C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) opened yesterday and runs through Sunday in the South Building at McCormick Place on Lake Shore Drive. Actor John Cusack, best known for his roles in Love And Mercy and High Fidelity, is among the guests, along with Melissa Benoist from Supergirl; Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell from Battlestar Galactica; John Ratzenberger from Toy Story and Cheers; and D.B. Sweeney from the White Sox movie Eight Men Out.
The Caudog Records Rock Show takes place tonight at the LiveWire Lounge on Milwaukee Avenue. The event’s Facebook page promises, “You’ll hear some Bowie tunes, originals, and see a spectacular rock show!!” The triple bill features The Red Plastic Buddha, Amazing Heebie Jeebies, and Ellis Clark and The Big Parade.
Record Store Day comes April 16 this year and you’ll find the full list of limited-edition releases on the official website. Some of the acts involved are Tom Petty; The Animals, David Bowie, Johnny Cash; Buddy Guy and Junior Wells; Cheap Trick; Dave Davies; Bob Dylan; The Electric Prunes; John Coltrane; Lush; The Monkees; The Move; and Graham Nash.
The very first Teenage Literary Festival will be held April 15 and 16 at Harold Washington Library and Columbia College. The event is free of charge.
Aimee Mann has a show in Chicago on May 9 show at the Old Town School Of Folk Music. Also coming up at the venue are Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen on April 8, and Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets on April 9.
Tickets went on sale today for; the Graham Parker Duo (Parker and Brinsley Schwarz) at FitzGerald’s on April 20; and Alice Peacock at City Winery on June 11.