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Saturday, April 21

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Educators Open House and Artists Showcase @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents its annual Educators Open House and Artists Showcase today from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Educators and instructors are invited to attend this event to learn about the museum's upcoming exhibits and programs, along with tours, demonstrations, and performances showcasing its cultural arts outreach program, "Making History Come Alive Through the Arts." Free; RSVP required. For more information, contact 773-947-0600 x242 or

Chicago Forward: Women's Health

The Tribune presents a conversation about women's health as part of its Chicago Forward series tonight at 6pm at the Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St. Editorial page editor Bruce Dold and health reporter Julie Deardorff co-moderate a panel discussion on personal and consumer health concerns, health care policy and efforts in the Chicago area to affect change with Colleen Fitzgerald, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; Lauren Streicher, M.D., assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine; Donna Thompson, CEO of ACCESS Community Health Network; and Annabelle Volgman, M.D., senior attending physician at Rush University Medical Center and professor of medicine at Rush Medical College. Tickets are $15.

Soup & Bread @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Soup & Bread holds a special soup night at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., tonight from 6pm to 8pm. Soup makers include West Town Tavern, Mana Food Bar, City Provisions, Inspiration Kitchens and GB's own Cinnamon Cooper, who will be serving their creations throughout the Conservatory, stationed near key ingredients in their soups. $5 suggested donation benefits the Conservatory and the neighborhood group Breakthrough Urban Ministries.

Sommelier Smackdown @ Spiaggia

Alpana Singh and her sommelier colleagues (among them Shebnem Ince of the Gage and Henri and Aaron Sherman of the Girl and the Goat) host an evening of food and wine pairings that will likely be out of this world--in fact, the theme of the evening is Old World versus New World, with two competitors on each dish, battling it out for the best selection. Tickets $195; event begins at 6:30pm and is at Spiaggia Private Events, 980 N Michigan. Part of the proceeds benefit the Cancer Research Foundation.

Damien Echols @ Logan Square Auditorium

One of the West Memphis Three talks about his recent memoir Life After Death with Chicago Mag's Selena Fragrassi tonight at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, at 7pm. Tickets $5. Sponsored by City Lit Books.

Nas & Ms. Lauryn Hill @ Congress Theater

Hip-hop artists Nas and Lauryn Hill bring their Life Is Good/Black Rage tour to the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight. Tickets are $49.50. The show starts at 7:30pm, 17+.

Kathryn Born Book Release @ Women and Children First

Journalist and author Kathryn Born celebrates the release of her novel, The Blue Kind, with a reading and book-signing tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free.

South Side Story Club

Story Club takes its show to the Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight. The evening's featured storytellers include Moth GrandSLAM champion Stephanie Douglass, Stoop Style Stories co-host Lily Be and actor/ctoryteller Erin Kahoa. Open mic sign-up starts at 8pm, show starts at 8:15pm. $5 suggested donation.



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