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SSSDude-Fest Block Party

Location: SE 7th St & SE 14th Ave
When: Saturday, April 22nd @ Noon

If you haven’t been over to SSSDude-Nutz yet make that a priority for the future. They offer an eccentric, rotating variety of donuts with equally eccentric names like the peanut butter laced “50 Tyson,” or cookies & cream inspired “No Flex Zone.” This Saturday they’ll host a block party with performances from MycDazzle and Madi Wayne, as well as DJ sets from The Breakfast Club, DJ Cilantro, DJ Rowsheen, and DJ Cig AM. Click the link below for SSSDude-Nutz official website.

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Chicago Is Making Plans To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

This May will mark the 30th anniversary of acclaimed writer/director John Hughes‘ iconic tribute to truancy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Like most of Hughes’ films, the movie was filmed in Chicago, where the director was from, and features some of the city’s most memorable sites, including Wrigley Field, Calder’s Flamingo in downtown’s Federal Plaza, and Von Steuben Day, during which Ferris hijacked a parade float and led the city in a fanfare of The BeatlesTwist and Shout. To celebrate, the city of Chicago is planning an all out Ferris Fest celebration on the weekend of May 20th-22nd, which will feature a bus tour that follows Ferris’s “tour de Chicago” on that day off. There will also be a recreation of Ferris’s bedroom, and fans will get the chance to sit in Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane’s seats in Wrigley Field. The day will wrap with a screening of the movie at Hughes Theater. Thus far none of the original lead actors, namely Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara, have committed to making an appearance, but the event organizers are still hopeful at least a few of them will make an appearance. If you’re a fan of the movie, or just want an excuse to visit Chicago for the weekend, be sure to mark your calendar for the event. Tickets will most likely be sold in advance, but so far as we know they are not yet available. Check back for more updates.

‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ Opening In Theaters Today

Happy Halloween! This October has already seen a new addition to the Paranormal Activity series (The Ghost Dimension), the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and its spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, and the comeback of R.L. Stine’s classic scary-tale series Goosebumps with Jack Black (Shallow Hal, School of Rock) at the helm. This week, and just in time for Halloween weekend, we get another Zombified movie experience from director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity, Burning Palms) in the form of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Bringing back the fun-zombie feel of Zombieland (2009), this one follows three scouts who must use their experiences to ban together and save their hometown from a zombie outbreak. Actors Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud), Logan Miller (I’m In The Band, +1), and newcomer Joey Morgan star in the lead roles, with Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, Playing It Cool), David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), and Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein, Beerfest) in the supporting cast. Director Landon co-wrote the screenplay with Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Shark Tale), Carrie Lee Wilson (Teamo Supremo, College Road Trip), and Emi Mochizuki (College Road Trip). Also still playing in theaters for your Halloween needs are Goosebumps and Crimson Peak. Enjoy the Halloween weekend, and be safe!

Legendary Rock Band The Rolling Stones Playing Live In Milwaukee, WI Tonight

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The Rolling Stones pose with their Sticky Fingers LP in 1971: (left to right) Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger.

Tonight fans of the legendary rock n roll band The Rolling Stones will get to see the band play at the Marcus Amphitheater Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. The group was originally slated to appear in Chicago for their 2015 tour, but due to scheduling and location conflicts they had to move 90 minutes north to Milwaukee. That, however, didn’t stop iconic bluesman Buddy Guy, who just appeared at the Chicago Blues Fest, from opening for the group. Chicago fans will be making the trip this evening for the 8:00pm showtime. The show is part of the Stones’ Zip-Code Tour; they have thus far appeared in Pittsburgh, Nashville, Orlando, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Columbus, and still have dates set for Indianapolis, Kansas City, Detroit, and Buffalo. Rolling Stones fans can also catch the re-issue of their 1971 LP Sticky Fingers, featuring new unreleased material and studio out-takes, now available on iTunes, Spotify, Compact Disc or Vinyl. The album is regarded as one of the Rolling Stones best LPs, featuring songs like Brown Sugar and Wild Horses, and a cover photo that was originally conceived by iconic artist Andy Warhol; it is also the first album the Stones released to not feature founding member Brian Jones, who died in 1969 in his swimming pool shortly after being asked to leave the group due to his drug addiction, and subsequently the first LP to feature new member Mick Taylor on an entire album, and Mick Jagger playing acoustic and rhythm guitar. Pretty monumental for the Stones history, so be sure to check it out. Enjoy!

