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Friday, November 17

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Heroes of Wicker Park

Enjoy the warming weather and come see Heroes of Wicker Park, a free art event taking place in, you guessed it, Wicker Park. There will be puppetry, music and art to be taken in throughout the afternoon. When a large-scale mastodon puppet enters the park at 7pm, you'll know that the evening's performance is about to begin. Located at 1425 N. Damen Ave., this celebration is hosted by Manifest Theater. Call 773-297-2122 for more information.

Nightclubbing: Modern Music @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents Nightclubbing: Modern Music, a 60-minute documentary taken from the "Nightclubbing" New York cable TV show of the 1970s, containing rare performance footage by Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, DNA, Sun Ra, Contortions, Suicide, and James Blood Ulmer. 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 is part of the Film Center's Music Movies series. The film screens tonight at 5:45 PM, and also Thursday, May 19th at 9:15 PM. Tickets: $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

NPR's Scott Simon @ Chicago Temple

NPR weekend host Scott Simon appears this afternoon at 3:00 PM at the Chicago Temple (77 W. Washington) to discuss his new novel Pretty Birds. Simon will be interviewed by Chicago Public Radio's Richard Steele, and there will be a Q&A session following. Tickets for the event are $20, and can be purchased at the Chicago Public Radio site.

Turntablist workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of workshops designed to give students a two-hour introduction to a musical style or dance method. This afternoon, it's the return of the highly popular Turntablist workshop, taught by Danny the Wild Child, a battle DJ who has performed with DJ Qbert. There will be a lecture portion, after which you'll get to work on basic techniques on the wheels of steel. Bring a notebook and a tape recorder. The workshop costs $30, and will probably fill up quickly, so sign up now! Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

StoryStudio Writing Cafe

Do you find yourself heading to the neighborhood coffee shop for inspiration or the space you need to get some writing done? Head to this Open Writing Session at StoryStudio from 11am-3pm today to find the quiet, the energy, and all the electrical outlets you need to be productive. When you're ready for a break, join fellow writers in the lounge to snack, refill your coffee and talk. Plus, StoryStudio will have a mini-workshop session for you to get some immediate feedback. The cafe is $10 which includes unlimited coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks. (mmm, snacks) Pre-registration is not required, but it helps them know how many are planning on attending. StoryStudio is located at 3717 N. Ravenswood, #115, Chicago (near corner of Addison and Lincoln avenues). By El: StoryStudio is just three blocks from the Addison stop on the Brown Line El. Parking: There's a parking lot! Plus, there's plenty of street parking available.

 

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