BIG HAIRY DEAL The Hairy jelly—also known by its scientific name, Spirocodon
Saltatrix—is one of ten jellyfish species on view in the Shedd’s new exhibit.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 04.13.11 through Tue 04.19.11:
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Matt Rucins, the La Grange native and nearly lifelong Chicagoan who has served as the booker for the taste-making indie-rock venue Schubas (and, now, Lincoln Hall) since 2000.
“On Friday, I’m going to dinner with my girlfriend at a place called Kohan [730 W. Maxwell St.; 312-421-6254] in University Village. After that, I’ll head to Lincoln Hall to see the band Shapers open up for Tobacco. My friend Steve Reidell, who’s one of the DJs from the Hood Internet, it’s his indie-rock band. Shapers play dreamy, airy psych rock that just sounds really amazing in that room.
“Saturday, I’m hoping to grab a couple of friends and head out west to this arcade in Brookfield. My parents still live in La Grange, so I keep passing it every time I go visit them, and my brother keeps pointing it out. You don’t have to use quarters; it’s all the old classic games; and you can play as much as you want. Galloping Ghost, it’s called. Then I want to go to Remember When Records [309 W. Ogden Ave., Westmont; 630-963-1957]. It’s a family-owned record store that’s really well organized and has a ton of 45s. I haven’t been there in years, but I was talking with some friends in the DJ troupe the Only Children when we were all DJing together at the Burlington [3425 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-384-3243] one night, and we decided to do a vinyl shopping trip. My son is five, and I’m trying to teach him how to use the record player—how to put the needle on the right spot and not scratch the record—so I’ve been buying a lot of 45s because they’re cheaper and easier to handle.
“I’ll get the aforementioned son about 5 o’clock on Saturday, so that’s when I’ll move from music-industry-person mode to dad mode. This weekend is the Hideout’s 15th anniversary party [closed to the public], so I’ll probably take him there for about an hour, then take him home and put him to bed. Then I might catch up on my sports. It’s the first Bulls playoff game, so I might watch that. Growing up in Chicago, I had a huge connection to the Bulls. They won their first three championships when I was in high school and their next three when I was in college, so my formative years were dominated by that team. It’s almost an involuntary reaction when they start winning: I think, Yes! I remember this.
“Sunday, I’m going with my parents and my son to see Born to Be Wild, a new IMAX documentary at Navy Pier about people who rescue elephants and orangutans in Africa. It looks fantastic. My mom worked at the Brookfield Zoo when I was a growing up, so it’s the perfect grandparent/kid thing to do.”
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
concerts Bloodshot Records Showcase
The third-annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival is flush with concerts and screenings, but this lazy afternoon of whiskey and honky-tonk comes with a special incentive: It’s free of charge. Scheduled performers from the longtime Chicago label Bloodshot’s roster include Ha Ha Tonka at 4. Drinks are cash only, but ponying up seven bucks for a Roughneck Manhattan hardly seems like a hardship.
GO: 4/16 from noon to 5. Big Star, 1531 N Damen. cimmfest.org