5 Things to Do This Weekend: Block Party, Indie Bookstore Crawl

(Courtesy of The Other Art Fair)(Courtesy of The Other Art Fair)

1. Collect

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Art is on display and for sale at two events. The Other Art Fair will host more than 100 artists. Connect with your favorites and shop thousands of original pieces — including paintings, sculptures, mixed media and more. Or visit the Mart’s One of a Kind Spring Show, where you’ll find goods from 300 artists, makers and designers. Shop everything from ceramics and home goods to paintings and fashion.

Details for the Other Art Fair: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. $15-45; children under 12 free / MAP

Details for the One of a Kind Spring Show: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza. $15-20 for ages 12+ / MAP

2. Muse

Get inspired at the Chicago Public Library’s 24th annual Poetry Fest, featuring poetry readings, workshops and panel discussions. Try your hand at a writing session, share your work at an open mic and hear from the Chicago Poet Laureate.

Details: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Free / MAP

3. Gather

Learn about efforts to build a Bronzeville trail at the Celebrate Trails Day Community Block Party. Expect vendors, giveaways, food trucks and a live DJ. The Bronzeville Trail Taskforce is working to develop the Kenwood “L” embankment.

Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 3900 S. Federal St. Free / MAP

4. Support

Celebrate International Bookstore Day with the Chicagoland Bookstore Crawl. You’ll find readings, contests, sales and giveaways at more than 40 indie bookshops. An initial $20 purchase will get you a passport to collect free stamps and stickers from the participating stores. Hit milestones to earn yearlong discounts.

Details: Times and locations vary Saturday.

5. Imagine

Catch the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Little Mermaid” before it closes this weekend. WTTW News theater critic Hedy Weiss called the show “a strange but stunningly performed take” on the classic tale.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. $36-200 / MAP

Victoria Jaiani in Joffrey Ballet production of “The Little Mermaid.” (Credit: Cheryl Mann)Victoria Jaiani in Joffrey Ballet production of “The Little Mermaid.” (Credit: Cheryl Mann)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.

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