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Sunday, May 1
The inaugural Riverwest Music Festival runs July 4-6 along the North Branch of the Chicago River, 1177-1111 N. Elston Ave. (from Estate Ultra-Bar south). The EDM festival features artists on three stages, culminating tonight with headliners Deep Dish, Dixon and Lee Burridge. Tickets are $70 per day or $170 for a three-day pass. The festival runs from 11am to midnight today.
The International Festival of Life runs July 3-6 in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Dozens of acts perform reggae, mambo, R&B, salsa, gospel, EDM and more on three stages. Featured acts today include Soul Play, Supa G, and Kevin Lyttle. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. The festival runs from noon to 10pm today. All ages.
FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, hosts its 33rd annual American Music Festival July 2-5. More than a dozen acts play today, including Hurray for the Riff Raff, the Bellfuries Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Express, and CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band; see the full schedule for details. Tickets are $30 in advance online, $35 at the door; kids under 12 get in for $5, and there's a $25 early bird discount if you arrive in the first hour. Four-day passes are $100. Doors open at 1pm today.
The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., kicks off a month-long retrospective on the early comedy work of Alec Guinness by featuring the Ealing comedies his acted in during the 1950s. The retrospective kicks off this afternoon with the double feature of The Lavender Hill Moband Last Holiday, and continues through July 29. A complete schedule and advance tickets are available at the Film Center Website. Box office: (312) 846-2085.
The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby presents Family Feud! tonight at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. The event is a competition strength, skill and wit pitting the Outfit against Dupage Derby Dames, Bruise Brothers Roller Derby, CLLAW, Mud Queens and Girls Rock! Chicago. DJ Tess spins. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, which opens at 8pm. 21+
The Hideout presents the spoken word ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl and singer/songwriter Naomi Ashley in an evening of music and spoken word that may (or may not) save America. Doors open at 8:00, show begins at 9:00, and tickets are $12. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.