Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 6/13 – 6/16

It’s looking like a great weekend for with some fantastic events! Movie lovers, concert goers, art fans and so many more will  find something wonderful to do in the upcoming days. So don’t let these fun times pass you by, head out there and explore this great city.

Let’s get on with your curated weekend!


Cinepocalypse 2019 @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, 7:00pm – 11:30pm
WHAT: The Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and the fans who love them
SO WHAT: If you have any interest in the wide world of genre film making, then this event is perfect for you. Cinepocalypse brings together an amazing slew of many guests, films, and events for the week long fest. Some highlights include a tribute Joel Schumacher with the director in attendance, Glenn Danzig premiering his directorial debut, GWAR (yes, that GWAR), the uncut R-rated verison of Tammy and the T-Rex and so much more that I can’t possibly list it all here. So why not check out their full rundown of the events and get ready for the most fun you’ll have at a film festival!
NOW WHAT: The four day GA pass is $125 and the full fest pass is $175!


Jordan, Jesse, Go! @ Sleeping Village, 3734 W Belmont Ave, 7:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn stop by Sleeping Village for a live taping of their popular and long-running podcast Jordan, Jesse GO!
SO WHAT:  “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” is an incredible mix of strange, weird, vulgar and always entertaining. Jordan and Jesse sit down with a guest or two to talk about pretty much anything that comes. Plus for this great outing, the pair will bring in momentous moments form the audience members’ lives into the mix and possibly start a battle a wits with fans and a guest!  Whatever happens, it’s guaranteed to be a great time. Joining them will be special guest Courtney Enlow!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20! Seating for this event is first come, first served.

Sidewalk Chalk & DJ Tess @ Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, 8:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Excellent music at a cool arcade bar!
SO WHAT: Sidewalk Chalk  is Chicago’s purveyor of incredibly diverse sounds, taking cues from jazz, hiphop, soul and more, blending them together for an increidbl sound.  Their fourth full-length album, An Orchid Is Born (which we reviewed in 2017), on Ropeadope Records was produced by Grammy Award-winner Robert “Sput” Searight and is the band at their best. Sidewalk Chalk fire on all cylinders and live their show is an amazing experience that every one should see! Joining them will be DJ Tess setting the vibe throughout the night!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this great show!

Nerdlesque @ Headquarters Beercade, 213 W Institute Pl, 8:30pm – 10:30pm, 21+
WHAT: Indulge both your nerdy and your naughty sides with Nerd-Lesque at HQ with talent from Bim Bam Boom!
SO WHAT: From Harley Quinn and Catwoman to Poison Ivy and a number of other femme fatales of the nerd-world, this show offers an opportunity to see them like never before. The Lower Level of Hadquarters welcomes these characters and more every 2nd Thursday of the month to see them perfom in this tantalizing burlesque show!
NOW WHAT: Going the fun at Headquarters!

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 14th & 15th

Bric-A-Brac Records 6 Year Anniversary @ Bric-A-Brac Records, 3156 W Diversey Ave, Various times, All Ages
WHAT: Bric-A-Brac Records celebrating their 6th birthday with a day of awesome music!
SO WHAT: They did it again. Bric-A-Brac made to another year and will be taking advantage of their anniversary by throwing a three day shindig! This party expansion means more bands and more fun! Check out the lineups below!

NOW WHAT: Just head out and enjoy this fun trio of events!


Transmissions — Someoddpilot x DJs in Exile @ Public Works Gallery, 1539 N Damen Ave, 8:00pm,
WHAT: A mind altering cosmic experience that you need to experience
SO WHAT: This interactive galley exhibit was birthed from the minds of a talented group of entertainers emerging from Danny’s Tavern. Using plastic records, magnetism, electricity, and the vast history of recorded music, Danny’s DJs in Exile will join forces with Someoddpilot and Public Works to show throuigh a dance party for the ages. Light sculptures by the artist GIIIVENS will capture your attention as the music grooves along and the drinks flow. The event will also feature exclusive merchandise inspired by Someoddpilot’s studio monograph Space Becomes You.
NOW WHAT: It’s free, make you way to this otherworldly exhibit and find yourself having a great time!

