Friday, July 24 Last chance to see Black River Falls, the acclaimed new play by Curious Theater Branch’s Bryn Magnus exploring teen angst and adult violence in small-town Wisconsin, running Friday through Sunday at Prop Thtr.

Saturday, July 25 Browse more than 120,000 used books (and vintage magazines, posters, and other ephemera) and listen to your fellow opinionated citizens exercise their right to free speech at the 71st annual Newberry Library Book Fair and Bughouse Square Debates.

Sunday, July 26 Make your own seeded paper and check out the Spring 2015 art CSA from ThreeWalls this afternoon on the lawn outside Comfort Station in Logan Square. (While you’re in the neighborhood, you can also pick up some sweet corn at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market across the street.)

Monday, July 27 Bobby Conn — who masterfully DJ’d Belt Magazine’s Chicago happy hour last week — plays a free show at the Empty Bottle, with Boxed In and Fee.

Tuesday, July 28 Take a break with the exhibit Love For Sale: The Graphic Art of Valmour Products, exploring the long-lost packaging genius of the south side’s Valmour Products, producers of pomades and perfumes for the African-American market in the 1920s and 30s. Now in its final week at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Wednesday, July 29 Win the grand prize — a big bag of farm-fresh vegetables — when writer-performers David Kodeski and Edward Thomas Herrera call the numbers at this week’s installment of Hideout Veggie Bingo, a summerlong family-friendly fundraiser benefitting Chicago community gardens.

Thursday, July 30 Pilsen’s Fiesta del Sol is the largest Latino arts festival in the midwest, and the only one to annually showcase Chicago’s homegrown house music scene. It kicks off today and runs through Sunday.


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