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Thursday, March 23
The Chicago Blues Fest returns again to Grant Park for a long weekend of music that is just so Sweet Home Chicago. See a full schedule of Friday's performances at Explore Chicago. As always, the Blues Festival is FREE. Music runs from 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
On Again // Off Again presents a fund raising event to kick off the summer at The Playground, 718 W.18th St. Starting at 9pm, Salem and White Car will be playing, and records will be spun throughout the night by Beau and Nanu the Nanu. The entrance fee is $10, please go here for more information.
It is a total blast from the past when The Psychedelic Furs play the Metro tonight. The band has been reunited for almost ten years and was well known in the 80's when their song "Pretty In Pink" was used as the title for the classic John Hughes film. Synthpop dance duo She Wants Revenge opens. Tickets are $28.50. The music starts at 8, doors open at 7. The Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark St. (773) 549-0203.
Come out tonight at 6pm to 5052 N. Troy to check out William Chance Nicholson's solo exhibition entitled TIME IS ART. The philosophy of "Time is Art" pertains to the fact that nature is intrinsically beautiful and that all endeavors should ultimately result in the beautification of the world we live in. By creating sculptures from decaying urban artifacts and 'paintings' out of live plants, Nicholson has turned trash into treasure and time into art. Free beer while supplies last! For more information, visit facebook or the website.
Northcenter's annual Ribfest kicks off tonight at 5pm at the intersection of Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park. Enjoy barbecue and other food from more than two dozen vendors. At 6pm, the festival holds its first-ever rib eating contest, with 12 competitive eaters facing off for a $1200 purse. Mucca Pazza, The Ike Reilly Assassination and Robby Fulks perform. Free.
Come out tonight from 6pm to 10pm to 23rd Atmosphere Group Gallery, 1907 South Halsted Street. This exhibition features work by Darek Piech, Robert Furman, Lucinda Chapman, Mathew Hall and Robert Henry Mutterson II, who physically alter and incorporate books into their works of art. The process of "rejiggering" is the reappropriation of landfill bound books to their original use as informational tools.