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The Mix: Really cool things to do

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HONESTLY, ABE
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born 200 years ago this month, and the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, will host an exhibition of images of Lincoln, some made during his lifetime, others from after his assassination in 1865. Tall Man of Destiny: Images of Abraham Lincoln will open Saturday in the 9th Floor Special Collections Hall and remain open during regular library hours through Feb. 28, 2010. Call (312) 747-4300; www.chicagopubliclibrary.com.

More things to do this weekend after the jump ...

BLEEPIN' HILARIOUS
Our former governor’s outsize behavior has earned him a Second City show all his own, Rod Blagojevich Superstar! Borrowing from a certain ’70s rock opera, this spoof has Rod and Patti filling in for Jesus and Mary Magdalene at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Second City e.t.c., 1608 N. Wells. Tickets are $14. Call (312) 337-3992; www.secondcity.com.

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"Patti, hush! It's my (bleepin') hairstylist!" Lori McClain and Joey Bland as Patti and Rod in "Rod Blagojevich Superstar!" at Second City e.t.c. Theatre.


GOT A MATCH?
Head for the Valentine’s Day Hooley at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday if you’re in the market for a mate. The hooley, an old-fashioned Irish dance and party, will include a Lisdoonvarna corner, named for the site in County Clare of a famous matchmaking festival, complete with a fortune teller. The cost is $12, including sandwiches, tea and soda bread, and a cash bar will be available. Call (773) 282-7035; www.irish-american.org.

SWEET STUFF
Many of the yummy ingredients that go into candy and other sweet treats, like bananas, cinnamon bark, vanilla beans and cocoa, come from trees and other plants. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, is celebrating its resident plants that produce some of those products from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays in February, starting this weekend, as part of the Sweet Saturdays program. This week, Baskin-Robbins and Starbucks Coffee will offer samples of their wares. Suggested donation is $2. Call (312) 746-5100; www.garfieldconservatory.org.

FLOOR ROUTINE
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, will host nearly 4,000 female athletes from 31 states in the 11th annual IGI Chicago Style Gymnastics Meet today through Sunday in Festival Halls A & B. This is the largest invitational gymnastics meet in the world, and spectators are invited to watch all levels of competition in 100,000 square feet of space. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for seniors and children ages 5-10. Children younger than 5 are free. Call (312) 595-7437; www.chicagostylemeet.com.

WHEELIES
Release your inner biker at the 28th annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, today through Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River in Rosemont. Check out the latest dirt bikes, street bikes, cruisers, scooters, vintage bikes and ATVs. Highlights will include the DieHard Chopper, a motorcycle trials stunt show, a “customs showcase” and a “hub” with speakers, seminars, advanced rider clinics and kids’ area. Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-11. Call (800) 331-5706; www.motorcycleshows.com.

BID FOR A DREAM
Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, which helps lighten the load of seriously ill children and their families, will benefit from the 18th annual Dream Date event at 6 tonight at Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Prominent local singles will auction themselves with deluxe date packages that include trips and VIP sports or dining experiences. The evening will be a blast, too, with appetizers, an open bar and live music from iPop. Tickets range from $55-$100. Call (312) 251-7827; www.starlight-midwest.org.

FRIDAY FUN
The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, is hosting its latest First Friday from 6 to 10 tonight. The theme is “Temptation,” and guests can take part in a scavenger hunt, make valentines, dance, get a Dior mini-makeover, sample complimentary hors d’oeuvres and enjoy specialty drinks and cocktails. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (312) 397-4010; www.mcachicago.org. A cash bar will be open until 9:30 p.m.

GUTSY GAL
London-raised and in the Amy Winehouse mold, Kristen Price takes neo-soul to new, sexy, digitized depths. Much like Winehouse, Price’s favorite pastimes include swilling whiskey and chain-smoking, but she also has a habit of banging on the piano to classic Motown records. Think Aretha Franklin meets Fiona Apple, or just sit with the title of her debut album, “Guts & Garbage.” Show time is 10 p.m. Saturday at the House of Blues Back Porch Stage, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call (312) 923-2007; www.hob.com/chicago.

DON'T MISS IT
America In the Age of Obama, a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, will feature Grammy-winning vocalist Linda Clifford, jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis (right), jazz-gospel vocalist Suzanne Palmer, guitarist-vocalists Bruce Mattey and Mark Madsen, the Soul Children of Chicago and the Walter Payton College Prep Concert Choir. Tickets are $35-$55. Call (312) 902-1500; www.ticketmaster.com.

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