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Saturday, April 29
The Chicago Loop Alliance will transform the Chicago Theatre alley into an urban celebration today from 5-10 p.m. (The location is Benton Place; enter on State between Lake and Randolph.) The free pop-up event is the second of five events featuring music, art and performance. Art for the event is being curated by King Art Collective, with music by The Galaxie and DJ Madrid. RSVP in advance to receive a free drink ticket at the event; wine and beer available for purchase. The event is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, in connection with the exhibit, Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938, which opens June 24.
826CHI hosts Prologue, a cocktail pre-party for Printers Row Lit Fest, tonight at Public, 1301 N. State St., from 6 to 9pm. Enjoy apps and drinks, and a lit-themed raffle. Admission is $150 for one, $250 for two or $350 for four. 21+
Oceanique (505 Main St., Evanston) is hosting a six-course wine dinner featuring Haut-Marbuzet vineyards tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. Winemaker Henri Dubosc will attend to discuss the wine pairings. The cost, including wines, is $110 per person, without tax or gratuity. Call (847) 864-3435 for reservations.
Vampire Weekend bring their Cape Cod kwassa kwassa to the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave. Cults open. Doors are at 7:30pm. Tickets are $32.50 and up.
The Story Club reading series celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., at 7:30pm. North Side host Dana Norris and South Side host Andrew Marikis pick teams -- featuring Megan Stielstra, Don Hall, Shannon Cason, Peter Gill and several open mic readers -- for a "crosstown classic" story throwdown. The audience votes for the winners with dollars. Read our preview in Book Club. $10 donation suggested. 21+
The third annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival runs June 5-8 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. More than 400 female performers will make you laugh with stand-up, sketch comedy and improv on four stages; see the schedule for details. Tickets are $14 per show, or $100 for an all-festival pass. First shows are at 8pm tonight.