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Friday, January 20
The Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame will be holding the grand opening of their new museum at 7501 W. Harrison St. in Forest Park. The festivities run from 10am-8pm, and include a beer and food tent, music entertainment from Whiskey's Quicker and Rhythm Method, and a ton of softball action to celebrate the ribbon cutting of their new facility.
Jacquy Pfeiffer, the co-founder of The French Pastry School, will share his love of the butter and sugar today at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch, 10am. He'll talk about his book, and even bring some samples. Admission $3-5 (free for Kendall students). Free parking. Event sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Chicago.
The third annual Chicago Craft Beer Festival runs today and Sunday on Sheffield Avenue from Webster to Fullerton, from noon to 4pm each day. Sample more than 100 beers from over two dozen craft brewers. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, with non-drinking "buddy" passes available for $20. 21+
The 46th annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival runs today and Sunday from noon to 10pm, on Sheffield Avenue between Fullerton and Webster. Catch tons of live music on two stages, tour neighborhood gardens, take the little ones to the kids corner, and enjoy festival food from local vendors. $7 suggested donation; $10 after 3pm.
Pitchfork Music Festival hosts its annual event in Union Park, with the first act of the day performing at 1:00pm. Saturday's lineup features Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs, to name just a few artists.
Doc Films, in University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., screens David Lynch's debut, Eraserhead, at 7 and 9pm tonight. Admission is $5.
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt headlines an all-ages show tonight at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., with Domo Genesis and Mick Jenkins opening. Doors are at 7pm, show's at 7:45. Tickets are $24.