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Animal House @ Film Center

Made back when National Lampoon was still doing good stuff, the classic 1978 movie Animal House screens tonight at the Siskel Film Center as part of their American Film Comedy series. The film starts tonight at 6:00, and is accompanied by a lecture from Gerald R. Butters from Aurora University. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

A Night of Social and Scientific Experimentation

137 FILMS, an emerging documentary production company in Chicago, will conduct a night of social and scientific experimentation tonight at 9:30pm at Sonotheque, located at 1444 W. Chicago Ave., to help raise funds for their forthcoming film, "The Atom Smashers," a year-long look at the scientists that work at Batavia’s Fermilab and their search for subatomic truth. Tonight’s event will feature a tag-team set by Brian Ffar and Daniel Mnookin, solo sets by m50 and DJ Skinny, a video installation by Jill Wissmiller, and scenes from the film.

New Poetry Series @ Kitty Moon

There's a new reading series getting off the ground tonight at Kitty Moon, 6237 N. Clark. Specifically, the hosts are looking for "page poetry with concrete nouns and strong verbs, no adverbs or filler, etc... Slam, stand-up, ranting, and sidewalk preaching have plenty of venues in Chicago, so we want to start a poetry venue for people who actually read poetry (written by other people, even)." Sign up at 9 p.m. Tonight's first featured poet is Kristy Bowen. Please come hear her and bring your own good work to read. For more information, call 312-927-5844.

"Now What?" GOAt Discussion @ Schubas

The Chicago Council On Foreign Relations & Schubas present: GOAt - Globally Occupying the Attention of Chicago's Untapped Audience tonight at 7:00 p.m. The election might be over, but CCFR and Schubas have decided to continue to bring two diverse speakers, who will debate, discuss and take questions on various topics connected to one common theme. In November, GOAt brings you "Now What?" The sixth installment of a six-part series entitled Democracy Defined. This debate will focus, not too surprisingly, on where we find ourselves after the 2004 Presidential election. Speakers include: David Wilhelm, president of Wilhelm and Conlon Public Strategies, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (1993–1994), the Honorable D. Cameron Findlay, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aon Corporation, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor (2001–2003), and November Moderator and Performer: Carlos Ortega of Casolando. GOAt is brought to you in part by: WLUW 88.7 FM and Schubas. Tickets are $10.

Poet Franz Wright Reading @ Art Institute

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright reads tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 112 South Michigan Avenue (the Ballroom of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). $10 General Admission, Free for Poetry Center Members. Wright is the author of several books of poetry including The Beforelife Tickets to Wright's reading go on sale a month prior to the event. For more information, check out the Poetry Center of Chicago's website.

Lama Ole Nydahl @ Northwestern

The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Chicago presents "Buddhism Today," a lecture by Lama Ole Nydahl at the Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University's downtown campus (375 E Chicago Avenue, at the corner of Chicago Ave and Lake Shore Drive).
Monday, November 29, 8:00pm. The lecture is free and open to all.

First Amendment Project @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents three short documentaries commissioned by the Sundance Channel, each one focusing on recent lawsuits involving the First Amendment. The films are: Chris Hegedus' Fox vs. Franken, which examines corporations' copyrights on common phrases; Mario van Peebles' Poetic License, which shows the furor surrounding NJ poet laureate Amiri Baraka's poem "Somebody Blew Up America"; and John Walter's Some Assembly Required, which looks at the right to protest against the backdrop of the RNC. These films will be shown on the Sundance Channel in December, but you can see them on the big screen tonight at 6:15 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Califone's "Deceleration - Music + Film" @ Rodan

Califone will be playing at Rodan, 1530 N Milwaukee, every Monday in November. The show is described thusly: "Califone's cross pollination of blues, folk music and broken electronic instruments fits well when performed to a film screening."


The show starts at 9:30pm; a $10 donation to the band is requested.

Minnie Driver @ The Double Door

That's right, Minnie Driver, the curly-haired spitfire actress from Good Will Hunting and Circle of Friends is now a rock star. She's playing tonight at the Double Door with Peter Himmelman opening. Tickets are a mere $16 and doors open at 7 p.m. The Double Door is located at 572 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Call (773) 489-3160 for more information. Buy tickets here or at the door. Just don't go around asking people if they like apples.

Arabesque Hafla @ Fizz

What could be better to shake off the post-Thanksgiving stupor than a night of belly dancing? See Sonya perform a serpentine sword dance, check out dynamic drum solos and a fusion piece by Michelle "Toots Lamour" of Lavender Cabaret fame. A suggested donation of $10 benefits Arabesque dance center. $5 raffle tickets available to win great prizes, including a grand prize of five free classes at Arabesque dance center. Cash bar. 7pm upstairs at Fizz, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave.

Clearly and the Mainstream @ Abbey Pub

Clearly and the Mainstream make their debut at the Abbey Pub tonight at 8 pm. The describe themselves as "something like Elvis Costello dragging Brian Wilson out of bed to join a punk band." Intrigued? Tickets are $10 at the door.

P.S. Mueller signing @ Quimby's

P.S. Mueller, the strange cartoonist whose work is familiar to readers of Section 4 of the Reader, will be at Quimby's this afternoon at 4:00 PM, signing his new book "Your Belief System Is Shot". You should go. Quimby's: 1854 W. North. (773) 342-0910.

Monster Team & More! @ Siskel Theater

Monster Team, an animated film from local artists Arthur Jones and Jim Finn, makes its Chicago premier at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 5pm, along with other works by the pair. Arthur and Jim will be present for discussions, and Arthur will personally present an illustrated slideshow and live reading. Tickets are $9. More information .

First Amendment Project @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents three short documentaries commissioned by the Sundance Channel, each one focusing on recent lawsuits involving the First Amendment. The films are: Chris Hegedus' Fox vs. Franken, which examines corporations' copyrights on common phrases; Mario van Peebles' Poetic License, which shows the furor surrounding NJ poet laureate Amiri Baraka's poem "Somebody Blew Up America"; and John Walter's Some Assembly Required, which looks at the right to protest against the backdrop of the RNC. These films will be shown on the Sundance Channel in December, but you can see them on the big screen tonight at 5:00 PM. The program will also be shown on Monday the 29th at 6:15 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Too Much Light Kids!

The Neo-Futurists present "Too Much Light Kids!", a child-friendly version (for ages 8-12) of their long-running classic stage show "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind". This show runs every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM through December 18. Admission is $1-6 for kids, and $6-11 for adults (depends on the roll of a six-sided die). No reservations accepted, but group rates are available. Call (773) 878-4557 for details. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. More information: (773) 275-5255.

Quimby's Mega Huge Backstock Zine Blow-Out Sale

Today, at 11:00 a.m., be at Quimby's or be square. Almost 10–13 years worth of vintage rare and old school zines go on sale today from the Zine Guide archives. Most of them will be priced at $1 to $2, so complete your collection or just come get some great holiday suprises. You are guaranteed to FREAK OUT.  These zines will be out for sale for the next month or so, but we suspect the good stuff will disappear on the 27th. So wake up early and join in the hunt! Quimby's is located at 854 West North Avenue, Chicago. Give them a call at (773) 342-0910.

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.

Animal House @ Film Center

Made back when National Lampoon was still doing good stuff, the classic 1978 movie Animal House screens tonight at the Siskel Film Center as part of their American Film Comedy series. The film starts tonight at 7:45, and also screens on Tuesday the 30th at 6:00. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Dr. Strangelove @ Music Box

Yeah, remember when the only thing we had to fear was nuclear annihilation by the Russians? Those were the days. Anyway, the classic Stanley Kubrick film opens tonight at the Music Box in a new 35mm print, created in time for the film's 40th anniversary. Check local listings for showtimes. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Holiday tree lighting @ Daley Plaza

The 91st annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony happens this afternoon at 5:00 in Daley Plaza (the downtown corner of Clark and Washington Streets). If you show up at 4:00, you'll get a program of musical entertainment, as well as free samples of gingerbread lattes, Christmas blend coffee and peppermint hot chocolate, courtesy of Starbucks. The event is free and open to the public.

Goose Island Turkey Trot 8K

For once, a brewery sponsoring a foot race! This year's Turkey Trot 8K Run & Walk in Lincoln Park will have Goose Island as its new title sponsor. A Chicago Thanksgiving tradition since 1976, the Turkey Trot gets underway today at 9 a.m. and benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository. For more information, or registration check online.

State Street Thanksgiving Parade

Always giving New York a run for its money, this year's Chicago's State Street Thanksgiving Parade starts this morning at 8:30 a.m. on State Street—from Congress to Randolph. You can head out and watch (directions are available here) or see it on ABC 7 starting at 9 a.m. If you just can't get enough of parades, you can peruse last year's pictures online too.

Christkindlmarket @ Daley Plaza

The annual Christkindlmarket, or open-air market modeled on the Christmas market of Nuremburg, opens today at 10:00 in Daley Plaza and Block 37 (Washington, Dearborn and State streets). Plenty of stuff to buy: homemade soup, apple cider, candles, glassware, wooden toys, jewelry, etc. The market will be open through December 22nd, and admission is free.

Afro-Folk Live @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Every Wednesday night, the Old Town School of Folk Music gives you a reason to TiVo "Lost" and get out of the house.  Now through December, enjoy concerts in their Afro-Folk Live series.  Free (donations encouraged), 8:30 - 10:30 PM, 4544 N. Lincoln.

