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Monday, May 22

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Deeply Rooted and Dance Africa @ the Chicago Cultural Center

As part of the Chicago Cultural Centerís About Dance series, the dance companies Deeply Rooted and Dance Africa will perform excerpts of their work. This free event starts at 6 PM this evening, in the Cultural Centerís Dance Studio. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Hip Hop Activism Panel @ the University of Hip Hop

The Illinois Humanities Council, via its Public Square initiative, is sponsoring a panel discussion on hip hop activism, featuring Jeff Chang, whose Canít Stop Wonít Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation won the National Book Award this year.The panel also includes UIC Assistant Professor David Stoval, and Lavie Raven, founder of the University of Hip Hop. The event starts at 6 PM at the University of Hip Hop, Southwest Youth Collaborative, 6400 S. Kedzie. For more information, visit the website.

The Mountain Goats @ Open End Gallery

The Mountain Goats are back in town again, and they're playing two shows. Tonight is an all-ages show at Open End Gallery (2000 W. Fulton, suite 310), and tomorrow night is a show at the Empty Bottle (see tomorrow's Slowdown for details). Tonight's show starts at 9:00, and tickets are $13; you can purchase them through Ticketweb.

Chick Lit Book Signing & Panel Discussion

Join chick lit authors Laura Caldwell, Stacey Ballis, Jennifer O'Connell and Cara Lockwood at Borders Lincoln Park as they discuss their books and the chick lit in general. They'll also sign their books, so be sure to bring them with you if you're a major fan. 7:30 pm at 2817 N. Clark. Call 773-935-3909 for more information.

826CHI Open House

826CHI, the latest of Dave Eggers' hip tutoring centers, and its accompanying "spy store" are throwing an open house tonight from 6pm to 8pm at 1331 N. Milwaukee. Lots of literati will be attending, including Eggers himself, Ira Glass, Roger Ebert, Joe Meno and Chris Ware. Free.

 

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