurricane or beer), a live brass band, ticket giveaways, live magic, palm readings, NOLA-style street performers, and so much more! NOW WHAT: Entry is free with RSVP! WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th The Flat Five @ Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., 7:00PM, All Ages WHAT: Only the best band in town setting the mood for your Valentine's Day fun SO WHAT: The Flat Five are 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 WHAT: Tickets are $20 for this perfect Valentine's Day concert! Selena Tribute @ Punch House, 1807 S Allport St., 9:00PM, 21+ WHAT: A special musical tribute to cap you Valentine's day SO WHAT: There are few musicians as iconic as Selena and this evening is a perfect way to celebrate her undeniable talents and irresistible songs! Dance the whole night to Selena hits/cumbia selections and table designs by DJ Alive Girl. There will also be special Selena themed cocktails by the Punch House staff waitng or you. NOW WHAT: It's free, so dance your Valentine's night away!
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Julian Ramirez