Friday, March 28, 2008

Weekend Guide, 3/28-3/30

(Editor's Note: stupid internet was acting up, effectively ending the daily streak I had going.)

I made a cardinal mistake as a Chicagoan with my first post. I mentioned the S-word. And as soon as that word was uttered, Winter came through and ruined it for everyone, being the jealous B-word that it is. Wednesday's brisk sunny day was trounced by yesterday's fat snowflakes, gray skies, and all around blustery weather.

Even though Winter is pushing it's limit, there are still things to look forward to this weekend. And lucky for you, I've compiled a list for your perusal as you pull back on the layers and down jackets and silently curse Winter for showing it's ugly mug right as we got excited for... you know who.


Critical Mass March Run...

(This picture was obviously taken during warmer days...)
One of the trippiest experiences I've had in Chicago involved being in the back of a van after a long night of carousing in Wicker Park. I looked outside to find, to my shock and confusion, the van surrounded by hundreds of bicyclists pedaling through the streets.

The bicycling tradition of Critical Mass continues today at 5:30pm at Daley Plaza (55 W. Randolph). Bike enthusiasts gather in the hopes of making the streets of Chicago a little more biker friendly for one night.


With a touch of Project Runway fashion ingenuity and DIY ethos, Saturday's Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a treat for those looking to revamp their warddrobe without spending a lot of money. Bring a suggested donation of $20 ($10 for seniors and students) and a bag of clothes in good condition to AV-aerie (2000 W. Fulton St) at 10am. Read here for more on how a Swap-O-Rama-Rama works.

Collaboraction's Carnaval...

This poster pretty much covers all bases. Partying the night away in an 120-year old Gothic church (The Epiphany Episcopal Church, 201 S. Ashland) with immersive art, music, contests, raffles, interesting company, and unlimited drinks to sate your senses.

Sunday 3/30


The extremely talented Coppola family will have one of their own in Chicago Sunday night. Christopher Coppola, nephew to filmmaker and patriarch Francis Ford, will end his weeklong digital film competition with a public screening of contestants' work and an awards ceremony in the Ludington Building starting at 7pm (Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash), followed by an after party at Exclaibur Nightclub at 10:30 (632 N. Dearborn).

Known as PAH-FEST (PAH is short for Project Accessible Hollywood), the competition travels to cities across the United States "encourag[ing] visual storytelling, fosters civic engagement, and promotes the production of fictional and documentary videos." Participants are encouraged to use digital cameras, cell phones, video cameras, and computers to share their stories. Click here for more information on PAH-NATION.

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