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Monday, May 23

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Tour de Fat

New Belgium Brewing's annual Tour de Fat rolls into Chicago today. Registration begins at 9am in Palmer Square, with a parade beginning at 10am followed by music, beer and cycling-related fun until 4pm. Los Amigos Invisibles, The Cleverlys, Mucca Pazza, The Moth storytelling, Yo-Yo People, Sssnakenstein and The Racketeers bicyle troupe perform. Proceeds benefit West Town Bikes. More details on Facebook.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival continues three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Today events run from 11am-10pm on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

The sixth annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest shuts down the intersection of Damen and Belmont today and Sunday. From 11am to 10pm, enjoy hamburgers from 11 area restaurants, plus music and a variety of vendors. $6 suggested donation.

Leavitt Stage:
noon - Red Jr
1:30pm - Up Down Off
3pm - Rego
4:30pm - Scott Lucas & the Married Men
6:35pm - Van Ghost
8:30pm - Rusted Root

Damen Stage:
12:30pm - The Break
2pm - Fletcher Rockwell
3:30pm - Dave Zagar Trio
4:45pm - The Handcuffs
6:15pm - Liquid Soul
8:15pm - Trippin Billies

Fork and the Road: 'Wich Way

Fork and the Road food tours by bike embarks on Wich Way today, visiting three tasty sandwich spots. The 14-mile tour pushes off from the Intelligentsia Millennium Park Coffeebar, 53 E. Randolph St., at 11am, and ends back there at 3:30pm. Tickets are $50.

Chicago Westside Music Festival @ Douglas Park

The Chicago Park District presents the Chicago Westside Music Festival today at 12pm. Held at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave., this free, all-day festival, the first of a three-part series, features music and dance performances by several local artists including the Douglas Park Dancers, jazz and soul band Sidewalk Chalk, hip-hop tap dance sensation M.A.D.D. Rhythms, the Chris Davis Jazztet and much more. For more information call 312-961-2025.

Square Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music and Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce present Square Roots, a new festival of music and craft beer, running Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, on Lincoln Avenue from Montrose to Wilson. Watch a variety of music genres live on multiple stages, sample craft beers from regional brewers, and enjoy food from local restaurants. Suggested donation $10, $5 for seniors and children under 12. The festival is open from noon to 10pm today. See the site for tonight's music lineup.

Sing-Along Mary Poppins @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre present a screening of the classic Disney Film Mary Poppins, with audience participation including sing-along opportunities, a chimney sweep costume contest, and much more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids. The film screens today and tomorrow at 2pm; see the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features Marcus Gilmer, Coya Paz, James Porter, Stephanie Shaw, Dan Telfer, Baron Vaught and Mel Evans, along with host Christophr Piatt. Plus, musical guests will be Drowsy Pills and Hash and My My My. Watch it all for free at 3pm at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago Slam Works Presents "In Any Tongue" @ The Vittum Theater

Chicago Slam Works presents "In Any Tongue," a bilingual poetry event in German and English, at the Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble.) Tickets are $14, $10 for students. For more information visit Chicago Slam Works or call 866-811-4111

Facets Night School: Myra Beckenridge

Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., continues its summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's film is the notoriously bad 1970 film Myra Beckenridge, with Night School regular Dominick Mayer lecturing. Facets Night School runs through August 25. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets website. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.



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