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Friday, February 3

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Facets Night School: Viva Las Vegas

Facets Multimedia presents the second session of Facets Night School, midnight screenings of classic and cult movies with discussions about each film. Tonight's film is the Elvis and Ann-Margret classic Viva Las Vegas. Facets employee Susan Doll leads a post-screening discussion. The movie screens tonight at midnight, and tickets are only $5 (available through Ticketweb). Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton.

Busy Beaver Buttons Grand Opening

Busy Beaver Buttons, Chicago's own button supplier, is having a party to celebrate the grand opening of their new space, located at 3279 W. Armitage. All day the button crew will be hosting different events (all free) with different booze and, of course, lots of buttons.
Open House (1-5pm) - Tour the new building, sip on champagne, and make your own buttons. A ribbon cutting with 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon is at 1:30pm.
Button-o-matic Party (5-8pm) - Check out Busy Beaver's new 24 ct button series, enjoy some golden beer, and music by Devin Davis.

Hey Champ @ LaSalle Power Co.

Hey Champ and The Heaven Seventies play tonight at LaSalle Power Co.'s Lollapalooza Afterparty. Tickets are $10. 500 N. LaSalle. 10pm. 21+

The Gaslight Anthem @ Double Door

The Gaslight Anthem and Constantines play a free show at Double Door tonight as one of Lollapalooza's Official Aftershows. Register here for a chance to win a pair of tickets from Q101 and a chance to meet The Gaslight Anthem. 1572 N. Milwaukee. Doors @10pm. 21+

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons @ House of Blues - Back Porch

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons will be on the Back Porch with Blind Pilot at House of Blues tonight for one of Lollapalooza's Official Aftershows. Tickets are $14 (You can also get tickets for $10.50 as part of a four-pack deal). 329 N. Dearborn. Doors @10:30pm. 21+

Bears Family Day @ Soldier Field

Can't wait for football season? Come down to Soldier Field today for Bears Family Day. The festivities begin outside the stadium at 10am with entertainment, radio stations, sponsor booths, and giveaways. The gates also open at 10 so people can head inside the stadium to watch exciting youth football demonstrations and scrimmages. The Bears start practice at noon, and fans can watch the team as they prepare for the upcoming season. The first 30,000 fans will receive scratch cards for a shot at winning the chance to go on the field and meet the players, and receiving a signed practice jersey. Assigned seats are $7.00 prior to the event, $10 at the door. Who knew watching football practice could be so fun?

The Raveonettes @ Empty Bottle

The Raveonettes play tonight with Living Things and Pretty Good Dance Moves (DJ set) at Empty Bottle as part of Lollapalooza's Official Aftershows. Tickets are $15. 1035 N. Western. Doors @ 10pm. 21+

Kaskade @ Smart Bar

Kaskade plays tonight with James Amato and DJ Nigel O'Reilly at Smart Bar as one of the Official Lollapalooza Aftershows. Tickets are $12. 3730 N. Clark (under the Metro). Doors @ 10pm. 21+

Dan Auerbach @ Schubas (Sold Out)

Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Cage the Elephant play at Schubas tonight as one of the Official Lollapalooza Aftershows. 3159 N. Southport. Doors @10pm. 21 & up. Sold Out.

Joe Pug @ The Hideout

Joe Pug and The Low Anthem play at The Hideout tonight as one of Lollapalooza's Official Aftershows. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, visit The Hideout's website. 1354 W. Wabansia. Doors @10pm. 21+

STS9 @ House of Blues (Sold Out)

Sound Tribe Sector 9 takes the stage at House of Blues tonight as one of the Official Lollapalooza Aftershows. 1320 Records Recording Artist St. Andrew will also play. All net proceeds from these tickets go directly towards the house that STS9 is building for the Make it Right Foundation in New Orleans. 329 N. Dearborn. Doors @ 10:30pm. 17 & up. Sold Out.

Fleet Foxes @ Metro (Sold Out)

Fleet Foxes and Dungen play tonight at Metro as part of the Official Lollapalooza Aftershows. 3730 N. Clark Street. Doors @ 10pm. 18 & up. Sold Out.

Lincoln Park Arts and Music Festival

It's the weekend. It's summer. Of course there's a neighborhood festival going on somewhere. This weekend, head to Racine Ave.(between Fullerton and Webster) in Lincoln Park for live music on two stages, food and drinks from local area restaurants, arts and crafts tables, a bags tournament, and children's activities. The event lasts two days, and begins today at noon and ends at 10pm. Donations are $7. Questions? (773) 868-3010 or visit the Lincoln Park website.

Second City/Third Person @ Book Cellar

Foucsing on third person stories written by authors from the Second City, reading series host Brian Costello welcomes authors Jonathan Messinger (Hiding Out) and Eric May to expound on the theme of "35th St.". Free at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Call (773) 263-2995 for more information.

Oak Park Library Annual Book Fair

The Friends of the Oak Park Public Library are holding their 39th Annual Book Fair. Come peruse 100,000 books, from childrens' literature to cooking to history to romance and more. Hardcovers are priced at $2 and paperbacks are $.50. The fair continues today, 9am-5pm, with no admission fee, at Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 N. Socille Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 383-8200 for more information.

Lollapalooza @ Grant Park

Chicago's own Lollapalooza rocks Grant Park again for a fifth year. Tonight's headliners are Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tool. The music festival runs from 11am to 10pm. Three-day and single-day passes are available on Lollapalooza's website.

2nd Annual Experimental Garage Sale

Interested in circuit bending, electronic music and experimental sounds? (Or not saying "huh?" after that sentence?) Then you probably want to check out the 2nd Annual Experimental Garage Sale today at the Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N. Ravenswood. The sale is one-stop shopping for sound artists, circuit benders, and anyone interested in making weird sounds. Lo-fi electronic kits and synths, handmade contact microphones, piles of Casio keyboards and Barbie Karaoke machines, "finished" products and hand-built sound devices will all be for sale from noon until 8pm. Free.

For more information on the sale, visit the Experimental Garage Sale's MySpace page.

Latin Fest @ Green City Market

Chefs from Cafe 28 and May Street Market will give a cooking demonstration of Latin cuisine today at 9am at the Green City Market, Stockton and LaSalle Drives. Music and tastings are also on the bill.

Mado @ Green City Market

Chefs from Mado will give a cooking demonstration today at 10:30am at the Green City Market, Stockton and LaSalle Drives.



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