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April 2006

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Theater Oobleck's Natural History

Theater Oobleck's Dave Buchen and Argentinean puppeteer/musician Sebastian Paz team up for Natural History in which they "compress 37 volumes of Pliny the Elder's manuscripts on the working of the universe into a box of interactive scrolls and songs." Featuring eleven original songs in bolero, flamenco and other styles. 8pm at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $12 if you can pay it, free if you can't. Call 773-347-1041 for more information.

Urban Design Group

Debuting original work this weekend, the Urban Design Group show features the work of local artists Susan Fong, Cindy Germata, Kristi Jones and Drema Widener. With jewelry, watercolor, quilting and paper art between them, a portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit group Women Everywhere. The show will run through the weekend, starting with a 6-10pm wine and cheese reception on Friday; Saturday hours are 11am-5pm and Sunday hours are 12pm-3pm. Come to Studio 207 at 2418 W. Bloomingdale, 2nd floor.

All the Tea in Chicago Book Signing

If you've ever wondered where you can get the best cup of tea in the city, All the Tea in Chicago has got you covered. The book is the first guide to drinking tea in Chicago and author Susan Blumberg speaks this afternoon at Argo Tea, discussing the places she visited and a variety of information on tea. 3-5pm at 16 W. Randolph St. Books will be available for $10 at the free signing. Email info[at]desvoeuxpress[dot]com for more information.

Hyde Park Art Center 36-Hour Grand Opening

The new Hyde Park Art Center opens today with a 36-hour celebration featuring demonstrations from the Center's teachers, the opportunity to make your own art and the chance to learn more about what the Center has to offer. Attendees will also be the first to view Takeover, the premiere exhibition in the new space. Go here for a full schedule of events. And guess what? None of it costs even a dime. Starts Saturday, 9am, and runs through Sunday, 9pm, at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Call Colleen Coyne at 773-324-5520 for more information.

Nova Art Fair

The Nova Art Fair focuses on new and emerging art in all media, including prints, installation, film, fashion design and much more. The goal of the fair is to provide an international showcase to established and emerging artists alike. The fair is organized by Bridge NFP, a non-profit organization that includes the publication of Bridge Magazine and provides cost-effective gallery space to new artists.

Today's your last chance to view the show, with hours from 12-6pm; tickets are $10 and can be bought online. 933 W. Belmont. Call 312-421-2227 for more information.

Version >06: Conference

Version is an annual festival focusing on emerging art, technology and social activism, running through May 7. Admission to events is accepted at the door, but you can also purchase a $25 event pass that covers entry fees to all screening and events or a $50 Version pass that allows you entrances to all events and programs, as well as food and various goodies. Call 773-837-0145 for more information.

In a series of talks, presentation and workshops, the Version Conference explores ideas and projects that inspire further actions for the festival's cause. The two-day conference is part of Version's Free University program and takes place in the Urban Gardening Lounge, 4th floor, or the Kunsthalle Dock, 1st floor, of 3636 S. Iron St. Schedule subject to change.

Screening Disability: Chicago's International Deaf and Disability Film Festival

As part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center hosts a free series of programs of films about or created by deaf and disabled people. All films screen in the Claudia Cassidy Theater from 11 AM to 5 PM and are captioned and audio described. Today’s program includes the award-winning documentary, Murderball, starting at 1:30 PM, for which reservations are required: call 312-742-4716. 78 E. Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Poetry Fest @ Harold Washington Library

April is Poetry Month, and the Harold Washington Library Center is hosting a daylong festival with readings, workshops, and small press exhibitors. Free, 400 S. State Street. For more information, call 312-747-4700 or visit the website.

Theater Oobleck's Natural History

Theater Oobleck's Dave Buchen and Argentinean puppeteer/musician Sebastian Paz team up for Natural History in which they "compress 37 volumes of Pliny the Elder's manuscripts on the working of the universe into a box of interactive scrolls and songs." Featuring eleven original songs in bolero, flamenco and other styles. 8pm at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $12 if you can pay it, free if you can't. Call 773-347-1041 for more information.

Urban Design Group

Debuting original work this weekend, the Urban Design Group show features the work of local artists Susan Fong, Cindy Germata, Kristi Jones and Drema Widener. With jewelry, watercolor, quilting and paper art between them, a portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit group Women Everywhere. The show will run through the weekend, starting with a 6-10pm wine and cheese reception on Friday; Saturday hours are 11am-5pm and Sunday hours are 12pm-3pm. Come to Studio 207 at 2418 W. Bloomingdale, 2nd floor.

