Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 5/18 – 5/21

There are tons of things happening this weekend and the curated weekend is here to recommend some of the best ones.

If you happen to have access to Showtime, I highly suggest you sit down on Sunday and take in the world Twin Peaks as I makes it over a quarter of a century return to the airwaves! In the meantime you can listen to this week’s Third Coast Review Mixtape which is centered around the sounds of David Lynch’s distorted world.

Now let’s get you weekend going!


Subject to Change @ Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Ave., 7:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: Bill Savage and Emily Rapport talk art, Chicago’s history of urban planning, and her current exhibit at Firecat Projects, Subject to Change: Urban Landscape and the Architecture of Place.
SO WHAT: Savage teaches in the English Department at Northwestern University and at the Newberry Library. He focuses Chicago literature (focusing on Nelson Algren) and urban studies, with emphasis on the experiential cityscape, vernacular architecture, and the deeper meanings of mundane places like hot dog stands and bars. He just published an annotated edition of George Ade’s 1931 anti-Prohibition polemic, The Old-Time Saloon: Not Wet, Not Dry—Just History (University of Chicago Press).
Rapport studied painting at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Amsterdam. The exhibit of her work is open through May 20.
NOW WHAT: RSVP here. Complimentary refreshments.

Oscar Lopez Rivera Welcome Home Event @ La Casita de Don Pedro, 2625 W. Division St., 4:00PM – 8:00PM
WHAT: The Puerto Rican community is welcoming Oscar Lopez Rivera home.
SO WHAT: The Puerto Rican independence activist, imprisoned for 35 years, was recently released from prison after President Barack Obama commuted his sentence. Oscar co-founded Chicago’s Puerto Rican Cultural Center 45 years ago. This is the event schedule:
4pm – Welcoming at La Casita de Don Pedro
4:30pm – March to the Unveiling of Oscar Lopez Rivera Road
5pm – March to the Humboldt Park Boathouse for Main Event
5:30pm – Main Event for Oscar Lopez Rivera
NOW WHAT: Be at 2625 W. Division for the start of the event and march with the crowd for the welcoming ceremony at the boathouse. Free admission. The event is hosted by the National Boricua Human Rights Network. Read more about Oscar here and here.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, MAY 19th – 20th

Anime Central (ACen) @ Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd
WHAT: A place to get your fill of anime and more!
SO WHAT: Anime Central (ACen) is the largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention in Chicago and the Midwest. The event brings fans together to enjoy their fandom with a huge exhibit hall, a massive video game room, concerts, dances, educational panels and workshops, premiere screenings, autograph sessions, 24-hour video rooms, tabletop gaming, and much more!
NOW WHAT: Registration for the event is currently open. Three day passes are $70 for adults and $15 for children aged 6-12. Single day passes are $45 for Friday or Saturday and $30 for Sunday at the con!

CCBW Putt-Putt at Revolution BrewingCCBW Putt-Putt at Revolution Brewing @ Revolution Tap Room, 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Various times
Putt-putting our way through Revolution Brewing for Chicago Craft Beer Week
SO WHAT: The Revolution Brewing crew have been creating a 9-hole Revolution themed mini-golf course throughout the brewery. You’ll get a chance to show off your putting skills and enjoy all the great beers the local brewer has to offer. There will also be food trucks throughout the weekend including Piko Street Kitchen on Friday from 3pm until 7pm, The Bruges Brothers  on Saturday from 2pm until 7pm, and The Empanada Bike on Sunday from 3pm until 6pm
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $40 per tee time for 4 people per slot. Tickets include a 9-hole round of golf and a can of their newest crushable brew, Sun Crusher! Individual, day-of tee times may be purchased for $10 at the Tap Room, subject to availability.


Prom-A-Llama (An Adults Only Prom) @ 1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave., 8:00PM
WHAT: A prom for adults!
SO WHAT: Santah and Movers&Shakers will present the 3rd annual Prom-A-Llama at 1st Ward/Chop Shop. This will be an opportunity to relive all your favorite prom memories plus everything you wished your prom could have been. Dress to the nines as this is the night to go all out because your an adult now and can party way better than you could in highschool.  There will be special cover sets from some of Chicago’s finest giving you a dance floor is no joke and will be full of surprises all night long including performances from Glam Camp, Gramps The Vamp and more!
NOW WHAT: This event is obviously 21+. Tickets are $25 for singles, $40 for couples!


