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Northwestern University Student Film Festival-Block Cinema, 7 p.m., FREE.

Indulge in the more intellectual side of NU and ponder some short films before Saturday’s Dillo insanity. The festival runs 90 minutes and features student films from the past year competing for a number of awards.

Flashback Friday-The Rock, Deering Meadow. 2-5 p.m., FREE.

The Happiness Club and NOM, Northwestern’s food loving group (perhaps the best combination of groups to ever team up) will be serving free food from your childhood on Deering and by the Rock. Does that mean fruit roll-ups, Koala cookies and lunchables? There will also be games and maybe a parachute, for those who have no shame.

The Dark Side of Oz-Norris East Lawn, 9 p.m., FREE.

Are the myths true? For those who have always wondered whether the Dark Side of the Moon really does match all the frames of the “Wizard of Oz,” Mayfest has the answer. The film will screen with the Pink Floyd album as score. A trippy event that only hints at what is to come by sunrise….


Dillo Day-Lakefill, All day, FREE.So Guster, Regina Spektor and Nelly might not be doing keg stands together, but at least there’s something for everyone at this year’s Dillo Day. Of course, you’ll enjoy it all the more if you’re rolling with Prince Albert and sporting St. Louis cred. We’re not even going to try and kid ourselves by listing any other Saturday events.


NU Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park­-Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 6:30 p.m., FREE.

Poor NU symphony orchestra: For their sakes, let’s hope some of our sorry souls can trudge down to the Loop after Dillo Day. They’ll be performing the Oscar-winning score for the 1998 film “The Red Violin,” and the audience will be waiting for their heads to stop spinning.

Bicycle Thieves. Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State St.), 3:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m., $10.

Another classic film to take the edge off Saturday’s Dillo assault. The new print of this highly influential 1948 Italian film chronicles a father-son journey through post-war Rome to find dad’s stolen bicycle, which is vital to his survival.