Stranger Things dance party the Upside Down, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend | Bleader

Stranger Things dance party the Upside Down, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

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Dance to throwback 80s tunes at DJ Heaven Malone's Stranger Things pop-up party next door to Emporium Logan Square on Friday 8/25. - ABDUZEEDO
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  • Dance to throwback 80s tunes at DJ Heaven Malone's Stranger Things pop-up party next door to Emporium Logan Square on Friday 8/25.

Labor Day, the bellwether of the end of summer, is nearly a week away. Cram as much as you can into a packed weekend of outdoor activities. Here's some of what we recommend:

Fri 8/25: Known for his previous David Bowie-inspired evenings and a Twin Peaks rave, DJ Heaven Malone dusts off tracks from the late 70s and early 80s for a Stranger Things night at a pop-up party called the Upside Down, in a space at 2367 N. Milwaukee, next door to Emporium Logan Square. Expect the Clash and perhaps an appearance by a demonic faceless beast from the flip side of the universe. 9 PM-2 AM, free

Fri 8/25: Returning for a second year, Planet Chicago at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) features dance works in multiple genres from six different companies. To keep things interesting, dancers aren't the only ones moving their feet—audience members progress from one performance to another along the South Dock. 5:30 PM, free

Sat 8/26: Without Jack "King" Kirby we wouldn't have Captain America, the Hulk, or the Fantastic Four. On what would be his 100th birthday, the prolific comic book artist is honored by fans, friends, and artists such as Tom Kelly and BD Mead at Challenger Comics + Conversation (1845 N. Western). Donations benefit Kirby4Heroes, an organization aiming to help comics creators in need. 11 AM-11 PM, free

Sarah Sherman is the ringmaster for Helltrap Nightmare, a circus of alternative comedy and music at the Hideout on Saturday 8/26. - COURTESY OF THE HIDEOUT
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  • Sarah Sherman is the ringmaster for Helltrap Nightmare, a circus of alternative comedy and music at the Hideout on Saturday 8/26.

Sat 8/26:
Sarah Sherman, one of the most lauded stand-ups in the city, hosts Helltrap Nightmare at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) featuring alt-comics, noise machines, and a ton of surprises. No material is concrete, so Sherman and coproducer Julia Dratel are likely just as excited as the audience to see what shakes out. 9 PM, $7

Sun 8/27: The Slow Food Farm Roast at Local Foods (1427 W. Willow) invites 13 different aficionados to serve up bites and demonstrate how everyone can incorporate the movement's principles into daily eating. 2-5 PM, $75

Wrestler Markus Crane vies for the Clusterfuck Cup during Viva la Rasslin at Reggie's Rock Club on Sunday 8/27. - COURTESY OF FACEBOOK
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  • Wrestler Markus Crane vies for the Clusterfuck Cup during Viva la Rasslin at Reggie's Rock Club on Sunday 8/27.

Sun 8/27: During Viva la Rasslin wrestlers compete for the coveted Clusterfuck Cup at Reggie's Rock Club (2109 S. State). The road to victory involves surviving blows to the head from multiple projectiles and a "Malört Drunken Deathmatch," in which hopefuls down shots of the horrible liquor until, um, more blows to the head. The entertainment includes burlesque performers and live music, sword swallowing by Sally Marvel between rounds. 7 PM, $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Sun 8/27: Neighborhood makers hawk their wares at the monthly Hyde Park Flea Market (5235 S. Harper). Think DIY crafts and clothing, and a variety of vintage furniture and collectibles. 10 AM-4 PM

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



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