photo courtesy AOOA.TV
Freak Zone: Do 312’s 4th Annual Lolla Sideshow
Get ready for Lolla with circus freaks including a burlesque fire dancer and a Viking hammering nails into his head.
Spin city: Also, enjoy DJ sets from Lolla bands including Supreme Cuts, IO Echo, and Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles.
Tonight 9p. Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., Lakeview. (773-348-4975). $15 here.
Nearby: Cheesie’s Pub & Grub; L&L Tavern; The Vic
Riot Fest: Steve Aoki at Studio Paris (pictured)
Lolla DJ Steve Aoki brings his legendary Vegas party (where he’s been known to crowd surf in an inflatable raft) to Paris Club.
Beat eats: Trade festival food for lamb meatballs, caviar, and pinot noir on tap.
Fri 9p. Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard St., River North. (312-595-0800). RSVP here.
Nearby: Hubbard Inn; Hub 51; Epic
Sneak Peek: The World’s End Advance Screening
Be among the first to see Simon Pegg’s new sci-fi comedy about a pub crawl gone wrong, then hang with the actor after.
Party favors: PBR, Negroni slushies from Parson’s, and a live set by Lolla band Smith Westerns round out the night.
Tonight 9p. Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., Logan Square. Free with RSVP here.
Nearby: Logan Theatre; The Owl; Lula Café
On the Edge: Edge Fest
Lolla isn’t the only fest going on this weekend — there’s also this neighborhood rager with karaoke and fistfuls of bacon.
In our heads: You might think Talking Heads have reunited at the fest, but it’s spot-on tribute act This Must Be the Band.
Sat-Sun noon-10p. Broadway and Thorndale Avenues, Edgewater (773-665-4682). $5 suggested donation.
Nearby: Heartland Café; Mayne Stage; Moody’s Pub