5 things to do today: Saturday, May 25
Navy Pier Fireworks Don't waste gas treking to Indiana or Wisconsin to buy your own (illegal) fireworks. Each Wednesday and Saturday, from Memorial Day to Labor Day (and a special show on July 4), Navy Pier makes the rockets red glare and bombs burst in air. They blowed up real good! Navy Pier. 10:15pm.
Blowoff Among his many non-rock pursuits, former wrestling script writer Bob Mould (Sugar, Hüsker Dü) formed DJ outfit Blowoff with Richard Morel while living in Washington, D.C.—they've issued an album and various remixes, but Blowoff is best known as the polysexual dance party they popularized in Chocolate City. Metro. 11pm. $16.
Chicago Dance Crash: The Cotton Mouth Club The amalgam troupe (hop-hop, jazz, contemporary) consistently raises the bar with every new project, which is why we’re loving the prospect of this new ’80s time-travel mash-up of “hot jazz, romance and smoldering street violence.” Crash continues its standard summer tradition of producing full-fledged story-dances, transforming the Victory Gardens stage into an old school speakeasy to get the mood just right. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. 8pm. $30.
F for Fake Dir. Orson Welles. 1973. 89mins. Documentary. Citizen Kane may be his (and cinema's) grandest achievement, but there's an argument to be made that this tribute to scammers and frauds is Welles at his most personal. The director entwines the narratives of a famous art forger, a phony biographer and his own notorious radio hoax, emerging with a vision of the movies as the ultimate swindle. Music Box. 11:30am. $7.25.
Electric Daisy Carnival The biggest brand in EDM festivals plants its stake in Chicago (well, Joliet) for the first time. Does a metropolis with the Spring Awakening and Wavefront festivals truly need another massive electronic tent? Well, each has its own shade of untz. EDC leans hard on trance, the tried and true sounds of Europe, as opposed to the more dubstep and head flavors of the other two, respectively. Case in point: The big guns here are millionaire fist-pumper Tiësto, French simple-pleasures man David Guetta and precocious luxury-goods-pimper Avicii. The rest of the bill is short on major names, but there are gems, such as DJ Koze, a far more nuanced and weird technician whose latest, Amygdala, arrived as an immediate techno classic. Whether he's worth sleeping at a racetrack, well, that's up to you. Chicagoland Speedway. 5pm. 3-day pass $175, 3-day pass with camping $295, 3-day VIP $299, 3-day VIP with camping $419.