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The Halloween circus is coming to town: Sideshow Villains at Alhambra Palace (Episode 896)

Get ready for a live event unlike anything else happening in Chicago this season: Sideshow Villains’ Deviant Cabaret is happening at Alhambra Palace (1240 W. Randolph) on Sunday, October 22. Described as “a mix of dance, circus, and cabaret acts…

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You wanted the heaviest … you got the heaviest… PHAT KISS (Episode 895)

Plus-sized Kiss tribute band Phat Kiss plays Livewire (3394 N. Milwaukee) Halloween night. Half the band joined me at Cobra Lounge to talk about the show, and everything relating to Kiss. Car Con Carne is presented by Alex Ross Art….

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Halloween time is Giallo time in Chicago: Cinephile Stephanie Sack (Episode 894)

Cinephile/Giallo expert Stephanie Sack returns to Car Con Carne to talk about some Giallo events happening in Chicago during this Halloween season. The centerpiece of that list is a special appearance by “Suspiria” actress Barbara Magnolfi at Chicago’s horror-themed cafe,…

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‘We don’t just sell rubber Halloween masks. We sell characters’ – Zagone Studios (Episode 893)

Every year, Halloween fans scramble to find the perfect masks and costumes to represent themselves through Spooky Season. For decades, a local mask maker has been there for them. Zagone Studios in Melrose Park has been making handmade (!) masks…

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A visit with Tim Virgin to favorite haunt HellsGate (Episode 892)

Let me just get this out of the way: The annual opening of HellsGate is one of my most anticipated events of the year. The immersive, engaging haunt is world class, and I leave there smiling and giddy every year….

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Rustbelt “You Got Nowhere to Go But You’re Going There Tonight” (SNACK)

Juiceboxxx is no more. Enter Rustbelt. John Chiaverina has moved on from his well-known stage name and is now focused on Rustbelt. Today’s Snack is the title track of his forthcoming 4-song EP (out 1/19/24), “You Got Nowhere to Go…

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Horror House scares up business in Avondale (Episode 891)

The Horror House (2911 W. Belmont) has been open for just over a year, and has quickly established itself as an essential part of Chicago’s pop culture landscape. As Halloween approaches, I sat down with Horror House co-owner Vinny Malave…

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Halloween season is ‘go time’ for monster band The Ooozin’ Ahhhs (Episode 890)

I’m joined by members of monster band the Ooozin’ Ahhhs for this Halloween/Candy Corn Carne episode. Maximilian, Mx. Supreme, Boris and Icfos packed their scary selves into my car to talk about their origins in Romania, the rich history of…

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Ron Lazzeretti “Count Down By Threes” (SNACK – 9/25/23)

This Snack comes courtesy of Chicago singer/songwriter Ron Lazzeretti. The song is “Count Down By Threes,” from his upcoming album “Fat Head, Sunday Paper,” which comes out Friday the 29th. He’ll follow that up with a free show at Fitzgerald’s…

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H.O.O.F. celebrates the ‘women, femmes, and thems of the Chicago punk scene’ (Episode 889)

The first-ever H.O.O.F. (Hands Off Our Fest) happens on Saturday, September 30 at Blue Island Beer Company (13357 Olde Western Avenue, Blue Island). Appearing on the bill are: Sweetie Hayley and the Crushers Won’t Stay Dead Heet Death Hi Ho…