The Amazing Acro-Cats, Cassette Store Day, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

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Tuna and the Rock Cats join the Acro-Cats for a weekend of feline fun. - CHRISTINA HSU
  • Christina Hsu
  • Tuna and the Rock Cats join the Acro-Cats for a weekend of feline fun.

There's lots to do this weekend; here’s some of what we recommend:

Through 10/9: Those who believe that teaching cats tricks can only result in strewn about catnip and scratched-up arms will be, well, amazed by the Amazing Acro-Cats. The circus-trained felines perform at Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble) along with Tuna and the Rock Cats, the only all-cat band currently touring. Fri 7 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7 PM

Fri 10/7: Sip at iced steins of beer and listen to music tonight at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn) for the annual event, Local Brews, Local Grooves. Breweries include Half Acre Beer Company, Lagunitas Brewing, and Revolution Brewing. Bands performing include American Grizzly, Get Up With the Get Downs, and all-human band Bad Bad Meow. 5:30 PM

10/7-10/30: What is your idea of a mujera poderosa, or a powerful woman? In her paintings now exhibiting at Pilsen Outpost (1958 W. 21st), Chicago artist Sam Kirk celebrates her own "Mujeres Poderosas." Opening on Fri 10/7, 5 PM.

Sam Kirk's paintings are on now display at the Pilsen Outpost. - COURTESY THE ARTIST
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  • Sam Kirk's paintings are on now display at the Pilsen Outpost.

Sat 10/8: Tonight Volumes Bookstore (1474 N. Milwaukee) hosts the podcast XX, Will Travel for a live episode themed "Out of Place," featuring stories from Ines Bellina, Kathy Pulkrabek, Danette Chavez, and Sameena Mustafa. 7 PM

Sat 10/8: Get your walkmans ready: it's Cassette Store Day! Jump Store Records hosts this bonanza at Logan Hardware (2532 W. Fullerton) featuring beer from Ska Brewing, an exhibition from Chema Skandal, and live music from Vic Ruggiero & Jesse Wagner. 11 AM

Sat 10/8: Prolific noise musician John Olson of Wolf Eyes comes to Quimby's Bookstore (1854 W. North) to read from his new book, Life Is A Rip Off, a collection of his record reviews written over the course of a year. He is joined by Chicago performance artist Alan Hoffman reading from his new novella, Auditions. 7 PM

Wolf Eyes's John Olson reads from his new book at Quimby's on Sat 10/8. - COURTESY THIRD MAN RECORDS
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  • Wolf Eyes's John Olson reads from his new book at Quimby's on Sat 10/8.

Sun 10/9: Starting in Grant Park, participants run, sweat, and blister their toes up and down the streets of Chicago. Spectators offer high fives. Yes, indeed, it is the Chicago Marathon. 7:30 AM

Sun 10/9: The comedian and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj comes to Thalia Hall (1227 W. 18th) for his show Homecoming King. 4 and 8 PM

Bianca Del Rio talks about becoming "gay famous" during her show on Sun 10/9. - MEGAN HASTINGS
  • Megan Hastings
  • Bianca Del Rio talks about becoming "gay famous" during her show on Sun 10/9.

Sun 10/9: Tonight watch Bianca del Rio, season six RuPaul Drag Race champion, in her stand-up show Not Today Satan at the Vic (3145 N. Sheffield), wherein she chronicles her adventures in becoming "gay famous." 8 PM

For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.


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