Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his favorite events, concerts, fundraisers, parties. . . every week on "What's on Dec!"
Thanks for watching my "What's on Dec" segment every Thursday at 9am! Follow me on facebook.com and twitter.com/BillyDec and please give me feedback on if you go to these events and/or have any events you'd like me to share in the future!
Sons Of The Silent Age, January 11th at 7:30pm, Metro Smart Bar, $19
Details: 93XRT hosts an evening of David Bowie music performed by various cover artists including Matt Walker & Chris Connelly, Waco Brothers & Shirley Manson. All proceeds benefit the Pablove Foundation & Rocks for Kids.
83rd Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show, January 10th-13th at 11am, McCormick Place, $12-36
Details: Experience the best of summer activities in the middle of winter! Over 500 boats, RVs, marine accessories, outfitters and plenty of hands-on & educational activities will be available for attendees.
Get Fit For Free Week: Chicago Park District, January 11th-13th, Citywide, FREE
Details: Take advantage of this extra New Year's resolution motivation, brought to you by Chicago Park District! The gratis admission includes access to city wide pools, strength-training equipment, treadmills, recumbent bicycles and yoga, pilates, kickboxing and more.
PBR Built Ford Tough Series, January 12th-13th at 8pm, Allstate Arena, $15-125
Details: The Professional Bull Riders come to Chicago for a weekend long competition! In its 20th year, the top 35 bull riders in the country take on some fierce bulls for some fierce fun.
85th Academy Awards Nominations Panel, January 10th at 12pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, FREE
Details: Join Janet Davies, Alison Cuddy, Ben Kenigsberg, Michael Phillips & Steve Prokopy as they discuss this year's nominees - who was snubbed, who are your favorites, who are the underdogs?
Chicago Art District 2nd Fridays, January 11th-Sept 12th at 6pm, 1821 S. Halsted, FREE
Details: This long-running, self-guided walking tour of more than 30 Pilsen lofts, studios and retail spaces showcases new art exhibitions, fashion, shopping ops and more in the 'hood, while offering visitors a chance to meet gallery owners and artists.
Dumb and Dumber, January 11th-12th, Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, $8.50-11
Details: Rewind back to 1994 and relive one of the best hits to come from director's Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
Matt Braunger, January 10th-12th at 8pm, UP Comedy Club, $20
Details: Come laugh all night with the man who has pretty much been, well, everywhere! Matt has made several TV appearances including NBC's Up All Night, MADtv, The Tonight Show, Unites States of Tara, and more!
The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, January 10th-February 9th at 7:30pm, 16th Street Theater, $18
Details: Mike Daisey takes the audience on a journey through the famed former Apple CEO's life & work, and shines a light on how technology-obsessed our culture is.
Shifting Totem, January 10th at 8:30pm, Subterranean, $8
Details: Rock out to some pop-punk in one of Chicago's most unique venues. 21 and up please!
Super Bowl Cooking Class, January 12th at 11am, Socca, $35
Details: The Super Bowl is fast approaching which means it's time to start planning those parties! Chef Roger will demonstrate how to make some favorite Super Bowl party treats and better yet - he'll pair them with wine & beer (which will also be enjoyed throughout the class).
Windy City Wedding Show, January 13th at 11am, Holiday Inn Gurnee, $15
Details: It's the largest Wedding/Bridal Expo in Chicagoland and the suburbs. Over 80 wedding companies exhibiting their gowns with over 250 wedding professionals on hand to answer all of your wedding needs!
Open House, January 10th-17th at 5:30pm, ItalCultura, FREE
Details: Experience everything the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago has to offer including free trials innumerous classes, authentic Italian delicacy tastings, and live entertainment throughout the event.
A Reason to Believe Within the Flesh, January 11th at 8:30pm, Viper Alley, $5
Details: Presenting a double-bill featuring two of Chicago's greatest rock n' roll tribute acts ? THE Premier Rod Stewart Tribute Band & Pink Floyd! This event lets you get up close and personal with two of the most enduring acts in classic rock history!
Led Zeppelin 2- A Tribute to Led Zeppelin, January 11th at 7:30pm, House of Blues, $25
Details: Catch one of the best tribute bands in the country as they take the stage at this iconic Chicago venue!
TEN, January 10th-20th at 7:30pm, The Gift Theatre, FREE
Details: Enjoy entertaining ten-minute plays with appearances by giftED., giftLIT, giftFILM, and The Gift Theatre Company improv team, Natural Gas!
Golden Globe Viewing Party, January 13th at 7pm, Cityscape, FREE
Details: Enjoy some of the best city views in Chicago while sipping on specialty cocktails and watching Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the 70th Golden Globe Awards!
