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Thursday, August 6

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Blue Line Coffee Crawl

Caffentures leads a Blue Line Coffee Crawl this morning at 9am. You'll hit three to four coffee shops on the tour, sampling three coffees at each location. Cost is $30.

Randolph Street Market

The Randolph Street Market is this weekend, Aug. 25-26 at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington St. Browse antiques from more than 200 dealers inside and outside the hall from 10am to 6pm today -- and this year there's also a vinyl record swap meet, gourmet food market and "global goods bazaar." Admission is $8 in advance online, $10 at the door ($3/$5 for students).

Bucktown Arts Fest

The 27th annual Bucktown Arts Fest runs 11am to 7pm today and Sunday at Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2228 N. Oakley Ave. Browse the work of several dozen artists, enjoy live music and theatre performances, take a workshop and more. Admission is free; donations accepted.

Lillstreet Fall Open House

Lillstreet Arts Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., holds its fall open house today from noon to 4pm. Explore the center's classroom spaces, artists' studios, gallery and more. Workshops will be given throughout the day; see the event page for a scheduleFree.

2nd Annual Food Truck Social

Food trucks, music acts and people who live those food trucks gather again for the second annual Food Truck Social on Chicago Avenue between Wood and Wolcott. The event starts at noon and goes until 10pm today and Sunday. More details here.

18x24 Gig Poster Pop-Up

Rational Park, 2557 W. North Ave., hosts "18x24," a gig poster pop-up shop, today and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Browse and purchase concert posters made by printmakers from around the Midwest.

Rock & Roll Pig Roast @ Standard Bar & Grill

A great meeting of minds will occur today when meat-lovers, vegetarians, beer-lovers, and music fans get together at The Standard Bar & Grill, 1332 N. Milwaukee Ave., for the second annual Rock and Roll Pig Roast. Just $15 at the door gets you food including roasted pork, veggies and sides. Beer specials will flow, dogs will be welcomed, and over 10 bands will play from 12:30pm to 10pm, rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Rock for Kids, which brings music education to kids in Chicago. Bands include Secret Colours, Sybris, Bully in the Hallway, and more! Learn more and download a free mixtape. All ages.

The Paper Machete at the Horseshoe

This week, The Paper Machete brings you a "legitimate" language lesson for Rep. Todd Akin courtesy of Sam Irby, Chad The Bird serves up the Avian Op-Ed Report, The Embraceables spin some sweet tunes and more! Saturday at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln, 3 p.m., free!

Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference @ Orrington Hotel

This weekend is the third annual Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference. Billed as the Midwest's only multi-genre writer's conference, it features workshops on topics such a memoir writing, publishing tips, writing a synopsis and finding the time to write. Featured speakers cover a range of genres including nonfiction, romance, thriller, science fiction/fantasy, horror and graphic novels. Orrington Hilton, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, August 24 through 26. Click here for registration information and pricing.

WCR All-Stars vs. Denver

The Windy City Rollers' roller derby travel teams, the WCR All-Stars and Second Wind, take on Denver's Mile High Club and Bruising Altitude tonight at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave. First bout starts at 6pm sharp. Tickets are $20-35, available online or at the box office. Details here.

Here's To The Red, Black, & Green @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "Here's To The Red, Black, & Green," tonight from 7pm-9pm. The performance, held in conjunction with the museum's "Word, Shout, Song" exhibit, features famed Chicago spoken word artists and HBO "Def Poetry Jam" staples Red Storm, Triple Blak, and M'Reld Green. Tickets are $5-$10; for more information, call 773-947-0600.

Dear Landlord @ Subterranean

Dear Landlord is half-Copyrights/half-Rivethead, so the frenetic punk that they produce shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. They'll headline Subterranean. Murderburgers and Flamingo Nosebleed (yes, those are great names) open. The show's all ages, $10 and starts at 8pm. (How they expect to be done by curfew is anyone's guess.) Subterranean's at 2011 W. North Ave.

Panic! @ Darkroom

The Britpop/indie dance party Panic puts on their last event at Darkroom. Panic's home for the last six and a half years is closing and it is sure to be a blowout with resident DJs Pogo and Arturo playing the jams. Brad Owen is the guest DJ. Panic's free before 11PM, $8 after that. Darkroom's at 2210 W Chicago.

Facets Night School: Scumbabies

Facets Cinematheque concludes 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 award-winning horror movie musical Scumbabies. There will be an 11pm reception before the screening, and the film's director, Facets Night School regular Joseph R. Lewis, will be in attendance. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

 

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