Hyde Park Art Center 36-Hour Grand Opening

The new Hyde Park Art Center opens today with a 36-hour celebration featuring demonstrations from the Center's teachers, the opportunity to make your own art and the chance to learn more about what the Center has to offer. Attendees will also be the first to view Takeover, the premiere exhibition in the new space. Go here for a full schedule of events. And guess what? None of it costs even a dime. Starts Saturday, 9am, and runs through Sunday, 9pm, at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Call Colleen Coyne at 773-324-5520 for more information.

Nova Art Fair

The Nova Art Fair focuses on new and emerging art in all media, including prints, installation, film, fashion design and much more. The goal of the fair is to provide an international showcase to established and emerging artists alike. The fair is organized by Bridge NFP, a non-profit organization that includes the publication of Bridge Magazine and provides cost-effective gallery space to new artists.

Today's hours are 12-8pm; tickets are $10 and can be bought online. 933 W. Belmont. Call 312-421-2227 for more information. From 12-4pm, Landmark Century Cinemas at 2828 N. Clark will show film and video screenings, selections of which have yet to be decided. Later on $5 gets you into the 8pm-4am after party at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont.

Green and Growing Fair @ Garfield Park Conservatory

If you’re interested in the Chicago urban gardening scene, check out this festival, which features workshops, hands-on activities, exhibits, and seed vendors. Free, 10 AM to 4 PM. 300 N Central Park Avenue. For more information, call 773-638-1766 or visit the website.

Imagining and Imaging the Disabled Self @ Cultural Center

Part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, which runs from 20 through 30 April, this event features a panel of artists who discuss how their works represent people with disabilities. In the First Floor Garland Room at 2:30 PM. Free, 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

SAIC/826CHI Benefit @ Mercury Café

The Heartbeat SWAP at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will be holding a silent auction of artwork to benefit 826CHI tutoring center at The Mercury Café, 1505 Chicago Avenue, tonight from 8pm until midnight. There will be food, drinks, music and performances, and all proceeds from the sale of art will go entirely to 826CHI.

TimeLine talk with Broadway Lyricist

TimeLine Theatre hosts Sheldon Harnick, Tony Award winning lyricist of Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof, and other Broadway musicials, in conversation with retired Trib theater critic Richard Christiansen. Presented in conjunction with TimeLine's new production of Fiorello!, directed by Nick Bowling, who will also be on hand. This free event takes place this afternoon, from 11am to 1pm, at the Three Arts Club (1300 N. Dearborn). For more information, call 773-281-8463 or visit the website.

Love, Chicago Release Party @ Delilah's

Come celebrate the release of Love, Chicago's 4th issue at 8pm tonight at Delilah's (2771 N Lincoln Ave.). The new issue, stickers and buttons will be available and enjoy your first beer on the zine. Norah Utley and DJs from Shit Sandwich Records, Punk Planet and WLUW's Hump Day Dance Party spin throughout the evening. No cover, but 21 and over. For more information, visit lovechicago.org.

Version >06: Conference

Version is an annual festival focusing on emerging art, technology and social activism, running through May 7. Admission to events is accepted at the door, but you can also purchase a $25 event pass that covers entry fees to all screening and events or a $50 Version pass that allows you entrances to all events and programs, as well as food and various goodies. Call 773-837-0145 for more information.

In a series of talks, presentation and workshops, the Version Conference explores ideas and projects that inspire further actions for the festival's cause. The two-day conference is part of Version's Free University program and takes place in the Urban Gardening Lounge, 4th floor, or the Kunsthalle Dock, 1st floor, of 3636 S. Iron St. Schedule subject to change.

Version >06: New Trends in Chicago Photography

Version is an annual festival focusing on emerging art, technology and social activism, running through May 7. Admission to events is accepted at the door, but you can also purchase a $25 event pass that covers entry fees to all screening and events or a $50 Version pass that allows you entrances to all events and programs, as well as food and various goodies. Call 773-837-0145 for more information.

Curated by Greg Stimac and Brian Ulrich, New Trends in Chicago Photography features the work of Terry Evans, Marta Sasinowska, Nate Larson, Colleen Plumb and many more. The show opens at 6pm with a panel discussion dunk tank. 3636 S. Iron St. 4th floor.

