Take advantage of your chance to yell at a movie screen with Jonah Ray and the rest of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 team at the Vic on Sunday 7/16. Credit: Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR

The elephant in the proverbial room this weekend is the Pitchfork Music Festival. But don’t forget about the plethora of other strong music fests happening this weekend: Chicago Open Air (Kiss!), Metal Threat Fest (Antichrist!), Windy City Smokeout (Midland!), and Silver Room Block Party (Pete Rock!). Here’s some more of what we recommend:

Fri 7/14: Dance in the Parks kicked off this week—free dance performances in 16 parks. Park yourself in the parks for pirouettes and other dance terms I may have heard at one point but have forgotten. Various locations, 6 PM, free

Fri 7/14:
Get some great bike riding in followed by a hefty control+Z to the calories you lost thanks to local craft beers at Bikes and Brews (107th and Longwood). 4:30-10 PM, $5 suggested donation, $10 per family

David Weinberg, What’s Real 01, 2017Credit: Courtesy of Jean Albano Gallery

Fri 7/14: Photographer David Weinberg opens his solo show at Jean Albano Gallery (215 W. Superior). This particular exhibition features work from across his career. Opening reception 5-8 PM, free

Sat 7/15: It’s closing night for The Chiraq Wall at McKaw Theater (1439 W. Jarvis). The Reader‘s Justin Hayford writes, “Jeff Newman’s dystopic one-act is the sort that invites testosterone-fueled overacting, but fortunately Newman and company play things tight to the vest (except during multiple eruptions of terrifically unconvincing stage violence), resulting in a thoughtful, tense, and occasionally philosophical pulp fantasy.” 8 PM, $15

Sat 7/15: If you are not named Ben, you’ll still enjoy BenFest, an annual block party organized by St. Benedict Parish (2215 W. Irving Park) with stilt-walking and bubbles galore for kids, and music from 80s cover band 16 Candles and beer tastings from Lagunitas. There’s also a chance to win $10,000 in a raffle. 1-10 PM, $5 donation, kids five and under free

Sun 7/16: Patient zero for hilarious commentary over bad films, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 team will be mocking yet-to-be-announced movies with panache at the Vic (3145 N. Sheffield). If you want to pay close attention to the movie, do not come. And your taste in film is questionable at best. 5 and 8 PM, $49.50-$299

Sun 7/16: The United States of Women returns to McCormick Place (2301 S. King) for Galvanize Chicago to tackle issues such as reproductive rights, workplace equality, and harassment. 9 AM-5:30 PM, free

For more things to do in Chicago this weekend—and every day—visit our Agenda page.