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Sunday, February 25

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Chicago Maritime Festival

The Chicago Maritime Society, the Chicago Historical Society and Common Times present the Chicago Maritime Festival. From 10am to 4:30pm at The Latin School of Chicago, 59 W. North Ave., check out workshops, films and exhibits on Chicago's maritime history, music and folklore, sailing, weather and ecology, marine art and model ships, activities for kids and more.

Then at 7pm, a concert features the likes of the Boekaneirs, a 20-man shanty choir from Holland; concertina legend John Townley; Milwaukee's own shantyman David HB Drake; Tom and Chris Kastle, Chicago’s “first family of maritime music”; and Nanne Kalma & Ankie van der Meer, singers and sailors from the Netherlands.

It's $8 for the conference and $20 for the concert, or $25 for an all-day pass. Visit or call 773-774-7216 for more information or to reserve your ticket.

Ann Keating @ Newberry Library

The co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Chicago discusses her new book, Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age. The book traces the relationship between the growth of Chicago and the railroad network at the beginning of the 20th century. 11 AM, free. 60 W. Walton St. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Lillstreet Studios Open House

From 10am-6pm, Lillstreet Studios holds its monthly open house. Featuring the work of more than 30 artists, the open house allows customers to browse, shop and watch the artists as they work. 4401 N. Ravenswood. Call 773-769-4226 for more information.

StoryWeek: Young Authors High School Writing Contest Awards

Come to the Young Authors High School Writing Contest award ceremony for a panel discussion with authors Brian Costello, Jonathan Messinger, Audrey Niffenegger and nominee for the 2005 National Book Award Rene Steinke. Hosted by Chris Maul Rice at Columbia College Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. 1pm. Call 312-344-7611 for reservations and information. Part of StoryWeek.

The Piners Prom

Open End Gallery hosts the Raizel Performances in The Piners Prom. A 50s-inspired dance concert, the prom "pairs original choreography from six choreographers with original music and revamped oldies covers from a live rock orchestra." Featuring all local talent, from the dancers to the musicians to the costume designers, notable contributers include Will Butler of The Arcade Fire doing music and Jay Ryan designing posters. $10 at the door, 2000 W. Fulton #310. Running March 10, 11, 17 and 18. Call 312-738-2140 or email raizelperformances[at]gmail[dot]com for tickets and information.

Women Rock @ Harold Washington Library

Following Women's History Month, this panel discussion revolves around the roles women have held in the music business. Panelists include local independent music critic Jessica Hopper, Chicago Reader staff writer Monica Kendrick, Venus editor and publisher Amy Schroeder and DePaul sociology professor Deena Weinstein. 1pm in the lower level Video Theater, 400 S. State St. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

Hanalei @ Beat Kitchen (CD Release Show)

This week's featured Transmission artist, Hanalei, will be releasing their latest CD Parts and Accessories (of which two tracks are available for download) on March 14th. To commemorate the release, they'll be having a CD release party on Saturday, March 11th at the Beat Kitchen. Support local music and make a point of attending if you can.

Jane Urquhart Brunch @ Chicago Athletic Association

In partnership with the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, the Chicago Humanities Festival sponsors this event honoring the award-winning Canadian novelist as part of its semiannual “Books and Brunch” series. 10 AM, 12 S. Michigan Ave. $45 for brunch and a copy of Uruquart’s latest novel, A Map of Glass; or $25 for brunch alone. To reserve a seat, call 312-661-1028, x22; or email education [at] chfestival [dot] org. For more information, visit the website.

Two-Day Sale @ Nina

If you're trying to get some knitting done on the discount, then this weekend, you should head over to Nina in Wicker Park for a big ole 20% discount for just two days. Friday and Saturday only, you'll get 20% off your purchases (no word on exclusions right now). Nina is located at 1655 W. Division St. (that's just west of Milwaukee). Hours on Friday and Saturday are 11-7pm and 11-6pm respectively.



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