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Monday, November 20

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Misericordia Family Fest

Misericordia, a charity organization supporting the developmentally disabled, holds its 25th annual Family Fest today from 11am to 6pm at Misericordia North, 6300 N. Ridge. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for kids; free parking available at S&C Electric, Ridge and Devon.

Mad Cowboy documentary screening

Howard Lyman, a cattle rancher who became a vegan activist, will be in town tonight in support of his Mad Cowboy documentary. The feature length film chronicles the life of the man who turned Oprah off burgers, leading to the now-infamous trial. The 6:30 pm screening will be followed by a short presentation by Lyman, as well as an open discussion. The event is free, and free vegan cake will be served. It takes place at Unity Church of the North Shore, 3434 Central Avenue, Evanston, and is sponsored by Earthsave Chicago. More information about Lyman and his work is available at his website.

Windy City Rollers "School Daze Showdown"

The Windy City Rollers present "School Daze Showdown" tonight at the Congress Theatre, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. Doors open at 5pm, but the action starts at 6pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefits CAUSES Child Abuse Treatment Center. More info and ticket ordering here.

Laughing Matters: Katrina Relief @ Second City

Four of Chicago's top comedy theatres are donating a portion of their proceeds from performances this week to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. If you're feeling generous tonight, head to the 7pm performance of From Fear to Eternity at Second City. Tickets $18, call 312-337-3992. 1616 N Wells. Full bar.

Myopic Poetry Series: D. Trinidad & J. Felix

Poets David Trinidad and Joel Felix read tonight at 7pm at Myopic Bookstore, 1564 N. Milwaukee, in this edition of the Myopic Poetry Series. Free.

Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival

This Wicker Park/Bucktown arts festival features hundreds of painters, photographers, actors, performers and more in an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to visitors from all over the country. Coordinated by Around the Coyote, the Fall Arts Festival transforms local studios and businesses into galleries and the long weekend will be filled with scheduled and spontaneous performances. Tickets are available at the door, but passes for groups of 15 or more can be purchased by calling 773-324-6777. Visit the website for schedules and more information on the festival. Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-6pm.

Betty Dodson @ Early to Bed

Self-love aficionado and author of Sex for One and Orgasms for Two, Betty Dodson makes a stop today at Early to Bed. Preview her new film, "Orgasmic Women: 13 Selfloving Divas," participate in a question and answer session and get your copies of her books signed. The event is free and open to adults 18+, 7-9pm. Early to Bed is located at 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. Call 773-271-1219 for more information.

17th Annual Lakefront Bicycle Tour

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation’s 17th Annual Boulevard Lakefront Tour offers 10-mile (Hyde Park), 35-mile (the South and West Sides), and (new!) 62-mile (Northwest Side) routes along Chicago’s historic boulevards, followed by a picnic and live music on Midway Plaisance. Registration, which costs $30—or $25 if you’re a CBF member, and $5 for your kids— is required. Registration ends at 6PM Saturday 9/10 and the ride starts this morning at 6AM. Sign up at the website or call 312-427-3325.

Chicago Symphony Subset in Millennium Park

How many chances do you get to see the Chicago Symphony for free? Well, this isn't the whole Symphony, but some of its musicians, and conductor William Eddins, will be performing a 9/11 tribute concert at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park starting at 4pm this afternoon. For one selection, Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," Senator Barack Obama will provide narration. See the website for more information.

 

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