Baconfest

If you love bacon, Green Day or cabaret dancing, consider yourself booked for the next four days. This weekend, Chicago hosts a Tony Award winning show, one of the country's coolest film festivals and they are serving up a massive, almost criminal amount of bacon on the UIC campus. Cue the parade and get busy like this dude because it's time to make weekend plans

American Idiot at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (Through 4/21)

In 2000, Green Day recorded a conceptual album about post-9/11 realities that eventually snowballed into one of Broadway's biggest musicals. American Idiot tells the story three disaffected youth as they transition from adolescent torment to angst-ridden young adulthood. Storylines like that REALLY resonate with me. The show, which was nominated for "Best Musical" at the 2010 Tony Awards, is scored by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (Through 4/21)

CIMM Festival celebrates its fifth year with a fresh batch of exciting film premieres and live musical performances. The festival takes place on a long stretch of Milwaukee Avenue (Wicker Park/Logan Square area) in several satellite locations. Highlights include a performance by the Sicilian Jazz Project, local hip-hop magnates Treated Crew and Closed Sessions, as well as the much hyped premiere of Jesus Lizard: Last.

Untitled Feminist Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Through 4/21)

We're drawing the curtain on Chicago Dance Month with a show that combines dance, cabaret and burlesque. You Jean Lee's latest experiment involves a nearly-wordless "celebration of a fluid and limitless sense of identity." The Museum of Contemporary Art is known for its irreverent events and this one is certainly, um, edgy? Watch six artists from New York's theater scene perform fully nude with video and music accompaniment.  

Baconfest (4/20)

Chefs from some of Chicago best restaurants (Baume & Brix, Epic Restaurant, Hopleaf, Mexique, The Gage, and many more) will be on hand to deliver cured meat to MY MOUTH! Held in the UIC Forum, this locally beloved festival features cocktails, special events, and truckloads of sizzling pork. The smell alone is worth a quadruple bypass.

Black Playwright's Fest (Through 4/21)

Featuring an appearance by the brainchild of Immediate Family, Paul Oakley Stovall, and Performance Readings by some of the most talented African-American playwrights, this is a must-see event for theater lovers. Each evening culminates with a Q & A session as well as food and dancing. This ninth annual event takes place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center.

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