Bargain Bernie is one of many characters you'll see at the Found Footage Fest.
Found Footage Festival
7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday at Lakeshore Theater; $12
This one-night-only show is part of a touring showcase of hilarious found video footage curated by Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher ("The Colbert Report"), whom we interviewed last week. Expect everything from a Milton Berle exercise tape to a 1987 video-dating reel submitted by David Cross.
Northalsted Naughty Elves Pub Crawl
2-7 p.m. Saturday beginning at Roscoe's Tavern; $10 in advance at any venue, $15 day of
Put on your elf hat and sit on Santa's lap at this Christmas-themed pub crawl in Boystown. You'll enjoy $3 Stella Artois and $4 Absolut cocktails, plus prizes and occasional entertainment from the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus at 10 stops throughout the neighborhood, including Bucks Saloon, Cocktail, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Lucky Horseshoe Lounge, Minibar, North End, Scarlet and Circuit (the last stop).
Around the Coyote Winter Fundraiser
6 p.m.-midnight Saturday in Wicker Park; $30
Due to a number of issues both recession-related and not, this longtime standout of the local art scene finds itself in significant debt. It hopes to remedy the problem with this one-night, two-venue event, which will feature "Two Can Play at That Game: A Festival of Duos, " a dance, music and video performance showcase at the Outdoor Gallery (1817 W. Division), and LiveBox Labs, site-specific installations in The Splat Flats (1815-25 W. Division). There will also be a potluck dinner with free booze and desserts from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius. C'mon, do your part for art.
Bloodshot Records 15th Anniversary Holiday Merriment and Benefit
8:30 p.m. Saturday at Double Door; $10
The local "insurgent country" (and a lot more) label continues its celebration of 15 wonderful years with a concert featuring The Detroit Cobras, The Dexter Romweber Duo, The Blacks and the Lawrence Peters Outfit. Not only will you get some great, eclectic music (from garage rock to rockabilly), but the event benefits the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, who were in a major van accident earlier this year, and Lawrence Peters, who is struggling with medical bills.
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Music Box Christmas Show
Friday through Thursday at Music Box; single feature $11, double feature $16
Now in its 26th year, this week-long extravaganza at one of the city's most beloved cinema's includes showings of two classic Christmas films: "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life." But that's not what makes it so special: before each screening, guests are led in carol-singing (with the lyrics projected onto the huge Music Box screen) by Santa Claus, who's accompanied by the theater organist. If this doesn't get you into the spirit of the season, we don't know what will.