Friday, August 28 Music writer Jessica Hopper, whose new collection The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic has been burning up both the book and music pressteams up Susanne Scanlon, author of the experimental novel Her 37th Year: An Index, for a conversation with Curbside Splendor EIC Naomi Huffman at Women and Children First.

Saturday, August 29 Confront your teenaged demons and put them to rest for good — or at least watch others try to do so, by reading their youthful diary entries and love letters — at tonight’s installment of Mortified Live at Lincoln Hall.

Sunday, August 30 The free, all-ages Bucktown Arts Fest continues today in Holstein Park with live music and work by an array of local artists and artisans for sale. Proceeds benefit arts education in the park and in neighborhood schools.

Monday, August 31 IFP Chicago offers you the chance to learn more about the local indie film scene and get tipsy while you do so at tonight’s IFP Chicago On Tap: Fall Kickoff Party at the new Lagunitas Brewing Company brewery on 17th Street in Douglas Park.

Tuesday, September 1 Film critic J.R. Jones, author of The Lives of Robert Ryan, talks with film noir scholar Alan K. Rode following a screening of Ryan’s The Racket, showing as a double feature with the noir auteur’s House of Bamboo as part of this year’s Noir City Film Festival at the Music Box.

Wednesday, September 2 Want to run away with the circus? You only have to go as far as that tent in the United Center parking lot. The Chicago run of Cirque de Soleil’s critically acclaimed Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities — a steampunky spectacle that the Chicago Reader says “puts human beings back at the center of the circus” — continues through September 20.

Thursday, September 3 The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival kicks off with free performances and panels this afternoon at the Chicago Cultural Center and a free concert in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion featuring the Marquis Hill Blacktet at 6:30 and Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 at 8 pm. The fest runs through September 6 at venues all over town.


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