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Monday, November 20

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Anti V-D Partry @ Funky Buddha

By which I assume they mean "Anti-Valentine's Day" and not "Anti-Syphilis" or "Anti-Chlamydia" because crowded clubs are usually the place where you contract such ailments. So, if you hate Valentine's Day, but love being smashed into a club with questionable, sweaty, drunk people, Funky Buddha's $30 open bar party might be for you. Come between 8-11pm to get all the alcohol you want at 782 W. Grand Ave. Live and silent auction prizes include a VIP package for 10, a cruise on Lake Michigan and more. Call 773-342-3575 for more information.

Opening: 9th Annual Critical Mass Art Show @ Reversible Eye

This exhibition of art with bike-centric and anti-car themes kicks off with a party starting at 7 PM tonight. The exhibit runs through 24 February (when it closes with another party). 1103 N. California Ave. For more information, call 773-862-1232 or visit the website.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

Every second Friday of the month, the Chicago Arts District holds monthly receptions at galleries and artists' studios around S. Halsted and 18th Streets. This month's 6-10pm recpetion is features "Drawings that Happen: Reactionary Drawing Class Exhibition" at the Chicago Art Department, 1837 S. Halsted. Also available for viewing are Moka Gallery, 4Art's Xclusive Group Show, "Imprints" at Vespine Gallery and more. Free and open to the public. Call 312-738-8000 x 112 for more information.

Sketchcore's "Urban Legends" @ Oracle Theatre

SKETCHCORE’s "Urban Legends" continues tonight at 10:30 at The Oracle Theatre, located at 3809 N. Broadway Ave. The show runs on Fridays until March 31st . Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 with student ID. To reserve tickets call 773.780.9174 or, for more information go to www.sketchcore.com or www.oracletheatre.org.

Opening: "The Innocent Eye?"

Nick Osborn, of Square America fame, opens a show of vernacular photography entitled "The Innocent Eye?" at Carl Hammer Gallery, 740 N. Wells St., tonight from 5:30pm to 8pm. The show runs through March 18.

Singles Cooking Class @ Kitchen Chicago

Chef Daniel drops by Kitchen Chicago for a Singles Cooking Class wherein he'll show how to make his signature first course. Teams will help prepare the rest of the menu and then everyone gets to enjoy the meal together in the cafe. 6:30-9pm at 4664 N. Manor. The menu include Sashimi Tuna Spring Rolls with Tobiko Caviar, Soup of Sweet Potato and Chipotle Chiles and Red Wine Infused Rack of Lamb, among other tasties. $75. Register online.

Around the Coyote Winter Arts Festival

Wicker Park's Around the Coyote Arts Festival features hundreds of painters, photographers, actors, poets, filmmakers and more in a neighborhood-wide art exhibition. Walk from building to building as each hosts a different gallery and a different set of artists (click here for a list of artists). Check out the full schedule of events or get your $5 day pass and browse the galleries at your leisure. All-Access tickets can also be purchased for $40 by calling 773-342-6777.

Demetri Martin @ Lakeshore Theater

Not only does Demetri Martin have a great half hour episode on Comedy Central's stand-up series, he's also been featured in Bust and has spent some time with The Daily Show. In "These Are Jokes," Martin tells joke, shows some of his drawings, and plays music. If you've ever seen him on TV, you know this is a show worth going to. 8pm on Friday and 7pm and 9pm on Saturday. Tickets are $20 each at the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway. Call 773-472-3492 for more information.

Tree House Meow-Mixer

For the cat lovers, there's the Tree House Animal Foundation's Valentine's Day Meow Mixer tonight at Bar Chicago. Support one of Chicago's no-kill cat shelters with $5 all-you-can-drink tap beer at 9 W. Division Street, from 8-11pm. For more information, call (773) 784-5488 x.231. Proceeds benefit the Foundation.

Professional Pet Photography & Party

Celebrate the one person who'll never leave you high and dry on Valentine's Day -- your dog -- at the Chicago Canine Rescue's Valentine's Day Party. Tonight, from 7-10pm at the Grubman Photography Studio at 456 N. Morgan Street, Chicago, have your pet immortalized by pet photographer, Steve Grubman. Tickets are $75 per person in advance or $80 at the door, and proceeds benefit the Rescue organization. Sparky loves you, Sparky will never ever leave you. Give Sparky a treat. RSVP by emailing lisa{at}chicagocaninerescue[dot}com.

Mrs. Meow's Talenza Bonanza Talent Show

Head to Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division, tonight at 9pm for the first-maybe-annual Mrs. Meow's Talenza Bonanza Talent Show. Drink beer and watch folks flaunt off their various talents, including bellydancing, magic, a puppet show and more. Includes prizes for the best contestants and entertainment by DJ Dirty Cowboy. 21 and over. Free!

 

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