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Sunday, April 5

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Facets Night School: Reform School Girls

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, a weekly series of midnight screenings paired up with lectures, discussions, and much more. Tonight's screening: the women-behind-bars classic Reform School Girls, with the late great Wendy O. Williams. Facets Night School starts tonight at midnight, and tickets are $5 (advance tickets available through Ticketweb). See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (773) 281-4114.

WCR All-Stars vs. the Boston Massacre @ UIC Pavilion

The WCR All-Stars, the Windy City Rollers' travel team, bout against the Boston Massacre tonight at the UIC Pavillion (525 S Racine). Doors open at 5 p.m. The Windy City Rollers Second Wind (the WCR's B team) plays vs. TBA at 6, and the All-Stars bout begins at 7:30. Tickets start at $20, and you can get yours online or at the box office.

The Polkaholics @ Quenchers

The Polkaholics perform their polk-rock opera Wally, which tells the story of Lil' Wally's rise to polka glory, at Quenchers (2401 N. Western). Released in 2009 on CD, the polk-rock opera includes the songs Son of a Gun Polka, Division Street, King of Happiness, and more. Opening for the Polkaholics is The Johnny Thunders tribute band DTKLAMF, featuring Don Dandy of the Polkaholics. Admission is $5, show starts at 9pm. For more info call (773) 276-9730 or visit Quenchers.

Beatles Celebration @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a Beatles celebration evening with plenty of performers: Beatles Ensemble w/Steve Levitt, Uke Nation w/Lanialoha Lee, Phil Angotti, The Janes, St. Clemens Kids, Brown Lazer, The Astronomer, Jay Goeppner of the Instant Karma Band, and many more. Proceeds for the evening go to the Brendan Hedges scholarship fund, which provides free music lessons to teenagers who cannot pay. The show starts tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $15, $13 for OTS members, and $11 for seniors/kids. Full information on the event at the Old Town School Website. Old Town School:4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Tarantino Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center continues its Quentin Tarantino retrospective this afternoon with a double feature of Tarantino's Jackie Brown at 3pm, and Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon A Time In Mexico at 5:45pm. You can see either film separately, or purchase discount tickets for both films. See the Film Center Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Two-Hour Comedy Hour @ Gallery Cabaret

This week's Two-Hour Comedy Hour will be hosted by Matt Slater and features comedians Prescott Tolk, Trey Mowder, Cameron Esposito, Derek Smith and Emily Galati. This free show features a fresh mix of comedians each week. There's no cover for the 21+ show -though a $5 donation is accepted - and it runs from 7-9 pm at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley (near Western and Milwaukee, just off the Blue Line stop). Guests are encouraged to arrive early.


Fork and the Road Blue Plate Special Tour

Join Fork and the Road to explore classic American diner deliciousness with this progressive meal by bike. Fuel up with some hearty chili on the South Side. Next, savor some soulful fried chicken and biscuits at a culinary landmark of the Civil Rights Movement. End the day with a fine slice of pie. The two-wheeled adventure runs from noon to 5:30pm, and begins and ends at Intelligentsia Millennium Park Coffeebar (53 E. Randolph St.) Cost is $50 per person, which includes food but not beverages. Visit www.forkandtheroad.com to make reservations.

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest takes over the stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between North and Wood today and tomorrow from noon till 10pm. Enjoy food, arts and crafts, and music on three stages. Here's today's lineup at each stage:

South Stage: Holy F_ck, BoomBox, Auto Body, The Gaslamp Killer, Signal Path, Tokimonsta and Prepschool, with Alex B DJing between sets.

North Stage: Cap'n Jazz, Mission Of Burma, Native, Morning Teleportation, Pinebender, Indian and Big Science

Center Stage: LA Riots, Moneypenny, Team Bayside High, Hollywood Holt, Only Children, Gemini Club, Kid Color, Blah Blah Blah

$5 suggested donation. All ages.

Bughouse Square Debates

The 25th annual Bughouse Square Debates, the Newberry Library's annual celebration of Washington Square Park's history of soap box speeches and debates. This year, the main debate will feature Otis McDonald, plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down Chicago's handgun ban. More than a dozen other soapbox speeches follow, emceed by Tribune columnist Rick Kogan. The even runs from 1pm to 4pm in Washington Square Park, 901 N. Clark St. Free.

Fresh @ Film Center

Fresh is a film that brings a little sunshine to the growing food movement. Director Sofia Joanes explores the rebel industry of pesticide and hormone free farms that seek to create a food product that is good for us, the environment, and the plants and animals that provide it.
Screening starts at 5:45. After the July 31 screening, Evanston/Skokie organization the Talking Farm will direct a Q&A about how they try to create sustainable urban agriculture through education and great food. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for regular students, $4 for SAIC students, and $5 Film Center members. Tickets can be purchased through the Film Center's box office or their website.

Bringing Back Venetian Night Cruise

Free Spirit Cruse Lines and The Local Tourist are bringing back Venetian Night with a three-hour cruise on two light bedecked ships. Enjoy a delectable Italian buffet, premium open bar, music and an excellent view of the Navy Pier fireworks. The cruise runs from 8pm to 11pm and leaves from Burnham Harbor, Dock J. Tickets are $80.

Vintage BIG Sale @ Heaven Gallery

Ongoing till August 1, Sisterman and many local vintage sellers will be holding a BIG sale in a convenient location, close to the Damen Blue Line station at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee - 2nd floor. This is during Wicker Park Fest, starts at 12pm.

"The Great Wave: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints" @ Floating World Gallery

Floating World Gallery (1925 N. Halsted St.) hosts "The Great Wave: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints" today from 1-3pm. The free seminar, designed for collectors, will provide audiences the chance view original museum quality prints up close. A reception will follow the seminar. Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve your spot, email classes@floatingworld.com, or call (312) 587-7800.

 

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