Moog documentary @ Film Center

Moog, a documentary about inventor and musician Robert Moog, plays at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 8:00 PM. Come find out how the Moog synthesizer changed the sound of popular music, with testimonials from Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Money Mark, and Mix Master Mike. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls @ Film Center

"Up yours, Ratso!" Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer's infamous 1970 film is one of the camp classics of modern cinema, and now you get to see it on the big screen at the Siskel Film Center as part of their American Film Comedy series. The film starts tonight at 6:00, and is accompanied by a lecture from Gerald R. Butters from Aurora University. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Alicia Keys Booksigning

Singer Alicia Keys will be signing copies of her new book, Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics, at the State Street Borders today at 1pm. Don't bother bringing any CDs -- she's only signing the book. Call 312/606-0564 for more info.

Califone's "Deceleration - Music + Film" @ Rodan

Califone will be playing at Rodan, 1530 N Milwaukee, every Monday in November. The show is described thusly: "Califone's cross pollination of blues, folk music and broken electronic instruments fits well when performed to a film screening."


The show starts at 9:30pm; a $10 donation to the band is requested.

Beatles celebration @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music and WXRT DJ Terri Hemmert present a Beatles celebration to raise money for the Brendan Hedges Scholarship Fund, which provides money to Old Town School students who cannot pay for their lessons. Performances by: Cathy Richardson, The Old Town School Beatles Ensemble, The Sandalwood Sitar Music Ensemble, Ralph Covert, Gary Yerkins, Eric Howell, Sweet Hello and The St. Clements Childrens Choir. A silent auction will also take place during the evening. Tickets are $12, and can be purchased at the Old Town School site. The concert starts at 7:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Moog documentary @ Film Center

Moog, a documentary about inventor and musician Robert Moog, plays at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 5:15 PM. Come find out how the Moog synthesizer changed the sound of popular music, with testimonials from Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Money Mark, and Mix Master Mike. Moog will also be shown on Wednesday the 24th. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

DJ Spooky "Rebirth of a Nation" @ MCA

DJ Spooky comes to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to present "Rebirth of a Nation" for four nights (Nov. 18–21) at 7:30 p.m. From the MCA: "Every culture has mythmakers, storytellers who can capture the essence of today and push it into the future. Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a multitalented trickster of the imploding digital age whose mercurial mind crisscrosses cultures. Now he tackles one of the defining images of America – D. W. Griffith's profoundly racist, controversial and prophetic 1915 film Birth of A Nation. Tracing the roots of America's quick-cut, media-saturated popular culture, he remixes Griffith's film, fragmenting and melding it with new footage on three screens set to DJ Spooky's illbient score – creating a counter-narrative in which new stories can rise from the ashes." Look at his website for more information on DJ Spooky. Tickets are $22, $18 (MCA members). For tickets, please call the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or visit TicketWeb.

Cornucopia Gift Fair

The Women's Club of Evanston is hosting Cornucopia: a Gift Fair today (10–4 p.m.) at 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston. You can check out vendors online. There is an admission charge of $5, or $4 for senior and students but the proceeds go to local charities that benefit children and the elderly. Pretty cool stuff, just in time for that crafty time of year! For more information, call 847-475-3800.

READ Zine Making Party #5

Highschool Art Space hosts "READ Zine Making Party #5" tonight at 7:30 p.m. The READ Party promotes media literacy and DIY ethics in a hands-on environment. Bring your friends, cameras, journals, and ideas to fill the blank pages distributed at the entrance. Pages created at the READ Party will be published in READ Zine #5. Publishers and zinesters are encouraged to bring their wares to trade & sell. The READ Zine Making Party is made possible by Quimby's, Loop Distro and a grant from the City of Chicago's Community Arts Assistance Program [CAAP]. Highschool is located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL, 60622.

Moog documentary @ Film Center

Moog, a documentary about inventor and musician Robert Moog, plays at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 9:30 PM. Come find out how the Moog synthesizer changed the sound of popular music, with testimonials from Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Money Mark, and Mix Master Mike. Moog will also be shown on Sunday the 21st and Wednesday the 24th. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Rhino Theater Fest: The Fine Art of Italian Cooking

A new performance piece, as part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "It all starts with a published text (in this case, a sensuously-written guide to Italian cuisine); from there, it's anything goes. Four solo theater artists take their turns expounding on everything from bitter almonds to crying at the opera to eating under unfriendly circumstances—-a menu of comic dishes fit for any palette. Don't miss the latest effort of Chicago's newest performance collective." Written and performed by BoyGirlBoyGirl (a/k/a Susan McLaughlin Karp, David Kodeski, Stephanie Shaw, and Edward Thomas-Herrera). 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Women & Children First Bookstore Bash

The Women & Children First Bookstore Bash & Benefit Celebrating Life-Changing Literature By Women takes place tonight from 6:30–11 p.m. at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark. Tickets are $40 and festivities include: a silent auction featuring authors' personal memorabilia, music & dancing with DJ Lora Branch, entertainment including Nomy Lamm, Tara Betts, and Jack Hoff of the Chicago Kings, a raffle & trivia contest with fancy prizes plus fabulous finger food and drinks. Silent auction items inclue: a signed tee shirt from Ellen Degeneres, Ann Patchett's favorite brand of blank book, with a photo and handwritten note inside, and a pound of fresh-ground coffee from Julia Alvarez sent from her farm and literacy center in the Dominican Republic! Stop by the store or call to reserve your tickets. More info is available in the store or by phone at 773-769-9299.

Too Much Light Kids!

The Neo-Futurists present "Too Much Light Kids!", a child-friendly version (for ages 8-12) of their long-running classic stage show "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind". This show runs every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM through December 18. Admission is $1-6 for kids, and $6-11 for adults (depends on the roll of a six-sided die). No reservations accepted, but group rates are available. Call (773) 878-4557 for details. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. More information: (773) 275-5255.

David Greenberger lecture @ Intuit

David Greenberger, music critic and publisher of the long-running classic zine Duplex Planet, gives a lecture tonight at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. A topic was not provided, but we suspect Mr. Greenberger will spend some time talking about Duplex Planet, which features interviews and artwork from residents of New England rest homes. The lecture happens this afternoon at 2:00PM. Tickets: $5, or free for Intuit members. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Turntablist workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of workshops designed to give students a two-hour introduction to a musical style or dance method. This afternoon, it's the return of the highly popular Turntablist workshop, taught by Danny the Wild Child, a battle DJ who has performed with DJ Qbert. There will be a lecture portion, after which you'll get to work on basic techniques on the wheels of steel. Bring a notebook and a tape recorder. The workshop costs $30, and will probably fill up quickly, so sign up now! Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

DJ Spooky "Rebirth of a Nation" @ MCA

DJ Spooky comes to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to present "Rebirth of a Nation" for four nights (Nov. 18–21) at 7:30 p.m. From the MCA: "Every culture has mythmakers, storytellers who can capture the essence of today and push it into the future. Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a multitalented trickster of the imploding digital age whose mercurial mind crisscrosses cultures. Now he tackles one of the defining images of America – D. W. Griffith's profoundly racist, controversial and prophetic 1915 film Birth of A Nation. Tracing the roots of America's quick-cut, media-saturated popular culture, he remixes Griffith's film, fragmenting and melding it with new footage on three screens set to DJ Spooky's illbient score – creating a counter-narrative in which new stories can rise from the ashes." Look at his website for more information on DJ Spooky. Tickets are $22, $18 (MCA members). For tickets, please call the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or visit TicketWeb.

Cornucopia Gift Fair

The Women's Club of Evanston is hosting Cornucopia: a Gift Fair today (9–5 p.m.) and Sunday (10–4 p.m.) at 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston. You can check out vendors online. There is an admission charge of $5, or $4 for senior and students but the proceeds go to local charities that benefit children and the elderly. Pretty cool stuff, just in time for that crafty time of year! For more information, call 847-475-3800.

Christian rock doc @ Film Center

The 2004 documentary Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music? focuses on the paradoxical world of Christian rock music. Bands featured: The Detholz!, Duvall, Pedro The Lion, The Danielson Family, and Five Iron Frenzy. The movie screens at the Siskel Film Center starting tonight, and running through Wednesday the 24th. Directors Heather Whinna and Vickie Hunder will be at tonight's screening in person. See the Film Center Website for times. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

CSO's Friday Night at the Movies

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents selections from Hollywood's golden age as part of their Friday Night at the Movies series. The orchestra will perform selections from such movies as Casablanca, Gone With The Wind and Sunset Boulevard, while clips from the films play on a screen above the orchestra stage. The concert happens tonight at 8:00 PM at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan). See the CSO Website for tickets and further information, or call (312) 294-3000.

