Friday, July 31 The fifth annual Chicago French Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Music Box with screenings of L’affaire SK1 and Paul Grimault’s 1979 animated classic The King and the Mockingbird. The fest continues through August 6.

Saturday, August 1 Forget Lollapalooza. Tonight Logan Square dive Cole’s celebrates its sixth anniversary with a benefit show featuring bands populated by the bar’s employees. Proceeds benefit the Carrefour Collaborative, dedicated to helping Haitian artists reach audiences outside Haiti.

Sunday, August 2 Renegade pastor Rob Bell — whose public 2011 questioning of the existence of hell led him to resign his leadership of Michigan’s Mars Hill megachurch. which he founded in 1998 — speaks as part of his Everything is Spiritual tour at Pilsen’s Thalia Hall.

Monday, August 3 Lula Cafe’s long-running Monday night farm dinner offers a three-course prix fixe meal prepared from the freshest local ingredients for just $38.

Tuesday, August 4 It’s $15 per carload tonight (and every Tuesday) at the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago, so load ’em up and head for the suburbs for a double feature of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Ant-Man.

Wednesday, August 5 Bloodshot Records celebrates its 21st birthday at, of course, Delilah’s with, of course, whiskey — in this case the release of a custom small-batch bourbon created for the label by Evanston’s Few Spirits.

Thursday, August 6 Walkabout Theater company presents an outdoor performance of The Wild in Humboldt Park — it’s a free, all-ages event exploring “what happens to people when institutions crumble and deities fail to show up.”


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