If you picked up a copy of this week’s issue, you know Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are performing live at the Vic, and this weekend’s packed with plenty of other things to do, including discovering the elusive Waldo at Women & Children First, and the trippy acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil:
7/21-9/3: Cirque Du Soleil brings Luzia, a Mexico-inspired show, to the United Center (1901 W. Madison). Described as a “waking dream,” the water-filled performance includes stunning visuals, daring tricks, and original Latin tunes. And, of course, plenty of cirque. Various times, $35-$399
7/21-7/23: If you missed the Taste of Chicago, visit its younger sibling the Taste of River North (Kingsbury and Erie) to gorge on the neighborhood’s best bites—be they Italian, seafood, Italian seafood, or a variety of steaks. Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-8 PM, $5 suggested donation.
Fri 7/21: Off the Street Club hosts Firefly Ball, a night of music, dancing, food, and drinks in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing (111 S. Michigan). Proceeds go toward helping kids who live in violent areas of Chicago go to summer camp. 7-11 PM
7/21-9/10: Hatch artist residents Cameron Clayborn, Sydney Shavers, and Anna Showers-Cruser exhibit their work in “Sweet Creature,” an exploration of the oppressive systems that make up our society. Taking place at Chicago Artists Coalition (217 N. Carpenter), the group hopes to create a space for discussions about race, illness, queer issues, and the feeling of “otherness” often tied to those communities. Curated by Ariel Gentalen. Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM, Sat noon-6 PM
Sat 7/22: You can’t hide anymore, Waldo. Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark) hosts the Where’s Waldo Party, a day of snacks, games, prizes, and even a visit from the master of disguise himself as the capper of a monthlong neighborhood search for the elusive man in the striped shirt. 3 PM
Sat 7/22: Gallery curator and music critic John Corbett discusses his new book, Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium, with Superchunk founder and label owner Mac McCaughan at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn). Largely drawn from Vinyl Freak, the column Corbett wrote for Downbeat for more than a decade, the collection offers insights into the compulsion to crate dig and discusses more than 200 rare and out-of-print LPs. 3 PM
Sat 7/22-Sun 7/23: In its sixth year, the Chicago Craft Beer Festival (Webster and Sheffield) offers more than 70 specialty beers from over three dozen breweries, plus live music and snacks. Tickets include a taste of 15 brews and a glass to take home. 11:30 AM-4 PM, $45, $40 in advance
Sun 7/23: A celebration of women of color in the performing arts, B.A.P.S.: A Comedy Variety Showcase allows talented comics, improvisers, and actresses to share their voice in a safe space. Featuring performances by Janice Rodriguez, PrettyUgly, Rebecca O’Neal, and Marilee, the variety show will take place at the Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark). 7 PM, $7
Through Sun 7/23: It’s your last chance to see Something Rotten at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph). The Reader’s Tony Adler writes, “Sure, it’s an English major’s paradise, filled with wordplay and Elizabethan references. And yes, your enjoyment will definitely be enhanced by an encyclopedic knowledge of musical theater. But even cultural illiterates can love this touring production of a 2015 Broadway hit. The puns are mostly dirty, after all, the dancing omelets unforgettable, and a sharp Equity cast puts the whole thing over with an energy approaching joy.” 2 PM, $27-$108
For more things to do in Chicago this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.