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This Week In Street Fests: Ravenswood Remix, Chicago Fringe Festival, Taste Of Polonia And More

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 31, 2012 7:40PM

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Ravenswood Remix

This recycled art fair sells the wares and educates attendees on recycling items into new pieces of art. It features workshops, including one on how to have a green wedding. Yes, this is an arts festival, but the lineup reads like a good local music festival. It features BBU, White Mystery, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Like Pioneers, Archie Powell & The Exports, Secret Colours, The Damn Choir and more.

Ravenswood Remix is at 4100 N. Ravenswood Ave. on Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. A $5 suggested donation goes to Hamilton Elementary School art programs.

Chicago Fringe Festival

This is an anything-goes performance arts festival. It's all about the weird art. It's an unjuried show, and 50 acts are chosen by a lottery. You have no idea what you're getting into, but it'll definitely be interesting.

Chicago Fringe Festival is at galleries and venues in the Pilsen neighborhood. It continues the first two weekends of September. See the website for the full schedule.

Taste of Polonia

Polska kielbasa, pierogi, potato pancakes and Polish beers... The Taste of Polonia celebrates all these foods and more. Wanna polka? Of course you do. You got Polish bands both foreign and domestic, plus American bands like the Waco Brothers and the ABBA Salute. There will be five stages going strong all weekend.

Taste of Polonia is at the Copernicus Center at 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue on Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. and Monday from noon to 10 p.m.

Crush in Old Town

This street fest has your usual food, art, beer, plus musical performances by Ezra Furman, Andrew Belle, My Gold Mask, Gemini Club and Tom Schraeder & His Ego.

Crush in Old Town is on Wells Street between North and Schiller on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

African Festival of the Arts

This is the 23rd annual African Festival of the Arts presents an "authentic African experience," including food, drumming, storytelling, dancing, interactive demonstrations, historical artifacts and workshops. It also features world music with performances by Joan Collaso and the Eleven Divas, Dwele and George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic.

The African Festival of the Arts is in Washington Park at 5100 S. Cottage Grove on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily admission is $20, and a weekend pass is $30.