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June 2004

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It Came From The Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present another summer of dramatic readings of film scripts in their summer prime time series It Came From The Neo-Futurarium III: Return To The Neo-Futurarium. This week's film: the 1992 Disney musical Newsies, as re-created in front of your very eyes by the company from the House Theatre of Chicago. The show starts tonight at 8:00, and the series runs through August 4. See the Neo-Futurist Website for more details, a complete schedule, and links to purchase tickets. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

Paint-By-Numbers discussion

Ever wonder who invented Paint-By-Numbers sets? They were co-created in 1949 by Oak Park resident Dan Robbins and a business partner. Tonight, Mr. Robbins gives a talk about his most famous creation at Intuit: the Center for Outsider and Intuitive Art as part of their current show, "Outside the Lines: Ordinary Pastimes, Extraordinary Art." Copies of Robbins' autobiography, "Whatever Happened to Paint-By-Numbers?", will also be available for purchase. The talk starts at 6:30 PM, and is free and open to the public. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Sister Machine Gun @ Metro

Industrial rock outfit Sister Machine Gun is performing at Metro tonight. The show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $10. Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark. Call 773-549-0203 for more information.

Sojourner Poetry Reading

Chicago poets S.L. Wisenberg, Ellen A. Rosen, and Janice Finney read from the work they contributed to the recent issue of "Sojourner" tonight at the Women and Children First Bookstore located at 5233 N. Clark. The reading starts at 7:30pm. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Lincoln Thru a Lenz Deadline

Today's the last day for entries to the Chicago Parks District and Lincoln Park Cultural Center's amateur photography contest this summer for people snapping shots of Lincoln Park (that big grassy area by the lake, not the neighborhood). Categories include people, places, animals, and plants. You can pick up an application at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, but entries must be submitted by June 30.

Lazy FM versus "The Warriors"

DJs Lazy FM (Josh Werner and Hiroki) create a live-mixed soundtrack to the cult classic The Warriors at 7pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 75 E. Washigton Ave. It's free! Here's the press release:

"Lazy FM vs. The Warriors is presented as part of the ohm performance series that incorporates new media in the arenas of theater, music and visual art. The event is held in conjunction with HairStories, a thematic exhibition exploring the imagery, cultural significance and aesthetics of black hair, on view through July 3 at the Cultural Center.

"Afros play into the costumes of this 1979 borderline-camp film that explores race relations through urban street gangs. Directed by Walter Hill, the action begins when representatives from all of New York City's street gangs attempt to unite into one group. When the resultant shooting is wrongly blamed on a gang called the Warriors, they face the violent revenge of the rival gangs in enemy territory on their journey back to their respective turf. The Warriors will be shown in DVD projection (94 mins.).

"Josh Werner of Antennae International and Gramaphone Records and Hiroki of Milk Cru team up as Lazy FM and spin live music to The Warriors. As Lazy FM, their soundtrack to The Warriors has been featured at the electronic music nights on Mondays at Danny's. They will also prepare soundtracks for The Breakfast Club and Caddyshack for viewings this summer at Danny's."

!!! @ Logan Square Auditorium

!!! (aka "chik-chik-chik") bring their hipster white-bo funk to the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 North Kedzie, tonight. Stag Party and DJ Friar Tuck open. Doors open at 8:30pm, all ages. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 773/276-3600 or 800/594-8499. The Reader says Mario Andreoni, Tyler Pope, and Justin Vandervolgen of !!! will be doing a free midnight DJ set at Sonotheque, 1444 West Chicago -- call 312/226-7600 to confirm.

Fahrenheit 9/11 house parties

MoveOn.org is sponsoring a series of house parties tonight, inspired by this weekend's humongoid hit film Fahrenheit 9/11. Looks like the coolest Chicago party will be happening at the Funky Buddha lounge (728 W. Grand), but there are plenty of other locations around Chicagoland to attend. See the Moveon.org site to see where a house party is happening in your area. Parties start at 7:00 tonight, and will include a disussion of the movie, as well as a conference call with Michael Moore.

Another Chicago Magazine Release Party

Another Chicago Magazine celebrates the release of its "Music + Sound" issue with a party at 3030 Cortland tonight at 7pm. Sun-Times rock critic Jim DeRogatis, poet Mary Biddinger, Stories on Stage Fiction prize winner Jeremy P. Bushnell and poet Kristy Odelius -- all featured in the new issue -- read, and Tim Kinsella (Owls, Joan of Arc, Friend/Enemy) and Josh Hight (ex-Detachment Kit) with Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, Azita) perform. The event is free with the purchase of a magazine, or $5 suggested donation. Wine and beer and food will be available free.

Magnetic Fields @ Old Town School

The Magnetic Fields, that grand group of musicians headed by songwriting machine Stephin Merritt, plays for three nights at the Old Town School of Folk Music. If you are somehow able to rustle up a ticket for this performance, do not pass up the chance to see the show. Merritt and company always deliver a powerful show, and the performance space at the Old Town School is first-rate: small and intimate, each seat having an unobstructed view of the stage. Opening act: Andrew Bird. Show starts at 8:00. A highly recommended evening. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000. Also see the school's Website for further info.

35th annual Pride parade

The 2004 GLBT Pride parade makes its way through East Lakeview today. The parade kicks off at noon at Halsted and Belmont, proceeding north to Broadway, then back south on Broadway to Diversey, then east to Lincoln Park. Expect the usual eclectic mix of politicians, drag queens and kings, corporate floats, bar floats, topless boys and girls, marching PFLAG moms, and giant Jewel carts. This year's grand marshal is former NFL defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo. See the PRIDEChicago committee's official website for further info.

22nd Annual Strawberry Festival

Come on out to historic Long Grove, IL this weekend at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin Roads for their 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival. Long Grove restaurants and outdoor booths will be offering a wide variety of strawberry treats, and the festival also includes live music and a classic car show. Admission is free so join the fun on June 25: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 26: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and June 27: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Magnetic Fields @ Old Town School

The Magnetic Fields, that grand group of musicians headed by songwriting machine Stephin Merritt, plays for three nights at the Old Town School of Folk Music. If you are somehow able to rustle up a ticket for this performance, do not pass up the chance to see the show. Merritt and company always deliver a powerful show, and the performance space at the Old Town School is first-rate: small and intimate, each seat having an unobstructed view of the stage. Opening act: Andrew Bird. Show starts at 8:00. A highly recommended evening. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000. Also see the school's Website for further info.

