The work week's almost over, but it's no time to rest. Check in every Thursday for No Days Off, your guide to the best live shows, art openings, movie screenings, and cool events for the weekend ahead.
Film: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Thursday, Film Forum, 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 ($12). Catch the captivating Tamra Davis-directed doc on the downtown scene legend. Be sure to check it while you can, it only runs until December 21st.
Art opening: "Go Figure" at the Hogar Collection, Friday, 6:30p.m.-9:30p.m. (Exhibit open through 2/6/11). This group show features a slew of talented artists with works inspired by the human figure.
Live show: Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg & Public Assembly, Saturday, 8:00 ($35, advance tickets). Over 1000 people + 3 rooms in 2 dope venues + 8 hours of live dance bands and DJ sets = an excuse to go absolutely ape shit. Featured acts include AZARI & III, Sinden, Kid Sister, Treasure Fingers, and loads more.
Restaurant opening: Paradise Catina, 1212 N State Pkwy, 312-202-0994. What better way to start your Friday then at the "Mexican version of Cheers?" With successful sister locations, Cabo Catina, in both Vegas and L.A., the Paradise Catina seems pre-destined to win. Paradise is designed to look like a beach-side bar; that's cool and all, but downing quesadillas alongside our tequila sounds like the real match made in heaven.
Art opening: The True Story of Dime Star & Other Fictions at the Firecat Projects, 2124 North Damen, 773-342-5381, Friday. Randy Regier produces works inspired by 1950's Americana that ranges from prints, to toys, to large scale models. His work has been displayed everywhere from galleries nationwide to outdoor installations at Bonnaroo. Don't miss the chance to catch his art at the progressive Firecat Projects.
Bar crawl: Bad Santa Dirty Elves Bar Crawl at Three Aces Chicago, Sunday, 11:30a.m.-4:30p.m. (No cover). Forget caroling and tree-lighting, Santa- and elf-costumed bar crawling is the real way to make merry and spread cheer. The crawl begins and ends at Three Aces, with stops at Reggie's Rock Club, Villians Bar & Grille, and Honky Tonk BBQ in between.
Live show: Blu, Busdriver at The Echoplex, Thursday, 9:30 ($10, tickets). The reclusive rapper has been dropping new songs as of late, so you don't want to miss the opportunity to see him perform them live.
Art opening: Playboy Redux II at the Copro Gallery, Saturday. This is probably the hardest (ayo!) art opening happening this weekend. The gallery is a homage to the iconic Playboy bunny, and features paintings from multiple artists that are unique takes on the beloved bunny.
Film screening/party: (Shane) Black Christmas Party (Shane Black in person, feat. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & The Long Kiss Goodnight!) at Cinefamily, Saturday, 7:30 ($12). Show up on Saturday and Cinefamily promises "a kick-ass Christmas party celebrated in high Hollywood style—with eggnog, presents, decorations and awesome blockbuster action flicks." Not too shabby. There's also a good chance of an appearance from the pioneer action-film screenwriter, Shane Black, whose credits include Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and the (double) featured Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Long Kiss Goodnight.