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Friday, July 10

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Chicago Bike Swap

The Chicago Bike Swap takes place today from 10am to 5pm in the UIC Physical Education Building, 901 W. Roosevelt Rd. Dozens of vendors sell bikes, parts, equipment and accessories. Admissionis $10, or free for UIC students and members of the Active Transportation Alliance. Kids 12 and under get in free.

Sci-Fi Spectacular @ Portage

Terror in the Aisles presents Sci-Fi Spectacular 7, a 24-hour sci-fi movie marathon, at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. starting at noon today and ending at noon on Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; under 12 and over 65 pay just $10.

Eye Spy Optical March Madness Makeover Party

Eye Spy Optical, 3350 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts a "March Madness Makeover Party today from noon to 4pm. Get unconventional makeup tips from Sky Cubacub and check out jewelry from Hunter Gatherer. Free.

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

TIF Forum in Englewood

Resident Matters presents "Let's Talk TIFs," a public forum on TIF funding and how it works, at Mt. Nebo Church, 354 W. 71st St., today from 1 to 3pm. Tom Tresser, founder of the Civic Lab and TIF Illumination Project, speaks. Free. More details on Facebook.

Housing Matters @ DePaul Art Museum

AREA Chicago hosts the discussion "Housing Matters: Gentrification, Detention and the Foreclosure Crisis in Chicago" at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., today from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at the next issue of AREA, which covers housing issues. Free.

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The Chicago Underground Film Festival runs March 6-10 at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tonight's screenings include a restrospective shorts program at 3pm; Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis at 6pm; a short film program at 7pm; A Band Called Death at 8pm; The Day of Two Noons, preceded by The Sight, The Creation as We Saw It and Corn Mother, at 9pm; and a collection of short films at 10pm. Tickets for each program are $7 online or at the door, or get a festival pass for $60.

Kevin Budnik @ Challengers Comics

Tonight, Kevin Budnik will be at Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave. He'll be signing copies of his daily comic Our Ever Improving Living Room. Budnik

Jukebox the Ghost @ Metro

Jukebox the Ghost headlines tonight at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., with Matt Pond and The Lighthouse & The Whaler opening. Tickets are $16. Doors open at 6pm, show's at 7pm. All ages.

Chameleon Street @ The Black House

The Black House, 6901 S. Dorchester, presents a screening of Chameleon Street, tonight at 7pm. The 1989 film, written by and starring William Douglas Street, is the story of a man who re-invents himself in "chameleon-like" ways. A post-discussion about the film's impact on black cinema, led by Michael B. Gillespie, Assistant Professor of Film at Ohio University, follows the screening. Free; RSVP to is required.

Standing in the Shadows of Love @ Christ Universal Temple

Christ Universal Temple 11901 S. Ashland, presents Standing in the Shadows of Love, tonight at 7pm; the stage play, produced by Chicago's own Tracie Armour-Adetunji and starring Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday, Christopher Williams (New Jack City) Tommy Ford ("Martin,") and singers and Chicago natives Terisa Griffin and Dave Hollister, is the story of a family's troubles due to wrongful imprisonment. Tickets are $35-$60; for more information, call 773-568-2282.

Concert for Change

Chicago's Citizens for Change hosts its first Concert for Change tonight at 7pm at Goose Island's Wrigleyville brewpub, 3535 N. Clark St. Musical acts include Radium Wild, Wait, What? and Scott Porter. Tickets are $10 before 9pm and $15 after.

Triple Threat Film Fest @ Patio Theater

The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd., hosts the Triple Threat Film Fest tonight from 7pm to midnight, featuring three films by director Albert Pyun: Nemesis, the director's cut of Cyborg and the Chicago premiere of Road to Hell, the follow-up to Streets of Fire. Pyun and producer and screenwriter of Road to Hell Cynthia Curnan will be in attendance. Tickets are $12.

Nick Offerman @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents an appearance by Nick Offerman, who will be screening his new film Somebody Up There Likes Me tonight at two times, 7:30pm and 9:45pm. Advance tickets for these screenings are available at the Music Box Website; the film continues to screen at the Music Box through the following week. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The After Party Show @ Studio Be

In an intimate "after party" setting, this show features a blend of musicians, comedians, dancers, singers and variety performers. The After Party Show runs Saturdays at Studio Be (3110 N. Sheffield Ave.) until March 30, with two different shows each night, beginning at 10pm and 11:30pm. The show is BYOB and tickets are $12 or $20 for both.



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