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July 2005

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Taste of Lincoln Ave.

Food! Music! Crafts! Carnival-like entertainment! This, and more, can be found at the 22nd Annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue, Wrightwood's yearly fundraising event. Located from Fullerton to Wrightwood Ave., this Taste benefits evreyone from Friends of the Lincoln Park Library to Lookingglass Theatre. If you're interested in becoming more involved in the event, volunteers are always need to keep it going hitch free. Taste it all from 12-10pm. Call 773-944-7755 for more information.

Newberry Library Book Fair

This weekend marks the Newberry Library's 21st Annual Book Fair, featuring more than 100,000 donated books sorted into 50 categories. Many of the books are priced under $2, so come with a backpack, suitcase or extra pair of arms if you're the bona fide bibliophile I think you are. Also, come early because, trust me, it's slim pickin's by the end of the day. This book fair is free and open to the public at 60 W. Walton, 10am-6pm. Call 312-255-3510 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Kris & Ela Kasperowicz (, teaching English waltz; and the Mike Whelan Big Band, playing ballroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Gutters

Chicago Comics presents "Gutters", a free zine and mini-comics workshop held the last Sunday of every month from 3-6pm. Both social and informative, Gutters aims to help struggling artists put out the best work possible. The next meeting is today at Chicago Comics, 3244 N. Clark. For more info call (773) 528-1983 and ask for Hatuey or contact chicagocomics{at}yahoo.com.

Bustle in Your Hedgerow: The Led Zepplin Experience @ Subterranean

If you're ready to party straight into Monday morning, then head out from the Wicker Park Summer Fest to Subterranean for a really cool set titled Bustle In Your Hedgerow: "The Led Zeppelin Experience". Fest band the Benevento/Russo Duo will play, along with WEEN bassist Dave Dreiwitz and Rana's Scott Metzger. The Duo who've been through town before, to rave reviews (myself included), will kick out the jams, starting around 11pm. C'mon, it's summer, and you're young! Subterranean is located at 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago, (773) 278-6600. Doors open at 10pm, 21+, tickets are $15 ($20 day of show) and are available through Music Today.

Wicker Park Summer Fest

I think this description says it best: "Just before dawn on a July morning, in the middle of Chicago's trendiest neighborhood, the main drag will be barricaded, a big main stage will appear, tents will be erected and prepared for food and beer service, local merchants and art galleries will prepare for an onslaught of visitors. Musicians will tune their instruments, and, finally, at 12 noon one of the best 2-day parties of the summer begins. It's Wicker Park Summer Fest, a celebration of Chicago's cutting edge music and art scene." Click on the date to view the information and schedule of performances. 12-10pm Saturday and Sunday on Damen between Milwaukee and Schiller.

Flashback Weekend Convention

Well, it's July, which means it's time for Chicago to become a horror show, literally, as the annual Flashback Weekend horror/sci-fi/fantasy convention rolls into town July 29-31 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont. Dignitaries appearing this year include the guest of honor, Bruce Campbell, who will be promoting his new book, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way, and his new film, The Man with the Screaming Brain. Actor Ted Raimi will also be at the show, along with the lovely Adrienne Barbeau (as part of a cast reunion for The Fog), Bill Moseley and Sid Haig from the new film The Devil's Rejects, and Camille Keaton, the star of the controversial film I Spit on Your Grave (which Mr. Ebert and Mr. Siskel effectively got tossed out of theatres in 1978, making it an immediate cult hit). Gapers Block staff member Steve Prokopy is one of the co-hosts of the event, along with Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire and WGN Radio's Nick Digilio. For complete information about the convention, visit the Flashback Weekend website.

Dill Pickle Food Co-op Garage Sale

The Dill Pickle Food Co-op will hold a "GINORMOUS" garage sale today from 12 to 5pm at the ACME Art Space, 1741 N. Western Ave. (just north of North Avenue). The organization describes itself as offering "healthy food choices and the benefits of cooperative practice to build a vibrant local community and more sustainable world." It meets at the Association House, 1116 N. Kedzie St., on the second Saturday of each month from 12 to 2pm; these meetings are open to the public, with all are welcome. If you've got items you'd like to get rid of by donating to this benefit sale, you're encouraged to bring them by around 11am. For more information, join the co-op's email list.

Taste of Lincoln Ave.

Food! Music! Crafts! Carnival-like entertainment! This, and more, can be found at the 22nd Annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue, Wrightwood's yearly fundraising event. Located from Fullerton to Wrightwood Ave., this Taste benefits evreyone from Friends of the Lincoln Park Library to Lookingglass Theatre. If you're interested in becoming more involved in the event, volunteers are always need to keep it going hitch free. Taste it all from 12-10pm. Call 773-944-7755 for more information.

Newberry Library Book Fair and Bughouse Square Debate

This weekend marks the Newberry Library's 21st Annual Book Fair, featuring more than 100,000 donated books sorted into 50 categories. Many of the books are priced under $2, so come with a backpack, suitcase or extra pair of arms if you're the bona fide bibliophile I think you are. Also, come early because, trust me, it's slim pickin's by the end of the day. This book fair is free and open to the public at 60 W. Walton, 10am-6pm. Additionally, there will be a Bughouse Square Debate in Washington Square Park from 1-5pm. There will be music, poetry and all kinds of first-amendment exercising. Cheap books and open mic. Can't go wrong. Call 312-255-3510 for more information.

The Dean Evans Show @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present The Dean Evans Show! Ensemble member Dean Evans presides over a live talk show which features Neo-Futurist Bilal Dardai as Dean's sidekick, intern Chip Dickerson, and a cavalcade of special guests, video clips, and other surprises. The Dean Evans Show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland) through July 30. See the Neo-Futurist Website for full information and to purchase tickets, or call the Neo-Futurist hotline at (773) 275-5255.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Paul Tyler, teaching old style square dancing; and the Foghorn Stringband, playing old-time American fiddle tunes. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

You Am I opens

Purveyors of the finest in positive street art, You Are Beautiful is showcasing it's "You Am I" book exhibition at Open End Gallery today from 6-11pm. The exhibition displays the 111 books that went out into the world to be creatively stamped by many and returned. A $5 dollar donation is suggested, which will go towards funding similar projects.

saturday, july 30th 6-11pm
open-end
2000 w fulton #310
chicago usa
312.738.2140

Venetian Night

This is perhaps my favorite night of the year. Not because of the boats, although those are cool, but because of the awesome fireworks display. Venetian Night is the perfect night to get together with a big group of friends, pack some food, head down to Grant Park and chill for an evening while you watch the decorated boats come in. Then there are the fireworks, choreographed to XRT's selection of music. It never fails to be amazing. The boats start at 8:30pm; the fireworks go on at 9:30pm.

Wicker Park Summer Fest

I think this description says it best: "Just before dawn on a July morning, in the middle of Chicago's trendiest neighborhood, the main drag will be barricaded, a big main stage will appear, tents will be erected and prepared for food and beer service, local merchants and art galleries will prepare for an onslaught of visitors. Musicians will tune their instruments, and, finally, at 12 noon one of the best 2-day parties of the summer begins. It's Wicker Park Summer Fest, a celebration of Chicago's cutting edge music and art scene." Click on the date to view the information and schedule of performances. 12-10pm Saturday and Sunday on Damen between Milwaukee and Schiller.

Flashback Weekend convention

Well, it's July, which means it's time for Chicago to become a horror show, literally, as the annual Flashback Weekend horror/sci-fi/fantasy convention rolls into town July 29-31 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont. Dignitaries appearing this year include the guest of honor, Bruce Campbell, who will be promoting his new book, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way, and his new film, The Man with the Screaming Brain. Actor Ted Raimi will also be at the show, along with the lovely Adrienne Barbeau (as part of a cast reunion for The Fog), Bill Moseley and Sid Haig from the new film The Devil's Rejects, and Camille Keaton, the star of the controversial film I Spit on Your Grave (which Mr. Ebert and Mr. Siskel effectively got tossed out of theatres in 1978, making it an immediate cult hit). Gapers Block staff member Steve Prokopy is one of the co-hosts of the event, along with Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire and WGN Radio's Nick Digilio. For complete information about the convention, visit the Flashback Weekend website.

