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October 2003

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Critical Mass

This year's October Critical Mass falls on Halloween, so it should be even more spectacular than usual. (Past October rides: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.) Bring your bike and costume to Daley Plaza, Dearborn and Washington, around 5:30 p.m. Afterwards there will be a party at the Handlebar, 2311 W. North.

Dolorous Canter Video Shoot/Halloween Party

See this entry for details.

Last day of Demon Dogs

It's time to pay final respects at Demon Dogs, for 20 years an institution under the Fullerton El stop. It closes today as part of the CTA's Brown Line expansion.

Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

Boo! The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, that amazing family act consisting of dad Jason (keyboards), wife Tina (slide projector), and daughter Rachel (drums), will be playing a Halloween night show at The Old Town School of Folk Music at 7:30PM. The recital hall is excellent at the school, so expect a wonderful show full of songs about miscellaneous found slides. And don't be surprised if you get some Halloween treats! 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Tickets: (773) 728-6000.

Horrorfest Film Festival

The annual Chicago Horrorfest Film Festival scares up a crowd tonight at the 3 Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., from 5pm to midnight. It's an all-ages event, featuring the U.S. premier of Unearthly Harvest and Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (X). Hosted by Gothic Chicago's Mistress Xena. More info on the festival site.

Steinski @ Smart Bar.

With a career that spans 20 years and a modest yet highly influential catalog, Steinski is one of the most highly regarded remixers and DJs in the music industry. Half of his work has never been officially released due to copyright considerations, and that just makes his stuff all the more cool. Inexplicably, he's coming to town, and he'll be at Smart Bar tonight at 10 PM. If you want a lesson from the old school, be here tonight. Smart Bar: 3730 N. Clark. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, or at the Metro box office.

Bridge Release Party

Super-kewl lit/music/film magazine Bridge Magazine will be throwing an issue release party this weekend. $10 gets you in and gives you two free drinks. Thursday October 30, 8pm. 119 North Peoria, #3D. For more info telephone at 312-421-2227.

What are Reasonable Restrictions in Time of War?

Three Chicago area journalism organizations, in association with the Illinois Library Association, are co-sponsoring a free panel lecture titled, "First Amendment: What are Reasonable Restrictions in Time of War?" Some of the panelists include Federal Judge William J. Bauer, moderator; Former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas; Joel Daly of WLS-TV; and Bernard Judge, editor of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The forum takes place from Noon to 2pm, Thursday, October 30 at the First Floor Gallery, Room 106, Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Ave. A free brown bag lunch will also be provided courtesy of the Kirkland & Ellis law firm. Call 312-578-9114 for more information.

Lakeview Shelter Halloween Bash

Come to Murphy's Bleachers, 3655 North Sheffield, for a beer bash and costume party benefiting the Lakeview Shelter, a nonprofit serving men who are homeless or formerly homeless in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood for over 20 years. For just $25/advance and $30 @ the door, you get five hours of unlimited beer, wine and soda and food (burgers and such). Party band El Guapo will perform, and there will be a costume contest -- with a separate division just for Steve Bartman impersonators. Party starts at 7pm. Purchase tickets here or at the door. 21 and over, obviously.

Stuart Davis @ Uncommon Ground

The originator and sole practitioner of Post-Apocalyptic Punk Folk, Stuart Davis will be doing two shows October 29th at Uncommon Ground. If acoustic songs about God, Death and/or Sex performed by a bald lunatic is your thing, make a reservation now. It's guaranteed to be standing room only for both shows.

Hoot Night

Thomas Dunning's Hoot Night -- many bands, one theme -- returns to Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, after a seven-month absence. The theme: "1969 vs. 1989." $10.

Spiritualized

Jason Pierce, former singer/guitarist for the British group Spaceman 3, founded Spiritualized in 1989. Tonight they appear at The Vic Theatre at 3145 N. Sheffield playing songs from their new album 'Amazing Grace.' The show starts at 8pm. Call 773-472-0449 for more information.

Kla @ Chicago Cultural Center

Ireland's Kla make their Chicago debut tonight at the Chicago Cultural Center in a free concert in Preston Bradley Hall at 7pm. Kila has been described as "the closest ...Irish music will get to techno." Kla's unique sound stems from melding Celtic folk music with gypsy, reggae and rock using traditional instruments such as whistles, pipes and fiddles but also incorporating brass, woodwind and electric instruments.

