Showing posts with label all ages show. Show all posts
Showing posts with label all ages show. Show all posts

Monday, November 4, 2013

ACT OUT: Sunday Matinees Return - Barrel of Monkeys Warms Up Winter With THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA

Kids Write It. We Do It. World Saved!
Sunday Matinees Return January 26 – March 30, 2014
Monday Night Performances Resume March 2 – 31, 2014

Barrel of Monkeys' long running (12 years and counting...) weekly production THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA is a pure delight.   The kids and I have gone several times over the years, most recently last Monday, and I don't know who laughed harder.   These witty actors truly are the BOM and the scripts taken from actual Chi-town school kids are hilarious.

If you've got littles with school or an early day job and the usual 9pm end time on a Monday is a deal breaker, you're in luck.   Winter Sunday matinees are back!   This show is generally aimed at adults/written by kids --truly "must see" theatre for all ages.   So go already.

Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to bring back the popular Sunday matinees series of its long-running, critically acclaimed revue THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA playing January 26 – March 30, 2014 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago.  Then, it’s “March Monkey Madness” with two weekly performances from March 2 – 31, 2013 when Monday evening performances resume!  THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA is conceived and written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage and performed by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members.  Clever and funny – touching and poignant – the collection of short sketches are equally entertaining for both adults and children. The line-up changes each week by audience vote – so no two shows are ever the same.  For tickets, reservations and information visit or call (312) 409-1954.

Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble now in its 16th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally-performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 student-written stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public.

Barrel of Monkeys’ CHICAGO’S WEIRD, GRANDMA (featuring weekly guest artists and companies) plays from October 28 – December 2, 2013 and THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL (featuring an array of holiday themed favorites) plays December 9, 2013 – January 13, 2014.


Title:  THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Winter 2014
Written by:  Chicago Public School Students
Adapted for the stage by:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members
Featuring:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members

Location:  Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago
Dates: Sundays at 2 pm January 26 – March 30, 2014.  Mondays at 8 pm March 2 – 31, 2014.
Tickets:  $12 for adults; $6 for children under 12. Tickets are available at or by calling (312) 409-1954.

About Barrel of Monkeys

Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997 it has worked in 57 Chicago Public Schools. More than 7,000 lower-income elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs that provide a rare opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem and confidence in student ideas and abilities.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Jess Godwin & Matt Ryd at Mayne Stage 1/18/13


Chicago singer-songwriter Matt Ryd, best known for the song "Healed" (as featured on the TV series Scrubs), will be opening for Jess Godwin @ Mayne Stage on Friday, Jan. 18.

Matt will be debuting new material, including a track featuring Mike Mentzer (ex-I Fight Dragons).

Click here for Matt Ryd's site.

Click here to get your tickets.

Mayne Stage Presents

Jess Godwin
featuring Matt Ryd and April Henry

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 8:00 PM CST 
all ages

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chicago's Las Guitarras De Espana at Reggie's 9/25 FREE-ALL AGES-MULTICULTURAL

On Tuesday, September 25, Las Guitarras De Espana will be supporting Chinese folk group Hanggai at Reggie's Rock Club, 2105 S. State Street, as part of the World Music Festival. This show will be an Indo-Flamenco rock collaborative with special guests Satya (vocalist) and Sara Ranganathan (veena). The event is free and open to all ages.


Las Guitarras de España (The Guitars of Spain) is a “world music” ensemble, with a “Spanish guitar twist,” that performs a fusion of Cuban son, rumba, R&B, Latin-jazz, blues, and African percussion with an underlying flamenco music and dance focus. From the start, the ensemble has presented traditional Spanish guitar music along with traditional flamenco forms in collaboration with music and musicians from other genres and cultures. The ensemble has sought to unite music, dance, travel, poetry, and culture in recordings and performances.  Click here for Las Guitarras main site  Click here for the Reggie's Show Details 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ready to Riot? Chi-Towns Loudest Annual Fest Is HERE!! Shows THIS Weekend

We're 80's punks at heart and it's time again for one of our all time favorite annual music fests.  We've been there every year and watched you grow up, baby!    This year we're invading Humbolt Park for two days of excellent tunes, carnival rides, and anarchy.    

We'll be bringing you band features, must see lists (don't tell me what to do), photo filled features and more.   


First up, tonight we'll be shooting at Congress Theater

At least they're easing us in.   Tonight there are 4 rockin' bands playing in sequence--not simultaneously.   And there are no tough choices to be made.   So go already.   Tickets are sold out again, so if you have a 3 day band or tickets we'll see you out there.   If not, rest up and we'll party in the park with you tomorrow.  

Got PUNK KIN?   Remember, Congress shows and the whole lineup Sat and Sun outside at Humboldt are all ages shows and free to kids under 5 years old with a paying adult.    Check the tickets page for other venues age requirements.

Click here for the main Riot Fest site and all Chi-town fest details or follow them on Facebook.

Saturday, Sep 15

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar: Van Morrison Tribute to Benefit Alzheimer's Association

Great tunes for a great cause:

Brad Cole's Acoustic Circus presents "A Tribute to Van Morrison" with net proceeds going to benefit The Alzheimer's Association.

Thursday, August 30 at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N Clark; 7:30 PM


Brad Cole
Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden)
Dan Connolly
John Michaels (Seven Ships)
Mike Maimone (Mutts)
Matt Campbell
Michele McGuire

All performers will cover two Van Morrison tunes in honor of the iconic singer's 67th birthday (August 31).

Admission is $20 / All Ages (21 + ID to drink)

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