Newberry Library Book Fair and Bughouse Square Debate

This weekend marks the Newberry Library's 21st Annual Book Fair, featuring more than 100,000 donated books sorted into 50 categories. Many of the books are priced under $2, so come with a backpack, suitcase or extra pair of arms if you're the bona fide bibliophile I think you are. Also, come early because, trust me, it's slim pickin's by the end of the day. This book fair is free and open to the public at 60 W. Walton, 12-8pm. Additionally, there will be a Bughouse Square Debate in Washington Square Park, 6-8pm, on the subject of "Ghosts of Bughouse Past." There will be music and historical reenactments and you'll get a chance to get on your soapbox about the debate. Cheap books and open mic. Can't go wrong. Call 312-255-3510 for more information.

The Dean Evans Show @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present The Dean Evans Show! Ensemble member Dean Evans presides over a live talk show which features Neo-Futurist Bilal Dardai as Dean's sidekick, intern Chip Dickerson, and a cavalcade of special guests, video clips, and other surprises. The Dean Evans Show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland) through July 30. See the Neo-Futurist Website for full information and to purchase tickets, or call the Neo-Futurist hotline at (773) 275-5255.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: MayIHaveThisDance.com and The Business, teaching the Hustle and Funky Swing. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chin Up Chin Up @ Empty Bottle

Local boys Chin Up Chin Up (also check out their profile on MySpace) are going to pop rock the Empty Bottle tonight, all for a measly $8 ($10 door). Music starts at 10pm, with Euphone and Parish School opening. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago.

GB staff member Anne will be there.

Nina takes a Loop-d-Loop for a Trunk Show ride

Nina, a well-knit shop, invites Teva Durham, author of Loop-d-Loop to the store tonight from 7-10 pm at 1655 West Division Street. Come enjoy a 15% discount as well as wine and nibbles. Her book and her designs will be on display at the store until August 7th.

Flashback Weekend Convention

Well, it's July, which means it's time for Chicago to become a horror show, literally, as the annual Flashback Weekend horror/sci-fi/fantasy convention rolls into town July 29-31 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont. Dignitaries appearing this year include the guest of honor, Bruce Campbell, who will be promoting his new book, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way, and his new film, The Man with the Screaming Brain. Actor Ted Raimi will also be at the show, along with the lovely Adrienne Barbeau (as part of a cast reunion for The Fog), Bill Moseley and Sid Haig from the new film The Devil's Rejects, and Camille Keaton, the star of the controversial film I Spit on Your Grave (which Mr. Ebert and Mr. Siskel effectively got tossed out of theatres in 1978, making it an immediate cult hit). Gapers Block staff member Steve Prokopy is one of the co-hosts of the event, along with Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire and WGN Radio's Nick Digilio. For complete information about the convention, visit the Flashback Weekend website.

Dylan Rice @ the Hideout

Local singer-songwriter and Out Music award-winner Dylan Rice plays an early show tonight at the Hideout. He and his band, the Dynasties, are heading out of town on an East Coast tour; this is your chance to send them off in fine style. Show starts at 7pm, and the suggested donation is $10. The Hideout is at 1354 W. Wabansia, just east of Elston -- call 773/227-4433 for more details.

Style Chicago '05

Gen Art presents Style Chicago '05, a night featuring the winning designers from Gen Art's Styles International Design Competition and hosted by Project Runway's Jay McCarroll. The Pre-Reception begins at 8pm, followed by the fashion show at 9pm and the 10pm-12am after-party. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and more if you want to be VIP. Call 312-229-1701 to purchase them or go here. The event will be at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker Drive.

Newberry Library Book Fair

This weekend marks the Newberry Library's 21st Annual Book Fair, featuring more than 100,000 donated books sorted into 50 categories. Many of the books are priced under $2, so come with a backpack, suitcase or extra pair of arms if you're the bona fide bibliophile I think you are. Also, come early because, trust me, it's slim pickin's by the end of the day. This book fair is free and open to the public at 60 W. Walton, 12-8pm. Call 312-255-3510 for more information.

It Came from the Neo-Futurarium IV: Tremors

The Neo-Futurist theater company presents It Came From The Neo-Futurarium IV: Spawn of the Neo-Futurarium, the latest in their extremely hilarious and entertaining live readings of fondly- and not-so-fondly-remembered movies. Tonight's movie: the 1990 Kevin Bacon sci-fi/horror/comedy classic Tremors. Even better: the edited-for-TV version will be presented! So you can feel safe in bringing your kids to the program. Tremors will be recreated by members of The House Theatre of Chicago. The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium; tickets are $10, $8 for seniors/students, and can be purchased at the Neo-Futurists' Website. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Tango Nada Mas, teaching Argentine tango; and Raul Jaurenaís I Love Tango playing tangos & Milongas. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Cara Lockwood @ Barbara's Bookstore

Because there's just not enough chick lit based in our fine city, Cara Lockwood's Dixieland Sushi centers on a southern girl who handles her big move to Chicago with style. That is, until an elaborate wedding back home forces her to deal with her roots and her true self. Lockwood stops by Barbara's Bookstore Marshall Field's to sign copies of the book. 12pm at 111 N. State St. Call 312-781-3033 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJ Superpitcher and DJ Mazi, playing Techno and Telectro. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Women & Children First book sale

Women & Children First, the long-running and much-loved feminist bookstore in the Andersonville neighborhood, starts its annual sale today. All children's books are 20% off, and selected other books will be 20-50% off. Hurry over there, though; the sale ends on Sunday, July 31. Women & Children First: 5233 N. Clark. (773) 769-9299.

Bookslut Reading Series

The Chicago-based literary website Bookslut.com is launching a monthly reading series featuring local and national authors. These live events will take place at the Hopleaf bar located at 5148 N. Clark St., also a favorite Gapers Block staff hang-out. On July 26, the first reading is scheduled to include writers Shalom Auslander, Daphne Kalotay and Andrew Winston. So go and see them, sluts. The fun starts at 7:30pm.

Outdoor Film Festival: My Darling Clementine

The 6th annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival continues tonight at sunset with a screening of the classic John Ford Western, My Darling Clementine. The screening will be at Butler Field in Grant Park (Lake Shore Drive & Monroe), and admission is free. See the City of Chicago Website for a complete schedule of the festival, which runs every Tuesday night through August 23.

Maria Taylor @ Schubas

Maria Taylor of Azure Ray plays tonight at Schubas along with Statistics and Taylor Hollingsworth, starting at 8pm for $8 ($10 door).†From Schubas: "Though often referred to as half of the duo Azure Ray and 1/4 of Saddle Creekís Now Itís Overhead, Maria Taylorís talents have seen her name attached to an impressive roster of musicians. Sheís popped up on Crooked Fingersí Bring on the Snakes, Bright Eyesí Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, and Mobyís 18 (yes, that Moby). Her distinctive, luminous vocals provide a unifying thread through such unlikely releases as The Brucesí Shining Path (2004), The Faintís Wet From Birth (2004), and Bright Eyesí Iím Wide Awake, Itís Morning (2005). Maria doesn't scream her angst or snarl out her problems. She doesn't warble melismas with the glut of high-strung chart divas. With understated grace and aplomb, she writes the sort of classic, sad songs once favored by the first ladies of American songwriting." There's also a Pitchfork review (if you're into that kind of thing). This show is 18+ and Schubas is located at the corner of Belmont and Southport in Chicago.

GB Authors Roundtable

Gapers Block proudly sponsors the Authors' Roundtable: On Audience, Blogs & the Changing Literary Landscape at Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. from 7pm to 9pm. Authors Kevin Guilfoile, Wendy McClure, Erin Shea, Kevin Smokler and Claire Zulkey will discuss issues of audience, the changing literary landscape and the phenomenon of weblogs becoming books, and take questions from the audience. GB editor Andrew Huff moderates. The event is free. Full details here.

Carillonathon!

The University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel is home to a giant musical instrument known as a carillon. Every Sunday this summer the chapel is hosting a series of free recitals featuring University Carillonneur Wylie Crawford along with guest artists from across the United States and Europe. The concerts start at 6 pm, but come at 5:30 pm to climb the stairs of the bell tower and get a look at the giant bells of the carillon-- not to mention a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline.

Lollapalooza in Grant Park

What's more convenient than a great big music festival in your backyard? Tickets are still available for the venerable summer rock-a-thon, Lollapalooza, taking place this weekend in Grant Park. There are over 60 bands and DJs on the bill, including the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Weezer, Billy Idol, and Liz Phair, as well as special programming just for the kids. A two-day pass ($115) gets you a wristband and the ability to stay or go as you please each day. One-day passes ($60) don't allow re-entry. You can buy tickets online, or at the box office in Grant Park, open starting Wednesday, July 20th.

GB staff member Anne will be in attendance, wearing lots of sunscreen.

Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

Northwestern is sponsoring their first Summer Writers' Conference this weekend. Taking place on the Chicago campus, the conference will feature programs for writers of all levels, taught by local writers, teachers and publishers. Some of those instructors include big names such as Elizabeth Crane, Joe Meno and Bill Savage. There will be readings and panel discussions with Alesksander Hemon, Kevin Guilfoile and Audrey Niffenegger, and there will be a local book and journal fair. While the conference itself is not free -- $525 for three days or $190 per day with discounts given to Northwestern staff -- the readings and performances are. Go here for a schedule of programs and here to register for the sessions.

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival

This year marks the 37th year of the annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival, celebrating food, fun, and gardens. In addition to tours of the North Side gardens, the festival will include architectural tours, gardening workshops, a kids' center and eats and drinks from local restaurants. There is also a schedule of performing bands. Suggested donation is $6 ($8 after 5pm on Saturday) with proceeds benefitting the Sheffield Neighborhood Association. 12-9:30pm at the intersection of Webster St. and Sheffield Ave (one block south of the Fullerton El stop).

Eric Rohmann @ AIC

Eric Rohmann, author and illustrator of Caldecott Award winner My Friend Rabbitt, stops at the Art Institute to partake in their Meet the Artist Series. The event will take place in the museum's Price Auditorium, located on the lower level near the exhibition Fantasy, Facts, and Furry Friends, of which Rohmann is a featured artist. Rohmann can be seen at 11am. The Art Institute is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave.; call 312-857-7161 for more information. This event is free with museum admission.

PISTIL Prom

Time to dust off the taffeta and corsages! PISTIL Magazine is holding thier first Prom at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Starting at 9pm, music will be provided by beau, Easy Rider and how could go let this happen. Come get your picture taken and see who will be crowned Prom King and Queen. Cover is $6, wil proceeds benefitting the independent magazine.

The Dean Evans Show @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present The Dean Evans Show! Ensemble member Dean Evans presides over a live talk show which features Neo-Futurist Bilal Dardai as Dean's sidekick, intern Chip Dickerson, and a cavalcade of special guests, video clips, and other surprises. The Dean Evans Show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland) through July 30. See the Neo-Futurist Website for full information and to purchase tickets, or call the Neo-Futurist hotline at (773) 275-5255.

5th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Interested in boating in Chinatown, along the Chicago river? Want to do it for a good cause? This Saturday you can join the 5th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, a competition based traditional Chinese boat races. Teams are composed of 18 people, with $35 entry fee per team member. If boating's not your thing, you can still come to cheer the racers on and enjoy the music, food and festivities. Email danagehlhausen[at]hotmail[dot]com for more information or call 773-415-4154. (Team registration for this event has now closed, but support is always appreciated.)

Murder City: Chicago history discussion

Chicago Public Radio presents a discussion between This American Life's Ira Glass and writer and historian Michael Lesy. The topic: Chicago's bloody history in the 1920s. The event happens tonight at 7:30 PM at the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater at Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph Drive). Tickets are $30, or $25 for Chicago Public Radio fans. See the Chicago Public Radio Website for full details on the event.

Vegetarians on Bikes

This afternoon is the second annual Veggie Bike & Dine, hosted by EarthSave Chicago and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. The event is a 15-mile progressive dinner-style bike tour of four vegan-friendly restaurants in and around downtown Chicago, including Karyn's Cooked and Lao Sze Chuan. It kicks off at 1pm at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park (1750 N. Clark St.); you can get lots more details here. (Please note: there is no day-of registration and space is very limited.)

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Dawud Shareef & Lura Satterfield, teachin step dancing; and P-1, playing Chicago house, Steppin' and New York dance. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Hardcore Histories @ Mess Hall

Hardcore Histories is a new series at Mess Hall that will explore many facets of Hardcore Punk music and culture, from its origins in around 1980 up to what’s happening now. The series will provide concrete information and knowledge in a variety of social event formats. All events are free to attend and many will include opportunities for attendees to participate and share their knowledge, music, videos and ephemera.

Tonight we’ll be serving up a free pasta dinner, musically complimented by raging Italian Hardcore Punk records. Included on the menu will be rare records by Raw Power, Negazione, Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers, Indigesti, Declino, High Circle, and Chain Reaction.

Anyone who has any Italian hardcore records, CDs, cassettes, or video is urged to bring music to share. Pasta dinner is free but please bring a beverage or dessert to share if you can.

Saturday, July 23, 2005, 5:00p - 7:00p at Mess Hall 6932 N. Glenwood Avenue, Rogers Park. www.messhall.org -- "Morse" stop on the Red Line.

Lollapalooza in Grant Park

What's more convenient than a great big music festival in your backyard? Tickets are still available for the venerable summer rock-a-thon, Lollapalooza, taking place today and Sunday in Grant Park. There are over 60 bands and DJs on the bill, including the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Weezer, Billy Idol, and Liz Phair, as well as special programming just for the kids. A two-day pass ($115) gets you a wristband and the ability to stay or go as you please each day. One-day passes ($60) don't allow re-entry. You can buy tickets online, or at the box office in Grant Park, open starting Wednesday, July 20th.

GB staff member Anne will be in attendance, wearing lots of sunscreen.

Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

Northwestern is sponsoring their first Summer Writers' Conference this weekend. Taking place on the Chicago campus, the conference will feature programs for writers of all levels, taught by local writers, teachers and publishers. Some of those instructors include big names such as Elizabeth Crane, Joe Meno and Bill Savage. There will be readings and panel discussions with Alesksander Hemon, Kevin Guilfoile and Audrey Niffenegger, and there will be a local book and journal fair. While the conference itself is not free -- $525 for three days or $190 per day with discounts given to Northwestern staff -- the readings and performances are. Go here for a schedule of programs and here to register for the sessions.

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival

This year marks the 37th year of the annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival, celebrating food, fun, and gardens. In addition to tours of the North Side gardens, the festival will include architectural tours, gardening workshops, a kids' center and eats and drinks from local restaurants. There is also a schedule of performing bands. Suggested donation is $6 ($8 after 5pm on Saturday) with proceeds benefitting the Sheffield Neighborhood Association. 12-9:30pm at the intersection of Webster St. and Sheffield Ave (one block south of the Fullerton El stop).

Chicago Craft Mafia Summer Shakedown

The Chicago Craft Mafia, a group of local crafters who would like to sell you handmade items, present their Summer Shakedown, where you'll see the products created by 25 crafters. Handmade jewelry, handbags, stationery, hats, pillows, plush toys, and much more will be on sale this evening. The Summer Shakedown happens at Catalyst Ranch from 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Admission is free, but bring your cash and/or checkbook to buy items. Catalyst Ranch: 656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W.

The Dean Evans Show @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present The Dean Evans Show! Ensemble member Dean Evans presides over a live talk show which features Neo-Futurist Bilal Dardai as Dean's sidekick, intern Chip Dickerson, and a cavalcade of special guests, video clips, and other surprises. The Dean Evans Show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland) through July 30. See the Neo-Futurist Website for full information and to purchase tickets, or call the Neo-Futurist hotline at (773) 275-5255.

Fire on the Prairie Party

Come celebrate the 21st episode of Fire on the Prairie, radio theatre that can be found on WLUW 88.7 and WHPK 88.5. No cover or donations necessary. To see some of the entertainment voices in the flesh, come to In These Times at 2040 N. Milwaukee, 8pm. Call 773-772-0100x240 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Big City Swing, teachin swing dancing and the Lindy Hop; and Barry Winogradís Alternatives Big Band playing big band swing music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Pernice Bros. @ Empty Bottle

Alt-Country singer/songwriter Joe Pernice will alt-country your heart at The Empty Bottle tonight for 12 of your dollars. The Pernice Brothers are out to play their new, and quite good I might add, album "Discover a Lovelier You". British rockers Royal Gun open, starting at 10pm. The Empty Bottle is, as always, located at 1035 N. Western, Chicago. For the meantime, entertain yourself with the PB's own brand of A/V hilarity.

Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

Northwestern is sponsoring their first Summer Writers' Conference this weekend. Taking place on the Chicago campus, the conference will feature programs for writers of all levels, taught by local writers, teachers and publishers. Some of those instructors include big names such as Elizabeth Crane, Joe Meno and Bill Savage. There will be readings and panel discussions with Alesksander Hemon, Kevin Guilfoile and Audrey Niffenegger, and there will be a local book and journal fair. While the conference itself is not free -- $525 for three days or $190 per day with discounts given to Northwestern staff -- the readings and performances are. Go here for a schedule of programs and here to register for the sessions.

