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Friday, December 9
The One of a Kind Show runs Dec. 6-9 in the Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. More than 600 artists from around the world display and sell their art, jewelry, clothing, houswares and more, including an Etsy vendor corral. There's also a program of workshops, fashion shows and music. The show is open from 11am to 8pm today. Tickets are $12, $9 for seniors over 65.
Energy BBDO's last Creative Salon of the year features Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, today at 4pm in the agency's offices, 410 N. Michigan Ave. Free.
Trunk Club, the "personalized clothing service for men," hosts a Holiday Shopping Event at its headquarters, 325 W. Ohio St., tonight from 6 to 9pm and Dec. 3 from 10am to 3pm. Shop for Trunk Club inventory in person, as well items from vendors including Perchance, Dana Rebecca Designs, Shred415, Belly Dance Maternity, Berco's Popcorn and Vosges Haute-Chocolate. Restaurant 25 Degrees will serve snacks. The first 400 customers will receive complimentary gift bags.
Lambda Legal's annual holiday mixer, Holidays on Ice, is tonight from 6 to 9pm at The Downtown Bar and Lounge, 440 N. State St. Mingle with LGBT professionals while enjoying appetizers and a hosted bar sponsored by Smirnoff Vodka. Tickets are $20.
This pop-up market (and benefit for Fresh Moves) features vendors hawking food and other holiday gifts and goods as you snack on treats from places such as Hot Chocolate, Old Town Social and Bang Bang Pie. Event runs 6-10pm at Room 1520, 1520 W Fulton. Tickets $5.
Science on the Screen, a new film and discussion series sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, screens A Beautiful Mind tonight at 6pm in room 201 of the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., followed by a discussion of the film with Dr. Michael Marcangelo, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Roger Myerson, Nobel laureate and professor of Economics, and moderator Robert Rosenberg, adjunct associate professor of Entrepreneurship. Admission is $7, $5 with student ID.
The Post Family mounts a one-night-only exhibition of Beauties & Beasties, a series of mask-like automatic drawings by Rick Valicenti, tonight from 6 to 9pm in the Post Family Studio, 1821 W. Hubbard St. #202.
Young Chicago Authors presents the Chicago Annual of Style, a performance and benefit event, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight from 7 to 10pm. Kevin Coval emcees an evening of spoken word, dance -- featuring styles ranging from stepping to breaking to footworking -- and music, featuring DJ Itch and the O'My's. Tickets are $50/$30 for students and teachers; Experience tickets are $125 for two and include reserved balcony seating and a copy of the Louder Than a Bomb DVD. Doors open at 6pm
Doc Films screens 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at 7pm and Kung Fu Hustle at 9:30pm tonight in University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Admission to each film is $5.
Story Club holds a holiday-themed storytelling night in the back room at Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight. Featured readers include Monte LaMonte, Stoop Style Stories co-host Lily Be and Kendra Stevens. Open mic sign-up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 7:45pm. $5 suggested donation. 21+