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March 2004

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Mexican Poetry at Hothouse

Sin puertas visibles: an evening of Mexican and Mexican-American poetry with Mexican poet Ana Belén López and editor/translator Jen Hofer reading from Sin Puertas Visibiles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women, and Mexican-American poet and spoken word performer Aidé Rodríguez on Wednesday March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 in Advance, $7 at the door, $5 students, members (21 and over) at HotHouse 31 E. Balbo.

The New Americans on PBS

Chicago documentarians Kartemquin Films ("Hoop Dreams" and more) have created The New Americans, a multi-part series for PBS tracking four years in the lives of a diverse group of recent immigrants. Tonight at 9 on WTTW.

Guantanamo Bay Conference

The University of Chicago Human Rights Program presents a panel discussion on the humanitarian issues raised by the detention of illegal combatants in Guantanamo Bay. Two of the panelists, Christophe Girod of the ICRC, and Dr. Daryl Matthews, a former consultant to the US Army, have visited the detention centers. Alison Parker, of Human Rights Watch, will discuss the impact these detentions have had on the human rights community in the U.S.

The event is free to the public, and a small reception will follow the event.

March 31, 2004, 6-8:00 pm at International House, 1414 East 59th Street in Hyde Park.

The News Show: Chicago

Hot on the heels of their successful show, SEX!, the Neo-Futurists of The News Show bring you a special report on our fair city. Tonight at 8 at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. Call 773-275-5255 for tickets.

Prime Shorts Best of 2003

Back by popular demand, Prime Shorts presents an encore showing of its Best of 2003 short film selections tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Culled from six short film shows and 47 films from seven countries, this event features sixteen films from around the world and right here in the city.

Films include: • James Brett's wobbly and comical EARTHQUAKE! (LA/London)
• Emily Hubley's animated surrender to the NYC subway PIGEON WITHIN, music by Yo La Tengo (New Jersey)
• Necrorealism founder Yevgeniy Yufit's unhinged WOODCUTTER (Russia)
• Chicagoan Jim Finn's absurdist ode to the gerbil in WUSTENSPRINGMAUS (Chicago)
• David Greenspan's Cannes Palme d'Or-winning BEAN CAKE (LA)
• Local hero Arthur Jones' topsy-turvy DIARY OF BAD DAYS (Chicago)
• Animator Lena Merhej’s hopeful look into the past DRAWING THE WAR (Lebanon)
• The hypnotic road and sky of Bill Brown's ROSWELL (Texas)
• Yuri A's elaborate assessment of the fine art of farts with U (Switzerland)
• The trio of eight-year-olds and their day camp opus DOLLS (LA)
• Suzie Templeton's claymation tale of obsessive cabbage love STANLEY (England)
• Paul Gutrecht's multi-festival favorite THE VEST (LA)
• Brian Bress' animated lubricant for the imagination INSTAMATIC (Chicago)
• The big-screen premiere of a bizarre and hallucinatory children’s educational film from 1977 (Chicago)
• First-timers Matt Gossage & Pat Van Slee's image and sound construct of a rock-n-roll anthem THE HIDEOUS SECRETS OF HOCK STREEDLEFORK (Chicago)
• Wes Kim's scientific expose of Chungian Motion PROFILES IN SCIENCE (Seattle)

Prime Shorts is an ongoing, bi-monthly short film show regularly featured among the great variety of events at the Hideout. Over a year old and going strong, this show packs the Hideout's back room every time with regular folks who enjoy a few drinks, fresh popcorn and a handpicked selection of short films.

Show starts at 8:30pm with one intermission. Tickets are $9 ($5 for Film Center members) or $3 for students, faculty, and staff of the School of the Art Institute and the Art Institute. More information here.

Signsedso/Dolorous Canter @ The Big Horse

After the whizz-bang show at Transmission Gallery (a sordid tale of highs and lows and all kinds of shows), Dolorous Canter returns to the Big Horse (personally not my favourite venue) to see if they can demolish the place. Touring bands Signsedso and Blue Sky Mile (Pacific Northwest indie rock) headline. DC goes on at 10pm. Shake it like a Polaroid Picture. ? : Signsedso, Blue Sky Mile, Dolorous Canter, One Last Walk @ : The Big Horse, 1558 N. Milwaukee, Chicago $ : $6, 21+, 9PM

Bonga Kuenda free concert

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents an admission-free concert with Bonga Kuenda tonight at 7 p.m. under the grand Tiffany dome in Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. His voice will be backed by Alberto Cardoso de Andrade Feijo (guitar), Carlos Manuel Abrantes Jose (bass), Andre Paulo da Silva Francisco (keyboards) and Manuel de Graca Francisco (drums). This concert is part of the Chicago Cultural Center Presents series that showcases touring jazz and world music ensembles.

Bonga has been praised by L'Affiche for "a percussive voice that inflames phrases and shatters words as it recounts the squalid distress of his beloved Angola" and by Vibrations for "beauty, harmony and a slightly cracked voice are, as always, the main qualities of his music, a music we decidedly never tire of."

For more information on this free concert, call 312/744-6630 or visit the Cultural Center's website.

The New Americans on PBS

Chicago documentarians Kartemquin Films ("Hoop Dreams" and more) have created The New Americans, a multi-part series for PBS tracking four years in the lives of a diverse group of recent immigrants. Tonight at 9 on WTTW.

Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

Physicist Brian Greene will lead a discussion of his most recent book, The Fabric ot the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality Tuesday, March 30th at 6:30 pm at The Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street in Hyde Park.

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Physicist Brian Greene uses these questions to guide us toward modern science's new understanding of the universe. Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene explores the past, present, and future of physics, from Newton to Einstein to the latest developments in superstring and M-theory, all in prose that even committed non-scientists can understand. Greene is a professor at Columbia University and the author of The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory. To read more about The Fabric of the Cosmos.

Studs Terkel @ Steppenwolf

Chicago author and historian Studs Terkel will be performing the play "Trumbo" at Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theater tonight at 7:30PM. Following the reading of the play, Terkel will discuss his own experiences with the subject of the play, author Dalton Trumbo, and his own experiences with being blacklisted. Tickets: $25. Steppenwolf: 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 355-1650.

The New Americans on PBS

Chicago documentarians Kartemquin Films ("Hoop Dreams" and more) have created The New Americans, a multi-part series for PBS tracking four years in the lives of a diverse group of recent immigrants. Tonight at 9 on WTTW.

Cabaret for Choice

Maybe you've heard about the March for Women's Lives that will be taking place in Washington DC on April 25th. There is a huge Chicago delegation that is going to be descending on the Capital and they're raising money to get as many people there as possible. Your $10 donation ($7 for students with ID) will get you into the Subterranean (2011 W. North--doors open at 8 pm) and let you see the following acts: telenovela, Hedonists Maybe, Anne-Marie Aiken Band, Michelle "Touts" L'amour and her Sugarbabies from the Lavendar Cabaret, , and DJs Michelle Musial and Shaka 23 of Hipstep Sistaz. There will also be Tarot readings, dancing, info table and cool raffle prizes from Women and Children First, Bust magazine, Early2Bed, SoftSkull Press, Bitch magazine, RR1, Landmark Theater and more! This event is co-sponsored by Pink Bloque and DykeDiva.com and all proceeds will be turned into scholarships for riders to the March. For more information: 312-762-2717

The Paramours @ Joe Daniel's

Catch The Paramours playing acoustic, Sunday March 28 - Joe Daniel's in Palos Heights.

