DJ Spooky closes out the second CIMM Fest on Sunday. (photo: MySpace)
Chicago International Movies and Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday around Chicago; $10-$40
Highlights of this four-day film fest include a retrospective of experimental filmmaker Marie Losier's work, performances from DJ Spooky (March 7 at Lincoln Hall), Robyn Hitchcock (March 5 at Schubas), Jon Langford (March 6 at Schubas), Grant Hart (Husker Du drummer, March 5 at St. Paul's Cultural Center) and many films.
5-10 p.m. Friday at Navy Pier; $35-$50; buy tickets
Get an early start on your St. Patrick's Day festivities at the 35th anniversary of this event, put on by the Young Irish Fellowship of Chicago. Entertainment includes musical acts Missing Ted, The Larkin and Moran Brothers, the Shannon Rovers and Trinity School of Irish Dance. There's also a VIP tent for the high rollers.
10 p.m. Saturday at Schubas; $12; 21 and over
This local alt-country act released a couple of great albums more than a decade ago, then all but disappeared from the scene save for the rare live show. They're back, with a brand-new EP, "In Sickness and Health," and a big show to support it.
The Avett Brothers
9 p.m. Sunday at House of Blues; $26-$28
Though this North Carolina trio built a following through achy-string, mountain-creek emo, it was their decision to bring on Rick Rubin for the production of 2009's I and Love and You that really pushed the Avetts into the public eye. Longtime fans are split on whether the newfound success comes at the cost of the band's roots. But don't worry; their live game is forever in the raw. East Coast folk rockers The Low Anthem open.
Oscar Night outings
Show starts at 6 p.m. Sunday
Check out our list of parties and bar specials commemorating the Academy Awards presentation. Parties of interest: Dress up like your favorite character to win awards (and sip half-price bottles of wine) at Cuna; or eat "Up in the Air" wings, "The Blind Side" ballpark pretzels or "District 9" firecracker shrimp while sipping on a "Crazy Heart-tini" (pomegranate liqueur and Absolut Citron with a lemon twist) at Rock Bottom Brewery.