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Saturday, March 25
Two 2005 documentaries, Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock and Preacher with an Unknown God, are shown in the Claudia Cassidy theater today at 1 PM. Free. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.
Departing from the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph, author Tom O'Gorman leads a tour of the city's Irish immigration history. Stops along the way include Holy Name Cathedral, Holy Family Church and a drive through the historically Irish Bridgeport neighborhood. Tour prices are $50 for adults and $45 for seniors, children 8-18 and students. Register online or call 312-742-1190 for more information.
Roger Ebert rocks! The proof airs tonight on Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions. In preparation for tomorrow's Oscars broadcast, Ebert was interviewed for his thoughts on rock'n'roll in the movies. Tune in at 7:00 PM to hear that interview, or hit the Sound Opinions Website sometime next week to download the show from their podcast page.
Created by local comedians Jared Logan and Kumail Nanjiani, A Demon Who Never Appeared is a monthly variety show of sketches, live music and prizes, described as "a live version of The Muppet Show by way of those creepy old Vincent Price movies, with a dash of Forbidden Zone thrown in." Regular tickets are $10, with $5 for students, but on this inaugural night, everyone gets in for $5. Purchase them at the door or by emailing tickets[at]blewt[dot]com. 12:15am at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Presented by Blewt! Productions.
The folks who live and work at the Flat Iron Arts Building open their studios on the Saturday afternoon following the first Friday of every month so you can wander through the maze of galleries and peruse the work of dozens of artists. Free, 12 N to 5 PM. 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more information, call 773-486-6055.
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).
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.
Fangoria magazine presents the Chicago Weekend of Horrors. Two days of horror movies, horror movie starts, horror movie directors, and horror movie fans. See the Website for a full schedule and ticket purchase. The Weekend happens today and tomorrow at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont).
If you're considering participating in the Farmer's Markets this year, Kitchen Chicago is hosting a get-together at their cafe this Saturday, March 4. The goal of this meeting is to provide a chance for people considering sharing table space at a market to meet one another and discuss any other market-related information. They'll have applications available, and can answer questions about them, specific markets their clients participated in last year, and using their kitchen. If you're interested, please RSVP to 773-463-0863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested, but cannot make this time, let them know and they may consider rescheduling or hosting a second event. Don't forget, applications for the City of Chicago and Green City Markets are both due March 15th. Kitchen Chicago is located at 4664 N. Manor, Chicago.