Become a Billion $ Babe . . .

. . . or at least shop to look like one. Billion Dollar Babes is holding its several times a year sample sale today from 8am to 6pm. There will be tons of designers represented, real dressing rooms, and even a bar in case the decisions become too stressful and you need a glass of wine before deciding "Missoni? or no Missoni?" Based on the desires mentioned by many readers in this Fuel, I bet at least some of the 14,000 square feet of space will be covered with spring skirts, sandals, dresses, and other frilly girly things.

Screening Disability: Chicago's International Deaf and Disability Film Festival

As part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center hosts a free series of programs of films about or created by deaf and disabled people. All films screen in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Today's screenings run from 10 AM to 2 PM and are captioned and audio described. 78 E. Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Garfield Park Market Place Opening Day

You know spring is here when the vendors at the Market Place at Garfield Park set up shop. Browse through items for the garden, gifts, and edible treats, from 9 AM to 5 PM today. Open weekends through 29 October. 300 N. Central Park Ave. For more information, call 773-638-1766 or visit the website.

Theater Oobleck's Natural History

Theater Oobleck's Dave Buchen and Argentinean puppeteer/musician Sebastian Paz team up for Natural History in which they "compress 37 volumes of Pliny the Elder's manuscripts on the working of the universe into a box of interactive scrolls and songs." Featuring eleven original songs in bolero, flamenco and other styles. 8pm at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $12 if you can pay it, free if you can't. Call 773-347-1041 for more information.

Urban Design Group

Debuting original work this weekend, the Urban Design Group show features the work of local artists Susan Fong, Cindy Germata, Kristi Jones and Drema Widener. With jewelry, watercolor, quilting and paper art between them, a portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit group Women Everywhere. The show will run through the weekend, starting with a 6-10pm wine and cheese reception on Friday; Saturday hours are 11am-5pm and Sunday hours are 12pm-3pm. Come to Studio 207 at 2418 W. Bloomingdale, 2nd floor.

Nova Art Fair

The Nova Art Fair focuses on new and emerging art in all media, including prints, installation, film, fashion design and much more. The goal of the fair is to provide an international showcase to established and emerging artists alike. The fair is organized by Bridge NFP, a non-profit organization that includes the publication of Bridge Magazine and provides cost-effective gallery space to new artists.

Today's hours are 12-8pm; tickets are $10 and can be bought online. 933 W. Belmont. Call 312-421-2227 for more information. At approximately 8pm, 9pm and 10pm the Nova Train Fashion Show departs from the Belmont El Stop; tickets are $20 with another $5 getting you into the 8pm-4am after party at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont.

Bill Shannon @ MCA

If you're stuck in rush hour traffic tonight, you might see Bill Shannon fly by on a skateboard, propelling himself forward with crutches. Audience members board an ordinary looking CTA bus that's tricked out with video screens and a sound system. DJ Excess will mix music on the bus. See Traffic this evening at 6pm; the bus departs from the MCA (220 E. Chicago). Tickets are $22. For more information, call 312-397-4010, or visit the website.

Art Chicago in the Park 2006

Art Chicago in the Park starts today. The four-day art expo will be in Butler Field in Grant Park (100 S. Lake Shore Drive), and will showcase dozens of galleries from the Chicago area. In addition to the artwork, there will be lectures and other special events happening throughout the festival. See the Art Chicago Website for full details. Art Chicago in the Park runs through Monday, May 1; hours for each day are noon to 8:00 PM.

Patton Oswalt @ Logan Square Auditorium

Tonight at 8:30pm, Comedy Central and the Empty Bottle presents the Comedians of Comedy featuring: Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Eugene Mirman at the Logan Square Auditorium. If you're unfamiliar with the series the "Comedians of Comedy", surely you'll recognize Patton Oswalt from his standup on Comedy Central and HBO. You might know Brian Posehn through performance and writing turns on The Jon Stewart Show and the groundbreaking HBO series Mr. Show. Maria Bamford has been on Comedy Showcase, The Conan O’Brien Show and Premium Blend, among others. And Eugene Mirman rounds thing out, an artist we first introduced to Chicago with the Stella Comedy show. Tickets for this show ($18 advance; $20 day of show) will fly, so act fast.

