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Sunday, November 19

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First Friday @ Flat Iron Arts Building

The folks who live and work at the Flat Iron Arts Building open their studios on the first Friday evening of every month so you can wander through the maze of galleries and peruse the work of dozens of artists. Free, 6 PM to 11 PM. 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more information, call 773-486-6055.

Stop Smiling party @ Maxim's

Locally produced magazine Stop Smiling hosts a party tonight to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The party features an open bar (woo!) and the MC is Ira Glass! Tickets are $30, which is a little pricey, but hey, open bar and Ira Glass. The party runs tonight from 8:00 to midnight at Maxim's, 24 E. Goethe. See the Stop Smiling Website for full details and to purchase tickets.

Otium Reading @ U of C

Otium, the Unversity of Chicago's online literary magazine, is holding a fiction and nonfiction reading from 7-9pm in Rosenwald Hall, room 405, 1101 E. 58th St.. Readers include future GB Book Club author Achy Obejas and Sleepwalk co-editor Megan Stielstra as well as Emily Alpert, Bayo Ojikutu and Jonathan Ullyot. A chocolate feast follows. Email otium[at]listhost[dot]uchicago[dot]edu for more information.

Baker & Huff @ Town Hall Pub

Running on Fridays and Saturdays through April 8, tonight is the world premiere of Baker & Huff at the Town Hall Pub. Meet Al Baker and Doc Huff, a 60s comedy duo whose final performance and the tension that leads to their breakup is told in this play. Tickets are $10 for the 8pm show at 3340 N. Halsted. Call 773-345-0726 for reservations and information.

Counterculture Documentaries @ Cultural Center

Two 2005 documentaries, Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock and Preacher with an Unknown God, premiere tonight in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Tonight’s screenings will be followed by a talkback with directors and producers. Free, 7 PM. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Oscar Shorts @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents this year's Oscar-nominated films in the animated, live action, and documentary short film categories. These are typically categories that most people never get to see, so it's great that the Film Center is showing them. The programs start running tonight and continue through March 9, so you have plenty of chances to see them all. See the Film Center's Website for a full schedule of the films and show times. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Redmoon Theater's Spectacle Lunatique

On display tonight is Redmoon Theater's annual benefit gala, Spectacle Lunatique. This year's theme is chocolate, "infused with whimsical entertainment, wild surprises, and sumptuous dinner by Finesse Cuisine." The gala will be held at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, and guests will have the opportunity to preview musical performances from Redmoon's upcoming performance of "The Golden Truffle." Tickets to the 7pm event are $150 each. Call 312-850-8440 x 114 for reservations and information or buy them online.

Unlucky Atlas, Vera Deidre @ South Union Arts

Previously featured Transmission artist Unlucky Atlas play with Milwaukee brethren Vera Deidre at South Union Arts tonight at 7pm. There's a $5 donation. South Union Arts is located at 1352 S. Union Ave.

$Dollar Store$ @ Hideout

This from the masterminds behind everyone's favorite cheap lit show: "Oh man, we got a good one up our thin sleeves. Friday night should be a real banger. Punk Planet associate publisher Anne Elizabeth Moore will amaze, hilarious stand-up comedian Kumail will dazzle, multi-talented story-telling champ Brad Norman will make life worth living again, and co-hosts Jonathan Messinger and Jeremy Sosenko will co-host. You'll never believe it." See you at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Friday, March 3; 7PM; $1 suggested donation.

Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam (Prelims)

This marks the 6th year for Young Chicago Authors' Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam competition in Chicago. You can attend and see some of Chicago's best young literary talent bout word for word over the weekend's preliminary competitions, or you can volunteer [PDF application] and help out the event. Bouts take place all day at HotHouse and Columbia College Chicago. See times and more information on the YCA site. Tickets to these preliminary rounds are $3/bout or $5/day for students and $5/bout and $10/day for adults and are sold at the door. The finals will take place on March 12 at the Metro (tickets available at the Metro or at any of the preliminaries this weekend).

Chicago360 documentary collaboration

Split Pillow and Chicago Filmmakers bring you Chicago 360, a collaborative film project all this weekend. The film features: a time-lapsed history of Logan Square, a performance art group that turns discarded toys into musical instruments, a look at how lives and space intersect in Lakeview, the role of race and class in the changing landscape of Pilsen and the thought-provoking public art of a late night El rider (ahem, Our Fallen Spacemen) which intersect in this unique 60-minute creative documentary collaboration by filmmakers Jim Vendiola, Nick Martin, CJ Dugan, Jill Bzibziak, Casy Clark and Erik Gernand. Chicago Filmmakers is located in Andersonville, at 5243 N. Clark. Screenings take place at 8pm, from March 3-5. The film is 60 minutes long.

 

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