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Sunday, April 30
The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 from 10am to 10pm in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove. Enjoy live music on two stages, browse artisans and food stalls, and visit the pavilions. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the gate daily or $30 for a weekend pass. Family discounts available.
Taste of Polonia runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Jefferson Park. The Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave., is home base, with four stages featuring more than three dozen live musical acts, Polish food and beer, vendors of all sorts and a kids activity area. The festival is open from noon to 10pm today. Tickets are $7; kids under 12 are free.
The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 7 at several venues in Jefferson Park. More than a dozen works of experimental theatre are staged each night. Tickets are $10 per performance, plus $5 for a festival button; Multi-show packs are available for $45 to $175. Performances start at 2:30pm today.
The Chicago Sky play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Indiana Fever at Allstate Arena in Rosemont at 3pm. Tickets are available via the Ticketmaster website or by phone. It's the first time the Sky have reached the East Finals in their nine-year history and just their second trip to the playoffs after last season's 10-game improvement.
The 6th annual Noir City Film Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 4 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Today's screenings include Caged at 3 and 7pm and Tension at 5 and 9pm. Tickets are $12 per film, or $75 for a festival pass.
Do312 and RedEye present a The Unauthorized "Saved by the Bell" Story viewing party tonight at 7pm at East Room, 2828 Medill St. 21+
It's the final week of the Impress These Apes talent competition at ComedySportz, 929 W. Belmont Ave., at 8pm. Eight contestants compete in various talent challenges each week, attempting to earn points with the judge panel of "hyperintelligent apes from the future." Tonight, see who wins the title of "Least Pitiful Human," plus $500 cash and other goodies. Tickets are $12 online or at the door. 21+