102nd Annual Next Year Day
8 p.m. Saturday at Harry Caray's Tavern; $10-$15; get tickets
Party with the folks at satirical newspaper The Heckler as they celebrate another year of Cubs futility. There will be great prizes -- including tickets to Monday's home opener at Wrigley -- and music from JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, as well as Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander's band, Del Crustaceans. Past parties have seen appearances by Bill Murray and Ronnie Woo-Woo, among others.
Wild Nights With Emily
Friday-Sunday at Lincoln Square Theatre; $15-$20; get tickets
It's the last weekend for this Caffeine Theatre production, which shows us a different side of Emily Dickinson with this hallucinatory exploration of the writer's gay love affair and its subsequent erasure by a literary executor. Some critics find the play's theatrical tricks a bit much, but most are utterly seduced.
Our Lady of the Underpass
7:30 p.m. Friday and 5 & 8 p.m. Saturday at 16th Street Theater; $12-$16; get tickets
The same week that Rome announced a new Pope, a woman driving home from work spotted an image of the Virgin Mary on a discolored wall of the Fullerton Avenue underpass. Inspired by real life interviews, playwright Tanya Saracho renders the voices of those who were drawn to that wall, exploring issues of faith and desire in present day Chicago.
CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights
All day Saturday-Sunday at Plumber's Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd.; $5-$7
Plumber's Hall will be jam-packed with rare vinyl, CDs, DVDs, posters, crafts and independent publications as the Chicago Independent Radio Project hosts this unique weekend-long event. Several Chicago labels will have booths, and there will also be live entertainment, including Pretty Good Dance Moves (Saturday) and The Loneliest Monk (Sunday).
Heartland International Tattoo, Music and Dance Festival
7 p.m. Saturday at Sears Centre; $23-$43; get tickets
No, it's not a tribute to the tramp stamp; it's a celebration of Tattoo, in Edinburgh. Expect a musical exhibition of marching bands, bagpipes, singers and dancers celebrating traditional Scottish and Irish music. The celebration starts with a parade at 10 a.m. (Hassell Road to Hoffman Estates Village Hall), followed by a "Celebration of Nations" (noon-2 p.m., Hoffman Estates Village Hall) and then the main event of dancing and music at the Sears Centre.