5 things to to today: Friday, July 26
Critical Mass Since the late '90s, on the last Friday of each month, a group of cyclists has invaded the streets for the simple love of bike riding. The route is determined at the meet-up. Daley Plaza. 5:30pm.
ART & DESIGN
"SEX. MONEY. RACE. GENDER: The Ladydrawers (of Chicago Ill.)" The Ladydrawers Comics Collective presents an exhibition and workshop series at the A+D Gallery featuring comics-focused social commentary and analysis. The Ladydrawers is an unofficially affiliated group of women, men, transgender, and non-binary gender folk who research, perform, and publish comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large. Columbia College A+D Gallery. 11am–5pm.
Star Slinger Star Slinger cites both experimental director Gasper Noe and crunk rappers Three 6 Mafia as influences, and the two seemingly disparate artists actually do a lot to describe his sound—a mix of hip-hop sampling, head-nod beats and folksy vocals dipped in LSD and left to trip out. Lately, he's been remixing Miguel, Ellie Goulding and Kendrick Lamar. The Mid. 10pm. $10, free with R.S.V.P.
Improvised Shakespeare Company Dare we share the bard's tale of comedy and tragedy? We wouldn't, but the men who make up this group of improvisers do each week, and they do it extremely well. You would be wise to check it out. iO Del Close Theater. 8pm, 10:30pm. $16.
Cults Local vintage-popsters Cults graduated from the buzz band of 2011 to bona fide headliners in 2012, proving they were worth the hype and consistently selling out venues. If you haven't already, go be charmed by their cheeky, cutesy pop that will lure you with its compelling dark side. The duo has a sophomore album out on Columbia in the fall. Subterranean. 10pm. $15.