It’s the first week of the spookiest month of the year, so let’s start it off with some fun concerts, museums, art, and pizza! Grab your fall coat and get out there and check out these incredibly fun events.
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
After Dark: Noche de Arte @ National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The return of the After Dark series at the National Museum of Mexican Art
SO WHAT: This month’s theme is Noche de Arte and the museum has a variety of activities lined up! You’ll have the chance to make paper flowers for your Dia del los Muertos altar, view the exhibit Día de Muertos • A Matter of Life, and visit the Tzintzuntzán gift shop for all your ofrenda needs like papel picado and sugar skulls!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free!
Sports & Capital Soirée @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, 9:45pm, 18+
WHAT: A psychedelic journey with SPORTS
SO WHAT: Sports‘ shows are always a treat, sending audiences into a cosmic trip full of soothing bedroom pop vibes with a groovy psychedelic twist. Fresh off their tour with the Growlers, Sports are set to give Schubas one hell of a mesmerizing show! Joining them will be locals Capital Soirée and their dreamy pop sounds!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th
Gus Dapperton & Spencer. @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St, 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: A beautifully weird way to spend your evening
SO WHAT: There are vibes, and then there is the sound of Gus Dapperton. His music is filled with undeniably strange and intoxicating synth melodies held together by his unique voice. To listen to his feature length debut Where Polly People Go to Read it to travel inside the mind of Gus Dapperton and experience a whole new realm that you won’t want to leave. Joining him on the show will be Spencer.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $25 for this great show!
Pictures at an Exhibition, a Multi-Sensory Performance Piece @ Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W Chicago Ave, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: Pictures At An Exhibition is a performance piece designed by Jeff Yang, creator of In The Realm of Senses, who has combined different modes of art into a multi-sensory experience of sight, sound, taste, and smell.
SO WHAT: With original music written by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky for solo piano on paintings of Viktor Hartmann, the orchestral version by Maurice Ravel has been revised to just two players on eight instruments; Jeff Yang on violin, viola, cello, four baroque recorders, and Lyudmila Kakisova on piano. Mussorgsky’s music will be paired with animated video based on the lost Hartmann paintings, scents provided by French perfumer Christophe Laudamiel, and sweets and libations by Chicago culinary destinations such as Band of Bohemia, Mango Pickle, and others.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $35.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th
Cherry Moth Cake Pop-Up and Opening Reception @ Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Ave, 7:00pm -10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Wonderful art in an amazing toy store
SO WHAT: Cherry Moth Cake, the incredible duo of Nick and Lindsay DiFabbio, are back at Rotofugi with another mind-bending exhibit! The New Breed continues and expands upon the story of the Ghost Catcher, first told in their exhibit from October 2018. Rotofugi will have new paintings, pins, zines, toys and more plus the launch of the new online web comic from Cherry Moth Cake, Aqueous Meditation!
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 October 27th!
Deeper 7″ Release w/Slow Pulp, Girl K @ the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A record release you don’t want to miss
SO WHAT: Seriously, this is a great opportunity to get caught up with some of the best bands in town and beyond! So get down to the Hideout and experience Deeper’s spacey and driving guitar soundscapes, Girl K‘s exuberant songs, and Wisoconsin’s Slow Pulp‘s pristine bedroom pop!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $12!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th
Chicago Pizza Summit @ Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Dr, 2:00pm – 5:00pm & 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Chicago Pizza Summit is back for its fourth and largest serving yet
SO WHAT: Chicago’s favorite pizza institutions and cooks from around the city will gather to present their take on this beloved Windy City classic. Many participants will serve up their cheesy creations by the slice while others will present their unique twist and showcase different types of pizza-inspired cuisine! The summit will feature two different sessions (2 to 5pm and 6 to 9pm) and will feature a pop-up exhibit from the US Pizza Museum, the ultimate pizza photo booth, top Chicago DJs, a marketplace featuring limited edition collaborations with local makers, a silent auction benefiting the First Responders’ EMWQ Fund charity, a Chicago pizza pop-up art showcase by Ryan Duggan, and tons more!
NOW WHAT: Each ticket is $45 + applicable fees and includes all-you-can-eat pizza, three drink tickets and a limited edition pizza plate.
Blue Man Group’s Autism-Friendly Performance @ Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N Halsted St, 4pm – 6:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: Blue Man Group, a show that combines art, music, comedy and technology, is hosting its sixth annual autism-friendly performance.
SO WHAT: Slight modifications will be made to the Blue Man Group performance to create a sensory-friendly show that better accommodates individuals and families affected by autism. As part of the audience offerings for the autism-friendly performance, the Briar Street Theatre lobby will be transformed into a calming environment complete with bean bags, dim lighting and quiet corners for anyone seeking a sensory break from the excitement of the show. Sound levels during the performance will be reduced at select moments and noise-isolating headphones will be available for individuals upon request. Chicago is one of Blue Man Group’s permanent production installations; the show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. The group is owned by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $44 (regularly $69-$99), with $5 from every ticket purchased donated to local autism advocacy organizations including the Chicago Chapter of Autism Speaks and Turning Pointe Autism Foundation in Naperville. For more information and tickets, visit the website.