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Thursday, March 30
Navy Pier's Odyssey cruise liner offers a special way to enjoy Thanksgiving with your family. Hop aboard the luxury ship for a traditional buffet as it floats around the city's beautiful skyline on Lake Michigan. Tickets to the afternoon lunch cruise at 2:30pm are $49.90 per adult and $29.95 per child (ages 3-12). Tickets to the dinner cruise, which also features a live performance, are $69.90 per adult and $41.95 per child (ages 3-12).
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Holiday Art Sale is today and tomorrow, Nov. 18 & 19, in the MacLean Center Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. Shop for student-made original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, jewelry, fashion and more from 11am to 7pm today. Free.
The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show runs Nov. 16-18 on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Sample confections from more than 100 vendors. Admission is $25 for adults (including 15 sample tickets), $10 for children (including five sample tickets). VIP tastings are also available. The festival runs from noon to 10pm today.
New Chicago-based label Stayposi Records showcases the latest additions to its roster tonight at the Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. The Captain Hates The Sea, This Is Our Year, Lights Over Bridgeport and Our Heroic Downfall perform. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm, first band's on at 6pm. All ages.
Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., hosts its monthly open studio tonight from 6pm to 8pm. View art on two floors by CAB artists; work by guest artists will be shown in the lobby and mid-lobby galleries. The SamichBox food truck will be outside serving up sandwiches. Preview the show on Art Slant.
The Chicago Food Film Festival goes Sconnie Style tonight with a Milwaukee-style fish fry at Kendall College (900 N Branch); to wash down the grub, you'll see a slew of paired films, such as a documentary about fish fries, sweet potato pie, and pickles. Event begins at 6:30pm; tickets $55-75.
A special benefit edition of WRITE CLUB, the world's greatest competitive readings series, takes place tonight at Hamburger Mary's (5400 N. Clark) Tonight's verbal contenders are: Miles Harvey (representing "trial") vs Ian Belknap ("error"); Ellen Pinkham ("public") vs Jim DeWan ("private"); and Noelle Krimm ("art") vs Jenny Magnus ("science"). $35 per ticket or $60 for two -- includes a cocktail and appetizers. All proceeds to benefit Friends of Stone Academy, a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for Stone Scholastic Academy, a Chicago Public School. Starts at 7pm. For more info visit WRITE CLUB.
Charity and cowboys get together for the 6th annual Cheers! for Mercy fundraising event hosted by the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls Junior Board tonight at The Pony Inn (1638 W. Belmont). For just $40 in advance ($45 at the door) enjoy unlimited well drinks and domestic bottles from 7-10pm, a delicious selection of appetizers, music, raffle prizes and networking. All proceeds from this event support the Legacy of Learning campaign at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Advance tickets can be purchased here. Giddy up!
The beloved and timeless band The Monkees will perform at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., tonight as one of 12 stops on their first tour together since 1997. They will perform as a trio in light of Davy Jone's death earlier this year. Tickets range from $63-78. The show starts at 8pm.
The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Henry Rollins in a three-night "The Long March" tour series of spoken word shows. The shows take place each night at 8pm in the school's main performance hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $26, $24 for members and $22 for seniors and children, available in advance from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.
Soul Summit Chicago, the monthly dance party and reunion of soul DJ's at Wicker Park's Double Door, hosts live music from the Menahan Street Band tonight. In addition to working as the house band for Dunham Records, a sublabel of the soul revivalist Daptone Records, the Menahan Street Band has released two albums of their own tight, instrumental soul and funk. Tickets are $10. DJ sets from Soul Summit DJs begin at 9pm. Double Door is located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
LTJ Bukem headlines at Smartbar, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight, with MC Armanni, Stunna and DJ the Tornado opening. Doors open at 10pm. Admission is $12 before midnight, $15 after. 21+
The Music Box Theatre and Drafthouse Films present a very special midnight movie this weekend: Miami Connection, a 1987 motorcycle ninja rock drugs film that appears as amazing as it sounds. Miami Connection screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. See the Music Box Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.
The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents what must be the ultimate sing-along experience: R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet", in a special midnight screening tonight only. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box website.