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Art in the Dark Halloween Parade, Beautiful Lights and a fright athon


This weekend, State Street will be filled with downtown Chicago’s signature Halloween event. Plus Humanities Day in Hyde Park, David Sedaris at the Auditorium, and the crazy annual festival Music Box of Horrors.

The family-friendly event hosted annually by LUMA8 draws thousands of spectators to State Street. Approximately 4,000 parade participants from approximately 90 arts organizations are expected this year. Colorful costumes and masks, works of art, fire and circus arts, dance, acrobatics, theater and puppets will be part of the show. Plus music from 12 marching bands, drums and musical ensembles, including the South Side Jazz Coalition and Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles.

Pre-parade candy distribution at 5 p.m., parade on October 21 on State Street from Lake to Van Buren streets at 6-8 p.m.; more information at artsinthedark.com

UChicago Humanities scholars will present lectures, discussions, and tours while sharing their knowledge with the community. Learn about going to school in Babylon, aliens and alienation, and Joan of Arc. You can also take a guided tour of the Logan Center’s fall exhibit, “The Muse of Freedom,” or view three exhibits at the Smart Museum of Art.

Oct. 21, virtually and in person at various locations on the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave.; more information at humanitiesday.uchicago.edu

Author David Sedaris and writer, actor and punk musician Henry Rollins will share the stage in Chicago for one night as part of the “An Evening with David Sedaris & Henry Rollins” tour. They will discuss their own work and answer questions from the audience.

8 p.m. Oct. 21, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive; tickets $25 auditoriumtheatre.org

The rapper and opening night headliner of 2022’s Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash are touring for their third studio album, “Pink Tape.”

6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave.; tickets $99.50 www.livenation.com

As part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, “Queer Eye” star Bobby Berk will chat with Elle Decor editor-in-chief Asad Syrkett about how design can make you feel at home. You can also purchase Berk’s new book, “Right at Home,” with an autograph or sign up for a photo opportunity with the designer.

6 p.m. Oct. 21, Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave.; general admission tickets $20 chicagohumanities.org

Pretty Lights performing at Day 3 of the North Coast Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago in 2012.

The electronic music producer, also known as Derek Vincent Smith, will perform a three-night residency at West Town’s massive new live music venue, the Salt Shed, as part of his Soundship Spacesystem Tour.

through Oct. 21 at the Salt Shack, 1357 N. Elston Ave.; more information at www.saltshedchicago.com

He starred in Judd Apatow’s Netflix series “Love” for three seasons and was a standout stand-up at the 2016 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. He is also the younger brother of Chris Rock.

Oct. 20-21, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m., Zanies Rosemont, 5437 Park Place; then Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Zanies Chicago, 1548 N. Wells St.; Tickets $30 (ages 21+) zanies.com

This weekend is the annual 24-hour horror movie marathon at the Music Box Theatre; including a rare import “Rec,” the new movie “Eight Eyes,” for which director Austin Jennings led the Q&A, and the original “Candyman.”

Beginning at noon Oct. 21 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.; more information at musicboxutheatre.com

To celebrate Filipino American History Month, SamaSama Project, a Chicago-based group, is hosting two shows this weekend. Cabaret shows will bring classic Filipino love songs to life with a modern twist. Additionally, Filipino food, art and clothing will be available at the pop-up hosted by Everyone’s Market.

Oct. 22, 4 and 7 p.m., Piano Bar and Cabaret in Davenport, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.; tickets $15 (ages 21+, two drink minimum) eventbrite.com


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