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Lance Bass, the best NSYNC member, turns 39 this week. Bass is best.

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We write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preference

America’s Best Curator on Cyclical History and The Best Dress that Costs Less than 35 Cents

• Jesus Trejo is our Funny Human of the Week.

• We gave you some hot tips on what to check out this month, it’s Your Best May.



ACTIVE: Bike camping combines two very popular if strenuous activities into one rewarding adventure. Learn more about the ins and outs of bike camping at Trek Bicycle Store’s Intro to Bike Camping.

CULTURE: The Art Institute of Chicago’s got a free talk with Israeli photo artist Ilit Azoulay, complementary upon entry! Go hear about some art and then look at some art.

FILM: Co-Prosperity Sphere’s got the Chicago premiere of the new arthouse documentary We Out Here: A LDN Story, an impressionist profile of London’s modern jazz scene. Makaya McCraven plays live before the screening, which will then be followed by a Q&A with the director, Fabrice Bourgelle.

FOOD + DRINK: Enjoy a lovely dinner surrounded by big weird trees at The Morton Arboretum’s Wine Dinner!

FREE: GMan Tavern’s musical storytelling series Liner Notes features writers, record store clerks, and other music fans taking personal deep dives on their favorite records. Featured albums this time around include Morbid Angel’s Blessed Are The Sick and Lil Boat by Lil Yachty.

MUSIC: Extremely cool Chilean psych rockers Föllakzoid headline the Empty Bottle tonight with guests Lumerians and Dead Feathers. We got a real freaky one on our hands, folks.

OUTSIDE: Check out the Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics at Soldier Field, featuring over 3,000 Special Olympics Chicago athletes celebrating the beginning of the three day competition.

STAGE: Story Club North Side at the Holiday Club features live storytelling performances from Chicago-based performers like Simon Tran, Rashawn Scott, and Nestor Gomez, with a handful of open mic slots available, in case you’ve got something to share!

STAY IN: John Mulaney’s new standup special for Netflix Kid Gorgeous is, of course, fantastic. He’s probably the best standup comic going, throw on the new hour to find out why!


ACTIVE: Location, Location, Location is a city-wide scavenger hunt from Atlas Obscura, which will set you on a series of “Google-proof” quests to track down some of the most iconic locations in Chicago film history.

CULTURE: Chicago street artist Penny Pinch’s new solo show, Broad Shoulders, opens tonight at Galerie F. This new collection of work, which pays tribute to our shared hometown of Chicago, is only on display for about 10 days, so get over there while you can!

FILM: The Chicago Critics Film Festival runs all week starting tonight, with opening ceremonies showcasing the Midwest premiere of Fast Color, featuring an appearance from the film’s star, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and its writer/producer Jordan Horowitz.

FOOD + DRINK: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum’s got a nice lookin event profiling the history of Bourbon in the US, which gives you the chance to sample some nice mint juleps in anticipation of the Kentucky Derby this weekend!

FREE: So it’s Star Wars day, May the 4th, and in honor of this special day in nerddom, Headquarters has a special Star War type event with drink specials and a DJ set from DJ Chewbacca.

MUSIC: Longrunning indie math rockers Minus the Bear play the House of Blues tonight with special guests the Coathangers.

OUTSIDE: So I mentioned above that it’s Star Wars day, so you best grab your lightsaber and celebrate May the 4th by participating in a series of three pop up jedi battle Freeze Mobs. So you’re not like actually hitting each other, just doing a series of surprise tableaus around town. Still, this will be a good time if you’re into this sort of thing.

STAGE: Longrunning interview show The Interview Show with Mark Bazer is back again, with a strong parade of guests planned, including recent Top Chef winner Joe Flamm, author Rebecca Makkai, and local comedian and podcaster Arnie Niekamp.

STAY IN: Melissa Broder, the acclaimed writer behind popular Twitter feed @SoSadToday, just released her debut novel, The Pisces, a thrilling exploration of woman-fishman love that shares some tonal ground with The Shape of Water. Maybe stay in tonight and quench your thirst for lady-on-fish-person kissing?


ACTIVE: Cinco de Miler is a 5 mile race/celebration of Mexican culture going down this morning at Montrose Harbor. Run the thing and then feast on tamales, chips and salsa, and more!

CULTURE: The Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire at Carl Schurz High School gives you the chance to check out work from over 100 Chicago-based makers from all ages and backgrounds.

FILM: The Siskel Film Center’s got the World Premiere of Scraps, an indie film featuring some of the most talented performers and comedians in Chicago. It looks super dark and super funny.

FOOD + DRINK: The Chicago Beer Classic at Soldier Field unfolds across two sessions of booze, snacks, games, and more! Now that the weather is halfway decent, this is exactly the kind of stuff you should be doing on your weekends!

FREE: It’s Free Comic Book Day again. Head to your fav graphic novel dispensary for what is basically Record Store Day for a different kind of nerd!

MUSIC: Eleanor Friedberger, formerly of the Fiery Furnaces plays Lincoln Hall tonight. Her solo work is way less obtuse than her last band, more focused on straightforward songcraft than oblique experimentation.

OUTSIDE: Hit Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park for the 20th annual Chicago Kids and Kites festival, where you’ll see a sky full of kites of all shapes, colors, and sizes, piloted by kids and adults alike! Can you think of an event more Instagrammable than this one?

STAGE: Comedy show/shameful storytelling showcase We Still Like You goes up at The Storefront on Milwaukee, featuring a whole bunch of standup comics telling humiliating stories of failure and embarrassment!

STAY IN: Grab your closest rock fan friends and gather round the television for the premiere of the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, only on HBO. Is there a better way to spend a Saturday night than to watch Bon Jovi and The Moody Blues bumble onstage and awkwardly thank people you’ve never heard of? No!


ACTIVE: Throw on your wrist guards and head to Emporium Fulton Market for a high-stakes Air Hockey tournament! Show what you got, going up against some of the best air hockeyers in town.

CULTURE: Super Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center has new exhibitions, student art for sale, and free activities for the whole family.

FILM: The Chicago Critics Film Festival brings u a very special 25th anniversary screening of Jurassic Park on 35mm. Thanks, critics!

FOOD + DRINK: Chicago WingFest is upon us again, featuring dozens of food spots offering up their take on Buffalo wings at the UIC Pavilion. Can you imagine the feast that awaits you here?

FREE: Awake & Bake, the inexplicably 100% free Chicago coffee and pie festival, happens this afternoon at Chop Shop in Wicker Park. Free pie and free coffee, what on earth.

MUSIC: New Avondale music venue/cocktail spot Sleeping Village has a Sound of Spring event happening, with drink specials, DJ sets from Chicago scene standbys and musical guests Glass Lux and Flint Eastwood.

OUTSIDE: The 22nd annual Art in Wilder Park fest, a juried arts and crafts showcase, wraps up today! Check out handmade goods from local and regional artisans, plus live music, entertainment, and food vendors!

STAGE: Steppenwolf’s latest production, The Doppelganger, features Rainn Wilson in a starring role. Catch the former Office breakout star at another performance of this acclaimed work, featuring a pre-show discussion entitled The History & Politics of Farce in Cinema, featuring special guests from Facets Cinémathèque.

STAY IN:  Season 2 of HBO’s goofy ass Boogie Nights tribute act/standup comedy nostalgia circle jerk I’m Dying Up Here premieres tonight! Wonder if it’ll get less or MORE weird this season. Only one way to find out.