Friday, April 15, 2016


Photo of Rich Cotovsky (far left) and the cast of American Buffalo taken from the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Facebook page.

Mary-Arrchie Theatre will be performing David Mamet’s American Buffalo five times over this weekend (one tonight and two each on Saturday and Sunday) before closing down forever. The critically acclaimed group’s Angel Island home base at Broadway and Sheridan Road is being demolished next week. It’s sad to see this cutting-edge institution leaving Chicago after 30 years. Congratulations to Artistic Director Rich Cotovsky and the numerous actors, directors, set designers, etc, on a great run.

CIMMfest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival) will be presenting films; concerts; film/concert combos; and special presentations at venues around the city, through Sunday. The website can give you the complete rundown, and there’s also a printed guide that can be found in various place around Chicago.

International Pop Overthrow has some first-rate bands lined up for the Red Line Tape this weekend. The guitar-driven Jeremy Band and power pop masters The Abbeys will be at the afternoon showcase tomorrow, and the clever and catchy pop band The Webstirs will perform at 10:00 PM during the evening showcase. Certain Stars are one of the bands performing in the Sunday afternoon showcase, and veteran Chicago musician/humorist Larry O. Dean goes on at 8:00 PM Sunday as part of the evening showcase. Normally, I like to give a brief description of each of the acts, but I just won’t have the time tonight or tomorrow. Fortunately, IPO website has links to pretty much all the acts scheduled, so with a little research, you’re sure to find one you’d like to check out.

Vinyl Spectacular runs from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM this Sunday at Wolff’s Flea Market at 1775 N. Rand Road in Palatine. A half-page ad in the April edition of the Illinois Entertainer promises 45s, LPs, CDs, DVDs, bargain items, rarities and 2016 Record Store Day releases.

Record Store Day takes place tomorrow and your best chance of snagging those rare slabs of vinyl on your wish list is to get to your chosen record store as early as possible. That means standing outside in line for at least an hour before it opens. If you come away empty handed, at least you can console yourself with the in-store performances that come as part of the Record Store Day Festivities. For example, Laurie's Planet Of Sound on Lincoln Avenue has Ungnomes at noon; Phil Angotti And Friends performing the entire Bee Gees 1st album at 1:00 PM; Tommi Zender & Friends performing songs of Aimee Mann and Michael Penn at 2:00 PM; Sweet Figurines covering David Bowie at 3:00 PM, The Handcuffs performing at 4:00 PM; and Canadian Rifle at 6:00 PM.

Divercity, a collection of solo performances by artists, writers, and actors with disabilities, will be presented by Tellin’ Tales Theatre tonight through Sunday at Prop Thtr on Elston in Chicago. Tickets can be ordered at the Tellin’ Tales website.

Graham Nash’s solo album This Path Tonight came out today, packaged with a DVD of live performances from his 2015 tour. Nash has two shows coming up on May 11 and 12 at City Winery - Chicago.


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