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Thursday, April 27
Each time the Lotus tour rolls through town they keep playing bigger and bigger spots. Last spring the Abbey Pub nearly exploded with energy and hard-hitting music, and this show will be no different. The band is touring in support of their live album releases Escaping Sargasso Sea.
Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewing Co. will be at West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison, from 6 to 9pm with samples of the new seasonal "Nosferatu," a highly hopped stock ale. Samples of Great Lakes' Commodore Perry, Holy Moses, Elliot Ness, Edmund Fitzgerald and other beers will be available too, along with some Great Lakes swag. Free.
Spookiness abounds at this month's Gapers Block Get-Together: Show up in a costume and we'll buy you a drink. We'll be at the Green Eye Lounge, 2403 W. Homer (next to the Blue Line stop at Milwaukee & Western), from 9pm to midnight. Look for us near the front door.
Help the artists, and help the children: Marwen's art fair lets you do both. A $20 donation gets you the opportunity to hob-knob with emerging artists who either take or teach classes at Marwen, a non-profit arts organization that provides free after-school art programs and college and career planning assistance to Chicago's under-served youth. Most pieces on sale -- including photos, paintings, and three-dimensional work -- range in price between $200 and $500, and quite a few items will cost you less than a Ben Franklin. 833 North Orleans, just north of Chicago and Orleans. 6pm-10 pm. For a sneak peek at select artwork from the fair, visit their website.
In line with the theme of this year's Chicago Humanities Festival (Climate of Concern), this exhibit presents the environment-themed work of four artists (Tara Donovan, Maya Lin, David Opdyke, and Margaret Wertheim). 300 W Superior, Suite 203, through 29 December. For more information, call 312-529-5090 or visit the website.
Head of Femur celebrates the release of its new EP, Leader and the Falcon, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 10pm. Light Pollution opens. $8, 21 and over.
Remember those childhood days of yesteryear, when your stay-at-home mother would prepare all sorts of goopy, scary, imaginative "feels" together, and you and your friends would pass the "witch's eyes" and "werewolf guts" around? Of course you don't. But lovely local label Graveface is doing their best imitation via a label showcase, passing around an Octopus Project (very melty), Appleseed Cast (safe - no razors in them!), Dreamend (alright, I'm out of clever analogies) and special guests Enon. The Abbey Pub is the venue, and costumes are the request — there will be gift bags for all in costume, as well as a contest. A haunted house and some vintage horror flicks will finish off the ambiance, for a final cost of 15 dollars. Sorry, young-uns: it's an 18+ event, so either get back to trick-or-treating or enjoy another awkward moment courtesy of your mid-teenage years.