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Saturday, May 26

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30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

The stores of Andersonville are taking to the streets! Take stroll the sidewalks between 5000 to 5800 North Clark Street to peruse bargain-priced wares, courtesy of the neighborhood's local businesses. The event runs all weekend, so there's plenty of opportunity to see the sales.

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run of Michel Gondry's 2013 film Mood Indigo, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tatou. A complete schedule of screenings and advance tickets is available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

CHI Bike Reveal Party @ MNML

Design firm MNML and Method Bikes unveil their CHI bike for the Bike Design Project at MNML Studios, 939 W. Lake St., tonight from 6 to 9pm. Enjoy Deschutes beer, make bike prints and more. RSVP required.

Sam Adams Brew & View

Sam Adams Beer brings its Brew & View tour to Montrose Beach, 601 W. Montrose Ave., today from 6 to 10:30pm. Enjoy beer, games, food trucks and live music, followed by a screening of Wedding Crashers at 8pm. Free, but RSVP required. Strictly 21+

Pamela Staker Open Studio

A creator of abstract paintings and works of paper, Pamela Staker, has a studio located on 1830 South Canalport Avenue (East Pilsen). July 25th, 26th and 27th mark the time slots that Staker will open her studio from the public.
Here is the schedule for the three days:

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Blah Blah Blah @ Portage Theater

Blah Blah Blah headline an all-ages show at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm, with the Avantist opening. Tickets are $10.

Physical Festival @ Links Hall

The inaugural Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performances are Etiquette Unraveled at 7pm and Lázaro at 9pm; see the schedule for details. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, with festival passes available for $35.

The Mapping Sessions Finale @ Mana Contemporary

A must-see event is happening at Mana Contemporary tonight on the fourth floor featuring the Honey Pot Performance. An interactive, DJ hosting, dance party will be occurring from 7:30-11 PM. Mana Contemporary is a studio space for artists located in Pilsen at 2233 S. Throop St. The event is free and open to the public, however, it is suggested that you RSVP.

Chicago Reader B-Side Booze Cruise @ Navy Pier

The Chicago Reader and the Empty Bottle present the B-Side Booze Cruise, happening tonight at Navy Pier from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The Empty Bottle provides the live music, with plenty of bands including White Mystery, Flesh Panthers, and DJ sets from Bric-A-Brac Records. Tickets are $40; full details and advance tickets available at the Empty Bottle Website.

Rev. Horton Heat @ Double Door

The Reverend Horton Heat headlines the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight, with The Bama Lamas, The Vallures and the Killer Diller Record Hop opening. Tickets are $20 or $30 for VIP. Doors open at 8, show's at 9pm. 21+

The Kings @ Reggies

The Kings -- best known for their song-pair "This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide" -- play Reggies, 2105 S. State St., tonight with Sona Bliss opening. Doors are at 8pm, tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 21+

Period Panties Launch Party

Period Panties hosts a launch party tonight at the 1st Ward in Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., starting at 8pm. For $25 admission, you get burlesque performances by The Fly Honeys, limited edition Brief Relief blood orange red ale from Pipeworks (and other beers), a "comedic" fashion show, photobooth and caricatures, and more. Milwaukee DJ Optimist spins. There will also be a a charity raffle for Connections for Abused Women and their Children and Planned Parenthood Illinois. 21+

RJD2 @ Subterranean

DJ RJD2 rocks the Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., tonight with Maker in support. Tickets are $20. Doors are at 9:30, show's at 10:30pm. 21+

Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers

The Sideshow Theatre presents the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, live at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. Watch Lumberjack Jill, Killer Bee, Anne Hackaway and others try to muscle each other into submisstion. Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting Sideshow Theatre and {she crew}, a summer writing and performance workshop for girls aged 12-14. Doors open at 10pm, first bout's at 10:30pm. Cash bar.

Big Trouble In Little China @ Music Box

The Music Box presents midnight screenings of John Carpenter's 1986 film Big Trouble In Little China on Friday and Saturday nights. Bring a Six-Demon Bag! Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.



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