Myopic Books Poetry Reading

Tonight's Myopic poetry series features Jackie Lalley who programs the Discovery Reading Series at the Poetry Center of Chicago and local poet and 2004 Pushcart Prize nominee Richard Fox. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at Myopic Books located at 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The reading is free and open to the public. Call 773.862.4882 for more information.

The Big Sleep @ Music Box Theatre

Who killed the chauffeur? One of the eternal questions of the cinema. And you can have another crack at figuring it out this weekend, as the Music Box shows the classic Howard Hawks movie this weekend for their matinee. Bogie, Bacall, Martha Vickers, and Dorothy Malone in a classic cameo as the bookseller who falls under Bogie's spell. Screenplay by William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler, a once-in-a-lifetime combination. The Big Sleep screens Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM. Music Box Theatre: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

80s New Wave Party

Estrojam presents: 80's New Wave Party- Sat March 27th @ The Note (1565 N Milwaukee Ave). Doors open at 9 pm, the show starts at 10 pm. $8 ($6 w/flyer).

Featuring: COMASOFT W/Christine of Flutter, STEWED TOMATOES, AND the hosts of 'DESTINATION UNKNOWN''THINK PINK/ALI MACDONALD' and 'THE HUMP DAY DANCE PARTY' on WLUW 88.7 fm. For tickets please go to: www.thenotechicago.com

Patriot Acts Premiere

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the world premiere of Patriot Acts (2004, Sree Nallamothu, USA, ca. 60 min) Saturday March 27th at 8:15 pm.

"Patriot Acts documents the devastating impact of post-9/11 immigration policies on Chicago’s Pakistani residents. This powerful documentary explores the human cost of the Bush Administration’s controversial NSEERS program, which required non–immigrant males, 16 or older, from predominantly Muslim countries to register with the Dept. of Homeland Security. Patriot Acts penetrates into the heart of a predominantly Pakistani and Indian community on Chicago’s North Side and tells the stories of two men: Tariq Moti, a dancer detained twice by immigration authorities, and Mohammad Tariq, a father in search of medical care for his two blind children. The two men navigate a maze of newly minted immigration laws while under the constant threat of arrest, detention, and deportation. Set on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the film captures the turmoil and confusion of a moment during the “war on terror” when basic civil liberties were sacrificed at the altar of a false security." -GSFC website.

Director Sree Nallamothu and members of the cast and crew will be present for audience discussion.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at 164 North State Street. 312-846-2600.

my robot friend @ Metro

my robot friend (no caps) is NYC musician Howard Rigberg, who used to be a member of the group Princess, but who has recently made a name for himself playing robot-themed electronic music. His debut album, "Hot action!", includes an achingly precise version of the Johnny Cash tune "Understand Your Man," a tribute to a certain British group in "We're the Pet Shop Boys," and a rousing version of the Princess song "Walking Jewish" that's sure to bring the house down in any live performance. my robot friend plays tonight at the Metro, 3730 N Clark. Tickets: (773) 549-0203, or at yr favorite Ticketmaster outlet.

Art Interchange

The Art Interchange Collective is preparing to host it's second annual event "Word Division" at the end of March. This incredibly unique and inspiring event brings together a variety of creative individuals for one night of art swapping. Make a lovely piece of art, bring it to the event, drink, be merry, dance, and leave with someone else's wonderful artwork to show all your friends. The evening will be featuring the soothing sounds of DJ Kali followed by the delectable tunes of special guest, NYC's Lution. The interchange will be taking place on Saturday March 27 at the Happy Village (1059 N. Wolcott) at 8pm (be sure to arrive at 8 if you've got art to swap). The actual art exchange will be at 10pm. The Art Interchange is open to all. Even if you choose to not participate in the Interchange, please come and show your support. Don't miss this event!

Whiffenpoofs @ Loyola

It's not just for saying out loud, anymore. This Saturday will mark the first public concert by the a cappella group The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University in Chicago in more than a decade. What kept them away? Who knows, but the concert will be on March 27th at 3 p.m. at the Sky Auditorium at Loyola University, 1020 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, 60626. Tickets are $10 and are available on line at www.whiffenpoofs.com, by phone at (800) 595-4849, or at the door. The Whiffenpoofs (besides having a funny-sounding name) are a non-profit organization and a portion of all proceeds will go to support the Whiffenpoofs' Children's Literacy Initiative.

Discrete Reading Series at 3030

The Discrete Reading and Performance Series at 3030 presents even more readings this week by poet, translator, and essayist Pierre Joris, Iowa Writing Workshop instructor and poet Cole Swensen, poet and translator Jen Hofer, Chicago native Ray Bianchi, and poet and founder and editor of Futurepoem Books in Brooklyn Dan Machlin. As usual, it goes down at 7 p.m. at 3030 W. Cortland, $5 suggested donation, BYOB.

The Big Sleep @ Music Box Theatre

Who killed the chauffeur? One of the eternal questions of the cinema. And you can have another crack at figuring it out this weekend, as the Music Box shows the classic Howard Hawks movie this weekend for their matinee. Bogie, Bacall, Martha Vickers, and Dorothy Malone in a classic cameo as the bookseller who falls under Bogie's spell. Screenplay by William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler, a once-in-a-lifetime combination. The Big Sleep screens Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM. Music Box Theatre: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago Hip-Hop Summit

The Chicago Hip-Hop Summit happens today at the UIC Pavilion from 9:00 to 2:00. A whole range of hip-hop and rap stars will be attending, but the main focus of the summit appears to be empowering the youth, specifically getting people registered to vote. Hip-Hop Summit Action Network president/CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis: "The youth vote in 2004 will be one of the single most important national constituencies to express its right to vote and freedom of speech. Hip-hop is the new American mainstream and the Chicago Hip-Hop Summit will exemplify the power and radiance of the youth of America." UIC Pavilion: 525 South Racine Avenue. Registration for the summit is available at the HSAN Website.

Critical Mass

Chicago Critical Mass bike rides start from Daley Plaza, Dearborn & Washington at 5:30pm the last Friday of each month, regardless of season or weather. They are free and fun.

Inspired Art Auction

The Inspiration Corporation provides social services, housing, and employment training in Uptown and Woodlawn. One of its biggest sources of funding is the annual Inspired Art Auction. This year’s event, from 6-10 p.m. in the Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, will feature more than 100 pieces of jury-selected artwork donated by leading Chicago-area artists. A silent auction will run throughout the evening as well as a live auction beginning at 8:00 p.m, and live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door with all proceeds benefiting Inspiration Corporation.

Poetry in Translation @ Delilah's

CIRCUMFERENCE—A Reading of Poetry in Translation Friday, March 26, 7:30pm at Delilah's in Lincoln Park.

Jen Hofer, Pierre Joris, and Matthew Zapruder will read their translations of poems, as well as poems in the original languages. Christine Hume will read her homophonic translation featured in the first issue of CIRCUMFERENCE.

