Located within the Bridgeport Art Center, Wet Paint Chicago offers instructional art classes in a social setting. In the evenings, BYOB art classes invite adults to congregate, paint, sip on beverages, and mingle as they equip themselves with provided brushes, aprons, and materials. Meanwhile, afternoon classes invite students of all ages to paint in family-friendly sessions.
Since 1997, Taproot has roused a loyal flock of headbangers with anarchic anthems, wall-shaking guitar riffs, and vocals that dig directly into the core of hard-rock enthusiasts. Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, the fiery quartet has brewed a potent stew of alt rock and nu metal and moshed its way into the national spotlight with emphatic jams such as "Wherever I Stand," "Calling," and "Poem," a rebellious ode to Dr. Seuss sung in falsetto. Chicago-bred Villain vs Villain warms up the hometown crowd with an opening set of metal-charged calisthenics, followed by a similarly intense batch of songs wailed by Kazy. In between epic air-guitar solos, concertgoers can also refuel with an appetizer such as nachos, mini corn dogs, or chicken quesadillas.
Routines from nationally recognized joke wranglers crack up club-goers within Jokes and Notes's elegant club atmosphere. Emceed by BaldHead Phillips, Friday- and Saturday-night shows host itinerant comics who hawk hilarity for two nights before moving on to new audiences or packs of despondent hyenas. January headliners include recent Bay Area Black Comedy Competition finalist Willie Lynch Jr., who adds a goofy edge to drawn-from-life stories. James Davis's youthful observation and high-energy verve have carried him to appearances on Comedy Central, BET, and Bell Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?, which has also showcased Las Vegas native J. Reid.
The 31st annual Chicago Music Awards honors the city's best entertainers from all genres during a night of performances from established melody makers and up-and-coming acts. The three teen brothers of rock group Rebelmann energize the audience before switching stage space with Sugar Blue, a Grammy Award–winning harmonica virtuoso who honed his skills while playing along to Bob Dylan records and crafting an enormous collection of blown-glass figurines. The evening will also include songs from the six top finalists in this year's highly competitive Chicago Emerging Star Contest as a group that boasts a 13-year-old rapper, a 10-year-old musical prodigy, and a male R & B group competes for a cash prize and a solid-chocolate microphone.
Push the boundaries. That's pretty much the only rule for performances at the Chicago Fringe Festival, an unconventional expo of new theatrical works from around the world. Now in its fourth year, the Windy City's festival joins in a dramatic tradition shared by cities including Indianapolis, New York, and the original outpost, Edinburgh. The week-long event provides a prominent stage for up-and-coming productions, helping little-known companies catch some buzz and established groups test out new ideas. A lottery system determines the year's lineup, a process that keeps each festival exhilaratingly unpredictable while delighting statisticians.
When the last views of Chicago’s Southern face have faded into darkness, the activities at Reggie’s Roof Deck still light up the night. Year-round, guests shoot pool at covered tables, watch sports on eight TVs, and compete in pop-a-shot basketball. If necessary, they also cool off under the string-pull shower or warm up by the wood stoves.