Sunday is Gerard Way’s and Kristen Stewart’s birthday. He turns 40, she turns 27, both are forever relatable to 16-year-olds.
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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!
We interviewed Boss Hog.
What if George W. Bush got his dream job in 1992 as MLB Commissioner?
We interviewed Xiu Xiu.
Excellent slacker-country band Bonny Doon plays the Burlington with guests Moon Bros and Jeremy Freeze.
Seth Vanek, host of The Therapy Sessions at the Hungry Brain, has a special one-off anniversary show at Constellation called The Seth Show, Tonight! with special guests Ameya Pawar, Rebecca O’Neal, and musical guest Akenya.
Stacked show at the damn House of Blues, with Minus the Bear, Beach Slang, and Bayonne!
Red Bull brings u a show at Chop Shop’s 1st Ward space featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, Pell, and Mykele Deville.
The mighty web freaks at ClickHole‘s monthly live show returns to the Hideout for another wyld show.
Divino Nino, Siamese, Bunny, and The Predictions are at Reed’s Local tonight!
Catch a live taping of the new hit podcast from the Freakanomics folks, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know at Thalia Hall tonight.
Mike Mains, Motherfolk, and The Diving Bell play at Beat Kitchen this evening.
Lakeview pub Paddy Long’s hosts a Firestone Walker Beer and Bacon Pairing dinner, which looks great honestly.
Save Face, Short Handed, Surrenderson, and Safe Bet are all at Subterranean!
The Art Institute’s got a nice talk planned about the Chicago Public Library’s ongoing One Book, One Chicago program. Check it out!
Over at the Empty Bottle, Silent Age, Ganser, and TUTH play a show that was supposed to be headlined by Modern English tonight but they can’t make it so it’s this instead! Wheee!
Locally-made horror flick Chicago Rot has it’s premiere tonight at the Music Box!
Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, The North 41, and Church Booty are at Lincoln Hall.
The Logan Theatre is screening the 1978 version of Superman starring Marlon Brando and Christopher Reeve!
Pinwheel Records in Pilsen hosts a stacked comedy show called Funny Grabs Back that doubles as a benefit for GirlForward!
Very good glam rockers Sweet Spirit play the Empty Bottle with openers BOYTOY and Beastii.
Found footage screening/standup comedy show VHS is back at @North with a very solid lineup of comics ready to goof with you!
James Sanders’ Proyecto Libre plays a very cool looking ensemble show at Constellation.
Comic Brian Regan is beloved by audiences and his fellow comedians alike. Head to the Chicago Theatre to find out why!
Schubas has a nice show from Sallie Ford and Molly Burch planned for you.
Doomy throwback horror flick The Void plays at midnight at the Music Box! Go get creeped out!
Local experimental rock legends ONO headline the Downstairs space at Subterranean alongside guests Casper Skulls, and Mykele Deville.
Strange Americans and American Grizzly play a very patriotic show at the Hideout.
Hippo Campus and Magic City Hippies are at the Metro!
Lillstreet’s got a nice charity event called Empty Bowls 2017, where you can buy a nice handmade bowl, fill that plate with soup, eat the soup, and bring the bowl home!
Erra, Phinehas, Auras, and TanZen are at Beat Kitchen, so if you’re a fan of any of those bands, hit that up!
Dashtone, Ethan Butler, OBY, Solosam, and Rey Gordo are all doin their respective things at Subterranean tonight.
The Decibel Magazine Tour stops through the House of Blues tonight with sets from mononyms Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, and Horrendous.
Do some daytime stuff:
The Synth Meet is a self-described “synthesizer get together at The Hideout” where fellow synthesizer maniacs will hang, jam, and show off their rad gear!
The Empty Bottle’s Handmade Market says farewell until the fall with this, their last event of the season! Go get over there while you can!
The CHIRP Record Fair has expanded to the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall for its 15th year in business. Go dig for some hidden treasures!
The Chicago Art & Design Show comes to Navy Pier this weekend, a brand new art show with original art from across all media.
