TCM Classic Film Festival: If your remote control tends to bring you to the channel known as TCM (that’s Turner Classic Movies), you’ll find like-minded thinkers in Hollywood next month at this first-ever festival, which features a lineup of some of the most beloved movies in history. The films, which include “Casablanca’’ and “The Story of Temple Drake,’’ are must-sees, but the big draw will be the personal appearances. Luise Rainer, who just turned 100, is scheduled to visit the festival to introduce her 1937 film “The Good Earth.’’ Jerry Lewis will be on hand to screen “The King of Comedy.’’ The theaters themselves should also appeal to movie buffs. Venues include Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre. Packages vary. www.tcm.com/festival
Windy City Burlesque Festival: Burlesque has been making a comeback for years. Gyms offer burlesque exercise classes. Troupes like the Boston Babydolls spin tassels all over our Puritan City. For whatever reason, it’s quite acceptable to shake in something shimmery. Next month in Chicago, you can see some of the best of the country’s burlesque performers at this festival, which features headliners such as Foxy Tann, who has shared stages with comedian Margaret Cho, and Madame X, who has performed in a Chicago production of “Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens.’’ There’s also a lineup of comedians scheduled to perform in non-sparkly clothing. Various locations. www.windycityburlesquefest.com
APRIL 17 and 18
Free Library Festival: The big name at this year’s festival is Sapphire, the author who wrote “Push,’’ on which tonight’s Oscar-favorite “Precious’’ is based. Other authors in the lineup include Jimmy Gownley, who wrote “Amelia Rules! The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular,’’ and Jim Zervanos, who wrote the coming-of-age story “Love Park.’’ The best thing about this festival, as its name suggests, is that it’s free. 215-567-4341. www.freelibrary.org
APRIL 17-MAY 8
Gilmore Keyboard Festival: The early part of this celebration of music is good for families, thanks to artists such as Peter Miyamoto, who makes piano sound fun to youngsters. The middle part of the program should appeal to pop fans, thanks to former “American Idol’’ contestant Matt Giraud, who has signed on for a show on April 21. The end of the run should attract classical fans, who will enjoy performances by artists such as hot young concert pianist Jonathan Biss. Locations and ticket prices vary. www.gilmorekeyboardfestival.org
Download Festival: Aerosmith has been somewhat unpredictable lately. Lead singer Steven Tyler fell off the stage during a show last year and then found himself in rehab. Months later, he showed up at a
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