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Friday, October 18

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Craft Beer Week: Chicago's Greatest Dives Tour

The Chicago History Museum kicks off Craft Beer Week with this tour of the diviest dives of the city. From 5-8pm (plenty of time to drink and get home in time for All in the Family reruns), you'll get a chartered tour from the museum (which starts at 1601 N Clark) and discussion session. Admission $25-30.

Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants @ Lee Center

The Lee Center at the Chinese‐American Museum of Chicago (238 West 23rd Street) hosts a lecture today at 2pm by John Jung, the author of Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants about the history of family-run Chinese restaurants in the United States. CAMOC Members free; non-members $2.

Tamale Hut Cafe Presents @ Tamale Hut Cafe

Schoooool's...out...for...summer: Share readings from your hard-earned MFA manuscript at the Tamale Hut Café Presents tonight for their first-ever MFA open reading invitation. Raise a glass to Randy "Macho Man" Savage as host Jenny Seay reads from her novel-in-progress steeped in the world of wrestling. Bring your student ID and get three tamales for the price of two. BYOB. Tamale Hut Café, 8300 W. Cermak, North Riverside, 7pm.

Windy City Rollers Bout @ UIC Pavilion

The Windy City Rollers play tonight at the UIC Pavilion (525 S. Racine). The game begins at 6pm. Tickets start at $20; get yours at the door or through TIcketmaster.

SKALD 12 Storytelling Competition @ DCA Theater

WNEP Theater presents the 12th annual SKALD storytelling competition with a week of storytelling events for all ages. This evening's competition features hopefulls who have successfully auditioned for a spot. Tickets are $20, competition starts at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets online. The DCA Theater is located at the Cultural Center (78 E. Washington).

Craft Day Afternoon @ Map Room

Fizz and the Map Room team up for Craft Day Afternoon, a celebration of great craft beer, from 1pm to 5pm today. Sample beers from more than 30 breweries, enjoy food, take home a souvenir glass more. All the proceeds of the $50 ticket benefit Hamilton and Morton public elementary schools. 21+

The Sea and Cake @ Empty Bottle

Chicago dream-pop outfit The Sea and Cake return to the intimate stage at the Empty Bottle tonight for a show in honor of their latest release, The Moonlight Butterfly. Show starts at 10pm. 21+ Opener TBA. Tickets are $18 (adv.), $20 (door). The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600

Urban Folk Circuit @ Quenchers

The Urban Folk Circuit visits Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave, today from noon to 5pm. More than 20 local crafters sell their wares, alongside musical performances by Ben Lundquist, Marie Landau, John Henry Brown, Roy Ivy and the Sure Bet Quartet. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a $25 Urban Folk Circuit gift card. More info here.

KIDSKALD @ DCA Theater

WNEP Theater presents the 12th annual SKALD storytelling competition with a week of storytelling events for all ages. This afternoon's KIDSKALD competition features storytellers aged 8-16. Free to the public, reservations are recommended, competition starts at 3pm. Secure tickets at DCA Theater. The DCA Theater is located at the Cultural Center (78 E. Washington).

Crystal Stilts in-store performance @ Permanent Records

Fresh (or not so fresh) off their show at the Empty Bottle the night before, Crystal Stilts will play an afternoon in-store performance at Permanent Records (1914 W. Chicago Ave.) today at 1:30pm. (FREE, All-Ages, and BYO).

Wort Workshop Series #4 @ Spoke

PUBLIC BREWERY is part art installation, part DIY brewery, and completely community oriented. Visitors are invited to bring an ingredient they have grown or purchased locally to be used as part of today's workshop demonstrating home-soda making techniques. Today's drink will be a crabapple blossom soda incorporating crabapple blossom syrup donated by the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP). A representative from CROP will also facilitate discussions about this new project taking place in Logan Square. An exhibition at the end of the month allows today's participants to taste the fruits of their labor. Today's workshop runs from 12pm - 3pm. This event is all ages and families with children are strongly encouraged to attend. All children must be chaperoned by an adult. $5 per family/group. Spoke is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

Nature Strikes Back Saturday @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater presents and afternoon/evening of classic black & white horror films: Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; Tarantula; Beginning of the End; and The Deadly Mantis. In addition to the films, there will be monster collectibles on sale in the lobby, and a coloring contest for the kids. Doors open at 1pm, screenings start at 2pm. See the Portage Theater Website for details. Portage Theater: 4050 N. Milwaukee. For more information: (773) 875-7582 or timetoys [at] rcn [dot] com.

Out in Chicago @ Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History museum celebrates the opening of "Out in Chicago" with a program of special events from 11am to 4pm. Performers include The Windy City Cowboys, the School of Opulence, Scott Free, Dykes on Bikes, and much, much more. Click here for a full line-up. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students (13-22 with ID) and seniors, free for children 12 and under. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., (312) 642.4600.

Schizcago @ The Building Stage

The film Schizcago will screen at 10pm tonight at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter Street. $5. As described by the filmmakers: "This bricolage comedy follows Lacey and her friends as they fake their way into clinic trials and peddle their tastes as corporate youth consultants. A surreal portrait of wage relations, Schizcago wryly presents the changing desires of privileged city youth."

Austra @ Beauty Bar

Poppy Canadians Austra hit the stage at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave.) tonight in support of their debut album Feel It Break which drops May 16. Feel It Break is full of spacey keyboard swells, danceable drumbeats and beautiful vocals a la front women Katie Stelmanis.

Trust, Gemini Club and just.one.duran will also be performing. Get there early and enjoy $3 PBR Tall Boys, $4 wells or Beauty Bar's signature $10 manicure/martini deal. The show starts at 10pm and tickets are only $5.

 

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