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Saturday, January 21
The Hideout (1354 West Wabansia) holds its Soup and Bread weekly fundraiser tonight from 5:30-8pm (or until the soup runs out). Local chefs and foodies prepare a selection of soups for your casual slurping from the bar's crock pots, with (encouraged) donations going to a local food-related charity. This year each week has a theme, and tonight's is "Chicago vs. Chicago." The Drive-Thru staff will be one of the chefs, so you know you'll have to show! Event is age 21+, but children can be admitted if accompanied by an adult.
America's most talented high school seniors will play in the McDonald's All-American Game at the United Center, 1901 W Madison. In the girls' game, the West Team will feature Whitney Young senior guard Linnae Harper. Simeon's Jabari Parker will also suit up for the West in the boys' game. Girls tip off at 6pm, boys around 8:30. Tickets range from $10 to $132.
Cafe Society hosts a "Persepolis party" tonight at 6pm in the HumanThread Center on the fifth floor of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St. Come talk about the book and Chicago Public Schools' attempt to remove it from schools. Free.
The Chicago Improv Festival runs April 1-7 at a variety of venues throughout the city. See the schedule for a list of tonight's shows, workshops and other events, or view a list of everything. Each show is ticketed separately.
Reading Under the Influence (RUI) features readings of original short stories plus short-short excerpts of published work related to a theme of the month (The Transmogrifier) with trivia contests where you can win books and other prizes. The event is in the back-back room off the courtyard patio at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Grab a seat and at bite to eat at 7 p.m.; readings start at 7:30 p.m.
This month features Chicago writers: Melinda McIntire ("Solo In The 2nd City" co-founder), Shannon Cason (The MOTH Story Slam All-city Champion), Michael Meyer (David Friedman Award Winner) and C.J. Arellano (creator of the comedy web-series, "The Pathetic.")
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