Free stuff to do this weekend in Chicago, March 1-4
Changes at Beauty Bar is completely free on Friday Night! Loves Records host this vinyl-centric night with guests from across the house and techno spectrum.
Haven't filed your taxes yet? Still waiting for that nice return? Well, until then we've compiled a list of FREE things to do this weekend!
Pocket Guide to Hell: The World Finder
Steele MacKaye never realized his dream of building the world’s largest theater—the Spectatorium—for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The Pocket Guide to Hell collective revisits MacKaye's tragic story through artifacts connected to the Spectatorium and The World Finder, a four-act play about Columbus that the theater was meant to stage.
10am-6pm, Gallery 400
Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection
Death drives this vast showcase of Harris's art and artifacts, which include works by Francisco de Goya, Otto Dix, James Ensor, Vik Muniz, Käthe Kollwitz and Jasper Johns as well as specimens, medical charts and other objects from around the world.
10am-7pm, Chicago Cultural Center
Alex O’Neal: Delta Donuts, Migraine Weather
O'Neal's paintings and drawings of his signature Southern "mean hippies" evolve to include doughnuts and migraine auras.
11am-5pm, Linda Warren Projects
The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art
The subtitle of sculptor Tim Marioni's 2003 memoir Beer, Art and Philosophy serves as the basis for this monthly salon. At tonight's kickoff, enjoy libations and gab with the artist himself. The salon is part of the Smart Museum exhibit "Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art,” which explores how artists use food and drink to spark creativity.
5:30pm-7:30pm, Smart Museum of Art
Poems and Artists: Visible Meaning
Panelists including Cuneiform Press publisher Kyle Schlesinger, Poetry senior editor Don Share and poet Lewis Warsh speak about collaborations between poets and artists in conjunction with "Poems and Pictures."
6pm, Center for Book and Paper Arts
Breast Show Ever
The Lesbian Community Care Project hosts this annual sassy, jiggly and tassel-twirling boob-themed burlesque show starring Cruel Valentine, Mae the Bellydancer, Millie May, Miss Vine, Queerella, Red Rum, Scarlett Deville, Wanda Makeout and more.
7pm, Mary’s Attic
Tonight's reading features contributors to Working Words, an anthology of writing about blue-collar life, featuring M.L. Liebler, Jim Daniels, Carlos Cumpian, Cynthia Gallaher, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Marc Kelly Smith, Laura Boss and Allison Adele Hedge Coke.
7pm, The Book Cellar
Claire Bidwell Smith
Chicago expat Bidwell Smith's parents were both diagnosed with cancer when she was only 14. Tonight, she reads from her new memoir, The Rules of Inheritance.
7:30pm, Women and Children First
Rarely outside of the constantly hip confines of New York City do we see a party as unorthodox as this one, but that's only part of the charm. Setting up shop in the wide-open space of a Wicker Park Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Disco offers vegetarian-friendly late-night eats paired with cheap drinks and an eclectic discoid soundtrack courtesy of resident Le Sprite, who mixes up new and old disco, house and techno alongside DJ friends.
10pm, MC Restaurant
Make Sound 2012
Chicago artists Ethan Rose and Jonny Farrow present sound installations. We love Rose's piece Movements, which incorporates 100 music boxes altered by the artist.
10am-5pm, Zhou B Art Center
Daniel Beltrá: Spill
Beltrá spent two months in 2010 taking aerial photographs of the BP oil spill.
5pm-7pm, Catherine Edelman Gallery
Matthew Hoffman: I Made This For You
Hoffman (the artist formerly known as Sighn) presents new text-based wooden sculptures. By appointment through Apr 20.
7pm-10pm, Public Works
Gypsyblood + Heavy Times
Lake Forest College student radio station WMXM hosts an evening of locally brewed indie rock, featuring drony, dreamy Sargent House signee Gypsyblood and drunk-rock HoZac fellows Heavy Times.
8pm, Lake Forest College, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel
Chicago has always maintained a strong connection to its roots in house music and the sounds that helped create it, be it disco, boogie or the techno-pop of acts like Kraftwerk. Celebrating the past and present of this music, Loves Records (a subsidiary of Chicago house label Fresh Meat) and its A&R head Samone Roberts host and spin this vinyl-centric night with guests from across the house and techno spectrum. For this inaugural throw-down, disco, techno and house freaker Specter and Fresh Meat regular Nathan Drew Larsen guest.
9pm, Beauty Bar
Welcome to bearadise. SoFo wakes up the neighborhood with a smoking-hot night of woof-worthy men.
9pm, SoFo Tap
Late at Elate
Seasoned Chicago DJ Lego calls the Elate lounge in Hotel Felix home every Friday, spinning a mix of chill-out and deep dance beats with live sax man Tommy Bradford.
If you ask a househead to rattle off names of Chicago DJs, this night's resident is inevitably on the list. Diz came up as part of the Windy City's second generation of house jocks—sharing bills with names like Derrick Carter and Mark Farina—and can still be found spinning around town weekly. Friday means he's in this basement bar downtown, dropping beats till 4am.
11pm, Underground Wonder Bar
Pulled, Pressed and Printed, Chicago
Thomas Lucas/Hummingbird Press, Anchor Graphics, Spudnik Press, Screwball Press, Lora Fosberg, Jay Ryan/The Bird Machine, Sonnenzimmer and other Chicago artists and studios share their work in printmaking.
