Last year’s Chicago Zine Fest in Plumbers Union Hall Credit: Eric Bartholomew

The Chicago Zine Fest has been bringing hordes of self-publishing enthusiasts together for eight years, and its ninth edition arrives this weekend. On Friday, May 18, it hosts a reading and panel discussion at the Institute of Cultural Affairs (4750 N. Sheridan), and on Saturday, May 19, the main event takes over Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W. Washington) with 250 zine exhibitors, food trucks, a bake sale, a GlitterGuts photo booth, and lots more. That night, the Co-Prosperity Sphere hosts a “punk rock karaoke” afterparty benefiting literary and visual-arts nonprofit the Chicago Publishers Resource Center. If you’ve ever wanted to see a bunch of zine makers joyfully massacring tunes by the Ramones, the Misfits, and Rancid, here’s your chance. Dibs on “Time Bomb”!

Rainbo doesn’t book shows often, but on Wednesday, May 23, the bar throws a rare concert—and it benefits a good cause. All proceeds go to the Clinic Vest Project, a nonprofit that trains and provides special clothing for clinic defense escorts, who accompany women to reproductive health-care facilities. (The assholes who make such escorts necessary will try to tell you these facilities only perform abortions, but they’re lying.) Local postpunks Luggage (with the Reader‘s Luca Cimarusti on drums) and gothy postmetal cadre Bloodiest perform beginning at 7 PM; a $5 donation is requested.

Gossip Wolf has been keeping an eye on Chicago four-piece Hitter—they played their first show at a DIY venue a few weeks back, and they’ve been posting entire rehearsals as live Instagram stories! Their lineup is a rogues’ gallery of local dirt-rock luminaries: Hanna Hazard and Madalyn Garcia of Lil Tits, Adam Luksetich of Foul Tip, and Ryan Wizniak of Meat Wave. Last week they released “Born to Rock,” which blends strutting AC/DC licks and glorious Kiss-esque stupidity, and they’ll drop a full demo shortly. Hitter play Quenchers on Sunday, May 20.  v

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