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August 2004

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Ravi Coltrane @ Harris Theater

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane performs tonight at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at 8:00 PM. His composition, "Reflections on a Love Supreme," deliberately references his father's work A Love Supreme. The performance is billed as the start of Chicago Jazz Festival Week, but unlike the festival the performance is not free. Tickets are $15-45, and can be ordered at the theater's Website. Harris Theater: 205 E. Randolph. (312) 334-7777.

A Streetcar Named Desire @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents a tribute to the late actor Marlon Brando this month by showing some of his greatest films. This evening: Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). The movie starts 7:45 PM. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Devil in a Woodpile @ The Hideout

Local favorites, and Hideout Tuesday night regulars Devil in a Woodpile play tonight at (you guessed it) The Hideout. Not quite Blues, not quite Country, Devil in a Woodpile has to say this for themselves: "They play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It's all the same to them." They play their stuff at 9:30 p.m. 1354 W. Wabansia.

Daedalus @ Danny's

Daedalus, a one man machine of samples, erratic beats, old records, beats and mixing them all together, plays to his skills at Danny's Tavern closing out the night-ness.. Let's just say this: he's worked with prefuse 73, ammoncontact, anti pop consortium, etc. 21+, and free! Danny's is at 1951 W. Dickens in Bucktown.

The Cypher Open Mic Poetry @ Borders

Tonight at the Borders in Uptown you can jump on the mic and tell your own poetic tale, or sit back and enjoy the ride. The Cypher Open Mic gets going with sign-ups starting at 7 p.m. and the show getting underway at 7:30 p.m. The night's complete with a live band and DJ. Check out the Borders website for more information.

Tense Forms Showcase at the Subterranean

Tonight, local record label Tense Forms presents a showcase of art and music at the Subterranean. This evening marks Tense Forms' re-formation as a 10-person collective whose mission is "to continue supporting painters and poets and photographers and musicians while carefully growing into a tiny media empire." Tonight's show features: Casey Meehan and the Delta Still's bluesy New Orleans influenced swamp rock, Andy Wagner's thick and sad and dusty folk/country songs, the autumn-waking's swirling fierce space/art rock and The Treatment's stuttering scrappy post-punk sounds. As well as prints, paintings and photographs by: Mark Benson, Craig Blakeman, Kirk Bravender, Leah Dickey, Steve Eck, Nora McComiskey, Dasha Posedel, Kate Raney, Matt Rose. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the cover is 5 dollars. The Subterranean is located at 2011 W. North Ave, at the corner of Milwaukee, Damen and North.

Verbatim Verboten: the all-Dubya show

Verbatim Verboten, the stage show that stages live readings of celebrity bloopers, out-takes, secret recordings, phone conversations and even porno films, offers a special George W. Bush performance tonight at 7:00. Come hear the best of the past 4 years of Bushisms, as performed by a cavalcade of starts from Chicago's arts and entertainment community. The regular series runs Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30 through October 2. Royal George Theater Center: 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000. Tickets are $20.

Legendary Stardust Cowboy doc @ Film Center

Cotton Pickin' Smash! The Story of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy (2004), a documentary about the wild Texas singer/songwriter/rebel yeller whose 1968 single "Paralyzed" is one of the most cacophonous rock'n'roll records ever recorded, shows tonight at 5:45 PM at the Siskel Film Center. Fans of Outsider Music will definitely want to catch this flick! The film has been in the can for at least a year or so; rumor has it that the only thing that kept the film from being released was a rather large fee request from one of the owners of some archival footage used in the documentary. The director, Tony Philputt, will attend today's screening; perhaps you can ask him about that. If you miss the film today, it will be reshown on Thursday, September 2 at 8:15 PM. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Final free screening of "Outfoxed"

The Public Square is sponsoring free screenings of the film OUTFOXED August 18–29. This movie has to do with the media, commentary vs. fact, and our own perception of events. The Public Square invites you to a screening of the film OUTFOXED this week, then during the week of August 31–September 3, join them to examine these issues and to bring your own for discussion at Café Society.

The last free screening is tonight at 7 pm, at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St (donation suggested).

This event is free. Reservations are recommended, but not required. If you would like more information, contact The Public Square at info@thepublicsquare.org or 312.993.0682.

A Streetcar Named Desire @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents a tribute to the late actor Marlon Brando this month by showing some of his greatest films. This afternoon: Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). The movie starts at 3:00 PM, and will also be shown on Tuesday, August 31 at 7:45 PM. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Chicago Poetry Fest

Today is the final day of the Chicago Poetry Fest, a weekend touted as "Chicago's Largest Poetry Reading," with 80 poets reading in Lincoln Square and at Weeds today. Today's programming takes place at Weeds at 1555 N. Dayton, near North and Halsted, where poets will read from 3–8 pm. The event is free, as always, but is intended for Adults Only. For a complete line-up of readers, and more details, check out the Chicago Poetry website.

From the Middle East to the Midwest

The tents of Block 37 downtown will be transformed into a Middle Eastern bazaar this Saturday and Sunday, showcasing the arts, culture and food of the Middle East and North Africa. Local vendors will sell Middle Eastern wares and local Middle Eastern and North African restaurants will offer a sampling of the regions' cuisines. And best of all -- camel rides! Presented by Genesis at the Crossroads.

Free. Block 37 State and Randolph Streets (enter on State).
Saturday, 12-8:30pm
Sunday, 12-6pm

Glamourcon Chicago

Bunnies and boobies and pinups - oh my! Unless you're an aging Playboy bunny, an amateur photographer who can't get models the conventional way, or a vendor of vintage erotica... you won't be among the majority of people here. But: if you seek the autograph of an aging Playboy bunny or porn star (Dede Lind, Janet Lupo, Marilyn Chambers, to name a few), really are an amateur photographer who wants a chance to photograph beautiful women, or are (like me) a consumer of vintage erotica, Glamourcon 34 is the place to be. August 28 and 29 at the Holiday Inn O'Hare. 11-6 on Saturday, 12-5 Sunday. Admission $20/day at the door, 18 and over only. Still cameras okay, video is a no-no.

Babes with Blades Self Defense Workshop

The women of local stage-fighting theatre company Babes with Blades are hosting a 3-hour workshop on Sunday, August 29 to teach women a different kind of fighting: self-defense (sans swords). This free workshop will be led by a martial arts instructor and will begin at 12:30 at Sheil Park, 3505 N. Southport. Call 773-392-8414 to register.

Hasil Adkins @ Subterranean

Hasil Adkins, one of the true wild men of rock'n'roll left. Singer of such songs as "I Need Your Head", "Chicken Walk", "Boo Boo the Kitty" and "The Hunch". Manic depressive befriended by The A-Bones, who sung his praises in the RE/Search book "Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. 1". The guy who took a bunch of kids fishing, and scared the crap out of them by hauling out the head of a mannequin from the lake. The guy who scared one of his many girlfriends by pulling out a live rattlesnake while they were driving in Hasil's car. Yeah, THAT Hasil Adkins. He's playing at Subterranean tonight. He's mellowed out a bit in his old age, but you still might want to lock up your daughters. The Lonesome Organist and Tijuana Hecules are the opening acts. Show starts at 10PM. Subterranean: 2011 W. North. (773) 278-6600. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. You can buy tix at the Subterranean Website.

Verbatim Verboten @ Royal George

Verbatim Verboten, the stage show that stages live readings of celebrity bloopers, out-takes, secret recordings, phone conversations and even porno films, begins a six-week run at the Royal George Theater this weekend. The opening shows promise dramatic recreations of the words of Lee Elia, Judy Garland, Jeri Ryan, Prince Charles and Enron traders, among many others. Each show will also feature an ever-changing roster of special guest performers from Chicago's arts & entertainment community. Your host for this weekend's shows is Michael Martin, the show's creator, although Martin will be eventually handing of hosting duties to Chicago author and performer Dave Awl. Verbatim Verboten runs Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 PM through October 2. Plus, there's a special George-W-Bush-themed show this Sunday at 7:00 PM. Royal George Theater Center: 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000. Tickets are $20.

Glorious Noise Records celebration party

Glorious Noise Records, the label started by the Website Glorious Noise, is celebrating its upcoming debut release: Taro Sound by local band Quasar Wut-Wut. The party is tonight at Beat Kitchen, and three bands will be performing: Quasar Wut-Wut, Riviera, and Two Cow Garage. Free CD singles will be given out, so show up early! Beat Kitchen: 2100 W. Belmont. (773) 281-4444. If you miss the party, then check out the CD, which shows up in stores October 12.

Rock for Reading @ New City YMCA

The New City YMCA's the site for the Rock for Reading festival today, which will raise awareness and funds for Chicago's reading programs: the Chicago Schools: Children First Fund, The New City YMCA, the Chicago Public Library, and Tutor/Mentor Connection. Sponsored by the Sun-Times, and WXRT this show features some fine local and national music talent like Kelly Hogan, Kurt Elling, Nora O'Conner, Robbie Fulks, and event "spearheader" Alice Peacock. The day closes with a performance by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick! Tickets can be purchased for $10 online. The New City YMCA is located at 1515 N. Halstead. And remember, it's all about the children!

