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Thursday, March 23
Today at 9am, Susanin's Auctions (900 S. Clinton) is holding its February auction, which includes antique and mid-century furniture, paintings, prints, sculpture, chocolate molds, porcelain, glass, silver, rugs and carpets, Inuit and Native American pottery and carvings, Asian art, as well as some decorative art. Preview runs all week long (Monday, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 15) from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. Visit susanins.com or call 312-832-9800 for more information. Admission is free.
Shop and shake out the valentine sillies at Dank Haus (4740 N. Western), which hosts the Vintage Bazaar's pop-up market from 10-5 today. Vintage goods, sundries, and fun await you. Free.
If you are part of the masses that have been tempted to go whole hog, (pun intended) on urban agriculture, who have book-marked Williams-Sonoma's entire agrarian section, head over to the Garfield Park Conservatory this Saturday between 10am and 1pm for Chicago's first ever FREE Urban Livestock Expo. Truth be told the folks here have a much more realistic (financially and logistically) way of bringing livestock into your very own back yard.
Check the Advocates for Urban Agriculture's website for more details.
Author Ben Hellwarth reads from and discusses his new book, Sealab: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor, tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Free.
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 Friday and tonight at 8pm and 10pm.
It's Dre Day at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 9pm. Psalm One and Rich Jones host an evening of West Coast hip hop featuring a Dr. Dre beat set by Max & Pore, Nate Dogg yribute by Wes Resteless, and sets by DJ Intel, Maker, DJ Trew, DJ Big Once, DJ Pickel and Kool Hersh. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 21+
Head over to the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., tonight at 10pm for CLLAW XV, and take in some pressed-flesh competition. Tickets are just $25, which gets you in to cheer on the brash beauties of the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, and offer your future special someone a cocktail at the three-hour open bar ($10 without the drink package). Your heart will throb as you root on the likes of Lumberjack Jill as she looks to defend her title. A portion of the CLLAW XV proceeds will benefit Girls Rock! Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering girls' creative expression, positive self-esteem and community awareness through rock music.