Today's 2 PM march from Daley Plaza to Lakeview's Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company kicks off the 26th annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival. Lasting all weekend, the festival features a Lollapalooza-like lineup of full-length and one-act shows from more than 50 theater groups across the city. The Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company itself is performing Arlene Cook's Gas Mask 101 tonight, while the Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is reinterpreting T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland and Spanglish Productions stages Whatever Happened To Veronica Castro and Is There Life After Telenovelas.
Riis Park at Fullerton and Narragansett is also gearing up for a festive weekend. It's the fifth anniversary of Festival Cubano, which celebrates Chicago's Cuban culture through food, music, rumba, and a domino tournament. Today's performers include Frankie Ruiz Jr., El Bandolero, and Nelson Y Paola Sosa.
Oregon speed-metal band Spellcaster performs at Reggie's Music Joint tonight, alongside metal bands Vindicator and Crusader. The five-piece band has undergone significant structural changes between their 2011 debut album Under the Spell and their 2014 self-titled album. "Spellcaster never lags for a moment," says Reader contributor Monica Kendrick.
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