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Friday, March 31

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Zombie March 4

Zombies will once again invade Millennium Park at 3pm today for the fourth annual Zombie March. More info on Facebook.

Scott McCloud @ Northwestern University

As part of this year's Comics & Medicine conference, Scott McCloud (author of Understanding Comics) will be giving a lecture on the sequential medium at Northwestern University's Thorne Auditorium, located in the Arthur Rubloff Building at 375 E. Chicago Avenue. Free! No registration necessary! 3:15pm - 5pm!

John Waters Presents Female Trouble @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of John Waters' Female Trouble, introduced by director John Waters. The screening begins tonight at 10:30pm, and advance tickets are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Marcus Schmickler @ Lampo

Long-running international experimental music series Lampo presents German-born composer Marcus Schmickler, who operates both under his own name and the pseudonym Pluramon (for you '90s post-rock fan). Schmickler last performed at Lampo in 2002. His latest work, "Particle/Wave Matter/Energy," will take place at the Graham Foundation Madlener House (4 W. Burton Place, Chicago). The event is free, and though tickets are currently sold out, you can get on the waiting list here.

Booker T. @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Booker T. Jones is a legend any way you measure that word. He plays numerous instruments, is featured on dozens of stone-cold hits and is responsible for some of the sickest organ riffs in music history. He's on the road in support of a new album, The Road From Memphis. Booker T. headlines two shows at 7pm and 10pm at Old Town School of Folk Music. Tickets are $38 for the public, $36 for Old Town School members and $34 for seniors and students. Sunny War opens. Old Town School of Folk Music is at 4544 N Lincoln.

Neon Marshmallow Fest night 2 @ Empty Bottle

Night two of the three-night experimental music festival known as the Neon Marshmallow Fest continues at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western). Tonight's highlights include Pelt, Bill Orcutt, Sickness, Sword Heaven, Leslie Keffer, and Emeralds-related project Outer Space. More info at Transmission.

Jeremy Messersmith @ Schubas

Jeremy Messersmith's most recent work is titled The Reluctant Graveyard and is full of catchy hooks and universal stories. The Minneapolis singer/songwriter pulls from folk and power-pop with aplomb. He follows up an excellent January performance at Schubas with another featuring a full band and string section. The Daredevil Christopher Wright and Dinosaur Bones open. The show's 21+, starts at 10pm, and is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Schubas is located at 3159 North Southport Avenue.

Fork in the Road Tours: Deli-cious

Eat at several of the city's best delis today on this bike-guided tour, led by Fork and the Road Tours. Event runs 10am-2pm and begins and ends at Kitchen Sink Cafe, 1107 W. Berwyn. Cost $60.

John Waters presents The Wizard of Oz @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of the classic children's film The Wizard of Oz, as part of a new series of films inspired by Robert K. Elder's book The Film That Changed My Life. Elder will be in attendance, as will the selector of tonight's film, director John Waters. Both men will have a post-film discussion and will sign books after the screening. The show starts at 5:30pm. Tickets are $22 in advance, and $27 at the door. To get more information, or to purchase tickets, please go to the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Blues Fest

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

World Naked Bike Ride

The Chicago chapter of World Naked Bike Ride gets on their bikes for a clothing-free ride through the city tonight. To participate, join the group for info on the 6pm rendezvous point; the ride leaves at 8pm. Free in more ways than one.

Schubas Bike Bash

Audiotree presents the Schubas Bike Bash today at, you guessed it, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., from 1pm to 5pm. Local bike shops will be perform tune-ups, demos and workshops in the concert space, while the parking lot will host a performance by the all-girl BMX group The Racketeers and DJ sets by E-SIX & ROAN (Crossfader King). There will also be a bike drive to collect donated bikes and parts for Working Bikes Cooperative. Free and all-ages; RSVP on Facebook for a free raffle ticket.

Wells Street Art Festival

Art, entertainment and delicious food (I had a memorable steak sandwich a few years ago from the Bistro Margot tent--ah, the memories) are part of the Wells Street Art Festival, which runs today and tomorrow at North and Wells, 10am-10pm. Suggested donation $7 before 5pm, and $10 after 5pm.

Andersonville Midsommarfest

From 11am-10pm today (and tomorrow!), head to Andersonville's annual festival for entertainment, food, beer, food, more beer, some dancing, talking to people, and then taking CTA or a cab home--it's the right and Swedish thing to do! Suggested $5 donation.

Opening Day: Printers Row Farmers Market

The Printers Row Farmers Market starts today and runs Saturdays from 7am-1pm at Dearborn & Polk.

Opening Day: Bronzeville Farmers Market

The Bronzeville Community Market begins today; the event runs Saturdays from 8am-1pm at 4400 S. Cottage Grove.


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 noon to 10pm today. $5 donation requested. Music schedule is as follows:

South Stage:
noon The Future Laureates
2:45pm Four Star Brass Band
5:15pm Like Pioneers
7:45pm Ezra Furman & The Harpoons

North Stage:
1:30pm Dirty Pigeons
4pm Colin Gilmore
6:30pm Fort Frances
9pm Waco Brothers



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