Chicago Wine and Food Festival

Sam's Wines & Spirits presents the Inaugural Chicago Wine and Food Festival on October 26, 2003 at the Finkl Steel Loft (2011 N Southport). The full day schedule features over 100 wines and 20 restaurants, including cheese tastings, olive oil sampling, Vosges truffle tasting and education, cooking classes, wine seminars, just to name a few of the day's events. The event lasts from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. with chefs on hand from each of the participating restaurants to answer questions. Live music and parking provided on site.

Horrorfest Film Festival

The annual Chicago Horrorfest Film Festival gets underway at the 3 Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. from 3pm to midnight. It's an all-ages event, featuring the U.S. premier of Unearthly Harvest and Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (X). Hosted by Gothic Chicago's Mistress Xena. More info on the festival site. (Also running Thursday, October 30 from 5pm to midnight.)

Akram Khan Company

Kaash, the Hindi word for if, explores the forces of creation and destruction--from the power of Hindu gods to the black holes of modern physics. Come to the Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend as Akram Khan and his dancers perform to a mesmerizing score by BBC Radio award-winning Nitin Sawhney. MCA Members $17, Public $22. Contact the museum at (312) 280-2660 for more information. Performances are 7:30pm Friday & Saturday, 3pm on Sunday.

"Psycho" at Soldier Field

Unless you've got a ticket to watch the Bears, this is the only way you're getting in to see the newly "renovated" Soldier Field this year. This Fall festival features carnival rides, hay rides, games and food outside the stadium, and Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho" at 7:30pm. on the stadium's two huge screens. Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 2-11pm. Amazingly, admission is just $2. For more info, call 312/742-7529 or on the Soldier Field website.

Chuck Jones Tribute

Laugh yourself silly at a tribute to the late Looney Tunes director Chuck Jones. This retrospective screening will features a 14 classic cartoons, including "Rabbit of Seville," the original "Duck Dodgers in the 24th and 1/2 Century," "Little Beau Pepe" and "One Froggy Evening." Tickets are $6 through TicketWeb or at the box office. Part of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. 12:30-2:30pm, Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chowhound Allnightathon

Chicago's Chowhounds know how they'll be using their extra hour this weekend: eating. Their Allnightathon will dirty tablecloths from Hyde Park to Uptown and at many points between. The fun ends with an early-morning stroll through the buffet line that is Maxwell Street Market. Related: 24-hour diners and greasy spoons.

WPA Mural Tour

As part of the Chicago Neighborhood Tours series, author Heather Becker leads a bus tour of some of the recently rediscovered and restored WPA murals around the city. Stops include the Chicago Conservation Center, Lucy Flower High School, Nettlehorst Elelmentary and Lane Tech. Tour departs from the Chicago Cultural Center at Michigan and Randolph at 10am (check-in is at 9), returning at 3:30pm. Tickets are $50 adults, $45 for seniors and students; includes lunch. Call 312/742-1190 for more information or to order tickets.

Asian American Jazz Festival

Hothouse is hosting the Asian American Jazz Festival this Friday and Saturday night. Day two highlights acts from or with a connection to Chicago's sister city, Osaka, Japan, including Ruriko Ogani, Jennifer and the Shirayuri Shojo Choir, Yoko Noge and the Jazz Me Blues All Stars and Seiji Yuguchi Wabi Blues section, Osaka's Hide's Blues Band and Mia Park's Panda Panda from Chicago. Hothouse is at 31 E. Balbo. Tickets are $18 each night ($15 for students), 21 & over. Call 312/362-9707 for more info.

Akram Khan Company

Kaash, the Hindi word for if, explores the forces of creation and destruction--from the power of Hindu gods to the black holes of modern physics. Come to the Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend as Akram Khan and his dancers perform to a mesmerizing score by BBC Radio award-winning Nitin Sawhney. MCA Members $17, Public $22. Contact the museum at (312) 280-2660 for more information. Performances are 7:30pm Friday & Saturday, 3pm on Sunday.

Asian American Jazz Festival

Hothouse is hosting the Asian American Jazz Festival this Friday and Saturday night. Day one features performers with "a connection to the Far East," including the Gomong Monk Project, William Roper's "Purple Gums," the Jeff Chan Quartet and the Jonathan Chen Band. Hothouse is at 31 E. Balbo. Tickets are $18 each night ($15 for students), 21 & over. Call 312/362-9707 for more info.

