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Monday, July 22

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24-Hour Horror Movie Festival @ Music Box

The Movieside Film Festival presents "Music Box Massacre," a 24-hour horror movie marathon at 3733 N. Southport. From noon today to noon tomorrow, catch classic horror movies, such as Nosferatu, Return of the Living Dead and Near Dark. There will be prizes and giveaways and pajamas and blankets are encouraged. Seriously, how can you ever go wrong with pajamas and blankets? Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 at the door and can be bought by call 866-468-3401. The Music Box can be contacted at 773-871-6604.

Joe Meno & Kevin Guilfoile @ Barnes & Noble

A couple of local, and GB, favorites read at Barnes & Noble today -- Joe Meno and Kevin Guilfoile will read from their stories in Chicago Noir. 3pm at 1441 W. Webster. Call 773-871-3825 for more information.

Opening: Major Barbara @ the Chicago Cultural Center

The only thing better than a Shaw play is a free Shaw play, and that’s what’s on offer. ShawChicago is staging G.B. Shaw’s Major Barbara starting this afternoon, through 12 November, on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM, and Mondays at 7 PM, except 29 October. 77 E Randolph Street. For reservations, call 312-409-5605. For more information, visit ShawChicago’s website.

Chris Ware Booksigning @ Quimby's

Chris Ware, graphic novelist of wide repute, will be signing books at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave., today at 3pm in support of THE ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY: Annual Report to Shareholders and Rainy Day Saturday Afternoon Fun Book, a collection of one-off comic pages that have appeared in New City, Reader and other publications over the years. Free, although you really ought to buy the book while you're there.

gODDESS Launch Party

gODDESS is a new locally run website " featuring a sophisticated & provocative blend of fashion, fine art and erotica." (Needless to say, NSFW.) The twist is that feminine beauty & sexuality in a positive light. 10 percent of the site's profits from the gODDESS are donated to charitable organizations that are active in preventing violence against women worldwide. they're They're throwing a launch party at Sound-Bar, 226 West Ontario St., tonight from 10pm to 5am. $20 admission ($10 if you get there before 10pm, with RSVP), 21 and over. More info here.

Dill Pickle Food Co-op Art Auction

Come support Chicago Artists' Month by participating in the Dill Pickle Food Co-op's silent art auction. From 5-9pm there will be local artists' work, jazz music by The Ways and Means Trio and all the money you spend will go twoard developing the city's newest food co-op. The auction will feature sculpture, found art, visual art and items made specifically for the free event. It all happens at SpareRoom Time-Arts Cooperative, 2416 W. North Ave. To learn more about the Humboldt Park/Ukranian Village/Logan Square co-op, write foodcoop[at]yahoogroups[dot]com.


"Debauchery with a cause" to benefit The Big Easy. Your $25 ticket cost (donation) opens the doors for smoking, drinking, appetizers, music and raffles at West Town's hottest new spot, Swim Cafe. All proceeds from The Smoke-A-Drink-A-Thon will be donated to Free Life Medical Assistance for Louisiana. Saturday, October 15, 6-11 pm, Swim Cafe, 1357 W Chicago. In the meantime, stop by Swim for mini-muffins, the panini of the day, coffee and details.


If you're ready for some sitar, you're in luck. Tonight's performance, sponsored by South Asia Outreach at the University of Chicago will feature Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay on sitar with Nitin Mitta on tabla. Professor Bandhopadhyay has toured and performed extensively at venues and campuses across India and is "one of the foremost sitar players of the current generation". Nitin Mitta started learning tabla at the age of 9 from Pandit G. Satyanaryana of Hyderabad, India, and has been taking advanced training from Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar of Mumbai. The concert starts at 7:30pm at the Fulton Recital Hall at the University of Chicago, 1010 East 59th Street, fourth floor (corner of 59th Street and Ellis Avenue in Hyde Park). Admission is $10 or free with U.C. identification card. For more information or to arrange for disability access email south-asia-outreach{at} or call 773.702.8635.

Tour Historic Bronzeville

Chicago Neighborhood Tours, which is presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism, is offering a guided tour of the Bronzeville neighborhood this Saturday. Explore the history and culture of this celebrated African American community. Stops will include the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center and the Art Park at the CYC/Elliott Donnelley Youth Center. The tour costs $25, and departs at 10am from the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph Street. You may reserve your tickets online or call 312-742-1190 for more information.



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