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Wednesday, December 19

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.duck Opening

Big Picture Group announces their latest play, ".duck," at the Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice. The play, which is adapted from Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck, follows the struggles of a family living in post-modern America using video and digital technology to create the dramatic landscape. The show will run Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, until June 26. Regular tickets are $12; $10 for students and actors with headshot and resume. Call 847-297-5282 for reservations.

Glorious Noise music showcase @ Bottom Lounge

Our close personal friends at Glorious Noise are teaming up with the Detroit music site Motor City Rocks to put on a showcase of Chicago & Detroit musical muscle, as it were. Representing Chicago: GloNo recording artists Quasar Wut-Wut. Representing Detroit: The Holy Fire. Also on the bill: The Sleepers from Chicago, and Murder Your Darlings from Ohio. The show's at the Bottom Lounge tonight at 8:00, and it's a 21+ show. Can you buy tickets online? Yes you can! $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Please rock responsibly. Bottom Lounge: 3206 N. Wilton (at Belmont). (773) 975-0505.

Fillet of Solo @ Live Bait

Live Bait Theater's 2005 season of solo performances, Fillet of Solo, starts today with "Blurred Vision" by Tekki Lomnicki. The autobiographical work premieres tonight and runs at the theater through June 26th. For more info, see the Live Bait site. Live Bait Theater: 3914 N. Clark. (773) 871-1212.

Auxiliary Board of LP Zoo 20th Annual Spring Benefit

Tonight is not only the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo's 20th Annual Spring Benefit, it's also part of the Board's effort to raise awareness for their $1 million pledge. The Benefit's theme is "Gorillas and Gatsby" and will feature music by the Gentlemen of Leisure, a live and silent auction, and a raffle. Dress for the 8pm-1am event is "creative black-tie," with tickets going for $110 per person or $900 for a group of ten. Visit the website for more information on raffle prizes, VIP tables and making reservations. The Benefit will be held on Zoo grounds, 2001 N. Clark St. Call 312-742-2163 for more information.

Dollar Store @ Hideout

Tonight at 7pm, be at the Hideout for this month's installment of The Dollar Store. From the store: "Short-Story Mastermind Elizabeth Crane (When the Messenger is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory) Canadian Theatrical Messiah (Your Secrets Sleep With Me, pppeeeaaaccceee) and Greek Comedic Accompanist Jeremy Sosenko (American Dream, Late Night Late Show) will join co-hosts Jonathan Messinger and stand-up behemoth Sean Gardner for some cheap, low-brow lit fun this Friday at the Hideout. This month, learn how to look fly with some hair regrowth treatment and a Northern Africa traveler's cap." $1 suggested donation.

Manifest 05 at Columbia

Who doesn't like free outdoor events? Today, Columbia Collge puts on their daylong 15 exhibition artwalk and sale called Manifest that celebrates grad students from all of their departments. Music is never afar and Grammy winners Ozomatli (they are good!), hip-hop stud Saul Williams and fronting the jazz beat, Steve Turre take to 3 stages. Starts at 11am and ends at 9:30pm and again admission is free. (Hat tip to Sarah who's got the inside scoop).

"First Ladies of Wrestling" @ Century

Did you watch GLOW in the '80s? Well, see where women's wrestling came from. Ruth Leitman's documentary "Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling" premieres tonight at the Landmark Century. The movie interviews past wrestling stars, including Gladys "Killem" Gillem, the Fabulous Moolah, and Great Mae Young, and explores what drew them to the wrestling world -- as well as the heights and depths that awaited them there.

Fractal Edge Press Reading @ DvA Gallery

DvA Gallery, located at 2568 N. Lincoln, Chicago, will host a reading by 25+ Fractal Edge Press authors, tonight from 8-10pm. The dynamic performance is the first such gathering since the press began publishing Chicago writers in August, 2004. These writers excel on the stage and the page, and include Pulitzer Prize nominee, Maureen Tolman Flannery, David Hernandez, John Starrs, Larry O. Dean, Lina ramona Vitkauskas,Tyler "Beyond" Martin, Tom Roby, Billy Tuggle, eight members of the PolyRhythmic Collective, and Daniel Cleary. Sneak preview of five new publications will be read by Beatriz Badikian Gartler, Jim Coppoc, Joe Roarty, Michael Brownstein, and the First Friday Series host, Charlie Newman. C. J. Laity and Dave Gecic, partners of Fractal Edge Press, will also be reading, as will forthcoming authors, robertkarimi, Lauren Mathews, and Francesco Levato. The reading will also be broadcast on the Internet as live, streaming audio by Ink & Ashes. Copies of all Fractal Edge Press books will be available for sale, including advance copies of the new titles. For further information contact the DvA Gallery (773-871-4DVA, info{at} or Wayne Allen Jones (773-793-4095, FEPedit{at}



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