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

Monday, March 18, 2013

TONIGHT: Dueling Caesars In More Ways Than One


Beware the Ides of March indeed!   (That was March 15th, for those of you wondering...  an infamous line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and thought to be his assassination date.   In lucky 2013, Chi-town has not one but TWO productions of Julius Caesar currently playing.   Babes With Blades dueling Julius was in previews and Chicago Shakespeare's version was well into their run for the Ides of March.    

ChiIL Live Shows will be there for opening night tonight, and we can't wait.    They're one of our local favorites for sure.   I've been a sucker for stage combat since I took college level classes in fencing, and stage fighting as part of my theatre/pr/marketing degree at Miami of Ohio.   

As far as this Julius goes, Babes With Blades is doing an all female version...fair play turnabout for all the years Shakespearian women were played by men!   We've been impressed for years by their creative staging, and adept casts.   We'll have a full review up shortly. 

BWBTC's All-Female-Cast Production of 
"Julius Caesar"
Babes With Blades Theatre Company reprises our popular all female-cast format to present Shakespeare's tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal.  As classical simplicity meets modern ambiguity -  when the honorable path is clouded by conspiracy - how do you choose where to stand?

3/9 - 4/20/13
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St., Chicago
(Lot parking / easy street parking)

Opening M 3/18, 8:00
Run Th-Sa 8:00, Su 3:30

The performance on Thursday, March 21 will be a Theatre Thursday event, held in collaboration with The League of Chicago Theatres. Patrons are invited to come to Fritzy’s Tavern, directly across the street from Raven Theatre at 6156 N Clark, at 6:00PM for a pre-show wine tasting event. A professional wine consultant from PRPWine International will be directing a tasting of six different wines, as well as sharing food/wine pairing ideas and other tasty suggestions. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25, and reservations can be made online at or by calling 773-904-0391 and mentioning “Theatre Thursdays.”

More information about Fritzy’s Tavern:

More information about PRPWine International:

In addition to the Theatre Thursday event, BWBTC is pleased to announce the following updates and discounts:
·         The Thursday performances of 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18 are industry nights; tickets will be half-price for anyone with proof of industry affiliation (call/walk-in only).
·         The Sunday performances of 3/31, 4/7, 4/14 will be Pay-What-You-Can shows (call/walk-in only).
·         There will be a prize drawing each week of the run. Audience members get one free drawing entry with admission and can purchase additional entries for $2, or three for $5.
·         During the final weekend of the show, April 18-20, BWBTC will be accepting donations for Sarah’s Circle (, which provides housing assistance, case management, referral services, and life necessities for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space.
·         Additional discount codes will be made available to BWBTC’s Facebook friends.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.  For special pricing and events during the show run, please visit our website.

Director: Wyatt Kent
Violence Design: Libby Beyreis*
CAST: Diana Coates (Antony), Alison Dornheggen* (Casca), Catherine Dvorak (Trebonius), Ashley Fox (Lucius), Kim Fukawa* (Portia), Sara Gorsky (Cassius), Kimberly Logan* (Brutus), Kalina "Kitten" McCreery (Metellus), Jennifer L. Mickelson* (Cinna), Aila Peck (Calphurnia), Maureen Yasko (Caesar)
STAFF: Leigh Barrett* (Lighting Design), Leigh Barrett* & Amy E. Harmon* (Production Managers), David Blixt (Dramaturgy), Kjerstine Humiston* (Stage Manager), Kimberly Morris (Costume Design), Grant Sabin (Scenic Design), Melissa Schlesinger (Sound Design)

*denotes BWBTC ensemble members

Fighting Words

Our 2013 new plays development series continues!  Want to be a part of the creative process? Please join us for the first readings of these exciting new plays and give your input.

180 Degree Rule by M.E.H. Lewis & Barbara Lhota*
5/4, 1pm at Profiles Alley Stage (4147 N. Broadway, Chicago) 

Patchwork Drifter by Jennifer L. Mickelson*
6/8, 1pm at Profiles Alley Stage (4147 N. Broadway, Chicago)

Want to know more about Fighting Words?  Go here.
*denotes BWBTC ensemble members

Check Out These Babes

Dawn Alden moved to Los Angeles in January of 2009 to pursue film and television work.  Since arriving in SoCal, she has appeared in indie features, short films, webseries, on stage, and even an episode of "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant."  She is still pursuing her goal of a recurring role on a sci-fi television series.  Updates on her adventures are at her website,

Brooke Elliot is starring in Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva as Jane/Deb. Check it out! 