Powell's North Reading Series

Powell's North new reading series continues this month with readings from Margaret Chapman, Chris Michael Shea and Joe Meno. The series pairs established poets or writers with emerging writers in the hopes of exposing the community to a variety of work and inspiring communication between writers and their audience. Powell's Bookstore is located at 2850 N. Lincoln. The free reading begins at 7pm; call 773-248-1444 for more information.

Dino Robinson @ Evanston Historical Soc.

Join Evanston historian and author Dino Robinson for a book discussion and signing of Gatherings: The Emerson Street Department YMCA, a photo-essay exploring Evanston's historic African-American YMCA. The event takes place from 7 to 9pm at the Evanston Historical Society, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. Tickets are $5 and free for EHS members, with reservations recommended. Call 847/475-3410 for additional information.

Sara Paretsky @ Barbara's Bookstore

Sara Paretsky stops by Barbara's Bookstore UIC to read from her latest detective novel, Fire Sale. Set in a neighborhood on the the South side of Chicago, the novel employs the skills of V.I. Warshawski to track down a high school student who's run off with a member of a possibly murderous family. The reading begins at 7:30pm, 1218 S. Halsted. Call 312-413-2665 for more information.

It Came from the Neo-Futurarium IV: Selected shorts

The Neo-Futurist theater company presents It Came From The Neo-Futurarium IV: Spawn of the Neo-Futurarium, the latest in their extremely hilarious and entertaining live readings of fondly- and not-so-fondly-remembered movies. Tonight's movie: a program of short films! Fans of the short subjects from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the Prelinger Archives will definitely want to catch tonight's recreations of such short films as Cindy Goes To A Party and... other films not mentioned at this time. The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium; tickets are $10, $8 for seniors/students, and can be purchased at the Neo-Futurists' Website. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Full Buck Moon and Fire Dancing

No, really. "This month, on July 21st the Full Buck Moon, named after the Buck Deer who's [sic] antlers push out from their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur, will rise in all it's [sic] flaming goodness." On the night of full moon, join the crowd at Foster beach for a night of dancing, singing and drumming in celebration of the full moon. Not just any kind of dancing, either. This kind of dancing is with fire, so if you plan on spinning said fire, meet your fellow spinners at 7:30pm for a review of this dangerous pasttime. Brought to you by the lively people of Spunn. Email liz[at]spunn[dot]org for more information.

Diva Dating @ T's

Dykediva[dot]com presents Diva Dating, a night of speed dating just for the laides at T's Bar, 5025 N. Clark St. The dating range is divided into two groups -- early/mid-thirties and up from 8-9pm and twenties and early thirties 9:30-10:30pm -- but participants are welcome to join whichever group in which they feel most comfortable. Admission to the night of lesbian dating is $10, 21+ only.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Amaniyea Payne of African Expressions; and Chicago Afrobeat Project, playing funk and Afrobeat. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Hardcore Histories @ Mess Hall

Hardcore Histories is a new series at Mess Hall that will explore many facets of Hardcore Punk music and culture, from its origins in around 1980 up to what’s happening now. The series will provide concrete information and knowledge in a variety of social event formats. All events are free to attend and many will include opportunities for attendees to participate and share their knowledge, music, videos and ephemera.

Series organizers Marc Fischer and Terence Hannum will kick things off tonight with a presentation and listening session: “Short, Fast, and Loud: A Seven-Inch Survey”.

The hardcore punk seven-inch record has a striking place in the history of recorded music. And let’s not call them “singles” because when hardcore bands started putting out 7”’s, they rarely conformed to the format’s previous function. There wasn’t a single “A-side” song which was the projected radio hit from the full length album, coupled with the “B-side” non album track. Though some hardcore seven inches have only two songs like a typical pop band, it is more common to find at least four. D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) were arguably the early record holders for the most songs when they jammed 22 tracks onto the “Dirty Rotten” 7” in 1983.

In hardcore, the seven-inch record is a total package unto itself that frequently preceded the first album. Assuming your band didn’t break up before it was time to record an album, the full length may not have had any of the songs that appeared on the seven inch. Fans wouldn’t be expecting redundancy.

Tonight we will bust out lots of great 7”’s from our own record collections to play and discuss. We’ll be bringing out records by bands like M.D.C., D.R.I., Rattus, Enemy Soil, Born Against, The Ex, Poison Idea, HeWhoCorrupts, Palatka, Filthy Christians, Mob 47, and tons more. Many of these records are extremely obscure and hard to see or hear. You are invited to bring any hardcore seven-inches you may have to share. Bring the tunes, we’ll supply the stereo.

Thursday, July 21, 2005, 7:30p-9:30p at Mess Hall 6932 N. Glenwood Avenue, Rogers Park. www.messhall.org -- "Morse" stop on the Red Line.

Just Get Me Started @ Story Studio Chicago

That summer break not producing your grand novel? Need a little kick in the literary pants? Head on over to Story Studio Chicago for an "invigorating" night of inspiration. For $35, enjoy a workshop that will get your pen moving. The Just Get Me Started workshop runs from 6:30pm to 9pm, and pre-registration is suggested. Story Studio Chicago is located at 3717 N. Ravenswood, #115, Chicago.

Secret Handshake @ Darkroom

The kids of Secret Handshake Designs gear up for another party at the Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago. The latest T-shirts, designed by local artists, will be on sale for $20 while The Tax and Walking Bicycles provide some rock to purchase your shirts to. Good music, cool tees. Could you want more? The party starts at 9pm with a $5 cover. Call 773-276-1411 for more information.

Edwardian film footage @ Film Center

A pretty amazing documentary is playing at the Siskel Film Center this week. Called Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell & Kenyon, the film shows footage that was shot in Edwardian Britain between 1901 and 1905, and shows various aspects of everyday life from a century ago. Sounds like an amazing historical document, and a fascinating film. Electric Edwardians screens tonight at the Film Center at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJs Mark Grant and Oscar McMillan, playing House & Deep House music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Eyes and Ears @ Black Rock

Poetry....in a bar? Well, actually it's the ideal location, and it's happening tonight as a part of the Eyes and Ears series at the Black Rock bar in Roscoe Village. From the Reconstruction Room website: "First off, the return of Polaroid Project: a collaboration between poems and Polaroids! The photos of Trinette Mura inspire the written works of Sunny Byers and David Digangi...and vice-versa! Then, Dave Snyder presents a curated slide show of readings. This bakerís dozen of original works is based on slides culled from thrift stores and flea markets from Berlin to Brooklyn to Anacortes, Washington. Readers include: Nicolette Bond, Filip Radzikowski, Manda Gillespie, Michelle Taransky, Keith Hendrix, Sara Mallin, Melissa Walker, Caryl Pagel, Chris Bower, Kathy Regina, Shannon Mullally, and others to be announced." The goings get going at 8pm. The Black Rock is located at exactly 3614 N. Damen Ave., Chicago.

Sneak Preview of Redmoon's Next Production

Redmoon Theater is offering an insider's sneak-peek at its upcoming show, Spectacle '05: Loves Me... Loves Me Not. Meet on the back steps of the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th and Lake Shore Drive, at 7pm tonight to watch the first on-site rehearsal of the performance. You'll have a chance to see the Redmoon artistic team at work with Redmoon objects as they take the first steps toward staging a large-scale spectacle on water. Loves ME... Loves Me Not is the second in Redmoon's series of ambitious outdoor spectacles, and will perform on the lagoon September 16-25. This is your chance to see it in its very earliest stages. For more information, please contact Oriana Fowler at 312-850-8440 ext.112.

Chicago Smart Business Hour and Green Drinks

Two events, one night, one location:

Chicago Smart Business Hour, a forum for networking and brainstorming, centers their panel discussion on "Climate Change: Business Responds." The hour exists as an opportunity for business professionals to meet like-minded colleagues and stay aprised of local and national sustainability development topics. The panel lasts from 5-6:30pm, with a $6 admission fee.

Chicago Green Drinks meets from 6:30-9pm to discuss their panel topic, "Wheels on Fire: Bike Issues in Chicago." Those interested in sustainability and environmental issues are encouraged to attend, network and learn what others are doing in regards to these issues. Admission is $4, $2 for students (admission fee for the Chicago SBH covers this admission fee).

Both events will take place at Jefferson Tap & Grill, 325 N. Jefferson. Call 312-670-7812 for more information.

