FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
concerts Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine
A kiddie concert? Really? Yes, absolutely, if it means we get to hear the brains behind the delightful indie band Apples in Stereo. Robert Schneider plays a show as his alter ego in a concert that should please adult and pint-size fans of his sunny pop alike.
GO: Aug 31 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
farrago Argonne Open House
It’s been three years since this institution last threw open its doors, making this a rare opportunity for budding scientists of all ages to see the innards of the country’s first national laboratory. Test your sense of smell against an electronic nose, battle fuel cell–powered model cars, and tour the Advanced Photon Source, the Center for Nanoscale Materials, and the Argonne Tandem-Linac Accelerator (we’re not sure exactly what those are, but we’re pretty sure you shouldn’t touch anything).
GO: Aug 29: 9-4:30. Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S Cass Ave, Argonne. anl.gov/Community_and_Environment/Open_House.html
farrago Bucktown Arts Fest
And, finally: one festival that’s actually worth braving. Think fewer beer puddles, more gorgeous handcrafted jewelry and other artisanal goodies.
GO: Aug 29, 30: 11-7. Free. Senior Citizens’ Memorial Park, 2200 N Oakley. bucktownartsfest.com
PHOTOGRAPH: Courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center