Slamdance films @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents an evening of films that got attention at the Slamdance Film Festival. There are two movies being shown tonight: Homework (2004) and Nightingale in a Music Box (2002). The directors of these films will each be speaking at their respective screenings. The first movie shows at 5:15 PM; the second shows at 7:45 PM. There will be a reception in between screenings, and a party after the second show. Admission will be $9 per screening, or $5 for Film Center and IFP/Chicago members. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Painting Party & Concert

Safetypin invites you to an indie art event: Come to 1772 W. Greenleaf (around back) at 9pm tonight and help paint a six-foot canvas, while The Grackles, Black Bear Combo, Swampass, the Sheathens and Phalinx perform. It's all free.

Step Out to Stop Abuse @ Soldier Field

On Saturday, August 28, 2004, at 10 a.m., seven domestic violence agencies will join forces to hold the 13th annual Step Out to Stop Abuse 5K Run/Walk. This event takes place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront near Soldier Field (at Waldron and S. Lake Shore Drive). Participants build community awareness about the issue of domestic violence and raise critically needed funds for local domestic violence agencies. Look here for a brochure (PDF) if you'd like more information, or to register. Sponsored by Chicago Special Events Management.

From the Middle East to the Midwest

The tents of Block 37 downtown will be transformed into a Middle Eastern bazaar this Saturday and Sunday, showcasing the arts, culture and food of the Middle East and North Africa. Local vendors will sell Middle Eastern wares and local Middle Eastern and North African restaurants will offer a sampling of the regions' cuisines. And best of all -- camel rides! Presented by Genesis at the Crossroads.

Free. Block 37 State and Randolph Streets (enter on State).
Saturday, 12-8:30pm
Sunday, 12-6pm

Chicago Poetry Fest

Today and tomorrow bring the Chicago Poetry Fest, touted as "Chicago's Largest Poetry Reading," with 80 poets reading over the weekend in Lincoln Square and at Weeds on Sunday. Today's programming takes place on the 4700 block of N. Lincoln Avenue, near the fountain where poets will read from 3–8 pm. Poets will also be reading and signing their books at The Book Cellar, across from the park, at 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue. For a complete line-up of readers, and more details, check out the Chicago Poetry website.

Glamourcon Chicago

Bunnies and boobies and pinups - oh my! Unless you're an aging Playboy bunny, an amateur photographer who can't get models the conventional way, or a vendor of vintage erotica... you won't be among the majority of people here. But: if you seek the autograph of an aging Playboy bunny or porn star (Dede Lind, Janet Lupo, Marilyn Chambers, to name a few), really are an amateur photographer who wants a chance to photograph beautiful women, or are (like me) a consumer of vintage erotica, Glamourcon 34 is the place to be. August 28 and 29 at the Holiday Inn O'Hare. 11-6 on Saturday, 12-5 Sunday. Admission $20/day at the door, 18 and over only. Still cameras okay, video is a no-no.

Dance for Life AIDS Benefit

Now in its 13th year, and the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest, Dance for Life Chicago 2004 brings together six of Chicago's premiere dance companies, including Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Melissa Thodos & Dancers, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and River North Chicago Dance Company. Proceeds from the performance will go toward raising HIV/AIDS awareness. Performance begins at 7 pm, gala reception at 5 pm. Tickets for the performance only are $75; tickets for reception plus performance are $150, $250 or $500. Call (312) 922-5812 for more information.

Video Machete Attic Sale and Open House

Today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Video Machete will open its doors for a sale and open house. Video Machete is a community organization that relies on public support to serve over 400 youth annually, local and nation-wide educators, artists, media makers, minorities and underserved Chicago communities. Drop by Saturday to tour their workshop facilities and meet the staff. Learn about their numerous programs and projects and get involved in your community. They’ll be accepting innovative ideas, artist and educator resumes, and volunteer applications. If you’re an artist, an administrator, an advocate or a community member, they hope to see you there.

On sale will be: tons of computer hardware, 4-foot poster printer, video editing and design loaded iMACs, furniture, etc. all incredibly priced. They are also accepting donations and providing tax donation receipts for larger item sales. It all goes to support their media arts programming and Video Machete’s 10-year anniversary celebration this fall!

Video Machete is located at 1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue, # 2F, Chicago, IL. (Division stop off the Blue Line)

Late Season Container Gardens

Park District Floriculturist Thomas Costanza leads this hands-on container gardening class at Garfield Park Conservatory. Learn how to decorate your space with a lovely container garden filled with late season color. The workshop will be held between 1:30 and 3:30. The fee is $20 for participation (materials provided) and a $10 take-home fee ($5 for members).

Verbatim Verboten @ Royal George

Verbatim Verboten, the stage show that stages live readings of celebrity bloopers, out-takes, secret recordings, phone conversations and even porno films, begins a six-week run at the Royal George Theater tonight. The opening weekend promises dramatic recreations of the words of Lee Elia, Judy Garland, Jeri Ryan, Prince Charles and Enron traders, among many others. Each show will also feature an ever-changing roster of special guest performers from Chicago's arts & entertainment community. Your host for this weekend's shows is Michael Martin, the show's creator, although Martin will be eventually handing of hosting duties to Chicago author and performer Dave Awl. Verbatim Verboten runs Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 PM through October 2. Plus, there's a special George-W-Bush-themed show this Sunday at 7:00 PM. Royal George Theater Center: 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000. Tickets are $20.

Pistil Fashion Show @ Hothouse

PISTIL, Chicago's magazine for groundbreaking talent, will host PLAYGROUND, its second fashion show tonight at 10pm (doors at 9pm) at HotHouse, located at 31 E. Balbo in Chicagos South Loop. Featuring a wildly colorful yet coy and calculating mix of fashion and design, this event showcases some of Chicago's emerging design talent in a funky and eclectic setting.

A $10 cover will be collected at the door. The proceeds from this evening of inspired music will benefit PISTIL, a magazine that celebrates the creativity, ingenuity and relevance of modern culture, aiming to inspire readers with a diverse coverage of news, issues, fashion, events, arts, music and sexuality.

Kingdom Come @ Circuit

The Chicago Kings and Circuit Nightclub present Kindom Come, an amateur drag show for those interested in drag performance. Sign-up for performing starts at 9:00 PM, and the show starts at 11:00. Bring your own music and your style. Circuit: 3641 N. Halsted. For more information, see this page at the Chicago Kings Website.

Last Tango in Paris @ Film Center

The 1973 Bernardo Bertolucci film Last Tango in Paris screens tonight at 8:00 PM at the Siskel Film Center, as part of the Film Center's tribute to the late Marlon Brando. The film, infamous for its violent sex scenes and Brando's rambling monologues, was the subject of a recent essay by Roger Ebert in which he reflects on Brando's performance and what the film represented at the time of its release. Last Tango in Paris will also screen on Wednesday, September 1, at 6:00 PM. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Tingle Showcase and Fash Attack!

Tingle Showcase and Fash Attack! at 9:00, tonight, at Ice Factory, 526 N. Ashland (Look for the Green Door)

“The "Tingle Showcase" combines the traditional form of variety show with performance art and experimental theater. Shows with all original material, complete with witty songs, choreography, elaborate costumes, and touching dramatic performances, have had audiences packing the house at Darling Hall over the last four years. The Tingle Troupe, a core group of four women, not only open and close the show, but also present many performances within. The Tingle Troupe plus several of our finest acts are touring this summer, and look forward to being amazing for you. There’s also the excitement of Fash Attack!! a fast moving fashion show, which was begun by Allison Halter as a way to showcase the many designing talents of Milwaukee. For this tour, she and several other designers will bring their original outfits to your town, some of which will be site specific, andavailable only in your particular city!”

Jacques Tati's Playtime @ Music Box

Okay, gentle French physical comedy may not be everybody's cup of cafe au lait, but you really owe it to yourself to go see Jacques Tati's classic 1967 film Playtime, which opens at the Music Box tonight. Tati, who had by this time made a big name for himself with his previous films Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Mon Oncle, literally went for broke on this film, sinking all of his assets into building numerous buildings and streets to his own specifications to have exact control over what showed up on the screen. He was pretty much cleaned out by the experience, but Playtime was made, and it's an inspiring example of what film can aspire to. The film will be shown in 70mm format, so that Tati's complex frame compositions can be seen in complete detail. Most highly recommended. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Daedalus @ Empty Bottle

Daedalus, a one man machine of samples, erratic beats, old records, beats and mixing them all together, plays to his skills at The Empty Bottle opening for sixtoo. Let's just say this: he's worked with prefuse 73, ammoncontact, anti pop consortium, etc. 21+, 10pm, $8 advance, $10 door.

Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival

Does the usual slew of big budget summer films leave you cold? Then this is the event for you as The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents the Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival at the Gateway Theatre. You can buy your tickets at the theatre on the day of the performance for $11. Tickets for the August 6th film, which will be accompanied by a full orchestra, are $17.

This year's schedule includes:


August 6: The Iron Horse (1924)

August 13: It (1927)

August 20: Lilac Time (1928)

August 27: Blood and Sand (1922)


Check out the festival website for more information. The Gateway Theatre is located at 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.

