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Wednesday, April 17

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Treasure Hunt @ Merchandise Mart

If you've been looking for a new sofa, or a rug, or something special to put on the wall, you might want to check out this luxury sample sale, with discounts up to 75% on furniture, fabrics, art, lighting, and other objects for the home. The sale runs from 10 AM to 5 PM today on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit the website.

Southport Spring Fling

Shop along Southport between Belmont and Byron from 11 AM to 6 PM today and get 10% off at participating stores. Also, pick up a Southport Spring Fling Card and collect merchant stamps to get entered in a raffle for $2,000 in local goods and gift cards. For more information, visit the website.

Saturday Morning Orientation @ Newberry Library

This informal orientation covers library resources available to research family and neighborhood history. Meet in the first-floor reader's lounge at 9:30 AM. Free. 60 W Walton Street. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Cat People @ Film Center

As part of the Treasures from the Library of Congress series, this horror classic screens at 5:15 PM today. $9, or $5 if you belong to the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

James Green, Death in the Haymarket @ Newberry Library

Author James Green's new book discusses Haymarket as a turning point in American labor history. A singalong from the IWW Little Red Songbook will follow the reading and booksigning. Free, 11 AM. 60 W. Walton Street. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Free Comic Book Day 2006

That's right, it's Free Comic Book Day! Use the store locator at the Free Comic Book Day Website to find out which stores in your area are handing out free comics. Personally, I'd go for Chicago Comics near Clark & Belmont, but there are plenty of other stores in town that are participating.

Blood drive @ Sacred Art

Sacred Art, the new Roscoe Village store that sells artwork and crafts from local artists, is hosting a blood drive today from 11:00 to 5:00 at its shop (2040 W. Roscoe). Free food, drinks and other goodies for donors. You'll also get discounts from plenty of other Roscoe Village businesses for the day. A reservation is required to donate blood, so call Sacred Art at (773) 404-8790 to make your appointment. If you can't make it to the blood drive today, you can visit the store at any time this month and purchase items from the store's donation wall; proceeds will go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Midnight Movies: HOT SKIN and Transformers

Take your pick of either Disco Dolls in HOT SKIN IN 3D (XXX!) or Transformers: The Movie at midnight at the venerable Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Ave. $9.25. Call (773) 871-6604.

Chris Ware @ MCA

From May 6-August 27, Chicago alternative cartoonist Chris Ware has his first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Original pieces from Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth and also recent series Building Stories will be shown. Visit for more information.



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