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Saturday, July 20

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Nightclubbing: CBGB's @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents Nightclubbing: Live from CBGB's, a 60-minute documentary taken from the "Nightclubbing" New York cable TV show of the 1970s, containing performances in the legendary NYC punk club from 1975 and 1977. The band featured are: Blondie; Talking Heads; and the Dead Boys. The doc is preceded by excerpts from the film Looking For A Thrill, produced by local label Thrill Jockey. Ths event is part of a month-long program of excerpts from Nightclubbing, and looks to be one of the cooler attractions in the Film Center's Music Movies series. The film screens tonight at 6:30 PM, and also Wednesday, May 4th at 8:00 PM. Tickets: $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Chicago Social Forum

The Chicago Social Forum, a "network of local social-movement organizations, peace and justice groups, NGOs, representatives of civil society, activists and interested individuals," is meeting today from 9am-6pm at Jones High School, 660 S. State St. If you're interested in learning more about their cause or volunteering with the group, stop by. You can also contact Lilliana De Santiago at lilydesantiago[at]

Tapas ala Teatro Vista

Teatro Vista, featuring emerging and established Latino playwrights, is holding a free play reading series at Cafe Mestizo, 2133 S. Ashland Ave. Participants are encouraged to come and eat while discussing the night's play with the director. The feedback received during these dinners will help the theater determine which plays to produce in the near future. Today's plays are Adoration of the Old Woman by Jose Rivera and director Ricardo Gutierrez at 12:30pm and Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez and director Cecilie Keenan at 3pm. Seating is limited for the readings, so RSVP by calling 312-494-5767.

Multi-author SF author signing @ Borders

As part of the 2005 Nebula Awards weekend, there's going to be a huge multi-author book signing event this afternoon at the Borders on State Street. Listen to this line-up: Kevin J. Anderson; Lois McMaster Bujold; Cory Doctorow; Eric Flint; Janis Ian; Geoffrey Landis; Todd McCaffrey; Jack McDevitt; Rebecca Moesta Anderson; Mike Resnick; Benjamin Rosenbaum; Steven H Silver; Laurel Winter; W.R. Yates; and possibly more! The event starts at 11:00 AM, and only runs two hours, so you'd better get in line pretty early. Borders: 150 N. State. (312) 606-0750.



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