Show: Sci-Fi Spectacular Presented by Movieside and the Music Box, this fourth annual marathon of horror and sci-fi movies features special guest Larry Cohen, who made a name for himself in the 70s with the low-budget classic It’s Alive (1974); Mikes Hodges’s Flash Gordon (1980), which revived the old comic strip with a score by Queen and Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless (5:15 PM); Cohen introducing his Q, about a winged serpent flying around modern-day New York City (7:30 PM); and more.
Through 2AM Sunday: Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, $24
Dinner: Julius Meinl A classy place for those of moderate means, this is the first American outpost for Viennese coffee purveyor Julius Meinl. The coffee is made from beans roasted in Austria; strong but not acidic, it’s superb.
3601 N. Southport Ave., 773-868-1857