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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Looks delicious. Sounds amazing.

NOM NOM Nab some chocolate at the Good Food Festival this weekend.   Photo: Amanda Areias

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 18

1 W. Kamau Bell

Comedy: His little-watched but much-buzzed-about talk show, Totally Biased, was cancelled late last year. But the comedian shows no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by this “Oh, Everything!” tour.
3/14 at 9. $20–$23. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com

2 Hubbard Street Chicago

Dance: Known for crafting dances that make audiences chuckle, Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián gets a tribute as Hubbard mounts its first all-Kylián program.
3/13–3/16. $25–$99. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. hubbardstreetdance.com

3 John Prine

Folk: Plucked from Chicago’s revivalist folk scene by Kris Kristofferson himself during the 1960s, Prine has since become one of the most influential folk artists of the past 50 years. Tonight, contemporary star Iris DeMent joins him.
3/14 at 8. $50–$85. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. etix.com

4 Good Food Festival

Festivals: Whether you’re really passionate about sustainability or just want to stuff with your face with delectables from Katherine Anne Confections and Lyfe Kitchen, among others, there’s something at this weekend-long festival for you.
3/13–3/15. $10–$220. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt. goodfoodfestivals.com

5 Selina Trepp

Art: Trepp inserts herself among her paintings and sculptures—using her own body to accompany a painted head, for example. It’s playful, but smart.
3/14–4/19. Free. Document, 845 W. Washington. documentspace.org

What I’m Doing This Weekend

John Wawrzaszek
John Wawrzaszek Photo: Courtesy of John Wawrzaszek

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: John Wawrzaszek, co-organizer of Chicago Zine Fest, which takes place on Friday, March 14 through Saturday, March 15.

“Friday, the Zine Fest starts at Columbia College at 1 p.m. I will be getting there bright and early to make sure we’re all set up. We’re celebrating the fifth year of the Zine Fest, so we got a bunch of people [talking] who have been doing zines for even longer than that. I’ve got to set up for Saturday’s events, so I’m going to be at Columbia for most of the day. After I’m finished, I’ll go and grab Sultan’s Market in Wicker Park. It’s Middle Eastern. I’ll probably get a falafel sandwich or maybe a spinach pie.”

“Then our nighttime events kick off at the Hairpin Arts Center. We’ve got students reading and then adults. And then after that, CHIRP radio station will host a dance party at the same location.

“Saturday, I’ll brave through Chicago transit and all the people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, to set up for Day Two. Halfwit Coffee Roasters will be here, supplying coffee. Upton’s Breakroom, they do all vegan food so that’s what we’ve ordered for the people who are going to be exhibiting.

“Saturday night, I don’t know what the plans will be. We’ll be chilling out—it could range anywhere from Handlebar to Chicago Diner.

“Sunday, the organizers and I are going to make brunch together. We just did this great thing, now we’re going to cool down. Then Sunday afternoon, I’ll probably be at the nonprofit I run, Chicago Publishers Resource Center.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


MCA Live: Pocket Guide to Hell

Museums: Founder of the niche historical tour series, Pocket Guide to Hell, Paul Durica brings the history of Streeterville to life with reenactments, props, costumes and audience interactions.
3/18 at 6. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org

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