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Monday, April 15

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Alison Bechdel @ Women & Children First

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel reads from her new "tragicomic," Fun Home, at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark St.). 4:30pm. Free.

Opening: The Home Project @ Victory Gardens

How is it that 40% of the youth living on the streets of Chicago are youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning? (View the source of this statistic). About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble tackles this question by bringing the stories of homeless youth to the stage. The Home Project premieres this afternoon at 2:30pm and runs July 6-30 at Victory Gardens Upstairs Mainstage (2257 N. Lincoln Ave). Tickets are $10-$40. For more information call 773-784-8565 or visit the website. To learn more about issues faced by homeless youth in Chicago visit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and The Night Ministry. To learn more about resources that are available for LGBTQ youth in Chicago visit Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Center.

Folk & Roots Festival

The Folk & Roots Festival winds up today at Welles Park (corner of Lincoln and Montrose). Plenty of musicians and dancers will be performing at several stages set up throughout the park. There will be a kids' tent for children to learn new dances, a cooking demo stage, and even a stage set up for faculty of The Old Town School of Folk Music, the organizers of the festival. The festival will happen from noon to 9:30 PM; see the Old Town School Website for a complete schedule of performers.

Windy City Rollers Bout

The Windy City Rollers are offerering you quick and direct access to the bout in Cicero and after-party at Liars Club. For a measly $5, you don't have to spend money on gas, get mildly frustrated with other drivers or worry about finding that primo parking spot. Meet up at Liars Club at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 9th, and then head over to the bout at 4 p.m. Then hop on board for the after-party! Buy tickets now.

All the Tea in Chicago Signing

Ever wondered where you can get a good cup of tea in Chicago? You can find out from Susan Blumberg-Kason, when she signs her new book for you. This afternoon, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, at Provenance Food and Wine. 2528 N. California. For more information, call 773-384-0699. To learn more about Blumberg-Kason's book, click here.

Kenwood/Hyde Park Ride

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation sponsors this 15-mile ride, which explores the Kenwood and Hyde Park neighborhoods. $10 to $15. The ride starts at University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St, 8 AM. For more information, email keith [at] biketraffic [dot] org, call 312-427-3325, ext. 244; or visit the website.



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