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Friday, November 17

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Dynamite Family's Mini Movie Fest

Dynamite Family, an art group based in Grand Rapids, MI, presents more than 60 films no longer than 60 seconds long -- all shot using the "movie" function of digital cameras. 8:30pm to 10pm at Messhall, 6932 N. Glenwood (near the Morse Red Line stop). Also on display will be the group's exhibition, "Potential Energy," which compiles proposals from over a dozen other artist groups. Free.

One Missed Call @ Facets

Facets presents the Chicago debut of One Missed Call, the latest Japanese horror film that combines elements of the Ring and Grudge films. People are receiving phone calls from themselves that foretell how they will die. Weird. Anyway, if you love Japanese horror films, you'll probably want to check it out. The film starts tonight, and runs through May 19th; see the Facets site for showtimes and ticket purchase. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (773) 281-9075.

Mexican fandango workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of dancing, poetry and fandango with three sets of musicians: Mono Blanco from Veracruz; Los Caracuaros from Michoacan; and Chicago's own Sones de Mexico. These musicians are performing in tomorrow's Festival de Son Mexicano 2005 concert, so this evening you'll get a special sneak preview! The workshop runs from 7:00 PM to 11:00. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. You can sign up at the Old Town School Website. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Moog documentary @ Film Center

The 2004 documentary Moog, a look at synthesizer inventor Bob Moog, plays at the Siskel Film Center this week. Among the people interviewed for the film are Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Monkey Mark, and Mix Master Mike. The film plays at the Film Center through May 19th; check the Film Center's site for showtimes. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Kathy McGinty release party @ Gallery Hamburger

Chicago is the home of one of the more notorious phone pranksters of recent years. That would be the infamous Kathy McGinty, which was actually Chicago artist Derek Erdman and his friend Julia Rickert trolling chat boards round about 2001, looking for horny guys to call them up and unknowingly interact with a series of audio samples ("I think you might be racist"; "I want to have your retarded babies"). The Kathy McGinty CD is finally getting an official release, and the release party is tonight from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM (!) at Gallery Hamburger, and will feature music by Common Factor and Meaty Ogre. Be there or be unfulfilled. Gallery Hamburger: 1909 S. Halsted. No phone number for the gallery given, but I don't think you want to be calling Derek up.

4Art Printmakers Opening Reception

"The Printmaker is not just an Artist, but a craftsman, a hands-on Laborer who's intensive process adds a new dimension to an original piece of artwork, transforming a mere drawing into something more sublime through one or another of the processes or techniques: etchings, woodcuts, silkscreen, lino cuts, etc." So says 4Art's press release for their new Printmakers show. Tonight's opening reception, from 6-10pm, will feature artists Maureen Warren, Ned Broderick, and Alex Carroll, among others, with special guest Mr. Nathanial, DJ. The show will run through June 3. Call 312-850-1816 for more information. 4Art Inc. is located at 1932 S. Halsted #100.

the Mountain Goats @ Logan Square Auditorium

Don't miss the Mountain Goats tonight at the Logan Square Auditorium at 8:30 pm. Tickets will cost you $12. Shearwater opens up.

GB Staffer RH will be in attendance

Hollo and Reddy read at The Discrete Series @ 3030

Once again, the Discrete Series brings two great poets to 3030 W. Cortland tonight. Anselm Hollo is the author of more than thirty books, most recently "Braided River:New and Selected Poems 1965-2005" (Salt Publishing, 2005). A native of Helsinki, Finland, he has lived in the United States since 1967, teaching poetics and translation at colleges and universities. He is Professor of Writing and Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, visual artist Jane Dalrymple-Hollo. Also reading is Srikanth Reddy. Reddy's first collection of poetry, "Facts for Visitors," was published by the University of California Press in Spring 2004. His work has appeared in various journals, including APR, Grand Street, Fence, jubilat, and Ploughshares. He currently teaches at the University of Chicago. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers and a grant it has received from an anonymous donor. 3030 is a former Pentecostal church located at 3030 W. Cortland Ave., one block south of Armitage between Humboldt Blvd. and Kedzie. Parking is easiest on Armitage. $5 donation suggested, BYOB. For more information about this or upcoming events, email j_seldess@hotmail.com or kerri@lavamatic.com , or call the space at 773-862-3616.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Adaptation

In 1982, three friends decided to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark shot by shot. Seven years and $5,000 later, they finished it, and now you can see the product of their work. Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Adaptation will make its Chicago premiere this Friday at 8:30pm at Columbia's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor, as part of the Future Filmmakers Festival. Two of the filmmakers, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, will be in attendance. Tickets are $20/$10 students.

El Barrio Clocks Our Beatz N Rhymez Phase III @ Truman College

El Barrio Clocks Beatz N Rhymez Phase III, the current Hip Hop Theatre production at Truman college, is being held today at Truman College's Novar Hall Room #3246 (1154 W. Wilson) at 10am and 7pm. Billed as a Chicago-rooted journey "fusing the elements of spoken word, urban dance, turntabilsim, social commentary, rhythm, and personal stories... [blending] humor and emotional truth," El Barrio Clocks should be a challenging show. Tickets are $10, $5 for student matinees.

 

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