Screening Disability: Chicago's International Deaf and Disability Film Festival

As part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center hosts a free series of programs of films about or created by deaf and disabled people. All films screen in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Tonight's screenings run from 6 PM to 10 PM and are captioned and audio described. 78 E. Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Matthias Muller Retrospective @ Film Center

As part of the Conversations on the Edge series, Stefanie Schulte of the Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek in Berlin screens works by experimental German filmmaker Matthias Muller. 6 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. 164 N. State St. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

19th Annual Ravenswood Arbor Day Fundraiser

For the 19th year, Greening of Ravenswood is holding a fundraiser to further their efforts in planting and beautifying the Ravenswood neighborhood. The benefit will include a dinner at Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., and both a live and silent auction for neighborhood tickets, meals and other services. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Get them online by calling 773-549-5010.

Nova Art Fair

The Nova Art Fair focuses on new and emerging art in all media, including prints, installation, film, fashion design and much more. The goal of the fair is to provide an international showcase to established and emerging artists alike. The fair is organized by Bridge NFP, a non-profit organization that includes the publication of Bridge Magazine and provides cost-effective gallery space to new artists.

Tonight's opening reception is from 5-10pm; tickets are $20 and can be bought online. 933 W. Belmont. Call 312-421-2227 for more information. Come to SmartBar, 3730 N. Clark, from 8pm-4am for the after party featuring DJ Spooky, John Phillips and Derek James. The $26 admission fee benefits the Chicago ART Foundation.

Neo Solo @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present Neo Solo, a series of solo performance pieces by ensemble members, alumni, and guest performers. This week's play: "Wide Open Beaver Shot of My Heart (A Comedy with a Body Count)" by Ian Belknap. This particular performance runs for two weeks only, to be replaced by another performance on May 11. Neo Solo runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors & students with ID, and "pay what you can" on Thursday nights. For more details and to purchase tickets, see the Neo-Futurist Website. Neo-Futurists: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Sustainability Lessons from Curitiba, Brazil @ Chicago Center for Green Technology

This seminar discusses Curitiba’s award-winning social and environmental urban development policies. Free, but advance registration is required. 6 to 8 PM, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd. For more information, and to pre-register, call 312-746-9642, email greentech [at] cityofchicago [dot] org, or visit the website.

Bill Shannon @ MCA

If you're stuck in rush hour traffic tonight, you might see Bill Shannon fly by on a skateboard, propelling himself forward with crutches. Audience members board an ordinary looking CTA bus that's tricked out with video screens and a sound system. DJ Excess will mix music on the bus. See Traffic this evening at 6pm; the bus departs from the MCA (220 E. Chicago). Tickets are $22. For more information, call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Found Magazine's Jason Bitner @ Intuit

Cofounder of Found Magazine Jason Bitner will be at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art this evening at 6:00 PM, to discuss and sign copies of his new book LaPorte, Indiana, a collection of photos of residents of the Indiana town. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Thaw: Links Hall Annual Benefit @ Sonotheque

Support Links Hall and experience some innovative art, music, and performance. $25 includes drinks and hors d’ouvres. Performances run from 7 to 10 PM; after 10 PM the cover drops to $5. DJs will keep the music going till 2 AM. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Dining Out For Life

Support AIDSCare Chicago simply by dining out this evening. Through Dining Out For Life, now in its thirteenth year in Chicago, participating restaurants donate a portion of tonight's proceeds to AIDSCare. Check out the list of participants and start deciding where to eat.

Version >06: International Noise Awards

Version is an annual festival focusing on emerging art, technology and social activism, running through May 7. Admission to events is accepted at the door, but you can also purchase a $25 event pass that covers entry fees to all screening and events or a $50 Version pass that allows you entrances to all events and programs, as well as food and various goodies. Call 773-837-0145 for more information.

The International Noise Awards Part One: Sweet 16 features sixteen of the city's "illest sonica hustlaz" in a noise competition where the audience decides who wins. The MC/Producer team of Brotman & Short host the show and award the grand prize of a contract with Terry Plumming Records. 8pm-11pm at South Union Arts, 1352 S. Union. $7.

