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Thursday, March 30
Fiesta del Sol, an annual fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, runs this weekend from July 31 to Aug. 3 at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. 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. The festival is open 11am to 11pm today. Free.
The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival showcases fine art by over 100 artists in 11 categories. While browsing and buying the artwork, you can listen to live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque and indie pop music. Be sure to make a bid or two at the silent art auction, and bring your children or grandchidren to the popular Children's Craft Tent. The festival hosts 11 restaurateurs serving a variety of culinary delights. Admission is free. This year, the festival will take place in Centennial Park (directions). For more information, please call 847-448-8264.
The epic 3-day fest gets going in Grant Park on Friday and runs through Sunday night. read our Lollapalooza previews in Transmission, and be on the look out for daily set reviews. Tickets are currently sold out.
The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts the Chicago French Film Festival July 31-Aug. 5. Today's screenings include Belle et Sébastien at 2pm; Me, Myself and Mum at 4:30pm; Violette at 6:30pm; and Playing Dead at 9:20pm. Tickets are $12 per film, or get a festival pass to five films for $45. (Alliance Français members get $2 off individual tickets.)
The Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge takes place at St Viator School and Parish, 3644 N. Kedvale Ave., today from 2 to 5pm. Ten cooks and 10 local brewers work together to create a beer and barbecue pork pairing, and attendees judge which is best. $60 tickets get you samples of each pairing plus a sample of one additional beer from each brewer, as well as a commemorative glass. 21+
Mortified! moves up to the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., where you'll hear true stories of true awkwardness told by regular people. Doors open at 6pm, show's at 7pm. Advance tickets are sold out, but if there are any available at the door, they'll be $20. 18 and over.
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.
You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. 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 "Fear" from Julie Cowden, Ryan Duke, Keith Ecker, Brenna Kearney, 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.
The Burlington, 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., hosts the Neon Marshmallow music festival July 31-Aug. 3. Tonight's lineup includes Basic Cable, Ryley Walker, Hair Police and Telecult Powers. Doors open at 8:30pm, with a Stoli open bar for the first hour. Tickets are $10; festival passes are $30 and include an unreleased Telecult Powers track. Read our preview in Transmission. 21+