Nicholas Rouley & Freak Happening present WEREWOLVES IN SPACE: A Rock Opera

I'm lucky enough to help produce Freak Happening, a monthly variety/dumb show at saki in beautiful Logan Square. This Friday, we're staging a one-time-only production of Werewolves In Space, which has become something of a passion project for producer Nick Rouley. Check out the rad poster below (designed by the very talented Brad VandenBerg, as well as a bit more information about the show, which happens this Friday, February 28th, at 7:30pm.

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Once in a Lifetime presents Death of a Cheerleader!

Once in a Lifetime, a hybrid movie night and comedy show I co-produce with Everything is Terrible! that's sort of like MST3K but with Lifetime Original movies instead of cult sci fi films, returns on Monday with a screening of Death of a Cheerleader. Goofing on this OG Lifetime flick (which was the highest-rated TV movie of 1994) will be four of my favorite Chicago comics: Megan Gailey, Stephanie Hasz, Katie McVay and Liza Treyger.

Everything is Terrible cut together this extended preview, to give you a look at just how insane this movie is. Look out for Locke from Lost being a dick to a 16 year old girl! Bedroom plotting! Something that sounds like the female Wilhelm scream! Once in a Lifetime is this Monday, September 18th at 8pm. Tickets are $5 and $3 white wine spritzers will be flowing all night long.

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The artwork of Bill Werch: An appreciation post

Bill Werch is a familiar face if you've ever been to a show at saki, he's been a huge supporter of the shop and an all-around solid dude.  He's also a super talented artist, who we (me and the folks at saki and Joe McAdam) have been lucky enough to work with over the last few months. He's designed the last handful of posters for Creative Control (which is coming to an end soon!), and they've been consistently great. Check out a gallery of his work for Creative Control below! 

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Once in a Lifetime presents Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life

While saki has been involved with several different riffs on the whole "comics making fun of movies live" thing, I'm probably the most excited about this new concept we're co-presenting with the fine freaks at Everything is Terrible.

Once in a Lifetime is a new monthly show that invites comedians to goof on a live screening of a different Lifetime Original Movie. For the inaugural screening, we're presenting one of the most notorious films in the Lifetime ouvre, Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life, a story about a young teen who gets addicted to softcore porn. Marty DeRosa, Dan Friesen, and Megan Gailey are on deck to provide live commentary, which is very exciting.

Katie from Everything is Terrible has assembled an excellent trailer, showcasing some of the most insane snippets from the film. Watch it and get excited about tonight's show!

Once in a Lifetime is tonight, June 19th at 8pm at Lincoln Hall. Tickets are $5.

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"Another last Friday of the month, another Creative Control at saki."

We've done this Creative Control thing 6 or 7 times at this point, and I feel like the show's never been better. Joe McAdam does a killer job hosting and building an eclectic lineup of performers, and it's pretty heartwarming to see a community of comics and regular humans has built around the show, with a large percentage of folks consistently coming out each month.

November's show features another ridiculously strong bill, and with a few acts I've never actually seen perform before, which is always exciting for me, personally.

We've got standup from Matt Drufke, Michael Joyce, Candy Lawrence, Andrew Smreker, and former Chicagoan, current LA resident, Kevin Lee, as well as sketch or other bizzare shit from Christina Boucher and Chris Stephens, and music from local weirdo rockers Oshwa

Powell Brew House, a Chicago-based brewers' collective, has been kind enough to offer up their homebrews for sampling, free of charge. All they ask is for a small tip, which they split with the show's performers. I can't explain how much I love that they're doing this, and am really happy to be working with such forward-thinking and generous folks. 

Creative Control November is this Friday, 11/30 at 8pm. The show's totally free, as always, but you should definitely bring money for donations/tips. It's the least you can do. saki is at 3716 W. Fullerton. See you there.

A short thing before this Friday's fundraiser

There's a special fundraising show this Friday (11/16) at saki for Joe McAdam's Aunt and Uncle, whose home in Brick, New Jersey was completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The show features standup from Junior Stopka, Will Miles, CJ Toledano, and Joe Kwaczala, and music from Gabe Liebowitz from Dastardly. We've also received several generous prize donations from local businesses like Second City, The Owl, The Music Box Theatre, and more, which we'll be raffling off at the show.

If you'd like to make a donation but can't come out to the show, head over to Joe's website and click the giant "donate" button in the top left corner.

What follows is a brief piece from Joe about his family and his personal connection to New Jersey.

My aunt and uncle along with their two boys just lost their home the other day to Hurricane Sandy.  It seems hard to even imagine completely losing your house, but I've seen the pictures, there was about 5 feet of water in their living room and it completely destroyed nearly everything they owned.

I'm racking my brain to think of a comparable situation I may have been in.  One time someone stole my clothes at a party, it was weird.  That might be the closest.  

It's hard to imagine a place you used to visit being gone.  I went to their home a lot as a kid, it was my favorite place.  

My aunt Krissy McAdam was always "the fun aunt".  She is a lot younger than my dad and had Grateful Dead posters and a Nintendo.  I remember meeting her husband for the first time too.  He showed up with literally a car's trunk full of candy.  I'm not kidding at all.  To this day, I've never seen such a thing.

My memories of visits with her are some of my favorites, she would always take me out to the boardwalk to go on rides, play carny games and all the other Jersey-type fun.  She used to own a pseudo-head shop store that sold bootleg concerts and incense and all that, and it was my favorite place to hang out.  I'd sit around there all day learning juggling sticks or something.  She let me be in a parade float for her store one time too.  I got to dress up like a Grateful Dead bear and ride a jet ski on the bed of a truck.  This sounds weird and looking back, it was.  To me New Jersey was like an entire state that was an amusement park.  Now I know that it's just Jersey, but my aunt and uncle made it the best place imaginable to a kid.

Even growing up and visiting as a teenager was great.  I remember having one of my first beers at that house (if you tell my dad, I'll fucking kill you.  Also if you tell him about the swearing, well, that's not exactly cool either.)

The point is, my aunt Krissy and her family have been really important to me.  They've been extremely generous and have always been some of the most welcoming and loving people I know.  As a young nephew you're rarely in the position to do something to return the favor.  But right now they need some support to get back on their feet and rebuild.  I'm a broke comic, but I have a lot of good-hearted friends so I figured I'd use the only real skill I have, tricking people into laughing, to help them out.  I know what I'm able to give back pales in comparison to what they've given me, but I feel like they don't even want me to dress them up like Dead bears at this point anyway.

-Joe McAdam