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Sunday, April 30
Josef Koudelka, a world-renowned photographer, will be filling the galleries of the Art Institute with his exhibition entitled, Nationality Doubtful. Koudelka's black and white photographs will be featured from Saturday, Jun 7th until Sunday, September 14th at 111 South Michigan Avenue. There is a member preview June 5-6.
Meat comes alive at this weekend-long homage to ribs, which begins tonight from 5pm to 10pm and runs through Sunday at the intersection of Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park. Sample ribs and other foods, enjoy live music and other activities. $5 suggestion donation. Be sure to catch the rib eating competition tonight at 6:30pm.
Andersonville gets its party on at Midsommarfest, the annual weekend-long street festival on Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa. Bands, food, kids entertainment, and sidewalk sales from local vendors await you. The fest runs 5 to 10pm tonight. Suggested donation $5.
Systems 83, an exhibition of Chicago graffiti history presented by Three Hearts Club and the X-Men, kicks off at the East Room, 2828 W. Medill Ave., tonight from 6pm to 2am. No cover, 21+
Photobooth.net hosts the International Photobooth Convention June 6-8 at A&A Studios, 350 N. Ogden Ave. Attend panels, check out vintage and contemporary photobooth photos and art, and take plenty of photos in one of the many photobooths on hand. Tonight from 6 to 10pm is the opening party. Tickets for the convention are $18 for adults, $12 for students and kids, free for kids under 6.
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle perform "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage" at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Ave. Tickets are $42 for standing room, $66 for seating; balcony seats are sold out. Doors open at 7pm, show's at 8pm.
New Belgium's traveling mini-festival includes over a dozen of the breweries' "most esoteric beer offerings," eats from local food trucks, and short films made by beer fans. All proceeds go to local nonprofits the Recyclery Collective and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The fest runs from 730pm-10pm at Eckhart Park in Noble Square, 1330 W. Chicago Ave. Free.
The third annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival runs June 5-8 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. More than 400 female performers will make you laugh with stand-up, sketch comedy and improv on four stages; see the schedule for details. Tickets are $14 per show, or $100 for an all-festival pass. First shows are at 8pm tonight.