Rhino Theater Fest: The Fine Art of Italian Cooking

A new performance piece, as part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "It all starts with a published text (in this case, a sensuously-written guide to Italian cuisine); from there, it's anything goes. Four solo theater artists take their turns expounding on everything from bitter almonds to crying at the opera to eating under unfriendly circumstances—-a menu of comic dishes fit for any palette. Don't miss the latest effort of Chicago's newest performance collective." Written and performed by BoyGirlBoyGirl (a/k/a Susan McLaughlin Karp, David Kodeski, Stephanie Shaw, and Edward Thomas-Herrera). 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Moog documentary @ Film Center

Moog, a documentary about inventor and musician Robert Moog, plays at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 6:30 PM. Come find out how the Moog synthesizer changed the sound of popular music, with testimonials from Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Money Mark, and Mix Master Mike. Moog will also be shown on Saturday the 20th, Sunday the 21st, and Wednesday the 24th. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls @ Film Center

"Up yours, Ratso!" Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer's infamous 1970 film is one of the camp classics of modern cinema, and now you get to see it on the big screen at the Siskel Film Center as part of their American Film Comedy series. The film starts tonight at 6:00, and also screens on Tuesday the 23rd at 6:00. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Taste of West Indies

Norma Stephenson, owner of West Indies Bakery, will be hosting The Taste of West Indies tonight from 6pm to 10pm at Home of Life Church, 4650 W. Madison. This is a great opportunity to taste authentic Jamaican food right here in Chicago. West Indies Bakery is located on Chicago’s South Side and specializes in Jamaican baked goods and food. Free. More info here.

Midwest Furfest

So you're a furry. We're not judging you. Hell, we spend most of our time in the online world -- who are we to judge?

Midwest Furfest is the place to be for people of your persuation. Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Shaumberg November 19-21, it'll be a veritable orgy of costumed fun. Registration is $40, which includes access to the various events and the exhibit floor. More info on the site.

DJ Spooky "Rebirth of a Nation" @ MCA

DJ Spooky comes to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to present "Rebirth of a Nation" for four nights (Nov. 18–21) at 7:30 p.m. From the MCA: "Every culture has mythmakers, storytellers who can capture the essence of today and push it into the future. Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a multitalented trickster of the imploding digital age whose mercurial mind crisscrosses cultures. Now he tackles one of the defining images of America – D. W. Griffith's profoundly racist, controversial and prophetic 1915 film Birth of A Nation. Tracing the roots of America's quick-cut, media-saturated popular culture, he remixes Griffith's film, fragmenting and melding it with new footage on three screens set to DJ Spooky's illbient score – creating a counter-narrative in which new stories can rise from the ashes." Look at his website for more information on DJ Spooky. Tickets are $22, $18 (MCA members). For tickets, please call the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or visit TicketWeb.

Cornucopia Gift Fair

The Women's Club of Evanston is hosting Cornucopia: a Gift Fair today, Saturday, and Sunday at 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston. You can check out vendors online. There is an admission charge of $5, or $4 for senior and students but the proceeds go to local charities that benefit children and the elderly. Pretty cool stuff, just in time for that crafty time of year! For more information, call 847-475-3800.

Quasar Wut Wut Record Release

Glorious Noise Records, the new label from the music webzine Glorious Noise, is celebrating its first release -- by the local favorite, Quasar Wut Wut -- at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 10pm. If you can't wait till the show, you can download some mp3s or buy the album on CDBaby.

Captain Beefheart, Wesley Willis documentaries @ Intuit

Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art presents two documentaries about two classic Outsider artists, Don van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) and Wesley Willis. The two films are: "Some Yo-Yo Stuff", a 2003 Dutch documentary that focuses on van Vliet's artistic career after he stopped performing as Captain Beefheart (and apparently features an appearance by David Lynch); and "The Daddy of Rock'n'Roll", a look at the life of Wicker Park's most famous paranoid schizophrenic musician. The screening starts tonight at 7:00 PM. Tickets: $7, or $5 for Intuit members. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Califone's "Deceleration - Music + Film" @ Rodan

Califone will be playing at Rodan, 1530 N Milwaukee, every Monday in November. The show is described thusly: "Califone's cross pollination of blues, folk music and broken electronic instruments fits well when performed to a film screening. Tonight they play to Dziga Vertov's 1924 Kino-Eye."


The show starts at 9:30pm; a $10 donation to the band is requested.

City Banner Auction

Today is the last day of the annual "Sharing It" banner auction at the Daley Center (50 West Washington St.). Bidding takes place in the lobby of the Daley Center from Noon–1:30 p.m. today. Cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, American Express and Mastercard) will be accepted with proper identification. Full-size and mini banners from events such as The Chicago Marathon, International Film Festival, and much more, will be available. Of course, Chicago’s sports teams will be featured banners as well: Chicago Cubs, Bulls, Bears, White Sox, prominent sports figures, and history-making events in sports. Popular museum exhibits will also be featured, including the Field Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and more. These banners are creatively designed and make perfect gifts. New this year: Terra Museum of American Art, Steppenwolf Theatre, and University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. "Sharing It" raises funds and collects food for the underprivileged through activities such as the banner auction, public donations, and a percentage of the proceeds from Taste of Chicago. Proceeds are donated to the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "Sharing It" also helps the Department of Human Services buy turkeys for Thanksgiving, and pays for toy giveaways and clown performances at five major Chicago children’s hospitals during December.

"Treasures & Trimmings" Benefit @ Newberry Library

"Treasures & Trimmings" attracts a younger crowd of approximately 300 guests for a full selection of fine cocktails, a deluxe buffet of hors d'oeuvres, exclusive boutiques for holiday gift shopping and competitive bidding on eight silent auction packages, including cruise in Holland or France, a week's stay in Switzerland, or a private evening of poker with best-selling author James McManus.

Treasures & Trimmings takes place Thursday, November 18, from 6-9 pm at the Newberry Library (60 W. Walton St.). Tickets start at $100. All proceeds support the Newberry Library. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (312) 255-3510.

DJ Spooky "Rebirth of a Nation" @ MCA

DJ Spooky comes to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to present "Rebirth of a Nation" for four nights (Nov. 18–21) at 7:30 p.m. From the MCA: "Every culture has mythmakers, storytellers who can capture the essence of today and push it into the future. Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a multitalented trickster of the imploding digital age whose mercurial mind crisscrosses cultures. Now he tackles one of the defining images of America – D. W. Griffith's profoundly racist, controversial and prophetic 1915 film Birth of A Nation. Tracing the roots of America's quick-cut, media-saturated popular culture, he remixes Griffith's film, fragmenting and melding it with new footage on three screens set to DJ Spooky's illbient score – creating a counter-narrative in which new stories can rise from the ashes." Look at his website for more information on DJ Spooky. Tickets are $22, $18 (MCA members). For tickets, please call the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or visit TicketWeb.

Ellen Allien & Kate Simko @ Smart Bar

Tonight, local electronic gurus Meiotic welcome back Bpitch Control labelhead and Berlin resident Ellen Allien for her debut Smart Bar performance. Unfortunately, some unpleasant Visa trouble prevented her last scheduled tour of the States, but apparently she is in town this time and ready to perform. Expect a set of varied electro, techno and abstract beats, while Chicago's very own Kate Simko (of Detalles fame) warms things up with a live show of dubby, atmospheric IDM. Personally, I'd get there early, as Simko's performance will likely be the highlight of the evening. Meiotic resident DJs Audiophile and m50 kick things off with a tag team set. More info is available here.

The Dollar Store @ Hideout

Jonathan Messinger, editor of ThisIsGrand.org, kicks off his new reading series, The Dollar Store, tonight at 9pm at The Hideout. Join Jonathan and features writer/talk show host Brian Costello, postmodern prop comedian Sean Gardner and writer Susannah Felts as they present pieces written over the course of a month about items purchased at a dollar store. A $1 donation gets you in the door. More info here.

Afro-Folk Live @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Every Wednesday night, the Old Town School of Folk Music gives you a reason to TiVo "Lost" and get out of the house.  Now through December, enjoy concerts in their Afro-Folk Live series.  Free (donations encouraged), 8:30 - 10:30 PM, 4544 N. Lincoln.

Nosferatu @ Film Center

Nosferatu, the classic 1922 movie based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula", screens tonight at the Siskel Film Center. A classic horror film, and you've never seen it on the big screen. Now's your chance. The film screens tonight at 6:00. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

City Banner Auction

Today and tomorrow is the annual "Sharing It" banner auction at the Daley Center (50 West Washington St.). Bidding takes place in the lobby of the Daley Center from Noon–1:30 p.m. November 17th and 18th. Cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, American Express and Mastercard) will be accepted with proper identification. Full-size and mini banners from events such as The Chicago Marathon, International Film Festival, and much more, will be available. Of course, Chicago’s sports teams will be featured banners as well: Chicago Cubs, Bulls, Bears, White Sox, prominent sports figures, and history-making events in sports. Popular museum exhibits will also be featured, including the Field Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and more. These banners are creatively designed and make perfect gifts. New this year: Terra Museum of American Art, Steppenwolf Theatre, and University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. "Sharing It" raises funds and collects food for the underprivileged through activities such as the banner auction, public donations, and a percentage of the proceeds from Taste of Chicago. Proceeds are donated to the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "Sharing It" also helps the Department of Human Services buy turkeys for Thanksgiving, and pays for toy giveaways and clown performances at five major Chicago children’s hospitals during December.

Thomas Geoghegan @ East-West University

Renowned Chicago labor lawyer, author, and playwright Thomas Geoghegan will discuss the 2004 election and the political future of the left as part of the East-West Perspectives lecture series at East-West University, 816 S. Michigan Ave., Fourth Floor Auditorium on Tuesday, November 16, at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.  Call 312-939-0111 ex.1818 for more information.

