The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events kicks off its brand new Juicebox Series with a performance from The Spektral Quartet this morning at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center. Juicebox is an ongoing performing arts series geared towards pre-kindergarten-aged kids and their parents. The music begins at 10am and is open to all ages. Free admission. The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington St. You can also plan ahead with a list of upcoming performances here.
This weekend is the Love Is Murder XIV: Murder Mystery Writers' Conference at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel (5300 N. River Rd., Rosemont). This is the Midwest's premier mystery/romantic suspense/thriller conference, offering dozens of panel discussions, book signings, and networking and pitching opportunities with Chicago and NYC based publishers, agents and editors. Registration is $175-299. Registration opens at 10am, panels start at 11am.
The ten-day affair of specially-priced lunch and/or dinner prix-fixe menu deals all over the city begins today. Blackbird, Sepia and Trencherman are among the 250+ participants.
The OfficeMax Hockey City Classic Winter Festival will officially open today 5:30 p.m. at Soldier Field during a "Light the Lamp" ceremony. Chicago Blackhawk greats Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito will join local youth hockey players to hit the puck into the net and "Light the Lamp," signifying the beginning of the two weeks of winter activities leading up to the college hockey doubleheader on Feb 17.
Photographer and former GB staffer Brian Leli opens an exhibition of photos from his time in London at Eyeporium Gallery, 1431 N. Milwaukee Ave., with a reception tonight from 6 to 9pm. Silence Kills includes photos from the London Riots, the Olympics, Occupy London, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Pride London and more. The exhibition will be up through Feb. 25.
Inkling, 2917½ N. Broadway, hosts an opening reception for an exhibition of new work by Andrea Everman, creator of Owly Shadow Puppets, tonight from 6 to 10pm. (It's also a good opportunity to pick up a Valentine's Day card.) Free.
Mark Bazer's The Interview Show celebrates five years at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8pm. Guests will be Jon Langford, chef Stephanie Izard, author Bill Zehme and the sketch comedy troupe Schadenfreude. Doors open at 6. Admission is $8. 21+
John Malkovich stars in The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, a performance incorporating monologues and musical arias of Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and more to tell the true story of murderer Jack Unterweger, at 8pm tonight and Saturday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $35-75, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.
The Jordan Years celebrate the release of their first full-length album, Homemade Hustler, with a show at the Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. The Congregation, The Skinny and DJ Intel open; GB Editor Andrew Huff emcees. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 8:30. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. 21+
pH brings back its critically-acclaimed superhero sketch comedy show, showing every Friday at 9:30pm starting Feb. 1 through March 8. Tickets are $15/$10 for students. The show is BYOB and meant for mature audiences. The pH Comedy Theater is located in Andersonville at 1515 W. Berwyn Ave.
Several of Chicago's finest singer songwriters -- including Julie Jergens, Narciso Lobo, Morgan Haner, Matt Flaherty and Tim Menard -- pay tribute to the songs of Bob Dylan tonight at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., beginning at 9:30pm. The night will end with a performance of the album Love & Theft from beginning to end. Free, 21+
Kiss Kiss Cabaret is celebrating their second anniversary and their 100th performance with a blow-out bash featuring their burlesque dancers, the Kiss Kiss Coquettes.
The company's full cast, including its comedians, magicians, jugglers, and hosts will also be performing at the show, February 1, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. There will also be cake.
KKC suggests this event only for an 18+ audience. Tickets are $15 in advance at $20 at the door.