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Thursday, March 23
The Randolph Street Market is back for its monthly stint at Plumbers Union Hall, 1350 W. Washington St., from 10am to 5pm Saturday and today. Shop among over 200 vendors offering antiques, vintage fashion, collectibles, jewelry, art, records and more. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
The Empty Bottle hosts Beat Swap Meet, an afternoon of vinyl collectors & dealers selling their wares. The event happens from noon to 5:00pm, and admission is $5 or free with a canned good. Details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.
The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival runs June 27-29 on Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Diversey. The festival features live music on two stages, pop-up galleries, performance art, family activities and food from local bars and restaurants. The festival runs from noon to 10pm tonight. $5 donation requested.
The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today from 1 to 6pm, Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., hosts the Above the Pavement city market, featuring locally made goods and food.
The Guild Literary Complex hosts Equanimity: Writing & Exile, a conversation with writers exploring first-hand narratives of exile and political activism, today from 1:30 to 3pm at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. The discussion is moderated by John Rich, executive directory of the guild. Free.
From 5 p.m.-9 p.m. tonight, Guiseppe "GTKO" Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster and Ryan "Asskick" McCaskey of Acadia complete for the title of Ramen Master during Ramen Battle IV at Yusho (2853 N Kedzie). The event is $35 and includes a bowl of ramen, a cocktail, and a soft serve ice cream. Vegetarian options available. Call Yusho at (773) 904-8558 to reserve a spot.
The Dawson (730 W Grand Ave) is hosting a live music series, Dawson City Limits, on Sundays this summer from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Steve Leaf will play on the patio tonight while guests indulge in broiled vodka lemonade, BBQ, and crawfish.
The Antlers and Yellow Ostrich will be coming to Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave, to support their latest albums Familiars and Cosmos, respectively. Antlers's lyrics have held on to deep themes of love, loss, and death, creating a complex and haunting music to accompany them. Yellow Ostrich will be opening the show with their intricately mellow sound. This is a 18+ show, tickets are $20.