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Thursday, March 23
Non-profit fashion charity organization Fabulosity Avec Amour hosts "Couture for Autism" on Sunday May 31st at the Matteson Holiday Inn Hotel (500 Holiday Plaza Drive; 708-747-3500). The event will benefit Autism Speaks and feature live entertainment, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres from 4 to 6 p.m. and a fashion show from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be bought at Fabulosity Avec Amour's website.
Chicago Avenue Salon (1941 W. Chicago Ave; 773-276-1411) and SoKo Fashion (1925 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-592-1089) join forces on May 31st to bring us "Fashion Rocks," a free live music fashion show. The doors of Darkroom (2210 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-276-1411) will open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m. Guests will receive door prizes as well as discounts at Chicago Avenue Salon when they bring in a "Fashion Rocks" flyer from June 1st through 15th.
Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Today at 3:00 p.m., the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.
The Shedd Aquarium, along with Purple Asparagus, is offering a sustainable-sushi making class for adults and children from 4pm to 6pm in the Lobster Lab. Families can prepare rolls using sustainable fish and talk with aquarium experts about the ways different fish are caught or farmed. The class is $20 for adults and $5 per child. For reservations contact Melissa Graham at Purple Asparagus (773-991-1920 or email@example.com).
Brides Magazine teaches couples the right moves so that their first dance won't be their last. Brides and grooms scheduled to marry between May 1, 2009 and May 1, 2010 are eligible to attend. Couples may also be eligible to win a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to appear on television and in Brides. Advance registration is available on-line at dancingwithbrides.com. 1:00pm to 5:00 pm. The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place
Chicago Endurance Sports is running a series of three clinics on basic bicycling skills. The first one is this morning from 10am-12pm at the Foster Avenue Beach House, at Lake Shore Drive & Foster Ave. It covers a pre-ride bike check, rules of the road, and group cycling etiquette. After the class, enjoy a group ride. Bring your bike, a helmet, some water, and wear comfortable clothes. The single clinic cost is $29, and the full series of three is $75, and you can register for them online. For more information, e-mail info@ChicagoEnduranceSports.com or call 866-237-7861.
The Do-Division Street Festival takes over Division from Ashland to Leavitt on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 10pm. Flosstradamus (Saturday) and Menomena (Sunday) rock it out alongside food, vendors, beer, kids' activities and a sidewalk sale. Blue Line (check for shuttle due to track work): Ashland/Milwaukee or Damen/Milwaukee. Bus: 9 Ashland, 49 Western, 50 Damen, 56 Milwaukee, 70 Division (check for re-route). Free Bike Valet.
Summer officially arrives this weekend with the Do Division Street Festival. The kick off of Chicago street-fest season, Do Division features food, fashion, and sidewalk sales from Division Street businesses and music programmed by the Empty Bottle. For a full list of bands and set times, check out our listing in Transmission. Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt. 2pm to 10pm.
Split Pillow will premiere its fourth annual Chicago360 documentary series. The Chicago-centric documentary brings together five filmmakers to interpret this year's theme of "PLAY": a unique glimpse into how some Chicagoans choose to spend their time while they're off the clock.
The Hideout @ 4pm.; 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Tickets: $7 (www.splitpillow.com)