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Monday, January 21

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Reel Deal @ Smartbar

Start your March off right as Smartbar brings you "The Reel Deal" on Tuesday nights, where they project a film (or pair of films) for your enjoyment. Best part is, it's free. Tonight's fare: starting at 8:15pm: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and at 10:15pm: "Monty Python's the Meaning of Life." Smartbar is located at 3730 N. Clark. (773) 549-0203.

INFLUENCE. @ Sonotheque

Running for nearly a year, this unique Chicago monthly is dedicated to providing local DJs, producers, and artists an outlet for their alternative musical interests. Disallowing traditional blending and mixing, INFLUENCE. encourages its guests to span multiple artists and genres, and demonstrate the variety of styles that have inspired them artistically. Tonight features performances from Ethan D'Ercole of The Watchers, Kevin Kujawa from Hi-Fi, Mike Broers of Ghost Arcade, as well as opening sets from friends of the cause Jeremy Horst and Aaron Bennett. Doors are at 9 PM and there is no cover. At Sonotheque, 1444 W Chicago Ave.

GB staff member KM will be in attendance.

Anna Deavere Smith @ U of C

Renowned actor, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith brings her presentation "Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change" to the University of Chicago tonight. It's the inaugural installment of the U of C's Presidential Fellows in the Arts Series. Smith is best known for her one-woman shows re-enacting interviews she's conducted with everyone from the owner of the corner store to the President of the United States: Fires in the Mirror, about the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, about the Rodney King riots, and House Arrest, about the American character and the White House. She's been a two-time Obie award winner, Tony nominee, a finalist for the Pulitzer, and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Plus she plays the badass National Security Adviser on The West Wing and shows up in movies like Philadelphia and The Human Stain. This woman rocks. 7pm at Mandel Hall on the U of C Campus (1131 E 57th St). Tickets are $15; call 773-702-8080 or email for reservations.



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