Outdoor Film Festival: Annie Hall

The 6th annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival continues tonight at sunset with a screening of Woody Allen's classic comedy Annie Hall. The screening will be at Butler Field in Grant Park (Lake Shore Drive & Monroe), and admission is free. See the City of Chicago Website for a complete schedule of the festival, which runs every Tuesday night through August 23.

Edwardian film footage @ Film Center

A pretty amazing documentary is playing at the Siskel Film Center this week. Called Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell & Kenyon, the film shows footage that was shot in Edwardian Britain between 1901 and 1905, and shows various aspects of everyday life from a century ago. Sounds like an amazing historical document, and a fascinating film. Electric Edwardians screens tonight at the Film Center at 6:00 PM, and on Wednesday the 20th at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Free Opera @ Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center presents its Seventh Annual Free Summer Opera program. This year's piece, Prokofiev's "The Love of Three Oranges" is about the aforementioned citrus, a double-dealing Prime Minister, a devis, a rat, and "a cock with a lethal ladle." And it's free! Head on over to Preston Bradley Hall on July 18, 19, 21 at 7 p.m., and July 24 at 3 p.m. Advance tickets are required. Get them at (312) 744-6630.

Food Slam with Marc Smith

Eat your words! Poetry slam guru Marc Smith hosts this spoken word showcase of Chicago poets writing to the theme of all things food. Come of Martyr's at 3855 N. Lincoln Ave from 7-8 p.m. on July 18. Free, but buy your favorite slammer a beer, will ya?

Got Quirk Poetry Reading

Ink & Ashes presents the Got Quirk Poetry Reading, hosted by Nina Corwin and featuring work by Mary Blinn, Erika Mikkalo and Tony Trigilio. The reading is at Woman Made Gallery, 2418 W. Bloomingdale, 2-4pm. Call 773-489-8900 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Bob & Penny Urbon, teaching tango lessons; and the Dick Sarlo Orchestra playing ballroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Grab your straw hats and bonnets because the Chicago Botanic Gardens is holding an "Old-Fashioned, All-American Ice Cream Social" this weekend. Listen to barbershop quartets and Dixieland bands while enjoying barbeque, ice-cream and more. The ice cream social is taking place July 16 and 17 from 11am-4pm. Admission to the gardens is free, but parking your car will cost you $12. Visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens website for more information.

Staff member AM will be attending this event.

Intonation Music Festival @ Union Park

Pitchfork Media presents The Intonation Music Festival, a two-day concert at Union Park (1501 W. Randolph). Today's lineup: The Decemberists; Les Savy Fav; The Wrens; Deerhoof; Andrew Bird; Out Hud; Xiu Xiu; and Dungen. Gates open at noon; tickets available through the festival site.

Hush, Hush, already!

Watch deranged Southern Belle Bette Davis go completely bonkers as she's haunted by ghosts from her past in Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Robert Aldrich's 1964 follow-up to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Also on the bill is Dr. Seuss's 1950 cartoon Gerald McBoing Boing -- surely you know the one! The program starts at 8 pm at the LaSalle Bank Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. Call 312/904-9442 for more information.

Johnsonese Gallery Re-Opening

The Johnsonese Gallery has recently relocated to Bucktown to inhabit their new 3,200 square foot space. The new address will be 1822 N. Milwaukee, on the main level of a renovated 1880's building that will allow the gallery three times the space of their previous location. The gallery focuses on showcasing work by emerging artists and making it affordable so that it is accessible to a wide range of collectors, allowing them to follow artists as their careers grow. Join them tonight, 6-8pm, to celebrate the re-opening and to witness Phoenix, their grand opening show.


UPDATE: This show has been canceled.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Manny Lopez-Marquez, teaching Merengue dance; and Chuchito Valdés Afro-Cuban Ensemble, playing contemporary Afro-Cuban music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Edwardian film footage @ Film Center

A pretty amazing documentary is playing at the Siskel Film Center this week. Called Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell & Kenyon, the film shows footage that was shot in Edwardian Britain between 1901 and 1905, and shows various aspects of everyday life from a century ago. Sounds like an amazing historical document, and a fascinating film. Electric Edwardians screens today at the Film Center at 3:30 PM, on Tuesday the 19th at 6:00 PM, and on Wednesday the 20th at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Grab your straw hats and bonnets because the Chicago Botanic Gardens is holding an "Old-Fashioned, All-American Ice Cream Social" this weekend. Listen to barbershop quartets and Dixieland bands while enjoying barbeque, ice-cream and more. The ice cream social is taking place July 16 and 17 from 11am-4pm. Admission to the gardens is free, but parking your car will cost you $12. Visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens website for more information.

Intonation Music Festival @ Union Park

Pitchfork Media presents The Intonation Music Festival, a two-day concert at Union Park (1501 W. Randolph). Today's lineup: Tortoise; Death From Above 1979; The Go! Team; Broken Social Scene; Four Tet; Magnolia Electric Company; AC Newman; Beans Featuring The Holy Fuck; The Mís; and Head of Femur. Gates open at noon; tickets available through the festival site.

Screenwriting Workshop @ Story Studio Chicago

Story Studio Chicago is proud to announce the return of their Screenwriting 5-Session Workshop for Saturday mornings beginning today. "Get your feet wet with this invigorating workshop. Great for students who are just starting with an idea in their heads. But we'll also focus exercises and discussions to help those writers who already have scenes or a complete draft down on paper. No prior writing experience is necessary." Story Studio Chicago is located at 3717 N. Ravenswood, #115, Chicago. The workshop costs $200 and will be lead by screenwriter Danny Kravitz.

Work out in Millennium Park

Millennium Park, Equinox Fitness Clubs and the Mayor's Fitness Council have organized a series of fitness events on the lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion, the first of which is this morning. Starting today and continuing every other Saturday through August, you can take free tai chi, zumba or yoga classes from 8 to 11am. Further schedule details are available on the park's website.

Harry Potter Release Party

So, I like Harry and all, but seriously? Not this much. However, for those of you who can't wait to get your hands on the series' latest installment, or are just jazzed about the Harry Potter thing in general, 57th St. Books is holding a release party for Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince. Held in the University of Chicago's Reynolds Club, at 57th and University Ave., there will be contests, raffles, HP-themed eats, and O.W.L. exams administered by Dumbledore himself. The party begins at 10pm, when purchases of the book can be made, through midnight, when the book is officially released and distributed. This event is free and open to the public; call 773-684-1300 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Andy Cruz, teaching mambo dance; and Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta, playing high-powered timba salsa. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Perpetual Motion Roadshow

Zinester Mike Faloon (Go Metric!, Zisk, Zine Yearbook 8) and comic rrtist Lev (cartoonist and filmmaker on Comedy Central) embark on the latest Perpetual Motion Roadshow, an international indie-press tour now back in the Midwest. They'll join local writers Pete Coco (Babies Are Fireproof) Emerson Dameron (Whirligig) and Jonathan Messinger (THISisGRAND). Free, pay what you can.

Friday, July 15
7:30pm
Free, pay what you can
Mojoe's Cafe Lounge
2256 W. Roscoe St.
773-388-1236

Richard Buckner @ Schubas

Alt-Country sexpot Richard Buckner (ok, "sexpot" is my own opinion) will perform tonight at Schubas Tavern, located at the corner of Belmont and Southport in Chicago. Anders Parker†opens. Buckner's out pimping his 2004 album Dents and Shells which is a fine thing to hear any night of the week. Music starts at 7pm, tickets are $12.

GB staffer ASH will be there, front row if possible

Rock 'n' Read

The Empty Bottle offers a night of rockings and readings tonight at 9pm, all for the small price of $10 which not only includes your cover, but also a copy of The Banana King #2 and your very own banana. Rockers include The Functional Blackouts, Paper Bullets and The Warm-Ups. Readers include Al Burian, writer and publisher of Bum Collector and contributor to Punk Planet, Jessica Hopper, publisher of Hit it or Quit, and A.B. Drea, editor and publisher of The Banana King, among others. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave. Call 773-276-3600 for more information.

Another Chicago Magazine #44/45 Release

Another Chicago Magazine is celebrating the release of their new double issue, "The Text & Image Issue." Come to the Hideout at 9pm for a reading and a dance party. The reading features poetry from Kristy Odelius, Jason Bredle and Chris Hund, fiction from David McClure, and music from DJ Birdie Num Num & The Saltine Kid. A $5 cover gets you in. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

French Women Don't Get Fat Bastille Day Party

In celebration of Bastille Day, Barbara's Bookstore Oak Park offers an evening of champagne and prizes and signed bookplates from Mirielle Guiliano, the author of French Women Don't Get Fat. One lucky attendee will win a trip for two to Paris to have dinner with the author. The party begins at 7:30pm, 1100 Lake St. Call 708-848-9140 for more information.

