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Thursday, January 24

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One Night Stand: Crafty Style

If you've wished you could combine going out for the night with seeing what's new and hip on the local craft scene while contributing money to a nonprofit, then this is a One Night Stand that won't have you doing the walk of shame. Ten Chicago crafters are gathering in the basement at InnJoy (2051 W. Division) to sell their new spring wares while donating 10% of their proceeds to Marwen. You'll not only help the local economy by buying a handmade, card, bag, necklace, shirt, or plush toy, you'll also help raise money to ensure that under-served Chicago youth continue to receive art training, college preparation, and career development. The wonderful organizers and proprietors of Sugarpunch and Ladicakes have even arranged food and drink specials.

24th Annual Women in the Director's Chair Festival

The Women in the Director's Chair Annual Festival is the longest-running women's film and video festival in the United States. This year the five-day festival kicks off with "An Evening with Miranda July" at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center. The free program begins at 7pm on March 16. For complete schedule information for the rest of the festival, visit the official Women in the Director's Chair website.

Chicago anti-war march/rally

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Iraq war, and the March 19 Chicago Coalition is organizing a march at noon from Oak Street (between Michigan and Rush) to a rally at Federal Plaza at 2:00. There are several feeder marches planned for the morning (see the coalition's Website for a full list), so turnout should be big. Check the site for full details and contact information.

Note: The city has warned that anyone attending this rally may be arrested, because no permit was granted for it.



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