"Psycho" at Soldier Field

Unless you've got a ticket to watch the Bears, this is the only way you're getting in to see the newly "renovated" Soldier Field this year. This Fall festival features carnival rides, hay rides, games and food outside the stadium, and Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho" at 7:30pm. on the stadium's two huge screens. Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 2-11pm. Amazingly, admission is just $2. For more info, call 312/742-7529 or on the Soldier Field website.

Tiki Party @ Quimby's

Chicago author and tiki collector Duke Carter signs copies of his new book, "Tiki Quest: Collecting the Exotic Past," at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., at 7:30pm. The Barefoot Hawaiians will perform the hula, and who knows what other tiki madness may occur. Call 773/342-0910 for more information.

Akram Khan Company

Kaash, the Hindi word for if, explores the forces of creation and destruction--from the power of Hindu gods to the black holes of modern physics. Come to the Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend as Akram Khan and his dancers perform to a mesmerizing score by BBC Radio award-winning Nitin Sawhney. MCA Members $17, Public $22. Contact the museum at (312) 280-2660 for more information. Performances are 7:30pm Friday & Saturday, 3pm on Sunday.

AfterHours at the Art Institute

The Art Institute's AfterHours offers a chance to tour the new exhibit, "Manet and the Sea," as well as mingle with other art lovers over drinks, apps and DJ Madrid's fine beats. Ticket price includes admission to the museum and select galleries, tours and appetizers, but it's a cash bar. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. 5:30-9pm. Tickets are $20-25; call 312/575-8000 for the box office.

Dylan Rice

Dylan Rice will be peforming at Uncommon Ground (1214 W. Grace) tonight at 8 pm. The show is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. All funds raised will benefit the Young Women Empowerment Resource Project.

Bowl for Girl World

Girl World a division of Alternatives Inc. is having a fundraiser tonight at Diversey River Bowl (2211 W. Diversey) from 7-10 pm. For $40, about what it normally costs, you can bowl to raise money for a program which serves girls in the Roger's Park, Edgewater, and Uptown neighborhoods. Girl World is an after-school program that fosters "self-determination and the safe space for young women to engage in positive self-expression."

Alloy Orchestra and Nosferatu

Alloy Orchestra, called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films" by Roger Ebert, is accompanying a screening of the 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, October 22, 8 p.m.

Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball

Goths from all over the area will be decending on Metro tonight for the annual NOCTURNA All Hallow's Eve Ball! Live music, a legendary costume contest, give-aways, DJ Scary Lady Sarah, and more! At Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. 10p.m. - 4a.m. $10.00 admission, 18 and over.

"There is a very special give-away this night for the new Bruderschaft CD, "Forever". This CD release party will also be a fundraising event, where we will be asking our patrons to make their own individual contributions to the Bruderschaft cause by taking up donations throughout the night & AGP will be donating a portion of the night's proceeds to local cancer charity, the Leukemia Research Foundation." -- Gothic Chicago

Orgasmic Birth

"Joined by a panel of mothers who have experienced orgasmic birth, Jo Anne Lindberg of Birthlink will lead this fascinating workshop. They will share their secrets to a pain-free birth and discuss various birth options." 7:30pm at Early to Bed, 5232 N Sheridan Rd. Reservations recommended; cost is $10 per person. 18 and over.

Potential laureates reading

Michael Anania and Haki Madhubuti, two of five finalists for the vacant position of Illinois Poet Laureate, are reading tonight in the Ballroom of the School of the Art Institute, 112 S. Michigan Ave, 6:30 p.m.

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros will be reading from the new paperback version of her book Caramelo at Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) tonight at 6 pm. Women & Children First is a co-sponsor of this event.

Young Feminist Book Club

This month's selection is Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers edited by Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender. Discussion will begin at the store at 7:30. Books purchased for the book club receive a 10% discount. And to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the book club, there is going to be snacks and champagne. Just send an email to Carmela so she can purchase enough goodies.

Pontiac Flea Market

The Pontiac Flea Market is taking place at the Pontiac Cafe (1531 N. Damen) from 10-4.

Andersonville Arts Smorgasbord

Andersonville has been filling up with galleries and artist studios over recent years. Here's a chance to see what kind of art is being produced in the area, presented at more than 20 venues throughout the neighborhood. It's free, and it runs from 11am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday. Check Andersonville.org for the full schedule.

SOFA Expo

The 10th annual SOFA Expo is at Navy Pier Oct. 17-19 -- go see the impressive array of "Sculpture Objects and Functional Art" in this gigantic show -- you will be tired by the end. Admission is $12 or $20 for a three-day pass, open 11am-8pm Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.

