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Friday, February 24
Join curator Julia Gardner at U of C's Regenstein Library (1100 E. 57th St. at 10am for a special tour of their exhibit "Recipes for Domesticity: Cookery, Household Management, and the Notion of Expertise." Cost $3 (free for U of C folks); event sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Chicago.
Learn more about the selection and tasting of wine at this two-day event in the Great Hall of Union Station. Over 250 wines, interactive learning booths, crash courses in types of wine, and entertainment are on the bill. Event is 1-5pm and 7-11pm. Tickets $60.
The Paper Machete this week features stories by JC Aevaliotis, James Finn Garner, Tawny Newsome and Katie Rich, Emily Rose, Stephanie Shaw and Sam Weiner, plus Chad the Bird, cabaret artist Phillip-Michael Scales and musical guests California Wives. It all happens at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+
Caitlin Bergh presents her one woman show, Chunks, on the stage at Powell's Bookstore (2850 N Lincoln). Chunks is a series of funny stories about being yourself, even if you are disgusting. Fresh openers each night. $5, BYOB, show starts at 7:30pm. Saturdays April 20 through May 11.
Computer music pioneer John Bischoff, founder of The League of Automatic Composers and The Hub, performs four of his works as part of Lampo's Winter/Spring season, taking place at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago. Admission is FREE, but RSVP is required. Click here to reserve your ticket. More information, including sound clips and an interview with the performer, at Transmission.
Lucha VaVoom comes to the Vic Theater, 3145 N Sheffield Ave., for "a Cinco de Mayo Spectacular" tonight at 8:30pm. Check out Mexican wrestling and burlesque, enjoy mariachi music and get your picture taken in a Tickets are $24-74. 18+
The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular runs Saturday nights in May at the Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston Ave., at 10:30pm. This full-length spectacular features go-go troupe The Revelettes performing dance numbers inspired by the surf and sci-fi movies of the 1960s, with house band the Reveltones, multi-talented curio-collector host Andy Somma and many special guests, including comedienne Mary Zematis, juggler extraordinaire Brad French, retro singer John Connors, and Vaudevillians the Gentlemen Follies. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the box office. BYOB or hit the concession stand.
Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School,a cult film paired with a discussion of the film, tonight at midnight. Tonight's film is the mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous, paired with a lecture by Facets Night School regular Lauren Whalen. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.