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Rock the Tot
What: Scarf down as many tater tots as you can in six minutes at Bar Louie’s annual competition.
Why: Winner gets free tots for a year and $250 to spend at Bar Louie.
When: Thurs. Registration, 7:30 p.m.; competition, 8 p.m.
Where: 226 W. Chicago Ave., at Wells St. (312-337-3313); and ten other locations in the city and suburbs. Addresses online at restaurants-america.com.
Tabula Tua Warehouse Sale
What: Score 40-70 percent off furniture, tableware, and home accessories from Aire del Sur, Juliska, Mariposa, and more.
Why: It takes Tua.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1009 W. Armitage Ave., b/t Kenmore & Sheffield Aves. (773-525-3500).
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fashion Show
What: Models move off the runway and roam through the gallery to celebrate SAIC’s 75th anniversary.
Why: More than 200 garments that make it work.
When: Preview fundraiser, Thurs., 5:30 p.m.; fashion show, Fri., 2 & 7 p.m.
Where: The Sullivan Galleries, 36 S. Wabash Ave., b/t Madison & Monroe Sts., 7th flr. For tickets to the fundraiser, call 312-899-7404; for the fashion show, call 312-629-6710 or buy online at ticketmaster.com.
Chicago Poetry Tour
What: Explore the city’s neighborhoods and landmarks through music, recordings by poets and scholars, and historic photographs in the Poetry Foundation’s new MP3 and online tour.
Why: Go beyond the Green Mill slams.
When: The meter’s running.
Where: Online at poetryfoundation.org.
The Enterprising Kitchen’s Bubble Bash
What: Fundraiser — music, food, live and silent auctions — for an org that helps low-income women re-enter the workforce.
Why: Bubble your pleasure.
When: Thurs., 5:30 p.m.
Where: Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., at Montrose Ave. Tickets at 773-506-3880 or online at theenterprisingkitchen.org.