Family of the Year
What: The L.A. band (made up of two brothers and their friends) shines rays of happy folk-pop in a gig supporting its latest album, Loma Vista.
Why: The family that plays together stays together.
When: Fri., 10 p.m.
Where: Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., at Cortez St. (773-276-3600). Tickets ($8) at ticketweb.com or at the door ($10).
What: Mod color blocking and printed silks lure you to the debut clothing line designed by the owners of Le Dress.
Why: Five festive pieces (two tops and three dresses) in time for the holidays, with a full collection coming next spring.
When: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Le Dress, 1741 W. Division St., b/t Hermitage Ave. & Wood St. (773-697-9899).
El Ideas Culinary Workshop and Book Signing
What: Charcuterie hotshots Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn share ideas and cut into the techniques featured in their recent book, Salumi.
Why: Samplings of the preparations are included.
When: Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 2419 W. 14th St., at Western Ave. Reservations (required) to 312-226-8144 or email@example.com.
The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show
What: Vaudeville performers take their show on the road, using a moving truck as their stage.
Why: Tales of Chicago’s historic personalities and events are told through music, movement, comedic skits, puppetry, multimedia dioramas, and more.
When: Sat. & Oct. 27, 5 p.m.; Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Where: Sat., Roscoe Village; Oct. 20, West Town; Oct. 27, Pilsen. For exact locations, go to travelingtruckshow.org. Admission is free.
What: The 80-minute ancient Japanese body ritual ($155) begins as you’re warmed by cherry blossom and rice powder exfoliating cream and continues with a foot and calf massage and skin-softening towel application.
Why: Melted shea butter brings things to a smooth, blissful finish.
When: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Spa at Dana, 660 N. State St., at Erie St. (312-202-6040).
Photo: Courtesy of Family of the Year