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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!
• Monrock is our Funny Human of the Week.
ACTIVE: Looking for a challenging, fast paced group ride through the city of Chicago? Check out Performance Bikes’ intermediate ride, meeting up this evening for a nice brisk haul through the city.
CULTURE: The Poetry Foundation hosts a reading featuring contributors to the new ecologically-minded poetry anthology Ghost Fishing.
FILM: Co-Prosperity Sphere’s got a free showcase of experimental sci-fi films, featuring the work of Sky David. It’s Lightworks!
FOOD + DRINK: The 2nd Annual Smokin’ Pork In The Park BBQ Cookoff at Millennium Park-adjacent eatery Park Grill goes down this eve.
FREE: Free weirdo experimental rock gig at The Owl, featuring Wei Zhongle, Bl_ank, Forced into Liminality, and Matthew Mehlan! This is a good one folks!!!
MUSIC: Ro James and BJ The Chicago Kid coheadline a real cool looking show at Lincoln Hall.
OUTSIDE: Get outside to Wrigleyville’s new outdoor space Gallagher Way and do some damn early morning yoga!
STAGE: Leftist comedy showcase Monkey Wrench returns with another barnburner at Elastic Arts, this one a late night gig featuring NYC-based standup and recent Chapo Trap House guest Jake Flores.
STAY IN: Fox has a new special where actor Terrence Howard pranks a bunch of people who are super big fans of his or something? That’ll teach em’! Terrence Howard’s Fright Club is your place for all your fan-scaring needs.
ACTIVE: It’s Critical Mass time again, jump on your whip and cruise around town with like 500 of your closest friends. Summertime Critical Mass rides are super fun, enjoy it!
CULTURE: The 32nd annual Chicago Irish Fest comes to Chicago Gaelic Park. If you’re not burnt out from St. Paddys day a few months ago, go out and celebrate your (or other people’s) Irish heritage!
FILM: Cultishly adored Netflix series Sense8 is coming to an end and the Music Box has an exclusive preview screening of the last ep! Creators/directors Lana and Karin Wachowski will be there, too, which is neat!
FOOD + DRINK: Illinois Craft Beer Week closes up shop tonight with the Good Libations closing ceremonies, featuring samplings of tropical brews from over 60 craft breweries!
FREE: The Chicago House Music Festival happens tomorrow, so you better get your dancing skills in order. They’re offering free dance classes throughout the day, giving you the chance to learn styles like voguing, Latin house, and good old fashioned house.
MUSIC: Garage rock feller King Tuff headlines Lincoln Hall, and is joined by guests Cut Worms and Sasami.
OUTSIDE: The Late Great Nocturnal Night at the North Park Village Nature Center Park is a fun exploration of the various critters that come out at night around the park! Fun for families and nature fans of all ages.
STAGE: Working in retail is a horror show, across the board. The Annoyance has got a new storytelling/improv show called The Customer is Always Right? featuring true stories from real customer service employees about their worst run-ins with customers, followed by improv sets drawing inspiration from these tales!
STAY IN: Amazon’s got a new miniseries adaptation of the classic atmospheric genre picture Picnic at Hanging Rock streaming now! I wonder if it’ll be good??
ACTIVE: Every Saturday, Humboldt Park, Washington Park, and Warren Park host ‘Go Run Chicago, a series of timed community-oriented run/jog/walks. Training for the big 5k? Looking to just sort of get fit? Here’s a nice thing.
CULTURE: The Metro’s got the 2018 Grabby Awards, celebrating the best and brightest in gay adult entertainment! This will be a wild time!
FILM: Perhaps you’d like to get real zooted and vibe out to the classic stoner pairing of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz at The Logan Theatre?
FOOD + DRINK: Mole de Mayo Festival in Pilsen is a massive competition pitting local chefs against one another in a big mole cookoff! Plus live music and lucha libre wrestling!
FREE: The Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park is upon us. Celebrate the deep roots of Chicago House Music, featuring performers like Ron Trent, Louie Vega, Gifted Souls, and more!
