The Blue Ribbon Glee Club way back in 2009 Credit: Kirk Bravender

This year local punk cover choir the Blue Ribbon Glee Club turns ten years old! If it were an actual child, it’d be starting fifth grade, which makes a weird kind of sense—Gossip Wolf remembers keeping track of the group’s upcoming gigs by checking its MySpace page! On Saturday, October 7, the BRGC throws a birthday party and reunion at Cafe Mustache, a good occasion for glee clubbers (and fans) to catch up; joining the choir on the lineup are a slew of bands featuring current and former members, including Wet Wallet, Dust Bunnies, and Hex Kittens. Music starts at 7 PM, and the $5 suggested donation benefits the PRAA’s Chicago for Mexico & Puerto Rico Relief Fund.

Festival season felt like an eternity in 2017, so this wolf is game for some low-stress outdoor music instead. Thank goodness the annual Boombastic beat party returns on Sunday, October 8. The DJs on the bill spin in Wicker Park (the actual park) without a PA system or even a single speaker—instead they broadcast an FM signal (the frequency is announced that day) that attendees can play through a transistor radio, boom box, or other system. The free party runs from noon till 8 PM with a supreme team of turntable technicians, including Jesse de la Peña, Esteban La Groue, Boi Jeanius, Rik Shaw of Deadly Dragon Sound System, Dan Bitney of Tortoise, Todd Novak of HoZac, and production duo Single Minded Pros (whose DJ Rude One says they haven’t performeed in five or six years).

On Saturday, October 7, the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts hosts a 12-hour festival for its fifth anniversary. The packed schedule includes art exhibits, film screenings, a Lego animation workshop, a community parade, a barbecue dinner party, and performances by the likes of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the Anat Cohen Tentet. Most events are free, but it’s a good idea to register in advance at  v

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