Love at Breathtaking Heights, January 11th at 5:30pm, The Metropolitan Club, $15
Details: Recently engaged? Join other brides-to-be for an evening full of inspiration! You'll enjoy handcrafted cocktails & hors d'oeuvres, a luxe swag bag, and have the chance to win an engagement cocktail party for 20!
FrizzFlopSqueezePop, January 11th-March 31st, Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: Experience Claire Ashley's brilliant work, featuring pieces that strain the boundaries between painting and sculpture, static and mobile.
Holiday Hangover 2013, January 11th at 6:30pm, DIRTT, $12-15
Details: Sip on some drinks, enjoy small bites & play with some of DIRTT's newest technology integration systems. Be sure to stick around and hear about DIRTT's developments for the upcoming year - they're super exciting!
Blackberry Smoke + Drake White, January 13th at 8pm, House of Blues, $15-20
Details: Rock out to Atlanta's favorite rock band and enjoy a taste of their newest album, Whippoorwill, in one of Chicago's most historic venues.
Our Perfect Holiday, January 10th at 8pm, Chemically Imbalanced Theater, $10
Details: This zany, irreverent holiday performance series is back for a fifth year and is co-produced by two great names in Chicago comedy. If you still have holiday fever, this is the show for you!
Quicksand, January 12th at 9pm, Metro Smart Bar, $29
Details: See this recently reunited band on their first U.S. tour in 15 years!
Little Shop of Horrors (Teen Ensemble), January 12th-20th at 6pm, Youth Company Chicago, $12-17
Details: Join Youth Company Chicago for a teen rendition of the classic show!
Fab Faux (Beatles Tribute Band), January 12th at 7:30pm, The Vic Theatre, $45-80
Details: Support the Golden Apple Foundation while jammin' to beats from the best band on Earth brought to you by the "Best Beatles Tribute Cover Band on Earth" - Rolling Stone.
Middle Brow Winter Warmer Homebrewing Contest, January 12th-19th at 12pm, North Clybourn Ave, FREE
Details: Take a shot at being recognized for your great brewing abilities! After being judged by the cities craft beer blogging community, the winning beer will be commercially brewed and distributed throughout Chicago with half of the profits going to charity!
Hairbangers Ball, January 12th at 8pm, Cubby Bear, $7
Details: Rock out to 80's and 90's music with the best cover band for the job at one of the best venues in the city!
Funkadesi, January 12th at 6pm, City Winery, $15
Details: The Chicago-based group is bringing their soulful, world music style for one night only.
Paella Cooking Class, January 12th at 10am, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, $30
Details: Meet executive chef, Luis Vazquez, and learn how to make the traditional Valencian dish. After the cooking class enjoy a tapas & wine lunch.
Tavern's Tour Through Italy, January 16th at 7pm, Tavern on Rush, $150
Details: Indulge in an exclusive 5-course Italian dinner complete with selected wine pairings.
Nick Kroll, January 13th at 7pm, UP Comedy Club, $20
Details: Don't miss this hilarious comedian, named one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch".
TNK Fest, January 16th-20th at 9pm, Multiple Chicago Locations, $15-100
Details: Listen to one-of-a-kind local and national indie musical acts over five days!
Stay Fit & Healthy in 2013, January 13th at 6:30pm, Bountiful Eatery, $25
Details: Get tips for how to transform yourself in 2013 from Healthy Initiative founder Shea Vaughn & Biggest Loser star Bernie Salazar.
Dating for Nerds New Year's Resolutions Fixer Mixer, January 13th at 4pm, Market Bar, $30
Details: Waiting for your nerd in shining armor to sweep you off your feet? This is your chance to find that fellow book-loving, chemistry genius, mathlete of your dreams.
Youth in Music Festival, January 14th-February 4th at 7pm, Chicago Symphony Center, FREE
Details: This festival is a celebration of young classical artists from across Chicago & the world. It kicks off with an open rehearsal by famed conductor, Riccardo Mutti.
Boy Gets Girl, January 15th-March 2nd, Raven Theatre, $22-36
Details: Chosen as one of Time Magazine's Best Plays of the Decade, this show tells the story of how a blind date turns into a living nightmare.
Shakers and Stirrers, January 15th at 5:30pm, CityScape Bar, $10-20
Details: Make some quality business connections and mingle with top professionals while noshing on complimentary bites at this networking event.
Acupuncture to Quit Smoking, January 15th at 6:30pm, Ravenswood Chiropractic & Wellness Center, FREE
Details: Finally kick the habit for good and learn about the benefits of acupuncture for quitting assistance. Presented by Chinese Medicine Expert and Licensed Chicago Acupuncturist, Tracie Hinton-Chavez LAc.
Sky Blu DJ Set, January 12th at 10pm, The Mid, $10
Details: Party Rock all night with half of the LMFAO duo. This party will definitely last All Night Long.