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Saturday, May 30

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2010 National Roller Derby Championships @ UIC Pavilion

Uproar on the Lakeshore, the 2010 WFTDA national roller derby championship, is held this year in our fair city today 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. Full schedule with times here.

Vintage Heaven: The Cat's Meow @ Heaven Gallery

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.

Curtis Evans @ Subterranean

Curtis Evans, 31, delivers heart wrenching ballads, channeling the strength and pride of the Midwest. On his latest release, "Life with the Buffalo", Evans showcases his veteran talent and songwriting abilities. Dark yet uplifting, Evans embellishes flukes and feedback. See Curtis Evans tonight at the Subterranean 2011 North Avenue. Show starts at 7:30pm, click here for $8 tickets.

The Mighty Uke @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2010 documentary The Mighty Uke, detailing the history of the ukulele and its recent resurgence in music. Today's screening is at 2pm, and there will be a second screening tomorrow evening at 8pm. At both screenings the directors will be in attendance, and patrons are invited to bring their ukes along for a jam session following the screening. See the Film Center Website for full details. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Umbrella Music Festival @ The Hungry Brain

Enjoy some amazing jazz and improvised music at The Hungry Brain tonight at the final evening of the Umbrella Music Festival. 9pm: The Outskirts (Dave Rempis - saxophones, Ingebrigt HÃ¥ker Flaten - bass, Frank Rosaly - drums). 10pm: Wadada Leo Smith/Gunter "Baby" Sommer Duo. 2319 W Belmont. $15 requested donation.

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.

Detroit @ Steppenwolf

This afternoon is your last chance to see Lisa D'Amour's entirely modern and brilliantly written perspective on the dwindling American suburb, Detroit. Everyone will construct his or her own theories on what the play is about so construct your own at The Steppenwolf at 3pm today 1650 N. Halsted Street in Lincoln Park. Student tickets are available for $15 otherwise plan on paying upwards of $63.

Spank @ The Skylark

Chicago DJs Josh Deep, Solson and Gogo play funk, soul, disco and Afro-jazz tonight at The Skylark (2149 S. Halsted St). The records spin from 10pm 'til 2am and night is totally free. 21+



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