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Thursday, April 27
Thiago Vasquez is performing at the Instituto Cervantes tonight Friday, October 4th at 7PM.
Thiago is a world-class guitarist and composer who has worked with some of Spain's most renowned flamenco artists and this is his Chicago debut.
You can find more information here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/461731
Additionally, Thiago will be teaching flamenco guitar group and private lessons throughout the month of October.
The Music Box Theatre welcomes actor Nick Offerman, as he promotes his new book Paddle Your Own Canoe. He will be at the Music Box this evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website.
Pilot Light, a non-profit organization, pairs chefs with Chicago Public Schools to teach and encourage kids how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The organization hosts its first fundraiser today at Publican Quality Meats (825 W Fulton Market). Chefs cooking include Jason Hammel of Lula Café, Sarah Mispagel of Nightwood, and Paula Haney and Allison Stout of Hoosier Mama Pie Company, among several others. Event begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $175.
The West Town Art Walk runs tonight and Saturday. Check out works by local artists in shops and galleries along Chicago Avenue from Milwaukee to Western -- PDF map here. The walk runs from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Free.
The Reader hosts its first annual Fall Cocktail Challenge tonight at State & Lake in theWit Hotel, 201 N. State St., from 6 to 8:30pm. More than 20 mixologists compete to create the most creative and delicious fall-inspired cocktail. Sample all of them, as well as complimentary wine from City Winery and Virtue cider. Tickets are $40. 21+
Magic is the theme at this month's First Fridays at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., tonight from 6pm to 11pm. See performances by magicians Dennis Watkins, Eugene Burger, David Kovac, Sean Masterson, Alba and Benjamin Barnes, plus short films by Christy LeMaster, psychedelia spun by DJ Plastic Crimewave and live music by Girl Group Chicago. Admission is $14 in advance, $18 at the door; $10 for MCA members.
The Interview Show returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This month, host Mark Bazer talks with artist Hebru Brantley, writer/editor/inventor of rotisserie baseball Daniel Okrent, playwright Noah Haidle, and journalist Mick Dumke. The Precious Moments are the musical guest. $8 at the door. 21+
Funds raised through The Art of Human Rights support Heartland Alliance's work to ensure that everyone has a roof over their head, access to health care, the opportunity to earn income to support themselves and their families, and to be treated fairly and with justice.
Reception: Friday, Oct. 4 • 7-10pm
at Palette & Chisel 1012 N Dearborn Chicago, IL 60610
Microbrews are all the rage these days, especially in our fair city. And if there's anything more certain than death and taxes, it's beer and God. Well, at least at St. Matthias school hall at 4910 North Claremont Avenue this particular evening. Come join Friends of the Craft, and for just $35 you can enjoy samplings from Half Acre, Begyle, Lake Effect to name a few. You'll thank the good Lord you did.
Tre's, 1526 E. 63rd St., presents "Poetry, Comedy and Culture," an evening of spoken word, music, performance art, and stand-up comedy performed by local Chicago artists. Doors open at 6:30pm, show time is at 7:30pm; tickets are $15-$25. For more information, visit The Chocolate Movement page on Facebook.
The Ravenswood Art Walk hosts its opening reception and artist salon tonight from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the Ravenswood Event Center Showroom, 4025 N Ravenswood Ave., featuring local craft beer, wine and food from Ravenswood area restaurants. Bid on a silent auction featuring work from Chicago artisans, and enjoy live music. $10 admission includes a souvenir Art Walk glass.
Girl in a Coma play the Tickets are $12. 21+
The Music Box Theatre presents its first documentary film festival, Docs at the Box. The festival runs for one week starting this evening, and will include such anticipated films as Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie, the George Plimpton biography Plimpton!, and the new Kartemquin film The Trials of Muhammad Ali. A full schedule and advance tickets for the festival are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.