Chicagoist Happy Hour

Chicagoist is throwing its first party tonight at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott, starting at 8pm. 21 and over, but it's free (well, you have to buy your own drinks.) More info here.

Deadtech @ Chopin Theatre

Breakbone DanceCo, the Chicago dance company that Metromix described as "about as far removed from pretty, artful choreography as the human body can endure," presents the premiere of their evening-length post-apocalyptic dance work, Deadtech. The story "follows a mechanoid man named Deadtech through leftover images of a world's past." Sounds interesting, no? The show starts running tonight at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Shows will be on Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun nights at 8:00 PM through September 5, and tickets are $15. For reservations, see the Breakbone Website.

Wine-tasting class @ Bin 36

Bin 36 presents the latest in a series of wine classes. Tonight's class, "Wine Speak: Learning How to Taste and Talk About Wine," begins at 6:30 PM at its Chicago location, 339 N. Dearborn at Marina City. The class is $36; see the Bin 36 Website to make a reservation, and for further information on the series of classes that it offers.

J Davis Trio, Poi Dog Pondering @ Field Museum

The J Davis Trio and Poi Dog Pondering are playing at the Field Museum tonight for XRT's "Play The Field" evening. Enjoy an evening of fine music and a final look at the Forbidden City exhibit at the museum before it's packed up and gone. The show kicks off at 6:00 PM and runs to 11:00. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. 21 & over only. All proceeds benefit the museum. Field Museum: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Call for tix: 866-FIELD-03.

The Godfather @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents a tribute to the late actor Marlon Brando this month by showing some of his greatest films. Tonight: Fancis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972). The movie starts tonight at 6:30 PM. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Streets of Fire @ Film Center

Surely you remember the 1984 epic Streets of Fire? Michael Pare? Diane Lane? Okay, then perhaps you remember the song "I Can Dream About You". Okay, the movie that produced that classic bit of 1980s radio fluff is screening tonight at the Siskel Film Center, as part of its "Beautiful Losers" program. The film screens tonight at 6:00 PM, and is tentatively scheduled to feature an introduction by the program's co-creator, Peter Sobczynski. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Bad Haggis @ Martyrs'

Chicago's Irish music sweetheart Kathleen Keane returns home, this time with a whole new bunch of boys: Eric Rigler and Bad Haggis. After success as the vocal, whistle and fiddle talent in Chicago band The Drovers, and later in Gaelic Storm, Kathleen followed her heart to L.A. a couple years ago, where Celtic fusion band Bad Haggis invited her to join them. See Kathleen perform with world-renowned piper Eric Rigler (Braveheart, Titanic, Master & Commander) and his band Bad Haggis (at their first Chicago gig!) at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln, Wednesday, August 25, 9 pm, $10.

The Cacophony Society

Come out for the next meeting of the Chicago Cacophony Society Reform Lodge #176 as we inscribe postcards to nobody. Bring a phone book, some old postcards, and some postage. We'll also start planning our upcoming bicycle pubcrawl. We might sing Happy Birthday to a member of our group for no good reason. We'll meet at the Chicago Brauhaus at 7:30ish on Weds, Aug 25th. For more info, check out http://www.planetshwoop.com/noise/

Outfoxed Screening

Attend a free screening of the controversial film "OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism"

"Under normal circumstances the media dissects controversial issues, but now the media itself is under scrutiny. While Outfoxed strives to expose Fox News as a network with a conservative agenda, many claim that other mainstream media sources are too liberal.

Is it possible to present a story in an unbiased manner? How are and who determines what stories are newsworthy? When the media is being used as the mouthpiece of the government, how does this influence the public? Does the media distinguish between commentary and fact? How does this affect our perception of events?"

Free Screenings Will Be Held:
Tues, Aug 24, 6 pm - Ron's Barbershop, 6041 W. North Ave, OAK PARK
Thurs, Aug 26, 7 pm - Budlong Woods Branch, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave
Sat, Aug 28, 1 pm - Lincoln Belmont Branch, 1659 W. Melrose St
Sun, Aug 29, 7 pm, Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St (donation suggested)

Chicago Underground Film Festival finale

The 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival winds up this evening at the Three Penny Cinema (2424 N. Lincoln). More repeats of the previous days' best programs, including a documentary about artist Ron English, whose pop-culture-flavored artwork was seen on display in the recent film Super Size Me. That film's at 7:15 PM. But there are plenty other programs tonight, and this is your last chance to see most of these films! Tickets are $5 for shows before 7:00, and $7 for screenings after 7:00. See the CUFF Website for a complete schedule.

Support an Andersonville Sister!

During a recent assault on Clark Street, Andersonville resident Leslie Clark sustained many physical injuries lost a week's pay. Instead of crying into her beer, Leslie and friends have organized a benefit at T's Bar & Restaurant on August 24. From 7 p.m. to midnight, the proceeds from drink sales, tips, and raffles will go to help Leslie's recovery. There are great prizes to win plus terrific guest bartenders like the Sissy Butch Brothers and Lickity Split Radical Cheerleaders.

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival continues this evening at the Three Penny Cinema (2424 N. Lincoln). Nothing but repeats tonight, as CUFF reruns some of the programs of the previous days, to give you another chance to see them. If none of the documentaries catch your eye, then check out Elevator Movie at 9:30, which is described on the CUFF site as "Richard Kern meets John Waters." (And if you know who both of those people are, then you REALLY should see the film.) Tickets are $5 for shows before 7:00, and $7 for screenings after 7:00. See the CUFF Website for a complete schedule; the festival runs through Tuesday, August 24.

Chic-A-Go-Go

Want to dance on cable television? Of course you do! Attend a taping of the popular Chic-A-Go-Go show on August 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This weeknight taping of the all-ages dance party will feature bands Telenovela, Fun Club, and Azita. Come to the CAN-TV studios located at 322 S. Green St. for dancing, food, and beverages.

Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto, daughter of Bossa Nova legend Joao Gilberto, will be performing tonight at the Park West. The show starts at 7:30 and tickets are $25. So nice.

Free Music Mondays @ The Empty Bottle

Every so often, there are some musicial venues that put on shows for free. Yes, for free. Tonight the Empty Bottle is doing just that, with a record release from A-Set alongside The Sligerland Ride and Clearly and the Mainstream. 9:30pm. 1035 N. Western. Did we say FREE?

Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins 16

The sixteenth annual Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins theatre festival runs Friday through Sunday. The fest was begun in 1989 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of Woodstock, and like Woodstock it's three days of nonstop, round-the-clock, poorly structured entertainment. At Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. One-time entry is $5; an in-and-out day pass will run you $10, and a three-day festival pass starts at $25 and decreases as the fest wears on. Full annotated schedule at the Reader.

The Godfather @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents a tribute to the late actor Marlon Brando this month by showing some of his greatest films. Tonight: Fancis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972). The movie starts this afternoon at 2:30 PM, and is also shown on Wednesday, August 25th at 6:30 PM. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival continues this afternoon at the Three Penny Cinema (2424 N. Lincoln). What looks good? I suggest the panel discussion at 12:00 about producing DVDs; a group of experts will discuss the merits of putting your film on DVD, and how to efficiently produce and distribute them shiny little discs. As for the films, the most compelling title is a 94-minute documentary about Christian rock music called Why Should the Devil Have All The Good Music? That screens at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $5 for shows before 7:00, and $7 for screenings after 7:00. See the CUFF Website for a complete schedule; the festival runs through Tuesday, August 24.

Foolin' Around with Infinity

On the Chicago Reader "Highly Recommended" list: Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500. Tickets - $15

Young voter mobilization

"They believe that children are the answer/Teach them well and let them vote for change." The Chicago League of Young Voters is sponsoring a training today with Adrienne Maree Brown, staffer at the national League of Young Voters and co-editor of How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office: The Anti-Politics, Unboring Guide to Power. Lunch will be provided to everyone who participates in this 11 am to 6 pm training day. Pre-registration is required, so sign up.

The Weather Underground @ Film Center

If you're one of the few Chicagoans who somehow missed seeing the Oscar-nominated film The Weather Underground in the umpteen times that it's played in the city and on local PBS stations, now's your chance to catch it at the Siskel Film Center. Bill Siegel, the co-director of the film, will be in attendance at this screening. The film starts at 7:30 PM, and proceeds go to benefit the nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaign of Citizen Action/Illinois. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Ladyfriend/Free Advice zine tour

The two zines Ladyfriend ("celebrating female friendship, among other things") and Free Advice (collections of advice from strangers) travel to Chicago today, and they'll be at Quimby's tonight at 7:00. There will be readings, free advice, a human-sized board game (?), and so much more. Quimby's: 1854 W. North. (773) 342-0910.

Working Bikes Ghana Wrapup @ Handlebar

This afternoon, Johnny P., the man behind Working Bikes will give an informal talk at Handlebar about his most recent trip to Ghana to help develop a school for the modification of bikes to carry cargo. During the trip, he "stomped scorpions, caught malaria, received tribal scarification, met Ministers, hunted and ate rats, appeared on TV and learned a ton." Grab brunch at Handlebar while you're listening in. Things get going at 2 p.m. at 2311 W. North Avenue, out back in the beer garden.

