The year is just rolling by too quickly. We’re already in November, the weather is cooling down, and we’re abut to lose an hour to the end of Daylight Savings Time. Luckily the events are just as plentiful with all the movies, concerts, art exhibits, and beer parties you could ever want! Take a look below at some of the best events happening over the next few days and fill up your schedule!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
ALL WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 2nd – 5th
Cinepocalypse @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., Various Times
WHAT: The city’s best (and coolest) independent theater presents Chicago’s only genre film festival, Cinepocalypse.
SO WHAT: This new incarnation of what once was the Bruce Campbell Film Festival (that was previously presented at Wizard World in the suburbs), the festival boasts over 60 films, from world premieres to retrospectives on some of the biggest names in camp cinema. Check out our overview here, and see the full schedule here.
NOW WHAT: Screenings range from $12 – $18 for this amazing lineup of films!
THURSDAY – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd – 4th
Confluence 20+ @ Block 37, 108 N State St., 3rd Floor, Noon – 7:00PM
WHAT: Confluence 20+ is an exhibition featuring 20 of Hong Kong’s contemporary designers, artists and visionaries. Located on the third floor of Block 37, this is the only North American stop for the touring exhibit.
SO WHAT: The exhibition will be closing this Saturday and until then all visitors will receive free Confluence 20+ souvenirs including Ooobject coffee and tea mugs, egg trays and pens made from recycled materials such as coffee grounds, tea leaves, egg shells and ginger peels. You will also be able to purchase pieces from Julie Progin and Jesse McLin’s “Fragment(s)” collection made in Chicago.
NOW WHAT: Admission is free and open to the public, so don’t miss out on this great exhibition! This is a unique opportunity to see creative perspectives from another of the world’s great cities.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd
Penguin Hops Release Party @ Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr., 5:00PM
WHAT: Raise a glass and raise funds for the Shedd Aquarium at their Penguin Hops release party!
SO WHAT: This evening of craft beer, live music and fun has turned into an autumn tradition for the aquarium as they savor the fruits of Shedd’s productive hops vines, turned into a limited-edition harvest ale by a local craft brewery Revolution Brewing. You’ll get a chance to try the special brew as well as a wide variety of other craft beers! New this year is the Penguin Hops Trivia Challenge at the main lobby stage where you will compete to win a round of Penguin Hops on the house!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $25 for the general public and $9 for Shedd members. You’ll get a free sample, then with every pint of Penguin Hops you purchase, $1 will be donated to Shedd to help support their conservation initiatives and other mission-fulfilling work.
Reel Science Film Series: 2001: A Space Odyssey @ The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr., 5:30PM – 9:30PM
WHAT: The Adler Planetarium continues their science movie screening series Reel Science Film this month with a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
SO WHAT: While it’s likely not the pristine 70mm print presented at the Music Box Theatre earlier this year, Kubrick’s masterpiece is worth seeing on the big screen whatever the circumstances. Probably best for older kids, the planetarium pairs the screening with pre-show trivia and post-show conversations with astronomers and scientists. And if you really wanna go all in, cosplay is encouraged. Halloween is in the past, but it’s always cosplay season.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults for this fun science and movie events!
Luna / Soccer Mommy / Big Mother Gig @ Park West, 322 W Armitage Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: The continuation of Luna’s ’99-’05 lineup
SO WHAT: Luna came to be after Dean Wareham’s departure from Galaxie 500 and allowed his ever brilliant voice to continue. Filled with a fragility and a sincere beauty, Luna satiated fans of Wareham’s previous band. When Luna broke up in 2005, they left a hole in the indie rock world. Ten years later, the band got back together after an off the cuff suggestion by Britta Phillips that they would be returning. They embarked an a grand tour, stopping at HOB Chicago in 2015 and Thalia Hall last year. Now you get another chance to see this wonderful band. This Luna lineup is made up of Dean Wareham and Sean Eden on guitar, Lee Wall on drums, and Britta Phillips on bass. They will be joined by the bedroom pop of Soccer Mommy and the power pop of Big Mother Gig!
NOW WHAT: Go to Park West and bask in the musical light of Luna. Tickets are $25
SUSTO + Esme Patterson w/ American Grizzly @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 8:00PM
WHAT: A fantastic co-headlining tour comes to Chicago
SO WHAT: SUSTO and Esme Patterson have teamed up for a great headlining tour! Patterson has been crafting beautiful songs that highlight the immense talent in her songwriting and vocal abilities especially on her latest album We Were Wild. SUSTO will add their alt-country twinged rock to the night with songs form their latest record & I’m Fine, which blends pop melodies with southern rock soundscapes wonderfully. They will be joined by American Grizzly, a local band whose south side rock sound will fit right in with this awesome lineup.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $15 for this 18+ show. Seriously go to this show!