To celebrate CIRCUMFERENCE, a journal of poetry in translation, and in support of its recent efforts to protest the U.S. Treasury Department's declaration that American publishers cannot edit works authored in nations under trade embargoes. Delilah’s is at 2771 North Lincoln at Diversey, 2 blocks west of the Diversey stop on the CTA Brown Line. (773) 472-2771.

Dylan Rice CD release

Chicago singer-songwriter Dylan Rice has a release party for his debut CD, Wandering Eyes, tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln. Doors open at 10pm; $8 cover.

T.C. O’Rourke Photo Exhibit

Documentary photographs by T.C. O'Rourke of the 2003 and 2004 seasons of the Tour Da Chicago Alleycat Series, a city-wide, messenger style bicycle race. Show opens tonight at the Handlebar, 2311 W. North Ave., with a reception at 10pm, and runs through the end of April. For more info, call 773/384-9546 or click here.

Discrete Reading Series at 3030

The Discrete Reading and Performance Series at 3030 presents readings by local literary heros (and a few visitors). Paul Hoover (editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (l994) among many other works), Maxine Chernoff (co-editor, along with Hoover, of New American Writing), Kaia Sand (editor of Tangent), local writer and Myopic Books reading series organizer Chuck Stebelton, and poet, essayist and sometimes rock star in the band Continuous Peasant Chris Stroffolino! As usual, it goes down at 7 p.m. at 3030 W. Cortland, $5 suggested donation, BYOB.

Another Chicago Magazine and Bridge Magazine Reading

You just can't get a better value than this! On Friday, March 26, Another Chicago Magazine (ACM) and Bridge Magazine will host two (2!) readings and an after-party in conjunction with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. The first free reading begins at 4:30 p.m. with Robert Dana, Robin Hemley, Dick Terrill, Amina Cain, Antonia Logue, Bin Ramke, Nin Andrews, and Bob Perlman. The evening's second reading is at 8 p.m. with MC Jessa Crispin aka Bookslut, Shelley Jackson and Joe Wenderoth with Aldo Alvarez, Rachel Zucker and others TBA. The after-party begins immediately after the 2nd reading (around 9 p.m.). DJ Margaret Noble spins into the evening. $10 admission, with two free drink tickets. Everything happens at 119 N. Peoria #3D, Chicago.

Aquacade I @ The Empty Bottle

Chicago music label Drag City and BigSmallPressMall: a collective of publishers including McSweeney's, Fence Books, Verse, and Open City bring you Aquacade I: a night of reading and bands at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. Readings will be performed by David Berman (Drag City/Open City), Harmony Korine, Bill Callahan (of the band Smog), Prageeta Sharma (Fence Books), Joe Wenderoth (Verse Press), and Stephen Elliot (McSweeney's). The evening will also feature music from the bands Chesnut Station and White Magic. All takes place at the Empty Bottle, located at 1035 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $15 (21 and over) and it's suggested you buy them ahead of time.

Dolly Parton tribute @ Martyrs'

Dolly Parton look-alike contest tonight at Martyrs', with a first-place prize of $100! As if you needed further enticement to attend. Also on the bill tonight: an underwear auction (?!), and covers of Parton songs by local artists. Proceeds will go to the feminist festival Estrojam. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Martyrs': 3855 N. Lincoln, (773) 404-9494.

Books to Women in Prison

About a year ago, several women who met at the Young Feminist Bookclub sponsored by Women and Children First decided to start a group that would donate books to women in prison. They began the Books to Women in Prison venture and have helped to send many books to incarcerated women in the state of Illinois. To help raise money to send even more books, they're having a fundraiser at the Lincoln Lodge (4008 N. Lincoln) beginning tonight at 8 pm. Your $8 admission donation will send three packs of books to prison libraries. Come see the jugglers, comedians, and musical acts.

Stuart Dybek @ Loyola U.

Author Stuart Dybek, whose story collection The Coast of Chicago has been chosen as the next One Book, One Chicago selection, appears today at the Simpson Center of Loyola University Chicago to read from his book. Dybek is an alumnus of the school. The event begins at 5pm, and the Simpson Center is located at 6333 N. Winthrop. Call 773-508-2246 for more information.

Fence Books' Sponsored Reading at Danny's

Special reading by emerging young writers sponsored by New York City independent press Fence Books featuring: Michael Earl Craig, Rosemary Griggs, Chelsey Minnis, and Rebecca Wolff at Danny's Tavern located at 1951 W. Dickens (in Bucktown, near Damen and Dickens) on Wednesday, March 24th, at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and discounted books will be available.

New Music @ Cultural Center

Multi-national trio of Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Chicago-based musicians Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) and Michael Zerang (percussion) performs Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The concert is presented as part of the New Millennium/New Music series that showcases new and improvised music.

Laura Letinsky Photo Exhibit

at the University of Chicago presents Laura Letinsky: Hardly More Than Ever Photographs, 1997-2004. The exhibition captures "domestic arrangements" from couples to formal still-lifes of abandoned tables with half-finished meals. The show opens Wednesday March 24th and continues through April 19, 2004. For more information, call 702-8670 or email info@renaissancesociety.org.

Blogger Dinner

A contingent of webloggers -- mostly of the "knowledge blog" subset -- will be meeting tonight at Ben Pao, Hubbard and State, for dinner at 7:15. The Shifted Librarian has the list of attendees, but you need to RSVP to Rick Klau if you're planning on attending.

Chicago Authors + Bumpus @ Metro

As part of the Story Week Festival sponsored by Columbia College Chicago, Chicago authors Elizabeth Crane, Aleksandar Hemon, and Shawn Shiflett will be reading from their respective works tonight at Metro. Local band Bumpus will also be performing as part of the event. This event is open to the public and starts at 6pm. The Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark. Call 312-344-7611 for more information, and check out the Columbia College calendar for more Story Week events.

International Dinner and a Movie

The Chicago Cultural Center presents International Dinner and A Movie, which is exactly what it sounds like: dinner and a movie. Tonight's film: Home Movie, the 2001 film by Chris Smith, who immortalized Wisconsin film-maker Mark Borchardt in his film American Movie. Food will be provided before the movie by Polo Café and Catering. Dinner is $22 per person, but film admission is free. You'll probably want to make reservations, though, since previous programs have sold out in advance. Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington. (312) 744-6630. Tickets for this event: (312) 742-TIXS (8497).

Kelly and Clay @ United Center

American Idol Kelly Clarkson and runner-up cutie Clay Aiken will be rocking belting it out at the United Center (1901 W Madison St) March 22 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35-$45. Box office: 312-455-4500. 312-559-1212.

Evening of Radio Theater @ Columbia College

The National Audio Theatre Festivals and Columbia College present an Evening of Radio Theater tonight at CC's Concert Hall. Live performance of radio plays, both old and new. Fans of radio drama will not want to miss this! The show runs from 7:00 to 9:00. Concert Hall: 1014 S Michigan Avenue. Admission: free to students, $15 for general public. More info: (312) 344-8201.

Myopic Poetry: Mark Tardi

Poet Mark Tardi reads tonight at 7pm at Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, as part of the Myopic Poetry Series. Free. Call 773/862-4882 for more info.