MUSIC: The Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, one of the first big street festivals of Chicago summer festival season, has music from folks like Wedding Banned, Trippin Billies, and more!
OUTSIDE: The city’s Memorial Day parade is today, go out and pay tribute to those folks.
STAGE: Longrunning comedy debate show Arguments & Grievances returns to At North, featuring comedians squaring off on such topics as Kissing Boys vs. Kissing Girls and Letters vs. Numbers.
STAY IN: Honk honk! That’s the alarm that sounds when there’s a new Stephen King novel! This one is called The Outsider and boy does it sounds dark!
ACTIVE: It’s that time of year where they shut down Lakeshore Drive and you get to ride ya damn bike on it! It’s Bike the Drive, baby!!!!!
CULTURE: The Barrington Art Festival in Downtown Barrington showcasing the work of over 130 artists all in one big nice area!
FILM: B-Movie Mania at The Native has a real good double feature of Tropic Thunder and Assault on Devil’s Island (starring Hulk Hogan and Carl Weathers for gods sake!!!!!)!!!!
FOOD + DRINK: West Logan Square patio spot Park and Field is throwing a damn Memorial Day Luau and Pig Roast! Wish I wasn’t gonna be out of town for this, damn!
FREE: Take a free tour of Haymarket Brewery’s 15 barrel brewing space this afternoon. I wonder if they have samples to enjoy, do you think?
MUSIC: The Chicago Philharmonic’s Hollywood Heroes event features a collection of music from classic film soundtracks performed live! Come in costume and walk the Red Carpet beforehand for a True Hollywood Experience.
OUTSIDE: Head up to the roof of Little Goat for a warm weather party, featuring small bites and beer courtesy of Revolution Brewing. It’s time for Rev on the Roof!
STAGE: Ever wonder how to get your kids into the wonderful world of drag? Consider starting at Miss Muffy’s Family Funday Drag Queen Brunch at the Carbon Arc Bar up in Lincoln Square. It’s a family friendly Drag Brunch!
STAY IN: Learn about the life and tragic death of iconic comedian Phil Hartman in the new Reelz documentary Phil Hartman: Behind Closed Doors which premieres tonight.
ACTIVE: Get some damn Cycle Therapy at Pier 31 Restaurant before your holiday bbq! Ride those bikes!
CULTURE: Hyperinclusive variety show at Beauty Bar Something Else returns for another evening full of comedy/variety/experimental whatevers!
FILM: The Chicago Film Society in partnership with the Music Box is screening a collection of 70mm film shorts! Archival weirdness, theme park nature films, time lapse experiments, and special surprises await you!
FOOD + DRINK: Replay Lincoln Park’s latest popup bar funtime novelty thing is Gotta Drink ‘Em All, a Pokemon-themed popup! You gotta wonder if they get the okay from these massive media properties or not on these things, you know? Is Nintendo gonna get mad at these guys for this???
FREE: The National Veterans Art Museum’s got a special set of programs planned for Memorial Day, including live literature readings, poetry, music, and more from Chicago-based vets.
MUSIC: Experimental Sound Studio’s got a mind-expanding thing planned for you, featuring a solo performance from improvisational musician Bonnie Jones, followed by a talk with local jazz legend Ken Vandermark.
OUTSIDE: One way to spend your Memorial Day is all freaking drunk on a boat out on Lake Michigan. The Chicago Party Boat’s Memorial Day Booze Cruise is one such way to do exactly this.
STAGE: The Hideout’s weekly standup comedy showcase, Comedy at the Hideout, goes down before their poetry open mic tonight. An evening of people doing what they love onstage!!!!
STAY IN: It’s Monster Week over at Animal Planet, which means it’s time for some cryptozoology! The Lost Kingdom of The Yeti, which premieres tonight, follows yeti hunter Mark Evans on his trek through the Himalayas in search of signs of this legendary cryptid. Do you think he finds him?