The Wild One @ Film Center

"What're you rebelling against, Johnny?" "Whaddya got?" The Marlon Brando retrospective continues at the Siskel Film Center with a screening of the 1953 film The Wild One. The screening tonight is at 5:30; the film also screens Monday at 6:15, and Tuesday at 8:15. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins 16

The sixteenth annual Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins theatre festival runs Friday through Sunday. The fest was begun in 1989 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of Woodstock, and like Woodstock it's three days of nonstop, round-the-clock, poorly structured entertainment. At Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. One-time entry is $5; an in-and-out day pass will run you $10, and a three-day festival pass starts at $25 and decreases as the fest wears on. Full annotated schedule at the Reader.

Lincoln Square Pottery Studio Artists' Sale

The Lincoln Square Pottery Studio, located at 4150 N. Lincoln Avenue, will host its Staff and Visiting Artist Show and Sale from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight. This event is free (unless you decide to buy something) and there will be drinks and snacks available.

Interchange Festival @ Metro, Siskel Film Center

The Interchange Festival serves a dual purpose: registering people to vote and rocking out. The festival runs Wednesday through Saturday; see here for the full schedule. Ticket prices vary.

Tonight at Metro at 8pm, Host Slug of Atmosphere presents Sage Francis with Eyedea & Abilities, Thaione Davis, Psalm One, the Swiss Army and Molemen. Tickets are $12 at the door. 18 and over.

Also tonight, at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 6:30pm, there will be a special showing of Academy Award nominated The Weather Underground with a special appearance by Director Bill Siegel. Tickets are $9.

Anti-Aging Exposition

Learn the secrets of living a fit, vital, robust, happy and long life! The region's largest health-conscious event focusing on enhancing every moment of your long and productive life. Hyatt Regency Chicago downtown, 151 E. Wacker. $19 advance registration. More info at worldhealth.net or call 800/558-1267.

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival continues this afternoon at the Three Penny Cinema (2424 N. Lincoln). A lot of good documentaries today; there's one at 1:45 about the artist Ron English (whose subversive artwork was on display in the recent film Super Size Me), and the wonderful-sounding Monster Road at 5:15, which is about clay animator Bruce Bickford. At 8:45 PM, CUFF will screen the ambitious thriller God Told Me To, another film by this year's Guest of Honor Larry Cohen. Tickets are $5 for shows before 7:00, and $7 for screenings after 7:00. See the CUFF Website for a complete schedule; the festival runs through Tuesday, August 24.

Foolin' Around with Infinity

On the Chicago Reader "Highly Recommended" list: Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500. Tickets - $15

Sultry Summer Flower Design

Make lovely arrangements using late-summer plants! Garfield Park Conservatory will show you how on August 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participation fee is $10, with an additional $10 take-home fee.

Chicago Air & Water Show

Chicago Air & Water Show, North Avenue Beach, August 21-22.

Semester In A Day @ Old Town School

Ever wanted to take a music or dance class, but just didn't have the time? Today's your lucky day, as Chicago's historic Old Town School of Folk Music presents Semester In A Day, a chance to get an awful lot of knowledge about a specific musical or dance topic in one day. Scheduled to be taught are classes on West African dance, body and mind relaxation through stretching exercises, a crash course in guitar, a slew of percussion classes from around the world, and a songwriting class. (You don't take them ALL, of course; just sign up for the one you're interested in most.) More information at the Old Town School Website. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Hoop Dreams @ Doc

Check out Hoop Dreams tonight at Doc Films at 7pm and 10:15pm.

GB Get-Together

Join the staff of Gapers Block at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark (just south of Foster) at 9pm for drinks and good conversation. We'll be in the upstairs bar -- go to the back, take the stairs on your left, and then the door on your right. See you there!

DJ Puzzle @ Big Horse Lounge

DJ Puzzle, a familiar name to those who use the Sony music program ACID, will be performing tonight at Big Horse (1558 N. Milwaukee). Also on the bill: Mystechs and Flutter (both bands performing together in a confusing inter-band crossover project), Avenpitch, Arcanta and Carla Starla. Admission is $5, and the show starts at 9:00.

Streets of Fire @ Film Center

Surely you remember the 1984 epic Streets of Fire? Michael Pare? Diane Lane? Okay, then perhaps you remember the song "I Can Dream About You". Okay, the movie that produced that classic bit of 1980s radio fluff is screening tonight at the Siskel Film Center, as part of its "Beautiful Losers" program. The film screens tonight at 8:15 PM, and also screens next Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins 16

The sixteenth annual Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins theatre festival runs Friday through Sunday. The fest was begun in 1989 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of Woodstock, and like Woodstock it's three days of nonstop, round-the-clock, poorly structured entertainment. Begins at 7pm tonight with the invocation by Abbie himself (in the person of Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company's Richard Cotovsky). At Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. One-time entry is $5; an in-and-out day pass will run you $10, and a three-day festival pass starts at $25 and decreases as the fest wears on. Full annotated schedule at the Reader.

Fest for Beatles Fans

The 2004 Fest for Beatles Fans begins today at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Opening remarks begin at 5:00, and feature (who else?) WXRT DJ Teri Hemmert, host of "Breakfast With The Beatles". The fest continues through the weekend at the hotel. Video screenings, Beatles cover bands, dealers selling memorabilia... yeah, yeah, yeah. Tickets are $26 for tonight, and $37 for Saturday and Sunday. Check the Website for full details.

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival continues tonight at the Three Penny Cinema (2424 N. Lincoln). Today CUFF welcomes this year's Guest of Honor, Larry Cohen, who will be presiding over a "filmmaking workshop" this afternoon at 2:30. Cohen's majestic winged serpent film, Q, screens tonight at 9:15. Tickets are $5 for shows before 7:00, and $7 for screenings after 7:00. See the CUFF Website for a complete schedule; the festival runs through Tuesday, August 24.

Interchange Festival @ Cultural Center & Empty Bottle

The Interchange Festival serves a dual purpose: registering people to vote and rocking out. The festival runs Wednesday through Saturday; see here for the full schedule. Ticket prices vary.

Today at noon, catch Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen of Dolly Varden perform at the Chicago Cultural Center, Washington and Michigan. Free, all ages.

Tonight, head to the Empty Bottle at 8:30 pm: the M's with Bobby Conn and Sam Prekop. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 21 and over.

Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival

Does the usual slew of big budget summer films leave you cold? Then this is the event for you as The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents the Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival at the Gateway Theatre. You can buy your tickets at the theatre on the day of the performance for $11. Tickets for the August 6th film, which will be accompanied by a full orchestra, are $17.

This year's schedule includes:


August 6: The Iron Horse (1924)

August 13: It (1927)

August 20: Lilac Time (1928)

August 27: Blood and Sand (1922)


Check out the festival website for more information. The Gateway Theatre is located at 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.

Ju-On: The Grudge @ Landmark Century Centre

Opening at Landmark Century Centre today: Ju-On: The Grudge, the latest Japanese horror film to build a huge amount of buzz before making it to the US. Based on a series of direct-to-video films by director Takashi Shimizu, Ju-On tells the stories of a number of people who are tangentially related to a specific act of horror, and the curse that haunts each of these people. The film has already been bought up for the inevitable American remake by Sam Raimi (and the remake is opening next month, according to IMDb), who no doubt has visions of the next Ringu, and from preliminary reviews he may very well be correct. See for yourself, if you dare. Landmark Century Centre: 2828 N. Clark. (773) 509-4949.

Fun at the Hideout: AIDS Foundation fundraiser

6:30PM until 9PM
"RUN AND GET IT" at The HIDEOUT - 1354 W. Wabansia 773-227-4433
THE exalted CAUSE:
Salt-of-the-earth Southsider, and Hideout bartender extraordinaire, Marie Marasovich -- and her sister and her niece -- are in training to run the AIDS Marathon in Honolulu this December. This is a tight-knit affair (they have a family member who is HIV positive) and they have committed to raising *at least* $10,800 before Tuesday, August 31, 2004. These ladies are TOUGH COOKIES with hearts of gold -- please help!

Performers:
Your hostess, Cookie Crumbles, will emcee in high style, AND become MAE WEST in "another style!" Mike Rogers reads "Becoming Phyllis" channeling and dressing as the divine P.D.! Comic Jared Logan! Marie-Dorette Desjardins IS Marge Simpson! Cyndi Richards does the DRAG! Catherine Smitko sings torch songs! Imperfect Strangers - Evelyn Weston (on saw) and Mike H. (ukulele) do the do in grass skirts! ALSO: Videos by BoxBoy and readings by Joe Steiff!

Foolin' Around with Infinity

On the Chicago Reader "Highly Recommended" list: Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500. Tickets - $15

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival continues tonight at the Three Penny Cinema (2424 N. Lincoln). There are eight separate programs tonight, ranging from anti-war collage works ("Patriot Acts" at 5:30, "WMD" at 9:00) to musical short films (the 9:15 PM program "Sound Class") to a screening of the excellent documentary Jandek on Corwood. Tickets are $5 for shows before 7:00, and $7 for screenings after 7:00. See the CUFF Website for a complete schedule; the festival runs through Tuesday, August 24.

