Former “Parks and Rec” star and Joliet native Nick Offerman returns home to the Chicago Theatre Friday night with his new act, “Full Bush.” The dead-pan comedian takes the stage for something that’s not quite standup, not quite a concert (he admits his singing and guitar playing are mediocre at best, especially when compared to his wife, actress Megan Mullally). But Offerman’s likability has made the oft-raunchy, mixed-genre show a success (his first performance of the night is sold out, but fortunately there’s a 9:30 p.m. one, too). Expect brutal honesty, personal revelations and brilliantly crass comedy. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State; tickets (starting at $39.50) HERE.
If you’re anything like me, you have an old middle-school recorder in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. It’s been years since you’ve tooted the classic “Hot Cross Buns,” so you might as well put it to good use. The swanky Ace Hotel Chicago is hosting an instrument drive today, in partnership with the D’Addario Foundation, to refurbish donated instruments (anything from that old recorder to a full piano) and give them to inner-city music programs. As an added bonus, there will even be a free concert by blues band Fernando Jones and Friends. 4 p.m. Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan; more info HERE.
Put on your pumped up kicks, because indie pop group Foster the People is coming to town tonight. This time they’re not singing their hits — instead, they’re DJing at Headquarters Beercade in River North. Their musical influences range from The Beatles to Kanye West, so it’s fair to expect some variation in the tunes they’ll play. Headquarters Beercade, 213 W. Institute; Free before 11 p.m. with RSVP (HERE), $5 after
Emporium Pop-Ups, the same spot that brought the ultra-popular “Stranger Things” set to life earlier this fall, does it again. This time, it’s transforming into “Tommy’s Planet,” inspired by the terrible 2003 cult movie “The Room.” As an added bonus, the James Franco flick “The Disaster Artist” — based on “The Room’s” director Tommy Wiseau — comes out this weekend. It’s only open until Sunday, so get your fix of “the best worst pop-up bar ever” fast. 2367 N. Milwaukee; more info HERE.
Feel like splurging at the chicest new spot in town? Head to Bellemore, the latest restaurant from the folks who brought you Boka, Somerset, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro and more. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant in the former Embeya space swung open its doors Monday, and let’s just say it’s a looker. The brass- and wood-covered space is designed to imitate classic French restaurants, and the menu? In a word: elaborate. Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos whips up dishes like oyster pie, suckling pig and pressed foie gras terrine. It’s the perfect spot to impress a holiday date, but don’t try hiding an engagement ring in the apple cheesecake — it’s so delicious she might miss the diamond. 564 W. Randolph; Bellemorechicago.com
Zak Stemer is a former Splash editor and lifestyle expert who currently works for Henson Consulting. Ace Hotel is a Henson client.
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