Extended Director’s Cut Of ‘Nymphomaniac’ Coming This Fall

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Having already been screened at the Berlin and Venice film festivals earlier this year, director Lars von Trier is prepping his new five and a half hour Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac at Fantastic Fest later this month. The Oscar-nominated director released the film in two parts this year (Volumes 1 and 2) and while the two films together run a total of about 4 hours, Trier has added even more uncut footage for the 5.5-hour cut. Volumes 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix, but is scheduled to hit shelves on VOD this October 2nd. Nymphomaniac follows the story of a woman named Joe who recounts the details of her almost countless explicit and sexual experiences with men since she was a teenager to Seligman, who finds her beaten in an ally in the opening of the film, with Volume 2 drawing on more details from Volume 1 as Joe comes into adulthood. The film is helmed by Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Willam Dafoe and Uma Thurman. If you feel you can muster a five and half hour movie in one sitting (pending an intermission), definitely check it out on the festival scene, or you can wait for the VOD release or go in Netflix and split it in half. Whatever floats your boat really, but it’s definitely worth the watch.

Jay Chandrasekhar Working On New Cheech & Chong Script

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Fans of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have been waiting patiently the last few years to see if a movie reunion featuring everybody’s favorite stoners would actually happen. Now it seems that some progress is actually happening behind the scenes, at least according to Tommy Chong, who recently reported that Beerfest and Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasekhar is writing the script for the possible reunion flick. There has not been any word yet as to whether or not Chandrasekhar will be directing, but the director has not released any recent news about his possible Weedfest movie, or Super Troopers 2, so I can’t really imagine him not directing, but we’ll see what happens with that. According to Chong, the script for the Cheech and Chong reunion will feature plenty of stoner laughs and a festival called Burning Joint. The film may also be made as a sequel to the toking duo’s stoner classic, Up In Smoke, but there is no official word on that yet. Stay tuned for more news.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic LIVE @ Concord Music Hall

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Location: 2047 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
When: Friday, November 29th @ 8PM

The man, the myth George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic will be playing live at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall this Friday. The event will also feature the likes of The Heard and Whysowhite so you already know it’s going to be a good night. Tickets are $26 and are still available so if you’re looking for some funk you’ve definitely got the right place. A lot of good acts are rolling through both Chicago & Minneapolis before the end of the year so stay tuned.

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Nordeast Big River Brew Fest

As the cooler temperatures roll in and the leaves start falling, one thing comes to mind; winter is coming. With that said, enjoy these last few months (maybe weeks) outside at The Nordeast Big River Brew Fest on October 19th. With roughly 35 brewers already scheduled to attend and more joining daily there is bound to be a favorite sample for everyone attending. As in tradition with the previous 2 years, The Grain Belt Bottling House (13th AVE NE & Marshall St) will be hosting of this ever growing event. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event, this includes a commemorative sample mug.

West Fest 2013

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Location: Chicago Ave between Damen & Wood, Chicago

When: Sat-Sun: Noon-10PM

Chicago’s annual West Fest is hands down one of the city’s top 5 summer festivals. Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, the fest runs along Chicago Ave on one of the city’s most up and coming strips. The fest will feature live music, local craft brew tents, local food vendors and local artisans providing crafts. Last year Flosstradamus shut it down earning themselves a festival ban for the remainder of the 2012 year, this lead to a rumor that no DJs would be allowed back for this years’; but that has since been proven false. With 3 stages, there will be plenty of music in the air and if it’s anything like last years’; West Fest will continue building it’s reputation as one of Chicago’s best summer festivals. Admission is free, but like always a $5 donation is much appreciated; be sure to make it out for this one, you wont be disappointed.