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Thursday, March 23
Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago is celebrating the release of their excellent 2006 city guide by hosting a release party at the Darkroom (2210 W Chicago Ave). The first 200 attendees will receive a free NFT Chicago 2006 and the first drink is on NFT: everybody in attendance will get one free Goose Island 312 beer per person with invite, while supplies last. Light FM will be performing live with DJs spinning afterwards. The party runs from 8pm-10pm, and to get in you must print the PDF invite from the NFT website.
Eternal Return, a show by MadJoy Theatrics (an ensemble of youth writers and performers) that played earlier this year, reopens tonight at 7:00 at the Pulaski Park Auditorium (1419 W. Blackhawk). Tickets are $5-10, or pay-what-you-can. Eternal Return will play at the auditorium through October 15. For full information about the play, see the Free Street Website or call (773) 772-7248.
The Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival kicks off this evening with four separate programs of short films. The festival runs through this Sunday, and all films will be screened at the Three Penny cinema (2424 N. Lincoln). Themes of programs include a kid-friendly presentation at noon on Saturday (kids get in free with a paying adult!), sci-fi/horror short films, animation, romantic comedies, documentaries... In short, there's something here for everyone. See the festival's Website for full information and to purchase festival passes at a discount.
It's time for another GB Get-Together! This month, we'll meet in the front of the bar at Charlie's Ale House, 5308 N. Clark St., from 9pm to midnight. Check the Proprietors page for faces, or just look for the table strewn with GB stickers. See you there!
(Please note: We originally planned to meet at Hopleaf, but two private parties bumped us. We'll be going there next month instead.)
Tonight at The Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village, are some fine rock and/or rollers for your listening pleasure (and a mere $7) The lineup: Sunday Morning Chameleon, Killjoy Confettiand Starina and The Vel Johnsons. The Beat Kitchen is located at 2100 W. Belmont. Music starts at 10pm, $7, 21 and over.
The Chicago Committee on Fair Trade is holding their 2005 Fair Trade Futures Conference and is inviting all interested individuals to attend. The 3-day conference begins with a welcoming event on Friday at 6pm with Kwabena Ohemueng Tinyase, managing director of a cocoa cooperative in Ghana. Workshops for the conference include "Common Threads in the Living Wage and Fair Trade Movements," "Building a Bandwagon: How to Make FT Hip" and "Building Bridges with the Zapatista Movement." Continue celebrating with the Fair Trade Futures Fiesta on Saturday night. It all goes down at the Holiday Inn, Chicago Mart Plaza at 350 N. Orleans. Call 202-234-6797 for more information or register here.
Chicagoís 10th Artistsí Month begins this weekend with an open studios event in Pilsen, which starts at 6 PM tonight. During the 35th Annual Pilsen East Artists' Open House, more than a hundred artists open their doors to the curious public. Itís a great opportunity to explore a vibrant neighborhood, see some edgy art, and eat some delicious and authentic Mexican food. For more information, call the Chicago Arts District at 312-377-4444 or check the website.