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Saturday, March 25
Cameron Esposito's one-woman show, Side Mullet Nation, is running through December 15th at Ontourage Night Club (157 W Ontario). Thursdays, 8 pm, Tickets are $10 each with no drink minimum. 21+. I.D. Required.
The Illinois Artisans Program presents its Holiday Art Spree Dec. 14-16 in the Thompson Center atrium, 100 W. Randolph St., from 10am to 3:30pm. Browse the works of nearly 20 artists. Free.
Tonight at 6pm, at the Art Institute of Chicago (Fullerton Hall, 111 S Michigan Ave), Poetry Off the Shelf hosts author Peter Sís as he reads from his new book The Conference of the Birds. Barbara Robertson and Brad Armacost perform some of the stanzas, and a book signing follows. Admission is free, but it is first-come, first-served.
The Chicago Jazz Ensemble performs "Buhaina's Delight: Art Blakey and the Message of Jazz" tonight at 7:30pm at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Public Library, 400 S. State St. Tickets are $25.
The Graham Foundation, a center for avant-garde art and architecture, will be holding a holiday party and book sale. Its collection of books and publications, including Bertrand Goldberg: An Architecture of Invention and Stanley Tigerman's Schlepping Through Ambivalence, will all be discounted by 15%, with greater savings on certain titles. The party runs from 5-8 p.m. at Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. RSVP recommended. Free. Find more information here.
Want to say you've entered the chocolate-making business? Katherine Anne Confections hosts a wine tasting and truffle-making party at 6:30pm (at their bakery, 2745 West Armitage); for $50, you'll get vino, appetizers, and four of your handmade creations.
Join the Gapers Block staff and readers for a holiday party that doesn't suck! We'll be in the back room at Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen (just north of Addison), warming ourselves around the fire -- and with complementary cocktails courtesy of FEW Spirits, Bluecoat Gin, Vieux Carré absinthe and Q Tonic. We'll be there from 7pm to 10pm -- hope to see you there! RSVP on Facebook. 21+