The Party @ Film Center

One of Peter Sellers' non-"Pink Panther" collaborations with Blake Edwards, The Party is the story of one Hrundi V. Bakshi, an Indian actor who single-handedly destroys a film version of Gunga Din and is still somehow invited to a party at the producer's house. Some subtle gags that don't hit you over the head with their obviousness (check out what happens when Sellers accidentally puts his hand in a pile of caviar). The film screens tonight at the Siskel Film Center at 6:00. "Birdie num-nums." Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Judy Budnitz @ Beat Kitchen

Men in dog suits, a sister's bout with leprosy – however absurd the premise, Judy Budnitz's stories unveil startling truths about meory and family. She is the author of the novel, If I Told You Once. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, The New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Budnitz comes to Chicago as part of the Nextbook Readings and Performances series. Free, but registration recommended. Budnitz reads at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago at 7:30 p.m.

Rachael Ray @ Piece

Watch Rachael Ray film an episode of Food Network's "Inside Dish with Rachael Ray" at Piece, 1927 W. North Ave. She'll be talking with Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen. (Shouldn't they be in Rockford, then?) Watching is free but dinner and drinks are not, and you gotta buy something if you wanna stick around.

Taste of Adventure

Head to the Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., tonight and dine on such exotic foods as crickets, scorpions and rattlesnake, washed down with Redwood Creek wines, at the "Taste of Adventure." Author and artist James Prosek will lecture. 6:30-8:30pm. Free, but reservations required: call 888/281-8502.

The Weather Underground @ Historical Society

The Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark, screens The Weather Underground, the Academy Award-nominated documentary about the 1960s radicalists, The Weathermen tonight at 6:30pm. Former Weathermen William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and director Bill Siegel will be onhand for discussion after the film. $5 admission; call 312/642-4600 for more info.

Poet Laureate Ted Kooser gives free reading

New U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, the first Poet Laureate to be chosen from the great plains states, is giving a reading tonight at Northwestern University’s Thorne Auditorium. The event is sponsored by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry Magazine. The reading is part of the celebration of Poetry Magazine's 50th annual Poetry Day, and the event is free: first come, first served. 375 E. Chicago Ave., 6 p.m., all ages.

Stephen Mitchell @ Borders

Acclaimed translator and poet Stephen Mitchell will be appearing at the Michigan Avenue Borders on Monday at 7:00 pm, promoting the release of Gilgamesh: A New English Version, which is fantastic, as usual. More details are available here.

Rhino Theater Fest Panel Discussion

"Buzz Words: What They Are, How to Use Them, and Why Not To." A panel discussion as part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "Every year, Rhino presents a great conversation, usually for a small gathering of people, who walk away saying, “we should do this more often.” But we don’t, so we appreciate these occasions all the more. This year, the gang will discuss the golden words that seem to magically coalesce out of the ether every few years: collaboration, community, and partnership. These words become like a magnet for money--or so we would like to think--yet, their overuse deadens their meaning and helps to undermine the originality and uniqueness of arts organizations. How can we communicate with funders and the press and the public without resorting to pandering? A distinguished panel helps to shape the conversation." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Lazy FM @ Danny's

With the help of Material mastermind Erick Urenn, local DJs and film buffs Josh Werner, Hiroki, and Rob Hamilton convene at Danny's once again for this unique, semi-legendary monthly. Providing the personally constructed soundtrack to a host of hilarious 80s movies and established cult flicks, the boys cover a wide range of material while a varied crowd lounges at this relaxed, Bucktown pub. Always without a cover, this is a great night to check out if you're in the area. Danny's Tavern is located at 1951 W. Dickens, near Damen.

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy @ Intuit

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, the indescribable singer whose insane 1968 single "Paralyzed" gave him a permanent place in rock'n'roll history by both getting him a spot on "Laugh-In" and inspiring David Bowie to take the name Ziggy Stardust, puts in a rare live appearance tonight at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Bassist Klaus Fluoride of the Dead Kennedys will be sitting in with the Ledge, and the opening act is Gentleman John Battles. The concert starts at 7:00 PM. $14, or $12 for Intuit members. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Myopic Books poetry reading

Myopic Books presents the latest in its weekly series of readings and poets' talks. Tonight's program features local authors Dave Awl and Lina Ramona Vitkauska. The reading starts tonight at 7:00, and is free and open to the public. Myopic Bookstore: 1564 N. Milwaukee. (773) 862-4882.

THISisGrand Photo Contest Winners on Display

THISisGRAND, an online journal of funny, bizarre and sometimes heartbreaking stories of Chicago's Rapid Transit, will kick off a month-long showcase of Chicago photographers with a party at darkroom (2210 W. Chicago Ave.) Sunday, November 14 at 7 pm.

Throughout the late summer months, TiG held a photo contest, soliciting work from local photographers that captured the CTA and the people who ride it. Three winners and nine honorable mentions will be hung at the darkroom, the city's only photography bar, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14.

DJ Mass Transit will spin during the party and the band New Math will play at 9PM.

Rhino Theater Fest: Cope!

Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "Join Julie Caffey and Barrie Cole for an evening of new performance works. Special musical guest: The Oxford Group, featuring Leslie Swieck, Katie Brick, and Valerie Gonder, will also perform new original material." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra

Beginning this week, the famed Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra sets up shop at the Auditorium Theatre, rotating between performances of two Marius Petipa classics, Don Quixote and Raymonda. If you like dance, or can at least appreciate a beautiful, technically-precise spectacle, this will be worth checking out. And, as the Reader suggests, it seems fortunate that the company isn't staging their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, so I'll gladly take what we can get. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Go Vertical: Sears Tower Climb

Go Vertical Chicago 2004: On November 14th, participants will run up Sears Tower, at 442m this is the third highest building in the world. Participants start in the lobby of the Sears Tower and climb 103 stories to its famous Skydeck for the best views in Chicago. Comprising 2,109 stairs this is the longest vertical stair climb in the world. Click here for a registration form. The cost is $70 as an individual and benefits Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Turkey Tune-Up

Don't know your way around the holiday bird? Calphalon Culinary Center, 1000 W. Washington St., is offering free turkey demonstrations--including preparing, roasting and carving--at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Nov. 14. Pick up tips for stuffing and prepping, keeping it moist, knowing when it's perfectly done, and carving. Registration is required; call 312-529-0100.

Pixies @ The Aragon

If you missed it last night, or you're such a big fan you'd go twice in a row: The Pixies are playing again tonight at the Aragon Ballroom at 7:30 pm.

Big Yellow Bus Improv @ The Playground

More improv than you can shake a big funny stick at tonight at The Playground Theatre. Big Yellow Bus performs at 8 p.m. Tickets are a measly $6. Big Yellow Bus is an amalgam (if you will) of the best improv performers that The Playground theatre has to give. The Playground is located at 3209 N. Halsted, Chicago. BYOB.

Glen Phillips @ Schuba's

Former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips is on the road, with material from his new album. Check him out at either of two shows at Schuba's, 7 and 10 pm. Tickets are $15 through TicketMaster.

William Gibson @ Chicago Humanities Festival

The father of cyberpunk, William Gibson, is appearing at the St. James Episcopal Church today at noon as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. He will be discussing "themes of Time and chronology in his groundbreaking speculative fiction." More details on Mr. Gibson's appearance can be found here.

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy @ Intuit

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, the indescribable singer whose insane 1968 single "Paralyzed" gave him a permanent place in rock'n'roll history by both getting him a spot on "Laugh-In" and inspiring David Bowie to take the name Ziggy Stardust, puts in a rare live appearance tonight and tomorrow at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Bassist Klaus Fluoride of the Dead Kennedys will be sitting in with the Ledge, and the opening act is Gentleman John Battles. Tonight's concert starts at 9:00 PM, and tomorrow night's starts at 7:00 PM. $14, or $12 for Intuit members. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Nosferatu @ Film Center

Nosferatu, the classic 1922 movie based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula", screens tonight at the Siskel Film Center. A classic horror film, and you've never seen it on the big screen. Now's your chance. The film screens tonight at 7:30, and also screens on Wednesday the 17th at 6:00. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Rhino Theater Fest: Full Moon Vaudeville

Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "An all-music vaudeville this year, as the Curiousers and Rhinosities pull another one out of their asses. Featuring Vernon Tonges, Jeff Dorchen, Sherry Antonini, Teresa Weed’s Jabberwocky, The Pedestrians." 9pm, Curious Theatre Fest, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Rhino Theater Fest: Cope!

Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "Join Julie Caffey and Barrie Cole for an evening of new performance works. Special musical guest: The Oxford Group, featuring Leslie Swieck, Katie Brick, and Valerie Gonder, will also perform new original material." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra

Beginning this week, the famed Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra sets up shop at the Auditorium Theatre, rotating between performances of two Marius Petipa classics, Don Quixote and Raymonda. If you like dance, or can at least appreciate a beautiful, technically-precise spectacle, this will be worth checking out. And, as the Reader suggests, it seems fortunate that the company isn't staging their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, so I'll gladly take what we can get. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Bus Tour: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition

Today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Newberry Library welcomes William Adelman from the Illinois Labor History Society and Chicago actress Alma Washington as the hosts for Bus Tour: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition. Experience Chicago's vibrant radical history during a four-hour bus tour of some of the city's most significant sites in the battle for free speech. Highlights of the guided tour include: Bughouse Square, the new Haymarket Square memorial, the former site of the Dill Pickle Club, and Forest Cemetery. "Bus Tour: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition" departs from the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, following a tour of the related exhibit Outspoken: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition. Tickets for the tour are $35, or $25 for members of the Newberry Library or the Chicago Historical Society. Call the Chicago Historical Society at (312) 642-4600 to register.

