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Friday, November 24

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Merce Cunningham Dance Company

A huge name in modern dance, Merce Cunningham returns to Chicago with two programs presented by The Dance Center of Columbia College. The second program, tonight, focuses on Cunningham's more recent work, incorporating "computer-enhanced choreography and motion-capture video imaging." The show starts at 8pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets range from $18-$48 and can be bought by calling 312-344-8300.

Life During Wartime Halloween Bash

In a series of dance parties at the Hideout, Life During Wartime involves "getting hipsters to change the state of the union instead of just complaining about it over their PBR's." The group is holding a Halloween Bash at 9pm tonight, featuring the music of Bling Kong and prizes for people in costume. 21+, $8 to get in, at 1354 W. Wabansia. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.

SOFA Chicago

SOFA Chicago returns to Navy Pier this weekend, filling Festival Hall with sculpture, objects and functional art from around the world. The show is open Friday, Oct.28, 11am-8pm; Saturday, Oct. 29, 11am-8pm; and Sunday, Oct. 30, noon-6pm. Tickets are $15 per day or $25 for a three-day pass (students and seniors pay $10).

An Evening of Halloween Ghost Stories

The Evanston Historical Society hosts An Evening of Halloween Ghost Stories at the historic Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St. A different storyteller will be situated in each room of the house, providing a different ghostly story as visitors pass through. Reservations are required for the hour-long program and tickets are $8 for EHS members, $10 for non-members. The show goes on at 7, 8 and 9pm. Call 847-475-3410 to save your spot and to get more information.

"Famous Chicago" Pumpkins @ Phyllis' Musical Inn

Millennium Park is hosting the best of this display on Sunday and Monday, but starting today you can catch all of Craig Perry's hand-carved pumpkins at Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division St. There will be nearly 60 carved pumpkins, all featuring the faces of famous Chicagoans. Everyone -- from Harry Caray to John Dillinger to Bill (Billy Goat) Siannis -- will be there. The pumpkins will be available for viewing through Monday night. Go to Perry's website for examples from last year's show, "A to Z: Fifty Musical Pumpkins." It's pretty cool.

Deana Rose Trunk Show @ Hazel

Hazel is a great little stationery and gift shop located in the Ravenswood neighborhood, and possibly one of the city's best-kept secrets. Today the store is hosting a trunk show featuring Chicago jewelry designer Deana Rose. You can check out Rose's fall collection, while enjoying desserts and cocktails, from 11am to 5pm at Hazel, located at 1902 W. Montrose Ave. Call 773-769-2227 for more information.

This American Life 3 hour marathon

The Chicago public radio program This American Life presents a three-hour marathon this afternoon from noon to 3:00 PM, in honor of Chicago Public Radio's current pledge drive. Check out the CPR Website for full details.

Neighborhoodies Open House

Nieghborhoodies is opening a store in Wicker Park at 1300 N. Milwaukee, and there's a party tonight to celebrate. From 8pm on, come listen to DJs spin and enjoy free Goose Island beer and apps. And, of course, check out the hip threads.

 

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