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Saturday, April 29
The yearly three day music festival showcases a roster of well known and under the radar indie acts. Headliners this year include Vampire Weekend, Feist, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Other standout acts include Sleigh Bells, Grimes, Danny Brown, and local outfits A Lull, Outer Minds, and Atlas Moth.
Limited number of tickets are available at the box office at the gate. Three day passes are sold out. Pitchfork Festival is located at Union Park, right off Lake and Ashland. The gates open Friday at 3pm and Saturday and Sunday at noon.
Learn more about the month-long holiday of fasting observed by Muslims at Kendall College (900 N Branch) today at 10am. Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen will talk about the foods that are permitted to be eaten during Ramadan. Event sponsored by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. Free parking; admission $3. Email to RSVP.
Fork and the Road food tours by bike embarks on A Cure-ious Tour today, exploring the city's sausages, forcemeats and charcuterie. The 17-mile tour pushes off from the Kitchen Sink Cafe, 1107 W. Berwyn Ave., at 11am, and ends back there at 4pm. Tickets are $60.
I don't get it, but if you love ribs and the opportunity to eat them at Lawrence and Broadway all weekend, get your buns to the Windy City RibFest, which runs Friday (5-10pm), today (noon-10pm) and Sunday (noon-9pm). Entertainment and all the street fest trimmings included.
BenFest, one of the city's longest-running family-oriented neighborhood festivals, runs Friday and today at St. Benedict's Church, 2215 W Irving Park Rd. Enjoy food, music, entertainment and a three-on-three basketball tournament. There's also a raffle for $10,000. Admission is $5 for kids (2 and under are free) and $7 for adults before 8pm, $10 after. The festival runs from 2pm to 11pm today.
Head over to Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell, 235 S. Columbus Dr., at 5:30pm for a concert from Raphael Saadiq and Chaka Khan. Read our preview in Transmission.
The Windy City Rollers travel teams skate tonight at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., tonight. The Second Wind take on the South Bend Roller Girls at 6pm, and the WCR All-Stars play against the Midwest MEGAteam at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20-35 in advance or at the box office. Doors open at 5pm.
The third annual Windy City Burlesque Fest is at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Friday and tonight, with three different performances at 8pm, 10pm and midnight each night. See performers from around the world, including Jo Boobs (New York), Kristina Nekyia (LA), Coco Lectric (Austin), Tiffany Carter (Las Vegas), Penny Starr, Jr. (Hollywood), Kitten De Ville (LA), Foxy Tann (Minneapolis) and Chicago's Stage Door Johnnies. Tickets are $30 for each performance; $150 gets you a pass for all six.
Uncommon Ground hosts a 100th birthday tribute to Woody Guthrie this evening from 9pm to 11pm. The featured performer will be musician and songwriter Bucky Halker, with special guest Lanialoha Lee from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Ticket price is $15. Uncommon Ground: 3800 North Clark Street. (773) 929-3680.
Ty Segall has been nothing if not prolific the last few years. He's released numerous albums, toured constantly and kept his psychedelic/garage rock fresh the whole time. A new album, Slaughterhouse, doesn't show any signs of Segall slowing down. Likewise, the Men's new album, Open Your Heart, is a fine display of the scuzzy garage rock that's become their signature. Ty Segall headlines a Pitchfork Music Festival aftershow at the Empty Bottle. Zath opens at 9:30PM. The Men play between them. The show's 21+ and $12. The Empty Bottle's at 1035 N Western.