Fast Forward Film Festival

Come to open-end gallery at 2000 W. Fulton, just south of Grand/Damen, to watch the results of the 11th episode of Fast Forward Film Festival. As many as 30 film-making teams will have created 3-minute films based on a common theme -- this time it's "at the drive-in" -- in just 24 hours, having recieved their assignments the night before. The show starts at 8pm. $5 donation & BYOB.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL this weekend, October 16-18. Daily general admission is $10 at the door for access to the exhibit hall. Or, register for any one of the over 100 different classes and workshops being offered. View the full schedule at the website.

Andersonville Arts Smorgasbord

Andersonville has been filling up with galleries and artist studios over recent years. Here's a chance to see what kind of art is being produced in the area, presented at more than 20 venues throughout the neighborhood. It's free, and it runs from 11am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday. Check Andersonville.org for the full schedule.

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Throughout October, works by the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative will be shown in restaurants and businesses all over Lincoln Square. On October 18 from noon-5pm, visit the CPC's workshop at 4642 N. Western and see a printmaking demonstration before going on a guided tour of the neighborhood and the prints.

SOFA Expo

The 10th annual SOFA Expo is at Navy Pier Oct. 17-19 -- go see the impressive array of "Sculpture Objects and Functional Art" in this gigantic show -- you will be tired by the end. Admission is $12 or $20 for a three-day pass, open 11am-8pm Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.

The Tomato Lady Talks

The Tomato Lady, a local expert and cultivator of 75 heirloom tomatoes in her small backyard, is giving a talk Saturday morning. At the Culinary Historians of Chicago meeting, Aggie Nehmzow will discuss organic farming of heirloom varieties of produce, biodiversity, community gardens, and teaching children about the importance of organic gardening. Saturday, October 18, 10-noon, at the Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark St. $10 for the public, $5 for students, free for Culinary Historians. To reserve a spot in the lecture, email rsvpchc[at]yahoo.com.

Bubba Ho-Tep.

The film event of the year for a certain portion of film fans will undoubtedly be tonight's Chicago premiere of Bubba Ho-Tep, the much talked-about instant cult classic that pits an aging Elvis Presley (played by cult film legend Bruce Campbell) and John F. Kennedy (played by Ossie Davis -- yes, Ossie Davis) against an ancient soul-sucking mummy that lurks in their retirement community. The movie has been playing the festival circuit since last year, slowly gaining word-of-mouth publicity and awards for the performances, and now it's finally getting an official release across the country. If all that isn't enough to make you want to show up for this flick, star Bruce Campbell will be putting in an appearance at tonight's premiere (schedule permitting). No word as to whether he'll be fighting any mummies at the appearance. The film is at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark at Diversey). Check local listings for showtimes, as the kids say.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL this weekend, October 16-18. Daily general admission is $10 at the door for access to the exhibit hall. Or, register for any one of the over 100 different classes and workshops being offered. View the full schedule at the website.

Chicago Art Open

Tonight is the artists' reception for the 6th annual Chicago Art Open, featuring works by 275 professional and 50 student artists. Meet nearly all 325 artists from 6-9pm in the 3rd Floor Gallery at 847 W. Jackson St. The show itself runs October 12-19. Sponsored by the Chicago Artists' Coalition; more info on their site.

SOFA Expo

The 10th annual SOFA Expo is at Navy Pier Oct. 17-19 -- go see the impressive array of "Sculpture Objects and Functional Art" in this gigantic show -- you will be tired by the end. Admission is $12 or $20 for a three-day pass, open 11am-8pm Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.

Dita von Teese

Dita von Teese, renowned burlesque dancer and girlfriend of Marilyn Manson, will be performing tonight only at Vision DOME, 640 N. Dearborn. She'll be doing two performances between 10pm and 4am. (Mr. Manson will also be skulking around.) From 10 to 11, the bar will be "hosted by Effen Vodka," which probably means drink specials. Tickets are $20 at the door, and it's obviously 21 or over. More info at Black Market Chicago.

Neal Pollack

Former Reader and McSweeney's writer Neal Pollack returns to town to promote his latest book, "Never Mind the Pollacks." At 12:30 he'll read at Borders (150 N. State), then at 9 open with his band, The Neal Pollack Invasion, for comedy troupe Schadenfreude at the Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport; $20).

A 60-Minute History of Humankind.

