Friday, May 25, 2018


Photo from the EXPO ’76 Facebook page.

EXPO ’76 returns to Mac’s On Slade in Palatine tonight. The band is not only fascinating for its unpredictable and wide-ranging choice of cover versions, but also for the resumes of its members. In addition to their previous achievements, these guys continue to sprout new projects. Vocalist-guitarist Dag Juhlin is also part of the socially aware and consistently melodic Sunshine Boys, and keyboardist-vocalist Kenn Goodman is also a member of the new soul/rock outfit The Imperial Sound. The EXPO ’76 show kicks off at Mac’s tonight at 8:45 p.m.

Also in Palatine tonight, the Creative Tribal Collab will be holding another open mic night at Christie’s Dairy Delights n’ Coffee from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Elsewhere tonight, Great Moments In Vinyl will be performing Pink Floyd’s entire Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here albums at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue. GMiV has a roster of several local musicians, so you never know which ones will be on hand for a particular show. Tonight’s event starts at 9:00 p.m.

If you’ve heard those stories about the eerie way the Dark Side Of The Moon album synchs with The Wizard Of Oz movie and want to see for yourself, drop by the Logan Theatre at 2646 N. Milwaukee in Chicago tonight at 11:00 p.m. for its special presentation Dark Side Of The Rainbow.

Tickets went on sale today for Charlatans UK at Bottom Lounge on September 25; Ralph Covert at SPACE on August 12; Guided By Voices at SPACE on August 26; and Sting, Shaggy at Aragon Ballroom on October 2.

Lookingglass Theatre Company’s staging of Jules Verne’s 20,000 League’s Under The Seas kicked off this past Wednesday and will run through August 19. Adapted by David Kersnar and Althos Low, the production promises encounters with “the monsters of the sea—and those inside us all.”

This is the last weekend 33 To Nothing, a play about a band that’s coming undone due to emotional struggles among its members, will run at A Red Orchid Theatre.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties, a new movie that brings outer space aliens to London’s punk scene in 1977, opened today. It’s based on a story by Neil Gaiman and stars Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.

The Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago will be screening music-related films at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday night from May 30 through October 3. Reel Music will feature flicks from countries around the world. The first installment is B-Movie: Lust and Sound In West Berlin, a look at the punk scene in West Berlin during the 1980s from directors Jorg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, and Heiko Lange. The 92-minute documentary offers vintage clips of Joy Division, New Order, and Nick Cave, and has explicit content.

Singer-songwriter Michael McDermott’s summer tour in support of his new album Out From Under will include an appearance at the Roscoe Village Burger fest in Chicago on July 14. Illustrator/writer Terri Murphy, a longtime member of the writers group I belong to, has created a video for McDermott’s poignant and hopeful ballad “The Silent Will Soon Be Singing.”

Birdland, writer Simon Stephens’ musical about the chaotic life a rock and roll superstar, continues its critically acclaimed staging at Steep Theatre through June 9.

Empower, a new opera that explores the experiences of growing up on the south side of Chicago, will be performed next Thursday, May 31 at the Lyric Opera Of Chicago. The work features a script adapted by Ike Holter and music by Damien Sneed and is a collaboration with the Chicago Urban League. Tickets are $10–$20.

Amplified: Chicago Blues, an exhibition honoring Chicago’s blues heritage, is now open at the Chicago History Museum and will run through August 10, 2019. The exhibition will focus on Howlin Wolf, Little Brother Montgomery, Little Walter, Magic Sam, Big Joe Williams, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, and Muddy Waters. at on Clark Street. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. Admission is $19 for adults.


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