Screening Disability: Chicago's International Deaf and Disability Film Festival

As part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, the Chicago Cultural Center hosts a free series of programs of films about or created by deaf and disabled people. All films screen in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Tonight's screenings run from 6 PM to 10 PM and are captioned and audio described. 78 E. Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Poetry Off the Shelf @ Newberry Library

The Poetry Foundation presents a reading by Polish new-wave poet Adam Zagajewski and his award-winning translator, Clare Cavanagh, as part of this occasional series. 6 PM, 60 West Walton Street. Free, but reservations are required; call 312-787-7070 or visit the website for more information.

Bodies of (Comedy) Work @ Cultural Center

In an evening emceed by Chicago performer Tekki Lomnicki, the Chicago Improv Festival presents Terry Galloway's Mean Little Deaf Queer, followed by the deaf improv ensemble ICE WORM. Interpreting will be provided for hearing audience members. The show starts tonight at 7 PM in Preston Bradley Hall. Free, 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Bill Shannon @ MCA

If you're stuck in rush hour traffic tonight, you might see Bill Shannon fly by on a skateboard, propelling himself forward with crutches. Audience members board an ordinary looking CTA bus that's tricked out with video screens and a sound system. DJ Excess will mix music on the bus. See Traffic this evening at 6pm; the bus departs from the MCA (220 E. Chicago). Tickets are $22. For more information, call 312-397-4010, or visit the website.

Chicago Scriptworks Reading @ Theatre Building Chicago

Chicago Scriptworks presents a staged reading of E.A. Bagby’s new screenplay Bellham, tonight at 7 PM. Linger after the performance to talk with the director, writer, and cast. 1225 W. Belmont Ave. A $5 donation is requested. Email rsvp-at-chicagoscriptworks-dot-org to make a reservation or call 312-264-0123. For more information, visit the website.

Tony D'Souza @ Alliance Francaise

Tonight at 6:15 PM, Chicago native Tony D'Souza discusses his new novel Whiteman , about an American relief workerr in Africa. (D'Souza was himself a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.) 54 W. Chicago Ave. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-494-9509. The Humanities Festival website has more information.

There is No Such Thing as Free Parking @ Chicago Center for Green Technology

This seminar discusses the hidden costs of free or discounted parking incentives. Free, but advance registration is required. 6 to 8 PM, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd. For more information, and to pre-register, call 312-746-9642, email greentech [at] cityofchicago [dot] org, or visit the website.

Xprovisation @ Cultural Center

The Chicago Improv Festival presents an evening of multidisplinary improvisation, "Colossal," starting at 7 PM tonight in Preston Bradley Hall. Free, 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Passionate Nature: Alfred Caldwell's Chicago Parks

The Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Lincoln Park Conservancy present this premiere screening of an independent documentary about architect Alfred Caldwell's contributions to Chicago landscapes (not least, his Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, which is being considered for National Historic Landmark status). The film will be followed by a panel discussion about Caldwell. $10, or free if you belong to a sponsoring organization. 6 PM, at Archicenter. 224 S. Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the website.

Sebastian Junger @ Harold Washington Library

Author of The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger stop by the Harold Washington Library to discuss and sign his latest book, A Death in Belmont. The book, which focuses a disturbing murder in Belmont, MA that exactly fits the murders of the Boston Strangler, is described as "a powerful narrative [that] chronicles how the lives of three individuals collide - and are destroyed in the suburb of Belmont and reveals painful truths about race and justice in America." Free at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

Xprovisation @ Cultural Center

The Chicago Improv Festival presents an evening of multidisplinary improvisation, "Singularities," starting at 7 PM tonight in Preston Bradley Hall. Free, 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Canasta April residency at Schubas

Pop sextet Canasta holds this month's Practice Space residency at Schubas. Check out their lush, enthralling pop music and pick up a copy of their excellent full-length debut We Were Set Up. Playing tonight with The Aluminum Group and Moonlight Towers. 8pm, $6.

Secret Country @ Old Town School

A concert with Cowboy Jack Clement and Jon Langford is presented as part of Robbie Fulks' Secret Country series. Clement worked at Sun Records in its heyday, producing tracks by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and other luminaries. Langford, a founding member of the British punk band The Mekons, now plays around town with The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts. This evening, at 7:00pm, at the Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N Lincoln Ave). Tickets are $16-20. For more information, call 773-728-6000 or visit the website.