The Neo-Futurists, that wonderfully funny troupe of actors, performers and authors, kick off their 2003-04 prime time season tonight with the premiere of the brand-new play, "A 60 Minute History of Humankind". Can the entire history of our world be condensed into a single hour? If anyone can do it, bet on the Neo-Futurists. (GB connection: the play is being produced by our very own Amy Carlton! Hooray!) The play runs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 through November 22. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. Reservations: 773-275-5255.

National Feral Cat Day

In honor of National Feral Cat Day, members of the ChicagoLand Stray Cat Coalition will be taking 100 area feral cats to the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago to receive free spay/neuter services and free Rabies and Distemper vacinations. Eartipping and termination of pregnancies will also be done for free. In addition, FIV/FeLV testing, Microchipping and an application of Revolution will be done at cost if requested. Contact 847-289-4557 or ChgoLandStrays@aol.com for more information on how to get involved.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL this weekend, October 16-18. Daily general admission is $10 at the door for access to the exhibit hall. Or, register for any one of the over 100 different classes and workshops being offered. View the full schedule at the website.

Sand Mandala

The Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago celebrates its 75th anniversary with the creation and destruction of a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala by Geshe Gendun Gyatso, a Chicago-based Tibetan monk. You can watch him work from 8am-4pm at 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Free.

Neal Pollack

Former Reader and McSweeney's writer Neal Pollack returns to town to promote his latest book, "Never Mind the Pollacks." There will be a free reading at Quimby's (1854 W. North) at 7:30, followed by a 9:30 show at the Subterranean (2011 W. North) with his band, The Neal Pollack Invasion ($8).

UniverSoul Circus

The UniverSOUL circus is in town! Billing themselves as "the best in urban family entertainment", the circus features Chinese acrobats, Siberian white tigers and Colombian motorcycle daredevils. Check it out through Oct. 19 at Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr. ($10)

Roaring '20s Party

A "Roaring '20s Party" to benefit the Edgewater Historical Society Museum (5358 N. Ashland) will be held at Speakeasy Supper Club, 1401 W. Devon from 7pm to 10pm.

"Costume Contest, Silent Auction, Raffle Baskets of Treasures, Trivia Contest, Music, Entertainment, Appitizers and Libations Provided."

Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 773/506-4849 for more information or to order tickets.

Love Your Body Day

Chicago's National Organization for Women is sponsoring a poetry slam to celebrate Love Your Body Day. Aside from female poets sharing their poems throughout the night, there will be a performance by that radical cheerleading troupe Lickety Split. You can catch the festivities tonight at The Hearty Boys (3404 N. Halsted) beginning at 8 pm. It's free, but donations are welcome.

Blog Meetup Day

Calling all Chicago Bloggers. It's the third Wednesday of the month which means it must be International Blog Meetup Day! Come meet some of your fellow bloggers this month at Southport Lanes located at 3325 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657 starting at 7pm. Let us know you're coming via RSVP at Meetup.com. Hope to see you there.

Michael Moore book signing.

Michael Moore will be signing copies of his new book, Dude Where's My Country?, at the Borders store at State and Randolph (150 N. State) today at 12:00. Didn't even know there was a new Michael Moore book out, did ya? That darn liberal media. More info: (312) 606-0750 or see the Borders stores Website.

Michael Chabon Lecture

Michael Chabon, award-winning author of Wonderboys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, will be speaking October 13 as part of the the Library Community Foundation's Literary Circle program. The lecture will be held at Glenbrook South High School, 4000 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, 7:30-9pm. Tickets are $25, call 847/353-7143 to order.

Chicago Marathon

Chicago's biggest sporting event kicks off at 8 a.m. in Grant Park, then heads through Downtown, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Old Town, Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown and Bronzeville. Never watched a marathon? Here's how. Be early, be loud, be moved.

Ravenswood Corridor Art and Industry Walk

Today is the Ravenswood Corridor Art and Industry Walk which will take place from 12-6pm on Ravenswood Avenue between Cornelia and Lawrence (on the east and west side of the Metra tracks.) The corridor has more than 160 firms which employ more than 4,000 people and generate more than $50 million per year in annual payrolls. There is a wonderful mix of manufacturing warehouse tours, artisans open houses, and high-tech demonstrations. If you're into knitting or spinning you should make sure to visit Lorna's Laces at 4229 N. Honore Street. There aren't any stores in the Chicago area who sell her materials but you may be able to pick up some experimental dyelots or seconds for a very fair price.

