The snowy spring weather may be confounding, but one thing’s for certain: there’s plenty to do this weekend, rain or shine. Here’s some of what we recommend:
Fri 4/8: The CAKE Art Auction fund-raiser at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) will offer live and silent auctions of more than 20 pieces of art by contributors to the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). Local artists Isabella Rotman and Samuel Nigrosh will also present live comic readings. 7 PM
Fri 4/8: Wiggle Room at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph) features burlesque from Michelle L’amour and Peekaboo Pointe, along with comedians Adam Burke, Danny Kallas, and Kristen Toomey. 11:30 PM
Fri 4/8-Sun 4/10: The Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore) features brands, products, and merchandise made specifically for black women, in addition to seminars by guests like Kelly Price, Jessica Love, and Angela Martin.
Sat 4/9: The 14th annual CHIRP Record Fair at Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington) provides tons of vinyl, DVDs, CDs, posters, and more for you to peruse. All proceeds benefit the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP). 8 AM-6 PM
Sat 4/9: Finding time to make friends when you’re a busy mom can be difficult. Luckily, the folks from parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time have set up Speed Dating for Mom Friends at the Grafton (4530 N. Lincoln) so all you have to do is show up, grab a mimosa, and start chatting. 10 AM
Sat 4/9: Chicago Art Department (1932 S. Halsted) hosts its annual fund-raiser, Crystal Ball, featuring crystal ball readings by artist Dana Major, tarot card readings by John Schwenk, an exhibition with site-specific installations, a silent auction, raffle, food, drinks, and music. CAD will also be honoring the president of African art collectors’ group Diasporal Rhythms, Patric McCoy. 7 PM
Sun 4/10: The Field Trip series at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport) delves into the science behind some of Hollywood’s biggest films. This screening features the 1990 film Tremors with University of Chicago PhD student Tim Sosa providing a post-screening lecture. Noon
Sun 4/10: During Fictlicious at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) enjoy a night of storytelling and live music by Jen Coffeen, Nadine Kenney Johnstone, Matt Martin, Bob Stockfish, Steve Trumpeter and Micki LeSueur, Adam Michaels, Anndi Obannayurns, and Jogford. 7 PM
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.