Going Forward in Reverse

Going Forward in Reverse, a new club night by Interrupt Media and Covalent, continues at Sonotheque. Live performances by Kate Simko of Detalles (Traum), Warmdesk (A touch of class), and M.Mercer (Neuton). DJs Marko Katic and Steven Tang open. 1444 W. Chicago, $5, 9 p.m., 21+.

Interchange Festival @ Schubas

The Interchange Festival serves a dual purpose: registering people to vote and rocking out. The festival runs Wednesday through Saturday; see here for the full schedule. Ticket prices vary.

Tonight, head to Schubas at 8pm to catch the first-ever solo show for Charles Bissell of the Wrens, with Andrew Bird and the Vandermark Five. Tickets are $10, available in advance here. 21 and over.

TwangOff

TwangOff is a battle of the bands conducted on the third Thursday of every month at Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln. This round features friend of GB Antje versus Backyard Tire Fire and Big Sky String Band. Show starts at 9pm, tickets are $7. Yee-haw!

Foolin' Around with Infinity

On the Chicago Reader "Highly Recommended" list: Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500. Tickets - $15

Chicago Underground Film Festival opening night

This year's Chicago Underground Film Festival opens tonight at the Three Penny Cinema (2424 N. Lincoln) with The Manson Family, a film that screened at the 1997 CUFF as a work in progress. It's finally been finished, and you can catch the show tonight at 8:00. Tickets are $7.00. See the CUFF site for further screenings; the film festival runs through Tuesday, August 24.

Green Velvet and Traxx @ SummerDance

Chicago producers/DJs Green Velvet, aka Cajmere, and Traxx (International DJ Gigolos) play in Grant Park for SummerDance. 6:30pm - 9:30pm, 601 S. Michigan, all ages, free. Cancelled in the event of rain.

The Public Square screens "Outfoxed"

The Public Square is sponsoring free screenings of the film OUTFOXED August 18–29. This movie has to do with the media, commentary vs. fact, and our own perception of events. The Public Square invites you to a screening of the film OUTFOXED this week, then during the week of August 31–September 3, join them to examine these issues and to bring your own for discussion at Café Society.

Free Screenings Will Be Held:
Wed, Aug 18, 6:30 pm - Bessie Coleman Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 731 E. 63rd;
Fri, Aug 20, 3 pm - Ron's Barbershop, 6041 W. North Ave, OAK PARK;
Sun, Aug 22, 7 pm, Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St (donation suggested);
Tues, Aug 24, 6 pm - Ron's Barbershop, 6041 W. North Ave, OAK PARK;
Thurs, Aug 26, 7 pm - Budlong Woods Branch, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave;
Sat, Aug 28, 1 pm - Lincoln Belmont Branch, 1659 W. Melrose St;
Sun, Aug 29, 7 pm, Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St (donation suggested).

These events are free. Reservations are recommended, but not required. If you would like more information, contact The Public Square at info@thepublicsquare.org or 312.993.0682.

Interchange Festival @ Hideout

The Interchange Festival serves a dual purpose: registering people to vote and rocking out. The festival runs Wednesday through Saturday; see here for the full schedule. Ticket prices vary.

Tonight, head to the Hideout at 4:30pm for an outdoor show featuring Tortoise, Diverse, Town & Country and David Singer & the Sweet Science. Donations suggested. 21 and over.

Perpetual Motion Roadshow @ Quimby's

The famed indie press tour The Perpetual Motion Roadshow features broken-hearted comic artist Willow Dawson from Toronto, poet & librarian & sex educator Megan Butcher from Ottawa, and king of the roadkills Bucky Sinister from San Francisco. The crafty lo-fi vids of Jon Sasaki will be featured between the acts. Chicago filmmaker Paul Brittain, winner of this winter's Vidiocy contest, will show his winning film, "The Invitation." 8pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. Free/Pay what you can; more info at No Media Kings.

Women's Book Discussion @ Women and Children First

The Andersonville bookstore Women and Children First presents a monthly book discussion group for women of all ages. Tonight's topic: That Old Ace in the Hole, by Annie Proulx. New members welcome, and you get a 10% discount when you buy the book for the discussion. The event starts at 7:30 PM. Women and Children First: 5233 N. Clark. (773) 769-9299.

Chicago Children's Television

Jack Mulqueen and Ted Okuda discuss their new book The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television at the Borders bookstore at 4718 N. Broadway. As part of their presentation, they will show footage of various children's television shows from the 1950s and 1960s. The event happens at 7:00 PM, and is free and open to the public.

Young Feminist Discussion Group @ Women and Children First

The Andersonville bookstore Women and Children First presents a monthly discussion group for feminists in their 20s and 30s. Tonight's topic: Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks.. New members welcome, and you get a 10% discount when you buy the book for the discussion. The event starts at 7:30 PM. Women and Children First: 5233 N. Clark. (773) 769-9299.

Foolin' Around with Infinity

The Phalanx Theater presents its first production: Foolin' Around with Infinity by Steven Dietz, directed by Luke Hatton. At the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. August 13 - 29. Tickets $15.

Out at the Ballgame

Out at the Ballgame, the 4th annual "gay day" at Wrigley Field, happens at today's game at 1:15. The Chicago Free Press is organizing a group of 850-900 GLBT people to attend today's game, and tickets are still available! Check out the Free Press Website for details.

Retro on Roscoe

It's time for this year's Retro on Roscoe festival in Roscoe Village. And by "Retro," they mean "with vintage cars." Corner of Roscoe & Damen, noon to 10 PM today. See the Roscoe Village Website for a complete schedule of musical performers.

Wizard World Chicago

Comic/sci-fi conventions are gaining mainstream notice lately, as every last small-press graphic novel and bottom-of-the-barrel superhero property are scraped up by Hollywood in the wake of the Spider-Man and X-Men successes. The panels and Q&A's at conventions like the San Diego Comic-Con are increasingly important venues for the Halle Berrys and Keanu Reeveses of the world to plug their upcoming projects. Wizard World Chicago manages to keep the PR machine and the star wattage down and the programming focused more on the creators. Still, we get Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and current writer of Astonishing X-Men, plus Kevin Smith, Amber Benson and Kelly Hu, in addition to comic rock stars like Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr., and Chicago's own Alex Ross. And it's always a good time just checking out the freaks, the geeks, and the lesser lights of decades past—Gil Gerard, I'm looking at you. At the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. $45 for a Friday-Sunday pass, $25 for one-day. Kids 10 & under are free with a paid adult. See here for a full schedule and additional info.

Garage sale @ Old Town School of Folk Music

In the market for some cheap musical equipments? Check out the annual garage sale at the Different Strummer, the music store at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Guitars, banjos, djembes, mandolins, ukuleles, books and CDs, instrument cases, it's all here. The sale ends today, and new items are added each day. The hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 751-3398.

Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour

Live Bait Theater presents Edward Thomas-Herrera's latest solo show, "Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour". The play talks about Edward's relationship with his late mother, and the material that was previewed in a recent appearance at The Partly Dave Show was witty and humorous. Tonight's show starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10. Live Bait Theater: 3914 N. Clark. (773) 871-1212.

Asians in Indie Rock

Asians in Indie Rock, a tour of Asian-American indie bands organized by Jenny Choi, kicks out the jams at Fireside Bowl, 2648 W. Fullerton, tonight at 8pm. In addition to Choi's band Sanawan, the line-up features Mike Park, Please Please Wait and Wanamaker. Tickets are $8, available in advance through MP Shows. All ages.

Opaque Vs. New York

Atomiq Records and The Opaque Project bring you: Opaque Vs. New York. Watch as Chicago represents acid house and techno via the Opaque crew (Atomly, Jimmy Edgar, and Johnny Love), while New York throws down with Marcos Cabral, Cowboy Mark, and Gibby, founder of makeoutclub. Mariposa Gallery, 346 N. Justine, Chicago, 10pm, $5, all ages, BYOB.

Going Forward in Reverse

Interrupt Media and Covalent, in conjunction with Subsystence and Sonotheque, are proud to present: GOING FORWARD IN REVERSE, featuring performances by BMG of Ectomorph (Special Ableton Live DJ set), Common Factor, Josh Werner, with opening DJs Zachary Lubin and Dave Siska. At Sonotheque, 444 W Chicago, from 9pm to 3am. Tickets are $8, 21 and over.

Foolin' Around with Infinity

The Phalanx Theater presents its first production: Foolin' Around with Infinity by Steven Dietz, directed by Luke Hatton. At the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. August 13 - 29. Tickets $15.

Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day 2004 happens today at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). The day celebrates home movies, and we're talking movies on film, rather than DVD or videotape. If you've got some old film sitting around in your closet, bring it down to be shown. Check-in and "film inspection" from 12:00 to 5:00, and screening from 6:00 to 10:00. See the Home Movie Day Website for more details.

Retro on Roscoe

It's time for this year's Retro on Roscoe festival in Roscoe Village. And by "Retro," they mean "with vintage cars." Corner of Roscoe & Damen, today & tomorrow. Noon to 10 PM both days. See the Roscoe Village Website for a complete schedule of musical performers.

