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Tuesday, June 6

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Nightlab: the Science of Coffee @ Schubas

Sarah Kluth of our very own Intelligentsia Coffee hosts an evening of learning about the origins and process of the production of coffee. The event begins at 7pm in the upstairs area of Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Free!

Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals @ Indian Boundary Park

Red Door Animal Shelter sponsors this annual benefit walk for homeless animals today from 10am-noon at at Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt. Food, entertainment, and a pet psychic are part of the fun.

Neon Marshmallow Fest night 3 @ Empty Bottle

The three-night experimental music festival known as the Neon Marshmallow Fest concludes tonight at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western). Among the final night's highlights: The Rita, Telecult Powers, Mike Shiflet, Pulse Emitter, Tiger Hatchery, and electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick in a rare live performance. More info at Transmission.

Blues Fest

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

Dance Dance Bama Bama

The Chicago chapter of the women-only Dance Dance Party Party are holding a co-ed dance to raise money to help provide transitional housing for the many people impacted by the recent tornadoes in Alabama. From 3:30 to 5pm today, come dance at the Church in West Ridge, 6015 N. Francisco Ave. RSVP and donate here; $20 recommended donation.

Black Twig Pickers @ Hideout

Don't call these three fellas "bluegrass" — they play old timey music. The Black Twig Pickers hail from Blacksburg, Virginia and recently signed to Thrill Jockey Records, the Black Twig Pickers are making a rare tour out to the midwest to play at the Hideout tonight. Head on over and enjoy an intimate show with a stellar old timey trio. There's a $5-$10 suggested donation at the door, and the band Northside Southpaws will open up the evening at 6pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 773-227-4433.

Opening Day: Independence Park Farmers Market

The Independence Park Farmers Market starts today at 3945 N. Springfield and runs the second & fourth Sundays of the month from 9am-1pm.

Opening Day: Erie Street Farmers Market

The Erie Street Farmers Market begins today at 500 West W Erie; event runs Sundays from 8am-1pm.


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:
1:30 Pinto and the Bean
4pm Bailiff
6:30pm The Ettes
9pm Tapes 'n Tapes

North Stage:
noon Tanglewood
2:45pm Common Shiner
5:15pm Nathan Xander & Witchouse
7:45pm Hayes Carll



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