Too Much Light Kids!

The Neo-Futurists present "Too Much Light Kids!", a child-friendly version (for ages 8-12) of their long-running classic stage show "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind". This show runs every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM through December 18. Admission is $1-6 for kids, and $6-11 for adults (depends on the roll of a six-sided die). No reservations accepted, but group rates are available. Call (773) 878-4557 for details. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. More information: (773) 275-5255.

Mitch Hedberg @ Congress Theatre

Check out stand-up comic Mitch Hedberg performing with Stephen Lynch Saturday, November 13 at the Congress Theatre.

Pixies @ The Aragon

If you can somehow find tickets, don't miss the legendary Pixies at the Aragon Ballroom tonight at 7pm.

Chicago Improv Anarchy @ The Strawdog

Chicago Improv Anarchy (The CIA) presents their new improv show: "If...Then..." on Saturdays thru December 18, 2004 at the Strawdog Theater, located at 3829 N. Broadway. The show starts at 11 p.m. and tickets cost only $9. Call 773.419.4606 to reserve tickets. "If...Then... is an unscripted journey exploring the consequences of the decisions we make every day. Each week, based on an audience suggestion, a subject is faced with a decision. We then get to witness the direction this person's life takes following both paths, through the use of a doppelganger. Only fate and the talented CIA improvisers can determine what will happen next."

The DIY Trunk Show 2004

Like to buy stuff, but don't want to give your money to The Man? Check out the second annual DIY Trunk Show, put together by GB's very own Amy Carlton and Cinnamon Cooper. Last year's show featured dozens of crafters selling their wares, and this year's show is going to be even larger! You'll be able to buy independently-produced clothing, buttons, fridge magnets, books, CDs, hats, knick-knacks, jewelry, artwork... if a Chicago artist makes it, you'll probably find it there! The show will be at the Pulaski Park Auditorium (1419 W. Blackhawk, very close to the Blue Line Division stop) from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Parking is VERY limited in the area, so you might want to take public transportation. Check the Website for more details.

Slush Fun: Hot Tips for Cold Cycling

In this free 2-hour class, Mr Bike and the Bike Winterites give you all the tricks & tips you need to: dress warm & cheap; handle your bike in snow & ice; and keep the ride runnin’ after onslaughts of salt ‘n’ sleet. Meet buddies to bike with, and ogle hot bodies modeling fetching yet practical underwear. Winter-accessory prizes! Sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and Patagonia. You can find the official flyer here.

El Vez @ Double Door

El Vez, the Mexican Elvis (the alter ego of The Zeros' guitarist Robert Lopez), will be appearing tonight at the Double Door at 10:00. If you've never seen an El Vez show, you really should check it out; El Vez not only includes a Mexican flavor in the Elvis cover tunes ("Caliente Amor" instead of "Burning Love" and "Huararches Azules" instead of "Blue Suede Shoes"), but he also includes songs from the entire rock'n'roll catalog, with a penchant for including punk tunes (on his recent Christmas album, El Vez recast The Stooges' "Now I Wanna Be Your Dog" as "Now I Wanna Be Santa Claus"). Definitely recommended. Double Door: 1572 N. Milwaukee. (773) 489-3160.

Photography Opening @ 4Art Gallery

Five local photographers of various styles present a new show titled “The MEDIUM” at the 4Art Gallery (1932 S Halsted) in the Pilsen neighborhood. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6-10pm. The show will run through January 1, 2005.

Photography from “The MEDIUM” highlights a variety of styles including realism, fantasy, fashion, organic emotions and fetishes. 

The opening will also feature a fashion show from designer Agnieszka Kulon’s Kreatia line; four one-of-a-kind natural fabric garments based on Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with music mixed by local sound editor, Lesley Fogle.  DJ “Nathaniel (Bez)” will provide additional music for the opening, spinning down tempo records along with original work.

The featured photographers are Adam Bielawski, Piotr Buczynski, Agnieszka Kulon, Stan Malinowski and Mariah D.Smith

The Roots @ HOB

Check out The Roots at the House of Blues tonight at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, and the show is 18+.

Rhino Theater Fest: A Dangerous Ornithology

A piece by James Owens, part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "The lives of seeming strangers become interwoven during the pressure of war in a one party state. Amidst the rising violence surrounding him, a prison camp worker is gripped by an irresistible urge to defy the laws. After a chance encounter on a train with an accountant who seems to share his thoughts, the prison worker discovers he is caught in a circle of murder, sex, and ritual. The cycle must be broken before all is lost. The problem is that, when neither history nor your own senses can be trusted, reality becomes the enemy." 9pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

The Party @ Film Center

One of Peter Sellers' non-"Pink Panther" collaborations with Blake Edwards, The Party is the story of one Hrundi V. Bakshi, an Indian actor who single-handedly destroys a film version of Gunga Din and is still somehow invited to a party at the producer's house. Some subtle gags that don't hit you over the head with their obviousness (check out what happens when Sellers accidentally puts his hand in a pile of caviar). The film screens tonight at the Siskel Film Center at 6:00, and also on Tuesday the 16th at 6:00. "Birdie num-nums." Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra

Beginning this week, the famed Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra sets up shop at the Auditorium Theatre, rotating between performances of two Marius Petipa classics, Don Quixote and Raymonda. If you like dance, or can at least appreciate a beautiful, technically-precise spectacle, this will be worth checking out. And, as the Reader suggests, it seems fortunate that the company isn't staging their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, so I'll gladly take what we can get. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Eddie Izzard @ Tower Records

British comedian/transvestite/man-about-town Eddie Izzard will promote his latest DVD "Circle" as well as his current world tour "Sexie" at the Tower Records at 2301 N. Clark Street #200, Chicago tonight at 6 p.m. Izzard's most recent DVD releases also include the shows "Glorious" and "Dress to Kill," which won two Emmys.

Kompakt Returns to Smart Bar

Following up a successful visit over this year's Halloween weekend, Cologne-based techno and house label Kompakt invades Chicago's Smart Bar once again, this time featuring performances from Superpitcher and relative-newcomer Ada. Meiotic Promotions are putting the event together, and as such, will help staff tonight's opening slots with DJs like Audiophile, m50, and Matthew Martin. Smart Bar is located at 3730 N Clark, underneath Metro. Tickets are $10, 21 and up only.

Nigella Lawson Book-Signing

Nigella Lawson, international culinary hottie, will be at Barbara's Bookstore in Marshall Field's, 111 N. State, at noon to sign copies of her latest cookbook, FEAST: Food to Celebrate Life. Call 312/781-3033 for more info.

Furilla Opening Party @ Rotofugi

Head to Rotofugi, 1953 W. Chicago, tonight between 7pm and 11pm for "Furilla: The Untold Story," the opening party for the designer toy store's latest gallery show.


"Meet Furilla artist/discoverer Toren Orzeck and party down as we celebrate
the opening of "Furilla: The Untold Story" in our humble little gallery
space. OK, it's more like a gallery corner, we admit it. Regardless, stop
on by Friday night for drinks and listen to Clayton Counts spin an
eclectic mix of jazz, rock and hip-hop. Win signed Furilla goodies (or buy
them and get Tory to sign them). Good times."


Free. Call 312/491-9501 for more info.

Regenstein Library Book Sale

U of C's Regenstein library holds its annual book sale this week. Prices are reduced each day and on Saturday everything left is free! The sale takes place from 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 2pm Saturday. You can find the sale in room 120B, which is to the left when you come in the front doors -- or just look for a big crowd of bargain-hunters looking for deals.

Hot Improv @ The Playground

Tonight at 8 p.m. The Playground Theater presents four improv teams for just $10. Pimprov, Space Robbers, The Fling and Homey Loves Chachi perform for your amusement and general well-being. The Playground theater is located at 3209 N. Halsted, Chicago. Drinking is encouraged. BYOB.

But Then Again @ Empty Bottle

Chicago's Empty Bottle plays host to yet more underground electronic music, this time featuring a showcase from Berlin's ~scape imprint. Unfortunately, owner Stefan Betke (aka Pole) won't be in attendance for tonight's show, but Canadian-based artist Deadbeat headlines a generally interesting lineup. This 5-year anniversary tour showcases live performances from Bus and Crackhaus, as well as DJ sets from D Meteo and local head Daniel Mnookin. $10 gets you in, 21 and up only. The Bottle is located at 1035 N Western.

Poetry Conference @ U of C

AROUND ZUKOFSKY A Poetry and Poetics Event at the University of Chicago for the Birth Centenary of Louis Zukofsky. Thursday, November 11— Saturday, November 13, 2004

All events are free and open to the public. No registration required.

PAPERS: Robert Hass, Marjorie Perloff, Mark Scroggins, Susan Stewart
RESPONDENTS: Lee Glidewell, Jenny Ludwig, Eirik Steinhoff, Karen Volkman
READINGS: Robert Hass, Mark Scroggins, Susan Stewart
PRESENTATION: Robert von Hallberg
ROUNDTABLE:  Dan Beachy-Quick, Oren Izenberg, Jed Rasula, Srikanth Reddy, Mary Margaret Sloan, Karen Volkman

Fair Trade Coffee Tasting

Sample fair trade coffee from Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala, find out where you can purchase fair trade products and learn what you can do to help make fair trade possible. Featuring guest speakers and the documentary film "Grounds For Action." 2-4pm at the New World Resource Center, 1300 N. Western. $4 suggested donation, benefitting ChiapanECHO, a Chicago-based network that educates global citizens, provides resources and supports local communities in Chiapas, Mexico. More info here.

