Fresh Start to Your Week: 5/21 – 5/23

Looking to fill your afterwork hours with something fun? Well, we have some ideas for the start of your week. Movies, talks, readings, concerts and a night market are all waiting for you to join in and enjoy! So don't let the beginning of the week be all work and no play; get out there and have fun! Let's give your week a fresh start! ALL WEEK LONG, MAY 21st & BEYOND 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70MM - 50th Anniversary @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, Various Times WHAT: An “unrestored” screening of one of Kubrick’s masterpieces. SO WHAT: Honestly, this is one of my favorite films ever made and it needs to be seen in 70mm. Don’t just take my word for it, go read Steve Prokopy’s rundown of why you should see this original version the monumental film. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for kids. Showings are at 1:20pm, 4:40pm, and 8:00pm. MONDAY, MAY 21st Ladylike cafe mustache Ladylike @ Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00pm, 21+ WHAT: Another edition of this storytelling series that aims to be a safe space for everyone, inclusive of all femme identifying and non-binary individuals. SO WHAT: Ladylike, the storytelling show where women tell the most disgusting and revealing stories they’ve got, will be taking over Cafe Mustache for two hours of fun! Hosted by Sarah Squirm, this edition will feature Brittany Tilander, Lily Schulder, Abby Vatterott, Malic White, Kellye Howard, and Kate O’Connor! Plus music from Unofficial: Laura Dern! NOW WHAT: This event is 21+ and there is a suggested donation of $5! 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 and David Brown, 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. This evening presenters include Noah Prestwich (ClickHole), Brittany Meyer (Strip Joker, Tuxedo Cat), Alan Ford Giles (iO Chicago, Thunderdome), Rima Parikh (Luxury Hour), Toler Oswald Wolfe (Comedy Club on State), and Lily Reed (iO Chicago)! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $7 for this great night of comedy! TUESDAY, MAY 22nd The Girl Talk: #TimesUp 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 with two Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The talk will focus on Ai-jen’s work as a champion for domestic workers, MacArthur Foundation Genius, the #TimesUp movement, and why domestic workers might just be the ones to destroy the patriarchy once and for all. For more info, visit their event page NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5 for this valuable conversation ! Sun Ra Birthday Celebration @ Rootwork Gallery, 645 W 18th St., 7:00pm - 9:30pm WHAT: An evening celebrating the life and sounds of Sun Ra SO WHAT: Sun Ra was a master at his craft, creating a long legacy of cosmic music mixed with spirituality that gave jazz a new and interesting Facet. Celebrate the man and his work with some amazing performances including a solo set from Davu Seru, David Boykin as Dr. Belsidus presents a Sun Ra beat set on MPC and SP drum machines/samplers, duet set from the two previously mentioned musicians, and operatic singer Lisa E. Harris. NOW WHAT: It’s free! Dirty Projectors @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 7:30pm, 17+ WHAT: Devastatingly good music SO WHAT: Last year, Dave Longstreth returned to his Dirty Projectors project with a self titled album that dealt personal issues in a way her had not approached in the past. The core of the album deals with the breakup between Longstreth and his romantic partner and frequent collaborator Amber Coffman. The songs are equally devastating as they are excellent in their delivery, making for an incredibly sad yet satisfying listen. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 for general admission an $25 for seated balcony! WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd The Sea and Cake & James Elkington @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 7:00pm & 10:00pm, 21+ WHAT: A legendary Chicago band celebrating a quarter century of their music SO WHAT: With 25 years under their belts and 10 albums, The Sea and Cake deserve their revered spot on Chicago’s musical history. Any Day, their 11th album, is the band’s first written and recorded as the three-piece of Sam Prekop, John McEntire, and Archer Prewitt, following the departure of founding member and bassist Eric Claridge. Singles “These Falling Arms” and “Any Day” already show that the band is adding another excellent album to their impressive discography. The will be joined by the extraordinary guitarist James Elkington! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:00pm for the early show and at 10:00pm for the late show. Between The Covers: A Bookstore Erotica Reading @ Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, 7:00pm WHAT: You read that right. Volumes Bookcafe is having a reading for their first publication – Between the Covers: A Bookstore Erotica Anthology. SO WHAT:Stop by and listen to some steamy tales read by almost everyone who took part in this amazing anthology. Readers include Rebecca Makkai, Renee Rosen, Megan Stielstra, Kathleen Rooney, C. Russell Price, Gint Aras, Mckenzie Chin, Susanna Calkins, Maryse Meijer, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tara Betts, Adam Morgan, Sara Cutaia, Thea Goodman, Vince Francone, Lauren Emily and more! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 in advance or in-store for this fundraising event! A Babely Bazaar 1 Year Anniversary @ 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 Sideshow Gallery, Tarot Reader Demon Cleaner, Genesis Maciel Rios, Disappearing Media, Wild Prairie Vinyl & Vintage, Crystal Wells, Jane Bawinkel, and Knot So Nice! NOW WHAT: Entry is free! Just stop by and support local talent! CHIRP Night w/ Imelda Marcos and Comfort Food @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:30pm, 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 musicians Imelda Marcos and Comfort Food! NOW WHAT: There is no cover for this 21+ event, so just make your way to the Whistler and have a great time!
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Julian Ramirez