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Wednesday, March 29
Soup & Bread, the weekly wintertime soup-eating party benefiting a local food-related charity, is tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Volunteer cooks make the soup; you show up between 5:30 and 8pm to eat, enjoy and kick in a few bucks for the cause. Kids welcome with parents.
The Chicago Urbanists meetup celebrate Chicago's birthday with a party at Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans St., tonight at 6pm. There will be a birthday cake, as well as drinks and conversation about urban issues. No cover, RSVP on Anyvite. 21+
Art Shay, Tony Fitzpatrick and Dmitry Samarov talk about Chicago's influence on their art tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., with Chicagoist editor Chuck Sudo moderating. Doors open at 7:30, show's at 8:30pm. Free, 21+
Ultimate Painting (ex-Mazes, ex-Veronica Falls) are a couple of dudes hailing from London, though you might be able to more easily pinpoint their sound to late-60s New York. Their smart, groove-based psych is reminiscent of the Velvets at their most down-tempo and intimate, and they're also a worthy addition to the clutch of groups who can claim a triple-eponymous band/album/track. They are in excellent company. Be sure to show up early to catch West Coast pop-rock auteur Michael Rault and local postpunkers Clearance, who kick things off. Catch it all at the Empty Bottle on Wednesday, March 4. $10, 21+.
Celine Neon celebrates the release of their debut self-titled EP tonight at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. Rapper Chicks (ill-esha, Psalm One, Fluffy, Angel Davanport and more) and DJ Johnny Walker open, and there'll be a Glitter Guts photo booth. Doors are at 8:30pm, show's at 9. Tickets are $8. 21+