Debbie Stoller @ Arcadia Knitting

Debbie Stoller wants to get you hooked on crochet. (Ok, no more bad puns) Seriously, Stoller, editor of Bust magazine is in town to promote her latest hip yarn-crafting book Stitch n' Bitch: The Happy Hooker. Today from 4 pm to 6 pm, Stoller will read from her new book, and sign copies at LYS (local yarn store) Arcadia Knitting. In her latest book, Stoller covers it all: the advantages of crochet, tools used, the cool yarns available, what gauges mean, and basic techniques and stitches including the chain stitch, picot, flowers, filet crochet, changing yarns, and finishing. Arcadia Knitting is located at 1613 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. 773-293-1211. Copies of all of the Stitch 'n Bitch books will be available for sale.

Liason Deux (Chicago Tap Theatre)

The Chicago Tap Theatre hosts the Tapage ensemble of Toulouse, France for this performance at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 South State Street. 2 PM; tickets available here; call 773-655-1175.

MAVerick Ensemble @ Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

The MAVerick Ensemble performs new music by British and Vietnamese composers at this evening’s concert. $15 suggested donation. 7 PM, 2320 W. Chicago. For more information, call 773-227-5522 or visit the website.

Accessible Contemporary Music @ Green Mill

From 2 to 5 PM this afternoon, new music by four composers will be performed by local new music ensembles. $5. 4802 N. Broadway. For more information, call 773-878-5552 or visit the website.

Antiques and Garden Fair @ Chicago Botanic Garden

Need a decorative trellis for your garden? Planning a pergola or a gazebo? Looking for a birdbath? You may want to check out this fair, which features more than a hundred vendors offering a wide range of both antique and new objects for decorating your yard. The fair runs through today, opening at 10 AM, and the cost is $15 for a 3-day pass, which you can purchase online. For more information, call 847-835-8326 or visit the website.

National Poetry Month Celebration

ChicagoPoetry.com is holding a National Poetry Month celebration featuring over 30 poets at Mercury Cafe. Their usual $10 admission fee will be waived at this event as a thank you to all of those who have contributed to the organization and helped keep it running. It's free for everyone! 6-10pm at 1505 W. Chicago Ave. Call 773-539-1276 for more information.

Trapeze for Beginners Workshop

The newly opened Aloft Loft offers classes in trapeze, aerial dance technique, stilt dancing and other circus techniques. A two day introduction to trapeze is designed to get you up in the air in no time flat. The class fee is $65; no prior experience is necessary. Today and tomorrow, from 10:30am to 12pm. For more information or to register, contact Shayna Swanson at aloftaerialdance@yahoo.com

Do-It-Yourself Marketing and Publicity for Artists @ Links Hall

Sarah Best’s three-hour workshop discusses the skills required to promote artistic projects. $30, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

"Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome" @ DuSable Museum

Dr. Joy DeGruy-Leary, a Baha'i and lifelong proponent of racial justice and equality, will be speaking at the DuSable Museum about her newly-released book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Dr. Leary’s workshops go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity--she provides specialized clinical work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience. Lecture begins at 2pm, admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. More info on DuSable's website.

Logan Square Attic Show

See site specific work in an attic of a house in Logan Square (1732 N Humboldt Blvd), including Synch, a Busby Berkeley inspired synchronized swimming duo and Laura's Room, a video installation based on Twin Peaks. Dancer/choreographer Janet Schmid does The Solo Siamese Twin Act using prosthetic attachments and soundscapes and moving within a confined space. This evening at 7:30 and 9pm; suggested donation is $7. For more information call 773-531-2518.

Version >06: Urban Gardening & Exterior Decorating

Version is an annual festival focusing on emerging art, technology and social activism, running through May 7. Admission to events is accepted at the door, but you can also purchase a $25 event pass that covers entry fees to all screening and events or a $50 Version pass that allows you entrances to all events and programs, as well as food and various goodies. Call 773-837-0145 for more information.

Tonight's Urban Gardening and Exterior Decorating show explores how artists can "create charged public space" and how urban environments can "become areas for personal and ideological transformations." There will also be workshops on DIY publishing, silk screening and live drawing/illustrating duels. The exhibition will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 7. The opening tonight is from 5pm-2am at Iron Studios, 3636 S. Iron St. 4th floor. $10.

Global Warming Panel

As part of its series of presentations on climate change, the Adler Planetarium presents a discussion of how human activities impact the earth’s energy, water, and carbon cycles. Though it's organized by the Planetarium, this event takes place at Northwestern University’s Hughes Auditorium, 303 E. Superior Ave. At 10 AM, free, but register online.

