Dia de Muertos celebration, Shape Shifter Night Market, cat films, and Starcrawler

The Pilsen organization SGA Youth and Family Services hosts the annual Dia de Muertos parade and celebration this afternoon at Dvorak Park (1119 W. Cullerton), celebrating life and honoring the memories of community members and loved ones that have passed away. The event has been happening for 43 years, making it the longest-running free Dia de Muertos celebration in the city. It’s family-inclusive, and activities like face painting, performances from local artists, and a community procession will be on tap from 4-7 PM. Attendees are encouraged to wear Dia de Muertos-inspired attire and bring their own “mobile ofrenda”; hot chocolate and pan de muerto will be served. (SCJ)

From 6-9 PM, the LGBTQ+ artist group Shape Shifter Studios hosts a Night Market at Andersonville’s Meeting House Tavern (5025 N. Clark), bringing local makers and artists together to vend while enjoying a live music performance by Flunkie. Participating sellers include CandleTit (which creates candles molded in the style of human chests to celebrate the diversity of bodies across the gender spectrum) and Sideboard Stitch (who offer hand embroidery and catnip-filled cat toys). Head to Shape Shifter’s Instagram for more information. (SCJ)

Can’t get enough of that feline stuff? The 2022-2023 NY Cat Film Festival compilation presentation of short films featuring cats visits Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark) for a one night only screening. Show starts at 7 PM, and tickets ($16.80) are available through the theater’s website. (SCJ)

Starcrawler headlines Schubas (3159 N. Southport) tonight at 7:30 PM. If you’re a fan of trashy glamor and classic rock ’n’ roll, they’re worth checking out. The band hails from the same L.A. scene as Surfbort, and everything about their sound screams seventies. What makes them unique is singer Arrow de Wilde’s knack for flailing her lean limbs in ways that gesture between vulnerability and invincibility. She’s like the corpse of decaying blonde glamour come to cause an earthquake; it is the music that awakens her, and for that reason, Starcrawler is best experienced live. Scarlet Demore opens. This all-ages show is currently sold out but check the venue’s website to see if any tickets open up before showtime. (MC)

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