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Friday, March 24
The 2013 Chicago Zine Fest kicks off today with a panel discussion at Columbia College, readings at 826 CHI, and a zine-related game show happening tonight at Quimby's. Full details of the two-day event available at the Chicago Zine Fest Website.
The U of C's new Arts Incubator in Washington Park is having its first big open house from 3pm-6pm at 301 E. Garfield. There will be free tours of the new space, music and a new exhibition, "Feedback." See more on Facebook.
The House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn hosts Kevin Hart's Plastic Cup Boyz, a comedy collective of the stand-up comedian and actor's protégés and writing team. The line-up includes comedians Joey Wells, Na'im Lynn, Will "Spank" Horton and more. Doors open at 6pm, show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $30-$35 and are on sale at the box office or online. For more information, call 312-923-2000.
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.
All three films in the Basket Case horror series screen tonight at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., along with a Q&A with director Frank Henenlotter, a short film, Ghost Cold Water, vendor tables and a performance by the band The Columbines. Tickets are $12, or $5 if you have a ticket to Saturday's Sci-Fi Spectacular. Doors open at 6:30pm, first screening begins at 7pm.
The Chicago Underground Film Festival runs March 6-10 at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tonight's screenings include A Body Without Organs, preceded by the short film In Search of Lost Time, at 6:30pm; a retrospective shorts program at 7pm; Pig Death Machine, preceded by short film Wrest, at 8:30pm; and a collection of short art films at 9pm. Tickets for each program are $7 online or at the door, or get a festival pass for $60.
The Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., hosts the "Fine Art of Fashion: Performance and Runway Show," tonight from 7pm-10pm. Hosted by designer Benjamin Cottrell and classical musician Ani Gogova, the event will feature a runway show with designs from Cottrell's Spring 2013 collection, as well as a musical performance by Gogova. Doors open at 7:45pm; the runway show starts at 8:15pm. Tickets are $15 (General Admission) $30 (VIP); for more information, call 312-566-9800.
DePaul professor and author Francesca T. Royster will read from her new book, Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era, at , 5233 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. Free.
Tonight, kick off Chicago Zine Fest weekend with "Zine, Lose or Draw" at Quimby's, 854 W. North Ave. Neil Brideau, co-organizer of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo and creator of Oh Boy! Comics, hosts a Pictionary-style game with a self-publishing theme. Come mingle with the comics community and check out their spontaneous creations. Starts at 9:30pm. Quimby's is a co-sponsor of the Chicago Zine Fest; complete schedule of the weekend's events here.