There’s plenty to do this weekend before the holiday spirit strikes. Here’s some of what we recommend:
11/18-11/20: The three-day festival Connect Hyde Park highlights art, film, performance, music, lit, and fashion at venues across Hyde Park, including Collaboration Gallery (1538 E. 53rd), the Harper Theater (5238 S. Harper), and the Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd). Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-5 PM
11/18-11/20: A different local DJ—including Alex White, Johnny Walker, Wayne Montana, and Stefan Ponce—hosts each session of the roller-rink party Hot Heels Club at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S. Michigan). Wheels are available for rent and throwback skating outfits are encouraged. Fri 6-8 PM and 9-11 PM, Sat 5-7:30 PM and 8:30-10:30 PM, Sun 4-6:30 PM and 7:30-9:30 PM
11/18-11/20: The African-American ballet company Dance Theater of Harlem returns to the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress) to perform works by John Adams, Francesca Harper, Robert Gardner, and Nacho Duato, with live accompaniment from the Chicago Sinfonietta. Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
11/18-1/6: Lelde Kalmite curates “Inspired by Social Issues,” a group show at Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th) featuring works by local male artists of color. Opening reception Fri 11/18, 7-10 PM.
Fri 11/18: Punk academics David Ensminger and Daniel Makagon join Los Crudos’ Martin Sorrondeguy to discuss punk history and DIY culture at Quimby’s (1854 W. North) for Punk Then, Punk Now, Punk Forever. 7 PM
Sat 11/19: Curbside Books & Records (125 S. Clark) hosts the Book Fort Fair, a biannual fair featuring publishers, presses, and more for an afternoon of bookselling. The event includes workshops, literary-themed cocktails, and an all-day DJ. 11 AM-4 PM
Sat 11/19: Monthly Saturday afternoon comedy show Late Late Breakfast at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) tackles the theme “Human Decency.” As always, there are free pancakes; all donations benefit the ACLU. 3 PM
Sat 11/19: Canvas hosts Sub Chroma, an event at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie) featuring galleries of interactive virtual reality art by Lefty, DreamBait, and Benji Blessing Sayed and music from Derrick Carter. 7:30 PM-1:30 AM
Sun 11/20: This holiday-themed Vintage Garage Chicago (5051 N. Broadway) features vintage holiday goods including trees, ornaments, and toys. Less festive merchandise is also available. 10 AM-5 PM
Sun 11/20: This installment of the Marrow, the monthly storytelling show hosted by Leah Pickett and Naomi Huffman, features guests Gina Frangello and Samantha Bailey at the Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee). 6 PM
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.