Amon Tobin, Kid Koala @ Metro

Ninja Tune presents ZENtertainment, featuring Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Bonobo, Blockhead and Sixtoo at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark. 18 and over, doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $20 day of show.

Family Pet Expo

Looking for a pet? Or maybe some toys or other supplies for the one(s) you already have? Hit the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo this weekend at Arlington Park Racetrack, 2200 W. Euclid in Arlington Heights, and you'll find everything you can possibly imagine for Spot or Fluffy or even Flipper. There will also be some unusual special events and courses, such as "Dancing with Dogs" and the "Hedgehog Olympics." More info here.

Open 2pm to 8pm Friday, 9am to 8pm Saturday and 10am to 6pm Sunday. Tickets are $9; click here for a $1 off coupon.

Anti-War March and Rally

One year after hundreds of protestors were arrested on Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism (and dozens of supporting organizations) will take to the streets again to "finish the march" and protest the continuing war. The march steps off at noon from the corner of Michigan and Pearson (one block north of Chicago) and ends with a rally in the Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Adams) at 1:30. The city has refused to give a permit to the marchers.

Pistil Dance Party @ The Hideout

Prepare to dance your pants off! Pistil magazine is hosting their 2nd Saturday night Dance party at the Hideout from 11pm-2am. Get there early...it was packed last time! Pistil's new "Domestic" issue will be available, as well as shirts and pins.

Family Pet Expo

Looking for a pet? Or maybe some toys or other supplies for the one(s) you already have? Hit the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo this weekend at Arlington Park Racetrack, 2200 W. Euclid in Arlington Heights, and you'll find everything you can possibly imagine for Spot or Fluffy or even Flipper. There will also be some unusual special events and courses, such as "Dancing with Dogs" and the "Hedgehog Olympics." More info here.

Open 2pm to 8pm Friday, 9am to 8pm Saturday and 10am to 6pm Sunday. Tickets are $9; click here for a $1 off coupon.

Irrelevant Films & Irreverent Readings"

Redline Radio and SPEC Chicago team up to present "Irrelevant Films & Irreverent Readings" tonight from 8pm to 11pm at the Independent Video Alliance, 7009 N. Glenwood. This is a benefit for Redline Radio (99.1 FM reaching Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Evanston and Lincolnwood). All ages, $5 admission. More info on the SPEC website.

Readers include:
Al Burian (Burn Collector zine)
Emerson Dameron (Kazoo zine)
Claire Zulkey (Zulkey.com)
Brent Ritzel (Zine Guide, Tail Spins Magazine)
Alicia Dorr (Random Life In Progress zine, Zine Guide)
Noah Berlatsky (publisher of "Angry White Clerihew")
Dan Rockwood (Vanilla Virus zine)
Brandon Harvey (independent writer)
Albert Stabler (Johnny Monomyth comic)

Dolorous Canter @ Transmission Gallery

This Friday, Dolorous Canter makes up for all it's sins by playing a set entitled, "The Passion of The Emocore". Come one, come all and be forgiven. Forgive us. Friday, March 19, 2004 | 10pm | $5 transmission gallery 840 west washington avenue | chicago one last walk dolorous canter the monroes +1 more (order to be determined later)

Tireswing Theater's The Soul Cages Opens

The spring season at the new Loop Theater, 8 E. Randolph St., continues with Tireswing Theatre's production of The Soul Cages, adapted from the tale by Thomas Crofton Croker. Opening night is Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. The Soul Cages runs through Sunday, April 25, 2004. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by phone at 312-744-LOOP (5667) or from ticketweb.com. "The Soul Cages follows the story of Jack Doherty as he befriends a Merrow named Coomara and finds their friendship at odds when he decides to free the souls of drowned sailors. This enchanting production of an Irish classic will inspire audiences of all ages with its intelligent humor and understated elegance."

Jamie Oliver @ Field's State Street

Jamie Oliver will sign his cookbook, "Jamie's Kitchen" and answer questions. Free - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Friday. Lower level of Marshall Field's, 111 N. State Street. For information, call 312-781-1000.

Family Pet Expo

Looking for a pet? Or maybe some toys or other supplies for the one(s) you already have? Hit the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo this weekend at Arlington Park Racetrack, 2200 W. Euclid in Arlington Heights, and you'll find everything you can possibly imagine for Spot or Fluffy or even Flipper. There will also be some unusual special events and courses, such as "Dancing with Dogs" and the "Hedgehog Olympics." More info here.

Open 2pm to 8pm Friday, 9am to 8pm Saturday and 10am to 6pm Sunday. Tickets are $9; click here for a $1 off coupon.

Chicago Golf Show

Another exhibition that Chicago plays home to: the Chicago Golf Show, the largest consumer golf show in the nation. About 20,000 attendees are expected at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont over the next three days, to see over 300 exhibitors and get tips from some of the top golfing instructors. Show hours: 1-8 PM Friday, 9-6 PM Saturday, 9-5 PM Sunday. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center: River Road, south of Interstate 90, Rosemont.

Bike Town Bash

It’s party time! Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Conference attendees can crash the Bike Town Bash for only $30, a 50 percent discount off the regular event price! A bicycle photo competition, music and dancing, feasting and merriment, a raffle, and auctions highlight this festive semi-formal event. For ticket information, please go to the conference registration form. To buy tickets for the Bash ONLY, please visit the Bash Web site. For more information, please contact Anne Hatcher at 312-427-3325 extension 41, or anneh@biketraffic.org. Bike Town Bash Friday, March 19, 2004 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 Midnight Chicago Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

Chris Saathoff Benefit Show

Tonight at 10pm at the Empty Bottle there will be a special benefit for The Chris Saathoff Foundation featuring: Chris's band, Chin Up Chin Up, New Black, Rollo Tomasi and Paletazo. As previously reported, Chris, a prominent and beloved member of the local music community, was killed on February 13th after leaving a show here at the Empty Bottle. Tickets are $8; the proceeds raised will be donated to a foundation in his name.

"Evidence" Opening Night

When it comes to the facts, where does truth end and fiction begin? Neo-Futurist Greg Allen uses the Patriot Act, Illinois death penalty clemency cases, and his own divorce proceedings to examine the truth behind facts in "Evidence," opening tonight at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. Expect Allen's trademark thought-provoking absurdity in this dark comedy starring Tim Hanna, Emily Albright, and Tim Klein. "Evidence" runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays thru April 24, 8 pm, $12 ($8 with student ID). Order tickets online or call 773-275-5255.

Scrabylon @ Columbia College

Scrabylon, a documentary film about the 2001 World Scrabble Chamionship, is screening at Columbia College tonight at 7:00, in between rounds of an actual Scrabble competition at the college's Hermann Conway Center (the competition begins at 3:30). Compared to the movies Best In Show and Spellbound, Scrabylon focuses on a number of players entering the 2001 competition. One is, of course, from Chicago, and apparently likes to psych out his opponents by drinking vinegar. Not sure how that works, but I guess you can see the film to find out. The film is free, and so is admission to the competition. Hermann Conaway Center: 1104 S Wabash, first floor. (312) 344-6733.

