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Friday, November 17

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Third Coast Festival/StoryCorps Listening Room event

The Third Coast Festival presents an evening of stories recently recorded in Chicago by StoryCorps, a project to record audio interviews of everyday Americans by their friends and family. The event happens tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street). The event is free, but reservations are recommended; see the Third Coast site for details.

Bridgehouse and Walking Tour

Join the Friends of the Chicago River for a unique tour of the southwest tower on the Michigan Avenue Bridge and a walk along the river downtown guided by Friendsí trained docents from 5:30-7:30pm tonight. You begin inside the bridgehouse for interpretation of the tower, learn why Chicago was cutting edge in bridge design, and go into the gear room to see how the bridge really works. Next, you will walk along the main stem of the river learning about how we have more moveable bridges than anywhere in the world and all about the riverís rich history which truly helped to create the city. Cost: $10. Reservations are required, please call Maggie at (312) 939-0490, ext. 10. To register a group for this tour, please contact Tina at (312) 939-0490, ext. 23.

Win a Date with Joe & Mandy

Playground Theater member team, The Fling, presents an all new improv game show, Win a Date With Joe & Mandy, starting tonight. From The Fling: "Win a Date With Joe & Mandy is an Improvised Game Show where the audience can win a date with our lovely bachelorette, Mandy, or this guy, Joe. It is Love Connection meets Double Dare as audience members compete in a series of wacky challenges to win the affections of Joe or Mandy. The two audience-selected winners will be whisked away on all expenses paid dates with Joe & Mandy, complete with members of The Fling as chaperones. The dates will be filmed and clips will be shown to new audiences in subsequent weeks." Performances will be at 8pm at The Playground Theater, 3209 North Halsted, Chicago. Tickets are $10, call (773) 348-2209 for reservations.

Reading Under the Influence

The fourth installment of the odd little reading series where writers drink with audience members and read about drinking. While doing shots. Tonight is scheduled to feature Rob Duffer, Keith Hernandez, Jonathan Messinger, Joe Tower, Amanda Snyder and Julia Borcherts. Drink specials include $2 Bud and Miller bottles, and prizes will be given away. $3 cover, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. 7-10pm, Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave.

Kriti Festival Fundraiser

Sponsored by DesiLit, a national non-profit organization supporting South Asian writers, Kriti Festival is holding a fundrasier today from 5:30-7:30pm. The festival boasts the title of the first Midwestern, South Asian literary festival and will be held in mid-November. A donation of $10 aides the author panels, readings, workshops and entertainment that are part of the festival. With $5 martinis and free appetizers, tonight's your chance to learn more about the festival while having some fun. Indian Garden, 247 E. Ontario. Email info[at]desilit[dot]org for more information.

Andean Music at the Old Town School

As part of the Old Town School of Folk Musicís 10th annual celebration of Latin sound, La Pena, an evening of Andean music begins at 8:30 PM. The Old Town School requests a $5 donation. 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 773-728-6000 or check the website.

Short Films about Food

As part of the Stirring Things Up series of food-related events, a free program of vintage food-related short films, Eyes on the Pie and If You Know What's Good For You, is showing tonight at 7 PM at the Chicago Cultural Centerís Claudia Cassidy Theater. The films are presented in part by the Chicago Film Archives, which safeguard thousands of films that used to be held by the Chicago Public Library. 77 E Randolph Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or click here.

Rackett with Paul Muldoon

Come rock out with Paul Muldoon and his band, Rackett with The Poetry Center of Chicago at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10, and available at the door. SAIC students, faculty and staff get in free, as do Poetry Center Members. Paul Muldoon is a Pulitzer Prize winner, he's in the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame, and he's penned songs for Bruce Springsteen and collaborated with Warren Zevon. Rackett has performed recently at the Cornelia Street Cafť, the Knitting Factory (NYC), the Berlind Theater, Princeton, and Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn. This is Muldoon's second appearance at The Poetry Center.
112 South Michigan Avenue, Ballroom of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

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