Fiesta De La Paleta! @ Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Radio Rejekts continues its hot new series with the second installment of ”Fiesta de la Paleta”.
SO WHAT: Host DJ SSAB will bring along 3 of the hottest DJs from Chicago to provide the best of Reggaeton, Bachata, Salsa and more all night long. That’s not all though, because they’ll have the absolute best way to cool down after some dancing on a warm summer night: PALETAS. Dance the night away with this fun theme!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this fun event! Every ticket will come along with a paleta flavor of your choice.


Vans House Parties: The Breeders @ House of Vans, 113 N Elizabeth St, 7:00pm, 18+
WHAT: A series of spectacular shows at a cool skate park/music venue (and they’re free!)
SO WHAT: House of Vans has been killing it since it opened a couple of years ago. Show after show of top tier artists delivering top tier shows. this year it gets better as the House Parties series returns with its best lineup yet! This night will be curated by legendary band The Breeders! Additional bands include Divino Nino & Palehound! Check out the rest of this year’s House Party lineups below!

NOW WHAT: The show is free! Full event details and RSVP are available here!

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit & Father John Misty with Jade Bird @ Huntington Bank Pavilion, 1300 S Linn White Dr, 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Two amazing acts on one stage!
SO WHAT: There are few lineups that are as surprising as they are excellent and this is one of them Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and Father John Misty will be combining their forces for one huge show at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Isbell is easily one of the country scene’s most interesting songwriters, crafting genuinely moving songs that define what country should be. Co-headliner Father John Misty is just as interesting, creating a sardonic musical persona that comments modern maladies with precision and grace. Supporting Isbell’s Live From the Ryman and Father John Misty’s God’s Favorite Customer, the pair of musical giants are sure to give Chicago an unforgettable show! Joining them will be the wonderful voice of Jade Bird!
NOW WHAT: Tickets for this show start at $35! Don’t miss out on this phenomenal paring!


Hyde Park Flea @ 53rd & Harper Court, 53rd & Harper Court, 11:00am – 5:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Head out and find some treasures!
SO WHAT: The Hyde Park Flea will feature a  great curation of vintage, furniture, fashion, antiques, jewelry, art, bath & body, wellness and good eats for you to experience! Plus there will live entertainment throughout! It’s the perfect family friendly atmosphere to share with friends and this great community.
NOW WHAT: It’s free!

Bloomsday in Chicago @ Galway Arms,2442 N. Clark Street, second floor, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, 21+
WHAT: In the relaxed setting of an authentic Irish pub, Bloomsday in Chicago, sponsored by Puddin’head Press and hosted by playwright Jeff Helgeson, presents a series of readings from James Joyce’s Ulysses by poets, authors, actors, and the occasional Ph.D. in literature. Readings will be followed by an Irish music session downstairs at 8pm.
SO WHAT: Bloomsday is the day on which Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place in 1904, the date of Joyce’s first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; it’s named after Joyce’s protagonist Leopold Bloom. Regular commemorations of Bloomsday began on its 100th anniversary in 2004. Other participants will include Rory Barton, Gary Brichetto, Barbara Button as Molly Bloom, singer Nora Byrd, Dan Cleary, Samuel Du Bois, Mary Emmerick, Lynn Fitzgerald, Dave Gecic, Mick Greco, Elizabeth Harper, Rory Jobst, Wayne Allen Jones, Robert Lawrence, McKenna Liesman, Count Leonard de Montbrun, Jerry Pendergast, Hugh Schwartzberg and Steve Seddon. Ulysses was banned in the United States and many other countries, including Ireland, when it was first published in 1922 by a French publisher. It was finally permitted to be published in the U.S. in 1933 after a U.S. District Corut declared it was not obscene, affirming the right to literary free expression. In 1998, Ulysses was selected by The Modern Library as the best novel of the 20th century.
NOW WHAT: Suggested donation of $7 at the door (in honor of Leopold and Molly Bloom’s home at Number 7 Eccles Street, Dublin) is $7.

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