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Saturday, July 13

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Opening: Preston Jackson @ Cultural Center

This major exhibit by local artist Preston Jackson, called Fresh from Julieanne’s Garden, features more than 30 bronze castings. Through 26 March. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Mud Queens of Chicago

The Mud Queens of Chicago return for another bout of mud wrestling tonight at 9pm at The Belmont-Central Building, a defunct office building at 5600 W. Belmont. The Billy Carter Band, The Functional Blackouts and Gays in the Military perform. $5 donation at the door, BYOB. Proceeds benefit the Young Women's Empowerment Project.

Crutch 3rd Anniversary Show

The Crutch celebrates their third year of existence with a party at the Double Door. Helping them celebrate are some great local bands like Healthy White Baby, Bang! Bang!, The Dirty Things and The Record Low. The party kicks off at 9pm with a $10 cover. The Double Door is located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Call 773-489-3160 for more information.

The American Apron

In the first lecture event at Dame Couture, apron aficionado Erika Fitzgerald examines how a common working garment "became elevated to the height of domestic popularity in the 1950s." In "The American Apron," Fitzgerald discusses women's roles, styles of clothing, how aprons were used and how the aprons followed style, form and fuction in each decade. The lecture is free, but reservations are required; call 773-463-2162 to save your space. Dame Couture is located at 4316 N. Elston.

Open: New Designs for Public Space

Opening today at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, "Open: New Designs for Public Space" features over 300 architectural renderings, photographs and models illustrating how public space has changed in the city. The exhibition also features contemporary public space designs from all over the world to represent current trends in urban planning. Runs through May 7. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 S. Michigan Ave. Call 312-922-3432 for more information.

Young Authors Reading Series @ Barbara's Postponed

Barbara's Bookstore Oak Park is inviting Columbia College to bring high school students from all over the city to read thier stories. All aspiring young writers and all interested in hearing the voices of the next generation of authors should come to this unique reading. 6pm at 1100 Lake St. Call 708-848-9140 for more information.

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to February 4.

Tense Forms presents 800 Winters

Tense Forms, publisher/record label/etc., presents "800 Winters," a showcase of music, performance and art at the Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. The show features:
- The artwork of Nora McComiskey, Jen Haybach and Sangini Brahmbatt, along with an installation of 800 photographs by more than 20 artists.

- Music by the Notes and Scratches, Radiant Darling, Casey Meehan, Ben Clarke (of Lying in States) and Andy Wagner.

- The debut performance of Frost, a new short play by the House Theatre's Marika Mashburn, starring Mashburn and the House's Chris Matthews.

Doors open at 8:30pm with an $8 cover. 21 and over.

Dance Party @ Latin Street Dancing

Latin Street Dancing celebrates its 8th year with a smoke- and alcohol-free dance party at its 5th floor studios. Doors open at 9 PM tonight, with Latin dance lessons offered at 9:30 PM. DJs will spin a variety of Latin styles, including salsa, cumbia, and meringue. $5 to get in. 540 N. LaSalle Street. For more information, call 312-42-SALSA or visit the website.

Bumblinni Brothers @ Cultural Center

The two-man circus performs in the Claudia Cassidy Theater this afternoon at 3 PM and again this evening at 7 PM. Free. 77 E. Randolph Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Nat King Cole Tribute @ Millennium Park

Chicago musicians including pianist Judy Roberts, horn player Greg Fishman, and bass player John Whitfield—along with more than a half dozen vocalists—perform the music of Nat King Cole at the Pritzker Pavillion this afternoon. This event takes place at 2 PM and is free, but reserve a seat on the glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled stage by calling 312-742-1079. For more information, call 312-744-3315 or visit the website.

Opening: Open: New Designs for Public Space @ Archicenter

Learn about Chicago’s public spaces and innovative designs for public space around the world at this exhibition hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 224 S. Michigan Ave. Through 7 May. For more information, call 312-922-3432 or visit the website.



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