Fiesta del Sol, an annual fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, runs this weekend from July 31-August 3. The biggest Latino festival in the Midwest, activities include futbol, Latino art, carnival rides, rollercoasters, and food from dozens of taquerias, hurache vendors, and more. 1400 W Cermak Rd., Thursday, July 31, 5-10pm. Free.
The Beat Kitchen hosts two evenings of School of Rock graduates, featuring some of the most talented students of the school. Doors open at 4:00pm, show starts at 5:00pm. Full details and advance tickets at the Beat Kitchen site. Beat Kitchen: 2100 West Belmont Avenue. (773) 281-4444.
The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts the Chicago French Film Festival July 31-Aug. 5. Tonight's opening night reception begins at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Me, Myself, and Mum at 7:30; admission is $15. Tickets for the rest of the festival are $12 per film, or get a festival pass to five films for $45. (Alliance Français members get $2 off individual tickets.)
The inaugural Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performances are Next Door at 7pm and Circo de Tu Corazón at 9pm; see the schedule for details. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, with festival passes available for $35.
The beautiful Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, will be hosting Spin's Lollapalooza Kick Off Party. This is a perfect opportunity to start the music filled weekend right with a lineup including dreamy pop from Wildcat! Wildcat!, local electronic indie rockers Gemini Club, and the always amazing Interpol. This 21+ show starts at 9pm and is FREE with RSVP
Chefs Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski of TÊTE Charcuterie and Pat Sheerin of Trencherman kick off the Choucroute Series at TÊTE Charcuterie (1114 W Randolph St) tonight, starting at 10pm. Each chef will get half a hog to prepare on site, along with vegetables, which will then be served to an intimate crowd of 20 people. Cocktails will be provided by CH Distillery. Tickets cost $70. Call (312) 733-1178 or email email@example.com for reservations.