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Wednesday, April 26
The undefeated Chicago Force play the Dallas Diamonds in the IWFL National Championship today at 7pm in the Holmgren Athletic Complex at North Park University, at the corner of Foster and Albany avenues. Tickets are $15.
Rape Victims Advocates of Chicago presents "Sexual Assault 101: Myths, Statistics, Culture & Prevention" at the Humboldt Park Library, 1605 N. Troy St., at 2pm today. The discussion is sponsored by the Ink Blot Project. Free.
The Smoking Popes, Tub Ring, Dead Town Revival, Vortis, Danger Is My Middle Name, After The Fight, The Romeros, The Hallow Michaelane and The Hollywood Nightmares play the Shameless Hours festival today from noon to 10pm at The Buzzbomb Club, 6301 W. 73rd St. in Bedford Park. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door; all ages.
Do you like--no, LOVE--cheese? While in town for their annual meeting, the American Cheese Society will be holding a celebration of the lovely stuff tonight at the Hilton Hotel from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Tickets are $85 for non-members, but that's what you normally spend on cheese, so consider it a deal.
The Land Connection holds a Summer Abundance Dinner tonight at Va Pensiero, 1566 Oak Ave. in Evanston, from 6:30pm to 10pm. Enjoy a three-course meal with wine and hors d'oeuvre reception created by owner Jeff Muldrow and chef Eric Hammond from fresh, seasonal produce from Henry's Farm selected from the Evanston Farmer's Market that morning. The cost is $80 per person, all inclusive, with a portion of the proceeds will go to support The Land Connection's work. Call 847-475-7779 to reservation reserve your spot. Limited to 60 guests.
Wicker Park Fest invades, um, Wicker Park (the actual park) today and tomorrow with dozens of indie rock bands. $5 gets you in. Here's today's lineup:
3:30pm: Brighton, MA
4:35pm: The 1900s
5:40pm: Bishop Allen
6:45pm: Ra Ra Riot
7:55pm: Joan Of Arc
Smoke Daddy stage
2:15pm: Dark Party featuring Eliot Lipp & Leo 123
6pm: Future Rock
7:25pm: Prefuse 73
Oui oui! In the spirit of the Tour de France, join LTH Forumers for a 20-30 mile organized bike ride and French food trip in the city today beginning at 11am. Crepes, croissants and an endcap dinner at Cyrano's is scheduled. Limited to 15 riders; RSVP required.
It's time again for one of the city's biggest book fairs. With over 100,000 donated books in 60 categories, the Newberry Library Book Fair is sure to offer something for everyone and for a good price, too - most books are priced under $2. Check the website for a list of some of the more random things you'll find at this year's fair. Free admission; 10pm-6pm at 60 W. Walton. Today the fair will also feature soapbox oratory, Bughouse music and poetry in Washington Square Park from 12pm-4pm. Call 312-943-9090 for general information.
The Roseland Peace Festival will run from 12pm to 9pm @ 115th & Halsted and will mix sports, entertainment, and the more serious theme of putting a stop to violence.
This year's festival will be supported by the entertainment industry, and will focus on creative expression through music and sports. Throughout the event, there will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, car show, business vendors and musical performances. While many advocacy programs fight against gun violence, this event is targeting young adults, those who make up the majority of offenders and victims.
For more information contact Keeana Barber @ 773-858-7852.
Held in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD), this dramatic and powerful art exhibit chronicles an artist’s life and his journey before and after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “Portraits From the Mind” will be the largest, most comprehensive retrospective of the work of William Utermohlen to date, featuring pieces from 1955 to 2000. The exhibit includes a series of self-portraits, which poignantly document the course of his disease from his diagnosis in 1995 to 2000. The exhibit is supported by Myriad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Through Aug. 3. 78 E. Washington St. For more info, visit the Website.
This July features the 10th and final Goat Island Summer School hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This year’s session concludes with a free public one-day symposium. Stephen Bottoms (University of Leeds, UK) presents the keynote on The Avant-garde and the Midwest. Panelists Carol Becker (Columbia University), Abhay Ghiara, Marin Blazevic (University of Zagreb, Croatia), and Judd Morrissey (SAIC) address the subject Community without Unity; and panelists/Summer School alumni Rebecca Groves, Judith Leemann, and Jorge Lucero address the statement What I have learned cannot be generalized, but it can be shared. Goat Island members present a collaborative lecture, and artist and Summer School alumna Sara Schnadt presents a performative installation. Lunch is provided. In the evening, a program of work by artists and Summer School alumni features video by Dani Leventhal, and live performances by Deva Eveland, and Brian Torrey Scott and friends. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 280 S. Columbus Dr. For more information, contact John Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice Waters will take marker-goers about Green City Market on a shopping trip to prepare for a fundraising lunch. Shopping with Alice from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with a booksigning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., proceeds benefiting Green City Market.