Downtown Bike Lane Tour

As part of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Conference (March 18-20, 2004), the city is sponsoring a Bike Lane Tour which will travel through downtown Chicago Thursday, March 18, 2 to 5 p.m. "With a current system of more than 93 miles, the City of Chicago has one of the nation’s fastest growing networks of bike lanes. This 12-mile ride will look at the engineering design of bike lanes on 12 different streets and address how to decide where to put new bike lanes, what factors influence design and why many bike lanes end before an intersection while others continue through an intersection." Registration is limited to 25 people, so register soon to take part!

The 2nd Hand Release Party

The 2nd Hand celebrates the release of issue #13 at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., at 7:30pm. Annointing the festivities are poet Susannah Felts, writer Gretchen Kalwinski and 2nd Hand editors Todd Dills and Jeb Gleason-Allured. Free, BYOB. For more info, call Quimby's at 773/342-0910.

Bitch and Animal

Weird, hilarious, and really, really gay -- these adjectives describe Bitch and Animal. The duo performs at Subterranean with Super 8 Cum Shot on March 18 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and are available at www.subt.net.

St. Patrick's Day

Today is St. Pat's, which means every Irish pub in the city -- and a lot of the non-Irish bars, too -- will be teeming with celebratory folks drinking green beer and whiskey, sporting lots of green and orange and generally making fools of themselves despite it being Wednesday. Do with this information what you like.

The Phenoms at The Fireside Bowl

An alternative to the same-old St. Patty’s bar scene is an evening with the music of The Phenoms with The Dutchmen, The International Playboys, and The Shakedowns on Wednesday night at the Fireside Bowl, 2646 W. Fullerton, Chicago. This all-ages show gets going at 8 p.m.

Joseph Hallinan Reading @ 57th St Books

Jospeh Hallinan will read from Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation, Tuesday, March 16th, 2004 at 7 pm at in Hyde Park.

No nation in the world incarcerates a greater percentage of its population than the U.S. In fact, the American prison system has grown tenfold in 30 years, while crime rates have been relatively flat. In Going Up the River, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joseph Hallinan gets to the heart of America's biggest growth industry, a self-perpetuating prison-industrial complex that has become entrenched without public awareness, much less voter consent. Hallinan explores the geneis of the prison boom, from the small towns desperate for jobs to the corporations that make a killing on prison business, and contemplates what this merger of punishment and profit means for American society.

Illinois primary election

Time to vote! Today's the Illinois primary election, where you get to vote for your party's Presidential candidate, as well as your choice for House representatives and state legislation reps, and the Senate seat being vacated by Pete Fitzgerald. Too late to register, of course, but if you are registered, you should find your polling place, get a list of candidates, brush up on their views on the issues, and vote the crap out of those candidates. Remember, you can't win if you don't play.

Barrel of Monkeys benefit

Monkeys + karaoke = Monkey-o-kee, a benefit for Barrel of Monkeys! BOM is a group of actors and educators who bring the wonderful world of theater to Chicago's under-resourced public schools. Their weekly show, "That's Weird, Grandma" (performances of plays written by the kids they teach), has been running for three years at The Neo-Futurarium. What will you get at Monkey-o-kee? A buffet; all-you-can-drink beer, wine and soda; original songs written by kids and performed by crazy adults; and "a whole lot of monkeys." At Duffy’s Tavern & Grill, 420 W. Diversey, 8pm to 11pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 773-281-0638 for info.

"Flanagan's Wake" 10th Anniv. Celebration

The cast of "Flanagan's Wake," "Chicagoland's most loved near-death improvisational comedy, celebrates its 10th anniversary at NUADA, 1022B W. Armitage, "Chicago's home for contemporary Celtic design." Come enjoy St. Patrick's Day a little early. 7-9pm. Free, but RSVP at 773/525-4200.

Chicago, Creativity, and Playboy

The Hyde Park Art Center presents "I Read it for the Art: Chicago, Creativity and Playboy." The show, which runs through April 24, brings together 20 Chicago artists from the Playboy collection. An opening reception begins at 4 p.m. at the center, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. For more information, call 324-5520.

South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade

Considered the largest community St. Patrick's Day parade outside of Dublin, the 26th Anuual South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade begins today at Noon. The parade route stretches up Western Avenue from 103rd to 114th Streets, but get there early as up to 300,000 spectators are expected to turn out for this annual event. Visit the official website for more information.

The Modernist Society @ Darkroom

Fans of The Modernist and photographer Richard Kern will want to be at Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago, tonight between 8pm and 2am for the webzine's monthly shin-dig -- this one's theme is "Compromizing Positions." Kern will be present, and there will be an on-site Polaroid photo contest, the winner of which will receive a vintage Polaroid camera. 21 and over. More info may or may not be available here.

Melissa Thodos & Dancers

Melissa Thodos and Dancers perform at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 S. State St. 773-883-1487. March 12-13 at 8 pm, March 14 at 3 pm. $25, $20 for students -- purchase tickets here.

Women's History @ Willard House

March is Women's History Month, and the Frances Willard House, 1730 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, is having a celebration from 1pm to 4pm today to honor some of Evanston's most famous women. Highlights of the afternoon include old-fashioned family crafts, free refreshments and visits from temperance and women's rights crusader Frances Willard herself (portrayed by historical actor Leslie Goddard). Visitors will be able to explore the new exhibit, "Evanston Women at the Forefront of Reform," spotlighting the achievements of Willard and other celebrated Evanston activists including Elizabeth Marcy, Isabella Garnett and Elizabeth Boynton Harbert. Tour admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 847/328-7500 or email info@franceswillardhouse.org.

Mystery Book Fair @ Newberry

It's time for the Newberry Library's 12th Annual Mystery and More Book Fair. The fair features thousands of used books in the genres of mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy and true crime. Most paperbacks are priced at $1 or less. The event takes place Friday, March 12 from Noon to 8pm and Saturday, March 13 from 10am to 4pm. call 312-255-3510 for more information.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

It's time for Chicago's favorite 'liquid holiday' as the 49th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off today at Noon on Columbus Drive, between Balbo and Jackson. However, the festivities really begin at 10:30am at Michigan and Wabash as officials from the St. Patrick's Parade Committee commence with the city's wacky tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green. Check out the official Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade website for full event details.

Irish-American Idol "Kerryoke"

It all takes place at the Fitzpatrick Chicago Hotel, 166 E. Superior: Singers of various levels of expertise will attempt to best each other in singing "Danny Boy" or some other Irish tune. The winner gets a week's trip for two to Ireland. The preliminary round was on Thursday; another qualifying round and the finals run from 3-8pm today. It's free. Call the hotel at 312/787-6000 for more info.

Fensler Fest II @ Heaven

All Fensler all night! That's right. The Gi Joe PSA's, all of them, will be screening at Heaven Gallery. The fun starts at 8pm. TRS-80 and Graham Smith will be performing afterward. It's $10 to get in.

Women in the Director's Chair

Women in the Director's Chair, which brings the work of women filmmakers to Chicago, is hosting a special showing of the Oscar-nominated film "Thirteen" and a discussion with director Catherine Hardwicke. The screening begins at 5 pm, followed by a food-n-drink reception with Hardwicke. Tickets are $25 ($20 for WIDC members, students and seniors), and proceeds benefit WIDC. Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State.

