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Monday, January 21

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4 Murders Preview @ Red Orchid Theatre

A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells, is hosting a $10 preview of Brett Neveu's 4 Murders. Directed by Guy Van Swearingen, the play centers around a "quiet, unassuming, and very personable," man named Joel. Buy tickets for the 8pm show here or call 312-943-8722 for more information. The play opens April 25 and runs through June 5.

Anne Elizabeth Moore @ Mess Hall

Anne Elizabeth Moore, a cultural interventionist, will lead a talk and discussion on DIY media and youth activism. All ages are encouraged to attend the talk, where Moore will also discuss her media guidebook for mid-schoolers Hey Kidz, Buy This Book! and her recent work on the American Girl company. Moore appears at Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave. from 1-3pm. Call 773-368-5875 for more information. Learn more about Moore through her blog Pocket Full of Wishes.

What NPR and Fox News Get Wrong About Iraq

Returning to the US to share thoughts and experiences on the war in Iraq, independent street reporter Dahr Jamali visits Chicago to present photos and video from inside Fallujah, as well as give an analysis of the "mainstream media's successful efforts to whitewash the Iraq catastrophe for the Bush administration." Jamali's dispatches have been recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The New Standard and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald and Islam Online. Jamali's dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Indonesian, French, Chinese and Arabic. On the radio, he is a special correspondent for Flashpoints and reports for the BBC, Democracy Now!, and numerous other outlets around the globe. The event happens this Saturday, April 23rd at Sonotheque, 1444 W Chicago Ave, near Ashland [view map]. The free talk begins at 6 PM, but you must be 21 to enter. Donations are gladly accepted. More information available through Voices in the Wilderness.

The Living Museum @ Intuit

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art presents a film by Jessica Yu, whose recent Henry Darger documentary In The Realms of the Unreal received great acclaim. The 1999 film The Living Museum documents the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, where patients are invited to transform the grounds into works of art. The screening happens at 2:00 PM, admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Too Much Light Kids!

The Neo-Futurists present "Too Much Light Kids!", a family-friendly version of their long-running late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. GB's Alejandra Valera reviewed the show when it ran last December; read the review here. Appropriate for ages 6 and up, "Too Much Light Kids!" happens at 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoons through June 25 at the Neo-Futurarium. Admission: kids get in for $1-6 ($1 x the roll of a six-sided die), adults get in for $8-13 ($7 + the roll of a six-sided die). Group rates available; call (773) 878-4557 for details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). General show details: (773) 275-5255.

Arlington Heights Bike Swap

The Arlington Heights Bicycle Association is sponsoring this year's Bike Swap, offering hundreds of bikes and related items to buy and sell. The Swap is free and open the public -- anyone who needs to sell or buy used bikes and things is welcome to attend. Visit Pioneer Park, 500 S. Fernandez, Arlington Heights to join in the fun. Check here for hours of operation and terms of sale; email swap[at] for further information.

SAIC Spring Art Sale

The annual Spring Art Sale continues today, featuring artwork from students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jewelry, paintings, sculpture, multimedia, prints, photos, and probably a few more categories of art will be for sale at the school's Ballroom, which is at 112 S. Michigan. Today's hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. See the Spring Art Sale's site for full details.



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