Tony Kushner @ Northwesten

One of the most celebrated playrights of the last 20 years, Pulitzer Prize winning Tony Kushner often joins the personal and the political in his wide selection of plays, including the Emmy-winning "Angels in America" and "Homebody/Kabul" (which premiered last year at the Steppenwolf Theater). Kushner comes to Chicago as part of the Nextbook Writer's Series to talk about Jewish culture and ideas. Free, but registration recommended. Kushner reads tonight at Northwestern University's Ethel M Barber Theater at 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston at 7:30 p.m.

Nosferatu, by Popular Demand

Tonight, Scary Bodega Productions will present an encore screening of the 1922 silent vampire classic Nosferatu with a new plunderphonic score partially comprised of audio sampled from more than a dozen other Dracula films by composer Chris Fuller, at the Open End Gallery 2000 W. Fulton St. Third Floor (Fulton & Damen) Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the film starts at 8 p.m.  $5 donation. For more info and to view clips check out Scary Bodega online or contact Chris Fuller by emailing chrisfuller@scarybodega.com.

Regenstein Library Book Sale

U of C's Regenstein library holds its annual book sale this week. Prices are reduced each day and on Saturday everything left is free! The sale takes place from 9:30am to4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 2pm Saturday. You can find the sale in room 120B, which is to the left when you come in the front doors -- or just look for a big crowd of bargain-hunters looking for deals.

Regenstein Library Book Sale

U of C's Regenstein library holds its annual book sale this week. Prices are reduced each day and on Saturday everything left is free! The sale takes place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 2 pm Saturday. You can find the sale in room 120B, which is to the left when you come in the front doors -- or just look for a big crowd of bargain-hunters looking for deals.

Dream Job Gala Benefit

The Employment Project’s 10th Anniversary Dream Job Gala Helps Homeless Men and Women Find Jobs.

The Employment Project is a non-profit organization devoted to helping homeless men and women gain stability through a dynamic combination of employment preparation training, financial literacy training, free voice mail, personal and career counseling, education and job training referrals, and job search support.

This year, The Employment Project Executive Director Shannon Stewart hopes to raise over $30,000 to mark a decade of serving Chicago’s homeless.

The Gala takes place November 10 from 6-8 pm at Hotel Monaco (225 N Wabash). Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The Gala features an open bar and appetizers. Call 773-832-4080 for tickets.

John Binder @ Evanston Historical Society

Join author John Binder for a discussion of his book The Chicago Outfit,
a look at the people and places of Chicago’s gangland past, on Wednesday,
Nov. 10. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Evanston
Historical Society
(225 Greenwood St). Tickets are $5, free for EHS members.

Reservations recommended. Call 847-475-3410.

Tony Kushner @ Harold Washington Library

One of the most celebrated playrights of the last 20 years, Pulitzer Prize winning Tony Kushner often joins the personal and the political in his wide selection of plays, including the Emmy-winning "Angels in America" and "Homebody/Kabul" (which premiered last year at the Steppenwolf Theater). Kushner comes to Chicago as part of the Nextbook Writer's Series to talk about Jewish culture and ideas. Free, but registration recommended. Kushner reads tonight at the Harold Washington Library, at 400 S. State Street, Chicago at 6 p.m.

Michael Ian Black @ The Metro

Tonight, the Metro presents the Stella Comedy Show featuring Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain all of MTV's The State & Wet Hot American Summer fame. Special guest tonight is Eugene Mirman. The show is 18 & up, and tickets are $18 and can be purchased online. The show starts at 9 p.m. The Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago.

Eric Zorn @ Guild Complex

Tonight, The Guild Complex takes a look at political writing as a literary form and presents a program titled, "Political Writing as Literature." How do columnists and reporters choose what stories get into print? What is politically newsworthy and how do political writers shape those stories? Eric Zorn began at the Chicago Tribune in the summer of 1980. After five years as a feature writer and radio columnist in the Tempo section he moved to the metropolitan news staff, where in late 1986, he became a news-feature columnist. The Guild Complex also has invitations out to reporters and columnists from the Chicago Defender, the Daily Southtown and other media outlets to get a broader perspective on how political writing is defined from community to community. This event is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Guild Complex, located at 1543 W. Division, at Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.

Poets Anselm Hollo and Ron Padgett Reading

Poets Anselm Hollo and Ron Padgett read tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 112 South Michigan Avenue (the Ballroom of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). $10 General Admission, Free for Poetry Center Members. Hollo is the author of over thirty books of poetry including the essay collection Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: Selected Poems 1965-2000. Padgett is the author of multiple books of poetry and prose including Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard. Tickets to the reading go on sale a month prior to the event. For more information, check out the Poetry Center of Chicago's website.

Pizza, Wine & Music

While Marie's Pizza is not the tackiest place you'll ever see, it's one of the few places around with '80s-style etched glass mirrors, red Naugahyde booths, and beehived patrons. Plus, it's attached to a liquor store that always advertises Bulgarian brandy. And now you have a reason to go!

Tonight, November 9, you can enjoy a dinner and dessert buffet, plus taste over 30 domestic and imported wines for just $20 in advance or $25 the day of. Marie's is located at 4129 W. Lawrence, a few blocks west of Pulaski. For more information, call 773-725-1812.

Wal-Mart Workers' Rights Book Signing

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Women and Children First Bookstore, located at 5233 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Liza Featherstone will read and sign from her book, Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart’s labor abuses are no longer news. But this eye-opening expose looks specifically at how the self-styled "family-oriented" company traps women—who make up 72% of its workforce, and only 10% of its management—in dead-end jobs that sustain their poverty. Call (773) 769-9299 for more information.

Tom Pickard Reads @ UofC

Poem Present and the Chicago Review present Tom Pickard tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago, 1050 E. 59th Street (Fourth floor, in Wiedboldt 408), Chicago. A reception will follow the reading and this event is free and handicapped accessible. Tom Pickard was born in Newcastle in 1946, left school at 14, and in 1964 organized with his wife Connie the Morden Tower poetry readings, "a Golden Bloomsday for the revival of British poetry in the 60s". Called "the lyrical post-beat enfant terrible of the alternative poetry scene in 60s/70s UK," Pickard was a great supporter of American experimental poetry, and gained a reputation as something of an ally among such poets as Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsburg, and Charles Olson. Pickard's most recent offering, The Dark Month of May, was published in September by Flood Editions.  

Rhino Theater Fest: Hit Me Like a Flower

A new play by Beau O'Reilly for the Rhinoceros Theater Fest. "Hit Me Like a Flower continues O'Reilly's “Big Play” experiment: large casts, lots of story line, expanse. Sarah Wallace has come to an East-Coast waspish town to start her therapy practice and cast a watchful eye over her long-estranged college daughter Terry, known to her friends as “Oddhead.” Sarah’s patients: Arthur Moore, a psychopath with a bear suit and a 2 by 4; William Coughlin, a sometime novelist of minor fame who is recovering from a stroke; and Mrs. Chester, a woman who has been living on the streets but now is ready for a bus ride. Terry’s friends are Saul and Hannah, and they are in their 20’s, skating tough, and worried about the war." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

That's Weird, Grandma!

Monday nights are alright for Barrel of Monkeys' That's Weird, Grandma at the Neo-Futurarium. After teaching creative writing in the CPS system, BOM's ensemble of actors, comedians, musicians and playwrights selects and adapts some of the thousands of stories generated by children for stage presentation. Trust me, this is 'bust a gut' funny stuff. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (and hey, there's a coupon online). The Neo-Futurarium is located at 5153 North Ashland Ave (Ashland and Foster in Chicago). The show is about an hour and changes every week based on your vote so you can see TWG again and again. For tickets call 312-409-1954.

The Philadelphia Story @ the Music Box

The Philadelphia Story is back in town, this time at the Music Box for their Cary Grant Centennial Celebration Matinee Series, today and tomorrow at 11:30 am. A full review of the screwball classic, which co-stars Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, can be found here.

Rhino Theater Fest: 16 Assholes

Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "Are you an asshole? Do you know any assholes? Do you have any theories on assholes and assholic behavior? I think we can all answer “yes” to these questions. This special event sets out to provide a sample, merely a sample, of the plethora of examples, explanations, and confessions about being, knowing, and confronting assholes in all their glory. 16 performers share with us their observations about assholes, including a distinguished panel of experts who will determine if audience members are, in fact, assholes. Come prepared to share with us, for this one night event, your secret suspicions and fears about yourself, and leave knowing, once and for all, if you qualify for that mighty epithet, “ASSHOLE!” Written and performed by Idris Goodwin, Cris Taylor, Nicole Garneau, and Kat McJimsey, among others. Hosted and curated by one of the best, Jenny Magnus." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Conga workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of drumming workshops. Today you can take a two-hour conga workshop, which will give you the basics of playing Puerto Rican and Havana styles. You need to bring a conga, but fortunately the school has drums available for rent at their store, the Different Strummer. If you decide you like the workshop, you can take conga lessons at the school. The workshop is $20, and seats are limited, so sign up now! Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

SOFA 2004

The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, or SOFA, rolls into Navy Pier closes today. Come see what's happening in the art world, and pick up a cool sculpture or two. Noon to 6pm. Tickets are $12.

