Just Do it
Do Division takes over the weekend for a street fest packed with West Town-area retailers, local delicacies and two stages of stellar music. Friday check out Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Modern Vices, La Luz and more. Saturday’s lineup includes Deerhoof, Bear vs Shark, Frankie Rose, Divino Nino, Bad Veins, Hidden Hospitals (which just released the new album, “Liars”) and more. On Sunday, close out the weekend with Wooden Shjips, Martin Rev, AM Taxi, Lowdown Brass Band, Antibalas, School of Rock Chicago and more! See the full lineup and set times at do-divisionstreetfest.com. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 1, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, on Division Street from Damen to Leavitt in Chicago. $10 suggested donation; benefits local nonprofits and schools. do-divisionstreetfest.com.
Let the Battle begin!
Side Street Studio Arts is embarking once again on its summerlong journey to promote local musicians as it launches 2018’s Battle of the Bands this weekend. Saturday’s unjuried performances by Owen Wilson’s Nose, One Ping Only, Middle-Aged Overdose and Quiet Cove will be voted on by attendees, so come out and support your favorite local performers … or find a new favorite band to love! 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.
Biscuits, beer and bulldogs! (And did I mention pie?) A Sample Life (Adam Stein and Stephanie Fravel) will bring the tunes for the second annual Biscuits & Bulldogs benefit, raising funds for the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue Inc. The event, at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Logan Square, will feature a biscuit bar and pie, a Puppaccino bar for the pups, commemorative CEBR cups and beer from Bold Dog Beer Company. And of course, your bullie is invited to the party. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, 2051 N. California Ave., Chicago. $40 for humans; $5 for bulldogs. (773) 276-8888 or shopcebr.com.