Dose Market returns with a Valentine's edition today from 10am to 4pm at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St. Shop among dozens of vendors offering fine art, crafts and gourmet foods. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 13 are free.
Trouble in Mind Records serves up a musical brunch at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave., today starting at 10:30am. Listen to new albums by Maston and Jacco Gardner, enjoy a live set by Mikal Cronin, and snack on treats from Bang Bang Pie Shop and Goose Island. More details on Facebook. Free.
Chicago romance authors get together to talk sex, love and romance in the city tonight at 7pm in the back room at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Authors Beth Kery, Julie James, Julie Ann Walker, Jennifer Stevenson, Adrienne Giordano, Kate Meader and Shannyn Schroeder will read from her book and participate in a Q&A. Free, but registration is requested. 21+
Curious to hear Beck's latest album -- the one that's just sheet music? Magic Box will perform the album tonight at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, with special guests Ingrid Graudins, Steve Frisbie, Dave Ramont and Dave Nelson. Tickets are $12-22. Doors open at 7pm. All ages.
Come out to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., for the February edition of That's All She Wrote, the live lit series co-produced by GB staffer J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. TASW is a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Kate Harding, Kevin Gladish, Melinda McIntire and Scott Whitehair. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.