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Sunday, April 23
Chili fanatics face off at the second annual Half Acre Charitable Chili Cook-off benefiting The Arts of Life, 2010 W. Carroll Ave., tonight at 5pm. Tickets are $10 in advance (before Oct. 29), $15 at the door.
Uproar on the Lakeshore, the 2010 WFTDA national roller derby championship, is held this year in our fair city tonight through Sunday, Nov. 7 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.
Stock up on fall essentials during this popular group sale featuring vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, and other accoutrement. Heaven Gallery holds its monthly vintage sale, Vintage Heaven, today from 12pm to 6pm. Heaven Gallery is located at 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd floor. Free.
Urban China: Informal Cities, a retrospective of the only magazine devoted to issues of urbanism published in China, marks Urban China's first U.S. commission. Employing diagrams, photographs, texts, and archive of artifacts and images, Urban China has become a think tank and databank recording the fastest urbanization in history. After viewing Urban China in the MCA's gallery, the group considers it within the context of a long history of exhibitions about the city, discussing what aspects of cities are represented, and which aspects tend to be left out. Led by architect, writer, and UIC professor Alexander Eisenschmidt. To register, call the MCA Box Office at (312) 397-4010. This event is today from 10am to noon. Admission is $20, $14 for students.
Bring your turkey-cooking questions for the Goddess of Thanksgiving -- Renee Ferguson, who has served as Butterball's resident expert -- at 10am today at Kendall College, 900 North Branch. Free Parking; admission $3. Event sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Chicago.
The Umbrella jazz and creative music festival continues tonight at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia). At 9pm: Nick Broste Trio (Nick Broste - trombone, Keefe Jackson - reeds, Anton Hatwich - bass). 10pm: Fredrik Ljungkvist - reeds, Joost Buis - trombone, Nate McBride - bass and Mike Reed - drums. 11pm: Trio 3 (Oliver Lake - saxophones, Reggie Workman - bass, Andrew Cyrille - drums). DJ Sets by John Corbett and Bruno Johnson. $15 cover.
Yet another screening of the classic film Back to the Future happens at two Chicago area theaters this afternoon at 12:30pm: AMC South Barrington 30 and AMC River East 21. Click here for full information and to purchase tickets.
Watch San Francisco, New York, and Chicago poets and artists -- and one musician -- perform tonight at the Spudnik Press Cooperative (1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308) from 8 - 11pm. $5 suggested donation.