5 things to do today: Friday, August 30
African Festival of the Arts The 24th annual fest, a tradition for many Hyde Park families, offers an art market, a "drum village," as well as separate pavilions for African folk music and dance, heritage and spirituality. Washington Park. Noon–10pm. $20, advance $10, seniors and kids under 13 $5, 4-day pass $30.
Gui Boratto Hearing Gui Boratto's melodic techno workouts is always a revelation. While peers on the scene are crafting tracks that plod along, often repetitively, this Brazilian is mixing heartfelt vocals, New Order–style bass and rich drum work into his tracks. Even when he tackles the former, it's full of life. Spy Bar. 10pm. $10.
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. $14–$16.
KFT Dance Crash: Old School University Dance Crash Company will put on a "Keeper of the Floor" competition like never before. This isn't just any dance battle. It's a dance-to-the-death with a soundtrack hailing exclusively from... you guessed it... the '90s. Sit back, grab a drink, and get a little silly in front of some seriously good dancing. Mayne Stage. 9:30pm. $15.
Alabama The rock-country trio's Back to the Bowery Tour celebrates 40 years of being togehter. I'm a big fan of "Take Me Down," the Southerners' biggest hit, which is more of a midtempo disco number, not that I'd ever tell an Alabama fan that to his face. Ravinia Pavilion. 8pm. $90–$100, lawn $38, advance lawn $33.