Lisa Herceg is now an Ensemble Member with Stage Left Theatre, as well as an Artistic Associate with Babes With Blades Theatre Company.  She will be appearing as Dana Wing in SLT's upcoming Leapfest X production of Blue Whitney by Steven Haworth, opening in June at the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph.   

Barbara Lhota's play Echo is a Semifinalist for the 2013 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.  The play has also been selected for the Athena Project Festival in Denver, Colorado, March 14-31.  The play has a one-in-four chance of full production by the Athena Project in 2014. 

Kimberly Logan is super-excited to be a newly-minted Artistic Associate with Stage Left Theatre.  After playing as Brutus in BWBTC's production of Julius Caesar, she will be appearing as Jan Jan in Fight Girl Battle World with Infusion Theatre (5/14 - 6/16).

Kathrynne Wolf and Dawn Alden can be seen on the new web series, "Dark Age" -

Niema Lightseed recently published a book, "Cosmonautica: Graphic Love Songs to God", a collection of poems based on the Heroine's Journey as channeled into a quest for the Beloved., check out her website:       
Calling all active & emeritus Babes: please keep us up-to-date on your activities! Email about a listing in the Babes With Blades BroadSheet!

Fabulous Women (and Friends) At Work  

Genesis Theatrical Productions (Elaine LeTraunik, Associate Artistic Director) will be producing Woman Before a Glass by Lanie Robertson as part of their Athena's Wisdom Series.  For more information, please visit the website.

Is your organization providing opportunities for women in theatre or film? Want the Babes to promote your work? Email about a listing in the Babes With Blades BroadSheet!  

Chicago Shakespeare's Caesar

by William Shakespeare
directed by Jonathan Munby
in Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater
Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Through March 24, 2013
Audience Notice: Gunshots, strobe lights, loud sound effects, stage blood and haze will be used in the performance.
performances Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Wednesdays 1pm and 7:30pm, Thursdays/Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays 3pm and 8pm, Sundays 2pm and 6pm.  Tickets are $58-$78, and are available by phone (312-595-5600) or online (check for half-price tickets at  (Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, includes an intermission)

When men feel they can no longer trust their elected leader, where is the line between patriotism and personal ambition? Acclaimed British director Jonathan Munby—whose work has graced the stages of Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe—ignites the fiery power of the most enduring political assassination in history. Within the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, audience members feel each spark of emotion as words are wielded like knives in Shakespeare’s epic tale of ambition, betrayal and consequence.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 min (includes intermission)

all production photos by Liz Lauren

TONIGHT: Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar Supercute! at Empty Bottle

Supercute! Playing Chicago With Kate Nash Tonight!
Teen Vogue Premiere The Video For New Single 'Love Love Leave Love'

Tour Dates With Kate Nash:

Mar 18th - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
Mar 20th - Columbus, OH - The Basement
Mar 21st - Millvale, PA - Mr Small's Theatre
Mar 23rd - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Mar 24th - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Mar 26th - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Mar 28th - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Praise For Supercute!:
“The next Supremes”-- Kate Nash
"It’s, you know, supercute stuff (especially since it’s sung over a single keyboard melody), but the girls throw in some hilarious details, like during the band’s mid-song argument, their insults are: “You shop at Old Navy / You wish you were indie.”-- Stereogum
"Quickly winning fans the world over with their sweet, low-fi, feminist brand of bubblegum pop" -- Portable TV
"Hook-rich folk pop"--Village Voice
"[Rachel] is a powerhouse personality, with tons of creative talent and drive – think Wednesday Addams’ precocious smarts mixed with Rainbow Bright’s kaleidoscopic color sense and the 1970s earthy vibe of one of her idols, Joni Mitchell."-- Style Like U


Meet New York City’s fastest-rising-all-girl-indie-bubblegum-group --- SUPERCUTE!

Rachel Trachtenburg (of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players) founded SUPERCUTE! in 2009 with friend Julia Cumming. Trachtenburg, veteran of the indie rock scene at 19, has been playing drums in her family band since she was six years old. Ever since she was a kid, she had dreams of creating her own girl group when she got older. This dream came true in 2009; SUPERCUTE! supported UK artist Kate Nash on a U.S tour, followed by a 11 country European tour in 2010, wowing audiences with what the New York Times calls “incisive, tidy, clever bubblegum pop.”