First Coat @ Subterranean

Don't miss a rare chance to see Hyde Park heartthrobs First Coat play at the Subterranean in Wicker part tonight with the Driftless Pony Club and American Death. Cover is $5 and only those people 21 years of age and older will be admitted.

Matthew Sweet @ The Vic

If you still love that copy of Girlfriend you bought back in the 90's, you'll want to hit up Matthew Sweet playing at The Vic Theater tonight with Velvet Crush opening. Tickets are $23.50 and can be bought at the theater (cash only) or online. This is an all-ages, general admission show. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7:30 p.m. The Vic is located at 3145 North Sheffield, Chicago. They can be reached at (773) 472-0449 or call the Concert Hotline at (773) 472-0366.

Dog Agility Demo @ Anti-Cruelty Society

Do you have an active dog? Find out if Agility is the activity for you and your dog at a Dog Agility Demonstration from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Phyllis Beidron from Blairwood Canine Agility and Stacy Hawk from Hawk City K-9 Agility will give an introductory seminar and demonstration of dog agility. Following the demonstration, Stacy and Phyllis will give some introductory instruction to individuals and their dogs that wish to try some of the agility exercises. Pre-registration is required. There is a 25 dog/handler limit for this class. To register call Tammie Bouschor at (312) 644-8338 ext. 344 or e-mail tbouschor@anticruelty.org. Please include your name, daytime telephone number and the name of the program that you are registering for. The event will be held in the Education and Training Center. Enter from 169 W. Grand Avenue. Free parking is available in The Anti-Cruelty Society parking garage. Enter from Wells Street.

Windmilled @ Neo-Futurarium

Windmilled, the next prime time play in the Neo-Futurists' 2004-05 season, opens tonight. Starring Neo-Futurists Sharon Greene and Jay Torrence, as well as guest artist Shawn Huelle, Windmilled takes Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote" as its inspiration, and allows its actors to include their own personal stories of fighting insurmountable obstacles. The show runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 through December 18. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and students), and can be purchased through the Neo-Futurist Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

Rhino Theater Fest: Hit Me Like A Flower

A new play by Beau O'Reilly for the Rhinoceros Theater Fest. "Hit Me Like a Flower continues O'Reilly's “Big Play” experiment: large casts, lots of story line, expanse. Sarah Wallace has come to an East-Coast waspish town to start her therapy practice and cast a watchful eye over her long-estranged college daughter Terry, known to her friends as “Oddhead.” Sarah’s patients: Arthur Moore, a psychopath with a bear suit and a 2 by 4; William Coughlin, a sometime novelist of minor fame who is recovering from a stroke; and Mrs. Chester, a woman who has been living on the streets but now is ready for a bus ride. Terry’s friends are Saul and Hannah, and they are in their 20’s, skating tough, and worried about the war." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Rhino Theater Fest: The Authentics

A new play by Paula Gilovich, as part of the Rhinoceros Theater Fest. "At the center of The Authentics is a plane crash from which only awkward, perverse David Wise has been pulled. The crash brings him Sarah Sharp, the reporter who covers his disaster, and a lost father looking for money. With the father comes a charismatic sidekick, and with Sarah comes a successful mother in the business of everyone's business. A wry look at the inherently absurd forces that create what's real, strange, funny, unromantic, fast, and furious is the universe of The Authentics. Sex, gender, death, disappointment, dismemberment, semi-celebrity, Chinese food, editors, and bus stations: this is life authentic." 9pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Everybody Tai Chi

Remember when they opened Millennium Park and something was said about Tai Chi, but you totally forgot about it? Well, wake up early, and get your self down to the Great Lawn of the Pritzker Pavillion this morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for free Tai Chi led by professional Wushu Master Master Jianhua Guo. The dramatic architecture, glorious Chicago skyline, and lush landscaping will energize and inspire you. A form of martial arts, Tai Chi improves circulation and increases energy while promoting stability focus and relaxation. Call 312-744-6699 for more information.

SOFA 2004

The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, or SOFA, rolls into Navy Pier today through Sunday. Come see what's happening in the art world today. The show runs today from 11am to 8pm and tomorrow from noon to 6pm -- tickets are $12 a day or $20 for a weekend pass.

Battle of the Badges

Chicago's Third Annual Battle of the Badges Boxing Matches take place tonight. The Chicago Police and Fire Departments, along with the Mayor's Office of Special Events and the Chicago Park District have worked together to schedule a charity-boxing event between the Chicago Police and Chicago Fire Charities. Last year's event raised over $28,000 for various Police and Fire charities with over 3,000 individuals were in attendance. Tonight's bouts get going at the De La Salle Institute, 3455 S. Wabash Ave. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Chicago Park District amateur boxer bouts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Chicago Police and Fire bouts will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information please contact: Jim Rey at 312-742-4989 or Tom Krull at 773-284-1826.

Metro Area @ Smart Bar

Continuing their monthly residency, Environ label head Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani of Metro Area hit Smart Bar for a night of quality disco and seriously quirky house music. Starting at 10 PM and running until (!!) 5 AM, expect to shake it to your fair share of classic cuts and guilty pleasures. $10 gets those of age in for the long haul. Smart Bar, 3730 N Clark St, underneath Metro.

Mango Kiss screening @ Landmark

As a part of the 23rd Annual Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival this weekend, Mango Kiss will play tonight at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theatre. A brief synopsis: Lou and Sassafras are San Francisco-based performance artists and best friends who decide to risk their relationship by becoming lovers. But when the relationship rules they set up for each other start to be violated, their tender hearts are in jeopardy of being broken. Featuring a cast of colorful characters, such as Sass' aging-hippie mom (Sally Kirkland); Chelsea Chuwawa, the local supermarket dominatrix; and friends Val and Leslie, a couple mired in the horrible "lesbian bed death," the film evokes the hilarity and diversity of an irresistible subculture uniquely San Franciscan.

Jeff Mills @ Vision

One of the world's most prolific and well-known DJs, Jeff Mills spends the majority of his time on tour, playing to packed crowds in Europe, Asia, and South America. As owner of Axis Records, he has released some of the most important music in techno history, often anticipating the next trend well before it hits. Tonight, he returns to his home town for the second time this year to perform at Vision, the multi-floor dance club adjacent to Excalibur. While the environment may leave a lot to be desired, the music should be (at least barely) worth the high cover price and absurd per-drink cost. Hiroki opens. Vision is located at 640 N Dearborn, and is strictly 21 and up. See the Spundae site for more details.

Jonathan Richman @ Double Door

Jonathan Richman, the singer-songwriter behind such classics as "I'm A Little Dinosaur," "Ice Cream Man," and "Dancing in the Lesbian Bar" (not to mention the fabulous songs in There's Something About Mary) will be at the Double Door tonight. Show begins at 10:00, and tickets are $12.50 in advance ($14.00 at the door). Double Door: 1572 N. Milwaukee. (773) 489-3160.

First Fridays @ MCA

At First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art, visitors can unwind after work and enjoy an intriguing mix of culture, ranging from live music and performance art to experimental films and hands-on art stations. Not to mention see and be seen by all kinds of young, hip, arty singles looking for love.

First Fridays tickets, which include Museum admission, live entertainment, and complimentary Wolfgang Puck hors d’oeuvres, are $14. Doors are open 6–10 pm. A cash bar is available until 9:30 pm. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.

Mud Queens of Chicago

Check out the Mud Queens of Chicago w/ The Billy Carter Band, The Groodies, Jesus and the Devil, and Youth Decay this Friday at 10 pm. Cover is $5. The concert is happening in a warehouse space at 3114 W. Carroll (Near Sacramento and Lake).

Proceeds go to the Young Women’s Empowerment Project.

6-String Social @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents another session of 6-String Socials, which are Friday evening get-togethers at the original school building (909 W. Armitage). Each evening's social has a theme, and you'll get a handful of songs in that theme to play and practice with other musicians. The 6-String Social is open to all levels of playing and all instruments, and you can sign up for just one evening or the full list of 7 evenings. For more information, see the Old Town School Website or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

Rhino Theater Fest: A Dangerous Ornithology

A piece by James Owens, part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "The lives of seeming strangers become interwoven during the pressure of war in a one party state. Amidst the rising violence surrounding him, a prison camp worker is gripped by an irresistible urge to defy the laws. After a chance encounter on a train with an accountant who seems to share his thoughts, the prison worker discovers he is caught in a circle of murder, sex, and ritual. The cycle must be broken before all is lost. The problem is that, when neither history nor your own senses can be trusted, reality becomes the enemy." 9pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Le Tigre @ The Vic

Alternative rock grrls Le Tigre will rock The Vic Theater tonight. Gossip and Measles, Mumps, Rubella open. Tickets are $20, are general admission, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Vic is located at 3145 N. Sheffield, just south of Belmont Ave. Tickets can be purchased thru Ticketmaster, or with cash at the box office.

