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Thursday, April 27
A Personal Project Show gives audiences the opportunity to peek into the personal worlds of 13 Chicago artists. The show features photography and paintings completed by artists for their own personal purposes, and not for commercial use. The event offers fine art, music, and drinks, and it's FREE tonight from 6-11 p.m. at Defibrillator Gallery, 1136 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 60642.
The Chicago Arts District's monthly Second Fridays neighborhood-wide open house is tonight, centered around 18th and Halsted streets. Dozens of galleries and studios are open starting at around 6pm, with many artists selling work. Free.
Abraham Levitan and Brian Costello host Shame That Tune, a live comedy game show featuring diaries, interviews and spontaneously-composed songs, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., at 6:30pm tonight. $5 at the door. 21+
Sons of the Silent Age, a David Bowie tribute band whose members include Matt Walker, Chris Connelly and special guest Shirley Manson of Garbage, headlines The Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight for a benefit concert for the Pablove Foundation and Rock For Kids. Opening are the Waco Brothers as T.Rex and Death on the Autobahn performing as Kraftwerk. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day-of. Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm. All ages.
Architecture for Humanity holds a "Holiday Hangover" party tonight from 6:30 to 9:30pm at DIRTT Showroom, 325 N. Wells St., 10th Floor. Enjoy food, drinks and Garrette's popcorn, and learn about the launch of AFH's ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Transportation, as well as other planned projects. Tickets are $15 in advance ($12 for members and students), $20 at the door.
The Chicago Photographic Center celebrates the art of tattoo through photography with its January 2013 exhibit, TATTOO II. The show, which is open from Jan. 11 to 27, features photographs illustrating the entire tattooing process. The opening reception for TATTOO II takes place at the Chicago Photographic Center, 3301 N. Lincoln Ave., from 7 to 9pm. There will be optimum entertainment on site, including a tattoo artist giving temporary tattoos and a performance by the Movements of Magic.
The 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival runs Jan. 3-20 at the Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., and the Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave. Tonight's performances are 2nd Story at 7pm and Tellin' Tales Theatre with Tekki Lomnicki at 8:30pm at Lifeline, and enSOLO at 7pm and Kim Morris at 8:30pm at Heartland Studio. Tickets for each show are $10, or buy a festival pass for $30.
Learn how to make potato pancakes the right way this evening at Dank Haus, 4740 North Western. Admission $16.
The 12th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, aka Sketchfest, runs Jan. 3-13 at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Four stages feature four shows apiece at 8, 9, 10 and 11pm tonight; see the full schedule for details. Tickets to each show are $14, or purchase a Friday night pass for $40.