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Wednesday, April 26
David Davis and the Warrior River Boys are coming to Evanston tonight for a great evening of bluegrass music. They'll be playing at the American Legion Hall (1030 Central St.) at 8 PM.
The group has just released a new CD after several years of touring. They have a clean, polished, traditional sound and a recognizable style and sound.
Cost is only $15, and the hall is close to the Central St. station on the
As an added bonus, the band's fiddler, Owen Saunders, will be offering a bluegrass fiddle workshop earlier on Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk
Music, 3-5 pm, $30.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was founded in Chicago in 1905 and Paul Buhle, of Brown University, and Mike Alewitz, of Central Connecticut State University, will meet to discuss what the IWW means to free speech activists today. This program is part of Outspoken: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition, a joint production of the Newberry Library and the Chicago Historical Society. The 10am event takes place at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, and is free, no reservations necessary. Call 312-255-3691 for more information.
Singer-songwriter and all-around nice guy Dylan Rice headlines tonight at Martyrs'. The Floorbirds and Al Weber open. $8 cover, 21 and up. Show starts 10pm. Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-9494.
Are you a filmmakers, film buffs, artists, sculptors, prop masters, or other cat in search of equipment? Stop by the Chicago Filmmakers Co-op Trash & Treasure Sale this January 15 and 16 from 11am to 6pm.
Here's your chance to get items like copiers, antique typewriters, reels and cases, Bolex camera parts, projectors, editing tables, and more. All money raised benefits Chicago Filmmakers. Free admission and snacks!
Chicago Filmmakers Co-op is located at 5243 N. Clark Street in Andersonville.
The Siskel Film Center celebrates the work of legendary Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu with a screening of his 1953 classic Tokyo Story. Continually ranked among the best films of all time, Tokyo Story shows an elderly couple visiting their children in Tokyo, and .... well, for more information, see Roger Ebert's essay on the film. But you might want to see it without knowing too much more. For more information on the film and other Ozu titles screening in the next couple of months, see the Film Center's Website. Tokyo Story screens this afternoon at 3:00 PM, and Thursday the 20th at 6:00 PM. Film Center tickets are $9 for the general public, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
The Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a ski jump tournament this weekend -- as well as the Junior Olympic Qualifiers and Masters National Championships. The club is expecting past and future Olympic competitors to show, and on Saturday night there'll be a live band and fireworks. Tickets are $15 at the gate. Check here for more information and schedule.
"Possibly the best rock show ever" was the review I got from friends after the last Constantines show in town. I'll gamble this one will be on par as well. Check The Constantines out at the Empty Bottle tonight for a measly $10 (at the door, only $8 in advance) and form your own opinion...of ROCK. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago.
To celebrate the release of their box set, "Popcorn Box," The Coctails have reformed for a special show at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace. Dump opens. Tickets are just $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available here or 866/777-8932. 21 and over.
The Last Slide Projector is a 50-minute documentary by Paige Sarlin, a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, about the production of Kodak's last Carousel slide projector. The benefit tonight at the Hideout is being held to help raise the final $5,000 needed to complete the film. Admission is just $5, and the benefit includes performances by The Fancy Lads, Pixel and the Chronic Network, and DJ Major Taylor. The benefit starts at 9pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia. Visit the Hideout's website for more details.
The white-hot, up-and-coming, critically acclaimed House Theatre of Chicago opens their newest show, The Curse of the Crying Heart. A sequel to last year's San Valentino and the Melancholy Kid and the second in a planned trilogy, Crying Heart promises "samurai battles, puppetry, dance and original music." Written and directed by House artistic director Nathan Allen and directed by Dennis Watkins. Opens tonight at 8pm; continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm through March 12. At the Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western. Tickets are $19; $10 student rush tickets Thursdays and Sundays are available at the box office one hour before curtain. For reservations, call 773-251-2195.