Columbia College Chicago doesn't merely send off its 2000 graduating students with a handshake and cap toss: the Manifest Urban Arts Festival is a graduation celebration that features art exhibitions, readings, and original fashion & interactive designs by students. Centered at Columbia's South Loop Campus, the fest will spill out into the streets. Student bands will perform on The Main Stage and side stage. Free and mostly open to the public, Manifest is a full-day event that will kick off at noon at 1104 S. Wabash Ave. See schedule of events here.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a two-week-long run of the Studio Ghibli film The Wind Rises, which is supposedly the final film of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. Full details and advance tickets available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.
Funny Ha-Ha returns to the Hideout>, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm, featuring stories by Monte LaMonte, Steve Gadlin, Kelsie Huff, Jessica Coen, Erica Reid and Mimi Smartypants. Claire Zulkey hosts. $5 suggested donation benefits Sit Stay Read. 21+
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula Del Ray is a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story, performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. The event will be held at The Ruth Page Center for Arts, 1015 N. Dearborn St. tonight and May 30 at 7:30pm.
Are you into Punk & New Wave? Even better, are you into groovin' and dancin'? The wonderful Honey Pot Performance will be hosting a free monthly interactive/music themed event that reflects the Chicago music scene. The month of May is Punk & New Wave and will be hosted at MANA Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., tonight at 7:30pm. You can check out more information on Facebook. The event is free and BYOB. Bring a dancing buddy.
You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Change" from Brooke Allen, Elizabeth Gomez, David Lipowski, Ruth McCormack, Anita Mechler, Karie Miller, Dana Norris and Jeremy Owens. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.
Hozac Records hosts its annual Blackout Fest at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., May 15-17. Tonight's lineup features The Boys (UK), First Base, 999999999 and The Man. Tickets for tonight's show are $25 online or at the door, or get a three-day pass for $55. Read our preview in Transmission. 21+