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.


Live performance: Lil B at Highline Ballroom, tonight. It's no secret we're thankful for the Based God. Find out what the buzz is about (and keep your chick close).

Film: The Battleship Potemkin at Film Forum, opens Friday at 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00 (runs through Jan 20). Directed by Sergei Eisenstein (the father of the montage!), this highly influential, award-winning throwback (1925 to be exact) is the dramatized version of the Russian battleship Potemkin's mutiny against its Tsarist officers. You can't call yourself a film buff until you've studied Eisenstein, comrade.

Dining event: Omakase Sushi at Akariba (Zenkichi's) sushi bar, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (beginning tonight through Feb. 5), 7 p.m. 77 N 6th St. (Brooklyn). Resident sushi chef (one of the city's best) Tetsuya Akikawa is headed back to Japan for more schooling, so you'll want to take advantage of Akariba's (the sushi bar at Zenkichi) limited time $59 omakase sushi menu. It's only available for seven couples, so call 718-388-6160 to reserve your spot.

Keep reading to see what you should be doing in Chicago and L.A. this week...


Live performance: Steve Aoki at The Mid, Friday (Tickets $20). If you dig electro, you will not want to miss the heavyweight DJ and king of the remix as he shuts down The Mid alongside Midnight Conspiracy, Starfoxxx, and more.

Party: Dwyane Wade's Birthday Bash at Congress Theater, Friday, doors at 8 p.m. (Tickets). Dwyane Wade is an all-star who's great at taking it to the rack. And, more than likely, there will be plenty of all-star quality racks in the building for his birthday.

Dining event: Happy Ba-Ba-Reeba Birthday Party at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, Sunday, 2024 N. Halsted St.).The tapas spot is celebrating its 25th birthday, but you'll be the one getting the gifts. There will be complimentary cupcakes, glasses of sangria, and $10 gift cards on deck.


Film screenings: I Am Love (tonight) and Biutiful (Friday) at Aero Theatre (Tickets $11, $9 w/ student ID). Get cultured and shit with a look at two of this year's Golden Globe nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

Live performance/acrobatics show: Traces at The Montalban Theatre, Various times, from Jan 11-Feb 20 (Tickets $25-$69). Don't sleep on this crew that brings death-defying acrobatics and ridiculous balancing acts to the stage. Greet them well, it's the first time these French Canadians have come to L.A. This is no circus, clown.

Celeb meet and greet: Billy Dee Williams at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, The Shrine Auditorium, Sunday, 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. (Williams appears 12:00-2:00), (Tickets $8). We wouldn't highlight a celeb grip and grin for just anybody. Billy Dee Williams is known for a number of things: his acting career, smooth way with the ladies, Colt 45, but to nerds, he'll forever be remembered as Lando Calrissian. You have the right to geek out over this one though, since Williams rarely makes appearances, and he'll be at the Shrine signing autographs.