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Thursday, August 28

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Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo runs today and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attend a full day of panels, check out the vendor floor, and meet indie comic artists and writers galore. Free.

Do-Division Street Fest

Do-Division takes over Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt with music on two stages, shopping and family fun May 30-June 1. The festival runs from noon to 10pm today.

There's also Family Fun Fest, filled with kid-friendly music and activities, running on Hoyne from Crystal to Potomac, and Crystal from Hoyne to Damen, noon to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

East Stage
1:30pm - The Arts of Life Band
2:30 - Jimmy Whispers
4pm - Radar Eyes
5:30pm - Make-Overs
7pm - Screaming Females
8:30pm - Bass Drum of Death

West Stage
2pm - The Welcome
3:15 - The Island of Misfit Toys
4:30pm - Elephant Gun
6pm - Martin Van Ruin
7:30pm - The Weeks
9pm - JD McPherson

Maifest

Maifest returns to Lincoln Square May 29-June 1, taking over Lincoln Avenue from Leland to Western next to the Brown Line tracks. The festival runs from noon to 11pm tonight, with live music and plenty of German beer and food. Admission is free.

Kishi Bashi & Busman's Holiday @ Metro

Kishi Bashi will be coming to Metro, 3730 N Clark , in support of his latest album Lighght. His experimental musicianship is unparallelled and a joy to see live. He will be joined by Joyful Noise labelmates Busman's Holiday, whose tender orchestral pop is impossible not to love. Tickets are $16 for this all ages show. Doors open at 7pm

National Tap Day celebration

The Old Town School of Folk Music celebrates National Tap Day 2014 with an evening of tapping, hosted by the school's own Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin. The performance starts at 7:30pm in the Maurer Concert Hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Patton Oswalt @ Chicago Theatre

Comedian Patton Oswalt performs tonight at 8pm at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Tickets are $35.50 and up.

My Gold Mask @ Hideout

My Gold Mask, Oshwa and Savage Sister play tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 9pm. Tickets are $12. 21+

The Hudson Branch @ Schubas

The Hudson Branch celebrate the release of their latest EP, Kina Ze Swah, tonight at 9pm at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., with Future Monarchs and John Mark Nelson opening. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 18+

The Shit Show @ Collaboraction Theater

The Shit Show comedy showcase brings Lara Beitz, Michael Levine, Carmen Christopher, Tommy McNamara and Alex Kumin to the stage at the Collaboraction Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor, tonight at 10pm. Rasa Gierstikas and Keith "Hot Dog Man" Paesel host. $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

 

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