The Partly Dave Show: The P Word

The Partly Dave Show, that clever melange of music, prose and performance hosted by Chicago author and actor Dave Awl, has a special additional performance this month at Dave's old haunt, the Neo-Futurarium. Tonight's theme: "The P Word" (as in "Pride"). Performances by current Neo-Futurists Sharon Greene and Jay Torrence, as well as a number of Partly Dave regulars and special guests, including musician Ellen Rosner. Admission is $7. All admissions benefit the ACLU's Gay and Lesbian Project. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

Dyke March Chicago 2004

This year's Dyke March, an alternative to the well-established Pride Parade, is indeed happening today! The initial meet-up point is the Trumbull Elementary School playground at the corner of Foster & Ashland at 1:30. The march will start at 2:00, and participants will march across Foster, up Clark to Bryn Mawr, and east on Bryn Mawr to the lake, where there should be a rally portion of the event. Details are still sketchy at this point; keep an eye on the Website for more details.

Make your own Popsicle Stick Creation!

As part of the current exhibit of outsider art at Intuit, the gallery is offering a "Make your own Popsicle Stick Creation" workshop today at 1:30 PM. There will be one other workshop in the coming weeks: "Make your own Bottlecap Centerpiece" on July 31. Each workshop is $20 per person and includes materials. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Pride Fest

The second annual Pride Fest celebrating Chicago's GLBT community takes place today at Halsted and Waveland. Live music, food and drink will be on hand from Noon to 9 p.m. Your $5 "donation" to join the fun benefits the Northalsted Area Merchants Association.

22nd Annual Strawberry Festival

Come on out to historic Long Grove, IL this weekend at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin Roads for their 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival. Long Grove restaurants and outdoor booths will be offering a wide variety of strawberry treats, and the festival also includes live music and a classic car show. Admission is free so join the fun on June 25: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 26: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and June 27: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Magnetic Fields @ Old Town School

The Magnetic Fields, that grand group of musicians headed by songwriting machine Stephin Merritt, plays for three nights at the Old Town School of Folk Music. If you are somehow able to rustle up a ticket for this performance, do not pass up the chance to see the show. Merritt and company always deliver a powerful show, and the performance space at the Old Town School is first-rate: small and intimate, each seat having an unobstructed view of the stage. Opening act: Andrew Bird. Show starts at 8:00. A highly recommended evening. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000. Also see the school's Website for further info.

Taste of Chicago

Yes, it's Taste of Chicago time again! The 10-day event happens in downtown's Grant Park, and features dozens of restaurants offering sample servings of their regular menus. Besides the food, there'll be a "wireless cafe" with fancy wireless hardware on display, a live music stage or two (including a bunch of free concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell), and LOTS AND LOTS OF PEOPLE. Be prepared. See the Website for more info.

Fahrenheit 9/11 Opens

The biggest little movie that almost wasn't distributed opens today, thanks to the Weinsteins, Lion's Gate Films and IFC Films (who are joining ranks to distribute the film that Disney dropped). Michael Moore wants you to see Fahrenheit 9/11, and it's showing all around Illinois starting today. You can order tickets ahead of time through this website and check out the trailers.

22nd Annual Strawberry Festival

Come on out to historic Long Grove, IL this weekend at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin Roads for their 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival. Long Grove restaurants and outdoor booths will be offering a wide variety of strawberry treats, and the festival also includes live music and a classic car show. Admission is free so join the fun on June 25: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 26: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and June 27: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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. All you have to do is show up with your bike.

Siva Vaidhyanathan @ Borders

Author, teacher and blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan signs his new book, The Anarchist in the Library, at the Barnes & Noble in the Old Orchard shopping mall in Skokie tonight at 7:30 PM. The book takes a look at the effect the Internet is having on social, political and cultural futures. From peer-to-peer sharing to "The Phantom Edit," the author shows a number of ways that fast-moving technology is causing friction between the desire for anarchy and the desire for control. Check it out.

Live music @ Field Museum

The Field Museum presents "Play the Field," an evening of live music, as well as a look at its current exhibit "Splendors of China's Forbidden City." Performing tonight will be DJs Jay Prasad and Johnny Chaos and local funk bands Pala and Liquid Soul. The evening's events run from 6:00 to 11:00, and the exhibit will be open at 8:00. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. This is a 21+ show. Field Museum: 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. (866) 343-5303.

Derek Plaslaiko @ Smartbar

Detroit's techno rockstar Derek Plaslaiko brings his own blend of cerebral techno, gritty electro, and body-jackin house to Smartbar. Joined by Jay Haze from Amsterdam, Matt Nee, and Johnny Love. 730 N. Clark, $5 before midnight, $8 after, 21+, 10pm.

Grant Park Music Festival 2004

The Grant Park Music Festival is celebrating its 70th season this summer, and the fun starts tonight at the brand new Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. The opening concert tonight features works by Corigliano, Brahms, Barber, and Prokofiev performed by the Grant Park Orchestra. Concert begins at 6:30pm. See the Grant Park Music Festival website for the full summer schedule.

Finding Nemo @ Beverly Arts Center

Academy Award winning screenwriter David Reynolds will be on hand for this special screening of the animated film Finding Nemo at the Beverly Arts Center located at 2407 W. 111th Street. Reynolds will be answering questions both before and after the film. Tickets are $7, and the movie starts at 7:30pm. Call 773-445-3838 for more information.

GWB Coloring Book @ Barbara's

Drawing from the imaginative quotes of our own President, THE GEORGE BUSH COLORING BOOK visualizes his words in the form of a coloring book by illustrator Karen Ocker. Select artists will have work on hand showing their personal interpretations of these great moments of presidential history. See for yourself Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at Barbara's Bookstore's UIC location.

SummerDance: DJ Derrick Carter

Legendary local DJ Derrick Carter is joined by special guest DJ Diz in kicking off the inaugural week of the new DJ Series at Chicago SummerDance with his trademark Chicago sound Wednesday, June 23, 2004 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave.  

Now in its eighth season, Chicago SummerDance is proud to announce the expansion of the popular program with the addition of the DJ Series that focuses on the ever-growing genre of electronic dance music and celebrates the sounds of Chicago's own house music stalwarts along with special guests. This 10-week long Wednesday night series runs June 23 - August 25.  Admission is free.

Tim Tyson @ 57th St Books

Timothy Tyson reads from Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story, Tuesday, June 22nd at 7 pm at 57th Street Books.

"In his chilling and perceptive new book, award-winning African-American studies professor Tim Tyson combines memoir and history to tell the story of a murder that shook a small Southern town. In 1970, when Tyson was 10 years old, his hometown of Oxford, NC exploded after a white businessman murdered a young black man in cold blood. The town's African-American residents poured into the streets in protest, and black veterans torched area tobacco warehouses, while the Ku Klux Klan plotted violence. Tyson skillfully weaves Oxford's story into the larger history of the civil rights movement, and explores the real costs of our country's racial divide."

