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Ryan Wenzel

Thursday
STEVEN PAGE

The Barenaked Ladies frontman will perform songs from his new solo album “The Vanity Project” at Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State St. Seating for the noon performance begins at 10 a.m. for those who purchase the album. An autograph session is also included.

Friday
JOHN MELLENCAMP

“The Cougar” returns to Chicago. Mellencamp will perform a mix of songs from his 30-year rock career at Tinley Park’s outdoor Tweeter Center, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave. Creedence Clearwater Revival lead singer John Fogerty will open. 7 p.m. $23-$68.

Saturday
PORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

Mingle with adult film stars Ron Jeremy, Mary Carey and Tawny Roberts at the Lion Head Pub, 2251 N. Lincoln Ave. Attendees will have a chance to win trips to Prague and Las Vegas. 9 p.m. Meet-and-greet with the stars from 11 p.m. to midnight. $5. 21+.

Next Week
NAPERVILLE RIBFEST

If you have a car or don’t mind the Metra, head to Knoch Park, 700 S. West St., for games, fireworks, live music and, of course, ribs. Through July 4. $5-$7.

HIP-HOP DANCE SERIES

Ballroom dance lessons are so passe. Learn how to “krump” at ARCC Ballet & Dance, 2074 N. Leavitt St. Classes are offered at 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 3. $13 per class.

It’s free: Skip Chicago?s fireworks and check out Evanston?s 84th Independence Day Celebration, starting with the parade on Central Street at 2 p.m. Fireworks, launched from the Clark Street Beach, begin at 9:15 p.m.

Festival: The 12th Annual African-Caribbean Festival of Life will bring more than 50 reggae, blues, hip-hop, gospel, jazz and international acts to Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. July 1-4. $10. $25 for a four-day pass.