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Saturday, April 29
Ex-Chicagoan and onetime Bloodshot Records recording artist Neko Case plays The Vic Theatre, 3145 North Sheffield, at 8 PM. Martha Wainwright (Rufus's sister) opens. Call 773-472-0449 (tickets through Ticketmaster).
An experiment in reading, the Red Rover Series enacts its 7th experiment, "Poetry Origami." Visiting poet Catherine Daly will present and invite the audience to create projects using scissors, paper, glue, wire, texts and more from the dollar store. Suggested donation is $3. 8pm at SpareRoom, 2416 W. North Ave. Call 773-645-1853 for more information.
Blue Sky Inn is holding a closing reception for their latest exhibition, "This City is Our Home: Photographs, Essays and Paintings by Homeless Youth in Chicago." The exhibition is the result of Blue Sky Inn volunteers' weekly visits to homeless youths and select contributors will be present at the reception. Refreshments will be served and a silent auction will provide guests with the opportunity to support Blue Sky Inn. 6-9pm at 826CHI, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Email info[at]blueskyinn[dot]org to RSVP or call 773-772-8108 for more information.
Tonight is your last chance to see SKETCHCORE’s "Urban Legends" continues tonight at 10:30 at The Oracle Theatre, located at 3809 N. Broadway Ave. 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.
For the pop-culture voyeur in you, this "exhibition and celebration of the finest in found footage" was lovingly cultivated from random thrift-store videocassettes, fast food training videos, infomercial outtakes, and so on (check out the trailer). Screening tonight at 7pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. Call 312-744-6630.
Each year, Links Hall selects six performers for a 6-month LinkUp residency. This weekend, three residencies culminate with public performances, starting at 7 PM tonight. $15. 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.
In a local manifestation of sustainable art, Chicago metal artist Kiff Slemmons has refashioned “unusable” remnants from the work of noted jewelers into new pieces. Tonight’s opening reception runs from 6 to 8 PM in the Michigan Avenue Galleries; the exhibit closes 28 May. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.
Tonight offers a lecture and slideshow by photorapher and author Timothy Archibald who wrote Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews. "Sex Machines" unveils an astonishing American subculture and the homespun inventors and users who propel it. Meet a laid-off tech industry exec who transforms a thrift store pasta maker into a high-powered sexual appliance and a new career, an apocalyptic visionary who builds a sex machine prototype for female survivors of a future without men, and an Idaho cowboy who intends to use his device as a form of Christian-based marriage counseling. Sex Machines celebrates the spirit of American ingenuity and bold approaches to an ever-changing sexual landscape. Author and photographer Timothy Archibald's photographs have appeared in New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, GQ, The New Yorker, and Outside Magazine. The event starts at 7pm at Quimby's, located at 1854 W. North Ave, call 773/342-0910 for more information.
The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago host this benefit at the Chicago Cultural Center. $40 (or $30 if you’re an Evening Associates member) gets you wine, hors d’oeuvres, a sneak preview of the 15th Annual Vintage Poster Fair, and a fair readmission pass for Saturday or Sunday. 5 PM to 9 PM, 77 E Randolph Street. For tickets, email eveningassociates [at] artic [dot] edu or call 312-443-3710. For more information about the Evening Associates, visit their website.
The new music ensemble eighth blackbird, along with soprano Lucy Shelton, perform music by Arnold Schoenberg in a cabaret opera designed by Blair Thomas. Tickets are $18-22. 7:30 PM, 220 E Chicago Ave. For more information, call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.