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Wednesday, November 22

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Image Union short films @ Music Box

Image Union, the long-running film showcase on Chicago PBS station WTTW, presents a program of short films from its 28-year history. The films screen at the Music Box Theatre tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. See the Image Union site for more details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Opening: Poetic Dialogue @ ARC Gallery

What do you call it when poets and visual artists collaborate? Cool! Ten women poets and artists from ARC Gallery together created Poetic Dialogue Project 2005. See the art at ARC Gallery through 26 November; check out the opening tonight at 6 PM. 734 N. Milwaukee. Call 312-733-2787 for more information or visit the website.

Opening: Grace Cole @ Fine Arts Building Gallery

Here’s a terrific excuse to wander around Chicago’s inspiring Fine Arts Building. The Fine Arts Building Gallery is hosting an opening reception for a new exhibit of carbon pencil drawings by member artist Grace Cole from 5 PM to 8 PM tonight. Take what might be the last manned elevator in the city to the 4th floor, or—better yet—take it up higher and soak up the artistic, musical, and choreographic vibes as you explore your way back down. 410 S. Michigan, Suite 433. For more information, call 312-913-0537, or visit the website.

Milliner’s Guild Lecture @ Chicago Cultural Center

As part of Falling Head First, Chapeau presents a short documentary on Chicago milliner Bes-Ben, produced by Ravenswood Media. After the documentary, fashion scholar Elizabeth Jachimowicz will deliver a slide lecture on the history and current state of Chicago millinery. Free. 6 PM, at 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 773-271-6351 or visit the website.

Art Opening @ International Museum of Surgical Science

Yes, you read that correctly. Alice Leora Briggs and Leigh Anne Lester display their interpretations of medical history with their respective shows "Graft" and "Family Portraits." Depicting historical medical procedures and genetic inheritances, the shows are the latest additions to the International Museum of Surgical Science's "Anatomy in the Gallery" series, showcasing "contemporary art with medical themes." The opening reception is from 5-7pm, $6 for regular museum admission and $3 for students and seniors. Admission to the reception is at no additional charge. 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. Call 312-642-6502 for more information.

Dolph Smith: Book as Object

The Columbia Center for Book and Paper Arts presents Book as Object: A Lecture by Dolph Smith. While Smith is mainly an "image maker," tonight's lecture will explore the idea of the physicality of a book as the driving force of its content. Using windows, tubing, Plexiglass and wooden boards, he will "attempt to create movement without compromising the book's anatomy." The 6:30pm lecture is free and open to the public at 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd Floor. Call 312-344-6630 for more information.

Chip Kidd @ Quimby's

Chip Kidd, book designer extraordinaire, will be signing his new book, Chip Kidd: Book One, at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., tonight at 7pm. Free, other than the price of the book. More info here.

Dollar Store @ Hideout

It's not your usual brand of dollar-inspired literary debauchery. Tonight's Dollar Store is a Very Special Anniversary Show "in which the hosts stop torturing the audiences and just let the goodness happen without them." Featuring your usual hosts, Jonathan Messinger and Sean Gardner, the lineup also include Jeb-Gleason Allured, Christopher Piatt, Lisa Buscani and more. Also featuring the sounds of The Grackles and Pearly Sweets. It all happens at 9:30pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. $7 cover for this special show. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.

826CHI Teacher's Happy Hour

The great people over at 826CHI invite Chicago area teachers and educators to their space for a Happy Hour and the opportunity to learn more about 826's programs. Over wine and appetizers you'll get to learn about the organization's field trips, in-schools support and after-school drop-in tutoring. 826 would also like to learn how they can support you during the school year. The free event goes from 3:30-5pm. RSVP at rsvp[at]826chi[dot]org or call 773-772-8108 for more information. 826CHI is located at 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Cheap 'n' Good Wines

While you're getting tipsy at this Chopping Block wine tasting, the Wine Goddess will tell you all about those affordable -- but still totally drinkable -- wines readily available. The seminar will be held at the Chopping Block's Lincoln Squre location on Lincoln south of Lawrence. Cost is $35.

 

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