Get Down With the Force at United Center

Plus Quimby's throws a comic book sale, 826CHI encourages cheating, and Berlin pays tribute to Madonna

By Hunter Clauss
|  Saturday, Dec 5, 2009  |  Updated 8:45 AM CDT
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Get Down With the Force at United Center

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WESTWOOD , CA - MAY 12: Chewbacca arrives at the "Star Wars Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith" Los Angeles Premiere at the Mann Village Theatre on May 12, 2005 in Westwood, California. The premiere benefits the charity Artists for a New South Africa and its comprehensive, ground-breaking program for South African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

FUNNY BOOKS: All comics and graphic novels at alternative bookstore Quimby’s will be 25 percent off today. So that includes anything from the muscle-bound superhero books to the scantily clad skin comixxxs. 1854 W. North Ave.; Wicker Park. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A GAME FOR CHEATERS: Dave Egger’s Chicago-based nonprofit, 826CHI, hosts a Scrabble tournament in which cheating is encouraged. That’s because money can be donated to the Scrabble teams, who can then use the donated money to buy cheats during game. But all proceeds go toward 826 in the end. 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Wicker Park. Saturday. Noon. $30 to compete.

GOING ROGUE: If you’re still looking for X-Mas gifts, then check out one of Chicago's biggest DIY expos. The Renegade Craft Fair descends on the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse for Saturday and Sunday, and it features more than 150 indie designers and retailers. 1419 W. Blackhawk St.; Wicker Park. Saturday and Sunday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

FEELIN’ THE FORCE: Put on your best Darth Vader costume because the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays some tunes from the “Star Wars” films at the United Center. (Hopefully, they’ll stick to the originals. Sorry Jar Jar.) 1901 W. Madison St.; West Side. Sunday. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. $39.50 to $85.

BURN’ UP FOR YOUR LOVE: Berlin kicks out the old-school Madonna jams with Madonna-Rama. There’s also a “commemorative” T-shirt giveaway, and the $5 cover goes to Chicago Gives. 954 W. Belmont Ave.; Lakeview. 10 p.m. $5. 21 and older.

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