It Came from the Neo-Futurarium IV: Fright night double feature

The Neo-Futurist theater company presents It Came From The Neo-Futurarium IV: Spawn of the Neo-Futurarium, the latest in their extremely hilarious and entertaining live readings of fondly- and not-so-fondly-remembered movies. Tonight's movie: a fright-night double feature, with dramatic recreations of the classic sci-fi cheezefest Zontar: The Thing From Venus, and the highly-promising-sounding stabfest from 1975, The Love Butcher. The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium; tickets are $10, $8 for seniors/students, and can be purchased at the Neo-Futurists' Website. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Edilson Lima, teaching samba dance; and Chicago Samba, playing Brazilian street samba. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

A City Lit Casserole

Part of Stirring Things Up in Chicago, A City Lit Casserole features staged readings adapted from stories about food during a lunch hour presentation at Chicago, The World's Pantry, 72 E. Randolph. Selected works include those of Gourmet Magazine editor Ruth Reichl, children's writer Janet S. Wong, and Louisa May Alcott. The free reading begins at 12pm. Call 312-744-6630 for more information.

Chicago Media Action Forum

The next in the series of Public Education Forums, Chicago Media Action discusses "The Threat of U.S. Intervention in Iran." The event is a panel and discussion about American relations with Iran, the policies of both and the media coverage of the issues. Scheduled panelists include Stephen Kinzer, a New York Times foreign correspondent, Sama Sepehri, a writer with the Internationalist Socialist Review, and host Cliff Kelly, of WVON-1450 AM and V103-FM. The talk begins at 7pm, 77 W. Washington St. in the First United Methodist Church.

Paul Feig @ Barbara's Bookstore

Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks, stops at Barbara's Bookstore UIC to read from his new memoir, Superstud: Or, How I Became a 24 Year Old Virgin. The book takes the reader through Feig's years in "high school, college and young adulthood, on his neurotic road of sexual development and anguish." The reading begins at 7:30pm, 1218 S. Halsted. Call 312-413-2665 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJs Ron Carroll and JM3, playing Chicago & Gospel House, Old School & Deep House. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

LMAC @ Rotofugi

Les Minimal Autistic Children will be appearing tonight at Rotofugi, 1953 W. Chicago Ave., from 6pm to 10pm, to celebrate their first year in business. They'll be signing toys and products, previewing unreleased toys and releasing new ones -- and if you bring a light-colored t-shirt, they'll silkscreen it for you! Drinks and music, too. Free.

Free Cheesecake!

No, not vintage-pinup-cheesecake. Actually fatty cheesecake goodness! Get your free piece at any of the 79 Chicago Public Library locations to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Eli's Cheesecake.

Outdoor Film Festival: Citizen Kane

The 6th annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival kicks off tonight at sunset with a screening of the classic Orson Welles film Citizen Kane. The screening will be at Butler Field in Grant Park (Lake Shore Drive & Monroe), and admission is free. See the City of Chicago Website for a complete schedule of the festival, which runs every Tuesday night through August 23.

Roger Ebert Day

Today is officially Roger Ebert Day in Chicago! What's happening on Ebert Day? Well, there will be a dedication of a sidewalk plaque at the Chicago Theater (175 N. State) -- directly across the street from the Siskel Film Center. There will also be a program at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington), honoring Ebert's long career of film criticism. And this evening, the Outdoor Film Festival kicks off, with a screening of the classic film Citizen Kane, for which Roger recorded a commentary track for the DVD release. Before the screening (which will be sans commentary), there will be a tribute to Roger, which begins at 8:00 PM. So have a happy Ebert Day!

INFLUENCE. @ Sonotheque

Interrupt Media and Subsystence begin to wind down their monthly INFLUENCE. night at Sonotheque, this time with unmixed DJ sets from local favorites Zachary Lubin, Dave Siska, and Ken and Karl Meier. The event starts at 9 PM and takes place at Sonotheque, 1444 W Chicago, near Ashland. There is a $3 cover, and you must be 21 to get in.

I Was Really Very Hungry: A Portrait of M.F.K. Fisher

Part of the city's Stirring Things Up in Chicago, tonight's "food-inspired theater event" honors the great food writer M.F.K. Fisher. There will be a reading as well as a dinner menu inspired by the author's works. Chefs Linda Rosner and Jenny Lewis lead the dining portion of the evening while biographer Joan Reardon introduces the theatrical reading. This event begins at 6:30pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. Admission is $30 and reservations are required. Call 312-744-9350 to save your place.

"French Masters" Dinner with Cezanne

Mon Ami Gabi and the Art Institute partner to present a series of "French Masters" dinners offering the opportunity to learn about some of the most famous French artists. Tonight's featured artist is Paul Cezanne and an AIC lecturer will give a slide presentation of Cezanne's works. A wine reception starts the evening at 6pm, followed by the presentation at 6:30pm and a multi-course French meal. Tickets are $65 per person; reservations are required. Call 773-348-8886 for more information.

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

This month's meeting of the Gapers Block Book Club takes place tonight at The Book Cellar at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., where we will be discussing Crossing California by Adam Langer. The meeting begins at 7:30pm. And, join the book club email list for updates and important alerts about future meetings. See you there!

GB staff member AM will be at this event.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: the Arthur Murray Dance Center teaching the rumba, and the Steve Cooper Orchestra playing balroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Carillonathon!

The University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel is home to a giant musical instrument known as a carillon. Every Sunday this summer the chapel is hosting a series of free recitals featuring University Carillonneur Wylie Crawford along with guest artists from across the United States and Europe. The concerts start at 6 pm, but come at 5:30 pm to climb the stairs of the bell tower and get a look at the giant bells of the carillon-- not to mention a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline.

Didgeridoo Workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an afternoon workshop with instructor Robert Coleman on how to play the didgeridoo. Admit it, you've always wanted to learn how to play one, right? Well, here's your chance. The workshop happens this afternoon from 1:00 to 2:50 PM at the Old Town School's Mabie Gallery. The class costs $30, and no experience is necessary. There are only a few slots available in the class, so sign up early. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents its 8th annual Folk & Roots Festival, a two-day music and dance expo at Welles Park (corner of Lincoln and Montrose). Headlining the main stage today will be salsa/hiphop/jazz/funk group Ozomatli from Los Angeles. There will also be other stages set up around the park to showcase the Old Town School's talented faculty, as well as give attendees a chance to practice various dance styles. The festival runs today from noon to 9:30 PM. Admission is a $5 donation. See the festival's site for more details.

Exotica: Luau By The Lake 2005

Duke Carter & Eddie Angel present Exotica: Luau By The Lake, a four-day celebration of exotica and Pacific Island culture. To finish up the event, there will be a concert at Chef Shangri-La in North Riverside (7930 W. 26th Street) by the Haole Kats from Florida. The event runs from noon to 3:00, and reservations are recommended. More information and a full schedule for Luau By The Lake is available at the event Website.

Songs to Love & To Be Loved

The Students of Gisela Goettling present "Songs to Love & To Be Loved," a selection of classical and operatic vocal music dedicated to the long-time vocal coach -- for a taste, visit the group's MySpace page. The performance is at 2pm on the 7th floor of Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave. It's free, but donations will be accepted.

Lake View Music Fest

This weekend Lakeview residents gear up for the 4th Annual Lake View Music Fest. The fest features continuous live music, food from local restaurants and merch from local shops. Check out Metromix for a listing of performers. Easily accessible by the Red and Brown Line, as well as a number of busses, the party will center around Sheffield and Addison. The $5 suggested donation benefits the Lake View Citizen's Council. 12-10pm Saturday, 12-9pm Sunday.

Writing Cafe @ Story Studio Chicago

Story Studio Chicago will once again host a Writing Cafe today in their space at 3717 N. Ravenswood, #115, Chicago, from 11am-3pm. For just $10, you can hang out, write, snack, talk with other writers, and enjoy some cool temps. Plus, get some immediate feedback with mini-workshop sessions.

Diatribe Media Reading

Diatribe Media is hosting their monthly zine/indie lit reading at MoJoe's Cafe Lounge tonight at 7:30pm. This month's suggested theme is patriotism. Hosted by Katherine Hodges of Noncompliant, featured readers include Amber Drea of The Banana King, Kate Sandler of Brainiac and Mitchell Szczepanczyk of Chicago Media Action, among others. This is a free reading. 2256 W. Roscoe. Call 773-388-1236 for more information.

