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Friday, December 14

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Creative Head of Guinness Competition

In a contest that will test the dexterity of some of the best Guinness bartenders in the city, tonight, the contestant with the most creative design in the head of a Guinness pint will be crowned "The Master of the Most Creative Guinness Pint in Chicago". (No word on if that also comes with a sceptre and sash.) Enroll your favorite Guinness bartender at (Include the Bartender's name, phone number and the bar or restaurant he or she represents.) Come and cheer or participate starting at 7pm at Fado Irish Pub (100 W. Grand Ave). Note: you must be 21 years of age or older to enter, and only the first 150 bartenders entered will be accepted for competition.

Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam (Prelims)

This marks the 6th year for Young Chicago Authors' Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam competition in Chicago. You can attend and see some of Chicago's best young literary talent bout word for word over the weekend's preliminary competitions, or you can volunteer [PDF application] and help out the event. Bouts take place all day at HotHouse and Columbia College Chicago. See times and more information on the YCA site. Tickets to these preliminary rounds are $3/bout or $5/day for students and $5/bout and $10/day for adults and are sold at the door. The finals will take place on March 12 at the Metro (tickets available at the Metro or at any of the preliminaries this weekend).



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