Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 3/8 – 3/11

It's the weekend, so that means another curated list of fantastic events is waiting for you! Don't let these wonderful shows, markets, and art pass you by! Let's get on with your curated weekend! THURSDAY, MARCH 8th Quarter Mile Thunder / Angela James / Half Gringa @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00pm, 21+ WHAT: An evening of evocative folk singers SO WHAT: Ben Clarke’s musical project Quarter Mile Thunder is something to marvel at. Clarke takes beautiful pastoral sounds of Americans and infuses them with his pensive but astounding voice. Joining him in this evening of amazing singer songwriters will be ethereal soundscapes of Angela James and Half Gringa‘s unwavering voice. NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $8 for this great show FRIDAY, MARCH 9th Emily Blue / The Slaps / Walker / Shi la Rosa / Jordanna @ HVAC Pub, 3530 N Clark St., 8:00pm, 21+ WHAT: A big party full of amazing musicians SO WHAT: This fantastic night featuring some local musicians going all out! You’ll get the chance to check out some of the catchiest songs from the likes of Emily Blue, The Slaps, Walker, Shi la Rosa and Jordanna. NOW WHAT: It’s Free! Ought / Snail Mail / Ganser @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 9:00pm, 18+ WHAT: A show you ought to go see (I’m not proud of the pun, but I made it anyway) SO WHAT: Ought‘s post-punk songs have been a welcome sound since their debut More Than Any Other Day. Now they're on their third album, Room Inside the World (their first for Merge), and they keep discovering new ways to make irresistible tunes. Joining them will be the insanely talented trio of Snail Mail (seriously we love them) and the dark intensity of Ganser’s own post punk. NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $15, so go and dive into the excellent soundscapes SATURDAY, MARCH 10th Gender 101 Class @ TimeLine Theatre, 615 W Wellington St., 11:00am - 1:00pm WHAT: TimeLine’s current production, Boy, raises questions about gender identity. See Karin McKie’s review of the play. SO WHAT: TimeLine will offer a one-time class on what it means to be intersex, transgender or cisgender. How can we be respectful of everyone? What questions should we ask, or not ask? During rehearsals for Boy, TimeLine held Gender 101 training sessions for all staff, board and artists, to help everyone operate as an understanding, diverse team. The same class is now being offered to audience members and the general public. The class will be led by Josephine Kearns (she/her), a TimeLine associate artist and dramaturg. She was gender identity adviser for Boy, in consultation with the gender and sex development program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. NOW WHAT: The course fee is $25 (there may also be reservation system fees). For more info, email, visit or call the box office at 773-281-8463 x6. Handmade Market Chicago @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., Noon - 4:00pm WHAT: Shopping, eating, and drinking all in one place SO WHAT: Grab some food next door at Bite Cafe, maybe a drink from the Empty Bottle Bar, and start shopping the Handmade Market Chicago! They will be bringing over 30 makers of beautiful and unique items to the Empty Bottle! Join in and see what all the sellers will have to offer. You can check out some of the sellers that will be featured over on their Facebook events page. NOW WHAT: This event as always is free! Goose Island 312 Week: Chicago Street Art Tour @ East Room, 2354 N Milwaukee Ave., 2:00pm, 21+ WHAT: A nice tour of local street art SO WHAT: Art comes in a variety of forms and some of the best works in Chicago are the most public. Do312,  Goose Island and Galerie F are coming together to give you a chance to see street art and murals in the city on an awesome bus tour. The tour will start and end at East Room where live mural painting will be happening outside and Goose Island beer will be served. NOW WHAT: RSVP for a spot on the bus and hosted Goose Island beer. Bus spots are very limited so early arrival is highly suggested. The bus will depart from East Room between 2:30pm and 3 pm. Even if you don’t get on board, you can still come upstairs to East Room for a hosted Goose Island beer! The Annual SXSW Send Off Party @ The Hideout, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave., 2:00pm, 21+ WHAT: When SXSW beckons bands to its musical platform, The Hideout will make sure the bands get a worthy send off party! SO WHAT: In the huge sea of musical talent that will be descending on Austin, TX for this years SXSW, it good to know that Chicago will be well represented with some of the best bands. Melo Makes Music, Varsity, Waco Brothers, Ariel Zetina, Bunny, James Swanberg, and Pixel Grip will be taking the stage at this all day showcase! Check out our full preview! NOW WHAT: Entry is $10 at the door, so get there early and stay late for these wonderful bands! Proceeds from this show will be going to their respective treks down to the lone star state. Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire @ St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., 7:00pm WHAT: Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will perform its spring concert, “Bernstein & Broadway.” SO WHAT: The first half of the concert will feature the “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein, performed by organ, harp and percussion. The second half will feature songs from Bernstein’s famous musicals including West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town. NOW WHAT: Tickets in advance are $35 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission. At the door: $25 general admission, $15 seniors 65+, $10 students with ID and children 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.   SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 10 & 11th Women's Comics Month 2018 @ Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N Western Ave., 11:00am, All Ages WHAT: A month-long celebration of women in comics! SO WHAT:  Women’s Comics Month Returns to Challengers as they celebrate Women and Non-Binary creators for the entire month of March. Every Saturday and Sunday will feature three creators stopping by and sharing their work! Check out their event page for a full lineup of creators! NOW WHAT: It’s free, head over, pick up some comics, and meet excellent writers and artists!  
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Julian Ramirez