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Sunday, February 25

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Classic Jews: A Staged Reading

Nextbook presents Classic Jews: A Staged Reading tonight at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. "Jewish characters in the English tradition were created by non-Jews. In imagining these heroes, heroines, and villains, British and American authors pondered the place of Jews in society, and bolstered many of the stereotypes, positive and negative, that later writers would revisit, reinvent, and react against. Laura Ferri directs an evening of readings from Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf and others." Tickets are $10, $8 for students. More info available at


This event celebrates the history of rock music on television, with an emphasis on Chicago artists and programs. Jake Austen will use his book TV-A-Go-Go as a guide through a screening of rare video clips, including Bo Diddley's historic 1955 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, obscure 60s and 70s dance show clips, and the infamous 1981 Saturday Night Live punk rock "riot." The event will honor a panel of guests, including local TV legend Jack Mulqueen (producer of the 60s dance shows Kiddie-A-Go-Go and Swingin' Majority) and crooner/nightclub owner Milt Trenier, who began his showbiz career over 50 years ago as a member of the pioneering rock n' roll act, the Treniers. The show starts at 6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, and it's free.

Albie Sachs @ U of C

Albie Sachs, a justice on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, discusses "Social Issues, Moral Dimensions: A perspective from the new South Africa" concerning the recent decision of the court regarding same-sex marriage and other social issues confronting the courts in South Africa and the U.S. 4:30pm today in the Swift Hall 3rd Floor Lecture Room at the University of Chicago, 1025 E. 58th St. Free. More information here.



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