Friday, May 26, 2017


The latest Hot Stove Cool Music benefit takes place next Friday, June 2 at Metro with Twin Peaks as the headline act. The Boston-meets-Chicago mashup of baseball and rock personalities benefits The Foundation To Be Named Later, which aims to help youth-oriented nonprofit organizations. The event will also feature Peter Gammons And The Boston Hot Stove All Stars; Theo Epstein; Len Kasper and The Chicago Hot Stove All Stars; Daxx Nielsen; Scott Lucas; Jason Narducy; Kelly Hogan; Nora O’Connor, Gerald Dowd; and Freda Love Smith. WXRT morning DJ Lin Brehmer and former Cubs ace Ryan Dempster are your hosts.

The 18th Annual Animation Show Of Shows, a feature-length collection of 17 shorts is being shown at 8:00 p.m. tonight and 5:15 tomorrow at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

So you’re going to The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on June 10 to see Denny Laine, or maybe you’ve got tickets for that amazing power pop triple bill of Shoes, Pezband, and Dwight Twilley on August 11. But you’re still not sure how to get there. Try a practice drive this weekend and check out the St. Charles Fine Art Show, which runs Saturday and Sunday. Last year’s fair, which ran on the same day The Zombies were performing at The Arcada, featured lots of interesting work, including some rock and roll inspired pieces. Artist Chris Drench creates eye-catching portraits of Prince, The Beatles, and other musicians by arranging the lyrics of their songs.

Tickets are now on sale for Peter Asher and Albert Lee at SPACE in Evanston on July 22; Coathangers at Beat Kitchen on July 27; Alejandro Escobedo and Joe Ely at City Winery Chicago on August 24; and Joan Osborne at City Winery Chicago on September 5 and 6.

Tickets are also now available for the 36th Anniversary American Music Festival running June 30–July 3 at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. Performers include Marcia Ball, Dave Alvin, Southern Culture On The Skids, Shemekia Copeland, Los Straitjackets with Marshall Crenshaw, Waco Brothers, and Tributosaurus Becomes The Monkees.

The Nowhere Else Festival, a celebration of art music, film, and farming, featuring Over The Rhine, Band of Sweethearts, Birds Of Chicago, Carrie Rodriguez, and other acts, takes place tomorrow and Sunday in Ohio, about 45 miles east of Cincinnati,

Next Thursday, July 1, is being billed as Pepper Day at the AMG Village Crossing 18 movie theatre in Skokie. There will be a Dolby Atmos audio presentation created by Giles Martin (son of renowned producer George) of a new mix of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Admission is free but those interested in attending must RSVP in advance. A ticket does not guarantee entry.

On the following night, The Beatle Brothers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper by performing the iconic album in its entirety.

It sounds like something Julie Andrews would sing to the Von Trapp family, but NoBeRSO stands for North Berwyn Rhythm & Soul Organization, a band featuring Casey McDonough, Scott Ligon, and John Perrin. They’re performing next Thursday, June 1 at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue. Phil Angotti will also be on hand, doing songs from the The Bee Gees Gold compilation, and Rachel Drew will cover Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black album.

Cover Palooza!, an evening of Chicago area bands that usually perform originals but will switch to cover versions for one magical evening takes next Saturday, June 3 at the Gallery Cabaret. Van Go, 92, Red Wigglers, Deadly Bungalows, John Moulten, and Right Tidy’s are the acts involved.

Long-time blues rock (and occasional classical) performer Corky Siegel will be the keynote speaker for Jews and the Blues, a three-day event held by the Congress of Secular Jewish Organization at the University of Chicago at Chicago on the weekend of June 9–11.

Musician/journalist/comic creator Dan Pavelich is offering his Just Say Uncle - The Complete 2013 GoComics Dailies book around the world via his Etsy store.

This month’s issue of NewCity has the Chicago free publication’s annual Lit 50 list of the movers and shakers in the local publishing scene. Spoiler alert: I’m not in it. The issue usually comes out around the same time as the Printers Row Lit Fest, which will be held on June 10 and 11.

There are only a few days left to check out the Omaze fundraising site for a chance to have breakfast in London with seven of the actors who have portrayed the lead character in the legendary Doctor Who British sci-fi series. Donations start at $10 and can be done via Paypal or credit card. The campaign is part of the annual Red Nose Day to help save children from poverty around the world, and involves Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Davison, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, and Colin Baker. Donations must be received by May 31; the winner will be announced around June 9.

Omaze has also partnered with Ringo Starr and The David Lynch Foundation for a charity event involving his birthday on July 7. The Beatles’ drummer and other VIP guests will be gathering in Los Angeles for brunch, and fans have an opportunity to join in the fun. Donations start at $10 and can be done via Paypal or credit card.


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