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Chicago Human Rhythm Project

The Museum of Contemporary Art, at 220 E. Chicago Ave., is hosting the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. With more than just individual artists, the project is showcasing a number of international tap repertory companies while celebrating fifteen years of traditional and new rhythm dance. This performance features Brazil's Vata Tap and Los Angeles's Jason Samuels Smith of ACGI. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for students and MCA members, and can be bought by calling 312-397-4010. The performances will go on Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Edith Frost CD release party @ HotHouse

Chicago singer-songwriter (and close personal friend of GB) Edith Frost plays a show tonight at the HotHouse in celebration of her brand new CD on Drag City, "It's a Game". Show starts at 9:00 PM, it's a 21+ show, tickets are $12, and can be purchased at the HotHouse site. HotHouse: 31 E. Balbo. (312) 362-9707.

Banana King #3 Release Party @ The Book Cellar

The Banana King is celebrating the release of its third issue with wine and readings at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue. The reading begins at 7pm and features A.B. Drea, Robert Biedrzycki, Anne Elizabeth Moore (Punk Planet), Larry O. Dean, and Elizabeth Crane (When the Messenger Is Hot). Call The Book Cellar at 773-293-2665 for more details.

Lampo presents German experimental artist Stephan Mathieu

Lampo presents Berlin-based experiemntal artist Stephan Mathieu for his Chicago debut. His performance, "Radioland," is a suite of computer-processed live AM radio, accompanied by a fast, random video flicker of 256 colors.
The event is $12 and kicks off at 9pm on Saturday November 19th, at 6ODUM (2116 West Chicago Avenue). Read more about Mathieu at

Five and Dime Comedy Hour

The 5 & Dime Comedy Hour is not your average sketch show. The 5 & Dime Comedy Hour = Megan Bell, Molly Hale, and John Pattavina. These three consider themselves old souls and their comedy comes from a love of "old-timey" pop-culture and painful loneliness. The show is directed by WNEP's infamous Don Hall. This is not the same sketch show you've seen where the lights come up, and punch line occurs and the lights go down. 5 & Dime has orchestrated a night of absurdist theatre that will thrill those new to and veterans of sketch comedy.
Saturday nights @ 11pm, November 5th - December 17th @ The Trapdoor Theatre , 1655 W. Cortland St. (In Bucktown behind Jane's restaurant) 10$ and BYOB! $5 for improvisers

IWPA Book Fair

The Illinois Women's Press Association is holding a book fair from 10am-3pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. More than just a way to sell books, the fair will also have authors and publishers speaking about their new books and will feature special guest speaker June Skinner Sawyers who, among other contributions, lectures on the humanities at the Newberry Library. 78 E. Washington St. in the Randolph Cafe and Garland Meeting Room. Call 312-744-6630 for more information.

826CHI Film Screening: As Smart as They Are

As Smart as They Are is a documentary about "the collaboration between McSweeney's Brooklyn house band One Ring Zero and an ensemble cast of award-winning authors who contributed original lyrics." The film explores relationship between music and literature and features One Ring Zero, Dave Eggers, Myla Goldberg, Amy Fusselman and more. Tonight's 826CHI screening will be at 7:30pm at Thorne Auditorium, 750 N. Lakeshore Drive, and requires a $9 admission. Proceeds from this event benefit 826CHI. Buy your tickets here or call 773-772-8108 for more information.

Meet The Weasley Twins/Charity Potter Screening

Ok, this is perhaps my favorite of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hooplah. The Chicago Bulls are sponsoring a private screening of the newest Potter film today at noon. The proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction (starting at 11am) will go to their charitable foundation CharitaBulls. Plus, as an added bonus, you can meet-and-greet the actors who play the Weasley Twins (James and Oliver Phelps). Plus, unlimited soft drinks and a "special Hogwarts menu" to snack on. Tickets are $25 for individuals or $75 for a family pack and can be purchased online (dowload a PDF here) or by phone (312) 455-4000. This event is at 1001 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL.

Grand Re-Opening: Checkerboard Lounge.

The first club opening of its kind in more than 25 years, the legendary Checkerboard Lounge officially re-opens in Hyde Park’s bustling Harper Court at 5201 S. Harper Court on Friday, November 18, 2005 as the New Checkerboard Lounge for Blues ‘N’ Jazz. An impressive cast of Chicago blues and jazz performers will perform at the new club during a weekend-long grand re-opening celebration starting Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, 2005. Open to the public, an alternating line - up of blues and jazz musicians are scheduled to perform from 9:30 p.m. through 2:00 a.m. starting on Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, 2005.



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