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Thursday, March 23
March's GB Get-Together storms Konak Pizza & Grill, 5150 N. Clark in Andersonville, tonight at 9pm. We'll be toward the back. Come meet staffers, have a beer, and perhaps enjoy the bar's famous "chicken chops." Check the Proprietors page for staff photos (so you can pick us out of the crowd) and our Flickr account for photos of past events.
(No, we didn't plan to coincide with Chicagoist's Happy Hour; we do this on the last Friday of every month. You can plan ahead if you like -- the next one will be April 29.)
Tonight the Siskel Film Center begins a week-long retrospective of the films of Michael Mann. The retrospective kicks off with the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. See the Film Center's site for a complete list of Mann films that are screening as part of the film series. The movie shows tonight at 8:00 PM, and also on Sunday the 27th at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
As part of Columbia College's week-long literary festival Story Week, there will be an open mic reading tonight at Smart Bar (3730 N. Clark) featuring graduates from Columbia's fiction writing department. Among the alumni scheduled to read are Dennis Foley (author of The Streets and San Man's Guide to Eats), Rea Frey (A Woman's Ring), and Shelli Johnson (Small As A Mustard Seed). This is a 21+ show. The reading starts at 5:30 PM. See the Story Week site for full details on this and other events happening throughout the week.