SUPERCUTE! writes and performs amazingly witty, catchy and refreshing songs on such subjects as animal rights (“The Pigeon Song”), and their joy for sweets (“Candy City” and “Dumb Dumbs”). They also have a knack for brilliantly re-framing ‘70s rock classics such as Pink Floyd’s “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” and Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop”. Their video for “Not To Write About Boys” has been spotlighted by well-known websites Stereogum and Boing Boing. The girls of SUPERCUTE! raised their own money via KickStarter to record their first full length album produced by Kate Nash in London. The album showcases the dreamy, psychedelic, dark direction that their sound has evolved into, incorporating complex instrumentation and harmonies that have become one of the group’s signatures. The combination of SUPERCUTE!’s underground attitude and Nash’s pop intellect created the album “DON’T PoP MY BUBBLE’’ to be released on Secret Code Records distributed by The Frenchkiss Label Group.

Since SUPERCUTE!'s inception, the band has created quite the stir, garnering an impressive array of raves from respected media outlets like The New York Times, The New York Post, Time Out New York and The New Yorker. They’ve been blogged about by Teen Vogue, featured in a full 2-page spread in Bust, and were named Deli Magazine's "Band of the Month" for April 2010. They have played alongside artists such as Adam Green, The Shaggs, John Spencer Blues Explosion, The N’ere Dowells, Ira Glass, Janeane Garofalo, R. Stevie Moore, and Jeffrey Lewis. They have also performed at SXSW, the CMJ conference, at the 92nd Street, and at such big venues as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Minneapolis’s First Avenue and the Los Angeles’s El Rey Theater.

In the spring of 2013, SUPERCUTE! will tour the east coast with Kate Nash, premiering the tunes off their new album. There are plans of more touring when the album is released June 11th 2013.

Copyright © 2011 Tell All Your Friends.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

TONIGHT: Led Zeppelin 2 LIVE at House of Blues (17+) #originalshowshots

ChiIL Live Shows will be there...will YOU?!   Check back like we vote in Chi, IL... for photo and video filled recaps, music news, free downloads and more.   

Tonight, we can't wait to check out Chi-town's own LZ2 performing The Song Remains The Same!   Highly recommended.

Click here to check out our past LZ2 reviews/coverage.

Led Zeppelin 2 - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin 2 - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin 2 - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin concert tickets for the show at House of Blues Chicago
Saturday 02/23/2013
Doors: 07:30 PM
Show: 09:00 PM
$23.00 - GA - Advanced
$25.00 - GA - Day of Show
Ages: 17+

House of Blues Chicago
329 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 923-2000
 Driving Directions

Headlining Artist:
Led Zeppelin 2 - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Additional Info:
• tickets subject to all applicable facility fees and service charges
• applicable fees and charges apply to all ticket sales

All signs point to the House of Blues for concert tickets, great food and special events.

Friday, February 22, 2013

TONIGHT: Nashville Pussy LIVE at Reggies #originalshowshots

Nashville Pussy LIVE at Reggies Rock Club 11-7-2011

ChiIL Live Shows will be there...will YOU?!   We've shot these guys a couple times before and they do shine LIVE.   Come on out for what's sure to be a rockin' good time with wickedly witty lyrics and sexy guitar riffs.   Then check back like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often for our photo filled recap.

Check out more of our past Nashville Pussy coverage here, including our original photo filled features from an earlier Reggies show and Chi-Town's Bottom Lounge.


Yeah, yeah I know there's potentially record setting hockey in the works for tonight--We love you Blackhawks!!   But we'll be recording the game and heading out to Reggies for some kick ass live music instead.

True rock n’ roll doesn’t require definition. It’s self-explanatory based on a gut feeling and the unconditional devotion to the musical genre. Nashville Pussy have celebrated their brand of genuine rock n’ roll for more than a decade, in classic style at times, surprising at others, but always earthy, raw and unadulterated. Band mastermind Blaine Cartwright (vocals, guitar), his wife Ruyter Suys (guitar), Karen Cuda (bass) and Jeremy Thompson (drums) poured their heart and soul into the latest rock release, entitled From Hell To Texas, which saw the band hone their most impressive recording to date alongside the non stop touring, from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, and almost a year straight with the Reverend Horton Heat, “We allowed ourselves this time to give the songs the chance to turn out as perfect as possible,” Cartwright explains. “We kept playing the new tracks at our rehearsal room until they really clicked. I feel they’re heavier and grittier than previous releases. The whole creative process took three long years, but the result has been worth the trouble.”
Their songs are mostly about fun and good times, but occasionally – as in the case of ‘Late Great USA’ – they also stick the finger into an open wound. “Although Blaine’s comical and satyrical themes mostly prevail on From Hell To Texas, there are two or three numbers which deal with more serious subjects. ‘Late Great USA’ is a political song, we simply had to vent our anger at certain grievances in this country.”

