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By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 14, 2008 4:00PM

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It's cliché, to be certain, but it truly wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day weekend in Chicago without the Tossers. Tony Duggins and company have been taking the comparisons to the Pogues in stride for over fifteen years now, and for us they pack way more punk energy in their tunes than MacGowan, Spider Stacy and company ever did. This evening at Metro they kick of a furious four-night swing tour that sees them head east to DC tomorrow and back west to play Milwaukee on the big "everyone's Irish" day. If you have a loose hand near the Bushmills and Guinness and the Duggins brothers are at the bar, you deserve to lose it.

3730 N. Clark St., 8 p.m., $16, 18+.

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Good luck getting tickets to this weekend's Magnetic Fields shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music; all six shows this weekend are sold out. Stephin Merritt brings his long-running project into town in support of their latest album, the wonderful Distortion.

4544 N. Lincoln. This evening's shows start at 7 and 10:30 p.m.

Designer Lorain Croft relies on intuition and interaction with customers to create her inspiring collection of jackets, coats and separates. With a preference for luxurious natural fabrics, Croft trusts the rich textures to drape naturally, guiding the design rather than being confined by it. Croft will host a weekend trunk show beginning this evening at Only She boutique in the Gold Coast.

710 N. State St., 312-335-1353.


As part of the Museum of Science and Industry's diamond anniversary, Food Network personality Alton Brown will give a lecture tomorrow on the food we eat and the scientific principles that govern them. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A. Oh, and this one's sold out, as well.

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. 11 a.m.