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.
Restaurant opening: Demande, 1 7th Avenue South, today. The Village coffee shop formerly known as Caffe Roast Bean, is now re-opening as Demande. Come see what the new management is bringing to the table.
Film: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Sunshine Cinema, Saturday, midnight. Plenty of people slept on Edgar Wright's flip of the comic book series when it first hit theaters; if you were one of them, check this midnight showing.
Live show: Roy Ayers at SOBs, Sunday, 6:30p.m. doors, show 8 p.m-1a.m. ($22 adv. tickets, $25 day of show). This will be funkier than any hip-hop show you'll see at SOBs this year. Strong statement, of course, but the oft-sampled vibraphonist and band leader has the discography to back it up.
Keep reading to see what you should be doing in Chicago and L.A. this weekend...
Drinking event: Wine Blending Party at Redhead Piano Bar, 16 W. Ontario St., tonight, 5:30p.m-7:30p.m. Whatever you make at this wine blending party is yours to drink. Blends from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, to petit verdot will be on deck.
Free photography lecture: Charles Osgood at Chicago Photography Center, Friday, 8p.m. Wise words from a decent man, and more than decent photographer. Osgood, who's formerly of the Tribune, will be sharing his stories and photo-taking tips. It'll fill the void of the photography class you secretly wish you took.
Live show: Wu-Tang Clan, Rhymefest at Congress Theater, Saturday, doors 8 p.m. ($40 tickets, available here). A performance from the Wu featuring seven of its members; everyone but RZA (and obviously ODB) are accounted for. With Ghost talking Supreme Clientele 2, there's a good chance of hearing new material along with the classics.
Film: The Illusionist Laemmle Royal Theatre, tonight, 1:00p.m., 3:10p.m., 5:20p.m., 7:30p.m., 9:40p.m, ($11). Tonight is your last chance to catch the French flick that was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2010 European Film Awards. Not the one that starred Edward Norton and (fine-ass) Jessica Biel, but still dope.
Live show: Little Dragon at Echoplex, Saturday, 8:30p.m.-1:00a.m. ($13). Do not sleep on this Swedish, female-fronted electro band. OK, that's like every band coming from Sweden these days, but Little Dragon is official, trust. It's emo shit you can drag your hip-hop friends to.
Flea market: Rose Bowl Flea Market, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Sunday, 9:00a.m-3:00p.m. A little early Sunday morning thrifting never hurt anyone. Chuuch.