Day 1 CIMM Fest Highlights


Today kicks off the 7th annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, and they’ve got a great lineup for the first day of viewing. There’s also some awesome bands playing later tonight that you should check out. Below, my picks for which films to see and which concert to hit.

If you have the day off from work, you can hit some of the early stuff going on over at Lake FX Summit & Expo. CIMM Fest is a co-producer for this inaugural event and you can check out the site for all the details.

The first film I recommend is The Dicks From Texas. It’s a documentary about a queer punk band in Austin, Texas that put the city on the map before it was the Mecca of music it has become. It plays at Society For The Arts at 1112 N Milwaukee Ave. Tickets can be bought in advance here.

The second film worth checking out is Shake The Dust. This doc about the universal language of dance was produced by rap legend Nas, and looks at dancers from around the world. This film plays at 9:25 at Logan Theatre. Tickets can be found here.

Over at Double Door CIMM Fest has a hot night of music planned, with Chicago funk/R&B band The Right Now headlining a show with Zaramela. 7:30-1am 1572 N Milwaukee Ave.

If that’s not your thing, The Burlington has Yakuza and Rabble Rabble gettin’ rowdy and loud. 8-1am 3425 W Fullerton Ave

And of course, don’t forget the opening night after party from 930-1am at First Ward 2033 W North Ave. This free event features Numero Group DJ’s spinning some obscure tracks you’re sure to love.

And then get right to bed because there’s so much more tomorrow!