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Thursday, March 23
The Lakeview East neighborhood celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts on Broadway between Belmont and Hawthorne. Hours are 10am to 5pm today. Read our preview of the festival in A/C.
Humboldt Park's beloved music festival, Riot Fest, is back. Sunday's lineup includes The Cure, Weezer and Social Distortion, to name just a few acts. Tickets are available at varying prices. Gates open at 11am today.
The Bloody Best's Bloody Mary Competition takes place from 11am to 2pm at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. Sample 3oz. bloodies from more than a dozen bars and restaurants and vote for your favorites. Tickets are $35. 21+
The fifth annual Bacon Takedown returns to Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., today at 2pm. Sample a wide variety of bacon-based dishes from the competitors, and vote for your favorite. Tickets are $20. 21+
Story Sessions returns to City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., tonight with stories from David Barish, Julia Borcherts, Pam Bell, James Sweeney, Dana Norris and Norman Doucet. Denise Santomauro and Dennis Frymire host, and bluegrass band Side of Bacon performs before the reading. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 5:30pm, music's at 6pm, readings are at 7pm.
Matthew Sliwinski (Promontory at Hyde Park) creates a multi-course meal tonight at the Land and Sea Dept (3124 W. Carroll) as part of the From Good Stock dinner series. Tickets $75; beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) included. Event runs 6:30-10pm.
Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month each story begins with the sentence "Hunger is a funny thing." See what Jeremy Owens, Jake Cowan, Erin Lane, Adrienne Gunn and host Maggie Jenkins do with it. No cover; donations will be collected for Girls on the Run.
That's All She Wrote returns to Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with a food truck full of savory meat pies, and Revolution Brewing has donated beer. This month's lineup includes: Essay Fiesta co-host Karen Shimmin; 1,001 Chicago Afternoons blogger Paul Dailing; author Mary Wagner; and storyteller Karen Genelly. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event.