Your friends at the Chicago Reader put together a nice looking multi-brewery tour at On Tour Brewing Co., Uncommon Ground/GreenStarBrewery, Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing. Hell yeah!
The Chicago Teachers Union Center hosts the Illinois Resistance Resource Fair, a gathering of likeminded activist organizations looking to build out their membership, spread awareness, and develop solidarity across groups!
Then, night stuff:
Hugely excellent NYC rock duo 75 Dollar Bill coheadlines an awesome looking show at the Hideout with local drone collective Mind over Mirrors! Big old hell yeah to this show.
Garage psych mystics King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard play the Metro with Orb and Stonefield.
The very good podcast My Favorite Murder records a live episode at The Vic tonight!
Beauty Bar’s got a throwback Y2K dance party tonight, with all the hottest jams from the early 2000s ready for screaming along to.
Extremely popular standup Ali Wong plays two shows tonight at the Chicago Theater! Insane!
The Reva & David Logan Center For The Arts has the closing ceremonies for their three day gathering of artists and scholars, Centennial Brooks, with music from Nicole Mitchell and Jamila Woods! Really great stuff!
Chicago-based indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg’s latest film, Win It All, screens tonight at the Music Box, followed by a Q&A session with Swanberg and Jake Johnson, who co-wrote the film.
The Empty Bottle’s ongoing monthly experimental jazz series Mirrored returns with the trio of Hatcher/Namay/Harris setting your evening up with a vibe-y start!
Bombadil and The Predictions play Schubas this eve.
The Hideout Dance Party’s got sets from Ariel Zetina and In Case of Emergency.
Oh hell yeah the Midwest Rum Festival takes over the Logan Square Auditorium tonight! Sample some exotic fine rums baby!!!!!
Melodime, Cardinal Harbor, and Midwest are playing Subterranean.
The 2017 DMC Chicago DJ Battle for US Supremacy comes to Lincoln Hall, with DJ sets from the Hip Hop Project DJs, a showcase set from Shortkut, and much more!
The always great Windy City Soul Club is back at the Bottle for another late night dance party sesh!
Sarah Louise and Nathaniel Braddock come together to celebrate the release of Nathaniel’s new album Quadrille & Collapse at Constellation tonight.
The Chicago Pizza Summit returns to the 1st Ward at Chop Shop with a full slate of some of the city’s finest pizza chefs planning special surprise treats for you while you take in music from DJs and rapper Showyousuck, take photos in the pizza photo booth, and explore the pop-up U.S. Pizza Museum.
Axeman Delicate Steve headlines Lincoln Hall with support from Max and the Mild Ones!
Check out a screening of the Late Late Breakfast pilot at the Hideout, which was filmed last Summer and premieres today!
Six Organs of Admittance is the long-running project from guitar virtuoso Ben Chasny and you get a chance to hear tunes from his latest, very good, album at the Empty Bottle, with opening sets from Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon and Health & Beauty.
Today is the final edition of the well loved comedy debate show Arguments & Grievances, before it relocates to Los Angeles with its producers. Expect madness, irrational arguments, and insane hilarity!
The Chicago Theatre’s got The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the iconic concert film! Look for appearances from folks like Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, and many more!
Experimental electronic musician Floating Points plays a special live show at Metro with support from JFDR.
Head to the Logan around 11pm for a screening of the Giamatti classic American Splendor.
Acid Dad, Honduras, and Lucille Furs play Schubas!
Paul K. and the Killer Elite plays The Hideout this evening.
Dead Sun, Vagabonds, Elder Light, and Close Kept play Downstairs at Subterranean.
DJ Michael Vallera spins the 2nd installment of Bleak Brunch at the Empty Bottle, with the aim of delicately guiding you through last night’s debauchery.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Kelsey Waldon play Thalia Hall!
Grab the kids and head to the Harris Theatre for a show from Raffi, who is on tour celebrating 40 years playing music just 4 kidz.
The Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar is back at the Promontory for your afternoon boutique perusal.
Headquarters Beerade in River North has a Funky Brunch event planned for you with a DJ set from well loved dance music dudes Hot Chip!