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Friday, October 23

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Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque @Gorilla Tango

The world's most adventurous plumbers will finally rescue the Princess and consummate years of amorous toil, or be seduced along the way by their alluring enemies in "Boobs and Goombas: a Super Mario Burlesque" at Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Don't forget to bring a few "coins" (or dollars) for tips... If the cast collects enough coins along the way, the audience will unlock the alternate ending! Saturdays at midnight. Tickets are $20. 18+

Joseph Hammer @ Lampo

LAFMS alumnus and tape-loop master Joseph Hammer returns to Lampo for the first time since 2007, debuting "Dynasty Suites III," a new work in his ongoing series. The event starts at 8 p.m. at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Place, near State and North Ave. Admission is FREE with RSVP, please arrive by 7:45 to claim your ticket as there will be a waitlist. More information and sound samples at Transmission.

Found Footage Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts The Found Footage Festival, in town to record footage for their all-new DVD collection of random video footage that has to be seen to be believed. In addition to the array of VHS clips, the event will feature an opening program of educational school films from the 1960s and 1970s, curated by Skip Elsheimer of The AV Geeks. The show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are on sale, and can be purchased in advance through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

WNEP's 13th Annual Skald Storytelling Contest @ Straw Dog Theater

WNEP presents the 13th annual Skald storytelling contest tonight at Straw Dog Theater (3829 N. Broadway). This year's contestants are: Amanda Rountree, Dave Goss, Scott Whitehair, Dennis Frymire, Kevin Gladish, GB's own J.H. Palmer, Valentine Soposky, Stephanie Douglas, Regan Davis, and Jamie Buell. Hosted by WBEZ's Steve Edwards. Tickets are $20 and are available online or at the door. Show starts at 8pm.

Cobalt & The Hired Guns @ Metro

Cobalt & The Hired Guns celebrate the release of their new album, Everybody Wins!, with a show tonight at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. How Far Is Austin, Band Called Catch and Midwest Hype open. Tickets are $11 in advance or at the door. 18+

Patrick Somerville reading @ Open Books

Award-winning Chicago author Patrick Somerville (author of Trouble, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, The Cradle and This Bright River) will read from his work at Open Books (213 West Institute Place.) Also reading will be Northwestern MA/MFA fiction writers Victoria Bandt Rau, Emily Ayshford, and Schuyler Dickson, who recently were awarded their Master of Fine Arts degree there. The event begins with a free reception at 5 p.m. For more information visit Open Books.

James Bond 50th anniversary celebration @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a weekend Father's Day program of classic James Bond films. Today and tomorrow the theater will screen four films: Dr. No; From Russia With Love; Live And Let Die; and Octopussy. See the Music Box Website for a full schedule of films. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (733) 871-6604.

Chicago Pizza Fest

Why not devote an entire street fest to one of the city's finest exports? Pizza gets the street fair treatment today and tomorrow, noon-10pm at Wilson and Broadway.

Windy City Gay Idol Finals

The finals for the 2012 Windy City Gay Idol are today at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Watch 12 of the best amateur GLBT singers in Chicagoland compete for the crown. Doors open at 2pm, show starts at 3pm. $10 cover includes one free drink ticket. 21+

Spring Awakening Music Festival

Chicago rings in its first ever all dance music festival and makes EDM--electronic dance music--history by being the first event of its kind to take place inside Soldier Field. This massive two-day event will boast some of the top local and national talent the genre has to offer spread between four stages and two days.

Spring Awakening Music Festival hits Soldier Field and the surrounding grounds June 16 and 17. Things kick off at 1pm each day and wrap up at 11:30pm. Tickets are $120 for a two-day pass and $75 for a single-day pass. Gapers Block has all the tips you need to navigate the festival successfully.

Taste of Randolph Street

Taste of Randolph combines food from area restaurants and music on three stages all weekend, June 15-17, on its namesake Randolph Street from Peoria to Racine. The fun goes from noon to 11pm today. $10 suggested donation.

West Stage:
1pm - Unicycle Loves You
2:45pm - Curbside
4pm - Young Buffalo
6:15 - Empires
8pm - Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Center Stage:
3:30pm - Justin Reed
6pm - Smart Bar DJs

East Stage:
noon - The Gina Knight Orchestra
2pm - Chris Siebold & Psycles
4pm - Stolen Silver
6pm - The Right Now
7:30pm - Math Games with Fareed Haque & Special Guests

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

This weekend marks the first-ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo June 16 and 17. Both days offer panel discussions, workshops and a tabling expo of local, national, and international independent comics artists. The event is free and open to the public from 11am to 6pm at 1104 S. Wabash.

Custer's Last Stand

The 41st annual Custer's Last Stand Festival of the Arts runs today and Sunday, June 16-17 in Evanston between Sherman Avenue and Chicago Avenue from Main Street south to Madison Street. Enjoy music on two stages; browse booths featuring art, fashion, antiques and other collectibles; and sample food from more than 30 restaurants. An "EcoVillage" at Sherman and Main showcases green and organic products and services. Admission is $1, benefiting Piccolo Theatre. The festival is open from 10am to 9pm each day.

Show Stage
11am Native American Dance Troupe
12:30pm - Hurricane Saxophone Quartet
2pm - Kraig Kenning
3pm - Rockin Johnny Blues Band
5:30pm - Corky Siegel

Festival Stage
11am - Evanston School of Rock
1:30pm - Mandy & the Bandits
2:45pm - Ajoite Drummers
4pm - De'Tour Jazz
7pm - Funkadesi

Rews Bazaar @ Rewsters

Rewsters Cafe in Logan Square announces the first of a series of bi-monthly art and craft bazaars. The event takes place from 10am to 6pm and features various artists from around the city, live DJs and a BYO bloody mary bar. This event is free to the public and 18+. More information can be found here.

Artists of the Wall

Artists of the Wall, the annual festival during which Rogers Parkers paint murals on the concrete bench along the lakefront in Loyola Park Beach, is this weekend from 9am to dusk. Free to watch; more details here.

Pop-Up Dinners from Getta Polpetta Food Truck

Getta Polpetta Food Truck is stopping by Heritage Bicycles General Store from noon until 1:30 today at 2959 N Lincoln Ave and then heading over to Koval Distillery from 2-5pm at 5121 N. Ravenswoo for a meatball sandwich and soup pop-up dinner



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