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Thursday, March 30
This weekend is the Love Is Murder XIV: Murder Mystery Writers' Conference at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel (5300 N. River Rd., Rosemont). This is the Midwest's premier mystery/romantic suspense/thriller conference, offering dozens of panel discussions, book signings, and networking and pitching opportunities with Chicago and NYC based publishers, agents and editors. Panels begin today at 9am. Registration is $175-299.
The Randolph Street Market holds an indoor antique fair at Plumber's Hall, 1340 W. Washington St., today and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10, $5 for students.
Dave Eggers, author and notable force behind the literary conglomerate McSweeney's and 826 writing and tutoring centers, will be at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., today from 10am to noon for a meet'n'greet and book signing. Free.
Come celebrate Revolution Brewery's third birthday with nine food/beer pairings, a souvenir tasting glass, and a 22oz specially brewed bottle for the occasion. Come early (1-4pm) or late (5-8pm) to their brewery (3340 N. Kedzie); tickets $50.
Dave Eggers, author and notable force behind the literary conglomerate McSweeney's and 826 writing and tutoring centers, will be at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, this Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2pm. His appearance is for an in-store signing rather than a reading or discussion. The event is free, but get there early as the bookstore will likely fill up.
The Paper Machete this week features readings by Chad Briggs, Dan Granata, Margaret Hicks, Peter Kremidas, Brett Neveu and Christina Slyter, plus music by Abraham Levitan and Todd Hembrook & the Hemispheres. As always, Christopher Piatt hosts. 3pm today at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular, tonight at 7pm. Proceeds benefit Xan Aranda's in-process documentary Mormon Movie. Dance to the records spun by DJs All The Way Kay and Treetop Lover, and win prizes. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 21+
The Museum of Contemporary Art is throwing its annual fundraising benefit, artEdge, on Feb. 2 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event offers guests a decadent evening filled with the romance of the Industrial Age and features a concert by the critically-acclaimed indie pop band, Fitz and the Tantrums.
Attendees will begin their evening with hors d'oeuvres in the Chain-Link Room. They'll then make their way through the Automation Room, Corrugated Room and Chain Room, sampling food from an automated conveyor belt and experiencing live performances curated by Peter Taub, the MCA's Director of Performance Programs.
The event takes place at the MCA Warehouse, 1747 W. Hubbard St. Individual tickets are available for $1,000, which includes the cocktail reception, dinner, dessert reception and concert performance. Table packages begin at $15,000. Concert tickets are available for $150 and include the dessert reception, open bar and concert performance. To purchase tickets, table packages, make reservations, or to inquire about sponsorship, email email@example.com or call (312) 397-3868.
Rockie Fresh headlines tonight at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., along with Chance the Rapper, Mark Battles and R.O.E. Doors are at 7pm, show's at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. 17+
John Malkovich stars in The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, a performance incorporating monologues and musical arias of Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and more to tell the true story of murderer Jack Unterweger, at 8pm tonight and Saturday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $35-75, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.
The PolkaholicsQuenchers, 2401 N. Western Ave., tonight at 9pm. $5 at the door, which gets you a copy of the record, too. 21+
Written by a team of three gay men, one lesbian, and two straight folks, "Same Sex, Different Gays: Musical Tales of Relationships" is a satirical but honest look at the multifaceted world of same-sex relationships. The show opens at the pH Comedy Theater Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9:30pm (preview performances Feb. 2 and 9) and will be performed every Saturday until March 30. Special performance on Feb. 14 at 8pm. Tickets are $15/$10 for students. 1515 W. Berwyn Ave.
pH transforms their Saturday night improv show into an epic comedy battle on Feb. 2 at 11pm, the night before Super Bowl XLVII. The event kicks off with tailgating featuring complimentary food and beverages and a live band. The show will feature a live improv team draft, a special performance of pH's pHrenzy form, and an improvised musical halftime show. Tickets are $12/$10 for students. The pH Comedy Theater is located in Andersonville at 1515 W. Berwyn Ave.