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LITERARY LOLLAPALOOZA: The Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department kicks off its Story Week Festival of Writers which includes free readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at different venues across the city through the 20th. Tonight, check out literary rock star Joyce Carol Oates reading from her new tome at the Harold Washington Library Center. 6 p.m., 400 S. State Street FREE
CUCKOO FOR COCONUTS: We're starting to see signs of summer, and what better way to start feeling tropical than eating coconut concoctions? Start at the Coconut Prix Fixe at sola restaurant this month. Chef Carol Wollack's 3-course menu is inspired by the tropical fruit for the entire month of March, Mon.-Wed. 13868 N. Lincoln Ave., $30.
COMEDY SLAM: See what transpires when a mixture of experience slam poets and young bucks trying to take their crown throw down at this weekly event at Bolat African Cuisine. It's an open mic, so feel free to get your rhyme on if you've got those kind of skills. 7 p.m., 3346 N. Clark St., FREE