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Sunday, January 22
Women and Children First present Snoozapalooza, an early morning celebration of Dr. Seuss's book the Sleep Book for children ages 3 and up. Bring your kids to a Saturday morning pajama party with games, snacks, and readings of Dr. Seuss books. Snoozapalooza starts at 9:30am; see the Women and Children First Website for details. Women and Children First: 5233 North Clark Street. (773) 769-9299.
Confit (food that has been immersed in a flavor-enhancing substance) gets center stage at today's cooking class, which runs 10:00am-1:00pm at Alliance Francaise, 54 W Chicago. Admission $70-80 plus a $15 materials fee.
Artisan Market Streeterville runs today and Sunday in the Ryan Family Atrium of Northwestern Hospital's Lurie Medical Center, 303 East Superior St., from 10am to 5pm. Browse more than 50 local artisans, as well as gourmet foods from local stores; view participants on Pinterest. Free.
The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents the latest in their Second Saturday Silent Cinema series. Today's film is the 1928 Buster Keaton film The Cameraman, which will be shown at noon with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott. Full information on the screening and advance tickets are available at the Music Box website.
The MDW Fair, an exhibition of grassroots and independent art culture, returns this weekend, Nov. 9-11, at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St. From noon to 6pm today, explore the fair's 75-plus artists and watch or participate in events and performances. Admission is free.
The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.
Celebrate all things hoppy at this event, which runs in two sessions (1:00-4:30pm and 6:00-9:30pm) today/tonight at the Riverfront Theatre, 650 West Chicago. Your $45 admission gets you your fill of the over 100 craft brewers in attendance; you can also vote for your favorite. Music and food will also be there (to absorb the alcohol and make you dance all funny).
This homage to the legendary Coen Brothers film will take you to Diversey Rock and Bowl (2211 West Diversey) for an evening of bowling, trivia, and a costume contest. Tickets $25-30; event runs 7-11pm.
Dance Slam, Dance Chicago's interactive dance competition, takes place tonight at 8pm at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Watch dance troupes battle it out, then vote on the winner. Tickets are $30 for adults, $22 for students and seniors, $17 for children 12 and under.
This Must Be the Band, an incredibly accurate, talented and entertaining Talking Heads tribute band, plays at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., tonight. TMBTB will recreate the the Talking Heads' famous concert movie Stop Making Sense, which features all of their greatest hits. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are $21, 18+.
Mehran Jalili is a Chicago-based guitarist who once passed up a career in law school to instead travel to Spain and study flamenco guitar. Since then, he has taught flamenco at the Old Town School of Folk Music, as well as release two albums of original music. The most recent of those, Subterranea, introduces flamenco guitar to the '70s psychedelic and progressive rock music he grew up listening to in his youth. Jalili and his band perform at Uncommon Ground on Devon tonight. The show begins at 10pm and is open to all ages. $15 at the door. Uncommon Ground is located at 1401 W. Devon Ave.