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Friday, March 23

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USA vs. Belgium Viewing Party @ Soldier Field

US Soccer hosts a free World Cup viewing party for the team USA match versus Belgium today at Soldier Field. Doors open at 1:30pm, and the game begins at 3pm. Regular parking rates apply, so take public transportation.

First Tuesdays w/Mick & Ben @ Hideout

The Reader's Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky host First Tuesdays, a political talk show, tonight at 6:30pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. This month's guests are aldermen Rick Munoz (22nd Ward) and Danny Solis (25th). $5 at the door. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents the 71st edition of Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. The evening will feature readings by Norman Doucet, Lisa Kirchner, Evan Okun, Sheri Reda and Lisa White. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins cohost. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- but not earlier, as much as we'd like to l et you in -- and the reading begins at 7:30pm. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. Arrive even earlier or stay afterwards for a full meal downstairs. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum celebrates its fourth anniversary tonight at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., starting at 9pm. Performance-oriented poet Kevin Kern holds down the more traditionally writerly end of things, and from there the event takes a more visual turn. Leslie Perrine and Keiler Roberts present comics, zine publisher Eric Bartholomew invites the audience to join an interactive game, and sister duo Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood put on one of the spooky, literary-minded shadow-puppet shows that have become their trademark. The (vegan) cookies are free, as is admission. 21+



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