9am-6pm, EXPO 72
Someone Else’s Dream
Nine artists including Richard Hull, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Peter Saul and the late Christina Ramberg blur reality and fiction in this exhibition curated by John McKinnon, program director of the Art Institute of Chicago's Society for Contemporary Art.
10am-5pm, Hyde Park Art Center
15th International Open
Local gallerist Linda Warren juried this annual exhibition of works by women artists from around the world. Opens Fri 2, 6–9pm.
Noon-9pm, Woman Made Gallery
Artist Talk: Daniel Beltrá
Beltrá speaks about the aerial photographs of the BP oil spill in his new show "SPILL."
Noon, Catherine Edelman Gallery
Silver Tongue reading series
Columbia College's literary series teams up with local Orange Alert Press for this AWP after-party. Reading will be Gabriel Blackwell, Ian Richard Jones, Meghan McCarron, Joe Meno, Kiki Petrosino, Dan Rosenberg, Zach Savich, Francesca Thompson and Matthew Vollmer.
6pm, Columbia College Chicago Stage Two
Mixing up a little modern day Bad Brains and an added world music sensibility, the Eternals are a refreshing reggae-fied change of pace from the in-yer-face indie scene. Band member and DJ, Wayne Montana, takes over this modern Asian-themed and always-packed-with-beautiful-people haunt on Milwaukee for early evening dubby jams to get your Saturday off on the right track.
Get Fresh: Dino Soccio
A member of dance-ready indie-disco trio Only Children, DJ Dino Soccio takes to the Whistler once a month to explore underground house, future bass and nudisco alongside the finer points in pop, hip-hop and dance. In a lesser man's hands, this could be a train wreck. Not so with Soccio.
10pm, The Whistler
With a track record stretching back to 1994, Dave Roberts Planet Earth night is a Chicago staple. His new wave selections have taken him from Club Foot to Exit to Neo. It's now found a permanent home here.
10pm, Late Bar
Accept no substitutes. This mega-inclusive party kicked off a renaissance in indie queer nightlife and is still thriving more than five years later. Always free, always fun.
Design on the Edge: Chicago Architects Reimagine Neighborhoods
Stanley Tigerman asked nine architects including Jeanne Gang, John Ronan and the late Doug Garofalo to propose El-oriented projects that would make Chicago a more livable city. Most ideas—such as Ronan’s plan to replace the Red Line with a maglev monorail topped by a path for cyclists and pedestrians—won’t be realized any time soon. But the show’s emphasis on public transit, sustainability and Chicago’s neighborhoods rather than the Loop couldn’t be more practical.
9:30am-5pm, Chicago Architecture Foundation
For the first exhibition in its new building, DPAM asked historians, collectors, curators and other members of the local art scene to nominate past and present notable Chicago artists. Their choices include local stars, more obscure figures such as George Healy and Macena Barton, and contemporary up-and-comers, many of whose works DPAM has acquired. The guest curators’ commentaries tend to have a defensive, “second city” tone; it’s more satisfying to see this exhibition expose pockets of artistic production and innovation across the city.
Noon-5pm, DePaul Art Museum
Is It What?
Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes highlight 16 artists who have created site-specific installations at What It Is, the project space the couple founded in their Oak Park home, during the past two-and-a-half years. Contributors include Man Bartlett, Sabina Ott and Sara Schnadt.
Noon-9pm, Hinge Gallery
Dance Films Kino: “Revolutions and Revelations”
Dance Films Kino brings 20 works of dance-cinema and 15 live events to the Hyde Park Art Center through Mar 25. Its first week's film program features two from Chicago artists Daniel Kullman, Erica Mott and Nadia Oussenko; and American, British, Canadian, French and Swiss shorts made between ’94 and ’09. Go to hydeparkart.org for the full festival schedule.
2pm-4pm, Hyde Park Art Center
Eleanor Henderson and Shannon Cain
Henderson's novel, Ten Thousand Saints, was named a best book of 2011 by the New York Times. Tonight, she'll read from the paperback version with Cain, who'll read from her book of stories, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors.
4:30pm, Women and Children First
The People’s Barnum
Part Donald Trump and part Billy Mays, legendary swindler Phineas Taylor Barnum was the sort of self-made capitalist you can’t help but admire. Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble’s upbeat 1980 musical follows the all-American narcissist’s rise to fame, as well as Barnum’s embattled relationship with his left-brain counterweight wife. The show’s a fitting selection for Quest Theatre Ensemble’s playful aesthetic (featuring beautiful and functional set and puppets by Nick Rupard) and a showcase for director Andrew Park’s multitalented young cast. At two hours, The People’s Barnum deflates around the time Barnum’s autobiographical interests lose steam. Still, these barkers are fun and ambitious enough to merit a peek.
8pm, Blue Theatre
Sundays at Crocodile
A cadre of stalwart hip-hop DJs, including Shon Dervis, Rude One and Shazam Bangles, finds another outlet for the true-school selections in Wicker Park.
Rising out of the South Side in the early ’90s, DJ Terry Hunter has been synonymous with Chicago house ever since. The past few years have seen a lot of action between him and Masters at Work’s Kenny Dope, but at this Sunday residency, it’s all Hunter.
10pm, The Shrine
Witty MC Hollywood Holt, DJ Matty Boy White and tattoo-artist-turned-party-guy Jason Hoodrich hold it down every Sunday with a potent mix of gangsta rap and hardcore rock. If you're after a relaxing weekend wind-down, this isn't it.
10pm, Three Aces