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Saturday, July 20

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Economics Teach-In @ U of C

The University of Chicago is holding a teach-in about the economics of equitable cooperation. Okay, that means nothing to me, as I try to keep my distance from the econ majors during my U of C stay, but I hear some people are interested in learning about new economic models and stuff. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Professor Robin Hahnel leads the free lecture/discussion at the Social Science Research Building, SS122, 1126 E. 59th St. 6-8pm. Email info[at]chicagoparecon[dot]org for more information.

Purple America: New Art, New Politics

Part of the East-West Perspectives lecture series, Hamza Walker presents a lecture titled "Purple America: New Art, New Politics." Walker hails from the University of Chicago's Renaissance Society, a non-collecting museum that sponsors concerts, film screenings, literary readings and lectures by contemporary critics and scholars. The 7pm lecture is preceded by a 6:30pm reception; both occur in the Fourth Floor Auditiorium at East-West University, 816 S. Michigan Ave. Call 312-939-0111 for more information.

Belushi Signing @ House of Blues

Judy Belushi Pisano, the widow of legendary John Belushi, has published a book on her late husband. From 5:30-8:30pm, she will hold a free signing at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. The books don't go on sale for another week, so this is a chance to get a sneak preview at an intimate account of Belushi's life. Call 312-923-2000 for more information.

Bookslut reading @ Hopleaf presents its October reading event, featuring authors Beth Lisick, Peter Manseau and Paula Kamen. The reading happens tonight at 7:30 PM at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark, second floor). See the Bookslut site for full details.

No More Violence Against Our Sistas

As part of Violence Against Women Awareness Month, No More Violence Against Our Sistas, a short film about violence in women’s lives, is being screened tonight at 6:30 PM. The movie, which was made by young women from NYC-based Sista II Sista, will be followed by a panel discussion. DePaul University Schmidt Academic Center (SAC), Room 154; 2320 N. Kenmore. For more information, call 773-392-5165 or visit the website.

Dollar Store @ MCA

Part of the Museum of Contemporary Art's Literary Gangs of Chicago, the Dollar Store hits the MCA's cafe at 6:30pm tonight. The reading will feature favorites from a year of Dollar Stores, including some by hosts Jonathan Messinger and Sean Gardner, as well as Jeremy Sosenko and Diana Slickman. Most notably, this show is all-ages, so if you're in that horrid pre-21 bracket and can't get into the Hideout, here's your chance to see what everyone's been talking about. Free at 220 E. Chicago Ave. Call 312-280-2660 for more information.

Carlo Petrini @ Kendall College

The founder of the international Slow Food movement, a small but influential counterweight to the forces of fast, cheap, mass, and careless food production, will speak tonight on the notion of “Virtuous Globalization.” Carlo Petrini’s talk will be followed by a screening of Darwin’s Nightmare, documentary exposing “problems caused by injudicious trade practices.” This event starts at 5:30 PM and costs $20 ($10 for members of Slow Food). 900 N. North Branch. For more information, visit the website.

Sex Senses

Join the ladies of Andersonville sex shop Early to Bed on October 18 for a senual workshop. Instructor Eve Minax will show you how to keep it simple and make it magical. From fingers to feathers to floggers, the body adores being touched and stroked -- from gentle caresses to erotic spankings with or without blindfolds, earplugs, scents, music and more. Bring anything you think may be relevant and an open mind. Come share what you know and learn hands on techniques from a pro! The workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free.



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