Things to do this weekend: May 22-24
Hardcore techno lovers will be trucking it up to Detroit this weekend for the annual Movement electronic dance music festival. For those of us who are less than insanely devoted to the sonic futurism of Carl Craig, Moodyman and cohorts, there's quite a bit of good stuff happening right here in Chicago (like a night of beats from Germany's Loco Dice, pictured above)—not to mention you can add a few hours to your life by avoiding this weekend's highway traffic, which is likely to be the worst ever.
NIGHTLIFE - Loco Dice + Heidi
River North's most reputable DJ locale does its best Detroit Electronic Music Festival impression with Dusseldorf's number one hip-hop-loving techno DJ Loco Dice. He's joined by the lovely young host of In New DJs We Trust, the newest addition to BBC Radio 1's already impressive electronic-music-show roster.
Spy Bar. 10pm. $10.
MUSIC - Peaches
For someone as fond of spandex as Peaches, the potty-mouthed Canadian anti-chanteuse doesn’t seem terribly interested in stretching sonically. It's increasingly apparent she’s planning to rock that same sweaty leotard until the whole world knows how she smells. Metro, 9pm, $25.
DANCE - Northwestern University Dance Program Senior Concert: Forward Shift
NWU’s dance program feeds the city’s modern-dance scene. Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston (847-491-3147, dance.northwestern.edu). El: Purple to Davis. 8pm; $10, students $5.
ART & DESIGN/NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC - Project Art with Hey Champ
This street-style-inspired series of monthly art/music happenings kicks off tonight with local dance-pop act Hey Champ playing live amid a multimedia installation (painting, graffiti, photos, etc.) curated by Tristan Hummel. We haven't a clue about the art, but the trio is definitely worth seeing now before it blows up. Climax Lounge, 9pm, FREE!
THEATER - Uncle Vanya
TUTA's production of Chekhov's wistful drama was one of TOC's top ten theater picks of 2008. The entire cast and crew of the original run reunites for a remount; catch tonight's final preview for just 15 bucks. Chopin Theatre, 8pm, $15.
Praise Dance Extravaganza
Head down to the Pullman neighborhood and witness the exuberance of dancers who bust their moves for Christ. Lilydale First Baptist Church, 649 W 113th St (773-785-8623, lilydalefirstbaptist.org). Bus: 108, 111. 4pm, donations accepted.
MUSIC - Cotton Jones + Lightning Dust
Cotton Jones plays a lonesome, spooky kind of rock, rife with old-fashioned atmosphere that wouldn’t sound out of place floating from some haunted antique radio. Sharing the bill is the austere Black Mountain satellite Lightning Dust, which features the former’s Amber Webber and Joshua Wells in a stripped-down setting. Schubas, 10pm, $10.
ART & DESIGN - Milwaukee Avenue Bike Tour
The Hyde Park Art Center show “Artists Run Chicago” inspires a two-wheel jaunt to West Side apartment galleries. Meet at Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, 1034 N Milwaukee Ave (773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 56. Noon–7pm. FREE!
AROUND TOWN - Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Poster & Print Sale
The CPC’s annual show and sale opens tonight, featuring work from Jay Ryan, Dan Grzeca, Amos Kennedy and other members. The sale runs through Jun 6. Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 4642 N Western Ave (773-293-2070). El: Brown to Western. Bus: 49. 5–9pm, FREE!
NIGHTLIFE - Circlesquare + Loyal Divide
You may not want to shave for a few days in preparation for this chin-stroke fest. There'll be ample amounts of techno, electro, shoe-gazing and the odd acid bass line among Circlesquare, Loyal Divide and the Prairie Cartel DJs. We picture more plaid shirts raising bottles of PBR than engaging in all-out dancing.
Empty Bottle. 10pm. $10.
AROUND TOWN/SPORTS & RECREATION - Bike the Drive
There's still time to reserve your spot with Bike the Drive—which honestly, seems a bit pricey for the privilege of basically of taking your family out to ride bikes on public property. Still, we're told it's an amazing experience especially when the weather is cooperating.
Upper Hutchinson Field, $37–$102, kids 17 and under $12, 5:30am–9:30am.
NIGHTLIFE - Mike Simonetti
Championing the drugged-up disco excursions made famous by his Italians Do It Better label, Mike Simonetti spends Memorial Day weekend away from his native New Jersey to drop hard-to-find dance nuggets, edits and just plain obscure disco jams while we revel in our three days off.
Smart Bar. 10pm. $10, free before 11pm.
THEATER - That's Weird, Grandma
Today's your last chance to catch the ever-delightful Grandma on a Sunday afternoon, unless you already have tickets to the sold-out May 31 show. Barrel of Monkeys returns to its regular Monday-night slot starting June 15. Neo-Futurarium, 2pm, $10, kids $5.
FILM - Outrage
Kirby Dick likes to pick fights. He took on the film-ratings board in This Film is Not Yet Rated, and now he’s going after closeted gay politicians whose voting records are anti-gay. He names names. But the film is worth it not just for the cogent argument about the media’s conspiracy of silence on these matters, but also for the discussion of who has hotter sex, Democrats or Republicans. Seriously. Music Box, 3733 N Southport Ave between Grace St and Waveland Ave (773-871-6604). El: Brown to Southport. Bus: 80 Irving Park, 152 Addison. See musicboxtheatre.com for showtimes. Regular and midnight $9.25, first daily show $8.75.
COMEDY - Your Friends and Enemies
Strangeness abounds in John Hartman's new solo show. Annoyance Theatre, 8pm, $10.