10th Annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The 10th Annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show begins today at Navy Pier. Exhibition gardens, gardening tips, hourly demonstrations by gardening experts, etc., etc., etc. In short, all Chicago gardeners should think about attending. The show runs through Sunday, March 21st; see the Website for times and ticket prices.

Melissa Thodos & Dancers

Melissa Thodos and Dancers perform at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 S. State St. 773-883-1487. March 12-13 at 8 pm, March 14 at 3 pm. $25, $20 for students -- purchase tickets here.

SPEC Chicago: "Bad Habits"

SPEC Chicago presents an evening of readings concerning "Bad Habits" tonight at 7pm at Mojoe's Cafe Lounge, 2256 W. Roscoe.

Readers include:
Emerson Dameron (Kazoo zine)
Kevin Skomsvold ()
Jeb Gleason (The 2nd Hand)
Grant Schreiber (Judas Goat Quarterly)
Michelle Aiello (Indigo zine)
Aaron Cynic (Diatribe zine)
Jeremy Bushnell (
Imaginary Year)
Ken Hunt (Blithe House Quarterly)
Nick Jeffrey (Hillbilly Sex zine)

Mystery Book Fair @ Newberry

It's time for the Newberry Library's 12th Annual Mystery and More Book Fair. The fair features thousands of used books in the genres of mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy and true crime. Most paperbacks are priced at $1 or less. The event takes place Friday, March 12 from Noon to 8pm and Saturday, March 13 from 10am to 4pm. call 312-255-3510 for more information.

Boy George @ Zentra

The erstwhile Mr. O'Dowd DJs at Zentra nightclub, 923 W. Weed St. Guaranteed presale tickets ($20) are available until 5pm today by calling 312-787-0400, or you can add yourself to the lower priority guestlist here, with admission prices varying according to arrival time. (You can also just walk your ass up at any time of the night, but expect to wait in line.) The night kicks off at 8pm.

A Great Midwestern @ Heaven

"A Great Midwestern" opens at Heaven Gallery, featuring work by Jim Finn, Craig Prehn, Peter Thompson, Tema Stauffer and Deborah Stratman. The show will be running through March 27th. The opening reception will be held from 8-11pm.

Melissa Thodos & Dancers

Melissa Thodos and Dancers perform at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 S. State St. 773-883-1487. March 12-13 at 8 pm, March 14 at 3 pm. $25, $20 for students -- purchase tickets here.

2nd Fridays in Pilsen

Chicago's oldest artist neighborhood, the Chicago Arts District (aka Pilsen), opens the doors to its alternative galleries and working studios every second Friday of every month in 2004. Friday March 12th kicks off a busy month for the district. Three galleries are holding opening receptions tonight from 6-10, Unit B, Chicago Artists Collective and 4Art Inc. Other galleries in the neighborhood will be keeping their doors open late to the public.

Forbidden City exhibition @ Field Museum

At the Field Museum today, they're opening up a new exhibit: Splendors of China's Forbidden City, which contains nearly 400 artifacts from 18th century China. On loan from the Palace Museum in Beijing, the exhibit will be at the museum through September of this year. Field Museum: 1400 S Lake Shore Drive. (312) 922-9410.

John Kerry Young Professionals Fundraiser

John Kerry's moneymaking machine -- in the form of his representatives/children Chris Heinz and Alex Kerry -- heads to The Vic for a fundraiser targeted at young professionals just like you. Special performance by The BoDeans. The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Avenue 6:00-8:00 pm. Tickets $75 per person ($50 with student ID). For more info, call 312-787-7648.

Poi Dog Pondering @ Durty Nellie's

The Poi Dog Pondering 'musical collective' will be performing at Durty Nellie's in Palatine, IL tonight in support of their latest album, In Seed Comes Fruit. Poi Dog was formed in 1986 in Hawaii by Frank Orrall, but the band has been based in Chicago since 1992. Tickets for the ahow are $20 and doors open at 8pm. Visit the Durty Nellie's website for more information.

Irish-American Idol "Kerryoke"

It all takes place at the Fitzpatrick Chicago Hotel, 166 E. Superior: Singers of various levels of expertise will attempt to best each other in singing "Danny Boy" or some other Irish tune. The winner gets a week's trip for two to Ireland. The preliminary round begins tonight at 9pm, with another round and the finals scheduled from 3-8pm on Saturday. It's free. Call the hotel at 312/787-6000 for more info.

James McManus @ Border's

In 2000, Harper's magazine paid local author and Art Institute instructor James McManus a $4,000 advance to cover the World Poker Series in Las Vegas. Instead of merely covering the series, McManus decided to use his advance to enter the tournament. Tonight McManus reads from his highly-acclaimed book, Positively Fourth Street, that chronicles his adventures as he pitted himself against some of the world's best poker players. The reading takes place at the Borders at 830 N. Michigan Avenue at 7pm.

Partly Dave Show

Dave Awl's exciting cabaret experience, The Partly Dave Show, returns for your monthly dose of performance and spoken word. Tonight: The Way of the Worrier, an entertaining evening of anxiety and insecurity, featuring the furrowed brows of Andy Bayiates, Dan Kaufman, Gregg Shapiro, Venus Zarris and Christopher Piatt. Live music by Analog Radio. No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood, 8 pm, $7 or whatever you can afford.

Crowning Glory

Are you fascinated with hats and other headgear? Then wear your favorite hat to the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) tonight at 6pm for free admission to a one-of-a-kind fashion event to celebrate headcoverings across time and cultures. As well as traditional hats representing cultures as varied as a Korean wedding headpiece, a horned crown from Ghana, and Arabic veils you'll also get to see modern creations from artists like Nick Cave, Veronica Chin, Nina Joy Lichtenstein, Jo Jo Baby, and Ann Repp.

Uses of Art in Renaissance Italy

A new exhibit at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, titled "The Uses of Art in Renaissance Italy", opens tonight at 5:30pm. The exhibition, which runs through August 22, considers the daily life of various Renaissance objects within their historical context, calling attention "to the rich interplay of form and function in early modern material culture." The Smart Museum is located on the University of Chicago campus at 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue. Admission to the museum is free. Visit the museum website for more information.

International Women's Day Rally and March

International Women's Day is barely recognized in the US, but that doesn't stop the IWD March and Rally from drawing hundreds of participants each year. This year's lunchtime event will start at Daley Plaza (100 N. Dearborn) at noon, then snake through the Loop, stopping at several consulates along the way to protest the oppression of women around the world. Sponsored by the Chicago Battered Woman's Network, Boricua Human Rights Network, 8th Day Center for Justice, the National Organization for Women, Peace Pledge-Chicago, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and UNITE.

Women, Politics & the Media

For International Women's Day, NBC-5's Nesita Kwan moderates this panel discussion on representation of women in the media around the world, "from the burka and beyond." Co-sponsored by Chicago Sister Cities International and U of C's Graham School, 1427 E. 60th Street, 6 pm. Tickets are $25, beverages and hors d'oeuvres included.

