5 things to do today: Friday, June 7
Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers: CLLAW XVI Histrionics trump forearm strength as Lumberjack Jill, Anne Hackaway, Bust Your Tooth Bluth and other women go Over the Top in the night's staged bouts. If you think the ladies' names are a hoot, wait until you see their costumes. The event is a benefit for Sideshow Theatre Company and Community Counseling Centers of Chicago. Logan Square Auditorium. 10:30pm. $10.
Adam Rapoport (Bon Appétit) at Parson's The editor in chief of Bon Appétit signs copies of the magazine's new grilling cookbook, The Grilling Book: The Definitive Guide, at Parson's Chicken & Fish. Daniel Gerzina, editor of Eater Chicago, moderates a conversation, and appetizers and cocktails from the new cookbook will be available for purchase. Parson's Chicken & Fish. 6:30pm.
NGUZUNGUZU + Chrissy Murderbot + Teen Witch + Soleman L.A. duo NGUZUNGUZU turns digital equipment into tribal instruments, blending modern R&B, island rhythms and general eeriness. The two manned M.I.A.'s Vicki Leekx mixtape and are not afraid to drop a little Brandy into global bass explosions. Their latest for Hippos in Tanks, Warm Pulse, is slow down the pace and mean mugs, but the low end is still unfathomable. Local footwork guru Chrissy Murderbot gets busy beforehand. Primary. 10pm. $10–$12.
Cook County Social Club The quintet of goofballs (if you can still count SNL featured player Tim Robinson) that makes up CCSC is a joy to watch. Its loose-limbed, youthful improvisational style is totally infectious. iO Cabaret. 8pm. $12.
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.