Monday, January 26, 2015

This Weekend

  • In the Flesh: Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention

    See live horror burlesque and dudes hanging from ceiling hooks in their backs as you peep your next tattoo.

    Tattoo you: Enter the tattoo contest, check out a seminar, or rock the chainlink-fenced dancefloor at Exit afterparties.

    Fri-Sun. Crowne Plaza O’Hare, 5440 N. River Rd., Rosemont (215-423-4780). $20-40.

    Nearby: Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse; Morton’s The Steakhouse; Liberty Tavern

  • French Connection: Festival de la Francophonie

    See award-winning, Oscar-nominated French films plus cocktails, coffee, and live performances.

    Punt return: Kick things off tonight with the free Soiree Afrique dance party featuring African dancers and DJs.

    Sat 1p. Alliance Francaise Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave., Near North Side (312-337-1070). $8-15 here.

    Nearby: Gallery Bar; 25 Degrees Chicago; Café Iberico

  • Killer Vibes: Good Vybes Fest at Empty Bottle

    Local label Eye Vybe Records (run out of a Logan Square bungalow) showcases leading indie garage/psych bands.

    Out of their minds: Be sure to check out the brooding sunshine pop of local psych favorite Outer Minds (Fri 9p.)

    Fri-Sat 9p. Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Ukrainian Village (773-276-3600). $10-20 here.

    Nearby: Leghorn; Bite Café; Lockdown Bar & Grill

  • Book It: Story Week Festival of Writers

    Discover the next Hunter S. Thompson or get your own book published at this celebration of all things literary.

    Do it live: Open the page to open mic performances, Chicago-centric readings, and a live literary rock show.

    Tonight-Fri. Various locations.

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