Alain de Botton @ Sem Co-op

The Seminary Co-op presents philosopher and novelist Alain de Botton, Monday, June 21st, 2004 at 7 pm. "In his new work, Alain de Botton explores the origins, symptoms and effects of that most pervasive of modern ills, status anxiety. Charting its many manifestations, de Botton also explores possible remedies, from art to religion, and argues for a pluralistic understanding of success. His previous books include The Art of Travel and How Proust Can Change Your Life."

The Magnificent Ambersons @ the Music Box

The Music Box's Orson Welles Weekend Matinee Series starts rolling with The Magnificent Ambersons, one of the few instances I can say that I've read the novel yet not seen the movie -- no film lover should miss seeing this on the big screen. His follow-up to Citizen Kane, Welle's adaptation of Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1918 novel, tells the story of a bratty rich kid who eventually gets the comeuppance he deserves against the backdrop of a rapidly changing, late 19th century America. While widely considered "mutilated" by studio cuts, my dad says it was still really good. June 19 & 20: 11:30 a.m.

Beverly Arts Fair

The Beverly Arts Fair is also taking place this weekend at the Beverly Arts Center at 111th & Western. The two-day fine arts festival features fine art booths, food, drink and live music. Head on over June 19 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and June 20 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Artists of the Wall Festival

The 11th annual Artists of the Wall Festival also takes place this weekend. More than 100 local artist will collaborate on a 600-foot long mural along Chicago's lakefront at Loyola Park Beach. If you want to participate, pick up your entry form at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse at 1230 W. Greenleaf Avenue. The cost to enter is $20. Or, just come and watch and enjoy the entertainment including live music. The festival takes place June 19 and 20. The mural must be completed by 2 p.m. on June 20 with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

Lincoln Park Festival

The Lincoln Park Festival kicks off this wekend with the usual mix of live music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Your $7 "donation" benefits the Mid-North Association. Bands this year include the Waco Brothers and Glenn Tilbrook. The fun begins on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and June 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Taste of Randolph Street

This annual event includes live bands, cooking demonstrations, tasty treats from local restaurants, arts and crafts, and much more. The festival takes place near 1200 W. Randolph St. at Racine Avenue. Bands this year include Fountains of Wayne and Galactic. A suggested donation of $6 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. is "requested." Festival hours are June 18: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., June 19: Noon - 10 p.m., and June 20: Noon - 10 p.m.

Ravinia Centennial Lecture

As part of the Ravinia Festival's centennial, the Newberry Library will host CEO Welz Kauffman on Saturday, June 19, for "The Ravinia Festival at 100," an illustrated lecture on the history of one of the most famous summer music festivals in America. The program will feature a live performance by a Ravinia artist and a display of materials from the Ravinia Festival archives, which are held at the Newberry. The program will take place at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago.

Admission is free to all ages. For more information, call (312) 255-3700.

Movieside Film Fest

Movieside film fest returns to the Biograph Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave) Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, with performances and screenings at 8 pm and midnight. Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door.

The Magnificent Ambersons @ the Music Box

The Music Box's Orson Welles Weekend Matinee Series starts rolling with The Magnificent Ambersons, one of the few instances I can say that I've read the novel yet not seen the movie -- no film lover should miss seeing this on the big screen. His follow-up to Citizen Kane, Welle's adaptation of Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1918 novel, tells the story of a bratty rich kid who eventually gets the comeuppance he deserves against the backdrop of a rapidly changing, late 19th century America. While widely considered "mutilated" by studio cuts, my dad says it was still really good. June 19 & 20: 11:30 a.m.

Svengoolie 25th anniversary

If the name Svengoolie doesn't ring a bell, then you're missing out on a wonderful little slice of Chicago history. Rich Koz has been playing the horror film show host for 25 years now (taking over the Svengoolie name from Jerry G. Bishop, who originated the character in the early 1970s). Tonight on Svengoolie's current home, WCIU-26, Svengoolie will look back at the last 25 years with plenty of clips and treats for fans. And of course there'll be a horror movie to watch: the creepy classic The Screaming Skull. Svengoolie celebrates tonight from 9:00 to 11:00, and fans of classic horror movies (and movie show hosts) should definitely check it out.

Healthcare for All Rally

Head out to Lincoln Park today at Noon for the Healthcare for All Rally. Former presidential hopeful Howard Dean will be joining the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others to talk about "a national healthcare program that covers everyone." The rally will be taking place just south of Lincoln Park Zoo. Visit the Chicago Jobs for Justice website for more information.

Chi-Town Squares Square Dance

Looking for a square dance? Since 1987, the Chi-Town Squares has promoted and taught modern square dancing. They welcome all dancers, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. Dances take place at the Ebenezer Church Community Center at 1640 W. Foster. Classes don't start till September, but you can swing your partner tonight!

Make your own Sock Monkey!

As part of the current exhibit of outsider art at Intuit, the gallery is offering a "Make your own Sock Monkey" workshop today at 1:30 PM. There will be two other workshops in the coming weeks: "Make your own Popsicle Stick Creation" on June 26, and "Make your own Bottlecap Centerpiece" on July 31. Each workshop is $20 per person and includes materials. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Beverly Arts Fair

The Beverly Arts Fair is also taking place this weekend at the Beverly Arts Center at 111th & Western. The two-day fine arts festival features fine art booths, food, drink and live music. Head on over June 19 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and June 20 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Highland Games

Och aye! The 2004 Illinois St. Andrew Society Highland Games happen today at the Oakbrook Polo Grounds in Oakbrook. Scottish foods, Scottish events (sheep herding, Parade of Tartans, quoits, Highland dancing, etc.), and plenty of stuff to keep you and your family entertained. Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 children. Check the Website for full info, why don't you. Oakbrook Polo Grounds: 31st & York Road, Oakbrook.

Seurat exhibit @ Art Institute

The latest Art Institute special exhibition, Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte, opens today. The main feature of the collection of the 130-piece display will be a computer-reconstructed version of Seurat's "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," with the colors adjusted to appear as it would have when the painting was first unveiled in 1886. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Art Institute. Check the Website for hours of the exhibit. The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S. Michigan. (312) 443-3600.