Wizard World Chicago

Comic/sci-fi conventions are gaining mainstream notice lately, as every last small-press graphic novel and bottom-of-the-barrel superhero property are scraped up by Hollywood in the wake of the Spider-Man and X-Men successes. The panels and Q&A's at conventions like the San Diego Comic-Con are increasingly important venues for the Halle Berrys and Keanu Reeveses of the world to plug their upcoming projects. Wizard World Chicago manages to keep the PR machine and the star wattage down and the programming focused more on the creators. Still, we get Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and current writer of Astonishing X-Men, plus Kevin Smith, Amber Benson and Kelly Hu, in addition to comic rock stars like Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr., and Chicago's own Alex Ross. And it's always a good time just checking out the freaks, the geeks, and the lesser lights of decades past—Gil Gerard, I'm looking at you. At the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. $45 for a Friday-Sunday pass, $25 for one-day. Kids 10 & under are free with a paid adult. See here for a full schedule and additional info.

Garage sale @ Old Town School of Folk Music

In the market for some cheap musical equipments? Check out the annual garage sale at the Different Strummer, the music store at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Guitars, banjos, djembes, mandolins, ukuleles, books and CDs, instrument cases, it's all here. The sale runs through Sunday, August 15th, and new items are added each day. The hours each day: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 751-3398.

Fast Forward Film Festival screening

The 15th Fast Forward Film Festival screening is tonight, with 24 teams having 21 hours to make a three-minute movie based on a topic assigned on Friday (the previous) night. At the screening, prizes are awarded to sleep-deprived teams. Wesley Kimler's Gallery, 2046 W. Carroll, 8pm, $5 donation, BYOB.

Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour

Live Bait Theater presents Edward Thomas-Herrera's latest solo show, "Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour". The play talks about Edward's relationship with his late mother, and the material that was previewed in a recent appearance at The Partly Dave Show was witty and humorous. Tonight's show starts at 9:00 PM. The show is also playing August 14 at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10. Live Bait Theater: 3914 N. Clark. (773) 871-1212.

The Hunting of the President @ Music Box

Opening at the Music Box tonight: The Hunting of the President, the documentary that details the smear campaign that has dogged Bill and Hilary Clinton, from his days as Arkansas governor to his impeachment trial. Kenneth Starr will probably not be in attendance. Music Box Theatre: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

May Or May Not @ Hideout

Pop/rock quintet May Or May Not and avant-pop band The Bitter Tears take over the back room of the Hideout for an evening of awesomeness. 9pm. Suggested donation of $5, 21 and over.

Cherish @ Chicago Artists' Collective

Local burlesque performer Cherish (Flirt, Chicago Burlesque) will perform her famous snake act (with a very large boa constrictor) at the Chicago Artists' Collective "Second Fridays Art Crawl". The show goes from 6-10, Cherish and her slitherin pal go on at 9:00. Chicago Arts District Warehouse, 1826 S. Halsted. Admission is free.

Mud Queens of Chicago

"Mud Queens of Chicago: Reawakening the lost art of mud wrestling. Sleeperholds, tough titties, and rock n roll!" Yes, exactly what you think it is (or maybe not) -- ladies mud wrestling. Tonight at 10pm at Transmission Gallery, 840 W. Washington. The Billy Carter Band performs as well. $5 at the door, BYOB. Email Meg at speedylobotomy<at>comcast<dot>net for more information or if you're a woman interested in mud wrestling.

Opening Night: Foolin' Around with Infinity @ The Athenaeum

Opening Night! The Phalanx Theater presents its first production: Foolin' Around with Infinity by Steven Dietz, directed by Luke Hatton. At the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. August 13 - 29. Tickets $15.

Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival

Does the usual slew of big budget summer films leave you cold? Then this is the event for you as The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents the Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival at the Gateway Theatre. You can buy your tickets at the theatre on the day of the performance for $11. Tickets for the August 6th film, which will be accompanied by a full orchestra, are $17.

This year's schedule includes:


August 6: The Iron Horse (1924)

August 13: It (1927)

August 20: Lilac Time (1928)

August 27: Blood and Sand (1922)


Check out the festival website for more information. The Gateway Theatre is located at 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.

ChicagoNewYork Fundraiser @ Funky Buddha

If you’d like to help out some folks heading in September to the Republican National Convention in New York, come out tonight at 7 p.m. to the Funky Buddha Lounge located at 728 W. Grand Avenue. They’ll be fundraising there, suggested donation, $7. You must be 21 and over to attend.

Wizard World Chicago

Comic/sci-fi conventions are gaining mainstream notice lately, as every last small-press graphic novel and bottom-of-the-barrel superhero property are scraped up by Hollywood in the wake of the Spider-Man and X-Men successes. The panels and Q&A's at conventions like the San Diego Comic-Con are increasingly important venues for the Halle Berrys and Keanu Reeveses of the world to plug their upcoming projects. Wizard World Chicago manages to keep the PR machine and the star wattage down and the programming focused more on the creators. Still, we get Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and current writer of Astonishing X-Men, plus Kevin Smith, Amber Benson and Kelly Hu, in addition to comic rock stars like Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr., and Chicago's own Alex Ross. And it's always a good time just checking out the freaks, the geeks, and the lesser lights of decades past—Gil Gerard, I'm looking at you. At the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. $45 for a Friday-Sunday pass, $25 for one-day. Kids 10 & under are free with a paid adult. See here for a full schedule and additional info.

"Takeout to the Ballgame" Opens

Stir-Friday Night! (SFN!) opens their newest work "Takeout to the Ballgame" tonight at the Studio Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, located at 77 E. Randolph Street. "'Takeout to the Ballgame' is a sketch comedy show, comprised of short scenes and musical numbers designed to be both thought provoking and entertaining. The diverse cast of Korean, Japanese/Chinese, Indian, Indian/Polish, Filipina, and Vietnamese performers showcases its talents by using comedy as a tool to shed light on the Asian American and human experience." The production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m., through Sept. 19. Previews are Aug. 6-8. There is no performance Sunday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $15, $12 for students. Reservations can be made by calling (847) 663-9257.

"8 Ball" Artists' Reception

Tonight's the opening night for a new show at 4 Art Inc. The show features the varied work of eight Chicago artists: Thomas Masters, Lee Tracy, Tim Anderson, Ned Broderick, Janine Clevenger, Peter Hurley, Matt Hagemann, Brenda Barnum, and Don Copper. The reception runs from 6–10 p.m. at the gallery, located at 1932 S. Halsted #100. The show runs through September 18th. For more information, call 312.850.1816, or check out their website. The show is being presented in coordination with the Thomas Masters Gallery.

Garage sale @ Old Town School of Folk Music

In the market for some cheap musical equipments? Check out the annual garage sale at the Different Strummer, the music store at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Guitars, banjos, djembes, mandolins, ukuleles, books and CDs, instrument cases, it's all here. The sale runs through Sunday, August 15th, and new items are added each day. The hours each day: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 751-3398.

Fast Forward Film Festival begins

The 15th Fast Forward Film Festival begins tonight, when 24 teams assemble at Atomix to receive topics and 21 hours to make a three-minute movie. Enrollment is $20, and teams of any size can participate. Screenings are viewed and prizes are awarded on August 14th at Wesley Kimler's Gallery at 8pm, 2046 W. Carroll, $5 donation, BYOB.

Black Harvest film festival opening program

Tonight at 6:15, the Siskel Film Center presents a repeat of the first program in this year's Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video. The films presented tonight: Kounandi (2003), a selection for this year's Sundance Film Festival; and Long Story Short (2004), a short humorous film about a young woman's preparation for a big date. See the Film Center's Website for a complete listing of the films in the Black Harvest film festival, which runs through August 19. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Dutchmen, Bible of the Devil @ Double Door

The Dutchmen, Bible of the Devil, American Draft and DJ Velcro Lewis hit the stage at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, tonight. Those double doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Cover is $5, 21 and over.

Well Drawn Woman

Chicago Women in Animation will be letting the good times, and the film, roll at the Hideout (1354 Wabansia) tonight. Chicago artist/filmaker Lisa Barcy has curated a showing of shorts by 20 female animators. Showing begins at 9pm and admission is a $5 donation. If you go, you'll get to see: The Line-Up: 1. Legends From Camp - Miles Inada 2. Dejected - Jason Hopkins 3. Sunday, CornerTap - Ryan Schiewe 4. On Stilt Legs - Robert Becraft 5. Milk - Cat Solen 6. Botox - Jennifer Lyter 7. Broken Horse - Lilli Carre' 8. The Guilt Trip- Lisa Barcy 9. How the Dodo Became Extinct - Shelley Dodson 10. August Afternoons - Deanna Morse 11. Parody of the Giving Tree - Andrew Hodges 12. The Ordovicians - Lisa Barcy and Jim Trainor 13. Last Night - Paloma Boiles and Brian Trecka 14. Fun Days With Jake / Bees - LeAnn Erickson 15. Mr. Butterfly - Deborah Johnson 16. "R" - John Juarez 17. Axoplastis - Emily Carter

Blaxploitation trailers @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents a 90-minute program of movie trailers for 1970s blaxploitation films. The Film Center calls the blaxploitation trailer " a shot of visual adrenaline -- raunchy, crude, violent, and often hilarious." The fun starts tonight at 8:15 PM. The screening will be introduced by Floyd Webb, founder of the Blacklight Film Festival. Can you dig it? Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers @ Grant Park

As part of the city's Outdoor Film Festival, the classic 1956 sci-fi film will be screened at Grant Park's Butler Field, at Lake Shore Drive and Monroe. Approximate starting time: 8:28 PM. Admission is free. More information: (312) 744-3370.

