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Friday, April 28
Rick Bayless, the David Lee Roth of Mexican cuisine, will be appearing at Evanston's Custer's Last Stand Festival today to conduct cooking demonstrations while casually spouting off his encyclopedic knowledge of food.
As part of Chicago's "Art of Play" summer celebration of toys and games (through 30 September), artist Mark Murphy shows his collages and paintings made with puzzle pieces. Add your own puzzle piece to a collaborative painting! 1-4 PM, 72 E Randolph. Free. For more information, call 312-744-2400 or visit the website.
As part of Chicago's "Art of Play" summer celebration of toys and games (through 30 September), Chicago-area designer/collectors Bill Cutler and Jerry Farrell talk about and demonstrate puzzles that require physical manipulation. 11 AM - 4 PM, 72 E Randolph. Free. For more information, call 312-744-2400 or visit the website.
The Neo-Futurists present their annual Father's Day edition of their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. In tonight's show you can expect to see many plays on the theme of parenthood, from both the father's and child's viewpoint. Fathers attending the show with at least one of their offspring get in free! The show starts tonight at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM). Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.
Taste of Randolph Street continues today, starting at 2pm. Come enjoy food from more than a dozen restaurants, watch cooking demonstrations by chefs from Marché, Red Light, Dine, Whole Foods and the Tribune Test Kitchen, and enjoy performances by Baby Loves Disco, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Marshall Crenshaw and Lowen & Navarro. On Randolph Street west of Halsted. More info and full schedule here.
This exhibit of work by Pop Art icon Lichtenstein includes lithographs, etchings, and prints. 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. For more information, call 847-491-4000 or visit the website.
Remember Rubik's Cube? The winner of this weekend's national contest gets a free trip to the World Championship bout in Budapest. Competition rounds go from 10 AM to 6 PM. Part of the Art of Play series of events. Free, in the Randolph Cafe. 77 E Washington. Call 312-744-6630 for more information or visit the website.
Chicago's own pysch-goth combo Spires That In The Sunset Rise play at the Hyde Park Art Center this afternoon. As part of the HPAC's "Speaker Project," the band will be playing inside of Juan Angel Chavez's "sounding-sculpture" that is currently installed in the Center's main exhibition space. 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. 3-4pm. Free to the public.
The Chicago Children's Choir celebrates its 50th anniversary with this wide-ranging concert that includes American, South African, and newly commissioned music. Free, in the Pritzker Pavilion, 3 PM. For more information, visit the website.
For those of us who used to trek to Skokie every summer for the Brandeis Book Sale, mourn not the loss of those jaunty book-slingin' ladies...the sale's been taken over by Little City. The Little City Book Sale promises to be one of the best used book events in the Chicago area, so don't miss out - especially today, the last day of Bargain Weekend! The sale is on today from 11am to 5pm at Old Orchard Westfield Mall. More info by calling 847.221.7856.