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Weekend Stuff (July 18-20, 2008)

by Matt B on July 17th, 2008

' The Pitchfork Music Festival is a 3-day event featuring over 40 independent bands and artists on three stages at Union Park. (July 18-20)

music stage' Two stages of live music entertain thousands of visitors at the Old St. Patrick's World's Largest Block Party. Tickets include five drinks (bottled water, soda, wine, beer). (July 18-19)

' The Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre consists of nearly 35 locally-made films starring Chicagoan actors and comedians. (July 17-18)

' Kate the Great's Book Emporium, a bookstore with a diverse selection in Edgewater, will be closing its doors next week after three years of business. Give your farewells at The Great Wake of Kate the Great, a casual party with readings by local fiction writers. Pick up used books for only $1-$3. (July 18)

shakespeare' MidTangent Productions presents their own interesting spin on A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's romantic comedy. This GLBT version stars local female impersonator Madame X (from the Kit Kat Lounge) at the National Pastime Theater. (ends Aug 3)

' Speaking of Shakespeare, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Funk It Up About Nothin', an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing to the rhythm of six hip-hoppers and a live DJ.

' The 7th annual Summer on Southport includes live music from three stages, beer, wine, arts and crafts, food from local restaurants, and kids' activities. (July 19-20)

' Hosted by Women's Health Magazine, Are You Game? features fashion shows, a golf simulator, live music, mechanical bull rides, a climbing wall, and beauty treatments on North Avenue Beach. (July 19)

summer' The 63rd Street Summer Festival features a wide variety of music artists specializing in R&B, soul, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. (July 19)

' Dogs and their people can play games together at the 8th annual Let's Play Together Wooftop Party (at the Anti-Cruelty Society) which also features a dog masseuse, a pet psychic, and raffle. (July 20)

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