"A pantomime is a traditional British Christmas play... a mix of fairy stories, folk tales and much loved cartoons which encourage audience participation," according to beloved Chicago chanteuse and sometimes theatrical director Sally Timms. For the third year, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, is presenting a "Christmas Dinosaur Panto," this one entitled "Mutiny on the Beagle: A Darwinian Romp on the Open Seas in Search of the Jurassic Origins of Christmas" and featuring local underground rock scene legends Jon Langford, Tim Tuten and Janet Bean, among others. There are two shows nightly at 7 (kid-friendly) and 10 p.m. (not-so-kid-friendly) this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The cover is $12 for adults and $5 for kids under 16; for more information, call (773) 227-4433 or visit www.hideoutchicago.com.
The wildly popular underground-metal-themed gourmet burger joint Kuma's Corner is sponsoring a two-day "Kuma's Doom Fest" this weekend to benefit several local charities. The chaos will reign supreme at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, as Kongh, Samothrace, Indian, Ol' Scratch, Minsk, Blood of the Tyrant, Beneath Oblivion, Rue, Ganon and Rabid Rabbit take the stage starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Yakuza, Plague Bringer, the Atlas Moth, Lair of the Minotaur, Jungle Rot, Battlefields, Lord Mantis, Across Tundras and Harpoon do the same starting at 6:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door each day; or more information, visit www.myspace.com/kumasdoomfest or www.doubledoor.com or call (773) 489-3160.
While the man himself can be disappointing in live performance these days, his songs remain immortal, and those are what will be celebrated during the fourth annual "Alex Chilton Birthday Bash" at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. Among the local artists tackling the work of Chilton and Big Star are Alla, Certain Stars, Dolly Varden, the Drysales, Evening Bells, the Injured Parties, the New Fiction and Welcome to Ashley. The cover is $10; for more information, call (773) 276-3600 or visit www.emptybottle.com.
Billed as "Grandma Got Run Over by the DJ II," the local DJ duo Flosstradamus--J2K (Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci)--are hosting a sure-to-be-groovy post-Christmas Party starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, and featuring an array of surprise special guests. Tickets are an extremely reasonable $5 in advance or at the door; for more information, call (773) 478-4408 or visit www.abbeypub.com.