Artists of the Wall Festival

The 11th annual Artists of the Wall Festival also takes place this weekend. More than 100 local artist will collaborate on a 600-foot long mural along Chicago's lakefront at Loyola Park Beach. If you want to participate, pick up your entry form at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse at 1230 W. Greenleaf Avenue. The cost to enter is $20. Or, just come and watch and enjoy the entertainment including live music. The festival takes place June 19 and 20. The mural must be completed by 2 p.m. on June 20 with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

Lincoln Park Festival

The Lincoln Park Festival kicks off this wekend with the usual mix of live music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Your $7 "donation" benefits the Mid-North Association. Bands this year include the Waco Brothers and Glenn Tilbrook. The fun begins on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and June 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Puerto Rican Parade

This annual parade kicks off at Noon today at Columbus and Balbo Drives. Either a chance to show your Puerto Rican pride or a warning to avoid traffic downtown today.

Taste of Randolph Street

This annual event includes live bands, cooking demonstrations, tasty treats from local restaurants, arts and crafts, and much more. The festival takes place near 1200 W. Randolph St. at Racine Avenue. Bands this year include Fountains of Wayne and Galactic. A suggested donation of $6 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. is "requested." Festival hours are June 18: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., June 19: Noon - 10 p.m., and June 20: Noon - 10 p.m.

Jefferson Park Community Festival

The Jefferson Park Community Festival is taking place this weekend at the intersection of Higgins and Milwaukee Avenue. The festival, which includes arts and crafts, live music and food, runs June 18 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and June 19 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.

Movieside Film Fest

Movieside film fest returns to the Biograph Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave) Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, with performances and screenings at 8 pm and midnight. Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door.

Life of Brian @ Music Box

"People called Romani, they go the 'ouse?" Yes, yes they do, and the Music Box has them, as it hosts the Chicago engagement of Monty Python's Life of Brian. Inspired by the performance figures of a certain other religion-themed movie a couple of months ago, the Pythons thought it would be time to dust off the old film and give it a tour through the US. (A mere coincidence that it's the 25th anniversary of the film.) So head on over to the Music Box tonight, and ask them to welease Woger. (Don't really do it.) Music Box Theatre: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Blithe House Quarterly Reading

Blithe House Quarterly, an online journal of queer short fiction, celebrates its Summer 2004 all-Chicago issue with a reading by four local writers: Dave Awl, Kurt Heintz, Karen Lee Osborne, and K. R. Randen. Hosted by BHQ founder/publisher Aldo Alvarez, Friday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Quimby's Bookstore (1854 W. North Ave). This event is open to all ages, and admission is free.

Venus Magazine Party

Join the gang from locally produced, nationally enjoyed Venus Magazine on June 18 at the Empty Bottle for some good music and great company. Performing will be Terror At the Opera, Pit er Pat, and DJ Jim Magas. Venus Magazine, focused on women in music, arts, and culture, is currently celebrating its 20th issue, featuring Janeane Garofalo, now on stands.

Taste of Randolph Street

This annual event includes live bands, cooking demonstrations, tasty treats from local restaurants, arts and crafts, and much more. The festival takes place near 1200 W. Randolph St. at Racine Avenue. Bands this year include Fountains of Wayne and Galactic. A suggested donation of $6 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. is "requested." Festival hours are June 18: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., June 19: Noon - 10 p.m., and June 20: Noon - 10 p.m.

Jefferson Park Community Festival

The Jefferson Park Community Festival is taking place this weekend at the intersection of Higgins and Milwaukee Avenue. The festival, which includes arts and crafts, live music and food, runs June 18 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and June 19: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.

Comic artist Adrian Tomine @ Borders

Adrian Tomine, creator of the comic "Optic Nerve" and illustrator for such magazines as Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, and the current issue of McSweeney's, will be appearing at the Borders in Lakeview tonight at 7:30 PM to promote his new book, "Scrapbook: Uncollected Works". There will be a Q&A session with Newcity's Ray Pride, with a signing to follow. The event is free. Borders: 2817 N. Clark.

Birdhouse Art Auction

Chicago House, an organization that provides housing to people with HIV and AIDS, holds their annual Birdhouse Art Auction and Cocktail Party tonight from 6pm to 9pm at Barneys New York, 25 E. Oak St. Come bid on birdhouses and art by local artists, designers and architects. Tickets are $50, proceeds go to fun Chicago House's projects. More information here.

Gina Frangello @ Women & Children First

Local author Gina Frangello will be appearing today at the Women & Children First bookstore at 5233 N. Clark. She will be signing copies of her new anthology, Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters. The event starts at 7:30pm. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Passionate Women 2005 calendar project

The Passionate Women calendar, "a project to honor and support the lesbian and gay community in Chicago," holds a contest tonight at Star Gaze to pick models for the upcoming 2005 calendar. Sign-up between 8:00 and 9:00. The winner will be decided by the audience's votes, so be sure to bring your friends. Star Gaze: 5419 N. Clark. (773) 561-7363.

Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Release Party

Poets Mike Puican and Zada Johnson will be reading work from their new chapbooks at the Chopin Theater tonight starting at 7:30pm. The Chopin Theater is located at 1543 W. Division. Tickets for the event are just $7. Call 773-227-6117 for more information.

Stuart Dybek, James McManus & Katherine Shonk

Three noted Chicago authors will be reading from their most recent works tonight at Borders at 4718 N. Broadway. This free event begins at 7pm and will also include a discussion of Dybek's Coast of Chicago, a recent selection of Chicago's One Book, One Chicago reading program. Call 773-334-7338 for more information.

Bloomsday 100

Fans of James Joyce's Ulysses are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the day described in book -- June 16, 1904. Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center at 4626 N. Knox Avenue is sponsoring a wide variety of Bloomsday 100 events. Check out their website for a full listing of events. Tonight's festivities include the premiere of the film Bloom at the Piper's Alley theater at 7:30 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 is requested for the event. Call 773-282-7035 for more information. There's also an open-mic reading from the book at the Red Lion pub, 2646 N. Lincoln Avenue at 7 p.m.

Ellen Steinberg reading @ 57th St Books

Hear Ellen Steinberg read from her recent book, Irma: A Chicago Woman's Story, Wednesday, June 16th at 7 pm at 57th Street Books (1301 E. 57th Street).

"A wrong turn led Ellen Steinberg to a box full of diaries by one Irma Rosenthal Frankenstein, in her own words, "an obscure person who has found living...a stupendous adventure." Indeed, in Steinberg's transcription of the diaries, Irma lives through the aftermath of the Civil War, the Chicago Fire, the Depression, and two world wars. The longtime Hyde Park/Kenwood resident also reflects on friends such as Thornton Wilder and Carl Sandburg, and on an ordinary German Jewish woman's experiences of child-rearing, women's suffrage, the University of Chicago and social welfare activities. What emerges is a unique, first-person narrative of Chicago history from 1871 to 1966."