Quasar Wut-Wut vs. Buster Keaton

Hometown heroes Quasar Wut-Wut will be at the 3030 performance space tonight, performing their original score to the Buster Keaton silent film The General. If you're not familiar with Buster Keaton or this particular film, then you GOTTA go check it out. If you need convincing, check out Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" review of the film. The show starts at 9:00 PM, with Can.Ky.Ree as the opening act, and Quasar Wut-Wut taking the stage at 10:30. The show is BYOB, and donations are accepted. 3030: 3030 W. Cortland. (773) 862-3616.

The2ndHand #17 Release

The2ndHand celebrates the release of their 17th installment at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 7:30pm. The free event is hosted by editor and publisher Todd Dills and offers readings by Joe Meno, Jonathan Messinger, C.T. Ballentine and Jeb Gleason-Allured. Call 773-342-0910 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Louie Stallone teaching Cajun dance, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers playing traditional Cajun music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Plan the Ultimate Outdoor Party

Enjoy beautiful views of downtown Chicago while learning new and cutting-edge techniques for hosting outdoor parties. The culinary team from the Marriott demonstrates ways to create the best barbeque accompanied by innovative options for summer salads and new twists to favorite summertime beverages. This event will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown at 540 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 836-1000, ext. 6334. Cost is $30 per person.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents its 8th annual Folk & Roots Festival, a two-day music and dance expo at Welles Park (corner of Lincoln and Montrose). Headlining the main stage today will be country-rock musician Alejandro Escovedo. There will also be other stages set up around the park to showcase the Old Town School's talented faculty, as well as give attendees a chance to practice various dance styles. The festival runs today and tomorrow, from noon to 9:30 PM. Admission is a $5 donation. See the festival's site for more details.

Exotica: Luau By The Lake 2005

Duke Carter & Eddie Angel present Exotica: Luau By The Lake, a four-day celebration of exotica and Pacific Island culture. Today's event is a 12-hour concert (from noon to midnight!) at FitzGerald's in Berwyn (6615 Roosevelt Road). Over a dozen musical acts will be performing, along with a handful of exotica DJs. There'll be a pig roast, an aloha attire contest and lots more stuff going on. Tickets are $30 in advance (children under 12: $5). More information and a full schedule for Luau By The Lake is available at the event Website.

Lake View Music Fest

This weekend Lakeview residents gear up for the 4th Annual Lake View Music Fest. The fest features continuous live music, food from local restaurants and merch from local shops. Check out Metromix for a listing of performers. Easily accessible by the Red and Brown Line, as well as a number of busses, the party will center around Sheffield and Addison. The $5 suggested donation benefits the Lake View Citizen's Council. 12-10pm Saturday, 12-9pm Sunday.

Dine Like an Egyptian

And for free! For reals! Join Emily Teeter, Curator of the Egyptian Gallery, for an ancient feast at the Oriental Institute on July 9. Discover what the pharoahs ate, including Egyptian bread, eggs, wine and mummified. The Oriental Institute is at 1155 E. 58th street. For more information, call (773)

Band Geeks: A Halftime Musical

Tonight opens Band Geeks: A Halftime Musical at the Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark. It's about all those great things we remember from high school -- "bonehead jocks, rich preppies, fluff chicks, total geeks, dramafags, burnouts, freaky goths and mathletes" -- and learning to fit in. Set in the 1980's, the musical will feature original music from the decade and is sure to be a blast from the past for those of us old enough to remember it. Tickets are $15 and the show starts at 10:45pm. Call 773-935-2747 for more information. Running through August 13.

Fruit: Chicago's Queerest Dance Party

Tonight, starting at 9, Erik and Ali, the hosts of WLUW's weekly "Think Pink" show, present a dance party at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia). The evening will feature live performances by Princess and MC Johnny Dangerous, as well as the DJ duo spinning "a maverick mix of music" they promise will keep your feet on the floor. The cover is $8. For additional information, email thinkpink [at] wluw.org.

4Art Opening: The Collection

4Art Inc., 1932 S. Halsted #100, is holding an opening reception for "The Collection." This latest exhibition features a collection of Chicago artists with works in everything from oil paintings to sculptures to digital art. Artists include Alexis Silk, Maureen Warren and Renae Lillie. The reception will last from 6-10pm and the show will run through August 24. Call 312-850-1816 for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Lisa "La Boriqua" teaching salsa and cha cha, and Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra playing Big Band Mambo. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Exotica: Luau By The Lake 2005

Duke Carter & Eddie Angel present Exotica: Luau By The Lake, a four-day celebration of exotica and Pacific Island culture. Tonight's event is a concert at the Hala Kahiki tiki bar in River Grove (2834 River Road; see the map) featuring King Kukulele from LA and the ukulele duo Petty Booka from Japan. The concert runs from 3:00 to 7:00, and there will be an after-concert party at FitzGerald's in River Grove (2720 River Road) starting at 7:30, featuring a performance by Southern Culture on the Skids. More information and a full schedule for Luau By The Lake is available at the event Website.

It Came from the Neo-Futurarium IV: Death Wish 3

The Neo-Futurist theater company presents It Came From The Neo-Futurarium IV: Spawn of the Neo-Futurarium, the latest in their extremely hilarious and entertaining live readings of fondly- and not-so-fondly-remembered movies. Tonight's movie: Death Wish 3, the Charles Bronson killfest from 1985. The movie will be re-enacted by the Barrel of Monkeys theater troupe, who brought you a reading of Breakin' last year, and this year promise "more stage blood than you thought possible." Ponchos will be provided. The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium; tickets are $10, $8 for seniors/students, and can be purchased at the Neo-Futurists' Website. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Exotica: Luau By The Lake 2005

Duke Carter & Eddie Angel present Exotica: Luau By The Lake, a four-day celebration of exotica and Pacific Island culture. Tonight, go on over to the Trader Vic's in the lower level of the Palmer Hilton (17 E. Monroe) to see a musical performance by Old Town School instructor Lanialoha Lee and her 'ukulele students from Ke Kula Kupa`a O Ka Pakipika, an advanced-level school of Pacific Island culture. The concert runs from 7:00 to 10:00, and tickets are $15 in advance (the price includes an appetizer buffet). It's a 21+ show, and there is limited capacity for the show. If you can't get into the concert, traipse on over to Delilah's (2771 N. Lincoln) after the show for a post-concert party. More information and a full schedule for Luau By The Lake is available at the event Website.

GB staff member JMA will be in attendance.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Amaniyea Payne and Issa Bagayoyo, teaching African dance. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Steve Edwards and Eric Klinenberg discuss the Heat Wave of 1995

We've been having a real summer this year for the first time since '99 when we had temps above 100 degrees and blackouts! On that note, The Public Square, an intellectual group, is hosting a conversation between Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago and WBEZ's 848 host Steve Edwards today from 6:30-8:00pm at the Illinois Humanities Council and the Children and Family Justice Center of Northwestern Law School. They will discuss the heat wave and events surrounding the summer of 1995. More details here.

Early American Photography

Ever wonder about the difference between daguerreotypes and tintypes? Or about what equipment early American photographers used? Who were the prominent early photographers in Evanston? Tonight from 7 to 9 pm, join Jason Kladiva for "Early American Photography," an interactive journey through the mid-nineteenth-century via its images and image-makers. Part of the Evanston Historical Societyís monthly "Under the Buffalo" lecture series, the talk takes place at the Society, at 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. Kladiva, a photographer and Civil War interpreter, begins with a look at early daguerreotypes and then the ambrotypes of the 1850s and 1860s. An Illinois native, Kladiva has published several books on photography and has worked on historical projects for A&E and the History Channel and TNTís Emmy-award-winning miniseries, "Andersonville." Tickets are $5 per person, or free for EHS members. Reservations are recommended. Call 847-475-3410.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJs Glenn Underwood and Craig Alexander, playing True House Tones. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Theatre on the Lake: Closer Than Ever

Theatre on the Lake, the city's summer series of revivals of plays you should have seen from the past season, presents Porchlight Music Theatre's Closer Than Ever. 7:30pm July 6-9 and 6:30 July 10. $17.50. Fullerton and Lake Shore. Call 312-742-7994 for tickets.

Chicago Improv: The Compass 50th anniversary performance

On July 5, 1955, a group of University of Chicago students first performed as "The Compass", a theater group that presented improvised scenes as entertainment. The Compass eventually gave birth to Second City, and therefore is known as the origin of improv theater. Tonight, as part of the Chicago Improv Festival, a group of students from the University Theatre will perform the original Compass show. The performance happens tonight at 8:00 at the Frances X. Kinahan Third Floor Theater on the university campus (5706 S. University). Tickets are $10, and can be ordered in advance by calling (773) 702-3414.

