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Weekend Warrior: 5 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend

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1. A Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip-Hop Arts
Noon-10 p.m. Sunday at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater; free until 6 p.m. (7 p.m. discussion costs $15)
This day-long event showcases all aspects of Chicago's hip-hop culture, from music (performances from DJs Itch13 and Issues, and an open-mic showcase featuring Idris Goodwin and Poetry Slam champ Roger Bonair-Agrad) to art (Revise CMW will create a live mural, and there will be a gallery exhibition with works for sale from local artists) to politics (the day closes with a 7 p.m. ticketed discussion featuring William "Upski" Wimsatt, former graffiti artists and author of Bomb the Suburbs).

2. 23rd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at Pegasus Players; $12
When it comes to new work and new playwrights, Pegasus has the newest. Now in its 23rd year, the Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide, school-based program that takes hundreds of high-school kids and causes them to create hundreds of scripts. Four are selected by judges, and are performed by Pegasus actors. Sure, the work tends to smell of adolescence, but unlike a lot of playwrights out there, these kids have an iron-clad excuse. Show up to see bright young minds, slightly older theater artists helping them along and audience members supporting an amazing educational program.

3. Disco Biscuits, RJD2, Prefuse 73
8 p.m. Saturday at the Congress Theater; $25-$49.50
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1. A Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip-Hop Arts
Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater; free (7 p.m. discussion costs $15)
This day-long event showcases all aspects of Chicago's hip-hop culture, from music (performances from DJs Itch13 and Issues, and an open-mic showcase featuring Idris Goodwin and Poetry Slam champ Roger Bonair-Agrad) to art (Revise CMW will create a live mural, and there will be a gallery exhibition with works for sale from local artists) to politics (the day closes with a 7 p.m. ticketed discussion featuring William "Upski" Wimsatt, former graffiti artists and author of Bomb the Suburbs).

2. 23rd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at Pegasus Players; $12
When it comes to new work and new playwrights, Pegasus has the newest. Now in its 23rd year, the Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide, school-based program that takes hundreds of high-school kids and causes them to create hundreds of scripts. Four are selected by judges, and are performed by Pegasus actors. Sure, the work tends to smell of adolescence, but unlike a lot of playwrights out there, these kids have an iron-clad excuse. Show up to see bright young minds, slightly older theater artists helping them along and audience members supporting an amazing educational program.

3. Disco Biscuits, RJD2, Prefuse 73
8 p.m. Saturday at the Congress Theater; $25-$49.50
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Are you a former jam-fan who's found life beyond Phish? Do you think music made with only guitars and drums is soo last century? If so, this showcase of top electronic artists is for you. Headliners the Disco Biscuits have been creating their electro-jam fusions for years, and recently have begun to add elements of hip-hop to their serious grooves. RJD2 and Prefuse 73 know a thing or two about that genre; RJ's 2002 album, Deadringer, is considered a modern classic for beatheads (though he's actually turned to singing and instrument-playing in his recent work), and Prefuse's glitchy soundscapes have been rapped over by MCs like local standout Diverse. Expect a head-nodding night.

4. Chinese New Year Celebrations
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday at Ben Pao
This weekend, in honor of the Chinese New Year, Ben Pao will offer a number of symbolic specials, including "long life" noodles and "good luck" chicken salad. On Friday and Saturday, guests can enjoy special lion dance performances and a ceremony courtesy of the Chicago Dragons Association; on Sunday, expect a traditional New Year banquet.

5. Yoga Day USA
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at REI, 1466 N. Halsted
Even if you don't know hatha from a hole in the ground, you gotta give it up for this day of yoga celebration (tagline: "Find upward bliss with downward dog.") Why? Free stuff! REI hosts the biggest celebration in these parts, offering complimentary classes, healthy refreshments and a raffle for a yogi basket complete with a 10-class package from Moksha Yoga. Classes will be held at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; all levels are welcome and mats and props will be supplied.

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