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Free Theatre Saturday – 24 Hour Play Festival – April 4


Write, rehearse, and stage a play in 24 hours?  Enjoy University of Chicago University Theater students as they write, rehearse and stage new plays in this 24 hour play festival. Bring a few friends and enjoy a great night of  theatre.

Cost: Frugal Free!
When: Saturday, April 4, 2009 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Reynolds Club, (First floor theatre) University of Chicago, 5706 South University, Chicago
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Time: 8 – 11 p.m.
Contact: 773-702-9315
Website: University Theatre
Duration: Until 11 p.m.
Getting There:  Bus – The CTA #6 Jackson Park Express bus will take you from downtown Chicago to Hyde Park. Catch the bus southbound on State Street in the Loop. Get off at 57th or 59th Street, walk under the train tracks, and continue west to the campus; Metra – Catch the Metra Electric commuter train at the Randolph, Van Buren, or Roosevelt station. Get off at 57th or 59th Street and walk west to the campus; by Car – Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.


Free Happy Hour Buffet – Kitsch’n – Thursday, April 2


Some free eats deserve double posting. Looking for a happy hour with real food? Delicious food? Enjoy your Thursday by making it down to Kitsch’n in River North for their free Thursday (and Friday) evening buffet.  It’s a very very good thing.

“Kitsch’n River North is considerably larger than the original Roscoe Village location, complete with a couch-filled lobby and a large outdoor patio, but the decor is similar, with kitschy furniture, shag carpet, and quirky ’70s accents. The menu features comfort food such as fried chicken and waffles, puff pastry pot pies, green eggs and ham, and a weekend “hangover brunch” menu. Signature cocktails include the Tang martini and the electric green huggie bear cocktail. There is also a gourmet coffee bar area with grab-and-go pastries for commuters on the run. The cocktail lounge features a large projection screen TV and additional seating.”

Free Happy Hour Hors D’Ouevres Buffet – Thursday & Friday Afternoon Customers can enjoy free appetizers with friends in our cocktail lounge every Thursday and Friday night after work from 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy daily drink specials.

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Thursday,  April 2, 2009 (and Friday, April 3rd)
Where: Kitsch’n River North,  600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 312-644-1500
Website: Kitsch’n River North
Duration: Until 6:30 p.m.

Free Eats Sunday – Buffet – Big Chicks – Sunday March 29


Uhm…whenever someone says buffet I’m there. Whenever someone says free buffet, I’m two steps ahead. Music, free buffet on a snowy Chicago day. You better believe I’m going. Are you?

*Cost:  Frugal Free! (with the purchase of one drink)*

When: Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m.
Where: BIG CHICKS, 5024 N Sheridan Rd (on the west side of Sheridan. Look for a beautiful Art Deco terracotta building, Chicago
Neighborhood: Uptown/Edgewater – Argyle Chinatown
Time: 4 p.m.
Contact: 773-728-5511
Website: Big Chicks
Duration: Until the eats are gone.
Getting There:Take the RED LINE train to the ARGYLE STATION, (5000 N), walk east 2-1/2 blocks, go north on Sheridan Rd for 1/4 block .. BIG CHICKS, 5024 N Sheridan Rd (on the west side of Sheridan. Look for a beautiful Art Deco terracotta building. Or, take the SHERIDAN 151 BUS, to the ARGYLE stop. Walk 1/4 block north to BIG CHICKS on the west side of Sheridan.  Or, (less frugal option), if you drive there is usually street parking south of Argyle on Sheridan Road and on Argyle Street. Sunday day you can park in the Chinatown parking lot for under $5.00 until 7pm.


$6 Theatre Tickets – Saturday March 28 – Savage Limbo

“Doubt. Doubts. I have doubts.” Yes, John Patrick Shanley wrote doubts. But, I have no doubt you’ll find this play, about the changing lives of a bunch of 32-year-olds, well worth the admission price.

