Friday, September 4 LGBTIQ-friendly dance party collective Chances Dances celebrates ten years of radical booty shaking in Chicago with Platforms, an anniversary celebration that runs through October 24 at venues all over town. Join the party tonight with the opening of the group exhibit Tertiary Dimensions at Sector 2337, and see the Chances website for a full schedule of events.

Saturday, September 5 Villapalooza is Little Village’s free all-ages arts and culture festival, now in its fifth year. Head to 26th and Central Park for a full day of arts, crafts, food, and live music, including headliners Orquestra el Macabeo (pictured), playing fiery old-school salsa from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sunday, September 6 Drinkers With Writing Problems presents A Shot and a Story tonight at Stage 773. Seven members of the aptly-named writers group will read/perform, and they’re opening up two extra six-minute slots for members of the audience. Got a writing problem? Give it a shot!

Monday, September 7 The Chicago Fringe Festival offers a host of hourlong performances at five venues, all within walking distance of each other in Jefferson Park.  It runs through September 13; today’s schedule includes two dozen different shows and includes puppetry, clowning, solo performance and more.

Tuesday, September 8 Reggie’s Live on South State Street celebrates its 8th anniversary today with a double bill of free shows in both the Rock Club (18+) and the Music Joint (21+). The first 50 patrons to arrive get a special gift.

Wednesday, September 9 Four chefs compete for the title in today’s Masters of Mac mac-and-cheese challenge at the Old Town Pour House. Tickets are $16; $32 with beer pairings to cut through all that dairy.

Thursday, September 10 Get heavy at the mausoleum tonight when stoner-doom-drone rockers Earth and local favorites Disappears headline an end-of-summer show at Bohemian National Cemetery. Holy Sons open, and Wrekmeister Harmonies’ J.R. Robinson DJs. Proceeds benefit the historic cemetery and the Albany Park School District. No littering!

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