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Friday, October 20

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Dave Eggers, Kaylie Jones, Joe Meno @ Metro

Part of Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers 2005, Dave Eggers, Kaylie Jones and Joe Meno will make an appearance at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., for The Politics of Story: Literary Rock & Roll (scroll down to the date). Admission is free to all ages and the doors open at 6pm for the 6:45pm reading. Call 773-549-0203 for more info.

Fela Kuti doc @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents Music Is The Weapon, a 1982 documentary of Nigerian musician and politician Fela Kuti. Filled with live performances of Afro-beat (a term Fela coined) and footage of Fela's bid for presidency, this documentary should captivate music fans and followers of politics alike. Music Is The Weapon will be shown tonight at 8:30 PM. 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.

Transforming a Rape Culture @ Women and Children First

Join Chicago NOW for a discussion of Transforming a Rape Culture at 7pm at Women and Children First Bookstore, located at 5233 N. Clark Street, Chicago (in Andersonville). Admission is free and this event is open to the public.From the introduction to the revised edition, "Transforming a Rape Culture involves imaginative leaps from our present state of institutionalized violence to a future that is safer and more just.  We must summon our imaginations for this task, because history and society have so few precedents for us." All are welcome to join Chicago NOW at this empowering event, which will address the different aspects of the problem of sexual violence against women and what we can do to change the "rape culture" we live in. This event is co-sponsored by Rape Victim Advocates, Chicago NOW, and Thousand Waves.

Getting it Out There

The Story Week Publishing Panel hosts "Getting it Out There," a discussion on the all important arts of submission and publication. Panelists include New Rivers Press's Alan Davis, Granta's Ian Jack, and Booklist's Donna Seaman. The discussion will tak place at Columbia College Chicago Residence Hall, 731 S. Plymouth Court, at 1pm. For more info, contact the Fiction Writing Department at 312-344-7611 or fictionwriting[at]colum.edu.

Lauren Bacall @ Borders

Lauren Bacall posed as the cover model of Harper's Bazaar at age 18, and she's never looked back. Hollywood and the New York stage may have made her a star, but her marriage to Humphrey Bogart, her innate charm, and her congenital class have made her a legend. Bacall will be signing copies of her newly revised autobiography, By Myself and Then Some (available March 1) at Borders, located at 830 N. Michigan Ave., at 7pm.

 

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