Swanson Song: Nick Offerman at Chicago Theatre
The man behind Ron Swanson returns for a homecoming stop during his “American Ham” stand-up tour.
Carving a piece: In addition to jokes, Offerman weaves in woodworking stories and even songs.
Tonight 8p. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Loop (800-745-3000). $55 and up here.
Nearby: Phoenix Lounge; Petterino’s; Hoyt’s
Mister Mojo Rising: Drinking & Writing Festival at Haymarket Pub
Celebrate the legend of The Doors musician/poet Jim Morrison over beers and of course, karaoke poetry.
Pen to paper: In the writing contest, you’ll be given five minutes to write about a Morrison-related theme.
Sat noon-5p. Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., West Loop (312-638-0700). $30 here.
Nearby: Maude’s Liquor Bar; Au Cheval; Nellcote
Trash Treasures: Found Footage Festival at the Music Box
Gather round the big screen for this increasingly popular annual tribute to oddball videos recovered from dumpsters, thrift stores, and garage sales.
Going viral: From a 1986 video on how to care for your ferret to bizarre tips on flirting, expect the unexpected.
Sat 9:30p. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview. (773-871-6604). $12 here.
Nearby: Schubas; Tango Sur; Mystic Celt
Taco Loco: National Taco Day at Nacional 27
Feast on half-price gourmet tiny tacos — queso to BBQ lamb to grilled beef tenderloin — at Nacional 27's tasty tribute.
Moves like Jagger: Stick around for Latin dance moves during DJ Konsept's live set (11p-2a).
Fri 5p-midnight. Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., River North (312-664-2727). No cover.
Nearby: Green Door Tavern; Citizen Bar; Union Sushi + BBQ