Friday, April 29, 2016


This Sunday at 7:00 PM CST, The Bad Examples will launch a PledgeMusic campaign to release their 1991 debut CD Bad Is Beautiful on vinyl with a live broadcast via lead vocalist-guitarist Ralph Covert’s Facebook page.

As mentioned earlier this week, the annual Chicago Zine Fest runs from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM tomorrow at Plumbers Hall, just west of downtown. The event will feature over 250 exhibitors displaying magazines, self-published books, and comics.

Since May in Chicago will include two Graham Nash shows at City Winery, and The Zombies at The Arcada in St. Charles, I’m designating it as British Invasion Month. I’ll be looking for other events that fit this theme in the coming weeks, and if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to send them to me.

Aimee Mann will be at The Old Town School Of Folk Music on May 10; and Gary Numan has shows at Metro on May 16 and 17.

Tickets went on sale today for Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins at Chicago Theatre on September 8; Tegan and Sara at The Riviera on October 21; KT Tunstall at Beat Kitchen on July 7; and Mudcrutch (the recently revived early Tom Petty outfit) at The Riviera on May 28.

Looks like I’m not the only one who’d like a Mary Arrchie t-shirt to honor the theatre’s 30 years of staging in-your-face productions. According to the Booster fundraising site, Mary-Arrchie has secured enough orders to print a run of shirts with its classic white logo on black t-shirt. The campaign runs for another 26 days, and all funds will go directly to Mary-Arrchie. Meanwhile, Stephen Walker’s work in Mary-Archie’s production of American Buffalo earned a nomination for a Jeff Award for Best Actor In A Principal Role - Play.

Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s will present its final Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins festival on the weekend of August 19 - 21 at The Den Theatre on Milwaukee Avenue.

The second annual Lake FX Summit And Expo takes place on May 13 and 14 at the Chicago Cultural Center, Gene Siskel Film Center, and Hard Rock Hotel. The event will feature panel discussions, workshops, pop-up performances, and film screenings geared toward the performing arts.

Thrift Store Halo, a Chicago-based trio whose 1998 CD World Gone Mad featured power pop gems like “Put Me Down” and “Fly Me Away,” is back in business again. The band has played a few shows in recent years, including opening for The Zombies. Hopefully, Thrift Store Halo will have some live shows and new music in the near future.

Back in November 2014 when The Bangles released their download-only Ladies And Gentlemen . . . The Bangles, fans wanted a CD version of the rarities collection. According to the band’s website, and a nicely written piece by Mike Duquette on The Second Disc website, those requests have been honored. Ladies And Gentlemen has a June 24 release date and is now available for preorder on the Omnivore Records site.

The Mighty Con Toys, Comics, and Gaming Convention will be held June 25 and 26 at the Dupage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. The event will feature over 100 vendors, artists and guests. Admission is $8 for a day pass, and $12 for a weekend pass; kids under 12 get in free.

Today’s issue of Redeye included the Chicago free paper’s annual outdoor fest guide, with listings for music fest, art fairs, biking events, and all kinds of other outdoor fun things coming up in the next six months. It’s well worth saving if you can still pick up a copy of Redeye.

Pearl Mackie, a critically acclaimed veteran of the UK theatre scene, has been named as Peter Capaldi’s new companion for the next series of Doctor Who. She'll replace Jenna Coleman, who portrayed Clara Oswald in the long-running sci-fi series.


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