by Tosten Burks
Neko Case and Mavis Staples headline day one of the Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest today. Both are Reader-endorsed—Peter Margasak calls Case "more forceful than ever" and Staples's upcoming album "beautifully restrained." Read a conversation between the two singers in this week's Artist on Artist.
Windy City Wine Festival kicks off today in Grant Park at Buckingham Fountain, with more than 345 wines from around the world available for sampling. Say good-bye to the next 48 hours.
What goes better together than pancakes, art, and alcohol? The Pancakes and Booze Art Show returns to Reggie's tonight. It's an underground art show with work from more than 75 artists, live music, body painting, booze, and all-you-can-eat pancakes.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.