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Sunday, January 22
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce hosts a Fall Dinner Crawl tonight from 6pm to 9pm. Choose between two "routes" with more than a dozen restaurants, each offering a special dish for crawlers. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 day of, and may be picked up at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., or at the Chamber office, 1414 N. Ashland Ave.
The Chicago by the Book reading series brings together the authors of great reads about the city with an adoring audience (this means you, my friend). Discussion is moderated by author and NU prof Bill Savage; book signing to follow. Tonight's author is Liam Ford (Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City). Event runs 6:30-8pm at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive; admission $10.
Mustaches for Kids Chicago, the mustache-growing fundraiser to benefit children's charities, kicks off with a pre-Shaving Day party at the Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., tonight at 7pm. Meet other mustache-growers, learn more about the fundraiser, drink beer and have a good time. Free, 21+
The Music Box Theatre celebrates the DVD release of the LCD Soundsystem final concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits by screening the complete concert (nearly four hours long!) tonight starting at 7:30pm. The Music Box will have advance copies of Shut Up and Play the Hits for sale at the screenin tonight. See the Music Box Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.
ZZ Top's had a long and distinguished career in bluesy rock'n'roll. They've been at it for more than 40 years and are still going strong with entertaining live shows and new material. La Futura is their latest record. ZZ Top headlines the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are $48-103.
Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. The theme this month is "United States of Horror," and featured readers include John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and a special dramatic reading by The Colin & Ishmael Players. Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn host. Free as always; 21+/
Dispatch returns to Chicago for their second North American tour since their nine-year hiatus. They will play two shows at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., though they were originally scheduled to play at the Aragon Ballroom. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $39. 17+.