Vintage, Afrofuturists, comics, and more

Vintage clothing, art, jewelry, furniture, home decor, and nostalgic items from mid-century through the 1990s are available for the seekers at today’s Vintage Garage meet-up. This is the second to last Vintage Garage before the end of the year, and 75 vendors offering all things vintage (rumor has it there might be a Reader staffer in the mix there with his side hustle!) will be slinging their wares. As the name suggests, VG is hosted in an actual city garage: the fifth floor of the 1800 Maple Self Park (1800 Maple, Evanston). It’s $6 to get in and your kids (and leashed and friendly dogs) are free. You can get advance tickets, parking information, and more tips here or pay cash at the door. The sale happens from 10 AM-4 PM. (SCJ)

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Calling all Afrofuturists! Throughout the summer, the collective TechTonic Black has been providing Afrofuturist-inspired programming to the Lawndale community as part of the Lawndale Pop-Up Spot, an experimental and evolving community museum. Today, TechTonic Black shows even more love to the community by leading the Black Love Parade and Festival. Participants are invited to join them at the Love Blooms Here Plaza (W. Douglas at S. Central Park) decked in their Afrofuturist finest. The parade kicks off at 12:30 PM and finishes around 2 PM, at which time workshops and performances (featuring Soul Messengers, Phenom, Kwon, Keyierra Collins, Chicago Loud 9, and more) will happen until the evening. Everything is free to attend; check out TechTonic Black’s Instagram for updates. (MC)

From 2-4 PM, Lumpen Comics is celebrating the release of its latest issue at the Life on Marz Community Club (1950 N. Western). Come for the art and artists, stay for the tantalizing mix of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and local snacks offered by this Marz Brewery outpost. (MC)

Plant Chicago (4459 S. Marshfield) is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people and businesses to create circular economies, and today they’re hosting a fall fundraiser! The goal of a circular economy is to produce and consume products in ways that reduce waste and promote material reuse, which can be achieved using a variety of strategies. What if the world was built around reducing, reusing, and recycling? Now you’re thinking like a circular economist . . . Learn more while putting the “fun” in “fundraiser” by joining Plant Chicago from 3-6 PM for family-friendly activities like making soap scrubs, mending, tie-dyeing, and taffy apple making. There will also be games, including ones with prizes for adults like Paw Paw liqueur from Apologue Liqueurs, and a vegan-friendly menu by local businesses including tostadas, papas toreados, plátanos, elotes, ice cream sandwiches, beers, and specialty cocktails. Musician Mabel Gladly will also perform. Get your tarot read by local bruja Laura Gonzalez and witness an honest-to-goodness strong man bend nails. This is a zero-landfill event. Tickets start at $90 ($15 for children), and proceeds go entirely to Plant Chicago. Can’t make it but still want to support the cause? You can always donate online. (MC)

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