Skinny Puppy @ The Vic

Get your face rocked off, if that's your idea of fun, by Skinny Puppy at the Tuesday, June 15th at 7:30 pm. The show is all ages and costs $26.

WWE SmackDown!

Head on out to the Allstate Arena at 6920 N. Mannheim Rd. in Rosemont for some hot pro wrestling action. The event will iclude all of your WWE favorites including Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly, and Eddie Guerrero. The event starts at 7:30pm. Call 312-559-1212 for ticket information.

Backdoor Basics @ Early To Bed

Back Door Basics: An Introduction to Anal Sex for Everyone! Join the staff of Early to Bed as they introduce you to the wonderful world of anal fun! They'll cover a bunch of different topics, including: anal anatomy, basic preparation & hygiene, anal penetration for beginners & more! Open to people of all genders and orientations. Tuesday, June 15th at 7:30 pm.

Pre-registration is requested for workshops & the cost is $10. Registration can be made via e-mail, in person or over the phone. Call 773-271-1219 or email workshops@early2bed.com with questions or to register.

Ghostface Killah @ House of Blues

Ghostface Killah, aka Tony Starks, one of the founding members of the seminal rap group Wu-Tang Clan, will be appearing tonight at House of Blues. Tickets range from $19.50 to $22. For more ticket information call 312-559-1212. The show begins at 9pm.

Krakatau @ Cultural Center

The Indonesian jazz-pop-fusion ensemble Krakatau presents a free public concert at 7:30pm on Monday, June 14 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.

Krakatau's distinctive sound originates from an ancient Gamelan tonal system called "S'lendro," which is found in the traditional music of Sunda, Java, and Bali. Based on the S'lendro tonal system, Krakatau fuses Western musical elements and instruments (jazz, rock and pop) with various ethnic rhythms of Indonesian musical traditions and instruments.

Aretha Franklin concert @ Civic Opera House

The Spirit of a Woman is an annual event put on by the group Southwest Women Working Together to campaign against domestic violence. This year's event features a concert by Aretha Franklin, and will also feature appearances by Iyanla Vanzant, Eve Ensler, US Representative Jan Schakowsky, Sunny Fischer and others. The concert is tonight at 7:00PM; tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Civic Opera House: 20 N. Wacker.

Richie Hawtin @ Smartbar

Richie Hawtin, whose Plastikman music has thrilled fans for the last decade, comes back to Chicago to dj at Smartbar for his Minimize to Maximize tour. The always-fantastic Magda opens. 3730 N. Clark, 21+, 20$.

Mike Doughty's Band @ The Abbey

Former lead singer/songwriter/and sexy rock star for Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty is now out and about with both a solo tour and his own new band (with a slightly rotating cast). This gig at The Abbey will include Mike Doughty on guitar and vocals, Thomas Bartlett (aka The Doveman) on keyboards and Shahzad Ismaily on drums. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. You can buy tickets on Ticketweb or at The Abbey at 3420 W. Grace (at Elston) ($15.00 advance, $17.00 day of show).

Margaret Cho's Revolution @ Film Center

Margaret Cho's new concert documentary, Margaret Cho's Revolution, will screen at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 8:00 PM, as a benefit for Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival. Topics covered: the axis of evil; her tour of the red light districts of Thailand; bartering sex for household chores; and much much more. If you can't see the film tonight, it will have its world premiere on the Sundance Channel on June 19. Tickets: $9 ($7 for Film Center members). Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Wilco @ The Vic

Jeff Tweedy's sober now, so don't miss the opportunity to see Wilco, the drug free version, at the Vic Theatre June 12. 7:30 pm. Tickets are $31.

Madpoison Launch Party

Madpoison says they're now "the most highly trafficked entertainment website in Chicago." Whatever the case may be, they're throwing a helluva party tonight over at Transit, 1431 W Lake St. Free drinks from 10-11pm, giveaways and some of the hottest dance music in town. Check here for more information, and to get on the VIP list to get in free.

Martin Yan @ Orland Square

Celebrity chef Martin Yan will be at the Orland Square Mall, 151st Street and Rt. 45 (LaGrange Road) in Orland Park, doing free cooking demos from 11am to 4:30pm.

Dykes Pedaling Bikes

The Windy City Cycling Club, in partnership with Dykediva.com, present the first Dykes Pedaling Bikes event today at 10:00 AM. "We encourage women of all skill levels to join us for a ride down the lakefront to Hyde Park, ending with brunch. Boys are still invited, but this ride is all about the girls." More information at the above links.

My Dog Ate My Painting

4Art Gallerypresents "My Dog Ate My Painting," an exhibition of artwork created by students from Steinmetz Academic Centre, a local Chicago high school located on the west side of the city. The artists' opening reception is from 4pm-10pm. For more information, please contact Jerod Schmidt or Robin Rios at 312/850-1816.

The Unembarrassed Mind

Interdisciplinary art forms collide in the world premiere of Walkabout Theater Company's The Unembarrassed Mind by ensemble members Loren Crawford and director Stephan Mazurek at the Storefront Theater in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph St.  Opening night is Friday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The Unembarrassed Mind runs for three weekends only through Saturday, June 26. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors.  All tickets can be purchased by phone at 312-742-TIXS (8497), on-line at www.ticketweb.com, or at the box office in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. The box office is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to each performance. In the production, Queen Victoria (Sandy Borglum), Sir Richard Burton (Winston Evans), Lady Isabel Burton (Loren Crawford), ribald Persian shadow puppets and live music from the Chicago Underground Duo combine to explore the Victorian era's passion for discovery and its censorship of those very findings.  The Unembarrassed Mind is a wild romp with the man who first translated the Kama Sutra into English, his devoted Catholic wife, and a queen whose name defined an age.  

Performances feature live music from the critically acclaimed Chicago Underground Duo, comprised of celebrated Chicago-based musicians Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor.

Pink Panther movies @ Film Center

Two of Blake Edwards' classic Pink Panther movies, The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Dark, will screen for the next week at the Siskel Film Center. The Pink Panther introduces Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau, in an ensemble cast that relied more on wit than the elaborate slapstick that would mark later Pink Panther films. And A Shot in the Dark was the follow-up Clouseau film, in which the character is made the focus of the film, and established the complex relationships with the characters of Commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) and his manservant Cato (Burt Kwouk). Great fun for Pink Panther film fans. See the Film Center's calendar for showtimes. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

The Dutchmen @ Empty Bottle

The Dutchmen celebrate the release of their debut album on Threat Records with a show at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. The Drapes, The Expatriates and The Vibrolas open. 21 and over. Doors open at 9pm, $8 cover.