Ravenswood Corridor Arts & Industry Walk

Check out all the great galleries and studios -- as well as the manufacturing companies -- along Ravenswood Avenue from Cornelia to Lawrence. Start at the new Lillstreet Art Center (formerly in Lincoln Park on, well, Lill Street), 4401 N. Ravenswood,and work your way up from there, live music and great restaurants along your path. Noon to 6pm, free. Hosted by the Jane Addams Resource Corporation and The Chicago Women's Caucus for Art. More info here, or call 773.728.9769.

Edward Said Memorial Concert

CSO maestro and Israeli Daniel Barenboim leads a group of Arab and Palestinian musicians in a concert in memory of his friend and Palestinian activist-intellectual Edward Said. Mrs. Said will be in attendance. The concert is free. The Concert will take place at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall (1131 East 57th St., corner of University Ave. and 57th St.) on Sunday, October 12th at 11 am.

Bar Garage Sale

Stuff from several local bars will be on sale this coming weekend at a bar garage sale. Expect to find chairs, computers and cables, neon signs, bar stools, props, tables, glassware, lighting, bric-a-brac, and sound equipment. Located in the alley behind Get Me High Lounge, the sale is on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, at 11am. 1758 N. Honore.

Death Cab for Cutie @ Metro

Death Cab for Cutie, kings of the emotional songplay their songs as well as debut their new material at The Metro for two nights. 10/10 and 10/11. $13, 9pm.

Inside Acme Arts

Acme Arts Community the first artist planned and owned community in Chicago, is offering a guided tour of the resident artists' living and work spaces at 1pm on Saturday, and studios will be open from noon till 6pm Saturday and Sunday. 2418 W. Bloomingdale Ave. (1700 N. Western). Call 773/612-6584 for more information.

South Loop Gallery Tour

Head down to the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., between noon and 5pm to pick up a map for your self-guided tour of the many galleries in the South Loop, "Chicago's newest arts district." Visit galleries between Madison and Roosevelt, Michigan and Dearborn. Make sure you're back at the Fine Arts Building Gallery to catch a lecture by Frank Vodvarka at 2pm.

Death Cab for Cutie @ Metro

Death Cab for Cutie, kings of the emotional songplay their songs as well as debut their new material at The Metro for two nights. 10/10 and 10/11. $13, 9pm.

Art is Not Dying, It's Dreaming

New works of art at the opening reception at Chicago's Sound Gallery by Andrew Gill, Lacey Graves and Matt Granstrom. Friday Oct. 10, 6pm-10pm. The exhbition runs through from Oct 10th - 31st. 1821. W. North Ave.

Dead Show

Each artist in the Dead Show presents their interpretation of their own funeral, casket, service or eulogy. Artists include Eric Medine, Dave Pearson, Tom Waters, Ralph Barton, Dan Layne and E.K. Buckley. Opens tonight 6-10pm at Drive-Thru Studios, 626 W. 18th St., and runs through the end of the month.

Artisans 21: 25th Anniversary

Artisans 21 Gallery, one of the coutry's oldest artist-run co-op galleries, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gallery opening from 6-9pm, showcasing the works of its 23 members. Free. 5225 S. Harper Ave. (Hyde Park). Call 773/288-7450 for more information.

NEIU Coming Out Ball

Northeastern Illinois University is hosting its annual Coming Out Ball and fundraiser. If you're a student of the university you get in free, if you aren't you'll have to pay $8. All money raised will be given to the Lesbian Community Cancer Project and the Testing Positive Awareness Network. It will begin tonight at 8 pm at Alumni Hall, located at 5500 North Saint Louis Avenue. This is an alcohol free event, but there will be music by Emberswift, DJ Michael and there will be a silent auction.

Esme Raji Codell

Esme Raji Codell, who wrote Educating Esme (a book about her teaching experiences in a Chicago Public School), will be presenting her book How to Get Your Child to Love Reading at Women & Children First tonight at 7:30 pm. More info here.

The Fire Theft @ Bottom Lounge

The Fire Theft, all former members of seminal emo band Sunny Day Real Estate bring album release tour to Chicago for two nights at the Bottom Lounge. Not to be missed. 10/08, 10/09. $13. 6pm, all ages

The Fire Theft @ Bottom Lounge

The Fire Theft, all former members of seminal emo band Sunny Day Real Estate bring album release tour to Chicago for two nights at the Bottom Lounge. Not to be missed. 10/08, 10/09. $13. 6pm, all ages

The Inflammation Syndrome

Inflammation. It's the cause of conditions ranging from arthritis to allergies to some kinds of cancer, according to "nutrition reporter" Jack Challem. And having one of these ailments may make you prone to others. But there are diagnostic tests and supplements that can ease the pain, he asserts. So if you're inflamed, or just inflamed-curious, you might wish to take in Challem's lecture, "The Inflammation Syndrome," sponsored by the Nutrition for Optimal Health Association, 7:30 pm, October 8, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel (4500 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood). Free for NOHA members, $5 for students, $10 for everybody else.

