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May 20, 2011

STD-- 05/20 to 05/26

Friday | May 20

Unlike other DJs who call pushing play on a laptop “performing,” RJD2 (real name Ramble John Krohn) transforms performance into art. The multifaceted producer, instrumentalist and singer will be spinning a set with DJ Intel and Big Once. (Mannequin Nightclub, 306 North Halsted Avenue, 10 p.m., $15, 21+)

Saturday | May 21

Spend your Saturday with over 400 pugs from the Chicagoland area at the 17th annual Pug Party. Pugs (and their owners) will strut their stuff in a fashion show and talent competition, all while trying to stay off the Most Wanted Pugs list. Feel free to bring your beloved pug, but a canine companion is not necessary for entry. (740 West Weed Street, 12 p.m., free)

Sunday | May 22

Celebrate all things Turkish at the 9th annual Chicago Turkish Festival. Visitors will be able to experience the diversity of Turkey through the 40 booths at the festival, such as orchid ice cream, silk carpet weaving and calligraphy demonstrations. There will also be a midday show featuring the Ottoman Military Band, whirling dervishes and a Turkish fashion show. (Daley Plaza, 12 p.m., free)

Decide for yourself whose meatball brings all the boys to the yard at the Rosebud’s annual Meatball Contest. Contestants include Rosebud’s “Mama’s meatballs” as well as competitors of all skill levels. The winner will be determined by both a panel of celebrity judges and by popular vote, a la Throwdown with Bobby Flay. (1500 West Taylor Street, 2 p.m., free)

Monday | May 23

In The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, filmmaker Andrei Ujica tells the story of the 25-year reign of the infamous Romanian dictator through the propaganda and footage of speeches, parades, photo ops and other official state events. While there is no narration, the clever sound editing done to tell the story of the unraveling dictatorship made this the most buzzed-about entry in last year’s Cannes Film Festival. (Chicago Cultural Center, 164 North State Street, 6:15 p.m., $7)

Tuesday | May 24

Watch out Lady Gaga, because Adele is in town. Not only has the British singer’s album 21 trumped GaGa’s The Fame as the best-selling digital record in the U.K., but it is also one of the most played albums on newly inaugurated mayor Rahm Emanuel’s iPod. The singer, who was already in Chicago to perform at Oprah’s finale spectacular, will be performing at the Riviera. (Aragon Ballroom, 4746 North Racine Avenue, 7:30 p.m., $35)

Wednesday | May 25

In the 1960s, the Blackstone Rangers, now known as El Rukns, was one of the most notorious gangs in Chicago, as it evolved from a youth gang into a large-scale operation ultimately caught up in terrorism charges for connections to Libya. Natalie Moore and Lance Williams, authors of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang, will be at the Blackstone branch of the Chicago Public Library to discuss the history of the gang. (4904 South Lake Park Avenue, 6 p.m., free)

Nick, Joey, AJ and the boys are back and even larger than life than before. The superband NKOTBSB, formed by Live Nation in a commercial ploy to try to reignite the boy band craze, kicks off its 53-show tour this Wednesday in Rosemont. (6920 North Mannheim Road Rosemont, 7:30 p.m., $29.50)

Thursday | May 26

Dale Talde, Chicago native and competitor on both Top Chef Season 4 and Top Chef All Stars, will be speaking on his experience on the shows as well as the influence of his Filipino-American background on his cooking. The event is sponsored by PanAsia and the Culinary club. (BSLC 115, 8 p.m., free)

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