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Wednesday, January 18
Time Out Chicago hosts its second annual Shop Chicago! Holiday marketplace from 6-9pm in the Sydney R. Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center on 78 E. Washington Street. The marketplace features TOC Shopping Award nominees and winners from 2011 and 2012. Tickets to the marketplace are $8 per person and can be purchased online. The first 200 tickets sold receive a gift bag with items from the participating retailers.
Author Charlotte Pierce-Baker discusses her book This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son tonight at 6pm at the DuSable Museum, 740 E 56th St. Free.
Scrooge & Marley, a modern-day, gay retelling of A Christmas Carol, premieres at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., tonight. The red carpet procession begins at 6:30pm, and the film screens at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with the cast, directors and crew. VIP ticketholders are then welcome to an afterparty at D'Agostino's. Tickets are $12; VIP tickets are $125. (There's also a $250 Gold VIP that gets you into a pre-screening dinner at Freda's.)
Cultural historian Lori Rotskoff and gender expert Deborah Siegel discuss Free to Be... You and Me in honor of the seminal children's book's 40th anniversary tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free; details here.
CHIRP, the Chicago Independent Radio Project, celebrates the launch of its new website tonight at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Enjoy live music by Outer Minds, Summer Girlfriends, Heavy Times and Sidecar Static; CHIRP DJs spin between sets. More details on Facebook. $12 in advance or at the door. Doors open at 8pm. 21+
Milwaukee's Trapper Schoepp is just 22 years old, but writing songs beyond his years. Sometimes it sounds like he's channeling the Rolling Stones at their most roots/countryish. And other times he's more in the Justin Townes Earle range. A new record with his band, the Shades, Run, Engine, Run, runs the gamut of rock genres that he's exploring and hinting at what's still to come from this young talent. Trapper Schoepp & the Shades open for Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St. The show's $12, 18+ and starts at 8pm.
Local rockers The Canoes bring their folk-informed take on garage rock to Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, to celebrate the release of their new LP, Slim Century. Joining them will be Tom Schraeder and local power-poppers Mooner, who will each be debuting new releases of their own. Hospital Gardens open. Tickets are $8 or free with RSVP when buying online before 5pm (limit of one), link here. Doors at 9pm, 21+.
Canadian-born songwriter Al Spx brings her own brand of "doom soul" to Schuba's tonight as Cold Specks. The 23-year-old's debut album, I Predict a Graceful Explosion received a nomination for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize in Canada. Tickets are $12. Está Vivo opens at 9pm. Schuba's is located at 3159 N. Southport Ave.