Fresh Start To Your Week: 3/26 -3/28

It's the final week of March and it's looking like a good one! There are so many great events waiting to make the beginning of your week special, from tons of free concerts to plays, talks, and so much more! So don't hesitate to go out and enjoy this jam packed week! Let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, MARCH 26th Speak Truth to Power @ Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL, 7:00pm - 8:30pm WHAT: A one night only presentation of Voices from Beyond the Dark SO WHAT: In conjunction with the photographic exhibition based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and Lookingglass Theatre Company presents Ariel Dorfman’s play Voices from Beyond the Dark. This play is based on interviews Kennedy conducted with a wide range of world activists for her book. This powerful drama examines how evil can be overcome with determination and knowledge will be performed by some of Chicago’s finest actors under the direction of Lookingglass Ensemble Member Tracy Walsh. NOW WHAT: Tickets for this special presentation are $20 for non members, $10 for members Slide Show @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 7:00pm, 21+ WHAT: Great performers crafting their art with the most entertaining of the Microsoft Office suite: PowerPoint SO WHAT: Hosted and produced by Luke Taylor, Slide Show lets alt-comedians and performance artists take that boring old program and its colorful graphs to new hilarious heights. No longer solely under the purview of businessmen, PowerPoint has become a launching off point for some interesting work that look nothing like your high school presentations. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $7 for this great night of comedy! Free Monday: Flesh Panthers / The Woolly Bushmen / The Sueves / Max Pelt DJs @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, 8:30pm, 21+ WHAT: Tunes to crank up you Monday SO WHAT: It’s Monday at the Bottle so you know it’s going to be a great (and free) show! Unhinged cowboy rock band Flesh Panthers will be headlining this excellent Free Monday alongside Florida’s The Woolly Bushmen and Chicago’s explosive The Sueves! And don’t forget about th Max Pelt DJs spinning tracks all night long. NOW WHAT: It’s Free! 100% Off Bands + Sike Rock: Cafe Racer / McFabulous / Mia Joy @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, 9:00pm, 21+ WHAT: Toss in a little comedy into that rock show! SO WHAT: Sike Rock is a variety show that mixes comedy and music, hosted by Tim Makowski, Sarah Jane Quillin, Ashley Ray, & Zach Hebert. Each edition features original sketch comedy in between musical performances. This time around the music will be handled by Cafe Raacer, McFabulous, and Mia Joy! NOW WHAT: It’s free! Get over there and enjoy those drink specials! MONDAY & TUESDAY, MARCH 26th & 27th The Black Angels / Black Lips / Miss Alex White @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 7:30pm, 18+ WHAT: Two nights of two extremely fun rock bands at a fantastic venue SO WHAT: The Black Angels have been making some of the most enjoyable psychedelic rock for over a decade. Their latest album, Death Song, is their first in four years and it’s all the fuzz and meditative jams you could ever want. Joining them will be the boisterous Black Lips and Chicago’s own Miss Alex White will be DJing throughout the night. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $26 for these great shows! Tickets for Monday are here and tickets for Tuesday are here. TUESDAY, MARCH 27th The Girl Talk: The Revolution Will Be Accessible Edition @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 6:30pm, 21+ WHAT: The Girl Talk is a monthly show at The Hideout featuring powerful and influential Chicago women tackling an issue facing our city, state and country and a chance to learn from the women working to make things better. SO WHAT: This month, The Girl Talk will meet two women fighting for the rights of people with disabilities: Kat Perez, co-founder of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities – CNLD and Rachel Arfa, an attorney for Equip For Equality. They’ll talk about how these women are working for representation on a local and national level, and the fight to make all spaces more accommodating for all people. For more info, visit their event page NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5 for this valuable conversation ! Redacted Jam: a live reading of Space Jam @ Music Box Theatre Lounge, 3733 N Southport Ave., 8:00pm WHAT: Come on slam and welcome to the jam! SO WHAT: is  a series where funny people tear into a movie that they (and you) love with a hilarious staged reading. This time round the movie is the childhood favorite Space Jam! So get ready for this children’s classic about looney character abducting a certain Chicago legends in order to get his help in fighting off weird looking aliens get eviscerated. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 or pay what you can for this cool event. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th Kid Dakota / Dreamend / Bummerville @ Downstairs at Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave., 6:00pm, 17+ WHAT: A fantastic evening of Graveface Records related bands SO WHAT: Graveface Records may be stationed out in Savannah, Georgia, but the excellent label got its start in Chicago. They have been releasing some of the most interesting albums from amazing musicians for over a decade. This show puts three of those labelmates (all with new albums out this year) in the spotlight. Kid Dakota will be bringing his beautiful blend of country twang and post-rock atmosphere, Bummerville will add in some fuzzed out garage rock to the mix, and Ryan Graveface himself will be on hand with the ethereal tones of his resurrected musical project Dreamend! NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $8, so get out there and let these excellent artists soundtrack your night 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 have a drink and purchase yourself a one of a kind gift. Each of these artists will have their own booth featuring a variety of unique & handmade items. The featured artists include Vintage Royalty Jewelry, Born & Hated, Plant Shop Chicago, Amanda Lee Stilwell with Last Craft, Joe DeLuca, Dreaming of Johnny, Katie Holland, Alex Maistros , and Laughing Eye Weeping Eye NOW WHAT: Entry is free! Just stop by and support local talent!
CHIRP Night w/ Mermaid N.V. and YFee @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave, 8:30pm - 11:30pm, 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 Mermaid N.V. and YFee! NOW WHAT: There is no cover for this 21+ event, so just make your way to the Whistler and have a great time!
Ryley Walker March Residency @ Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00pm -11:00pm, 21+ WHAT: An all improv residency SO WHAT: Ryley Walker will be having a March residency at Cafe Mustache! Walker will perform two great sets each night with a variety of Chicago musicians jamming their night away. This evening Walker will be joined by Sam Wagster (pedal steel/guitar), Julian Kirchner (drums/percussion), and Nick Macri (bass). NOW WHAT: There will be a $5-$10 donation accepted at the door
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