Saturday, August 23

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Dayo Olopade @ Harold Washington Library Center

This evening at 6pm, Dayo Olopade will visit the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, to discuss her book The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa. Admission's free, and books will be available for signing afterward.

Gapers Block Crits

Half Acre Cycling hosts the Gapers Block Crits March 31-April 3 in Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G. The races begin at 6pm. Registration is now closed, but there are 10 slots held for walkups; arrive by 5:30pm to get on the wait list. Or just come down to watch!

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival runs April 2-6 at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tonight's films include Sick Birds Die Easy at 6:30pm, Critical Paranoia: Conspiratorial Memes, Alternative Histories, and Disinformation at 7pm, a shorts program at 8:30pm, and When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin at 9pm. Tickets are $8 per screening, or get a festival pass for $60.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

The North Side chapter of Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight with the theme of "fooled." Featured readers include Karen Shimmin, Randall Colburn
and David Lipowski, as well as open-mic readers. If you want to read, sign up at 7:30pm; the show starts at 8pm. $10 donation requested. 21+

Chicago Improv Festival

The 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival runs March 31 to April 6 at locations around the city. There are 11 shows scheduled tonight, beginning at 8pm; see the CIF schedule for full details.

Milo & Otis @ Double Door

Milo & Otis (who are apparently changing their name to just M&O) headline the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight with No Name Gypsy and SHE. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 9pm. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+

Bring Me the Head of James Franco... @ Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf's Late Night at Garage Rep series welcomes Write Club founder Ian Belknap tonight at 11:00pm. Ian will be performing his latest solo show Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare A Savory Goulash In The Narrow And Misshapen Pot Of His Skull. Tickets to the show are $5; see the Steppenwolf site for full details and advance tickets. The show happens in Steppenwolf's Garage space located at 1624 N. Halsted.



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