It's open house at the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park, where visitors can peruse works by resident artists as well as guest exhibitors and see various performance art pieces throughout the evening. Hours are from 6pm - 10pm at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. $5 suggested donation.
Best in Show, the mockumentary following the events of a national dog show and the eccentric array of competitors who attend, is showing outdoors tonight at the Lincoln Park Zoo. General admission is free; VIP packages are also available for purchase. Located at the South Lawn at 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Show starts at dusk.
Mobius, a solo exhibition of the work of Luiz Gonzάlez Palma, will open with a reception at the Schneider Gallery, 230 W. Superior, from 5 to 7:30 pm. The exhibit of photographs with hand-painted geometric elements will be on display through November 31. Gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and 11am to 5pm on Saturday. For more information, call 312-988-4033.
German American Fest takes over the street in Lincoln Square, on Lincoln Avenue from Western to Leland. Enjoy German music, dancing, beer and food from 5 to 11pm tonight. Admission is free; you'll need beer tickets to drink.
The Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest brings us another wonderful weekend of amazing music. Friday's lineup includes Death Cab for Cutie, Hamilton Leithauser, The Handsome Family and Bad Luck Jonathan. Single day and two-day tickets are available for $39 and $65. Doors open at 5pm today. Read our preview in Transmission.
If you missed the recent run of the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, it starts playing for one week at, appropriately enough, The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. A schedule is available at the Film Center website. Box office: (312) 846-2085.
The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 7 at several venues in Jefferson Park. More than a dozen works of experimental theatre are staged each night. Tickets are $10 per performance, plus $5 for a festival button; Multi-show packs are available for $45 to $175. Performances start at 7pm tonight.
Seminal punk rock band X performs the album More Fun in the New World in its entirety at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph.) Doors open at 6, show starts at 8. Tickets are $35-$45 and can be purchased online or by calling 312-733-WINE (9463).