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Explore the Oriental Institute on Obscura Day 2017.
There's plenty to do this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:
Fri 5/5: Nasty Women Art Chicago
, the one-night exhibition and fund-raiser at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie), features more than 350 works created by local female artists. Scheduled are performances by musician Shannon Patino, spoken-word artists Nina Donovan and Dianna Tyler, and poetry collective Red Rover Series. All profits from the art sales benefit Planned Parenthood. 5:30-10:30 PM
Erin Grotheer and Molly Kearney host VHS Comedy XX-Tape It Easy
at North Bar (1637 W. North), a night of comedians sharing strange VHS tapes and adding their own commentary along the way. This month's guests include Reena Calm, Cody Melcher, James Fisher Jr., and Grace Lusk. 8 PM
5/5-5/6: Chicago Zine Fest
, the annual celebration of small press and independent publishers from all over the city is back! Both days feature workshops, discussions, readings, and an exhibition of more than 250 self-published artists. All Friday events take place at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan); all Saturday events take place at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W. Washington). Fri 6:30 PM, Sat 11 AM-6 PM
Ascendence Dance Chicago's presents Anarchy
, a contemporary dance performance at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont) exploring a post-World War III existence. Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
The Atlas Obscura Society hosts Obscura Day 2017
, a day of being a tourist in your own city. Get a private tour of Chicago’s Leather Archives & Museum plus walking tours exploring the city’s early LGBTQ communities, beautiful downtown mosaics and a history of Chicago's worst disasters. 10 AM-7 PM
Amy Goodman discusses her experiences as a journalist at Women & Children First on Sat 5/6.
During Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America
at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark) journalist Amy Goodman discusses threats to freedom of the press and the importance of media covering social movements. 7 PM
Heaven Gallery (1550 N. Milwaukee) hosts Universal Love
, an annual benefit and auction that features music by Simmer Down Sound; a performance by Cosmos Ray; food and drink from Big Star, Revolution Brewery, and Lagunitas Brewery; and work by more than 30 local artists. 7 PM-midnight
Danielle A. Scruggs
Osama Alomar reads from his work in both English and Arabic on Sun 5/7.
Sun 5/7: Osama Alomar
discusses the translation process behind his book The Teeth of the Comb
and reads selected short stories in both English and Arabic at Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 N. Woodlawn). 3 PM
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Laura Marling performs at Metro on Sun 5/7.
Singer-songwriter Laura Marling
performs at Metro (3730 N. Clark). Peter Margasak writes, "Over a stuttering groove and a pair of bass lines that fall in and out of sync during opener 'Soothing,' she rebuffs a caller with whom she has a troubled past—though there’s generosity even in her dismissal ('I banish you with love')." 8 PM
Sun 5/7: Character Assassination: The Roast of Harry Potter
at the Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway) marks the local show's one-year anniversary. Louisville's Kent Carney stars as the title character, with Adam Burke as Snape, Mary Jordan as Hermione, Dan Drees as Ron, and more filling out the cast. 9 PM
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.