Fresh Start to Your Week: 5/14 – 5/16

This week's fresh start is nice and diverse! There's drinks (both cocktails and beer), art, concerts, storytelling, and comedy all waiting for you to join in. So don't let the beginning of the work week keep you down, make your evenings fun and enjoyable with this wonderful lineup of events. Now let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, MAY 14th Moneyone: Part Deux @ Moneygun, 660 W Lake St., 5:00pm, 21+ WHAT:  Last year, Moneygun turned Moneyone. Now, they’re doing it all over again a year later with the rosuing sequel, Moneyone: Part Deux. SO WHAT: No one really likes to get older, so Moneygun is celebrating their one year birthday again with Moneyone: Part Deux. They’ll have cocktail flights featuring some of their most beloved Mondaygun and Monthlygun special cocktails, obviously named Top Guns, plus a tater skin birthday cake, complimentary small bites from 7-9pm, and VIP perks for Moneygun Dirty30 Club members. NOW WHAT: Stop by and enjoy the tasty drinks. Storytelling Series with Art Design Chicago: Lauren Boegen, Jonathan Solomon & Lara Allison @ Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S Michigan Ave., 6:00pm - 7:00pm WHAT: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is collaborating with Art Design Chicago for a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, on a collection of co-hosted Storytellings SO WHAT:  This Storytellings will focus on “Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container,” a collection of works commissioned by the Chicago Design Museum, that has contemporary artists create works inspired by important thinkers to form a new series (with reverence to an influential series of mid-20th century advertisements created by Chicago-based Container Corporation).  In this conversation, Chicago Design Museum Executive Director Lauren Boegen talks with designer Jonathan Solomon and historian Lara Allison about the historic Great Ideas series and its impact today. NOW WHAT: You an RSVP here for this free event! Praise + Punk - Mucca Pazza vs. Chicago Sinfonietta @ Wentz Concert Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 7:30pm WHAT: A (musical) war to the (musical) death! SO WHAT: Chicago Sinfonietta is ending their 30th anniversary season with a concert mashup that puts gospel, classical, and a nonconformist marching band in one epic program that turns the love-themed concert on its head.They will team up with Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir during the first half and then have a rematch against Mucca Pazza to the tune of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite with Prokofiev’s original, rarely-performed, censored-by-Stalin happy ending!in the second half. It will also feature the premiere of a brand new orchestral arrangement of Mucca tune War of Amusements! NOW WHAT: Tickets start at range from $49-62 for this unique event! Yonatan Gat @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00pm, 21+ WHAT: A chance to have your mind melted by a guitar genius SO WHAT: Yonatan Gat and his band create performances that will stay with you for a lifetime. Setting up in the middle of the floor, Gat and crew face each other instead of the audience as they tear through some of the most intense instrumental punk-jazz your ears will ever hear. It’s mesmerizing and impressive every time I’ve seen them! NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $12 for this hypnotic night of music! TUESDAY, MAY 15th In Progress: Numero Group with Norman Whiteside @ Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave. 6:00pm - 8:00pm WHAT: An interesting conversation with a music legend SO WHAT: Join Rob Sevier, one of the minds behind Chicago’s favorite rare records label Numero Group, and R&B artist Norman Whiteside as they share the process of restoring and re-releasing Whiteside’s most influential record, Wee’s You Can Fly on My Aeroplane. Since its re-release, riffs from Aeroplane have found their way into the music of several contemporary artists including Kanye West’s “Bound 2” NOW WHAT: This talk is free! Marian Hill & Michl @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St, 7:00pm, 18+ WHAT: Chill atmospheric musicians gracing the Metro Stage SO WHAT: Marian Hill, the duo of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol, will be bringing their interesting soundscapes of electronic beats that reference jazzy sounds and smoky, ethereal vocals to Chicago. Joining them will be Michl and his vibey tracks. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $33 for this fantastic show. Every online ticket purchased for the 2018 tour includes a standard physical CD copy of the forthcoming Marian Hill album. Instructions on how to redeem your copy will be sent directly to purchaser’s email on release day. Additionally, Marian Hill has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the NRDC. Little Sarah's Big Night Out feat. Mood Killer @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, 8:30pm WHAT: A little bit of comedy, a little bit of dancing, and a ton of freaking out (seriously look at that poster and tell me that isn’t freaking you out). SO WHAT: Sarah Squirm returns to the Empty Bottle to host an evening of excellent comedy from the likes of Ashley Ray, Jack Bensinger, Megan Stalter Kate O’Connor, Gena Gephart, and Steve Schaberg. Special guest Mood Killer will be providing the quacked-out electronic tunes to soundtrack your night! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5! Annie Hart & Advance Base @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00pm, 21+ WHAT: An excellent night of music! SO WHAT: You may know Annie Hart better by her role as one third of Au Revoir Simone, the eclectic electronic trio of David Lynch’s dream (he’s a fan!). Hart’s solo work narrows in on a more minimalistic approach, focusing on darker and more solitary synths than her collaborative efforts while. The results are entrancing pop songs that you’ll be listening to non stop. Joining her will be Owen Ashworth’s musical endeavor Advance Base (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), Chicago’s purveyor of beautifully plainspoken tunes with a lo-fi sad bastard edge. NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $10 for must see show! WEDNESDAY, MAY 16th Goose Island 30th Anniversary - Rare Beer Night @ Goose Island, 1800 N Clybourn Ave., 5:30pm - 8:30pm, 21+ WHAT: Join Goose Island for a night of excellent and rare beers. SO WHAT: Goose Island will be celebrating their 30th anniversary by tapping a new beer every hour starting at 5:30 pm. They’ll also be giving away pairs of tickets to their 30th Anniversary Party on Thursday, May 17, with Action Bronson at Concord Music Hall. (Tickets will guarantee entry into the party until 9pm) To enter to win the passes, stop by the Clybourn Brewhouse and try the 30th Anniversary Ale; you’ll be given a raffle ticket with a number on it and if your raffle ticket is pulled you win a pair of tickets! NOW WHAT: It’s free! All Femme, All Body: Paint and Sip @ Bucktown Gallery, 2207 N. Western Ave., 6:30pm - 9:30pm, 21+ WHAT: Pussy Paint Night: A women only BYOB paint and sip party SO WHAT: This BYOB event hosted by emerging artist, Zaira Marie Torres, aims to remove the stigma from the female body in a friendly and welcoming environment. Their desired outcome of this event is to get women comfortable with their bodies, celebrate that which makes them who they are, and make some killer art while doing it. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $40 for this great 21+ event! A portion of the proceeds for this event not only supports working artists, but the very worthy charity Girls in the Game Selena Tribute @ Punch House, 1807 S Allport St., 9:00pm, 21+ WHAT: A special musical tribute for your springtime fun 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 waiting for you. NOW WHAT: It’s free, so dance your spring night away!
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Julian Ramirez