Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle art gallery opening



Toy de Jour’s newest gallery art show is filled with pieces inspired by everyone’s favorite teenage mutant ninja turtles. That’s right – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

This time not only are we hosting artists’ traditional artwork (original paintings, digital paintings, screen prints, etc.) but we’re also including folk’s custom Ninja Turtles figures! We’re a dang vintage toy store! Why haven’t we done this before?? Cause we dumb. But year three is when we set all this straight. We got this.

We’ll post more info as the date nears, but you have been warned. T-U-R-T-L-E POWER!

Pizza provided by Paulie Gee’s Logan Square, beer provided by Revolution Brewery.

weAREproductions’ Trivia Fundraiser Night!



Come out and support our theatre company, weAREproductions, with a night of trivia, raffles, drink specials and special performances from our Chicago swan song show, SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT: The Musical!

Trivia by Robert Ayres

Trivia begins at 8pm

Admission: Suggested Donation $5 at the door

Raffle Prizes from:

The Second City MATILDA-babyATLAS Jerry’s – Andersonville TimeLine Theatre Company

And many more!

INFO ABOUT GROUP: For the last three years, weAREproductions has been establishing a special brand. They brought the hits FLEETWOOD MACBETH, A NIGHTMARE ON BACKSTREET: A BOY BAND MUSICAL PARODY, MAUL SANTA, BABYSITTER MASSACRE ’78: THE MUSICAL, DATING INCORPORATED, and BATES: AN 80′S PSYCHO MUSICAL PARODY, in Chicago. A NIGHTMARE ON BACKSTREET recently received its first university run, as well as an outdoor amphitheater run.

Creatures on the Loose! Puzzle Hunt



This is our popular two-hour puzzle game — an escape room packed into a briefcase. Ten terrible creatures, each from an alternate dimension, have been let loose to wreak havoc on our town. The only clues you have are locked inside a mysterious briefcase. Break into the briefcases, locate the creatures, and figure out who is causing all this mayhem.

Ada Palmer launches Seven Surrenders at 57th Street Books



Tor Books is pleased to announce the launch event for the follow-up to Ada Palmer’s critically acclaimed debut science fiction novel Too Like the Lightning, SEVEN SURRENDERS on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:00 PM at 57th Street Books 1301 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Free to the public, books available for purchase and signing.

Palmer’s debut novel has been praised for its ambitious worldbuilding, unique prose style and refreshing utopian vision. Now, SEVEN SURRENDERS, the second book of the political science fiction epic series Terra Ignota, continues the story of Mycroft Canner and the child Bridger in the year 2454, a utopian future wrapped in the trappings of 17th Century Enlightenment philosophy. Library Journal recently gave SEVEN SURRENDERS a starred review and said “The eloquence of Palmer’s reflections on social issues cannot be denied.”

Ada Palmer is a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her first nonfiction book, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. She is also a composer of folk and Renaissance-tinged a capella music, most of which she performs with the group Sassafrass. Her personal site is at adapalmer.com, and she writes about history for a popular audience at exurbe.com and about SF and fantasy-related matters at Tor.com.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club #90



For our March book club selection, we’ll be discussing “A Planet for Rent” by Cuban science fiction author Yoss.

From Goodreads:

“A critique of Cuba in the nineties, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, A Planet for Rent marks the debut in English of an astonishingly brave and imaginative Latin American voice.

Wracked by economic and environmental problems, the desperate planet is rescued, for better or worse, by alien colonizers, who remake the planet as a tourist destination. Ruled over by a brutal interstellar bureaucracy, dispossessed humans seek better lives via the few routes available — working for the colonial police; eking out a living as black marketeers, drug dealers, or artists; prostituting themselves to exploitative extraterrestrial visitors — or they face the cold void of space in rickety illegal ships.”

For our February meeting, we had one of the largest turnouts in years to discuss Seanan McGuire’s novella “Every Heart a Doorway”. While we definitely liked the premise and had a lot of good discussion on its possibilities, a big portion of the group felt that it failed to do very much with any of its core ideas or characters. We did note that McGuire is stronger at series-length and that “Every Heart a Doorway” is the first, with more to come.

By Jacob Casella, positronchicago.blogspot.com

Where: Filter Cafe, 1373 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 

When: March 13th, 6:30PM – 7:30PM

As always the book club events are free and all are welcome. Please look for us sitting in the back area of Filter Cafe.

Join us on Facebook and Goodreads.

Chicago Doctor Who Meetup Pop-Up Screening: CURSE OF PELADON



This story provides answers to three major questions:

  • When is the Chicago Doctor Who Meetup going to show another Third Doctor story?
  • Has Doctor Who/strong> ever been influenced by Star Trek? and
  • Is there a way that Doctor Who relates to Brexit in a very roundabout manner?

Join us in February at Third Coast Comics for the answer to all three questions.

Chicago Doctor Who Meetup – Meetup Social (Oak Park)



It’s that time again – Chicago Doctor Who Meetup is kicking off with a member social!

Please join us at Connolly’s Public House in Oak Park – it’s conveniently located by the Harlem/Lake Green Line station, and should be easy for both city and suburban Who fans to attend.

Please join us for great food, great atmosphere, and wonderful conversation about Doctor Who.

Hope to see you there!

Juggernaut Film Festival: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival



The Juggernaut Film Festival is a one-day event to celebrate Science Fiction and Fantasy short films from around the world. It is presented by Chicago’s Otherworld Theatre Company, whose mission is to further explore and promote the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre.

The festival prides itself for bringing together the community- from cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers,artists, and casual movie-goers alike- to encourage and support these new and innovative stories in the cinematic arts.

Festival Directors: Moira Begale and Tiffany Keane Schaefer

Almost Pi(e) Day



Join us for our 7th annual Almost Pi(e) Day! With C2E2 coming up on April 21st – 23rd, The Chicago Nerd Social Club is mixing its annual events, Pre-C2E2 Meet ‘n Greet! and Almost Pi(e) Day. We aren’t just math fanatics; it’s more of an excuse to mingle with your fellow nerds and maybe make new friends with which to explore C2E2 all while eating some delicious pie. So come and join us for Almost Pi(e) Day & Pre-C2E2 Meet ’n Greet.

3:00PM Open Event
4:00PM Pie Tasting
4:30PM Trivia Contest

Please support Open Books literacy initiatives by bringing books to donate!

Prizes: TBA

Interested in bringing a pie? Each pie will have 1 slice saved to be tasted by our Pi(e) judges and the rest will be shared by our geeks and nerds. If you are interested in baking a pie for our event please make sure you select the correct ticket. Contact paul@chicagonerds.com if you have any questions.

Pie scoring

Taste = 1 point
Presentation = 1 point
Crust = 1 point Nerdiness = .14 points
Total possible points = 3.14

Date: March 12th
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm CST
Cost: $5 for Eaters
$0 for Bakers

Tickets available at Eventbrite

Event sponsored by C2E2

Creatures on the Loose!



Creatures on the Loose is a two hour puzzle game, packed into a briefcase. Ten terrible creatures, each from an alternate dimension, have been let loose to wreak havoc on our town. You will need to break into the briefcase, find the creatures, and figure out who is causing all this mayhem. It’ll take you and your team roughly 2 hours to do so, using things like a newspaper, a magic wand, a bible, a wallet of money, a Wonka bar, a leather strap, a code wheel, a map, and an enigmatic computer. Five teams will be competing at once, and each team will get to play the entire game at their own pace.