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Tuesday, July 16

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Chicago Bike Show @ Navy Pier

"Two days of cycling excitement!" A swath of area bike shops and cooperatives will be displaying their wares alongside BMX stunt shows and seminars (TBA). Go ahead, try out that recumbent. More information here; $10 for adults, $4 for children under 12, and children under 6 are free ($3 discount coupon here). 10 AM to 5 PM.

Bleeding Hearts: Your Anonymous Letters

Infamous Commonwealth Theatre is holding a fundraiser at Cherry Red, 2833 N. Sheffield. All who attend are encouraged to bring a copy of a heartfelt letter they're received, sent or written but not sent. ICT members will read the letters aloud, excluding all incriminating names and bit sof information, and the four best letters will be chosen as the inspiration for four short plays to be performed at the 24 Hour Project later in the year. A portion of the admission as well as the proceeds from a silent auction benefits ICT's next production. $10 for the first 20 people with letters, $20 for all others with a 3-hour open bar for all. 7pm. Call 312-458-9780 for more information.

The Collectedworks Chicago Filmmakers

Continuing with their monthly series promoting local filmmakers, the Collectedworks take over Underground Lounge tonight. Featured works include those by Taran Allen, Brian McQuery, Chris Royalty and more. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 8:30pm. Free for those 21 and over; 952 W. Newport. Call 773-327-2739 for more information.

South Side Irish Parade

Kicking off at 103rd and Western Ave. and running to 115th, this year's South Side Irish Parade honors the Special Children's Charities/Special Olympics Chicago while paying homage to that Irish saint, St. Patrick. Starts at 12pm. Email southsideirishparade[at]yahoo[dot]com or call 773-393-8687 for more information.

StoryStudio Chicago Writer's Cafe

It's just 8 short months until the next NaNoWriMo, so get your writing chops exercised by attending some of StoryStudio Chicago's Writer's Cafes, held each month. The cost is just $10, and you get unlimited drinks and snacks at their space, located at 3717 N. Ravenswood, #115, Chicago (near corner of Addison and Lincoln avenues). Give them a shout that you're coming by registering online. The Writer's Cafe runs from 11am-3pm today.

Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Finals

Tonight's the final competition for the 6th annual Young Chicago Authors' Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam competition in Chicago. You can see and hear some of Chicago's best young literary talent bout word for word in tonight's exciting final competitions. Tickets available at the Metro store at 3730 N. Clark. (more information to come)

She-Bop Fundraiser for WLUW @ Early to Bed

88.7 WLUW, Chicago's listener-supported community radio station, presents another fundraiser, She-Bop, Sunday March 12 at Early to Bed. The lovely ladies of the Women on Women Music Program have put together a cool fundraiser for the station at Early To Bed, a progressive, women- and GLBT-friendly adult toy store at 5232 N. Sheridan Road (just north of Foster Ave.). Between 6:30pm and 9:30pm, E2B will donate a portion of its sales to WLUW. In addition to shopping opportunities, the night also will include a raffle, music, snacks, and a "favorite things" presentation by WOW's own Elizabeth. Don't be shy -- bring your friends, and come out to this fun and intimate event in support of WLUW tonight! (The Women On Women Music Program, hosted by Emily Agustin, Elizabeth Ricks and Jenny Lizak, provides two hours of music from women across all genres, plus feminist news and commentary. The show airs Tuesday nights from 8pm to 10pm.)



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