The Mix — Some cool things to do in Chicago this weekend

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Not sure what to do this weekend? Here are some suggestions to make it a whole lot easier to decide:

1. OFF TO THE RACES

Watch teams compete in colorful boats on the river, hear music, see dance, shop vendors, and attend an awards ceremony at the annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy on June 27 at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W 19th St. Thirty teams will compete in the fast-paced boat tournament. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. Visit chicagochinatown.org

2. PRIDE IN OUR CITY

Chicago’s annual Pride Parade steps off at noon June 28 at Broadway and Montrose. Nearly 800,000 spectators line the parade route each year. More than 200 registered entries participate. Visti chicagopride.gopride.com

Chicago’s annual Pride Parade takes place June 28. | SUN-TIMES FILE PHOTO

Chicago’s annual Pride Parade takes place June 28. | SUN-TIMES FILE PHOTO

3. CATCH A WAVE

Not everybody has an ocean across the USA, but Chicago has a lake that will have to do when the Beach Boys come to town Friday night. Less than two weeks before the band’s departed founder, Brian Wilson, headlines at Ravinia, the sun and surf harmonizers will perform at Montrose Beach at 6:30 p.m. Mike Love and Brian Johnston, veterans of the group’s 1960s heyday, front the current touring incarnation. Opening are Kool and the Gang of “Ladies’ Night” and “Celebrate” fame. Tickets: ticketmaster.com

4. CALLING ALL PARROTHEADS

Seasoned enough to have four decades of history on the pop chart, but hip enough for a cameo in “Jurassic World,” Jimmy Buffett is back out for his annual summer feel-good tour with the Coral Reefer Band. He’ll sing of cheeseburgers, margaritas and changing latitudes at 8 p.m. Saturday at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Sonny Landreth opens. Tickets: concerts.livenation.com


5. MUSIC IN ‘DECLINE’

Before directing “Wayne’s World” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” Penelope Spheeris waded into some intense musical worlds for the first two of her “Decline of Western Civilization” documentaries. The first, in 1981, looked at the nascent punk scene in Los Angeles, followed by a 1988 sequel that tracked some of the biggest names in heavy metal. Spheeris will stop by the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport, on Saturday for a Q&A between screenings of Part 1 at 9:45 and Part II at midnight. Details: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com

JOHN DOE AND EXENE – “X” in a scene from “The Decline of Western Civilization” by director Penelope Spheeris. | 3-WAY PRODUCTIONS/NU-IMAGE FILM

JOHN DOE AND EXENE – “X” in a scene from “The Decline of Western Civilization” by director Penelope Spheeris. | 3-WAY PRODUCTIONS/NU-IMAGE FILM

6. ST. PAT’S BASH

Old St. Pat’s Church, Chicago’s oldest public building and historic landmark, is hosting the 31st annual World’s Largest Block Party from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m June 27 at the UIC Festival Lot (entrance Gate is at 1145 S. Morgan, between Taylor & Roosevelt. Live music from 7th Heaven, Neon Trees, and Young The Giant. Plenty of food and drink for purchase. For tickets (21+over; three drink tickets included) visit ticketfly.com.

7. FOOD ON WHEELS

It’s bigger than ever this year! Chicago Food Truck Fest 2015 will feature 50 trucks from some of Chicago’s hottest restaurants and food purveyors, in the fest’s new location, South Loop Green Space, 2400 S. Dearborn (bounded by Clark, 24th St., Dearborn and the Stevenson Expressway). Nearly 11 acres of land including a ball field, walking paths and playground. The fun, food and music extravaganza runs noon to 7 pm. June 27-28. Tickets are required (Only VIP tickets remain). Visit chicagofoodtruckfest.com

8. TRAGEDY PLUS TIME

One of the most dazzling — and demanding — achievementsof last summer’s Chicago theater scene was “All Our Tragic,” an adaptation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies strung together into a 12-hour narrative. Most of the original cast has returned for a remount of the acclaimed production which opens with Saturday and Sunday performances beginning at 11 a.m. at the Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee. Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss called last year’s debut “a mind-boggling flight of the imagination, with many sequences of immense passion, intense physicality and wit.” For tickets, which include meals and snacks from Inspiration Kitchens, go to www.the-hypocrites.com.

Dana Omar (from left), Zeke Sulkes and Lindsey Gavel appear in the new remount of  ‘All Our Tragic.”| EVAN HANOVER

Dana Omar (from left), Zeke Sulkes and Lindsey Gavel appear in the new remount of ‘All Our Tragic.”| EVAN HANOVER

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