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Friday, January 20
C2E2 returns to McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., this weekend, April 25-27.Meet Hulk Hogan, Gene Ha, Brian Posehn, Scott Adsit, Ernie Hudson and Stan Lee (check the guest list for details), attend sessions and walk the floor. The show's open from 11am to 7pm today; tickets are $25 in advance, #35 at the door; $5 for kids 12 and under. Three-day passes are $60 preshow, $70 at the door.
Columbia College hosts the Green Art & Social Practice Fair, showcasing Columbia artists "exploring the intersections of science, the humanities and art," today from 2 to 6pm in the Papermaker's Garden at 8th and Wabash and the first floor lobby at 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The show will feature work by Dani Beutell, Jillian Bruschera, Jack Gruszczynski, Jesus Iniguez, Megan Pitcher, Leo Selvaggio and Levi Sherman.
The Student Programming Board of Columbia College hosts its eight annual Biggest Mouth competition tonight at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. Twelve acts will perform, including Ajani, Deer Emerson, Oby, Ashavi, The Wild Family, The 151's, Nick Astro, Ethan Griggs, LJ III, Bullfights on Acid, Khameelion and Woo Park. Admission is free. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. 18+
The corner of Roosevelt and Halsted turns into Pork Central at Baconfest, which kicks off tonight at UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt). From 7-9:30pm, you'll get to sample bacon cooked in different ways, flavors and forms from an impressive showing of the city's best restaurants and chefs. Tickets $100 ($200 for VIP entry, which gets you a special early admission at 6pm).
The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Voices of Protest tonight at 7pm at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Two short documentaries from Al Jazeera's "Poets of Protest" series will be screened, followed by readings by exiled poets Manal Al-Sheikh (Iraq) and Mazen Maarouf (Palestine). Tickets are $5.
Musician and author Tim Kinsella marks the release of his new book, Let Go and Go On and On, with a film collage at Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. There will also be readings by Kinsella, Brittany LaFlamme, Heather Gabel, Naomi Huffman, Melina Ausikaitis and Joe Proulx. Free.
The Shit Show comedy showcase returns to the Collaboraction Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 10pm. The lineup this month features Marz Timms, the Puterbaugh Sisters, Kelsie Huff, Candy Lawrence and Ben Hamilton, and is hosted by Rasa Gierstikas and the Hot Dog Man (Keith Paesel). $10 in advance or at the door. 21+