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Sunday, April 23
The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today from 3 to 6pm, go on a tour of the Rebuild Foundation (tickets are $20 in advance only), and pitch in with Community Grant Night at Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., from 7 to 10pm.
Peter Segal of "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" hosts Let's Eat: Hot Doug's, Hoosier Mama and Chicago Diner tonight at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's, Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Company and Mickey Hornick of the Chicago Diner will talk with Segal about their restaurants, food culture and their respective books -- all of which will be available for purchase and autographs after the talk. Dishes from the books will be served. Tickets are $40 and include food.
The Lillstreet Art Center is hosting a lecture series located at the Lillstreet Loft at 4437 Ravenswood Avenue. Tonight from 7 PM - 8 PM, Mindy Rose Schwartz, a Chicago sculptor will be giving an artist talk at the loft. All lectures are free and open to the public!
Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM tonight at 8:00pm. Ten audience members are selected to tell a five-minute story on the evening's topic, and the winner (as judged by a panel of audience members) goes on the the Moth Grandslam Championships. Admission is $8 at the door; plan on arriving early to make sure you can get in. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.
Every Tuesday in June, Theater Oobleck presents an evening of performance and music at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Tonight's program is "This Land That I Love," featuring works from the book of the same name written by Oobleck founding member John Shaw. The program begins tonight at 9pm, and admission is a suggested $5 at the door.