Friday, March 21, 2008

Diversions - things to do in Chicago this weekend

Ordinarily on the first weekend of Spring, we'd be suggesting all sorts of fun outdoor activities. Not so much this weekend. Here are a couple of indoor diversions that caught our eye for this weekend:

Blue Ribbon Glee Club
10:00 PM on Friday night
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., in Bucktown.
Tickets $8

This choir of 20-somethings and 30-somthings is not your average choir. The group fills its sets with punk and indie rock standards from bands such as the Clash, Sleater-Kinney and T-Rex. Definitely worth a listen to hear some of these punk hits performed a capella.

The Nylons
8:00 PM on Saturday night
Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles (ouch!)
Tickets $29 to $75.

This takes your guides back to the late 1980's on a cross country road trip belting out a capella (not intentionally a theme this weekend) old standards and hits sung by this quartet. With a history spanning 27 years, the group has seen many changes, but two things remain the same: original member Claude Morrison and the uniquely arranged, completely catching hits.