Two Years Since the Invasion: The True Costs of War

On the second anniversary of the the US bombing of Afghanistan, Peace Pledge Chicago will hold a demonstration and march in the Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) at 4:30 pm.

Tribute to Robert Downey, Jr.

The actor receives the 39th Chicago International Film Festival's Career Achievement Award before the Midwest premiere screening of "The Singing Detective," in which he stars. Program also includes career-highlight film clips and an onstage interview. Precedes Mon. 10/6 screening of The Singing Detective at The Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave.

33rd Annual Artists' Open House

More than 70 artists show their work in over 40 locations around 18th and Halsted during this long-running artists' open house. Pick up a map at CS:33/The Curated Show, 2003 S. Halsted St., and head out to explore artists' studios in the area. Runs Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm. Free. More info here.

Fray Day 7

Fray Day 7 is upon us, and for once Chicago is one of the venues. Come to the Noble Fool, 16 W. Randolph, Sunday at 7 for an evening of great storytelling. Featured performers are David Kokeski, Billy Lombardo, Elyzabeth Ashe, Jason Pettus and Tyler Bohne. No word if there's a fee, but bring a little cash for donation and beverages. More info here.

Justice for Barry

Barry Cunnane was shot in Ravenswood on May 24. His killer is still at large. A benefit, Justice for Barry, will be held Sunday, October 5th from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago. The event will feature a bevy of Irish music, contemporary and traditional, and a raffle. Donations will be accepted at the door.

The Mayor's Mouth

The Mayor's Mouth is a live action cooking show based on the favorite recipes of Chicago's mayors from Mike Bilandic to Prince Richie Daley, as reported in the 1989 cookbook Chicago Celebrity Chefs (foreword by Mike Ditka). A special Pilsen Arts Walk performance is scheduled for 1pm Sunday at Sanctuary and Fire Arts Garden on the corner of 19th and Peoria, one block west of Halsted.

This performance will feature Jane Byrne's "Snowbirds" and Harold Washington's Dessert Bars. "One lucky audience member will get to sample Jane Byrne's pineapple-infused shrimp salad and in the fairer than fair grand tradition of Washington's grassroots campaign and administration, every audience member will get a piece of the pie. (actual pie not included, dessert bars instead)."

It's all free, but donations are appreciated, and copies of the cookbook will be sold for $10 cheap, with proceeds to benefit I-80 Drama Co. and The Lakefront Foundation.

Outrageous Open Studio Walk

The Glenwood Avenue arts district, a loose collection of artist studios, galleries and shops along Glenwood on both sides of the Red Line tracks in Rogers Park, is holding a studio walk and street fair from noon to 6pm. Live music, kids activities and a chili cook-off suppliment the peak into artist studos. Jump off at the Morse stop and head north. For more info, call 847/982-3211.

Harold Washington: Man and Movement

The Chicago Historical Society, on Clark Street at North Avenue, will have a special exhibit commemorating the legacy of Harold Washington on the 20th anniversary of his first election. Opens today, runs through the end of May. More info here.

"Three Tales" Video Opera

Three Tales: A Three Part Digital Documentary Video Opera. The Chicago premiere of Steve Reich & Beryl Korot's new multimedia opera, with live orchestral accompaniment. (Read more about it here.) Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Call 773-722-5463 or 312-902-1500 for tickets.

Pug Crawl

Yes, you read that right: a pug crawl. This Saturday from 1-5pm the streets of Lincoln Park will be mobbed by 250-300 pugs, tongues hanging everywhichway. The action starts at The New City YMCA, 1515 N. Halsted and makes its way north. All people welcome, but only pugs (no, not even weiner dogs) can join the crawl.

33rd Annual Artists' Open House

More than 70 artists show their work in over 40 locations around 18th and Halsted during this long-running artists' open house. Pick up a map at CS:33/The Curated Show, 2003 S. Halsted St., and head out to explore artists' studios in the area. Runs Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm. Free. More info here.