Second Stage Series – Savage in Limbo
By John Patrick Shanley

“The setting is a slightly seedy neighborhood bar in the Bronx, where a group of regulars (who all happen to be the same age—thirty-two) seek relief from the disappointments and tedium of the outside world. The first to arrive is Denise Savage, a perennial loner who announces that she is still a virgin, but would like to remedy the situation. She is joined by an old school friend, Linda Rotunda, whose problem has been the opposite—too many lovers (and illegitimate children) but who is now fearful that her current boyfriend, Tony Aronica, is losing interest in her. And when the macho Tony comes bursting in shortly thereafter and announces that he is leaving her to pursue “ugly girls,” girls who have read books and can teach him something, Linda is desolate. Denise, sensing an advantage, makes a play for Tony, and the action quickens, moving swiftly from zany comedy to tense confrontation which requires the muscle and mediating skills of the taciturn bartender, Murk, who, heretofore, had been content to keep the glasses filled, including that of his mixed-up girlfriend, April, a failed nun who is also a classmate of the others. In the end, tensions subside, Linda recaptures Tony, Murk proposes to April, and only Denise remains as she was—still in the limbo of loneliness from which she so desperately wants to escape.”

*Cost:  $6 General Admission  (Sometimes I will list low cost events here’s one.)

When: Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Loyola University Chicago – Studio Theatre, Centennial Forum Student Union, Loyola Downstairs Studio Theatre (large unattractive gray building beneath the student Union),  Chicago
Neighborhood: Roger’s Park
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact:, 773.508.3847, Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts at 773.508.7510
Website: Loyola University Chicago – Theatre
Duration: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Getting There: CTA – Loyola ‘L’ Stop, Bus – 151 (to Howard), 147 (to Howard), 36 Broadway (to Devon). Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus is located at 6525 N Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626

Frugal Friday Theatre – Blurred Vision – Friday, March 27


Uhm, something is wrong with Tekki Lomnicki.  Sometimes being too funny can land you in the doctor’s office with blurred vision and hypochondriac issues through the yazzoo.  Don’t miss, Blurred Vision, by “self-proclaimed hypochondriac” Tekki Lomnicki.

“See it before it’s banned by the AMA! Tekki Lomnicki, self-proclaimed hypochondriac, journeys from doctor to doctor in search of a diagnosis for her blurred vision. On the way, she uncovers memories from her childhood surgeries, picks up a hitchhiking dragon and a magician’s assistant. Blurred Vision explores growing up with a disability, the crap shoot of healthcare, and the power of storytelling– with hilarious results. “

American Sign Language Interpreter, Personal Assistant and Audio Description provided.

RSVP to: 312-640-2121 voice
312-640-2102 TTY

Cost:  Frugal Free!

When: Friday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Access Living,  115 W. Chicago,  Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 312-640-2121 voice, 312-640-2102 TTY,
Website: Access Living
Duration: Until completely satisfied, or until it’s over.
Getting There:


*Note: Presented by the Access Living Arts & Culture Project
Partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Bookslut Reading Series – Wednesday, March 25

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Sometimes you need to hear an author read his words aloud and sometimes you want to read those words alone. And  sometimes you need a “bookslut” to organize an authors’ reading.  Well here you go. Enjoy.

“Bookslut hosts novelist Michael Shilling (Rock Bottom), ISU linguist Daniel L. Everett (Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle), and Freedom From Religion Foundation copresident Dan Barker (Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists). 21+.”

Cost:  Frugal Free!

When: Wed., March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hopleaf Bar,  5148 N. Clark ,  Chicago
Neighborhood: Uptown
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 773-968-2345
Website: Hopleaf Bar
Duration: Until completely satisfied, or until it’s over.
Getting There: “The Hopleaf Bar is located at 5148 N. Clark St., just a few doors south of Foster. We are easily reached by public transportation and taxicabs are usually plentiful. Metered street parking is available. By El: the Berwyn stop of the CTA’s Red Line is an easy 6-block walk (stroll through the Lakewood-Balmoral historical district) or transfer to the #92 Foster bus when you get out of the el station.  By Bus: #92 Foster; #22 Clark (stops right across the street).”