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Friday, February 12
Chef and gastro-god Grant Achatz talks about the philosophy behind his work this morning from 10 to 11am in the auditorium of Francis Parker school, 2233 N Clark. Tickets $5-15. Event sponsored by Chicago Humanities Festival. UPDATE: This event is sold out.
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 11am to 4pm 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 noon to 6pm today. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.
Learn more about the widening universe of chocolate varieties and purveyors today at Francis Parker School, 2233 N Clark, from noon to 4pm. Discussions and samples await you! Event is part of the Chicago Humanities Festival; admission $5-15.
The Bicycle Film Festival rolls through town this weekend, Nov. 2-4. Tonight's films screen at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. There will be two programs, at 5pm and 7pm, followed by an afterparty with GoldSprints in the lounge at 9pm. Tickets for each program are $10; buy them online here: 5pm, 7pm.
Here's the Story presents unscripted, old-fashioned storytelling -- as well as a potluck -- the first Sunday of every month at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight's show features Tara DeFrancisco, Caitlin Bergh, Robert Brown, Tom Wolferman and Cory O'Brien, plus five readers who sign up at the show. The potluck starts at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Admission is $5 or free if you bring food.
You, Me, Them, Everybody does their monthly live talk show tonight at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon host, with guests Vocalo radio host Molly Adams and political satirist Joe McAdam, and
music from Tiny Firefliesand house band Rock Falls. Details on Facebook. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 9pm. No cover. 21+