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Sunday, April 5

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Open Books Presents The Revelry: A Night Fair @ Salvage One

Award-winning literacy non-profit Open Books presents The Revelry: A
Night Fair
, a gala celebrating the organization's expansion and mission. Featuring music from The Flat Cats and entertainers like a magician, juggler, stilt-walker, and caricature artist, it's sure to be a night to remember. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction are also included in the ticket price of $100, which can be purchased here. 7pm -10:30pm, 1840 West Hubbard Street.

2010 National Roller Derby Championships @ UIC Pavilion

Uproar on the Lakeshore, the 2010 WFTDA national roller derby championships, is held this year in our fair city tonight at the UIC Pavilion (525 S Racine). Twelve teams from across the country will be contending for the title of 2010 WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association) champion.

Tickets are $31 daily or $78 for an all-weekend pass. Trackside (aka "Suicide")/VIP seating is $123 for an all-weekend pass (no daily VIP tix). Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Full schedule with times here.

Marwen Benefit Art Fair with Threadless @ Marwen's Gallery

Marwen announces its fifth annual Art Fair, a celebration, exhibition, and sale featuring approximately 150 works created by Marwen students, alumni, staff, and teaching artists. Half of the proceeds of each work sold benefits Marwen's free art programs for Chicago's under-served young people; the other half benefits the artist.Lowry Hill is the presenting sponsor of Art Fair. Art Fair attendees may vote for the winners of the "Threadless Live at Marwen" t-shirt design challenge; full proceeds of Threadless display art sold at the event benefit Marwen.

The Art Fair is today from 5:30 to 11pm (DJ set begins at 8pm) in Marwen's River North gallery space at 833 North Orleans. A suggested donation of $40 includes food and drinks; $30 advance tickets available (before October 31) at The phone number for general inquiries is (312) 944-2418.

The Interview Show @ Hideout

Mark Bazer hosts The Interview Show tonight at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, from 6:30pm to 8pm. Guests include Rhymefest, hip hop artist and 20th Ward aldermanic candidate; Thomas Geoghegan, labor lawyer and author of Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?; documentary director Ruth Leitman; and Sones de Mexico Ensemble. $5 admission, 21+.

Umbrella Music Festival @ Elastic Arts

The creative music fest Umbrella continues tonight at Elastic Arts (2830 N Milwaukee Ave). At 9pm:Slow Cycle (Josh Berman - cornet, Jason Stein - bass clarinet, Nate McBride - bass, Frank Rosaly - drums). 10pm: David S. Ware Solo - saxophone. 11pm: Mark Helias's Open Loose (Ellery Eskelin - saxophones, Mark Helias - bass, Tom Rainey - drums). $15 cover.

Barbara Fairchild Book Signing @ Spice House

Barbara Fairchild, long-time editor of Bon App├ętit, will be signing her new book Just Desserts, The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful, at Spice House in Old Town (1512 N Wells) from 6-8pm tonight. The event will include samples from the new book, as well as treats from the French Pastry School and Callebaut Chocolate. Spice House will have books available for sale. Email with the number of people attending to reserve a spot.

Chicago Poetry Brothel @ House of Blues

Tonight is the last Chicago Poetry Brothel of the year. Come to the House of Blues Foundation Room (329 N. Dearborn) at 8pm to see the them take a burlesque twist, featuring Columbia College's recent MFAs, as well as Chicago favorites such as Kathleen Rooney and Susan Slaviero. As always, admission is $5 if you're dressed Victorian and $10 if you're not. Don't miss out this time!

SOFA Chicago & Intuit Show

SOFA Expo and the Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art run together at Navy Pier 11am to 8pm Friday and Saturday, 11am to 6pm Sunday. Tickets are $15 per day, or $50 for a three-day pass.



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