Friday, February 15, 2013

TONIGHT-Emilie Autumn at Metro (all ages) #originalshowshots

ChiIL Live Shows original shots-Emilie Autumn at House of Blues, Chicago.   Click here for our full review of that show.

There are still a few tickets left for 
An Evening with...

Friday February 15
Rescheduled (All Tickets for 10/31 Will Be Honored)

  • $18 adv - $21 day of
  • Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM-10PM
  • All Ages 

We've been promoting Emilie Autumn's Metro appearance for months, before and after her Halloween show was postponed.   But today is finally the day!  Click here for some of our past coverage.

World-class violinist. Fashion icon. Famously bipolar. The list goes on, but one thing is certain: We're talking about Emilie Autumn. With world tours, glossy magazine covers, and guest spots on the albums of such artists as Courtney Love (with whom she performed on Leno and Letterman), Otep, Billy Corgan, and TV's 'Metalocalypse' under her corset strings, Emilie Autumn's devilishly dark lyrics, metal-shredding violin solos, 

pink-glittered pasties, and industrial-strength voice reinvent "gothic" for the masses, and goths have never had so much fun.

More akin to a Broadway musical than a standard rock performance, the Los Angeles-born starlet's highly theatrical stage show is a sexy circus of glam-rock burlesque, backed by a scantily-clad girl band known to EA's devoted fans as the Bloody Crumpets.


Featuring EA's signature electric violin pyrotechnics, heartbreakingly lush orchestrations, hard-core beats, and menacing lyrics growled with enough intensity to make your hair stand on end, the resulting noise is a harpsichord-heavy romp through Victorian asylums where screaming is allowed and girls always get revenge.    

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rubblebucket TONIGHT at Lincoln Hall & Oversaturated EP out Today #original Photos #new release

Blast from the past--ChiIL Live Shows originals from 1-15-2011 Rubblebucket LIVE at Double Door in Chicago

ChiIL Live Shows has had the pleasure of shooting Rubblebucket twice now--live at Double Door 1/2011 and from the pit at North Coast Music Fest 2011.   We even gave away show tickets to two of our lucky readers.   They really shine live.   Come on out and see for yourselves.   We'll be there tonight.   Will YOU?!    We'll be shooting stills and we'll have a photo filled recap up shortly.    But nothing compares to being there. 

Rubblebucket says: Well hey there! Our Oversaturated EP is out today! We are so happy for you to hear it.  It is available only as a digital download or as 10" vinyl, which can be purchased at our store below or on tour. :)


iTunes | Amazon | Spotify | RB Store

 The album artwork was designed by Kal and is based off a photo of Alex's grandma Rose on her wedding night in 1950. MORE TOUR DATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will be coming down to Florida on our own end of October, before doing a 2nd leg with Reptar from the South up to the East Coast. See all of those dates AND the previously announced tour, which starts tonight in Chicago, below. Stream and grab a free download of our remix of Reptar's song "Houseboat Babies" (done by Ian Hersey) HERE to celebrate.

  TOUR DATES BELOW (Click for all tour dates at Rubblebucket site) 

LEG 1 9/11: Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall**  18+, $18, 8pm 

9/12: Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze* 9/13: Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre# 9/14: Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre# 9/15: Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court# 9/17: Boise, ID - Neurolux# 9/19: Seattle, WA - Neumos# 9/20: Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios# 9/21: Sacramento, CA - Harlow's% 9/22: Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room** 9/23: Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex** 9/26: Austin, TX - Beauty Ballroom** 9/27: Little Rock, AR - Juanita's** 9/28: Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium* 9/29: Carbondale, IL - Downtown Microbrew Music Festival Afterparty @ Hangar 9 10/6: Roseland, VA - The Festy 10/7: San Francisco, CA - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

  LEG 2 (NEW DATES - most on sale 9/14) 10/24 - Orlando, FL @ The Social 10/25 - TBA 10/26 - Miami, FL @ Bardot 10/28 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits 10/30 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall 10/31 - Atlanta, GA @ Five Spot 11/1 - New Orelans, LA @ TBA 11/2 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon* 11/3 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric* 11/4 - Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre* 11/8 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel 11/9 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre 11/10 - Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom* 11/13 - Niagra Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre* 11/14 - Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre* 11/15 - Boston, MA @ Wonderland Ballroom* 11/16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Ballroom* 11/17 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom* 11/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* * co-headline w/ Reptar ** co-headline w/ Reptar, ON AN ON opens # co-headline w/ Reptar, Icky Blossoms opens % co-headline w/ Orgone

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