Rhino Theater Fest: Cant

The Curious Theatre Branch's 16th annual Rhinoceros Theater Fest features Jenny Magnus's solo piece. "CANT is not not being able to. CANT is an edge, a brink that one can teeter on. Jenny Magnus returns to her familiar niche of solo performance with CANT, a new meditation on inclines and their slants when it comes to comfort, responsibility, and the terror of love. In her first new work in 2 years, Magnus uses her whining manner of speaking and vulgar slang to explore the relationship she creates with her doppelganger, a bag of rice the exact weight of her only child. When one’s concerns turn to having children, aging parents, and the inexorable passage of time, one must be careful of sudden movements which result in turning over or tilting up. Or so Magnus finds in her unique language, implying the pretended assumption of goodness. CANT is not not being able to. CANT is doing, in spite of whether one is able." 7pm. $12 or pay what you can. At the Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. Call 773.274.6660 for reservations.

SOFA 2004

The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, or SOFA, rolls into Navy Pier today through Sunday. Come see what's happening in the art world today. The show runs Friday and Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Sunday noon to 6pm -- tickets are $12 a day or $20 for a weekend pass.

Chicago THONG Bush/No Bush Fundraiser

Topless Humans Organized for Natural Genetics (THONG) Presents: BUSH/NO BUSH, a post-election fundraiser to support THONG's efforts to keep our food supply free from GMOs. The event features bands, body painting, naked twister, organic foods, and election healing.

There is a suggested donation of $5 with costume, $10 without, admission is FREE if you're naked (score!). The ball gets rolling at 9 pm at Transamoeba Studio (1325 S Wabash #101). Check out ChicagoTHONG.org for more info.

Subsystence Radio

Playing a mixture of classic techno and house alongside more contemporary material, Subsystence Radio is focused on promoting obscure and underrepresented electronic music. Join us every Friday on WNUR 89.3 FM from midnight until 2 am for a selection of music that moves us. You can also tune in online at WNUR.org. Featuring rotating DJ sets from Charles Adler, Karl Meier, and Ken Meier of local web magazine Subsystence, each week sees a different local guest joining in the fray. Preceded by Matt MacQueen and Dave Siska's excellent Clinically Inclined program.

Goodbye Lenin! @ Doc Films

Doc Films presents Wolfgang Becker's popular 2003 release, Goodbye Lenin! about a young man who attempts to recreate East Germany for his mother who recently awoke from a coma. He worries that reality of capitalism in Germany would be too much of a shock to his mother's fragile health. The movie is a great comedy, but its real magic is in its nuanced treatment of change, both personal and governmental.

Passes are $4 for showings at 6:30, 9, and 11:30 pm.

"Striptease" Book Reading

DePaul Professor Rachel Shteir unveils the history of burlesque in her work Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show. Shteir takes a deep look at how burlesque and vaudeville let good girls go "bad." Catch her reading at Women & Children First, located at 5233 N. Clark Street, Chicago, tonight at 7:30 p.m. Go naked, we dare you.

SOFA Public Preview

Tonight from 7pm to 10pm is the public preview of SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier. Officially known as the "International Expo of Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art," SOFA is one of the best ways to find out what's going on in the art world today -- and buy it, if you've got the money. Tickets to the preview are $25 at the door.


The show runs Friday and Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Sunday noon to 6pm -- tickets are $12 a day or $20 for a weekend pass.

Bike 2015 Plan: Increasing Bicycling Usage and Safety in Chicago

Nick Jackson, Director of Planning for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, will review highlights of the City of Chicago's new Bike 2015 Plan. This plan includes strategies for integrating bicycling into all aspect of city life by developing new policies for government agencies, and prioritizing specific programs and projects. In addition to considering innovative facilities that exist beyond bike lanes and bike racks, the Bike 2015 Plan considers how best to make bicycling a part of mainstream culture through partnerships with agencies such as the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago's Department of Revenue. Presented by the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. Date: Nov 04, 2004 12:15 pm - 01:00 pm Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, 5th Floor

Beyond the Catwalk: New Views on Fashion

Following on the heels of Chicago's first Fashion Week, two fashionistas offer new perspectives on modern society's passionate love affair with clothing and what it says about its wearer.

On Wednesday, November 3, at 5:30 p.m., the Newberry Library's Wednesday Club hosts Lynn Ellenberger, co-owner of Chicago boutique Flirt, and Rebecca Epstein, calendar editor for Los Angeles CityBeat, for "Beyond the Catwalk: New Views on Fashion," a provocative look at fashion and popular culture, including clothing as political statement.

"Beyond the Catwalk" will be held at the Newberry Library (60 W. Walton St.). Admission is $12, or $7 for Newberry Associates, and includes light refreshments. For more information, call (312) 255-3778.

Ha Jin Reads @ International House

Acclaimed novelist Ha Jin reads from his new book, War Trash, tonight at 7 p.m., at International House, 1414 E. 59th Street in Hyde Park. Critics have called War Trash "powerfully moving" and "nearly perfect." War Trash tells the story of Yu Yuan, a young Chinese soldier captured by American forces during the Korean War. Yu is intent on returning home to his widowed mother and fiancee, but in the POW camp he is caught in the center of a bloody power struggle between Chinese Nationalists and Communists that threatens to destroy his dreams of home. Ha Jin is an award-winning poet and novelist. He is the author of "Waiting," "The Crazed," and "The Bridegroom" among others. For more information, call (773) 684-1300.

Li-Young Lee and Aleksandar Hemon Reading

This evening The Guild Complex features emerging and established writers whose lives and writing have been influenced by their movement from one culture to another. Li-Young Lee and Aleksandar Hemon – both immigrants to the United States – will read with student writers at the Loyola Community Literacy Center and Northeastern Illinois University who have written essays titled "How I Came to the United States." Call 773.227.6117 for more information. The Guild Complex is located in the Chopin Theater at 1543 W. Division at Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. Free.

Vote!

Voting day is finally here! Wondering where to go? This online widget tells you where to show up to do your civic duty.

Alice has a great column on the topic, if you've still got questions.

Neo-Futurist Election Night Event

Witness the unfolding of the fate of the world from safely within the confines of The Neo-Futurarium! Join the creators of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind for a night of agonizing suspense. They’ll provide you with live election results (with expert, state-by-state commentary by The Neo-Futurists) as well as even livelier live performances by The Neo-Futurists (Too Much Light...) as well as Theater Oobleck's election show The Passion of the Bush and Hell in a Handbag Productions' Verbatim Verboten. Tuesday, November 2, doors open at 7 p.m. and will stay open until the results are clear! Tickets are $10 or pay-what-you-can. The Neo-Futurarium is located at 5153 North Ashland Avenue (at Foster). Tickets can be reserved by email at development@neofuturists.org or by phone at 773-878-4557 ext 2.

A Night of Apocalyptic Possibilities @ Schubas

Tonight, Schubas brings you a free Night of Apocalyptic Possibilities featuring at 6 p.m. – a screening of "pARTicipation", a documentary filmed during the Chicago Interchange Festival in August (featuring performances by Andrew Bird, Bobby Conn, Diverse, The M's, Tortoise and more), and at 7:30 p.m. – a DVD screening of Fahrenheit 9/11, plus at 10 p.m. – Live Band Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke with The Karaoke Dokies. Perform your favorite rock songs, with a live band, in front of the election returns on the big screen. What better way to celebrate, or commiserate, than over a movie and amateur rock performances? hmmm? Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport Ave, just south of Belmont Avenue. Call 773-525-2508 for more information.

One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State! Party @ Hot House

Third Coast Press and Chicago IndyMedia are hosting a party tonight from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Hot House, located at 31 E. Balbo, Chicago.Performing artists will include local poets, Triple Blak of Def Poetry Jam, the hiphop band Star People, films by Street Level Youth Media, more artists, and, of course, lots and lots of election coverage. A donation of $10 (if you can afford it) will benefit the continued publication of Third Coast Press and Chicago IndyMedia. Attendees must be 21 or over.

I Want a President Who @ Handlebar

As a part of a series of public artworks inviting people to share their thoughts regarding leadership and creating art in the process, the public art collaborative Anti Gravity Surprise has organized events every Saturday in October in Chicago. The last one is tonight from 6 p.m. to close at Handlebar located at 2311 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. The evening will feature election-inspired artworks, street performances, and an open discussion as well as their Election Night Extravaganza. At 9:30 p.m. there will be a Music and Poetry open mic. For more information, email AGS@anti-gravity.info.

Rhino Theater Fest: Hit Me Like a Flower

A new play by Beau O'Reilly for the Rhinoceros Theater Fest. "Hit Me Like a Flower continues O'Reilly's “Big Play” experiment: large casts, lots of story line, expanse. Sarah Wallace has come to an East-Coast waspish town to start her therapy practice and cast a watchful eye over her long-estranged college daughter Terry, known to her friends as “Oddhead.” Sarah’s patients: Arthur Moore, a psychopath with a bear suit and a 2 by 4; William Coughlin, a sometime novelist of minor fame who is recovering from a stroke; and Mrs. Chester, a woman who has been living on the streets but now is ready for a bus ride. Terry’s friends are Saul and Hannah, and they are in their 20’s, skating tough, and worried about the war." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

INFLUENCE. @ Sonotheque

Normally, this local monthly presented by Interrupt Media and Subsystence features established musicians coming together to DJ an unmixed selection of classic, personally influential tracks. Tonight, however, that theory is stretched a bit in honor of the occasion — the day before Election Day. Armchair political theorists and aging punks Israel Vines, Kit Geary, Rev. Robert Sinewave, T Lee, and Ken Meier will convene to play a selection of protest classics accompanied by the occasional documentary and anti-war film. Only for the headstrong. Happening at Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 21+. No cover.

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