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Saturday, April 29
Today's 5k Hunger Walk, which kicks off from Soldier Field (1410 Museum Campus Dr) at 8:30am, benefits the hunger relief agencies and organizations that are members of the Greater Chicago Food Depository's network. Free to walk, but fundraising teams are encouraged.
Pride Fest runs today and Sunday from 11am to 11pm on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. Enjoy live music, drag shows, dance performances and interviews (today Jennifer Hudson is interviewed on the North Stage at 2:30pm), plus the usual neighborhood fest drink and food tents and shopping. $10 suggested donation.
The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today's festivities include the Mini-Market craft fair from noon to 6pm at Mana Contemporary Chicago (2233 S. Throop St.), curated by Renegade; the Placemakers Summit, featuring discussions of creative placemaking, urban innovation and more, also at Mana Contemporary from 12:30 to 6pm; and the Version Music Showcase at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 8pm to midnight. All of today's events are free.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce hosts the second annual Wicker Park Bucktown Tap tonight at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., today from 1 to 5pm. For $40 per person, sample draft beers and bites from local bars, restaurants and breweries, including featured guest Forbidden Root Brewery. 21+
Today from 3 to 6pm Moody Tongue Brewery celebrates its first anniversary with a Pair-Up at Thalia Hall, 1227 W. 18th St., in collaboration with Good Beer Hunting. The event will include food pairings by six chefs -- including Jared Wentworth of Dusek's, Jason Hammel of Nightwood and Paul Virant of Vie -- matched with Moody Tongue's beers. Trolleys will shuttle guests between Moody Tongue Brewery and Thalia Hall. Tickets are $25. 21+
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St., hosts its annual Starving Artist event, which pairs artists with chefs in creative collaboration. This year, Starving Artists features installations by Luftwerk, Diana Gabriel, Alexandra Noe and Edyta Stepien; dishes by chefs Matthias Merges of Yusho, Kyle Petersen of Fulton Market Kitchen, Chris Pandel of Bristol and Balena, and Jared Van Camp of Element Collective; and cocktails by Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe, Brian Sturguleski of Fulton Market Kitchen and Jason Brown of Kinmont. The event runs from 7 to 11pm. Tickets are $250.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless hosts its annual Hopefest concert at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., tonight at 8pm, featuring the Old 97's, Madison King and Kentucky Knife Fight. There's also silent and live auctions and a raffle. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; reserved seats are $75. Doors open at 7pm.
Lampo presents a hybrid night of music and image, featuring electronic music performer Robert Beatty and the computer/animated films of Takeshi Murata at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl. The event is free with RSVP, and will contain both live performances and film screenings. The program will begin with the Chicago premiere of several of Murata's films, including I, Popeye (2010), Night Moves (2012) and Problem Areas (2013), a music video for Oneohtrix Point Never. In addition, Lampo will be hosting the world premiere of Murata's very latest film, Colorado (2014) with soundtrack by Beatty. Following the screenings, Beatty will perform a selection of his most recent work for synths and other devices.
More information (including clips) at Transmission.
The Windy City Burlesque Fest runs June 18-21 this year, with six performances featuring dozens of dancers at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features pop culture parodies and tributes by 20 performers, with comedian Adam Burke as emcee, and the 10pm show is "anything goes," showcasing a variety of styles and genres. At midnight, there's a special "naughty" show, featuring performances by Jeez Loueez, Kitten DeVille, Redrum and more. Tickets are $25, or get a festival pass for $125. All shows are 21+
Comedy documentary The Great Chicken Wing Hunt makes its Chicago premiere at the Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., tonight at 8:15pm. Director Matt Reynolds will be on hand to for a Q&A and free wings will be provided by Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap. Tickets are $11 in advance or at the box office.
"America's Funnyman" Neil Hamburger headlines at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight, with Alvarius B and Junior Stopka opening. Tickets are $18, and doors open at 10pm. 21+
Cyclists embark on an overnight group ride all over the city that technically begins at 1:00am Sunday morning (you read that right) at Buckingham Fountain (500 S. Columbus Dr) and ends at daybreak in Grant Park. Pre-ride festivities and packet pick-up begin at 10:30pm. Your $50 registration benefits Friends of the Parks and gets you a nifty t-shirt, provided refreshments and entertainment at the midway pit-stop in Humboldt Park, a glow-in-the-dark shirt, and for an extra $12, breakfast. It's a lot of fun and a beautiful way to the see the city.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah hosts Nocturna's 26th anniversary party tonight at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. In addition to a mix of goth, industrial, post-punk, shoegaze, etc., there will be a fashion show by Hogan McLaughlin & Jody Krevins. Tickets are ,a href="http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1820394&cobrand=metrochicago">$10 online or at the door. Doors open at 11:30pm. 18+