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Wednesday, November 22

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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 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.

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.

 

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