Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 9/28 – 10/1

After last week’s intense warm weather, the next few days are looking a little more manageable. What better way to spend the weekend than with these amazing events including unique parties, Oktoberfest celebrations,  and interesting plays!

Let’s get on with your curated weekend!


ACTIVATE Hideaway: Retreat from the Street @ Arcade Place Alley, 55 S Wells St., entrance between Madison and Monroe, 5:00PM – 10:00 PM
WHAT: Chicago Loop Alliance’s unique ACTIVATE series
SO WHAT: This year’s ACTIVATE series explores the theme, Off Street, inviting the public to explore the pulse of daily life that the alley embodies. Art and programming will focus on a different aspect of alley life for each event through the scope of dynamic art, music and lights. This edition of ACTIVATE is curated by Salonathon and will will invite guests to redefine who they are and throw propriety aside with activities including live music, dancing, magic tricks and more. There will be magic from Alexander the Amazing’, music from Dirt Red Brass Band, opera and R&B artist Alexa Græ, hip-hop artist Mykele Deville, sets DJ Danny Leroy, and so much more!
NOW WHAT: The event is free and attendees who RSVP in advance will receive a complimentary drink ticket for beer or wine at the event.

The Conversation: Sex and Power @ Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St, 7:00PM
WHAT: A thoughtful conversation on the relationship between sex and power
SO WHAT: Kim Brooks will ask some experts to discuss just the dynamics between power and sex. Included in this discussion will be Claire Dederer memoirist most recently of Love and Trouble; Ashley Victoria, improv artist and doyenne of the Sex Positive variety show; C Russell Price, poet and author most recently of Tonight, We Fuck the Trailer Park Out of Each Other; Gina Frangello, author most recently of Every Kind of Waiting, and Sarah Hepola, author of Black Out: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.
NOW WHAT: Admission to this discussion is free! There’s a party afterward at Las Manos gallery, where we’ll talk some more and maybe some people will make out.


Chicago International Latino Theater Festival @ National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, 6:00PM
WHAT: DESTINOS, the first Chicago International Latino Theater Festival
SO WHAT: This ambitious month-long festival will put on display ‘first voice’ plays and panels throughout the month of October. The festival features an unprecedented roster of international and local Latino works. It will kick off with the U.S. premiere of I, the Worst of All  by Iraida Tapias, directed by Juan José Martín. Performed by Water People Theater, I, the Worst of All takes a look at the life of  Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, who lived in a dying century that refused to perish and as such, enhanced its bigotry against her talent and thirst for knowledge.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $25 and are available here! This play runs Fridays-Sundays, September 29-October 8, 2017


Revolution Oktoberfest 2017 @ The Revolution Brewpub, Milwaukee Ave., between California & Fullerton, 5:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: An Oktoberfest Celebration!
SO WHAT: It’s that time of the year when Oktoberfest parties run wild and this one looks particularly special. Revolution will be releasing their yearly Oktoberfest brew with a big celebration featuring some amazing performers including Jeff Rosenstock, White Lung, Real Estate, (Sandy) Alex G, and more! There will also be a nice local contingent of musical all-stars; you can check out the rest of the stacked lineup here!
NOW WHAT: There will be a $5 suggested donation  to benefit the neighborhood school programs of Friends of Goethe School.


Bye Bye Liver: 10 Years, 1 Million Beers (Literally) @ Public House Theatre, 3914 N Clark St., 8:00PM
WHAT: It’s the 10th birthday party for Public House Theatre’s Bye Bye Liver, Chicago’s drinking play.
SO WHAT: Created by Byron Hatfield of PHT and staged in Chicago for the last 10 years, Bye Bye Liver combines two of Chicago’s favorites pasttimes: sketch comedy and drinking games. It has also been produced in cities all over the U.S. plus Toronto.
NOW WHAT: The show runs 75 minutes; the rest of the time is for partying. Tickets are $25-50. Buy them online or call 773.230.4770.


Dusek’s 3rd Annual Blocktoberfest @ Dusek’s , 1227 W 18th St., Noon – 10:00PM
WHAT: A block party at Dusek’s
SO WHAT: Dusek’s 3rd Annual Blocktoberfest is a celebration of the restaurant’s anniversary as well as the community that surrounds it. The day is filled with food, beer, punch, bocce ball, games, face painting and more. They will be offering cheddar pretzels, sausage sandwiches, stout churros, beer by Surly Brewing Company and punch by Wheatly Vodka. Check out the full lineup of music here!
NOW WHAT: Bring the whole family to this free event and if you RSVP over at Do312, the first 100 people (21+) to arrive receive a free beer. A portion of proceeds will benefit Pilsen’s Elevarte Community Studio, as well as a book drive for Open Books.

CROWD OUT: The Performance @ Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St., 3:00PM – 4:00PM
WHAT: Witness the crowd.
SO WHAT: Chicagoans from all 50 wards will head to the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park for the North American debut of CROWD OUT, from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. 1,000 performers from across the Chicagoland area will take part Lang’s piece explores what it means to be part of a crowd through shouts and whispers, cheers and song.
NOW WHAT: Join Chicago Humanities Festival and Illinois Humanities to watch the final performance, led by conductors Donald Nally and Tim Munro. Attendance is free, all you have to do is show up!

Julian Ramirez
Julian Ramirez