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Wednesday, January 18
Salon Soca, 1400 W. Webster St., hosts Bee the Change, a cut-a-thon and open house benefiting Bike a Bee, from 9am to 3pm today, with cocktails provided by Chicago Distilling Company. Call 773-244-0999 to make an appointment.
AAHH! Fest is today in Union Park, at Lake and Ashland. The community stage, featuring local acts curated by Rhymefest, runs from 10am to 1pm and is all ages. The main event features performances by Lil Herb, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, De La Soul, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Common and more, and is hosted by Dave Chappelle. It runs from 4pm to 11pm, and is 18+. The gates open 30 minutes before each portion, and the park will be closed from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Tickets are $20 for the community showcase, $65 for the main event, or $75 for both; VIP tickets are also available.
Dose Market returns with "Dose Bomb," its largest show ever, today from 10am to 5pm at 401 N. Morgan St. Shop more than 80 vendors, eat brunch from six different restaurants, and sample a variety of food and drink. Admission is $8.
Vintage Garage goes back to 1984 today, featuring '80s vintage clothing, collectibles, records and more among its usual mix of wares. It runs from 10am to 5pm today at 5051 N. Broadway. $5 admission.
Today at 10:30 am, Martha Bayne (of Soup & Bread fame) will share her ideas on Building Community--One Soup Pot at a Time. She'll speak at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL; corner of Howard and Lincoln Avenues) about how social justice can be accomplished via traditional and non-traditional soup kitchens.
The third annual Expo Chicago art exhibition brings over 140 international galleries to Navy Pier Sept. 19-21. View and purchase artwork from around the world, attend panel discussions, and check out other programs. Tickets are $20, or $30 for a thee-day pass. The festival runs 11am to 6pm today.
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival runs Sept. 18-21 at the the Showplace ICON Theatres, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., as well as at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 N. Orrington Ave. Today's screenings at the Showplace ICON include Are You Listening! (Shunti Ki Pao!) at 11:30am, shorts session II at 1pm, Mitraa & Purple Skies at 3pm (followed by a Q&A with Trikone Chicago), Phoring at 5pm, and Ankhon Dekhi at 8pm, followed by a Q&A with director Rajat Kapoor. In Evanston, shorts session III screens at 2pm, The Fading Valley is at 3:30pm and Present Continuous is at 4:30pm. Tickets are $15 for individual films, except for Ankhon Dekhi, which is $20; the Evanston screenings are free. Day passes are available for $35, and festival passes are available for $125.
Andersonville turns into a gigantic beer garden, music fest and market full of locally made suds (Begyle, Lake Effect, etc.) today and Sunday from noon to 9pm on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen Avenues. Suggested donation $5; event benefits the Andersonville Development Corporation.
The Prak-sis N3w M3dia Festival, a conference about artistic responses to the legacy of Cold War-era social upheaval in southeast Asia, runs Sept. 19-21 at the Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton St. Today's program includes film screenings and discussions, beginning with Golden Slumber by Davy Chou at 1pm, a lecture by Blake Bertucelli at 3pm and I am furious Yellow by Kidlat Tahimik at 4pm. $5 suggested donation. Details on Facebook.