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Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 9/5 – 9/8

Just because the summer season is technically over, it doesn’t mean the events aren’t in full force. It’s another great weekend in Chicago with a cool lineup of concerts, markets, and art ready for you to explore! So get out there in the mostly good weather (storms may be looming on Sunday) and enjoy what the city has to offer!

Let’s get on with your curated weekend!


Sugar Candy Mountain / Faux Furrs / Daydream Review @ Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont Ave, 8:00pm, 17+
WHAT: A perfect lineup of bands to send you into your weekend
SO WHAT: The summer season may be winding down but the tunes still yearn sunny sounds and psychedelic waves. Thankfully Sugar Candy Mountain will be stopping by Beat Kitchen to deliver their pristine blend of pastoral pop and hazy psychedelic grooves. Their sound is a lush experience full of experimental elements inspired by from classic sounds of the 60s, Brazilian Tropicana, and modern sensibilities that will surely have you dancing. Joining them will be a pair of like minded bands form Chicago Faux Furrs and Daydream Review!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this great show!


The Growlers / Pinky, Pinky @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St, 7:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: A little bit of Beach Goth for your weekend
SO WHAT: The Growlers have become legendary thanks to their summery sounds and laid back atmosphere that encapsulates the beach goth vibes they birthed. Brooks Nielsen’s uniquely raspy and chilled out voice is perfect for late summer nights, serenading you with songs full of love and loss underlined by some excellent instrumentals that blend surf, pop and rock together seamlessly.  They will be joined by Pinky Pinky!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $31.50 for this night of fun tunes


Renegade Craft Fair @ Wicker Park, Division Street between Damen and Ashland, 11:00am – 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: A craft fair focused on independent makers.
SO WHAT: Over 300+ independent crafters and makers will be at this Renegade Craft Fair celebrating DIY spirit for two amazing days celebrating 16 years of this flagship hometown fair. There will be DJ sets by Lumpen Radio and Reckless Records, tons of food trucks to keep your energy up and hunger down, and an array of creative activities including workshops, Royal Palms shuffleboard, and more to make your day as creative and fun as it can be!
NOW WHAT: The event is free and open to the public. The fair will be on Division Street between Damen and Ashland, giving you tons of space to shop and support DIY crafters. You can sign up for workshops here!


Stef Chura In-Store Performance + Signing @ Shuga Records, 1272 N Milwaukee Ave, 4:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: A chance to see a great musicians inside an excellent record store
SO WHAT: Stef Chura will be stopping by Shuga for a fun in-store performance! She’ll be celebrating the release of her latest album Midnight, which was produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest right here in Chicago! Shuga in-store shows are always a treat and when you add in Chura’s immensely unique voice to the mix, it becomes a can’t miss show!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! You can preorder a copy of Stef Chura’s latest album here!

James Jimbot Demski’s Hullabaloo Opening Reception @ Rotofugi, 2780 N Lincoln Ave, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: An interesting look at the good guys and the bad guys
SO WHAT: For this September exhibit, Rotofugi will be hosting James “Jimbot” Demski for his fifth solo exhibit in the gallery! Demski is a Milwaukee-based artist whose art takes you into other worlds where daydreams can become a reality. Viewer’s interpretations of Demski’s beautiful and interesting depictions of animals, nature, and robots are intergal, letting the audience come to their own conclusions given the artists little clues laced throughout his work. his art is meant to be an escape to a different world ready to be enjoyed by all!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Check out some great art and enjoy music by DJ Sean Doe plus complimentary snacks and soft drinks (BYOB if you want to have alcohol). The exhibit runs through September 29th!

Maria Callas Hologram Performance @ Lyric Opera, 20 N Upper Wacker Dr, 7:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: A special evening at Lyric Opera
SO WHAT: Over 42 years after her death, the definitive La Divina diva Maria Callas is performing at the Lyric Opera on Saturday, September 7, at 7:30pm, via 3D hologram technology in front of the live Lyric Opera Orchestra, conducted by Eímear Noone. Celebrated opera director Stephen Wadsworth directs the one-night, 85-minute experience that shares the soprano’s iconic greatest hits including Bellini, Bizet, Verdi and Gounod. Callas devotees can relive the magic of her interpretations, and younger fans can witness her genius almost in person.
NOW WHAT: Tickets range from $69-$129.


Soiree Cedille 2019 @ Spertus Institute 610 S. Michigan Ave., 4:00pm – 9:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Annual fundraising soiree for Chicago’s own Cedille Records.
SO WHAT: There will be performances by a duo formed by Matthew Lipman and Henry Kramer, as well as the Pacifica Quartet, joined by guitarist Sharon Isbin. The Martin D. Ginsburg Award will be presented to former CSO president Henry Fogel by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Musical Partnership Award will be presented to Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.
NOW WHAT: You can purchase tickets here!

Now I Lay Me Down:Hemingway in Paris @ Hamburger Mary’s Show Lounge, 155 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, 5:00pm – 9:00pm,
WHAT: Now I Lay Me Down is a dramatic reading adapted by June Sawyers based on Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and other writings, including his letters. Parisian-themed dinner and drinks will be available for purchase prior to the show.
SO WHAT: Performers include Andrew Rathgeber, Hannah Shay, Callie Johnson and Kathy Cowan. Director is Si Osborne and music director is Ryan Brewster.
NOW WHAT:  $12 cover charge for the show. Buy tickets here. Dinner is an additional charge. Doors open at 5pm; the show begins at 6pm. Phone 708-445-0272 for more info. Also see the Hemingway birthplace website .


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