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Thursday, November 23

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Printers Row Book Fair

All hail the Printers Row Book Fair! Five blocks of booksellers, independent and, you know, Borders, selling their stuff amongst wonderful smells of cooking meats. It's a lovely summer outing. Loads of authors will be making appearances for readings and signings and such, so be sure to visit the site for a full listing of events. Everyone from Wendy McClure to Nick Hornby to Naomi Wolf will be there. You should be too. Free and open to the public, 10am-6pm.

GB staff member ASH will be working the Poetry Center of Chicago table from 10-2pm, come by and say Hi.

FOUND magazine video show @ Film Center

FOUND magazine, that amazing collection of found objects, presents a 90-minute program of found video footage. The show is titled "Crazy and Beautiful: A Show of Found Images", and it features home movies, instructional videos, footage from public access, and other footage found by its contributors. The show starts tonight at 5:00 at the Siskel Film Center, and FOUND magazine's co-founder, Jason Bitner, will be on hand for an audience discussion. If you can't make it tonight, "Crazy and Beautiful" screens again on Wednesday, June 15. Tickets: $9, $7 for all students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Other Book Festival

Need a break from a certain book festival? Another Chicago Magazine and New City host the Other Book Festival today at Hothouse, 31 E. Balbo, from 3pm to 6pm. The event will have booths for The Believer, Bridge Magazine, Chicago Comics, Columbia College Fiction Writing Department, Lumpen, Make: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Milkweed Editions, Myopic Books, Newcity, PISTIL Magazine, Poetry, Seminary Coop and Stop Smiling Magazine, and readings by Adrienne Miller and Paul Hornschemeier. It's free and open to all ages.

Windy City Roller Derby @ Congress Theatre

It's officially Sunday, Bloody Sunday when the Windy City Rollers go derby at the Congress Theatre (2135 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Tickets are just $15 for two bouts: Manic Attackers vs. Hell's Belles and Double Crossers vs. The Fury. Come out for the bloodsport, then head out for beers at the Liar's Club afterwards (1655 W. Fullerton). "There will be peace talks, pats of congrats and some good ‘ol fan appreciation!" Doors to the Congress open at 5:30pm, derby starts at 6pm, all ages welcome. Tickets are available online.

Northcenter Ribfest

The Northcenter Ribfest wraps up today, with lots of food and live music on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park and Warner. Among the bands performing today: Underwater People; Sons of the Never Wrong; and Cathy Richardson. Ribfest happens from noon to 10:00; check the Website for more details.

Andersonville Midsommarfest

The 40th annual Midsommarfest, the Andersonville neighborhood's festival of music, food and the arts, finishes up today near the corner of Clark & Foster. There will be four separate music stages set up around the festival; check the Andersonville Website for a complete schedule of performers. The festival runs from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and admission is a $5 donation, which benefits the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Cunningham on the record

Join Victoria Lautman of 98.7 WFMT at the Lookingglass Theatre for the season's final installment of Writers on the Record. She'll be interviewing Michael Cunningham live on air; the public is invited to attend the taping for free from 11:45am to 1pm. Reservations can be made by calling 312/832-6788. Cunningham, the author of The Hours, is currently touring behind his latest novel, Specimen Days.

 

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