Rude Yak @ Heartland Cafe

Erick Rudiak plays an acoustic show at the Heartland Cafe , 7000 N. Glenwood, tonight at 9pm. Anyone interested in clever pop songs should check it out. More info at rudeyak.com.

Artist At Work Forum

The next Artists at Work Forum, Corporate Culture, features a candid discussion with four leading corporate art curators, two of whom are also practicing artists, on avenues for artists to engage corporate collections Thursday, June 10 at 6 p.m. in the fifth floor southwest meeting room of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The event is admission free and open to the public.

NPR's Susan Stamberg

Susan Stamberg, the first woman to host a national nightly news program (she started on NPR's "All Things Considered" in 1972), will be appearing tonight at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at the WBEZ Website.

OUT in the Loop

As part of Youth Pride Weekend, the new variety show OUT in the Loop will be holding auditions this evening from 5:30 to 8:30. The show is open to all young L/G/B/T/Q people who want to share their talents. Auditions are at the Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan. More information: contact Casey at (773) 524-3154 or at CaseyS@howardbrown.org.

Outsider art show @ Intuit

Outside the Lines: Ordinary Pastimes, Extraordinary Art is a new exhibit of outsider art that premieres tonight at Intuit, the gallery for intuitive and outsider art. The exhibit will contain various pieces of hand-made artwork: sock monkeys, Christmas ornaments, junk sculptures, Christmas ornaments, needlepoint, macrame, etc. The reception for the show runs tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Mod Fest Chicago 6/10-12

The organizers of Mod Fest Chicago promise "three days to go stark raving mod!" Delilah's and The Note play host to Mod Fest, which includes an opening night party featuring The Chants and GoGoGuillermo, two all-night dance party, and a record swap. For more information, visit modchicago.com.

"Baby Jane" fundraiser party

Hell in a Handbag Productions is having a party and fundraiser for their current show, "How 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane' Happened," tonight at T's in Andersonville. The festivities include a raffle and bake sale, on top of the chance to meet some pretty interesting characters. 10% of the back bar sales go to Hell in a Handbag. 7pm "til late," in the back room at T's Restaurant & Bar, 5025 N. Clark St.

Return of the Pansy Kings

Tonight's Partly Dave Show, Dave Awl's monthly spoken-word and performance cabaret, reunites Chicago's legendary "Sultans of Swish," The Pansy Kings, for a Pride-month soiree. At the No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood, 8 pm, $7 or pay what you can.

Third Coast Listening Room with Rick Moody @ Steppenwolf

The Third Coast Audio Festival Listening Room brings Rick Moody to the Steppenwolf Theater tonight. Moody, radio contributor and author of such works as The Ice Storm, and Garden State, will talk about the similarities and differences between writing stories and producing audio, and about how the act of listening influences his print work. Excerpts of Moody's audio works will be presented, along with other provocative radio stories. The discussion will be followed by a light reception. Tickets are $8 for Chicago Public Radio members, and $10 general admission. Tickets cannot be purchased at Steppenwolf, but must be purchased through the WBEZ website. For more information, call 312-948-4682 or email info@thirdcoastfestival.org. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Mix Tape @ Siskel Film Center

Local director Jefferson Root made a big splash last September with his film Mix Tape, which tells the story of a bunch of guys obsessed with making mix tapes for their girlfriends. Shot entirely on location in Chicago (if you hang out a lot in Wicker Park and Lakeview, you'll know practically every location), the movie sold out when it played the Siskel Film Center last fall, and it's playing tonight at 8:45 PM. The director and members of the cast will be in attendance, for some Q&A after the screening. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Stories on Stage

Stories on Stage, Chicago Public Radio's series of live dramatic readings on stage, finishes its 2004 season tonight at 7:30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The topic of tonight's event is "It's Just Your Imagination," and there will be three short stories read, including James Thurber's classic "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". Museum of Contemporary Art: 220 E. Chicago. Visit the WBEZ Website for tickets and more information.

Mayor Daley's Pride Month Reception

It's Pride Month, and this evening from 5:30 to 7:00, Mayor Daley and the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Issues are holding a reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. The event is free. Chicago Cultural Center: 77 E. Randolph.

Bill Irwin at Steppenwolf

Bill Irwin, clown, playwright and Tony-winning actor is appearing tonight at Steppenwolf. He'll be performing a "pastiche" of his solo stuff. Tickets are $30.

INFLUENCE. @ Sonotheque

The webzine Subsystence invites you to Sonotheque, 1444 W Chicago Ave., at 9pm tonight for INFLUENCE, a new monthly music series. This first installment features:
Atomly (Atomiq) - celebrating his record release
Snuggles (Strictly Jungle)
Matt Hellige (Immute)
Ken Meier (Interrupt Media)
It's free, but 21 and over.

Mayfest

Mayfest overtakes Lincoln Square this weekend. Festivities kick off Thursday, June 3 and continue through Sunday, June 6.

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

The 20th year of the Central Lakeview Merchants Association putting a stage in a parking lot and calling it a street fest. On Sheffield Avenue, between Belmont and School (i.e. in front of the Vic). $5 suggested donation for entry. The festival started Saturday, June 5. Today's lineup: 12:00pm, Roscoe Plush 1:30pm, Katie Todd Band 3:00pm, Underwater People 5:30pm, Von Bondies 7:15pm, Umphrey's McGee

DEPART-ment

DEPART-ment, craft fair extravaganza, happens this weekend at Open End (2000 W Fulton).

American Burqa

It's a compelling idea for a documentary: three Chicago women engage in the activities of a normal work day while wearing a burqa. The film, American Burqa, follows these women during their day and the reactions of their friends and co-workers. The film screens tonight at 5:15 PM at the Siskel Film Center; one of the directors, Hossein Khandan, and members of the cast will be present for an audience discussion after the film. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Tuvan throat singing workshop

Okay, here's a music class you can't pass up: a Tuvan throat singing workshop at the Old Town School of Folk Music, this afternoon at 3:00 PM. Throat singing is that weird musical style where you make a guttural sound in the back of your throat, and you simultaneously have two or three overtones going at the same time, so you're singing more than one note. (See the documentary Genghis Blues for more information and plenty of demonstrations.) Sign up fast, because Old Town School classes usually sell out quickly. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

He Who Must Die w/ Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel and Tribune film critic Michael Wilmington are appearing this afternoon at 2pm at Facets Multimedia at 1517 W. Fullerton in Chicago. They will be on-hand for a special screening of a newly restored print of He Who Must Die (Celui qui Doit Mourir) directed by Jules Dassin from 1957. The film's subject revolves around a Turkish-occupied Cretan village preparing the Easter Passion Play. Turkel and Wilmington will be discussing the film and responding to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Visit the Facets website for more details.

