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Friday, January 20
US Soccer hosts a viewing party for the USA vs. Portugal World Cup match tonight at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, 235 S Columbus Dr. Watch the ESPN broadcast of the match on a huge screen with a hundreds of other soccer fans. Festivities begin at 10am, with kick-off at 11am. Free.
The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today at 2pm, join artist Hui-Min Tsen for On the Trail of a Disorderly Future: The Pedway Tour. Bring $15 and a CTA pass and meet at the southwest corner of State and Wacker. Space is limited; RSVP to email@example.com.
Table, Donkey and Stick (2728 W Armitage) hosts a three-course, family style-dinner with beer pairings tonight, from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Brewers from Penrose Brewing Company and Solemn Oath Brewery will be on hand. The dinner is $50 (without tax and gratuity). Call Table, Donkey and Stick at (773) 486-8525 for reservations.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Edward Snowden to expose widespread NSA surveillance, is on tour with Haymarket Books this summer, and will be speaking tonight at 7pm at the Socialism 2014 Conference in the Crowne Plaza O'Hare, 5440 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Tickets are $10 in advance.
The Neo-Futurists present their annual Pride Week series of shows, based on their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. The weekend's "30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes" are presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 11:30pm, and Sunday evening at 7:00pm. The shows happen at the Neo-Futurarium at 5153 N. Ashland, and proceeds from these performances will go to Project Fierce, helping reduce homelessness for LGBTQ youth in Chicago. Full details and advance tickets available at the Neo-Futurists' Website, or call their hotline at (773) 878-4557.