A Tribe Called Red & Barragoon @ Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St., 8:00PM
WHAT: Dance music with a message
SO WHAT: Ottawa DJ trio A Tribe Called Red take electronic music and combine it with traditional musical elements from the First Nations, a term for the wide range of music created by the indigenous people of Canada. The group is very vocal about their activism within the First Nations community which presents itself joyfully in their music. Their unique blending of influences lends itself to some wild dancing both off and on stage as the group usually travels with performers clad in traditional indigenous attire. The DJ trio will be joined by local producer Barragoon!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $18 for this great night at Bottom Lounge!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd
Surly 2016 & 2017 Darkness Tapping @ Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W Randolph St, 5:00PM
WHAT: Some deliciously dark brews
SO WHAT: Surly‘s Darkness is one of those stouts that is so lush and surprising that every sip feeling more decadent than the last. This even will let have an opportunity to taste the evil brew (2016 was represented by Cerberus, this year by Baba Yaga – Forest Witch) on draft as well as the lighter but equally delirious Surly Fest.
NOW WHAT: Prepare your taste buds for the darkest beer you’ll likely have.
Colleen & Sam Prekop @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave., 7:00PM – 9:00PM
WHAT: Join the MCA and Land & Sea Dept. for a set of special performances
SO WHAT: Colleen is the alias of French musician Cécile Schott, who, over the course of five albums, has consistently reinvented herself by taking acoustic instruments out of their usual context and pushing their boundaries. Her latest album, A flame my love, a frequency, is an all electronic and meditative reflection on her brush with the Paris bombings in late 2015. She will be joined by Sam Prekop, the lead singer and guitarist of local legends The Sea and Cake, performing synth arrangements that will leave you mesmerized.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 for this immersive dive into experimental music
MoCP After Dark @ Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 Michigan Avenue, 8:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: MoCP After Dark, a new evening event series at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
SO WHAT: Hang out at the Museum of Contemporary Photography after hours for a fantastic event with tons to do! Meet author Shantrelle P. Lewis and celebrate her new book Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, based on her blockbuster 2015 exhibition at the MoCP; dance to a DJ set by Rae Chardonnay, and have your portrait taken by Lawrence Agyei. There will be prizes for those in their best dandy attire, an open bar with craft beers from Solemn Oath, food by Flacos Tacos and much more!
Support the MoCP while enjoying an evening out at the museum: all proceeds benefit MoCP’s exhibitions, collections and educational programming.
SO WHAT: Tickets for the event are $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members, $15 for students, and free for Columbia College Chicago Students. All proceeds benefit MoCP’s exhibitions, collections, and educational programming.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th
CHIRP Radio Broadcast Launch Celebration @ Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W Belle Plaine Ave, 8:00PM – 11:00PM
WHAT: After a decade of hard work, CHIRP has launching its over-the-air broadcast at 107.1FM and are throwing a huge party!
SO WHAT: CHIRP will be holding a big party at the Dovetail Barrel Loft with plenty of beer, small bites, a special live set by the The Flat Five Chicago (stripped down Flat Four style), CHIRP DJ sets, and general celebration.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 and helps support CHIRP’s new broadcast operation! Tickets be purchased in advance as there are no night of event sales allowed.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5th
Discogs Presents Crate Diggers Record Fair w/ Poliça & Ohmme @ House of Vans Chicago, 113 N Elixabeth St., Record Fair: Noon – 6:00PM. Concert: 7:00PM
WHAT: A very special edition of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago
SO WHAT: House of Vans will transform into a vinyl junkies’ playground by showcasing some of the Midwest’s best shops and collectors in their skate park/music venue space. Live DJs, food trucks and more will accompany the day of crate-digging, followed by an awesome live show from 3cr favorites Ohmme and Poliça
NOW WHAT: This all ages show is free with RSVP. Doors open at 7:00pm for the concert, but entry is not guaranteed as the show is first come, first served until they hit capacity.
Slowdive & Cherry Glazerr @ The Vic, 3145 N Sheffield Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: Some manic rock and shoegaze
SO WHAT: Shoegaze behemoths Slowdive‘s reunion has been excellent and with the release of their stellar self titled album, it looks like they are sticking around! Their massive sound is as good as ever and the live shows are excellent displays of the group’s immense talent. Joining them will be the energetic and downright face melting rock of Cherry Glazerr!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $37.50 for this 18+ show