Author Jennifer Stevenson @ Women and Children First

Women and Children First, the independent bookstore in the Andersonville neighborhood, hosts an appearance by local author Jennifer Stevenson, to promote her new book Trash Sex Magic. Stevenson will be introduced by another local author, Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time-Traveller's Wife. The fun happens at 7:30. Women and Children First: 5233 N. Clark. (773) 769-9299.

The Power-Ups @ Double Door

Members of the formerly-local video game tribute band The Power-Ups reunite for a summer tour of "high-energy, rocked-out" arrangements of theme music from 80s video and arcade games. Their second tour stop brings them back to Chicago, where it all began, this time at the Double Door. The band's playlist includes theme songs from Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, Super Mario Bros., and many, many more. Doors 8, show starts at 9. Tickets are $8, general admission.

Mutual Admiration Society @ Metro

The Mutual Admiration Society, a "supergroup" with members of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Nickel Creek, plays at the Metro tonight at 7:30. All ages show, so bring your dad! Metro: 3730 N. Clark. (773) 549-0203.

Onion writer John Krewson @ Rainbo Club

Onion writer John Krewson will be speaking tonight at 7:00 at the Rainbo Club (1150 N. Damen) about the role of political satire in society. Suggested donation for the talk is $5, and you must be 21+ to attend.

Twin Peaks movie @ Film Center

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the 1992 movie that told the story of the final days of Laura Palmer (you remember.... Laura Palmer? Agent Cooper? BOB? The Log Lady?), plays at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 6:00 PM. The screening is part of the Film Center's current program "Beautiful Losers," a look at interesting films that for whatever reason were considered failures when they first opened. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Marlon Brando interview on Chicago Public Radio

This evening at 6:00, Chicago Public Radio will broadcast an interview with the late actor Marlon Brando, recorded in 1963 by (who else?) Studs Terkel. Since it's a Studs Terkel interview, you know it's going to be compelling listening.

Gold Coast Art Fair

Hey, art lovers. Don't forget that the 47th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair is taking place this weekend. More than 350 artists from across the country have gathered between Superior, Huron and Erie Streets at LaSalle in the River North neighborhood. Admission to the fair is free, and the River North galleries will be open for the duration of the event. The Gold Coast Art Fair takes place today from Noon-6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Myopic Poetry: Dodie Bellamy

The Myopic Poetry Series presents author Dodie Bellamy in a reading tonight at 7pm at buddY, 1542 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor. Free, as always. Check here for more info.

Taste of Pakistan festival

Celebrate Pakistan Independence Day today on Devon Avenue! At noon, the Pakistan Independence Day Parade starts at the corner of Devon and Damen, and afterwards the Taste of Pakistan Festival happens. Local restaurants will be serving up their food, and there will be vendors and musicians at Warren Park (6610 N. Western). The festival runs from 2:30 to 7:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Indiefest Chicago Closing Night

Indiefest Chicago ends its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln, at 9pm with a screening of the winner of The Indiefest Vision Award, which will be announced at the awards ceremony that begins at 8pm.

First shows are at noon, tickets are $10 per screening, and the schedule is right here.

Northalsted Market Days

Northalsted Market Days, the Midwest's largest gay and lesbian festival, happens today on Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison. Live music, food and alcohol vendors, arts and crafts, and people. Lots of people. Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Black Harvest film festival opening weekend

Tonight at 8:00, the Siskel Film Center presents the first program in this year's Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video. The films presented tonight: Kounandi (2003), a selection for this year's Sundance Film Festival; and Long Story Short (2004), a short humorous film about a young woman's preparation for a big date. The director of Long Story Short, Simbi Hall, will attend the screening. If you miss the program tonight, it will be repeated on Thursday, August 12 at 6:15 PM. See the Film Center's Website for a complete listing of the films in the Black Harvest film festival, which runs through August 19. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour

Live Bait Theater presents Edward Thomas-Herrera's latest solo show, "Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour". The play talks about Edward's relationship with his late mother, and the material that was previewed in a recent appearance at The Partly Dave Show was witty and humorous. Tonight's show starts at 7:30 PM. The show is also playing August 13 and 14 at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10. Live Bait Theater: 3914 N. Clark. (773) 871-1212.

Stop Smiling Exhibition @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Local publication Stop Smiling hosts a showcase of the art and music of its contributors tonight at the Old Town School of Folk Music starting at 5:30 PM with an exhibition of artwork from the magazine. A concert immediately follows the exhibition at 7:30, with live sets by The Lonesome Organist, The Zincs, Plush, and DJs John Hughes and John Dugan. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000. See the Old Town School site for ticket information.

Elvis is Alive 5K run

Are you an Elvis fan? Do you like running 5K runs? If so, then have we got the event for you! The Elvis Is Alive 5K, which goes through Lincoln Park, starts today at 6:00 PM, with an after-race party happening at the finish line. Awards for the best-dessed running Elvis! You GOTTA go see that! Check out the Website for the full details.

Do the Hustle!

As part of the 8th annual Chicago Summer Dance, you can learn how to do the Hustle tonight! Show up at the Spirit of Music Garden at Grant Park (601 S. Michigan) by 6:00 tonight, and you'll get a half hour of instruction on the Hustle and "Funky Swing". Then, from 6:30 to 9:30, use your newly-learned dance steps to boogie to the Motown sounds of Gentlemen of Leisure. The Chicago Summer Dance program runs Wednesdays through Sundays at Grant Park through August 29. Check the City of Chicago Website for a complete schedule for the rest of the month.

Gold Coast Art Fair

Hey, art lovers. Don't forget that the 47th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair is taking place this weekend. More than 350 artists from across the country have gathered between Superior, Huron and Erie Streets at LaSalle in the River North neighborhood. Admission to the fair is free, and the River North galleries will be open for the duration of the event. The Gold Coast Art Fair takes place today from Noon-6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Comics exhibit @ Cultural Center

Raw, Boiled and Cooked: Comics on the Verge is a new exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center that contains artwork inspired by Raw, the highly influential magazine of the 1980s. Many artists are represented in the show; local favorites include Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti, Chris Ware, and Daniel Clowes. The free exhibit is on display through October 3; check the Cultural Center Website for visiting hours. Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington. (312) 744-8032.

Indiefest Chicago

Indiefest Chicago continues its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln, and Le Meridien hotel, 521 N. Michigan Ave. First shows are at noon, tickets are $10 per screening, and the schedule is right here.

Northalsted Market Days

Northalsted Market Days, the Midwest's largest gay and lesbian festival, happens today and tomorrow on Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison. Live music, food and alcohol vendors, arts and crafts, and people. Lots of people. Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Mehndi Painting @ WCCA

Like a little summer body art without the pain and expense of a tattoo? Today at 1 p.m. you can attend a class at the WCCA (the Women’s Center for Creative Arts) all about Mehndi - an ancient technique of painting in henna on the body. Jennifer Horton and Ruth Clark, creative women with amazingly steady hands, lead. There’s a $10 suggested donation which covers the cost of materials. The WCCA is located at 5514 W. Lawrence (just west of the Blue line Jefferson Park stop). Call (773) 412-9257 for more info. Check the website too for other events.

Blaxploitation trailers @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents a 90-minute program of movie trailers for 1970s blaxploitation films. The Film Center calls the blaxploitation trailer " a shot of visual adrenaline -- raunchy, crude, violent, and often hilarious." The fun starts tonight at 8:30 PM; if you miss the program tonight, you can catch it on Wednesday the 11th at 8:15 PM. In fact, you might want to wait until the second screening, as Wednesday night's show will be introduced by Floyd Webb, founder of the Blacklight Film Festival. Can you dig it? Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Twin Peaks movie @ Film Center

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the 1992 movie that told the story of the final days of Laura Palmer (you remember.... Laura Palmer? Agent Cooper? BOB? The Log Lady?), plays at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 8:15 PM, and again on Monday the 9th at 6:00 PM. The screening is part of the Film Center's current program "Beautiful Losers," a look at interesting films that for whatever reason were considered failures when they first opened. Tonight's screening is scheduled to include an introduction by film critic and program co-creator Peter Sobczynski. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Lisa Buscani solo show @ Neo-Futurarium

Award-winning writer and performer Lisa Buscani premieres her solo show "Solid Citizen" tonight at 8:00 PM. The subject of the show: "people who serve their community and the conundrums this service can create." The show runs Fridays and Saturdays through August 28 at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. Tickets are $12, or $8 for seniors and students. Reservations: (773) 275-5255.

Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour

Live Bait Theater presents Edward Thomas-Herrera's latest solo show, "Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour". The play talks about Edward's relationship with his late mother, and the material that was previewed in a recent appearance at The Partly Dave Show was witty and humorous. Tonight's show starts at 7:30 PM. The show is also playing August 7 at 7:30 PM, and August 13 and 14 at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10. Live Bait Theater: 3914 N. Clark. (773) 871-1212.

Gold Coast Art Fair

Hey, art lovers. Don't forget that the 47th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair is taking place this weekend. More than 350 artists from across the country have gathered between Superior, Huron and Erie Streets at LaSalle in the River North neighborhood. Admission to the fair is free, and the River North galleries will be open for the duration of the event. The Gold Coast Art Fair takes place today from Noon-6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Mud Queens of Chicago

"Mud Queens of Chicago: Reawakening the lost art of mud wrestling. Sleeperholds, tough titties, and rock n roll!" Yes, exactly what you think it is (or maybe not) -- ladies mud wrestling. Tonight at 10pm at 1278 N. Milwaukee, #4W. $5 at the door. Email Meg at speedylobotomy<at>comcast<dot>net for more information, or if you're a woman interested in mud wrestling.

Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival

Does the usual slew of big budget summer films leave you cold? Then this is the event for you as The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents the Silent Summer 2004 Film Festival at the Gateway Theatre. You can buy your tickets at the theatre on the day of the performance for $11. Tickets for the August 6th film, which will be accompanied by a full orchestra, are $17.

This year's schedule includes:


August 6: The Iron Horse (1924)

August 13: It (1927)

August 20: Lilac Time (1928)

August 27: Blood and Sand (1922)


Check out the festival website for more information. The Gateway Theatre is located at 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.

Protest of Donald Rumsfeld visit

The local group Peace Pledge Chicago is planning to protest today's visit to Chicago by Donald Rumsfeld. The protest will happen at 11:30 at the Four Seasons Hotel (120 E. Delaware). More information is at the Peace Pledge Chicago site.

Indiefest Chicago

Indiefest Chicago continues its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln, and Le Meridien hotel, 521 N. Michigan Ave. First shows are at noon, tickets are $10 per screening, and the schedule is right here.

The Bicycle Thief @ Doc

Catch Cittorio De Sica's brilliant Italian Neorealist film, The Bicycle Thief tonight at Doc Films at 8pm.

Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour

Live Bait Theater presents Edward Thomas-Herrera's latest solo show, "Fun While It Lasted: A Farewell Tour". The play talks about Edward's relationship with his late mother, and the material that was previewed in a recent appearance at The Partly Dave Show was witty and humorous. The show starts tonight, in a preview performance at 7:30. Admission: pay what you can. The show is also playing August 6 and 7 at 7:30 PM, and August 13 and 14 at 9:00 PM. Live Bait Theater: 3914 N. Clark. (773) 871-1212.

Citizen Kane @ 600 N. Michigan

One of the most technically innovative and influential films ever, Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is showing at 600 N. Michigan’s Loews Classic Film Series (Thurdsay, August 5, at 7:00 pm). See what all the fuss is about the way it was meant to be seen: with movie theater popcorn.

Azar Nafisi @ Newberry Library

Azar Nafisi, author of the best-selling Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, will be appearing at the Newberry Library tonight from 7:30-9pm. The Newberry Library is located at 60 W. Walton in Chicago. This event is free, but call (312) 255-3700 for more information.

Indiefest Chicago

Indiefest Chicago continues its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln, and Le Meridien hotel, 521 N. Michigan Ave. First shows are at noon, tickets are $10 per screening, and the schedule is right here.

SUBJECT Launch Party

A new magazine is about to be born. SUBJECT Magazine focuses on one theme for each issue, the first being "What's In A Name." To celebrate, the team behind SUBJECT is throwing a launch party tonight at 9pm at Delilah's, 2771 N Lincoln. DJs spin mod/garage, and Angel Brown Ale or Jim Beam Black Label will cost you just $3. Copies of the debut issue will be available and there will be giveaways from Touch and Go Records. No cover, 21+.

Once Upon A Time In America

Sergio Leone's 1984 film Once Upon A Time In America, notoriously slashed by American film companies before it played in this country, will be shown this evening at 6:30 at the Siskel Film Center. The 139-minute film stars James Woods and Robert De Niro as gangsters in Prohibition-era New York, and moves from the 1920s to the 1960s in a complex flashback structure that was simplified for the US release. Fans of Sergio Leone will definitely not want to miss this chance to catch the uncut version of what many consider to be his greatest film. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

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: Breakin'. Not Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, but the first film. The cast will be from the local theater company Barrel of Monkeys. The show starts tonight at 8:00. 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.

Eric Schlosser @ Green City Market

Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation, is giving a free talk at the Green City Market, 9:30 a.m., 1750 N. Clark.

Indiefest Chicago

Indiefest Chicago continues its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. First shows are at noon, tickets are $10, and the schedule is right here.

Cubs community meeting

The Cubs, along with the City and the four Wrigleyville-area aldermen, host a midseason "Wrigley Field Advisory Meeting" to review issues affecting Wrigleyville residents, including the "Neighborhood Protection Plan" promises made by the Cubs as part of their deal for more night games. The meeting is open to the community, so if you have praise or complaints for the Cubs' efforts at being a good neighbor, now's the time to bring it. 7pm at the LeMoyne School, 851 W. Waveland.

Indiefest Chicago

Indiefest Chicago continues its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln; additional showings today at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, in connection with Chicago Community Cinema. First shows are at noon, tickets are $10, and the schedule is right here.

Influence @ Sonotheque

Check out the next installment of the monthly series Influence, which is tied into the Subsystence publication. Influence is all about various people playing the music that influenced them. This month's guests are Bundy K Brown (Thrill Jockey), Warmdesk (A Touch Of Class), PNS (Molemen Inxc), and resident Ken Meier (Subsystence). At Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago, 21+, no cover, 10pm.

Dyke Nytes @ Bailiwick

The Bailiwick Repertory Theatre presents Dyke Nytes, a series of performances by lesbian artists. Tonight's program features singer Pam Peterson in a one-woman show, "Pamme Fatale." "Sassy and brassy, PAMME FATALE will be an evening to remember!" The show begins at 8:00. Tickets are $10. Bailiwick: 1229 W. Belmont. More information: (773) 883-1090, or see the Bailiwick Website.

Indiefest Chicago

Indiefest Chicago continues its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. First shows are at noon, tickets are $10, and the schedule is right here.

Women and Children First closed for inventory

Women and Children First, the independent bookstore in Andersonville, will be closed today for inventory. Why should you care? Well, if you're interested in helping out at the store, you can help take stock from 9:00 to 5:00, and they'll provide you with lunch, treats and credit at the store! A fine way to help out a local independent business and get some free stuff. Women and Children First is at 5233 N. Clark; call (773) 769-9299 if you're interested.

ABBA Brunch @ Ann Sather

Ann Sather Restaurant, 1448 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, transforms into a disco today for their monthly ABBA Brunch. Enjoy the music of the Swedish supergroup while you sample the Swedish diner's morning fare. You can also register to win two free tickets to see the musical "Mamma Mia!," opening at the Oriental Theater this November. From 8am to 3pm today.

Citizen Kane @ the Music Box

One of the most technically innovative and influential films ever, Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is at the Music Box’s Weekend Matinee Series today (Sunday, August 1, at 11:30 am). If you can't make it, it will also be screened at 600 N. Michigan’s Loews Classic Film Series (Thurdsay, August 5, at 7:00 pm). See what all the fuss is about the way it was meant to be seen: with movie theater popcorn.

Recording software workshop @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago's historic Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of workshops designed to give students an overview of a specific musical or dance topic in just one day. Today's workshop is dedicated to recording software, and gives students a painless introduction to using the ProTools recording package. No computer necessary, but you can bring your laptop and ProTools, if you have them. The workshop runs from 3:00 to 4:50. More information at the school's Website. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Newberry Library Book Fair

The 20th Annual Newberry Library Book Fair is happening this week. Browse over 100,000 titles with many books priced at just $2 or less! Admission is free. The book fair is taking place July 29 & 30, from Noon-8pm, and July 31 & August 1, from 10am-6pm. The Newberry Library is located at 60 East Walton. See their website for more information.

Gaelic Storm @ Abbey Pub

The lads are officially celebrating the release of their new CD "How Are We Getting Home?" in Ferndale, Michigan, two nights *after* their one Chicago gig (interesting decision, that), but dollars to doughnuts they'll play a few tracks from the new album anyway. Not to worry - Gaelic Storm always puts on a rockin' fun show. 8:00 pm, Abbey Pub. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Indiefest Chicago

Indiefest Chicago continues its 10-day run of more than 50 independent films tonight at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. First shows are at noon, tickets are $10, and the schedule is right here.

Wicker Park Summerfest

Because there was really just a dearth of street festivals in a Chicago summer, the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber decided to start a new one. They do have a better music selection than most: today's lineup includes Bumpus, the Ponys, and the French Kicks. 11am-10pm, on Damen between North and LeMoyne. The usual $5 "suggested donation." See here for full schedule.

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