Printers Row Book Fair

The 20th annual Printers Row Book Fair happens today. Plenty of new and used books for sale, authors reading their works, panel discussions, and other literary events. Check the Website for a complete schedule and directions to the fair.

57th Street Art Fair

The 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 57th year this weekend in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. More than 300 artists from across the country will be on hand. The fair will be open Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. And, unlike some of those other Chicago art fairs, admission to the 57th Street fair is free! Check out the official website for more information.

Adventures in Lesbian Sex

Join editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and writer GirlyNYC for some very naughty and very true bedtime stories from the anthology Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, recently published by Alyson. At Early To Bed, 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. Call 773/271-1219 for more info.

Sweet Hello @ Beat Kitchen

Scope out Sweet Hello, a rootsy folk-rock band with girl-next-door lyrics, Saturday, June 5th at 9pm at the Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont) $8 cover. Joseph Messing is opening and stick around for Zico afterwards.

Mayfest

Mayfest overtakes Lincoln Square this weekend. Festivities kick off Thursday, June 3 and continue through Sunday, June 6.

Rock Against the Blue Bag

The Chicago Recycling Coalition presents their second annual benefit Rock Against The Blue Bag, which is designed to draw attention to the problems that the coalition sees in the city's recycling program. The benefit is at the Heartland Cafe, starts at 8:00, and features music by Orso, Devi 2000, The Sheathens, and Aerin Tedesco & Andrea Bunch. Admission is $8. Heartland Cafe: 7000 N. Glenwood. (773) 465-8005.

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

The 20th year of the Central Lakeview Merchants Association putting a stage in a parking lot and calling it a street fest. On Sheffield Avenue, between Belmont and School (i.e. in front of the Vic). $5 suggested donation for entry. The festival continues tomorrow. Today's lineup: 12:00pm, Urban Funk Ordinance 1:30pm, Last of the Showmen 3:00pm, Hairbanger's Ball 5:00pm, Ari Hest 7:00pm, Will Hoge 9:00pm, Smile Empty Soul

DEPART-ment

DEPART-ment, craft fair extravaganza, happens this weekend at Open End (2000 W Fulton).

Mystic Bill and Snuggles at Play

Check out the Simple Pleasures weekly, PLAY, at Spot 6. This week's guest Mystic Bill's blend of house and techno will bump the upper floor, while veteran jungle warrior Snuggles teams up with Grafik and the Simple Pleasures DJs to heat it up on the lower level. No cover, 21+, 9p-3a, 3343 N. Clark St.

Canine Rescue's Mutt Strut

The Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation presents their first annual Mutt Strut, a walk around the Rscoe Village neighborhood for canines and their human friends. Registration is $25, and includes a commemorative T-shirt. If you don't have a dog, you can still show up to support the foundation. There will be family-friendly activities after the walk. The event runs from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and starts at the Lincoln Park Savings Bank, 3234 N. Damen.

Bike Ride around the 35th Ward

The office of Rey Colon invites all and everyone to a Ride Around the 35th Ward on Saturday June 5th.  The 35th is home to Logan Square, rumored to be bike-cooler than even wicker park! The ride is free. The first fifty to the start will get a free tee-shirt with sponsors one the backside and a catchy logo on the front side. Start time is 10 AM from Palmer Square, between Kedzie and Sacramento on Palmer (two blocks south of Fullerton). After the ride will be a free lunch in Palmer Sqaure. This will be a short (8miles) ride. Perfect for funny bikes rat bikes choppers and unicycles, but open to all.

Evanston Police Bike Auction

A bit early, but might be worth it to ya: The Evanston Police are having a bicycle auction to rid the department of the bikes that are "unclaimed property". It's a good chance to find a good deal or pick up that second commuter bike you've been dreaming about for the summer. 1454 Elmwood Ave, Evanston. Preview begins at 9:30, event begins at 10. More info here.

Printers Row Book Fair

The 20th annual Printers Row Book Fair happens today and tomorrow. Plenty of new and used books for sale, authors reading their works, panel discussions, and other literary events. Check the Website for a complete schedule and directions to the fair.

57th Street Art Fair

The 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 57th year this weekend in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. More than 300 artists from across the country will be on hand. The fair will be open Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. And, unlike some of those other Chicago art fairs, admission to the 57th Street fair is free! Check out the official website for more information.

Chicago Photography Center Benefit

The Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln, presents "Chicago in Black & White," its second annual benefit event. Silent and live auctions, cocktails and dinner, live music and gorgeous photography await. Event starts at 7pm. Semi-formal attire (in other words, wear black and white). For ticket information, please email tickets[at]chicagophoto.org.

David Sedaris @ Barbara's

Listen to David Sedaris read excerpts from his new book "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" at Barabra's Bookstore in Oak Park at 7pm, Saturday, June 5 at 7 pm.

Mayfest

Mayfest overtakes Lincoln Square this weekend. Festivities kick off Thursday, June 3 and continue through Sunday, June 6.

Believer Mag music show

While not necessarily a literary event, McSwweeney's-produced Believer Magazine is holding a show tonight at the Empty Bottle featuring indie darlings The Mountain Goats and local favourite Archer Prewitt. $14 gets you in and a copy of the latest Believer -- a great deal. And you just never know, Dave Eggers, being from Chicago himself, might just be "visiting" and milling in the crowd. More info here.

David Sedaris @ Unabridged

David Sedaris, the author of loads and loads of hilarious stories (and regular contributor to This American Life) will be reading tonight at Unabridged Bookstore at 7:00 PM. He will be reading from and signing copies of his latest book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Arrive VERY early, as David tends to draw a very large crowd. Unabridged Bookstore: 3251 N. Broadway. (773) 883-9119.

Death penalty doc @ Film Center

Deadline, a documentary about the events in the fall of 2002, when then Illinois governor George Ryan ordered clemency hearings for 171 Death Row prisoners, premieres tonight at the Siskel Film Center, and will run at the Film Center through Thursday, June 10th. There will be special guests at several of the screenings, but the opening tonight is the big deal: the filmmakers will be in attendance, as will Lawrence Marshall from the Center on Wrongful Convictions, and ... George Ryan himself. Showtimes tonight are 6:15 and 8:15; check the Film Center's Website for a complete schedule. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. Clark. (312) 846-2600.

DEPART-ment

DEPART-ment, craft fair extravaganza, happens this weekend at Open End (2000 W Fulton).

