There’s plenty to do this weekend (and that ain’t no April Fools’ Day joke). Here’s some of what we recommend:
Fri 3/31: The Transgender Day of Visibility showcase at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted) features paintings, clothing, performance art, photography, and more created by local trans artists. 6-9 PM
Fri 3/31: During this special Friday-night edition of First Tuesdays With Mick and Ben at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), the Reader‘s Ben Joravsky and the Sun-Times‘s Mick Dumke talk with congressmen Danny K. Davis and Luis Gutierrez about congressional resistance in the Trump era. 6:30 PM
Fri 3/31: Experimental music group Xiu Xiu plays the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) tonight. Austin Brown writes, “Despite developing a four-on-the-floor rhythmic backbone for their recent Forget (Polyvinyl), these monarchs of bloodletting through experimental music leave no reason to believe they’ll pivot into the warm embrace of synthpop . . . It’s still not pop, but it is death disco of a sort—and it sounds good on them.” 9 PM. See the week’s other recommended shows.
Fri 3/31-Sat 4/1: Baconfest Chicago, the celebration of the beloved pork product at UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt), includes three different sessions to choose from, each one featuring myriad chefs serving up bacon in every way imaginable. Fri 7-10 PM, Sat noon-3 PM and 7-10 PM
Sat 4/1: The third annual Frontwoman Fest takes over the Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton) on Saturday with 16 acts that embody the diverse talents of the city’s female and female-identified musicians. Proceeds benefit Girls Rock! Chicago. Noon
Sat 4/1: Brunch So Hard at Annoyance Theatre (851 W. Belmont) is a sketch show about women’s health care benefiting the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. 6:30 PM
4/1-4/29: Vertical Gallery (1016 N. Western) celebrates its four-year anniversary with “Ratical,” an exhibition of work by Blek Le Rat, founder of the international stencil art movement. Opening reception Sat 4/1, 6-10 PM.
Sun 4/2: Each week during Drop Leaf Dinners at Sportsman’s Club (948 N. Western) someone from the community—including Jane Beachy (Salonathon), Pearl Dick (Project Fire), and Nikki Zaleski (Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health)—serves up a pot of their favorite soup along with a glass of Middle Brow and Sportsman’s Club beer collaboration, Little Lou. A portion of the proceeds benefit Rape Victim Advocates. 5 PM
Sun 4/2: This special pop-up version of the performance series Salonathon at Alphawood Gallery (2401 N. Halsted) features Erin Kilmurray, Quinn Tsan, Lucy Stoole, and more responding to the exhibition “Art AIDS America Chicago.” 5:30-8 PM
Sun 4/2-Mon 4/3: Both casual booze enthusiasts and professional mixologists can enjoy seminars, demos, tastings, and networking with some of Chicago’s most notable cocktail professionals at the Chicago Cocktail Summit at Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee). Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Mon 11 AM-5 PM
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.