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Wednesday, January 18
Photobooth.net hosts the International Photobooth Convention June 6-8 at A&A Studios, 350 N. Ogden Ave. Attend panels, check out vintage and contemporary photobooth photos and art, and take plenty of photos in one of the many photobooths on hand. The convention runs from 10am to 5:30pm today. Tickets for the weekend are $18 for adults, $12 for students and kids, free for kids under 6.
Printer's Row Lit Fest celebrates 30 years this weekend. Browse booksellers' stalls, attend author readings and discussions, and more. All outdoor events are free, but indoor talks and sessions are individually ticketed. See the festival schedule for details, and buy a $30 Fest Pass and get two tickets to up to five events, and download the TribBooks app for festival info and exclusives. Gates open at 10am.
Andersonville gets its party on at Midsommarfest, the annual weekend-long street festival on Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa. Bands, food, kids entertainment, and sidewalk sales from local vendors await you. The fest runs 11am to 10pm today. Suggested donation $10; kids under 12 and seniors over 65 are free.
Meat comes alive at this weekend-long homage to ribs, which June 6-8 at the intersection of Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park. Sample ribs and other foods, enjoy live music and other activities. The festival runs from noon to 10pm today. $5 suggestion donation.
Systems 83, an exhibition of Chicago graffiti history presented by Three Hearts Club and the X-Men, is at Subterra, 350 N. Ogden Ave., Lower Level, from 1 to 8pm today. Programming includes a screening of the documentary Style Wars followed by a Q&A with hip hop artist Skeme, a tribute to Brooks Golden and more.
Slow Food Chicago hosts its sixth annual Farm Roast at Goose Island's new event space at 605 N. Sacramento Ave. today from 2 to 5pm. Food will be prepared by Ashlee Aubin of Wood, Keith Carlson of Dia De Los Tamales, Greg Gunthorp of Gunthorp Farms, Andrew Hroza of Goose Island Brewpub, Alex Pilas of Eataly, Sean Sanders of Browntrout, Kim Gracen of Heartland Cafe and Patrick Cloud of Bang Bang Pie Shop. Tickets are $70, or $90 with a donation toward Slow Food's ongoing Terra Madre delegate fund. 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 2pm today.
The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup features Deanna Moffitt, Britt Juloius, Nannette George, Ben Harpe and Stephanie Sack. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.