Miller & Lucinda Williams

A special collaborative performance by nationally renowned poet Miller Williams and his daughter, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Lucinda Williams takes place tonight in the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium. This will be the sixth collaborative concert for Miller Williams and Lucinda Williams -- the poet and the songwriter will alternately recite and perform. The event is a benefit for The Poetry Center of Chicago. Doors open at 5:30pm, performance starts at 7pm. Tickets are $35, available through TicketWeb.

Dear Mary benefit show @ Hideout

Chicago queer artists Christopher Becerra, Ellen Rosner, Dylan Rice and Scott Free play an acoustic showcase to benefit Dear Mary and DontAmend.com. DJ hb rayker provides late-night beats. 10pm tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. $5 suggested donation at the door.

First Fridays @ MCA

First Fridays @ the Museum of Contemporary Art from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

An opening-night reception for this month's featured 12X12: New Artists/New Work artist CarianaCarianne and live blues by Katherine Davis. Tickets include museum admission, Wolfgang Puck appetizers and a cash bar.

Mayfest

Mayfest overtakes Lincoln Square this weekend. Festivities kick off Thursday, June 3 and continue through Sunday, June 6.

Casey Sanchez, Luis Aguilera & Jonathan Messinger Readings

Local writer Casey Sanchez will read from "As Bad As It Gets, As Good As It Comes -- Canning Salmon in Alaska," recently published in The Clear Cut Future. (For a look at Casey's former life as a fish slimer, check out this article in The Stranger.) Luis Aguilera reads from Gabriel's Fire, an account of his youth as a Mexican immigrant, coming of age in a Polish neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago that was encroached upon by threats of gangs and drugs. PISTIL writer Jonathan Messinger will read his "The Slow Burn, The Quick dissolve" from the forthcoming summer edition of Pistil. 7pm at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Voluntary donation. 21 and over. 773/227-4433.

2004 Air Guitar Championships

In 1996, a great battle was begun: a battle to find the greatest air guitarist in the world. And so once a year they descend upon Oulu, Finland, to determine the champion. This year's championship is August 25-27.

Tonight you have the opportunity to attempt to represent your country at the Air Guitar World Championships. The US regional championship come to Chicago -- specifically, Joe's Bar, 940 W. Weed, at 8pm. All you need is your best air guitar, the nerve to get on stage and the $25 entry fee. More info here.

Media Coverage of Youth Roundtable @ Malcolm X College

Generation Next: Media Coverage of Youth Beyond Triumph and Tragedy on Thursday, June 3 at 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Chicago. Join Chicago Public Radio's Sylvia Ewing as she leads a roundtable discussion about media's relationship with our communities' young people. They’ll discuss what is currently being reported and how it's being done, how youth media covers youth issues, what's working, what needs to get better and how to facilitate better coverage. Journalists, teen media mentors, youth advocates, parents, teachers, all Chicago-area teenagers and the interested public is invited to offer their opinions and insight about how the media cover youth and the issues affecting them. Coming to contribute, listen and learn will be: Martha Irvine, Associated Press Hillary Frank, radio producer for "Chicago Matters" and author Rachel Davis, Community TV Network Ethan Michaeli, Residents' Journal And others. Want to weigh in early on this discussion? Tell them what you think via cmw@newstips.org. This roundtable discussion is FREE, but please RSVP to cmw@newstips.org with "youth roundtable" in the subject line. Please let them know if it is okay to include your name on the web page about the discussion.

Feed the Hole @ American Theater Company

FEED the HOLE at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron

Fresh from a sold out NYC run, Sideway Theater Company presents FEED the HOLE. A young woman's torrid affair sparks heated conversations among friends in this fresh and funny look at the all-too-common problem of how we fill the void in our lives. June 3-27, Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 1pm with Q&A to follow. Tickets: $11 ($16 if purchased after May 15) at www.smarttix.com, (877)238-5596.

Cat Guardians Yard Sale

Cat Guardians, a small, no-kill cat shelter in Lombard, is holding a Yard Sale on June 3-4 at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 932 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard. Contact Karen at kmermel@yahoo.com if you have non-clothing donations you'd like to drop off. Cat Guardians also has coupons that you can use at Dominick's (May 17–19) and Jewel (June 28–30), with a percentage of your purchase benefiting the shelter. Current shelter needs also include a printer for their newsletter, a new floor, and air conditioning.

Jenny McCarthy @ Borders

Tonight, local-gal turned comedian/actress/model/teen movie star Jenny McCarthy will read from and sign her new book about her recent pregnancy, Belly Laughs, at 7 p.m. at Borders located at 830 N. Michigan Avenue.

Free Lunch @ Chipotle!

Today is National Hunger Awareness Day; in recognition, all Illinois Chipotle stores will give out a free burrito in exchange for two non-perishable food items or a donation of $5. Donations benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

First Coat @ Bottom Lounge

Check out First Coat and Millimeters Mercury at the Bottom Lounge Thursday, June 3 at 9:30 pm.

Mac Design Conference & Expo

From the editors of Mac Design Magazine comes this week's Mac Design Conference & Expo, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The second-year event describes itself as "three amazing days of hard-core, Mac-only training in Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects, Mac OS X, and more." Don't know if this event is for you? Photos like this should turn you all atwitter. It runs June 2 - 4; pre-registration is closed, but you can still buy admission at the door.

Behind the Scenes @ The Field

The Field Museums presents three nights of Behind the Scenes, a look at the activity that goes into the exhibits and research that the museum does. Previously a members-only event, the Field Museum is now allowing the general public to attend. Behind the Scenes happens June 2, 3 and 4, from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. Field Museum: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 922-9410.

Thomas Frank @ Sem Co-op

Thomas Frank reads from his latest books Wednesday, June 2nd at 7 pm at Seminary Co-op in Hyde Park.

Tom Frank, founding editor of The Baffler and author of The Conquest of Cool and One Market Under God, offers a rollicking critique of contemporary political culture in What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. To answer that question the former Republican returned to his home state, once a stronghold of grassroots progressive activism, and interviewed statesmen, business people, and common blue-collar workers. He discovered people voting against their own self-interest, widening economic inequality, doomed agricultural models, and a seemingly omnipotent myth about the difference between residents of "red" and "blue" states.

McSween Meets King @ DuSable

The DuSable Museum (740 E. 56th Pl) hosts McSween Meets King: A Civil Rights Story. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 17, features a visual diary of the extraordinary life of Cirilo McSween, an activist and businessman who helped shape the civil rights movement. This exhibit is the first in a series of exhibitions honoring individuals selected by the Chicago African American History Makers. For more information, call 773-947-0600.

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