The Weekend Guide

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Friend Me
An exhibit of up-and-comer Kathy Halper’s minimal, arresting embroideries based on teenagers’ Facebook photos stir questions about privacy and the loss of innocence.
Why: She’ll need to start a fan page soon.
When: Thru Jan. 7, 2012.
Where: Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake St., at Sangamon St. (312-226-8984). Admission is free.

Schadenfreude Rent Party
The sketch comedy group returns to the stage to address new laughing matters, including city budgets, protests, and drunken sports fans.
Why: They’re joined by stand-up comedian Brian Babylon, AV Club editor Marcus Gilmer, and Second City veteran Abby McEnany.
When: Fri., 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at Hoyne Ave. (773-281-4444). Tickets ($10) online at ticketweb.com.

The Beckoning of Lovely Finale
Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal spent three years making a film about human connection and drawing meaning from the everyday. It culminates in this feel-good public gathering, where Rosenthal delivers a few final surprises.
Why: The sure-to-be-viral film releases via YouTube on the same day.
When: Fri., 11:11 a.m.-noon.
Where: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., b/t Michigan & Columbus Aves., around The Bean. More info at beckoningoflovelymovie@gmail.com. Admission is free.

Dogfish Head Occupies Division
The craft brewer takes over the taps at Jerry’s Sandwiches with seasonal and uncommon drafts. Lap up food specials (potato, ale, and cheddar soup; ale-braised pork shoulder) made especially to pair with the pours.
Why: Rare IPAs are rolled out throughout the night.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m. until the taps run dry.
Where: 1938 W. Division St., at Damen Ave. (773-235-1006).

The local singer (a.k.a. Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, American Football, and Joan of Arc) plays two gigs in honor of his new album, Ghost Town.
Why: Soft, whirling acoustic melodies perfect for blustery fall.
When: Sat., 6:30 & 10 p.m.
Where: Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at Hoyne Ave. (773-281-4444). Tickets online ($12) at beatkitchen.com or at the door ($15).

Photo: Courtesy of Kathy Halper

Jerry's Sandwiches
1938 W Division St
@ Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
942 W Lake St
@ Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
201 E Randolph St
bt Michigan Ave & Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
2100 W Belmont Ave
@ Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60618