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Thursday, April 27
In preparation for a fresh new bigger-than-ever Version Fest this year, the folks behind this amazing shindig need to find the money to pay for it all. There will be a silent auction, an art raffle, live bands, and a cash bar. Click here for details. Co-Prosperity Sphere is located in Bridgeport at 3219 S. Morgan St. and this event will take place from 7pm to 1am tonight.
Humboldt Park's Rumble Arts Center will host "Mercadito," a craft fair featuring creations and demonstrations from many local artists and crafters, as well as a trunk show and performances by students and teachers at the center. Admission is free, and there will be music and refreshments. 11am-4pm, 3413 W. North Ave.
For I'm Ok You're Ok: The Art of Self-Improvement, a group exhibition of six artists who explore appropriations of popular self-help and healing techniques. Neither entirely mocking new age and self-help trends nor blindly subscribing to their alluring promises, each artist approaches their subject in an exploratory manner. Artists include Jacob C. Hammes, Faith La Rocque & Jaimie Henthorn, Gregg Louis, Habby Osk, and Jill Pangallo. The opening reception is tonight from 7-10pm at Concertina Gallery: 2351 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor.
Favorite Chicago mash-up DJs STV SLV and ABX (aka the Hood Internet) open tonight for glitchy analog DJ fiend slash genius Tobacco at the Empty Bottle. Tickets just $10. Music starts at 10pm with DoyleFrancisDoyle. It's the Bottle, so you know it's nice n' cozy for the dancy dancy. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600.
The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., celebrates the closing of its "Freedom's Sisters" exhibit today with "Let Freedom Sing: A Celebration of the Music of the Civil Rights." This program and panel discussion, hosted by legendary singer Mavis Staples, is filled with songs that influenced the Civil Rights Movement. This event is from 3pm-5pm; tickets are from $10-$15. Call (773) 947-0600 x236 for more information.
Tired of all those good girls on Good Friday? Foxy Goat has the cure with Sinful Saturday! Tonight, seven of Chicago's loveliest burlesque girls will be showing their sins at the Risque Café (3419 N. Clark Street). Each girl will be performing as one of the seven deadly sins including Natasha Minsk, Red Hot Annie, Miss Ellie Noise, and more. The show begins at 10:30pm but the doors open at 9pm for raffles, trivia, music by DJ 5/16, and a deadly sin costume contest. The event is 21 plus and the cover is $5 at the door ($7 after 11 pm). For more information including a full list of performers, visit Foxy Goat's Facebook page.
Starting at noon from The Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.), use public transportation to grab Foursquare badges at Ferris Bueller, High Fidelity, and Dark Knight filming locations for the chance to get your name on The Chicago Theatre's marquee.
At 6pm, Redeye and Metromix host a Tweetup party with food from Wow Bao.
Mucca Pazza bring their circus punk parade to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight, with Roommate opening. Doors open at 10pm. Tickets are $12 online or at the door. 21+