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Wednesday, November 22

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Cornelia Arts Holiday Show

Visit the Cornelia Arts Building this evening from 6 PM to 9 PM to browse among artwork and crafts by more than 40 Chicago-area artists. 1800 West Cornelia, at Ravenswood and Cornelia. For more information, call 773-935-8094 or email CorneliaArts [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Francis W. Parker School Celebrates Einstein

Commemorating the World Year of Physics, which itself commemorates the 100th anniversary of Albert Einsteinís publication of three critical papers in 1905, this Lincoln Park day school is sponsoring a conference thatís open to the public tonight and tomorrow; speakers include physicists and cosmologists from Fermilab and the University of Chicago. 330 W. Webster Avenue. Click here for a schedule of free events; to register (required), email einstein [at] fwparker [dot] org, call 773-797-5469, or fax 773-549-4669.

Venus and Punk Planet Party

Tonight at 10pm, put on your dancing shoes and head to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., for rockin' live music from Psalm One and Eight Inch Betsy and the audio stylings of DJ Kate Simko and DJ Shoogyboom, all to support two great Chicago indie magazines, Venus Zine and Punk Planet. The $10 admission includes a free winter issue of Venus.

Pleading for the Future, Illinois vs. Leopold & Loeb

The Saint Sebastian Players present an original theatrical production of the notorius Leopold and Loeb murder trial in Pleading for the Future, Illinois vs. Leopold and Loeb. For those rusty on their Chicago history, the 1924 "crime of the century" involved two college graduates who murdered their 14-year-old cousin. The two were defended by Clarence Darrow, who gave an unprecedented argument against capital punishment. The play runs at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at 8pm on December 2-3 and at 2pm on December 4. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and can be bought at the door and by calling 773-404-7922.

The Black Keys @ The Metro

Get a second helping of growling rockers The Black Keys will play the Metro tonight for a mere $16. These guys got me through cooking Thanksgiving dinner last year, and their new stuff will certainly be on my plate again. What a way to start off December! Their east coast shows are selling out fast, so grab tickets while you can! Show starts at 9pm.

Women's Performance Art Festival

From improv to dance to standup comedy, the 6th Annual Women's Performance Art Festival hosts a wealth of performance art written, directed and performed by women. Held at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., the show runs for three days, December 2-4, at 8pm. The performers tackle community needs, romanticism and love, Edward Gorey, identity and a whole lot more. Admission is $15; call 773-281-0824 to save your spot.

Holiday ExtravaKafka @ Kafka Wine Co.

Kafka Wine Co., Lakeview's cutest little wine shop, is holding a holiday wine tasting tonight from 7-9pm. Holiday ExtravaKafka is their biggest wine tasting event of the year where you'll get to sample staff favorites and best sellers from around the globe. Make your reservation by calling 773-975-9463; $10 per person. Trust me, the price is more than reasonable for all the wonderful wines you'll get to taste. 3325 N. Halsted.

Dollar Store @ Hideout

December's Dollar Store is co-host Sean Gardner's last, so if you've never seen it before, make the trek to the Hideout to see him before he leaves the show and the city. Also hosted by Jonathan Messinger, tonight's 7pm show features Amina Cain, Don Hall and Tyler Lansdown. 1354 W. Wabansia with a $1 suggested donation. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.

Craft Bazaar @ OTS

In addition to the usual First Friday square dancing and singing at the Old Town School of Folk Music, tonight there will be a Craft Bazaar from 6:30 to 10:00. The bazaar will feature all kinds of knitting, jewelry, pottery, and greeting cards, as well as some custom-blended essential oils and homebaked goods. All the participants are Old Town staffers or volunteers. The Old Town School is located at 4544 N Lincoln; you can find a flier for the bazaar on their website.

DEPART-ment

It's time for another season of handcrafted clothing, art, stationary, jewelry and other desirable wares. "All things handcrafted. No brand-names. No foreign assembly. No questionable ethics." That's DEPART-ment's motto and the more than a hundred vendors there can demonstrate exactly why that's such a great thing. Open Friday, 7-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, at Open-End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton #310. Call 312-560-1442 for more information.

 

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