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Tuesday, June 6

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Structurally Sound: Pop Up Libraries Open at North Branch Projects

Since their collection got hit with a blizzard, the Chicago Underground Library's gone mobile in the traditional sense of the word, partnering up with community organizations to show their collection of literature. Tonight kicks off the collaboration with North Branch Projects -- there'll be a bonafide database psychic, food and drink, ping pong, and of course the opportunity to page through books, zines, and more. 7pm, 3550 W. Lawrence.

Harry Shearer introduces Spinal Tap @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre welcomes actor, author & director Harry Shearer. In town to present this film The Big Uneasy (screening at the Music Box earlier in the evening), Shearer will also be on hand to introduce a 10:30pm screening of the classic This Is Spinal Tap. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Neon Marshmallow Fest night 1 @ Empty Bottle

Night one of the three-night experimental music festival known as the Neon Marshmallow Fest kicks off tonight at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western). Highlights include Lucky Dragons, Rene Hell, Mountains, James Plotkin (Khanate, Khlyst), C V L T S, and many more. More info at Transmission.

Independent Chicago Songwriter Festival @ Red Line Tap

The Red Line Tap (7000 N. Glenwood) hosts the final night of the Independent Chicago Songwriter Festival tonight at 8pm. The mission of the ICSF is to present the finest singer/songwriters in Chicago, including underground and unknown acts on the same bill with higher-profile established acts, along with a handful of under-the-radar troubadours from out of state. This year, ICSF is presenting 25 acts in three nights. Entry is $5. For more information and for a list of performers visit ICSF.

Mortified @ Beat Kitchen

The last time Mortified dared to show its face at the Beat Kitchen, the show sold out and people were turned away at the door, so buy your tickets now! Featured on NPR's "This American Life", and hailed as "embarrassing, hilarious and just plain wrong!" by Bust magazine, this unique show, in which performers read from diary entries and other ephemera from their youth, once again teams up with the Blue Ribbon Glee Club for an unforgettable evening of teen angst and humiliation (on the part of the performers, that is.) Show starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm, tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Buy your tickets online at Mortified. Beat Kitchen is located at 2100 W. Belmont.

Harry Shearer Screens The Big Uneasy @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a screening of Harry Shearer's documentary about the 2005 flooding of New Orleans, The Big Uneasy. Mr. Shearer will be in attendance at tonight's screening. The film screens at 7:30pm; full details and advance tickets are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Etsy Birthday Party @ Inkling

Come celebrate the birthday of with a crafting extravaganza at Inkling (2917 1/2 Broadway) from 6:30 to 9pm. Suggested donation to cover your crafting supplies is $2, and benefits Chicago Style Crafters.

Structurally Sound: Pop Up Library @ North Branch Projects

The Chicago Underground Library's latest pop-up library, Structurally Sound, opens at North Branch Projects, 3550 W. Lawrence Ave., with a reception tonight from 7pm to 10pm. Enjoy food and drink, ping pong and the services of a "library database psychic," and peruse the CUL's collection of self-published media. Free, but donations accepted.

Blues Fest

The Chicago Blues Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday in Grant Park. See the full schedule for all four stages here; admission is free, as always.


Northcenter's Ribfest blocks off Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park Road to Warner Avenue June 10-12. Enjoy ribs and other tasty foods by dozens of local and regional restaurants, listen to live music and have fun from 5 to 10pm tonight. At 6pm, watch professional competitive eaters chow down on baby back ribs in Ribmania. $5 donation requested. Music schedule is as follows:

South Stage:
5pm Geoff Dolce
7pm My Gold Mask
9pm Jukebox the Ghost

North Stage:
6pm RibMania
7:45pm The Legendary Shack Shakers



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