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Saturday, May 30

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Shock Theater Horror Double Feature

Shock Theater from the Cinema Dementia Collection screens at the Wicker Park Arts Center, 2215 W. North Ave., tonight at 9pm with The Phantom Planet and Night of the Blood Beast. $5 admission, with "cheap concessions and free burial if you die of fright." More about the film series here.

The Interview Show

Join host Mark Bazer at Chicago's "most loved small venue," the Hideout, for another edition of The Interview Show. Held the first Friday of every month, September's lineup includes Tavernita Chef Ryan Poli and "Big Questions" author Anders Nilsen. Tickets are $8, show starts at 6:30pm at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 21+

North Coast Music Festival @ Union Park

Lovers of beats and bleeps, unite! Head to Union Park for the 2nd annual North Coast Music Festival and three days of DJs, electronica, and more booty shaking than you can...shake your booty to! Today's lineup includes David Guetta, Wiz Khalifa, Lotus, SBTRKT, The Hood Internet and much more! Single day tickets are still available for $60. Union Park is located at 1501 W. Randolph St. Watch our Transmission section for coverage each day.

Guilt First Friday at the MCA

Mix and mingle amongst exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago while listening to fresh beats by DJ Madrid. Go on an exhibit scavenger hunt and get a sneak peak of the UBS 12 x 12 New Artists/New Work exhibition currently featuring abstract objects by artist Dan Gunn. Specialty cocktails will be available at the cash bar and guests will have the opportunity to unwind even further at the Equinox pampering station. Event runs from 6-10pm. 21+ only (ID required). The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is located at 220 E Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611. General admission is $18; advance tickets: $13; MCA members: $10. For tickets, visit or call the MCA box office, 312-397-4010.

Exquisite Corpse Opening

Exquisite Corpse, a collaborative art exhibition curated by Jenny Lam, opens tonight at Fulton Street Collective, 2000 W. Fulton St., from 7 to 10pm tonight. Meet many of the artists, interact with art and create some of your own, get advice from the free advice booth. More info on Facebook. Free.

Southside Oktoberfest @ Toyota Park

Head to Toyota Park (7000 S. Harlem Ave in Bridgeview) for the Southside Oktoberfest celebration complete with food, entertainment and car show! Event runs today through Monday. General admission $5.

Thick Paper Walls @ Schubas

Thick Paper Walls play at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight, with Dastardly and Sleeping in the Aviary opening. Read our preview and watch the band's new video for "Orange Tree" in Transmission. Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door. 18+

The Square Affair @ Logan Square Auditorium

Grape Juice Records presents The Square Affair, a night of music by Logan Square artists, appropriately at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, tonight starting at 6:30pm. The lineup includes The Shams Band, Chaperone, Go Long Mule, Musikanto and Jonny Rumble. Tickets are $10 at the door. 18+

Jazz Fest

The Chicago Jazz Festival runs Thursday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 4; today's performances are in Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., 7th Flr., and the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Free.



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