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We write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preference
• We announced Bentzen Ball 2018! Tig Notaro! Phoebe Robinson! Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher! Amanda Seales! Michelle Buteau! Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness! Come to D.C. in October.
ACTIVE: Spend some time doing yoga in Burnham Park this afternoon.
CULTURE: Check out the genre-blurring works of the graduating class of Northwestern University’s MFA in Documentary Media program, featuring short films, interactive works, and live performances.
FILM: It’s closing night of the African Diaspora International Film Festival at Facets, where you can catch screenings of Timeless and 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green, both of which will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers!
FOOD + DRINK: Saint Lou’s Assembly has a party in partnership with the folks at Bounty Rum, featuring special rum cocktails, a fish fry, special musical guests, and live performances from Carnivale dancers.
MUSIC: Check out the release show for the new LP from experimental music collective Dos Santos, at Sleeping Village featuring an opening set from their friends in the Junius Paul Quartet.
OUTSIDE: Throw yer damn cares away for a few hours and dance in the park at Steppin’ Under the Stars at Seward Park. It goes until 8:30 so I’m not sure exactly how many stars there will be but you get the idea.
STAGE: Legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein appear at the University Club of Chicago to discuss the arc of the media landscape over the last forty years or so in a talk entitled How Reporting has Changed from Nixon to Trump.
STAY IN: Pick up a copy of the new, highly acclaimed spy novel Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht and don’t start your weekend until it’s finished!
ACTIVE: Be the one to hold up a big heavy glass of beer for the longest and win at The Radler’s Stein Hoisting competition.
CULTURE: The Chicago Blues Museum pays tribute to our long, storied history with the R&B industry at Ellis Park tonight for an event entitled Unsung Bronzeville: Legends of Record Row at Ellis.
FILM: The Logan Theatre is doing a late night screening of the late 80s classic Steel Magnolias.
FOOD + DRINK: Craft Brews at the Zoo gives beer and animal lovers two nights to indulge these two passions together. Taste 100+ beers from over 40 regional breweries and look at a bunch of animals during this adults only, after hours event.
FREE: Bring the family to West Ridge Natural Area (Park No. 568) for a program entitled The Way of The Wooden Spoon, giving a comprehensive, interactive history of one of the most important tools known to mankind: the spoon.
MUSIC: Extremely solid indie rock band Flasher plays Schubas with special guests Dehd and Juice Cleanse. This is The Good Shit, folks.
OUTSIDE: So many options for Movies in the Park tonight! Justice League in Vittum Park, Wonder in Bell Park, Back to the Future in Brooks Park, Wonder Woman in Homan Square Park, and Guardians of the Galaxy in Independence Park! Incredible.
STAGE: The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie has a live performance from Ensemble Español, a Spanish Dance Theatre company currently in residence at Northeastern. Tonight’s performance pays tribute to Flamenco legend Jose Greco.
STAY IN: Season 2 of the extremely heartwarming Queer Eye reboot hits Netflix tonight. Why do anything else?
ACTIVE:The ongoing community fitness program Go Run Chicago comes to Columbus Park. Go for a nice run with your fellow Chicagoan.
CULTURE: The Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association’s 57th Chicago Book & Paper Fair comes to the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union Hall in West Loop. Pick up some historic books and such or just browse! This’ll be wild.
FILM: Catch a screening of 1928 silent film Feel My Pulse at the Music Box with a live film score accompaniment provided by their house organist Dennis Scott.
FOOD + DRINK: Big time wine tasting event in Oak Park, Uncork Illinois, is upon us. Taste like 150 wines throughout the day and really get a buzz going.
FREE: Logan Square chooglers Parson’s Chicken & Fish are hosting a neighborhood block party, featuring food, drinks, games, giveaways, and more! Summer in Chicago, baby!
MUSIC: Sleeping Village has got a real solid rock show happening, with sets from Sub Pop/Hardly Art signees Jo Passed and Dick Stusso (respectively), plus locals Café Racer.
OUTSIDE: The Puerto Rican People’s Parade runs down Division from Western to Sacramento this afternoon. It’s the 39th year it’s happened in this location, go show your appreciation for one of Chicago’s most vibrant communities.
STAGE: NYC-based standup comic Kenny DeForest got his start here in Chicago and is BACK in town this weekend for a pair of shows at the indie comedy institution the Lincoln Lodge.
ACTIVE: Instagram-bait fitness challenge The Color Run comes to Soldier Field today. Go run 5 kilometers while getting colorful powder thrown at you!
CULTURE: The Gold Coast Art Fair comes to Grant Park this weekend. Does Grant Park count as the Gold Coast? I don’t really think it does. I guess The Loop Art Fair doesn’t sound sufficiently bougie.
FILM: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is a loving portrait of a singularly great musical icon. You can and should catch it now at the Siskel Film Center. It’s supposed to be really good.
FOOD + DRINK: Celebrate the culinary acheivements of one of the city’s most beloved restaurant districts at the Taste of Randolph Street.
FREE: The Renegade Craft Fair is popping up at Gallagher Way outside of Wrigley Field for one day only today.
MUSIC: Living legend Robert Plant is playing the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park tonight. Ya gotta go see these guys while they’re still around, you know? Bring your dad, too, if he lives in the area. He loves the Zep, I bet.
OUTSIDE: It’s round one of Pride Weekend, the one with the street fest in Boystown, not the one with a parade.
STAGE: Schubas’ 100% Off Comedy series features a new live show called Haters Club, which features a bunch of local comedians taking aim at different concepts with all the hate they can muster. This time around they’re going after Restaurants.
STAY IN: Season 4 of the emotionally draining Showtime series The Affair premieres tonight. Tune in and expect to get stressed out!