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Sunday, April 30
The Old Town School of Music will be hosting an evening of live music and a book swap today from 6-9PM. Participants can take and bring as many as 15 books to the event. The event is located at 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
The 31st annual Chicago Latino Film Festival runs April 9-23 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Today's lineup includes 10 films, beginning at 6pm; see the schedule for full details. Tickets are $12 per film, $10 for members of the Illinois Latino Cultural Center. Film passports, good for 12 admissions, are $110.
The Pump & Dump Show, a comedy show for parents, returns to the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. "Comedian/musician Shayna Ferm and her sidekick, MC Doula, host this irreverent evening of comedy, music, games, prizes, drinking, swearing and parental commiseration." Doors open at 6:30pm, and tickets are $23 in advance, $28 at the door. 18+
The Chicago Writers Conference presents Under 30 / Over 60: What I Wish I Knew tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Three writers under the age of 30 and three writers over the age of 60 attempt to answer the question "What I Wish I Knew." Readers include Samantha Hoffman, Eric Charles May, Jim Padar, Molly Sprayregen, Kayla Schwalbe, and Ted Wesenberg. Amanda Claire Buckley hosts. Admission is free.
Cameron McGill and Angela Mullenhour of coins come together for a one-night-only collaboration at Stars Align, Gapers Block's monthly music series at the GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St. They'll play each other's songs as well as a couple originals and a favorite cover or two. Sponsored by Begyle Brewing. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm. Free, 21+
The Frunchroom, a new quarterly reading series produced by Scott Smith in partnership with the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, debuts tonight at 7:30pm at O'Rourke's Office, 11064 S. Western Ave. Featured will be Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, arts and entertainment writer; Natalie Y. Moore, WBEZ reporter and author; Jen Sabella, director of social media and engagement for DNAInfo Chicago; Dmitry Samarov, painter and writer; and Chuck Sudo, writer and former Chicagoist editor. Admission is free. 21+