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Tuesday, April 25
The Race of the Dead/Carrera de los Muertos takes place in Pilsen and is the UNO Charter School Network’s largest fundraiser for after school programming. Race kicks off at 8am, and decorated sculls go to the age group winners! Costumes encouraged! Learn more and register.
The eighth annual Fall French Market runs Nov. 2-4 at Lycée Français de Chicago, 613 W. Bittersweet Pl. Browse arts, crafts and gourmet foods from around 100 vendors and enjoy French food and music from 10am to 5pm today. Admission is $5.
The 19th annual SOFA Chicago exhibition of "Sculptural Objects and Functional Art and design" runs Nov. 1-4 in Festival Hall on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. View (and purchase, if you've got the money) work by hundreds of arts represented by dozens of galleries from around the world. The show is open from 11am to 7pm today. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.
The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents comedian Michael Colyar's A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the White House...I Knocked on the Door and a Brother Answered, today from 2pm-4:30pm. Colyar, a Chicago native, hosts the screening of his "docu-comedy" that chronicles events in the Obama presidency. Admission is free with a voter's registration card; $10 without. For more information, call 773-233-8307.
The fourth annual Half Acre Charitable Chili Cook-Off benefiting Arts of Life kicks off at 5pm tonight at 2010 W. Carroll Ave. Teams will compete against each other for chili supremacy in both meat and vegetarian categories -- and you get to be the judge. You also get to drink Half Acre beer and eat Black Dog gelato and listen to the Arts of Life Band and the The Kodiak Farm Boys. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Daniel Johnston's playful creativity continues to flow out of him in the form of music and illustration, despite several decades of ups and downs. He has spent the majority of this year tour in support of his first ever comic book, Space Ducks: A Comic Book of Infinite Musical Greatness, which he both wrote and illustrated, along with an accompanying soundtrack of original music. Johnston's tour comes to Chicago tonight at Bottom Lounge. Expect a great merch table. The show is ages 17+ with valid ID. Doors open at 7pm, and local Chicagoans Felix and Lyons open at 8pm. Tickets are $20. Bottom Lounge is located at 1375 W. Lake St. in the West Loop.
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, hosts "Surround Sound of Fashion," tonight at 8pm. This fashion and music showcase will feature a runway competition featuring local models and a concert by chart-topping R&B singer, Miguel. Tickets are $45-$55; for more information, call 312-334-7777.
This event has been postponed until further notice.
The Bicycle Film Festival rolls through town this weekend, Nov. 2-4. Tonight's films screen at the Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's films begin at 9:30pm, and include Brooklyn Rides, Ski Boys, Signature Bis: An Hommage to DJ Mehdi and Line of Sight. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. An afterparty will be held at Mulligan's Pub, 2000 W. Roscoe St., from 11:30pm to 3am. 21+
Come see Chicago native musician Joe Pug at Lincoln Hall tonight, bringing his heady folk ballads for a sure to be enjoyable show. The 21+ concert begins at 10pm, with tickets costing $15. Amy Cook will open the show.
The Music Box Theatre presents a sing-along midnight screening of the 1980 roller disco classic Xanadu, with Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and an ELO soundtrack. Full details and advance tickets are at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.