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Teach Me How to Haka

Players on New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team perform a traditional Maori Haka dance before every match, so they'll probably bust it out before playing the U.S. Eagles in Chicago this weekend.

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Kitties on Demand

Uber is offering 15 minutes of kitty playtime delivered wherever you are through their app, today between 12pm and 4pm, with the proceeds going to local shelters.

The October Surprise, with Fries

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner made a Chicagoland-sized faux pas when he ordered a hot dog with ketchup yesterday at a suburban Portillo's. Twitter exploded; Rauner's Press Secretary insists that the dog was for her...but how can we really know?

Catholic School Closings

Cardinal Francis George said some schools run by the archdiocese will be closed or consolidated due to decreasing enrollment and rising costs.

Watch Chicagoland Spread

A video from the NYU Stern Urbanization Project shows the spread of the Chicago metropolis from 1850 to 2000.

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How CPS Became the Worst

The School Project is a multimedia exploration of the condition of the Chicago Public Schools, including a six-part documentary series, interactive map and collection of stories from students, parents, faculty and staff. The first episode, about how CPS became known as the "worst in the nation," premiered last night.

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The Milwaukee Canyon

Curbed maps all the development along Milwaukee Avenue -- much of it much taller than what's currently there.

Scare Local

The Chicago Reader has some suggestions for the best horror films shot and set in Chicago.

Demolition Men

Inmates from Cook County jails on (unpaid) work release are helping cities tear down abandoned buildings in blighted areas.

T-Shirt Activism

A group of DePaul students are selling "Consent the D" t-shirts to support the movement against sexual assault on campus.

Archives

“Take notes, and don't be afraid to see something to haven't heard of -- that's the point of a film festival, isn't it?”

read more in A/C

Under the Hood

Book Club

Weekend of Woe/"Wow!" (Chicago Humanities Festival)

by Alex Thompson

Book Club

Jamaica Kincaid Discusses Voice, Working at New Yorker

by Jack McCormick

A/C

"Mirror of Enlightenment" Arrives at Harris Theater

by Sarah Brooks

Transmission

Stars Align: Mike Maimone and Archie Powell

by Mike Ewing

A/C

Halloween! Visit Logan Square's Dr. Frankenstein

by A/C

Book Club

Bored? Here's a Novel Idea...

by Jack McCormick

Transmission

Stephin Merritt Coming to Chicago for a Rare Solo Performance

by Julian Ramirez

Transmission

Hozier Takes Us to Church @ Metro, 10/26

by Sarah Brooks

A/C

Aston Rep's The Lieutenant of Inishmore: Four Dead Fellas, Two Dead Cats...

by Nancy Bishop

Tailgate

The Dance to Get Joe Maddon is Worth It for the Cubs

by Chad Ruter

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings

Slowdown

10/31Friday

6:00 PThe Trip to Italy @ Film Center

6:00 PSing-A-Long Chicago @ Auditorium

6:30 PNorthalsted Halloween Parade

7:00 PMoonlight Manor @ Moonlight Studios

7:00 PHaunted Punch House

8:00 PVocalo Thriller Dance Party

9:00 PBoneshaker @ Redmoon Theater

9:00 PBloodiest, Outer Mind @ Empty Bottle

10:00 PRocky Horror Review @ Mayne Stage

10:00 PHalloween Party @ Flats Studio

11:59 PNocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball @ Metro

11/01Saturday

2:30 PDan Harmon & Harmontown @ Music Box

3:00 PDay of the Dead @ Museum of Mexican Art

8:00 PChicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's

8:00 PHood Internet @ Double Door

8:00 PSongs of Stephanie Morris @ Hideout

9:00 PFreakeasy's Dead Celebrities @ Metro

10:00 PPianos Become the Teeth @ Beat Kitchen

11/02Sunday

9:00 AClosing Reception: Soul Kitchen @ Kitchen Space

12:00 PJeremy Scahill @ Loyola Crown Hall

1:00 PCentral Manufacturing District Walking Tour

1:00 PTop Hats & Tales @ Green Mill

2:00 P Illinois BBQ Alliance's Autumn Smoke @ Joe's Bar

6:00 PNik Wallenda Tightrope Walk

11/03Monday

7:00 PBlonde Redhead @ Bottom Lounge

11/04Tuesday

7:00 PTuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

7:00 PElection Night w/Mick & Ben @ Hideout

7:00 PMark Lanegan Band @ Bottom Lounge

11/05Wednesday

8:00 PSound Opinions: The Beatles vs. The Stones @ Old Town School of Folk Music

11/06Thursday

6:00 PSAIC Visiting Artists Program: Lewis Hyde

6:30 PLincoln Square Wine Stroll

6:30 PTobias Frere-Jones @ SAIC

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