Jack Black’s newest film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, comes out this weekend. Is Jack Black good? I used to love the guy but then his shtick seemed annoying and one note but then he did Bernie and every time I think I don’t like him he does something noteworthy and good. The clock movie looks bad but I’m not a kid so who I am to judge? Last year’s The Polka King was really good.
- It’s the middle of September. Have Your Best September.
- Roman Fraden is the Funny Human of the Week.
- We interviewed the director of the upcoming Love, Gilda.
ACTIVE: Maggie Daley Park’s got a rock climbing type event planned for you called 21 & Upward.
CULTURE: Haute Dog is a v fancy dog fashion show with expensive tickets, the proceeds of which will be going to Canine Companions, a nonprofit that helps partner disabled people with support dogs.
FILM: The Music Box’s 70mm Film Festival continues through this weekend, with screenings of Lawrence of Arabia and Patton today.
FOOD + DRINK: Chicago’s favorite farmers market, the Green City Market comes to Gallagher Way this evening.
FREE: Cool looking beer event at Emporium Wicker Park, offering up samples of a few dozen beers from breweries across the state of California.
MUSIC: Psych pop weirdo Cut Worms headlines Schubas tonight with guests Glyders and Jungle Green.
OUTSIDE: Enjoy the late Summer vibes while you take in a nice Community Bonfire at Cornell Park.
STAGE: Chicago-based writer Jessica Hopper is joined in conversation by Megan Stielstra at Women & Children First, where they’ll discuss Hopper’s new memoir, the.
STAY IN: The VVitch just hit Netflix this week, I still haven’t seen it but I understand it’s extremely good. Get in the fall spirit and get all creeped out!
ACTIVE: How about a fun, creepy walking tour of Chicago’s more sordid historical corners? The Richard H. Driehaus Museum brings you the Saints & Sinners Walking Tour.
CULTURE: Love crafts and/or crafting? May I suggest the American Craft Exposition at the Chicago Botanic Garden?
FILM: Catch a late night screening of the iconic Vietnam era masterwork Apocalypse Now at the Logan Theatre.
FOOD + DRINK: Eataly’s SeptemberFest is one month earlier than the more traditional Oktoberfest, featuring all-you-can-eat food and drinks throughout their massive Italian food mall.
FREE: Longrunning garage rock warriors/archivists Hozac records bring a nasty rock show to the Virgin Hotel tonight, featuring The Cowboys and The Yolks.
MUSIC: Ex-Majical Cloudz vocalist/songwriter Devon Welsh headlines an intimate show at Constellation, featuring guests Gia Margaret and Nick Schofield.
OUTSIDE: The Goose Island 312 Block Party helps you close out music festival season with a nice laid back few days of live music from folks like TV On The Radio, Sunflower Bean, and Mick Jenkins.
STAGE: AI-driven comedy collective Botnik return to their Chicago home, the Hideout, for a new show entitled The Songularity.
STAY IN: Maniac, the new Netflix sci-fi miniseries starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, looks like a more tech-heavy take on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That’s fine with me!
ACTIVE: The 606 Trail Bar Crawl is a great way to get some exercise while exploring some of the better bars along the 606.
CULTURE: Local artist/writer/activist Julia Dratel’s new solo show, Intellectual Property, opens at Elastic Arts tonight.
FILM: Among the 70mm Film Festival screenings today at the Music Box, there is a screening of the massively creepy, singularly weird Jim Henson picture The Dark Crystal.
FOOD + DRINK: The Chicago Food Truck Festival helps you close out Summer at LaBagh Woods, featuring 20+ trucks pulled up full of treats for you to sample.
FREE: Free evening of synthesizer music and vibes at Damn Fine Coffee Bar in Logan Square, featuring synth performances from PN4A and cAREfulgiANTs accompanied by analog visuals from cloverdr.
MUSIC: The World Music Festival has a handful of shows going on tonight around town, including Beatdown Soundsystem in Loyola Park, Lo Còr De La Plana and Zhou Family Band at the Holtschneider Performance Center at DePaul, and Jupiter & Okwess, Delgres, and Quantic at the Concord Music Hall.
OUTSIDE: They’ve got a nice family camping event at Northerly Island tonight, offering a unique opportunity to sleep under the stars in one of the city’s best, most underrated parks.
STAGE: YAS! Fest at Millennium Park showcases some of the most talented youths in Chicago.
STAY IN: The Endless is another extremely good genre picture that just recently became available on Netflix. Watch it, it rules!
ACTIVE: The Chicago Half Marathon is today, which is like a regular marathon but shorter.
CULTURE: The Chicago Plus Market features handmade and vintage clothing for plus sized people at the Empty Bottle.
FILM: Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records screens at GMan Tavern today as a part of the Cold Waves industrial music festival happening this weekend.
FOOD + DRINK: There’s still plenty of Logan Square Farmers Market left before it wraps up for the season next month.
FREE: The Museum of Science and Industry is free today! One of the most fun and interesting museums in the dang city!
MUSIC: Melkbelly’s Miranda Winters plays solo at Schubas with special guests Joe & Linda and Mia Joy. Cool show!
OUTSIDE: Head to Navy Pier where the World Music Festival gets all mashed up with the World Dumpling Festival, featuring music and dumplings from all over the world!
STAGE: Take in a performance of the world premiere of Guadalís Del Carmen’s new play Not For Sale, which is a hyperlocal look at the effects gentrification has on Chicago’s nonwhite communities.
STAY IN: The final, unfinished season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown premieres tonight. Legendary stuff.