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Thursday, November 30

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100 Years of Beckett @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Curious Theatre Branch team up to present No Danger of the Spiritual Thing: 100 Years of Beckett. The performance is a series of short plays to celebrate Samuel Beckett's 100th birthday. Each section of the museum, including elevators, stairwells and galleries, will feature a different short play performed by local theater companies and artists. The shows start at 7:30pm with a special presentation of Texts for Nothing at 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for MCA members, $15 for non-members. 220 E. Chicago Ave. Call 312-397-4010 for tickets and information.

Opening: The Airplane Project

Gardenfresh presents their first project of the year with Milwaukee artist Kathryn Martin. Working with obsession and conception, Marting uses "found cultural objects to engage the viewer in dialogue with-in and with-out the exhibition." Gardenfresh is located at 840 W. Washington, 2nd Floor; tonight's opening is from 6pm-10pm. The show runs through February 17. Call 773-732-8968 for more information.

Even in Blackouts @ Beat Kitchen

Beat Kitchen presents a performance by Chicago band Even in Blackouts, the latest musical venture by Chicago punk music veteran John Pierson. This performance also functions as a release party for Pierson's new novel, Weasels in A Box. Even in Blackouts will be heading out on a European tour soon, so this will be the last ti to catch them in town for a while; best to make it there tonight. The all-ages show starts tonight at 7:00 PM, and The Grackles and Mittens are the opening acts. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door, and can be purchased through the Beat Kitchen Website. Beat Kitchen: 2100 W. Belmont. (773) 281-4444.

Opening: Versus: Photography and Sculpture

Versus: Photography and Sculpture opens tonight in the WestTown Gallery District @ 40000. From 7-10pm, check out the 12 featured artists and their work in sculpture, photography, painting, video and drawing. Free and open to the public. The show runs through January 28 at 1001 N. Winchester Ave. Call 773-342-4930 for more information.

"Horror On Tour" @ Rotofugi

Rotofugi, 1953 W. Chicago Ave., opens "Horror On Tour," a show of new art by Christopher Lee and Tado, tonight from 7pm to 11pm. DJ Clayton Counts spins, free drinks, neat toys and art. And there's a raffle! More info here.

"Big Brother, Little Brother" Opening Reception

Anthony Lewellen and W. Kim, aka Antck and Revise CMW, open their joint show of their graffiti-inspired art at District 13 Gallery, 1706 W. Chicago, tonight from 7pm to 11pm. Free, of course, with an after party at Tre Via, 1575 N. Milwaukee. More details here.

Opening: Not I @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art shows work from its artists’ book collection in commemoration of Samuel Beckett’s 100th birthday. Featured artists include Marcel Duchamp, Bruce Nauman, and John Cage; the centerpiece of the exhibition is a film of Beckett’s 15-minute play Not I. The exhibit closes 23 April. 220 E Chicago Avenue. For more information, call 312-280-2660 or visit the website.

Tomorrow Never Knows Music Festival @ Schubas

What gets rid of the winter doldrums? A nice start is live music, food and drink, and getting out of your house to mingle with people. Starting with the first bit, check out the little music festival that Schubas, The Onion, Pilsner Urquell and WLUW are bringing to town this weekend. Tonight, check out Manishevitz and The Spinto Band with The 1900's and The Moonlight Towers starting at 9pm at Schubas, located at 3159 N. Southport Ave. (773) 525-2508. Tickets are $10, and the show is 21+.

Chicago Bicycle Federation Open House

The Chicago Bicycle Federation invites you to help celebrate its move to River North with a reception featuring an auction, Goose Island beer, and Kitsch’n appetizers, followed by a party at Mother Hubbard’s. 5 PM, 9 W. Hubbard Street, Ste. 402. To make a reservation, email or leave a message at 312-427-3325, ext. 251.

Kids on Check, Please!

Tonight's broadcast of Check, Please! (WTTW 11) features preteen reviewers dishing (sorry) about Ed Debevic's, Medieval Times, and King Crab. 8pm.



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