Rem Koolhaas opening at IIT

IIT, known for it's architecture by Ludwig Meis Van Der Rohe, is having a grand opening for a new student center designed by Rem Koolhaas. Check out some of the pictures. There will also be a lecture at 2pm, free for IIT students, $10 for the public, with live streaming.

Mason Jennings

Minnesotan folk heartthrob Mason Jennings is playing two shows at Nevin's Live, 1450 Sherman Ave. in Evanston, on October 4th. The early show is at 8 p.m. and is 18 and over, the late show is at 10 p.m. and is 21 and over. Tickets are $12; call 847/869-0450 for more information.

33rd Annual Artists' Open House

More than 70 artists show their work in over 40 locations during this long-running artists' open house. The opening night party is Friday October 3, 6-11pm at CS:33/The Curated Show, 2003 S. Halsted Street. The show at CS:33 features both established and emerging artists, including Marcos Raya, Ned Broderick, Deva Suckerman, Kelly Brannon and Gary Borremans. Pick up a map there and head out to explore artists' studios in the area. The Open House continues Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm. More info here.

"Three Tales" Video Opera

Three Tales: A Three Part Digital Documentary Video Opera. The Chicago premiere of Steve Reich & Beryl Korot's new multimedia opera, with live orchestral accompaniment. (Read more about it here.) Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Call 773-722-5463 or 312-902-1500 for tickets.

Koyaanisqatsi with the Philip Glass Ensemble

Koyaanisqatsi is a totally unconventional film that takes an intense look at modern life. Without dialogue or narration, it produces a unique view of the superstructure and mechanics of our daily lives. Produces and directed by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass, the film is an 87-minute evocation of a Hopi word that means "life out of balance". This special screening features the Philip Glass Ensemble performing the movie's soundtrack live on the Chicago Theatre Stage. October 3rd, 8 pm at the Chicago Theatre.

Hit The Decks

Hit The Decks, a new inner city youth program teaching kids how to deejay, is holding a benefit DJ throwdown at Metro/Smartbar. Four teams will compete for the love of the crowd, spinning music from 11pm till 4am. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Jay Ryan Gallery Opening

"Seatbelt for My Head," an exhibition of silkscreen collage monoprints by Jay Ryan of The Bird Machine, opens tonight at Foundation Gallery, 700 N. Carpenter. A free reception is from 6-10pm, featuring snacks and coffee from Jinx Cafe.

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston will be at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State) reading from her new book: The Fifth Book of Peace tonight at 6 pm. This even is co-sponsored by Women & Children First.

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins will be at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.) talking about her new book Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America tonight beginning at 7:30. Due to her expected popularity this is a ticketed event. One free ticket will be handed out at Women & Children First with the purchase of her book ($24.95). Books won't be available until September 23rd, but you can pre-order by calling 773-769-9299.

Bob Mould & Richard Morel: Blowoff

The legendary Bob Mould, he of Husker Du and Sugar, and producer Richard Morel, will be at Smartbar deejaying as "Blowoff" from 10pm on. Tix are $10, 21 and over. Read more about the show here.

However, if you show up at HiFi Records next door at 7:30, you can meet the men themselves and get your copy of "Beaster" signed.

Rock On with a Strap-on

"Rock On with a Strap-On: Strap-on Sex 101," a workshop at Early To Bed, will teach you everything you need to know to have hot strap-on sex, from choosing the right equipment to the ins and outs of technique. Taught by a trained instructor. 8pm at Early to Bed, 5232 N Sheridan Rd. Reservations are recommended; cost is $10 per person. 18 and over only.

Remember Shakti

In 1975 guitar legend John McLaughlin and Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain formed the quartet Shakti the first group to capture the world music fusion sound. Shakti is a Sanskrit word meaning creative intelligence, beauty and power. Decades later, they return as Remember Shakti, with McLaughlin and Hussain joining with U. Shrinivas (Mandolin) and V. Selvaganesh (Ghatam, Kanjira, Mridangam). Remember Shaktis music combines elements from Western Jazz with Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (south Indian) classical music for an innovative and exciting sound. October 1st, 8:00 pm, at the Chicago Theatre.

Al Franken book tour stop.

Al Franken, author of the rather popular book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, will be making a book tour stop today at 12:30 at the Borders at 150 North State (at Randolph), and at the Barnes and Noble in Skokie's Old Orchard Center at 7:30 PM. Both appearances will include a discussion and booksigning.

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