Weekend Alert

If you're into legendary musicians, black box theater productions or - you know - FOOTBALL, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The Chicago Bears open up their season, we still have a calendar full of street festivals, and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is playing live in Ravinia. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

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Death Boogie at the Auditorium Theatre (Through 9/7)

This music-driven stage show tells the story of Victor Spartan, a browbeaten everyman turned revolutionist. While political romps aren't for everyone, Death Boogie uses beat boxing and comic book-like accompaniment in a way that's mesmerizingly artistic. Written and performed by Darian Dauchen, the renowned piece was a 2x winner at the 2012 Musical Theatre Matters Awards, which included nods for "Best New Music" and "Best Innovation in Musical Theatre."

Weekend Festivals (Through 9/8)

Renedage Craft Fair

Summer's coming to a close, but the season's only a state of mind. We're extending the dog days this weekend with carnival rides galore at Little Village Fest, steins of the good stuff at German American Fest, and by buying out the cheeky paper goods at Renegade Craft Fair. For a guide to September's street festivals, click here. For a guide to Beethoven Fest, click here. And for our guide to Renegade Craft Fair, click here.

Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013 (Through 9/15)

Beethoven Fest: LOVE 2013

Shout out to Beethoven for being my "study playlist" artist of choice more than 180 years after his death. To pay my respects to a musician who will never really die, I'm imploring everyone to experience Beethoven Festival Chicago's eight day tribute to the legend. For our complete guide to the event, click here.

Bears vs. Bengals (8/8)

Bears

Football season is back, which means it's finally cool again to drink in a parking lot wearing a Tom Waddle jersey. Thank you tailgating; I was getting pretty sick of the concerned stares. Anyway, the Bears have a new coach this season. Brian Urlacher is golfing or chilling on a beach somewhere. And Jay Cutler is embarking on what many consider to be a make or break season for the Bears' quarterback. The team opens with the more-than-formidable Cincinnati Bengals, which makes Sunday's game a must-watch. *Does unceremonious grizzly roar and gets into athletic "bear down" stance*

Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon

The Classic Albums Live tour rolls into Ravinia this weekend with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Classic Albums Live brings the greatest songs of the 70's era to life with on-stage adaptations of some of rock's most legendary performers. Don't miss this one.

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