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The Mix — Cool Things to Do 06.29.12

L.A.T.E. Ride start. handout pix.

L.A.T.E. Ride start. handout pix.

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The 24th Annual L.A.T.E. Ride event, benefitting Friends of the Park, kicks off at Buckingham Fountain at 10:30 p.m. June 30. The 25-mile ride winds through neighborhoods and along the lakefront. Entertainment at various points includes Four Man Band performing 10:30 p.m. to midnight June 30 at Buckingham Fountain and the International Beethoven Project live orchestra 1:30 to 3 a.m. July 1 in Horner Park (an official rest stop). Register online by 10 a.m. June 29 at lateride.com or on site June 30 before the race. The cost is $45, includes T-shirt and goody bag. Prizes for best decorated bike and helmet will be awarded.

LIFE LINES

Join in the 20th anniversary celebration of the International Festival of Life and International Reggae & World Music Awards July 4-8 in Washington Park, 5531 S. King. The lineup includes Yung Star, 3:30 p.m. July 4; Indika, 5 p.m. July 4; Rebelann, 5:30 p.m. July 6; Tarrus Riley, 8:30 p.m. July 6; Mojo Herb, 2:50 p.m. July 7; Queen Ifika, 8:30 p.m. July 7; Demi Lobo 3:45 p.m. July 8; and Rooby Man, 6:30 p.m. July 8. The Reggae Awards ceremony is 6-10 p.m. July 5. Tickets range from $10-$175, for a VIP daily pass. Call (312) 427-0266; martinsinternational.com.

MAYNE MAN

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Dave Mason performs at 8 p.m. June 30 at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse. Tickets are $40-$50. Call (866) 468-3401; maynestage.com.

BEER NUTS
Here’s a beer lover’s paradise. The Craft Beer Festival noon to 2 p.m. June 30 at St. Michaels Church, 1633 N. Cleveland, features the elements of a European-style beer, food, music, and arts festival along with stand alone tastings June 29-30 of more than 75 vendors. Hours for the festival are 5 to 10 p.m. June 29; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 30; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 1. Admission is $5, festival only. Tickets for the tasting stations are $35-$50. Visit chicagoevents.com.

CATCH THE WAVE

Boys Noize, Sasha, Duck Sauce, Steve Lawler, Bad Boy Bill and Cedric Gervaise headline the Wavefront Beachside Music Festival June 30-July 1 at Montrose Beach, 200 W. Montrose Harbor. Tickets are $59.99; $109.99, two-day pass. VIP packages available. Visit wavefrontmusicfestival.com.

OH, BEAUTIFUL

Roman candles light up the sky in honor of the America’s birthday when Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, picks up the torch for an exclusive 15-minute fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m. July 4. Visit navypier.com.

YOUNG TALENT

Indie folk artist Nina Ferraro began performing her original songs at age 14. Now, at age 17, after working with top talent including legendary drummer Kenny Arnoff to hone her craft, the Chicago artist is touring across country with her band. Catch her show at 8 p.m. July 1 at the Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $8. Call (773) 549-5549.

GOLD DIGGERS

More than 350 juried artists from around the world, offering works ranging from $25-$25,000, will be in attendance during the 55th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair at 10 a.m. June 30 at Butler Field in Grant Park, Monroe at Lake Shore. A special attraction this year is a display of works by participants in the Chicago Special Olympics. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 30-July 1. Visit goldcoastartfair.com.

REFER MADNESS

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Lounging at the Lagoon Tour” hits town 8 p.m. June 30 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park. Tickets are $45-$160. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com; livenation.com.



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