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Sunday, January 22
The OfficeMax Hockey City Classic is coming to Soldier Field this weekend. Outdoor college ice hockey is coming to Soldier Field for the first time. The doubleheader will feature four of the nation's premier men's college ice hockey programs. The puck drops Sunday, Feb 17 at noon when Notre Dame faces off against Miami University, followed immediately by Minnesota vs. Wisconsin at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tickets are valid for both games and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.
Tonight Gilda's Club Chicago will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary with and open house and comedy performance by Second City. Celebration starts at 5pm at their main clubhouse at 537 N. Wells St. Open to the public.
AREA Chicago celebrates the opening of two art exhibits at Art In These Times,
2040 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor, from 6 to 9pm tonight Encampments, Occupations and Tent Cities examines historic actions such as the Fayette County Tent City, the occupations of Alcatraz and the Mad Houser hut cities. Espacios Ocupados: Defining 99% features work from contemporary Caribbean, Latin American and Latino artists that explores shifting cultural identities in a post-Occupy world. Free.
The Music Box presents a two week festival of 70mm movies. Titles range from the classic (2001: A Space Odyssey) to the modern (P.T. Anderson's The Master) to the trashy (Lifeforce). The full schedule of films has been posted at the Music Box Website; tickets are available for individual movies, or you may purchase a full festival pass for $70. Music Box: 3753 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.
Shop and shake out the valentine sillies at Dank Haus (4740 N. Western), which hosts the Vintage Bazaar's pop-up market tonight from 7-10pm (and tomorrow from 10-5). Tonight is a special ticketed event; your $20 admission gets you first crack at vintage goods and delights along with tacos from Big Star, puffs from (what else) Puffs of Doom, drinks from Scofflaw, a photo booth and DJs.
The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th St., presents "Art, Wine and Entertainment," tonight from 7pm-10pm. The event will feature an exhibits tour including "Geoffrey & Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements" and Gallery Guichard's "Shooting Stars," as well as spoken word, live visual art demonstrations, and music from the Afrobeat, soul and house genres. Tickets are $10; for more information, call 773-947-0600 x290.
Tonight, the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., welcomes Rosie Schaap, reading from Drinking With Men. Schaap is a contributor to the "This American Life" radio show and npr.org and writes the monthly "Drink" column for the New York Times. Reading starts at 7pm.
The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., presents comedian and actor Sinbad ("A Different World," "Resurrection Blvd.") tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $29.50-49.50; for more information, call 800-745-3000.
DJs Kriz Baronia (Chris Baronner), STV SLV (Steve Reidell) and M.R. (Mat Rucins) present Stay Smooth XVIII, the annual celebration of '70s and '80s gold, starts out at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 8pm, where the party will embark for Fleetwood Roller Rink in Summit for skate party. Tickets are $40. 21+
The Lincoln Lodge, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago's favorite stand up comedy show now in its 13th year, presents Rory Scovel. Scovel recently had his first "Comedy Central Presents," has been seen on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "The John Oliver Show," "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Conan." Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Shows are tonight and Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.