Unveiled: The Hidden Life of Nuns

Cheryl L. Reed will read from her new book, "Unveiled: The Hidden Life of Nuns," at 5pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. Free. Call 773/769-9299 for more info.

Myopic Poetry Series: Gudding & Beer

Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, hosts its Myopic Poetry Series every Sunday at 7pm (more info and a complete schedule here). This week's reading features Gabriel Gudding and John Beer.

Gabriel Gudding's first book, "A Defense of Poetry," was published by the University of Pittsburgh press as part of their Pitt Poetry Series in November, 2002. His work has appeared in journals like American Poetry Review, LíBourgeoizine, Fence, VeRT,  etc. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Illinois State University where he teaches quote experimental unquote poetry. He has started 2 creative writing programs in prisons and is looking to start some trouble in the maximum security facility in Pontiac (downstate) this semester. He was born in Minnesota, and has lived in San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Port Townsend Washington, Olympia, Indiana, New York, and Mississippi. He is very glad to be out of Mississippi.

John Beer lives in Chicago. His poems and essays have appeared in periodicals including Chicago Review, Chicago Tribune, Crowd, Verse, Colorado Review, Barrow Street, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction.

DEPART-ment

The second, of hopefully many, DEPART-ment shows will take place this weekend at 2010 W. Fulton #310 (near Damen and a little south of Grand Ave.) Come see the wares of creatively independent crafters and artisans and support an effort to support individuals instead of questionable mass marketers of cheaply made goods. "Store" hours are from 11am to 5 pm.

The Art of the Mix Tape

Alan Jacobson, DJ and music columnist, discusses how to make a great mix tape, and makes one before your eyes. In addition, there will be a Mix Tape Show, Tell and Trade -- bring a tape you've made and it'll be played (or at least discussed) and you'll have to opportunity to trade tapes with others. Pretty cool, actually. 8pm at the Mess Hall gallery, 6932 North Glenwood Ave. Free, although donations won't be turned down. BYOB. Presented by Mess Hall and NCAAV.

The Hidden Life of Nuns

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Cheryl Reed interviewed 300+ nuns around the country -- some with jobs, some running social service agencies, some who live in seclusion, shave their heads and beat their bare asses -- for her book "Unveiled: The Hidden Life of Nuns." She'll read from her book and discuss the modern state of sisterhood at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 5 pm. Call 773-769-9299 for more info.

International Women's Day Conference

The impact of US militarism on women in the US and around the world is the subject at this year's International Women's Day conference, featuring speakers, testimonials, discussion groups and breakfast -- a grand ol' time for a $5 donation. At UNITE, 333 S. Ashland, 9:30-4 pm. Sponsored by the Chicago Battered Woman's Network, Boricua Human Rights Network, 8th Day Center for Justice, the National Organization for Women, Peace Pledge-Chicago, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and UNITE.

File Not Found

Have you ever thought about combining improv with digital video, graphics and audio? The fine folks at The Breadline Lab Space (1801 W. Byron, 312/543-7920) near Lincoln and Byron have beat you to it. Check out their all ages show called File Not Found tonight beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10 at the door.

Movieside @ Heaven Gallery

Back by popular demand are two of the main programs from the sold out Movieside Anniversary show! Jim Jarmusch's Favorite Shorts and Melvin Goes to Dinner (directed by Bob Odenkirk from Mr. Show) will both be screening at Heaven Gallery this Friday March 5 and Saturday March 6 at 8pm. If you missed either program, or just want to see it all again, it's well worth checking out. It's only $7, one admission for both! Visit the Movieside website for more details.

Tron @ Music Box

Jeff Bridges plays Kevin Flynn, a programmer who is sucked into a virtual world in which he must find the program TRON and help defeat Master Control. This cult Disney film from 1982 is being shown this weekend, along with perennial cult favorite The Rocky Horro Picture Show, at the Music Box Theatre as part of their Midnight Movies series. The Music Box is located at 3733 N. Southport Avenue. For ticket information call 773-871-6604.

Iron Chef Competition

Three audience members will be randomly chosen to participate in an Iron Chef Competition taday at the new Culinary Studio on the 7th Floor of the State Street Marshall Field's. Executive Chef Tim Scott will lead a panel of judges. The competition for this free event begins at 11am, and the winner receives free enrollment in cooking classes at the Studio plus a one-on-one session with one of the chefs at Field's.

New Black Record Release Show

Chicago's own New Black celebrate the release of their debut for Thick Records on Saturday, March 6 at the Fireside Bowl, 2648 W. Fullerton. They will be joined by Coachwhips (feat. a member of Pink and Brown), Call Me Lightning and Russian. Doors open at 8pm, all ages.

Real Ale Fest Real Food Tasting

Third and final day of the Fest's three-day event tops off with a blow-out at Goose Island in Wrigleyville.

DEPART-ment

The second, of hopefully many, DEPART-ment shows will take place this weekend at 2010 W. Fulton #310 (near Damen and a little south of Grand Ave.) Come see the wares of creatively independent crafters and artisans and support an effort to support individuals instead of questionable mass marketers of cheaply made goods. "Store" hours are from 11am to 5 pm.

Will Leitch Reading @ Beaumont

Will Leitch, managing editor of The Black Table (and former Illinoisian), is doing a reading/party/shindig to promote his new book, "Life as a Loser," at The Beaumont, 2020 N. Halsted, 8:30-11:30pm. $35 gets you the reading, kick-ass alternative dance DJ Arab Nite, and an open bar -- get your ticket in advance online. More information here.

Instruments of Movement: "Lifted"

Instruments of Movement presents "Lifted" at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. 8pm. $20, $15 for students. Call 312/337-6543 for more information.

Museum of Broadcast Communications Garage Sale

Have you always wanted a framed production still of a "Cagney and Lacey" episode? How 'bout a large wall graphic of Fibber McGee and Molly? Now's your chance, friend! The Museum of Broadcast Communications is having a garage sale to raise money for its new building, scheduled to open in 2005. The sale will be held at the MBC's previous home, The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, from noon to 8 pm.

File Not Found

A "multimedia improv review" by the Studio Z company. Breadline Lab Space, 1801 W. Byron. 8pm; $10 suggested donation. Call 312-543-7920 for more info.

Rock For Kids Auction

Rock for Kids, a nonprofit organization provides assistance, support and inspiration to young people that are homeless or in need, holds a benefit auction tonight at the Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario, 6-11pm.

Bid on items from/by Jerry Garcia, Tony Bennett, Yoko Ono, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Jon Langford, Tony Fitzpatrick, Jim White, Kevin Orth, Karl Mullen, Mose Tolliver, Mr. Imagination, Thomas Masters, Jad Fair, Paul Natkin, Herman Leonard, Jim Carroll, Neal Pollack, Uncle Charlie, Dzine, Jeff Zimmerman, Dr. Pants Laroo, Kimberly Aubuchon, Tom Bachtell, Jay Ryan, Aesthetic Apparatus and many more. Bundy K. Brown will DJ. Tickets are $75, available here, or $90 at the door. For more information, visit rockforkids.org or call 312/255-9454.