Danny's Reading Series

The Dannyís Reading Series (complete with air conditioning) special feature tonight, at 7:30pm, will be Irish composer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe, poet Parker Smathers and Industry of the Ordinary featuring local artists Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson. Dannyís Tavern is located at 1951 W. Dickens (in the Bucktown neighborhood, near the intersection of Armitage and Damen) 773.489.6457. This event is 21 and over, please bring ID.

CHS Star-Spangled Independence Day

The Chicago Historical Society is celebrating the Fourth with a parade led by the World's Tallet Uncle Sam and characters from Chicago history. There will also be indoor games and...wait for it...fiddles! The parade is free and open to the public, 10am-2pm.

Evanston Peace Parade

Looking for something to do this July 4th? American Friends Service Committee is holding a peace parade along Central St. in Evanston. Marching groups include the Northshore Peace Initiative, Evanston Neighbors for Peace and CodePink, among others. Come by just to watch the parade or, if the mood strikes you, bring along signs and banners and help support this "united call for peace." For more information, contact Dickelle Fonda at sugrcreek[at]aol[dot]com.

Carillonathon!

The University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel is home to a giant musical instrument known as a carillon. Every Sunday this summer the chapel is hosting a series of free recitals featuring University Carillonneur Wylie Crawford along with guest artists from across the United States and Europe. The concerts start at 6 pm, but come at 5:30 pm to climb the stairs of the bell tower and get a look at the giant bells of the carillon-- not to mention a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline.

That's Weird, Grandma!

Nurse your sunburn and hangover in the cool confines of the Neo-Futurarium theater tonight and laugh yourself silly at Barrel of Monkeys' That's Weird, Grandma. Written by 3-6th graders at various Chicago Public Schools, silly stories come to life through the hilarious antics of a group of performers who also teach the kids creative writing during the school year. Take it from me, you'll bust a gut laughing. The show changes each week, so head back for more every Monday night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (and, psst, there's a $2 off adult coupon online). The Neo-Futurarium is located at the corner of Foster Ave. and Ashland Ave. at 5153 North Ashland Ave. Call (312) 409-1954 for tickets.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Tommye Giacchino & Gregory Day, teaching the waltz; and the Ray Sassetti Orchestra, playing ballroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Fireworks!

Tonight's the night for the City of Chicago's annual Independence Eve Fireworks at the Taste of Chicago. The fireworks, choreographed to music performed by the Grant Park Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Bell, begin at 9:30 pm on the lakefront.

FitzGerald's American Music Festival

FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, throws its 24th annual American Music Festival this weekend, and today is the last day. Today's line-up includes Jeff and Vida, Switchback, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Sleepy LaBeef, The Gourds, Marcia Ball, Del Rey, Eh La-Bas!, the Hackensaw Boys, King Wilkie, and The Subdudes. Doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are $25 -- if you get there before 6pm you get $5 off admission. Check this PDF calendar for the full festival listings.

NARAL Pro-Choice America Fun Run/Walk

Join NARAL Pro-Choice America for a free run/walk today. Lasting from two to three miles, all paces are welcome. This one's just for funsies. Meet at the Cara Running board at Diversey Harbor, 9:15am to participate and learn more about the organization. Email bulisano[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information.

Footlight Parade @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

As part of the LaSalle Bank Classic Film Series Footlight Parade is showing tonight at 4901 W. Irving Park Rd., 8pm. It's a "backstage musical comedy" with James Cagney, Dick Powell and Joan Blondell in "unforgettable dance numbers." Also showing tonight is a short comedy from 1944 titled "Movie Pests." Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children. Call 312-904-9442 for momre information on this weekly series.

Tense Forms Showcase @ Subterranean

Tense Forms, a community of local artists, presents Heat: the second annual Tense Forms showcase. Music, visual art, film, poetry and performance by artists from Tense Forms. The event happens at Subterranean tonight; doors open at 7:30 PM, tickets are $8, and it's a 21+ show. See the Tense Forms site for full details. Subterranean: 2011 W. North. (773) 278-6600.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Latin Rhythms, teaching salsa dancing; and Carpacho y Super Combo, playing Colombian and salsa music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Huff & Bowden on the Late Night Late Show

Gapers Block editor and co-founder Andrew Huff will be a guest on ImprovOlympic's "Late Night Late Show" tonight at midnight, along with Rachelle Bowden from Chicagoist. They're supposedly talking about weblogs, but seeing as it's an improv talk show, chances are it'll be a bit wacky. Tickets are $5; for reservations, call the box office at 773-880-0199.

FitzGerald's American Music Festival

FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, throws its 24th annual American Music Festival this weekend, and the stages are loaded with great acts. Today's line-up includes Jeff and Vida, Grey DeLisle, The John Burnett Orchestra, Eh La-Bas!, Dallas Wayne and Redd Volkert, Tributosaurus as The Band, Kevin Gordon and Jennifer Nicely, Patterson Hood, The Lee Boys, The Kinsey Report, Cathy Richardson Band, The Gourds and Robbie Fulks. Doors open today at 1:30pm. Tickets are $25 today -- if you get there before 3pm you get $5 off admission. Check this PDF calendar for the full festival listings.

Your Formula Life @ Tini Martini

Tonight, local promotional collectives Meiotic and Koncept team up to present the next edition of their bi-monthly Your Formula Life series at Chicago's Tini Martini. This installment features performances from BMG of Ectomorph fame and a DJ set from Planet E recording artist Common Factor. Tickets are $5, or free before 11 PM, and you must be 21 to get in. Tini Martini is located at 2169 N Milwaukee Ave, and the night takes place in the newly renovated rear lounge.

Black Banjo & Fiddle Traditions

Tonight, at 8pm, the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble presents Black Banjo & Fiddle Traditions in the United States, a lecture and demonstration on these old school stylings. The lecture will feature appearances from Clif Ervin, Joe Thompson, James Leva and Cecelia Conway. Free and open to the public, tonight's event will be held at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.

Ink and Ashes Poetry Nite

Hosted by Charlie Newman, this month's Ink and Ashes Poetry Nite will feature Lauren R. Matthews and Francesco Levato, the magazine's editors, and Larray Sawyer and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, editors of Milk Magazine. Held at DvA Gallery, 2568 N. Lincoln Ave., the poetry will go from 8-9:30pm and will also be broadcast live online. Call 773-871-4382 or visit the site for more information.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Dawud Shareef & Lura Satterfield, teaching the Chicago Bop; and the Chicago Catz, playing R&B, soul and funk. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago's Polish Food

Discover Polish food and culture at the Polish Museum of America. This exhibition traces the history of Polish food in America and highlights pierogi, cabbage rolls, paczki and Polish sausage. Come, eat! The Museum is located at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. and the festival runs from July 1-August 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors/students and $1 for children under 12.

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir @ Empty Bottle

Stop by the Empty Bottle (1045 N Western) tonight for delightful pop-rock sounds by the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Starlister and Summer at Shatter Creek. The show starts at 10 pm, costs $8 and requires ID proving that you are 21 years or older.

FitzGerald's American Music Festival

FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, throws its 24th annual American Music Festival this weekend, and the stages are loaded with great acts. Today's line-up includes Jeff and Vida; Roots Rock Rollercoaster with Brothers Lazaroff, Elizabeth McQueen and more; Dallas Wayne and Redd Volkert; Anders Osborne; Marcia Ball; Paul Thorn; Jon Dee Graham; Ian McLagen and The Bump Band; and Brave Combo. Doors open today at 4:30pm. Tickets are $25 -- if you get there before 6pm you get $5 off admission. Check this PDF calendar for the full festival listings.

Dollar Store @ Hideout

If you've got a buck, and a sense of humor, you know where to be tonight: The Dollar Store at the Hideout. Tonight's literary heavyhitters who have spent the past month crafting their stories are: Professional Sleepwalker Megan Stielstra (Sleepwalk Magazine), Low Falutin Southern Scribe Emerson Dameron (Whirligig), and Beat-Boxing Tux Reviver Lord of the Yum Yum (Paul Velat). All will join co-hosts Jonathan Messinger and special guest host Jeremy Sosenko (Late Night Late Show) for some cheap, low-brow lit fun tonight at the Hideout. This month, they bend time in four different ways and explore the meaning of "jaunty." The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia. The show starts at 7pm.


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