Louder Than A Bomb: Chicago Youth Poetry Slam Festival
Starts Friday at various locations; see the full schedule
The 10th anniversary of the two-week event kicks off this weekend with an all-day Intersections Youth Literary Conference (Friday) and viewing of the "Louder Than A Bomb" documentary (Saturday). Both events are at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema.
Dre Day '10: Celebrating the Music & Legacy of Andre Young
9 p.m. Friday at darkroom; $5-$7
What better way to honor the father of gangsta rap than with some up-and-comers of the modern hip-hop era? Psalm One, The Jordan Years, DJ Trew and The Comeups all get their shot at the mic and a chance to honor the great Dr. Dre on his special day.
9 p.m. Friday at Double Door; $15
You could be forgiven for thinking The Lemonheads, those alt-rock gods of the '90s, disbanded a long time ago. Because they did. But then they came back. Well, sort of. Frontman Evan Dando is the only remaining member of the original group. The new Lemonheads continue to tour - but on Friday, Dando will perform a solo acoustic set.
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday at Mary's Attic; $10-$12
Four early plays by Chicago drag legend Charles Busch take over Mary's Attic, with a different program each night. Included are titles like Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Theodora She-Bitch of Byzantium, in which Empress Theodora, a former circus performer, is trapped in a loveless marriage to the perverse Emperor Justinian. Masquerading as a boy, she seeks a love potion from a gypsy camp where she meets Andreas, a handsome revolutionary who is plotting to kill her husband. Anyway, you get the picture.
Friday-Sunday at City Lit; $25
Bloody, yet surprisingly funny, this intimate production of the Scottish play is never afraid to tease the bruise-black humor from moments we all thought couldn't possibly be played for laughs. But don't expect a light comic evening. The play has both violence and supernatural dread. This is the final weekend of a month-long run at City Lit.