The Mix: Beyonce and other cool things to check out this weekend

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Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday, May 20, 2016, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. | Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision


She already was one of the most talked-about pop stars in the world, but when Beyonce released her album “Lemonade” in April along with its accompanying film and accompanying chatter about her cheating husband, the BeyHive flipped and has yet to come down. She’s been on the road ever since, in a set suggesting she “is more concerned with revealing her personality — and all of the emotions in her complicated life — than with bedazzling her audience with mere spectacle,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune said. Some tickets remain ($100-$305) at for her Formation World Tour shows May 27 and 28 at Soldier Field.


Take a moment this weekend to remember the troops who gave their lives in defense of the United States and our Allies. One way to honor their memory is to attend the city’s annual Memorial Day Parade, stepping off at noon May 28 from State and Lake. Visit for more details. The official wreath-laying ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington).


Celebrate all things Irish with the annual Gaelic Park Irish Fest, May 27-30, 6119 147th Street (two miles west of Cicero) in Oak Forest. Featured entertainers include Murphy Roche Irish Music Club, The Wolfe Tones, Bohola, The Elders, Screaming Orphans, The Fenians and more. Tickets, $10-$28. Visit

On Sunday morning, you can spend hours riding a bike on Lake Shore Drive. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE PHOTO

On Sunday morning, you can spend hours riding a bike on Lake Shore Drive. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE PHOTO


The 15th annual Bike the Drive bicycling event takes place on May 29, stating at 5:30 a.m. (arrive by 7 a.m.) along Lake Shore Drive (no cars allowed for the entire 5-hour event). Starting lines/entry points (you must pre-register online at include: Columbus Drive and Jackson, Bryn Mawr Rest Stop, Museum of Science & Industry Rest Stop, Fullerton Check Point and Oakwood Check Point. Bike north to the Bryn Mawr Avenue Rest Stop and return: 15 miles; bike south to the Museum of Science and Industry Rest Stop and return: 15 miles; bike the entire loop: 30 miles. Everyone from beginners to seasons cyclists is invited to participate. The event benefits Active Transportation Alliance.

“The Seventh Seal”

“The Seventh Seal”


If your holiday weekend softball or hoops gets rained out, you can always stay inside and play chess with Death. “The Seventh Seal,” Ingmar Bergman’s allegorical 1957 classic about a knight (Max von Sydow) trading pawns with the Grim Reaper on the beach, will screen at 11:30 a.m. May 28 and 29 at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport. Tickets, $8, at


Chicago is invited to come out and celebrate all things house music from 3 to 9 p.m. May 28 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The free Chicago House Party will celebrate the genre, which had its genesis in Chicago more than 30 years ago. Featured at the event:  The House Legacy Project  (Jerry C King, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Rob Diggy on keyboards; Day Rock and Sam Glover on bass; Duane “Rude” Jones on guitar. Chuck Lacy and Phillip Glover on drums. Horns: Eddie Dunn, Evrett Newchurch, Steve Thomas; background vocals: Kim Jay, Tony Dyson, Robert Townsend, Bernetta Donalson, Jon Pierce, Gus Lacy and Lady Laronda Maestro. Also on the bill: Byron Stingily (Ten City), Dajae, Lidell Townsell, Faith Howard, Paris Brightledge, Ronnell, Kim Jay, First Lady, and Ivelisse Diaz. DJ sets by Joe Smooth, Steve Miggedy and Maestro, and Superjane’s DJ Heather & Lady D. The event is hosted by WGIC’s Dana Divine. Visit for more details.


The 32nd annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival runs May 28-29 (on Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe). Food, drink, arts & crafts and music by Wedding Banned Conflict, 7th Heaven, tribute band showcase and more. Visit

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