MAKE X Release and BarBookQue @ Hideout Inn, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
WHAT: The official Chicago release of this amazing anthology, MAKE X: A Decade of Literary Art, from featherproof books.
SO WHAT: This fantastic book release will feature a BarBookQue (aw the time honored tradition of puns) with some tasty offerings including world-renowned pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, veggie burgers, Vitner’s potato chips, and more! Starting at 3:00pm, Adam Burke will act as host while contributors to the book and friends of MAKE (including authors Kathleen Rooney and Martin Seay; visual artist John Sparagana; Chicago historian Paul Durica; Mexico City-based poet Luis Felipe Fabre via video; and many more) will highlight their personal favorite sections of the anthology. There will be a not-to-be-missed live performance from Chicago writer and musician Marvin Tate. He’ll be accompanied by the guitarist Bill MacKay, with visuals by Kim Alpert. Throughout the afternoon there will also be rotating DJs, including poet Fred Schmalz!
NOW WHAT: This spectacular event is free to attend! You can pre-purchase food tickets, a copy of MAKE X, and a copy of The Universe in Miniature in Miniature for $30!

Ultra Fresh II @ Right Way Signs of Chicago, 2333 N Seeley Ave., 4:00PM – 8:00PM
WHAT: The freshest beers you’ll have this week
NOW WHAT: Ultra Fresh II will feature some of the best breweries Chicagoland has to offer, all pouring the freshest beer you’ll ever get your hands on, at one of the city’s most unique venues, Right Way Signs of Chicago. Highlights on the beer list include Corridor’s collab with Illuminated Laced With Passion (Gose), Whiner’s  Miaou (Barrel-aged Belgian Wheat), Pollyanna’s Summerly (Raspberry Wheat Ale), and many more! You can see the whole lineup of beer at their website.
NOW WHAT: General admission is $35 which includes entry, an Ultra Fresh can of Revolution welcome beer, a Half Acre branded tasting glass, and drink tickets for a sample of each brewery. There are also $10 designated driver tickets available which include entry to to the event.


DRAW! DRAW! DRAW! @ Galerie F, 2415 N Milwaukee Ave. 6:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: A live art event in Logan Square
SO WHAT: Galerie F, your place for posters, prints and street art in Chicago, will be hosting a panel of 12 pre-selected artists who will be creating works in the gallery that you can take home with you. This edition will feature (sub)urban warrior, Christian Pena, Jonathan Carradine , Jose Pellecer, Kiki, Luca, M&M, Maribel Pena, Nathan Schreiber, Ramiro, Shuambies, and Steven Luros Holliday. For those of you who may want to create some artwork to sell, there will be a handful of first come first serve “drop-in” seats for artists who were not previously selected for the show. Artists keep 100% of their proceeds from this event and get to share their craft with the amazing patrons of Galerie F. It’s set to be a great night of live at creation where you can socialize with like minded art enthusiasts.
NOW WHAT: The event is free, open to the public, and BYOB. So get yourself some art and party with the funnest art gallery in Chicago!

Lincoln Lodge Presents: Eddie Pepitone @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 7:30PM & 9:30PM
WHAT: Comedy that will have you in stitches
SO WHAT: Comedian Eddie Pepitone is a master of the dark art of comedy. From a long career as a standup and some choice acting roles, Pepitone has garnered a massive following an the nickname the Bitter Buddha. This Lincoln Lodge showcase will also feature Ricky Gonzalez, Alex Kumin, Kevin Lobkovich, Sarah Sherman, Kyle Scanlan, Stephanie Weber, and Derek Smith
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for standing room and $20 for seated. The early show tickets are available here and the late show tickets are here!


Kiefer Sutherland with Rick Brantley: Not Enough Whiskey 2017
WHAT: Kiefer Sutherland trying his hand at music
SO WHAT: Kiefer Sutherland, the world renown actor of TV and Film (and let’s not forget his short appearance in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me), will be coming to Chicago to show off his musical skills. He is touring in support of his first album Down In A Hole, a collection of songs that take from his personal experiences and act almost like a journal. And with a tour name like Not Enough Whiskey, how can you resist.
NOW WHAT: GA seated tickets are $25 for this 17+ show!

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