Movieside @ Heaven Gallery

Back by popular demand are two of the main programs from the sold out Movieside Anniversary show! Jim Jarmusch's Favorite Shorts and Melvin Goes to Dinner (directed by Bob Odenkirk from Mr. Show) will both be screening at Heaven Gallery this Friday March 5 and Saturday March 6 at 8pm. If you missed either program, or just want to see it all again, it's well worth checking out. It's only $7, one admission for both! Visit the Movieside website for more details.

Tron @ Music Box

Jeff Bridges plays Kevin Flynn, a programmer who is sucked into a virtual world in which he must find the program TRON and help defeat Master Control. This cult Disney film from 1982 is being shown this weekend, along with perennial cult favorite The Rocky Horro Picture Show, at the Music Box Theatre as part of their Midnight Movies series. The Music Box is located at 3733 N. Southport Avenue. For ticket information call 773-871-6604.

When the Spirits Dance Mambo

This Friday, Columbia College is sponsoring a screening of When the Spirits Dance Mambo, a documentary that explores the influence of Afro Cuban religions on modern Cuban society. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including the film's co-producer, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Columbia art historian Miguel Ramos, and Patrick Belgarde-Smith from the University of Wisconsin. The film begins at 6pm, and the panel discussion starts at 7:30. The Ferguson Theater is located at 600 N. Michigan Avenue. The event is free. For more information call 312-344-7535.

Real Ale Fest Pub Crawl

Second day of Real Ale Fest offers a free-form pub crawl through some of Chicago's best bars.

DEPART-ment

The second, of hopefully many, DEPART-ment shows will take place this weekend at 2010 W. Fulton #310 (near Damen and a little south of Grand Ave.) Come see the wares of creatively independent crafters and artisans and support an effort to support individuals instead of questionable mass marketers of cheaply made goods. Tonight's kick-off (7-11 pm) will be more similar to an art opening than a store opening. Come have a drink, listen to some good music, and talk to many of the artists.

Instruments of Movement: "Lifted"

Instruments of Movement presents "Lifted" at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. 8pm. $20, $15 for students. Call 312/337-6543 for more information.

Tha 446/The Ghost/Mt. St. Helens @ Fireside Bowl

Local boys The Ghost and Mt. St. Helens play the Fireside Bowl, 2648 W. Fullerton, alongside Midwest rap luminaries Tha 446. The Ghost celebrates the release of their new album "This Pen Is A Weapon" (Some Records), though the actual release has been pushed back to May. $8, all ages, 6pm doors. More info here.

File Not Found

A "multimedia improv review" by the Studio Z company. Breadline Lab Space, 1801 W. Byron. 8pm; $10 suggested donation. Call 312-543-7920 for more info.

Real Ale Fest Feast

Start of a three-day event, begins with food and ale (of course) at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.

Equal Marriage Now! Rally

A rally for same-sex marriage rights in Cook County. 12pm, at 118 N. Clark in front of the County Building/City Hall (across from Daley Plaza).

Pistil release party @ Double Door

Come to the Double Door tonight and join Pistil magazine as they celebrate the release of their latest and greatest, the Domestic Issue! The Manhandlers, The Krunchies and Vicki (and others) will be performing. The cover is only $5 and doors open at 9pm.

Sport and Sexuality: (Nearly) the Last Bastion of Sexism and Homophobia

Dr. Erin McCarthy of Columbia College presents a lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 5th floor East meeting room. 6pm, free. Call 312-744-6630 for more information.

Chicago Women in the Arts

The Newberry Library's Wednesday Club presents an evening of lectures titled, "Chicago Women in the Arts from the 1893 World's Fair to the Present." Diane Dillion will talk about the Women's Pavillion at the Columbian Exposition while Esther Grimm explores the history of the Three Arts Club of Chicago. Finally, Susan Aurinko will examine the work of several contemporary Chicago artists. Admission is $12 and includes drinks. Doors open at 5:30pm. For more information, call 312-255-3510.

Say Goodnight Gracie

Say Goodnight Gracie, Frank Gorshin's one-man tribute to George Burns, opens tonight at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Probably best known for his work on the "Batman" TV show as The Riddler, Gorshin was better known as an impressionist of some renown before "Batman" (see the recent Ed Sullivan/Beatles DVD set for one of his TV appearances), and he's been doing this show on Broadway since 2002. The show plays through Sunday, March 7. You can purchase tickets through the Center's Website. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts: 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. (847) 673-6300.

Rocco DiSpirito @ Field's

Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito appears at the new Culinary Studio at Marshall Field's State Street today at Noon. Chef DiSpirito will be demonstrating recipes from his new cookbook, Flavor, and will be available afterwards to sign copies of the book. The event is free, and no reservations are required.

DJ Jump Cut @ Danny's

DJ Jump Cut spins live at Danny's, 1935 W Dickens (at Damen), tonight at 10pm. He promises a very eclectic mix of music, from classic rock to punk to hip-hop. Check it out.

SPEC Chicago reading @ DePaul

SPEC Chicago, in conjunction with WDRP DePaul University's radio station, presents an evening of readings featuring a variety of Chicago-area self-publishing luminaries. 7pm to 9pm at DePaul's Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue, in room 154. This is an all-ages, free show. More information is available on the SPEC site or at spec@selfpublishers.org.

Readers:
Emerson Dameron (Kazoo zine)
Mitchell Szczepanczyk (Chicago Media Action)
Louis Silverstein (Columbia College professor, author of "Deep Spirit & Great Heart: Living In Marijuana Consciousness")
Alicia Dorr (Random Life In Progress zine, Zine Guide)
Brent Ritzel (Zine Guide, Tail Spins Magazine)
Kurt Heintz (E-poets Network)
Aaron Cynic (Diatribe zine)
Keight Sandler (Backstabber zine)
Billy Roberts (Her & Proot I Exist zines, Loop Zine Distro)
Andrew Mall (Living Proof zine)
David David Katzman (author of "Death By Zamboni")
Jeremy P. Bushnell (Imaginary Year)
Michelle Aiello (Indigo zine)
Matt Fagan (Meniscus zine)
Dan Rockwood (Vanilla Virus zine, Zine Guide webmaster)
hosted by Brandon Wetherbee (WRDP program director, Foul Inc.)

Ken Siska @ Myopic Books

Ken Siska performs at Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, at 7:30pm as part of the ongoing Myopic Music Series. More info here. Free.

Casimir Pulaski Day

Today is Pulaski Day. If you grew up in Illinois, you probably recall getting the day off for school. But who was Pulaski, and why does he deserve a day? Hey, he was the father of the American cavalry. He helped American forces discover and defeat the British, and his legion was described by one British officer as "the best damned cavalry the rebels ever had." So give a salute to Casimir Pulaski, one of the major heroes of the American Revolution.

Deadline for entries for Bicycle Photo Contest

As part of the fourth annual Bike Town Bash the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is conducting a bicycle-themed photo competition. All donated photos will be auctioned to benefit the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, you get a chance to take home some cool art. The three categories are: - Utility/Lifestyle - Recreation/Racing - Abstract/Non-Traditional. ENTRIES ARE DUE MARCH 1, 2004. Click here for a copy of the entry form to be mailed in with your photo(s). If you have any additional questions, please contact Pamela Brookstein at 312-427-3325 x42.

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