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Saturday, April 29
To celebrate the release of their well anticipated mixtape, bell hooks, local low key hip-hop group BBU will be on stage at Schubas, 3159 North Southport Avenue, tonight at 7pm. Also featured for the evening will be, Show You Suck, along with live DJ sets by STV SLV, Stephen Ponce, and MattBoyWhite. General admission tickets are $5. VIP tickets, that include a T-shirt and CD, are $20.
Supreme Cuts will be performing a live at the Smart Bar. Joining them will be DJ sets by Nguzunguzu, Bizzies, Sparkletone, and Jake Guidry. Doors are at 10pm and tickets are $5. The Smart Bar is located under the Metro at 3730 N Clark Street.
Tonight at The Hideout is the Chicago release party for Baratunde Thurston's How To Be Black. Part memoir, part tongue-in-cheek self-help guide, Publisher's Weekly calls it "a hilarious blend of razor-sharp satire and memoir;" Fast Company calls it "an assault on nostalgia - a satirical, biographical attack on the idea that 'blackness' or any label should be derived from historical description." The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, at 7pm. $8 cover.
Get up close to some Gold Coast history at this lecture on a 2010 archaeological dig that took place on the Charnley-Persky House property. Dig leader Rebecca Graff will discuss the project and what it reveals about the history of the Gold Coast, and artifacts from the dig will be on display. Lecture starts at 6:00 pm at the Charnley-Persky House, 1365 N. Astor Street. Admission is $10 for SAH members and $15 for the public.
The Read/Write Library Chicago is hosting it's first Open Mic Reading (hopefully an ongoing event)! Reader slot will be signed up on a first-come-first-serve basis. Prose, Essays, Poetry and the like are welcome. Time per reader is 7 minutes. The event begins at 7pm and will go through 9:30 depending on how many readers come out (that means you!). Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free so stop by the Read/Write Library's new space at 914 N. California.
The Show 'n Tell Show, "Chicago's first and only live design talk show," is at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Hosts Mike Renaud, Zach Dodson and "SpokesMom" (Seth Dodson) talk with design couple Letterform, Paul Koob, the women of INDO Projects, photographer Paul Octavius and a special surprise guest. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door. 21+
The Hood Internet take on Wugazi in a tag team of mashup madness in the Volcano Room at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., tonight as after the Doomtree show. Doors open at 10pm, show starts at 11:30pm. Tickets are $10. 21+
Molly Shanahan, artistic director of Mad Shack, received stunning reviews from her work in My Name is a Blackbird, and review's have called her work "sinuous, utterly motivated and deeply felt movement like nothing you've seen by another troupe." The company returns tonight at 8:00 at the The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago with The Delicate Hour , a new iteration of the summer's previous work, Stamina of Curiosity. The show runs through Saturday and ticket prices are starting at $26.
Former Black Panther Party member Jamal Joseph is reading from his new novel Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention at the Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St. @ 6pm. Seating is first come, first served.
Former MTV talk/variety show host and oddball actor Tom Green takes on the city's stand-up scene at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St., tonight at 8:30pm. Tickets are available for $30 and require a two food or drink minimum.