Friday, August 21 “It Came From the Neo-Futurarium” — the beloved festival of staged readings of very bad films put on for years at Andersonville’s Neo-Futurarium — is on hiatus, but organizers present a two-night-only production of the 1988 Tom Cruise classic Cocktail tonight and tomorrow to raise funds for a full-blown fest next year. Specialty mocktails, “compulsory singing,” and a few special guests are promised.
Saturday, August 22 Albany Park is one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods, so it’s no surprise that the Albany Park World Fest is a showcase for a wildly varied lineup of music. From cumbia to flamenco to Romanian gypsy folk, Kimball between Lawrence and Wilson is where world music converges this weekend.
Sunday, August 23 Bernie Sanders will NOT be present, but based on Facebook alone more than 600 Chicagoans plan to come to BernieFest today at the Hideout. The all-day event includes live music both inside and outside in two sets: daytime and evening. All proceeds benefit the Sanders campaign; get your tickets now because all 600 of you are not going to fit in the bar.
Monday, August 24 Had it with Chicago? Take a trip to the Alps with tonight’s screening of Alpi, part of the experimental documentary series Run of Life, which runs the third Monday of each month at Constellation Chicago.
Tuesday, August 25 The Museum of Contemporary Art’s free Tuesdays on the Terrace series continues tonight with a performance by Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project, a 20-years-and-running collaboration between Asian-American and African-American jazz artists including Aioki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson and others.
Wednesday, August 26 Expect pillow fights and games of telephone: the theme of tonight’s installment of Girls Talk: Live Lit by Females is “Sleepovers.” Hosted by Rosamund Lannin and Carly Oishi, it’s at 7 pm at Gallery Cabaret.
Thursday, August 27 The Black Harvest Film Festival runs through September 3 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, but tonights the last chance to see Takin’ Place, a sumptuously shot fly-on-the-wall documentary capturing daily life in Chicago’s south-side Englewood and Washington Park neighborhoods. Director Cyrus Dowlatshahi will take questions after the screening.