Fresh Start to Your Week: 5/7 – 5/9

We made it folks! No more freezing temps (and hopefully no more hail), just some rain, wind, and whatever awkward weather Chicago wants to throw at us! So go out there and enjoy the music, charity events, and plays happening in the city!

Let’s give your week a fresh start!

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Spring Intuit: ART BREWT A Benefit for Intuit @ Lagunitas, 2607 W 17th St., 5:30pm – 8:30pm
WHAT: A little fundraising for outsider art
SO WHAT: Inuit will be holding a special event at Lagunitas that is sure to be a fun night of fun, food, entertainment and beer. Enjoy brews from Lagunitas while you join in on the silent auction, take in some live jazz, and more! For more info check out their website!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $25 for general admission.  All proceeds benefit Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art’s programming and exhibitions.

Ripped: The Living Newspaper Festival @ Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave., 6:00pm – 10:00pm
WHAT: American Blues Theater presents its annual festival of 10 short plays ripped from today’s headlines. Since 2009, the company has produced 17 editions of Ripped, using more than 500 artists. The concept is based on the 1930s WPA-era program that brought Orson Welles, Arthur Miller and Clifford Odets into public attention as dramatists.
SO WHAT: Playwrights include Bret Angelos, Manny Buckley, Darren Canady, Ada Cheng, Brynne Fraenhoffer, Rohina Malik, Grace McLeod, Sarah Nowak/Josie Higgins/Nathan Ancheta, Wandachristine and students from Chicago Public Schools. Plus an original song by Michael Mahler. Benefit tickets include  pizza, desserts, beverages and performance. Proceeds will benefit free CPS arts education programs.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12. Buy them online or phone 773-654 -3103 to reserve yours. Recommended for age 12 and up. Doors open at 6pm; performance at 7pm.

100% Off Comedy Presents: Deluxe Editions @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 8:00pm, 21+
WHAT: It’s like 100% Bands, but with jokes.
SO WHAT: It’s been a long weekend, you need a laugh. Luckily, Deluxe Editions, hosted by AJ Marroquin, will be aking over Schubas with comedians Tyler Jackson, Emily O’Meara Szaflarski, Jamal Guichon, Malic White, and Christina Lundin.
NOW WHAT: It’s free!


Daytime Vibes Villapalooza Fundraiser @ Lagunitas, 2607 W 17th St, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
WHAT: Great times for a great cause
SO WHAT: This fundraiser is an evening full of good people, delicious beer, and great music as Villapalooza prepares for the eighth Annual Villapalooza: Little Village Music Festival!
NOW WHAT: Entry is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 100% of proceeds at Lagunitas will go toward improving Villapalooza and securing safe spaces for arts engagement in Little Village.

The Breeders @ The Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield Ave, 7:00pm, 18+
WHAT: Iconic rockers make their way to the Vic
SO WHAT: It’s been a decade since The Breeders have released an album, but they’re back and they haven’t lost a step. Their sound on All Nerve is just as intense an as brazen as ever, ready to put on one hell of a show!  Joining them will be local face-melters Melkbelly!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $35 for GA admission

Jessica Risker (Record Release) / Emily Ritz / Ty Maxon @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 8:30pm, 21+
WHAT: Utterly unique folk music
SO WHAT: Whether it’s with her electro-psych band Deadbeat or solo like on this record release I See You Among The Stars, Jessica Risker brings some of the most interesting and experimental sounds to the surface. Armed with an ethereal voice and stunning visual elements, this show is not to be missed. Joining her will be two equally experimental and otherworldly musicians: Emily Ritz and Ty Maxon.
Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door.


Nellie McKay & Gerald Dowd @ Evanston Space, 1245 Chicago Ave., 7:30pm, All ages
WHAT: Musical perfection SPACE
SO WHAT: When your first release is a double album of exemplary songs that deal with politics, identity, depression, and more, you know you have something special. Nellie McKay has com a long way since that first magnificent album and will be sharing some of her new songs from Sister Orchid at one of Chicago’s finest venues! She will be joined by Chicago’s hardest working drummer, Gerald Dowd!
NOW WHAT: Tickets start $15 ! Go to this amazing show!

The Struts / The Glorious Sons / Spirit Animal @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St, 8:30pm, 18+
WHAT: Pull no punches rock
SO WHAT: Sometimes you just need to rock out and this jam packed show is perfect! The Struts and excellent throwback to the heyday of pure rock and roll are coming through Chicago with a stop at the Metro along with The Glorious Sons and Spirit Animal.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $24!

Sad Songs @ The Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave., 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A little bit of bilingual sounds
SO WHAT: Sad Songs is a Spanish/English band that makes beautiful and chilling music that they have dub “haunted beach folk with Sorrowful harmonies”. A mix doo-wop, folk, and latin cortavenas filled the band’s evocative arrangements that wills tick with well beyond the end of their set.
NOW WHAT: It’s free!


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