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Poutine Fest, Empty Bottle's Winter Formal, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

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There's nothing quite like a whole day of french fries covered in gravy. - GETTY IMAGES
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Get out of the house on this beautiful Friday. Here's some of what we recommend for the unseasonably warm weekend:

Through Sat 2/20: "Walking With 'Trane"—the new suite of works by the Brooklyn-based company Urban Bush Women—tries to be the dance equivalent of Coltrane's sweet spot: soulful, rich, and unmistakably original. The suite, cocommisioned by the Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan), celebrates Urban Bush Women's 30th season. Pianist George Coleman supplies the live accompaniment, his own interpretation of A Love Supreme. 7:30 PM

Fri 2/19: Slip into your fanciest getup (or don't) for the Empty Bottle's (1035 N. Western) first ever Winter Formal Dance, featuring Red Francis, the Gnar Wave Rangers, Modern Vices, and Joe Bordenaro. 9 PM

Sat 2/20: Join Good Beer Hunting's Michael Kiser and World Barista Championship winner Stephen Morrissey, along with Intelligentsia Coffee, for a day full of coffee, beer, and coffee beers at Uppers and Downers at Thalia Hall (1227 W. 18th). 11 AM

Sat 2/20: Speak Bitterness is a six-hour performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago) in which the cast confesses their secrets, from the largest sins to the smallest mistakes. The audience is free to come and go as they please. 4 PM

Sat 2/20: Dan Harmon (creator of Community and Rick and Morty) brings his podcast Harmontown to Park West (322 W. Armitage). Anything can happen, so come prepared. 8 PM

Sun 2/21: Kimski, MFK, Rocking Horse, Q-tine, and more serve up their best fries and gravy during Poutine Fest at Chop Shop (2033 W. North). Admission includes two drink tickets, samples from all the restaurants, and a poutine-themed goodie bag. Noon-4 PM

Sun 2/21: Geoffrey Cowan discusses his book Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State). 2:30 PM

For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.


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