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Friday, July 10

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Facets Night School: El Topo

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, a series of great cult films screening for the next 9 Saturday evenings at midnight. Tonight's kick-off film is the unbelievable Alejandro Jodorowsky 1973 film Holy Mountain, with a discussion of the film hosted by Facets' Brian Elza. Admission is $5, and you can get a $40 pass for all 9 films through Ticketweb. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (773) 281-0075.

World Kitchen Learning Series: The Sweet Taste of Spring

Make your own candies with Katie Das today from 11am-2pm at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street. This class is offered through the City of Chicago's World Kitchen learning series. Admission is $30 and pre-registration is required.

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Full line-up of comics here. It really doesn't get much better than this.

Windy City Rollers @ UIC Pavilion

The roller derby action is still hot as the Windy City Rollers skate it out at the UIC Pavilion (525 S. Racine) tonight. Tonight's match ups are the Double Crossers vs. the Hell's Bells and the Manic Attackers vs. the Fury. The bouts start at 6pm. Tickets are $20 online through Ticketmaster or are available at the door.

Morel Lunch @ Vie

While the Slow Food Chicago-hosted morel hunt is closed, you can still partake of the morel lunch at Vie (4471 Lawn Av, Western Springs) today at noon. Tickets $20-55.

Savage Dragon @ Challengers Comics

Erik Larsen, creator of "Savage Dragon" will be signing books from 12:00 noon to 3pm. Local band Heroes for Hire, will be playing at 11:30am and 3:30pm. Free comic books from a range of the hottest publishers including the big four publishers (Image Comics, Marvel, D.C. Comics and Dark Horse Comics) will be handed out while supplies last from 11am to 5pm. Challengers Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave, 2R.

Ha Ha Tonka @ Subterranean

Our featured artist in Transmission are in town with their foot stomping brand of alt country tinged indie rock. Supporting Ha Ha Tonka is Ben Weaver and Unicycle Loves You. Doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9:00 pm. The show is 17+ and tickets are just $10.

Mohop Trunk Show @ House of Sole

House of Sole (1237 S. Michigan Ave), favorite of well-heeled urbanites, celebrates its two year anniversary April 30th until May 3rd with discounts, drawings, and complimentary gifts with purchase. The extended weekend festivities culminate on Saturday May 2nd with a Mohop trunk show from 11am until 7pm. Call (312) 834-0909 or visit their website for more details.

Innervation Dance Cooperative Fundraiser @ Durkin's

If you're going out tonight, you might as well support the arts while you drink! Innervation Dance Cooperative, a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary dance company, is raising funds for the June 18-21 performance of their Classic Rock Ballet Everyman. For $20, you get three hours of open bar, a chance to win raffle prizes, the opportunity to mingle with the fun and lovely dancers of IDC, and that warm-fuzzy feeling of supporting local artists. All of this at Durkin's, 810 W. Diversey at Halsted, from 8pm to 11pm Just say "Innervation" at the door.

Mole de Mayo in Pilsen

Even though the Cinco de Mayo event at Navy Pier was called off by the H1N1 flu virus, Mole de Mayo will STILL take place tomorrow at El Zocalo at 18th & Paulina from 11am-7pm. A mole cook-off judged by a panel of experts (among them Check, Please!'s Alpana Singh), dancing, mariachi, drinking and eating are on the bill.

Big Swap Bonanza @ Soldier Field

Love flea markets but hate traipsing all the way out to the suburbs to get the bargains? You're in luck. The Big Swap Bonanza brings the flea market fun to Soldier Field. The BSB is run more like a traditional swap meet -- organizer Sally Schwartz has encouraged anyone who needs to simply clean out the garage to get a table (at a reasonable price of just $50, or free if you sign up three friends -- download the sign-up form here) -- so think of it as 100 mini garage sales inside a football field. In conjunction with the Randolph Street Market, which opens later this month. Today from 7am to 3pm. Admission is $3 for shoppers, free to kids 12 and under. Visit the website for more information.

Handmade Electronic Music @ Quimby's

Quimby's presents an event celebrating the release of the second edition of Nic Collins' Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking. The event runs from 3 to 4pm today at Quimby's (1854 W. North Avenue) and is free and open to the public.

K Records Showcase @ The Co-Prosperity Sphere

The closing night of this year's Versionfest features a local stop by the current K Records tour. Headlining the bill are Chain & The Gang and The Hive Dwellers (the former being the new outfit fronted by Ian Svenonius, the latter -- apparently -- the same band fronted by Calvin Johnson). Hometown electro-tribalists Mahjongg are also along for the tour and will be playing in a supporting slot. Calvin Johnson opens with a solo set, and -- as of this writing -- it's rumored that the NYC/Chicago trio These Are Powers will be performing in a late-night slot. Keep your eye on our Transmission page for further info. Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan. Tickets are $10, doors open at 9pm, and it's an all-ages show.

Free Fender Electric Guitar Bench Check @ Old Town

Bring in $5- $10 worth of canned food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository to the Old Town School of Music Store, and get a free basic setup on your electric guitar. From 11am-5pm, Jack Schwarz, Fender's Vice President of Global Customer Service, will be performing electric guitar bench checks, including a new set of Fender guitar strings, action, neck, bridge and pickup adjustment and an intonation check. All brands of six-string electric guitar are welcome; one guitar per customer. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N Lincoln Ave, (773) 728.6000

Kentucky Derby Party @ Fizz

If you can't make it to Churchill Downs, Fizz Bar & Grill (3220 N. Lincoln Ave.) is the next best place to watch the Kentucky Derby. From 4-6pm Fizz will have a free buffet of Derby Day favorites such as Burgoo Stew, Benedictine Sandwiches, Hot Browns and Bourbon Brownies. Get a Makers Mark Mint Juleps in an official derby glass for $9; refills are only $6. The race posts at 5pm. For more information call 773-348-6000.



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