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Monday, April 15

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Open House Chicago

Dozens of architecturally significant buildings, architecture firms and studios throughout the city will be open for tours this weekend during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual Open House Chicago. See a list of locations here. All are free, but some require CAF membership for access. The event runs from 9am to 5pm each day.

Filmless Festival

The Third Coast International Audio Festival presents their annual Filmless Festival, featuring audio productions from around the world, special guests talking about their works, and much more. The festival happens at the Old Town School of Folk Music today and tomorrow. Tickets to individual screenings and workshops are $12-20; a full festival pass is $75. Full details at the school's website.

Modern Vintage Chicago

Modern Vintage Chicago show is at the Plumber's Hall, 1340 W. Washington Ave., Oct. 18-20. Shop for vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories by classic designers, as well new fashion, jewelry and accessories by contemporary designers from Chicago and beyond. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Student admission is $3 in advance, $5 at the door. The show is open from 10am to 5pm today.

Home Movie Day

The annual Chicago Home Movie Day, presented by the Chicago Film Archives and Northwest Chicago Film Society, runs from 11am to 3pm at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. Bring your 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm home movies to share with the audience. Or just come to watch Admission is free, and you can enter to win various film-related prizes.

Northern Grade

Northern Grade, a US-made pop-up market, will be in Millennium Park on the South Promenade today and Sunday. Shop among more than 30 fashion, accessory and product brands from Chicago and elsewhere in the nation. The tent is open from 11am to 7pm today.

Music Box of Horrors

The Music Box Theatre presents their annual Music Box of Horrors film festival, running for 24 hours starting today at noon. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Internet Cat Video Film Festival

The Chicago Cat Rescue and Walker Arts Center present the Chicago Internet Cat Video Film Festival today at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Screenings happen at noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8pm. Tickets are $10, and benefit Chicago Cat Rescue. In addition to the film screenings, there will be live music, family-friendly activities and special guests.

MakeItFor.Us Open House

MakeItFor.Us holds an open house today as part of Chicago Ideas Week. Stop by 401 N. Michigan Ave. between 2 and 5pm today for a tour and to see what cool things people are making. Free, but ticket required.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features special guest Janeane Garofalo, as well as Bill Cochran, Ike Holter, Samantha Irby, Julia Weiss, and Katie Rich and Steve Waltien, plus Chad the Bird, Bill Larkin and musical guests Bailiff. Christopher Piatt hosts. The show is at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, and is free. For obvious reasons, you'll want to arrive early for this one. 21+

20x2 Chicago @ Martyrs'

20x2, a mainstay of SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, opens its first official offshoot show in Chicago tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. Twenty writers, musicians, filmmakers, web geeks and other bon vivants are asked to take two minutes each to answer the question of the day in whatever form they like. The results can be as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke. This edition's question is "How could you?" Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts promptly at 7pm. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. Hosted by Gapers Block, fueled by Lagunitas. 21+

Janeane Garofalo @ Mayne Stage

Actor/comedian/political commentator Janeane Garofalo does two nights at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Friday and tonight, with Dave Hill opening. There are two shows each night, at 8 and 10:30pm. Doors open an hour before each show. Tickets are $30. 18+

Bring Me The Head of James Franco... @ Den Theatre

The Den Theatre presents the new solo show by Write Club founder Ian Belknap, a show that has the snappy title Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of His Skull. Opening night is tonight at 7:30pm, and the show runs through November 16. See the Den Theatre Website for full details and ticket purchases. Den Theatre: 1333 N. Milwaukee. (773) 569-3454.

Cedric the Entertainer & Friends @ Arie Crown Theater

The Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., presents "Cedric the Entertainer & Friends," tonight at 8pm. Cedric the Entertainer, the newest host of TV's "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire," and who has appeared in dozens of feature films and television shows ("The Soul Man," Larry Crowne), will perform stand-up comedy along with guests J.J. and Malik S. Tickets are $49.50-$68.50; for more information, call 312-791-6000.

Deke Dickerson @ Reggies Music Joint

On this tour, Deke Dickerson performs with the rhythm section from J.D. McPherson's band on a midwest swing that delivers them to Reggies Music Joint (2105 S. State St.) tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. The Dyes and Kent Rose open. (21+) Read our preview in Transmission.

Fall Ball @ Logan Square Auditorium

The first annual Fall Ball is at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., tonight at 9pm. Get dressed up and take in Mucca Pazza collaborating with KOKUMO, Christa Creps of Man is Man, Tom Musick, Swaguerrilla, and a large-scale performance choreographed by Erin Kilmurray of The Fly Honeys. Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door.

Deltron 3030 @ HOB

Deltron 3030, featuring Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala, perform at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. Kid Koala opens with a DJ set. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $30 day of. Doors are at 10:30pm. 17+



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