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This weekend is the season finale of Saturday Night Live and Louis CK is hosting so Louie/SNL gifs are this weeks’ guide. Louie!




THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!










  • Parsons Chicken & Fish celebrate their two year anniversary with a Summer is Coming party, with an afternoon DJ set from Dave Mata of Soul Summit, plus drink and food specials, raffles, and giveaways.
  • Columbia College holds its annual Manifest Urban Arts festival, described as “the ultimate showcase of young talent,”  from noon until 9 today. There will be panels, performance art, live music, and more from the best of Columbia’s art students. This is good even if you’re not giving Columbia College way too much money in tuition.
  • FEW Spirits distillery in Evanston has its first FEW Friday party of 2015, featuring cocktails, music from Jeff Brown & The New Black, and food from the 5411 empanada food truck.
  • Head to Bridgeport for the Bridgeport Arts Center’s monthly art walk, where you can check out work from a bunch of local artists showcased in their studios. Vendors regularly offer discounts, snackies, and the opportunity to maybe pet a studio cat or two.
  • Mayfest officially kicks off street festival season this weekend, celebrating the three B’s essential to every street fest: beer, (cover) bands, and big crowds.
  • ACTIVATE is a new public art program that turns regular ol’ boring alleyways in the Loop into immersive experiential art parties. Tonight’s project is called Nightbloom, and will cover the walls of the Sullivan Center alley in textural illustrations, installations, and more from 10 local artists. If you RSVP in advance, you get a free drink, which is something!
  • The HoZac Blackout Fest is in full swing tonight, with sets tonight from Boston-based old school punks The Real Kids, Minneapolis’ power pop stalwarts Cozy, Milwaukee-bred ragers Platinum Boys, and local poppers Mama.
  • For those do-gooders with a bit of cash and a taste for Wilco, Jeff Tweedy’s annual fundraising solo show is also tonight. WHERE ARE YOU, DADS? DADS LIKE THIS!
  • Roar is a movie made with 100+ live, untrained lions, tigers, and panthers and is sort of about a family that lives with them. It’s an insane B-movie nugget that will make you laugh and might give you a panic attack (but like, in a fun way!). It’s showing at midnight tonight at the Music Box and I insist you attend.



  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • The Mac Blackout Band and Nones play a free afternoon instore to celebrate the closing of an art show at Logan Square record shop saki, featuring photos and artwork from Mac Blackout and Nones’ Rob Karlic. I love saki because they willingly purchased multiple copies of the Record Strore Day exclusive Gallagher picture disc. They know good stuff.
  • Schamburg’s Truckin’ Around is the self-proclaimed “premiere food truck festival of the suburbs” and who are we to deny that? Nearly 30 food trucks head out to the burbs, with live music and 50+ kinds of craft beer available to sample and/or drink a bunch of.
  • Long-running Philly-based indie punk band Glocca Morra is calling it quits, but they’re going out for One Last Tour before doing so. They’re stopping through Chicago tonight (this afternoon??) at 5:30 at the Beat Kitchen. Greys and The Valenteens open.


  • Then, providing you make it to the night, here are some suggestions for the evening:
  • Electro-pop experimentalist Dan Deacon plays a sold out show at Thalia Hall with support from a trio of weirdos, including Prince Rama, ONO, and the incredible mystic Ben O’Brien. Go for Ben, stay because you joined Ben’s cult.
  • You know all those high school notes and old diaries you have sitting in some shoebox somewhere in your parents’ basement or under your bed? The folks from Mortified invite special guests to read the juiciest excerpts from theirs. Sounds great but also sort of horrifying, right? Check out one of the two Mortified shows happening tonight at Mayne stage to decide for yourself.
  • So there’s Anderson Cooper, silver fox TV journalist, and there’s Andy Cohen, executive producer of the Real Housewives series and host of Watch What Happens Live. They’re friends and are going hang out together onstage at The Chicago Theatre for a while in An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. Check it out if this sounds like the sort of thing that you’d be interested in.
  • Matt Sharp is one of the reasons why the first two Weezer records are as great as they are. He is also the reason his spinoff project/main thing over the last 20 years, The Rentals continue to be awesome. Catch him and the rest of The Rentals at Bottom Lounge tonight.
  • HoZac Blackout Fest continues tonight with headlining sets from the incredible first-wave punk band The Avengers, with support from a slew garagey sweethearts from across the Midwest, including Sweet Knives, Nervosas, THING, and Gross Pointe.
  • For some late night laffs, check out Goofballs United which features Chicago-based sketch, improv, and standup handpicked by local entities The Upstairs Gallery and The Steamroller monthly at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park. Tonight features two independent improv teams: Dry and The Upstairs Gallery All Stars, plus standup from Shannon Noll and sketch from Ray BradGary.
  • Shake it to some deep funk and soul cuts at the mighty Soul Summit dance party at Double Door, with guest DJs Dante Carfagna, a “Funk Archeologist” from Numero Group, and Memphis-based JONE$.
  • That guy that’s bald is hosting SNL.




  • Big Star Chef Cary Taylor is this month’s resident guest chef cooking up brunch treats at Avec as a part of their Friends of Avec brunch series. Avec is great, Big Star is great. Two great tastes that taste great together.
  • Pick up some sweet vintage Midcentury Modern decor at this month’s installment of Vintage Garage Chicago in Uptown, which boasts over 100 vendors offering up tons of vintage clothing, furniture, and more.
  • Osmium Coffee Bar offers a trip back to the early days of recorded music with an afternoon of old timey blues, folk, and jazz recordings played directly from 78 RPM shellac records.
  • Goose Island’s 2nd annual Battle of the Breweries dodgeball tournament goes down today in the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse. Though the event is sold out, there are still a few pairs of tickets being raffled off between now and then. Maybe you’ll win!
  • The National’s Bryce Dessner joins the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra for their Spring concert featuring the premiere Chicago performance of his original composition St. Carolyn By The Sea.
  • Chinese psych rockers Chun Wai play The Burlington with Minneapolis’ Flavor Crystals and locals Krol Kleks. How often do you get the chance to see a band from the other side of the world play an intimate show like this one? NOT OFTEN!
  • Indie improv duo Feldmanowski are one of the best, most consistent teams out there, and tonight they kick off a run at iO with an opening set from the legendary 3033. This is what we talk about when we talk about a good improv show.
  • Close out your weekend in a very Chicago way by dropping the $4 on 3 hours of late night soul jazz from the Joel Paterson Trio at The Green Mill.