Drink Organic Wine For Earth Day

Andersonville wine shop In Fine Spirits wants you to taste the best organic vino that Mother Earth has to give...for free. Wine tastings run from 3-6pm today and will feature a slew of organic wines for your taste buds to savor. Wines include: Albet i Noya Xarello, Sobon Estate Viognier, Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Nevada County Wine Guild Daily Red and Saint Peter's Organic English Ale. In Fine Spirits is located at 5418 N. Clark Street, call them up at (773) 506-WINE.

My Name Is Will @ Newberry Library

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago presents a musical celebration of Shakespeare’s sonnets and songs this morning at 10 AM. Free. 60 W. Walton St. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

WEIGHTS @ MCA

After being shot and blinded in a bar in Hollywood at the age of twenty-three, Lynn Manning became an award winning playwright and actor, Paralympic Silver Medalist, and Blind Judo World Champion. He tells his story this evening through words and music. See WEIGHTS at 7:30pm at the MCA (220 E Michigan). Tickets are $22. For more information, call 312-397-4010 or visit the website. Presented as part of the Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture.

Liason Deux (Chicago Tap Theatre)

The Chicago Tap Theatre hosts the Tapage ensemble of Toulouse, France for this performance at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 South State Street. 8 PM; tickets available here; call 773-655-1175.

Donate Your Old Bike

If this is the year you get yourself the bike you’ve been ogling, why not donate your old one for a good cause? While you’re at it, you’ll get a head start on your charitable tax deductions for 2006. The Working Bikes Cooperative is collecting unwanted bicycles today between 9 AM and 3 PM at Cypress Cove Water Park, 83rd St. and Janes Ave., Woodridge. For more information, call Chet Szerlag at (630) 910-0597 or visit the website.

Antiques and Garden Fair @ Chicago Botanic Garden

Need a decorative trellis for your garden? Planning a pergola or a gazebo? Looking for a birdbath? You may want to check out this fair, which features more than a hundred vendors offering a wide range of both antique and new objects for decorating your yard. The fair runs through Sunday, opening at 10 AM daily, and the cost is $15 for a 3-day pass, which you can purchase online. For more information, call 847-835-8326 or visit the website.

Re:FAB

Head to Salvage One, 840 W. Hubbard, tonight at 7:30pm for Re:FAB, a benefit for Architecture For Humanity. A silent auction will be held and The Rebirth Brass Band, from New Orleans, will perform. Tickets are $78 in advance, $88 at the door.

Disability Culture and the Arts @ Cultural Center

As part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, which runs from 20 through 30 April, this forum centers on the findings of a three-year study on conditions faced by artists with disabilities. The event starts at 6 PM in the First Floor Garland Room. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Carnaval 2006

Collaboraction presents Carnaval 2006, their third annual interactive theatrical dance party opera at Crobar. "Long Live Flesh!" is their motto and, if you've ever been to Crobar, a pretty fitting one at that. The performance will use a team of 75 performers, musicians, designers, break-dancers, body painters and more. 7-11pm at 1543 N. Kingsbury; 21+. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 312-226-9633 for more information.

Logan Square Attic Show

See site specific work in an attic of a house in Logan Square (1732 N Humboldt Blvd), including Synch, a Busby Berkeley inspired synchronized swimming duo and Laura's Room, a video installation based on Twin Peaks. Dancer/choreographer Janet Schmid does The Solo Siamese Twin Act using prosthetic attachments and soundscapes and moving within a confined space. This evening at 7:30 and 9pm; suggested donation is $7. For more information call 773-531-2518.

Version >06: The Group Group Show

Version is an annual festival focusing on emerging art, technology and social activism, running through May 7. Admission to events is accepted at the door, but you can also purchase a $25 event pass that covers entry fees to all screening and events or a $50 Version pass that allows you entrances to all events and programs, as well as food and various goodies. Call 773-837-0145 for more information.

Tonight opens The Group Group Show: Experiments in Collaboration. The show features nearly two dozen artist teams who form "temporary collaborative initiatives" in Version kunsthalle at Iron Studios. 7am-2pm at 3636 S. Iron St. 1st floor; the show will be on exhibit every Saturday and Sunday through May 7. Tickets are $10.

WEIGHTS @ MCA

After being shot and blinded in a bar in Hollywood at the age of twenty-three, Lynn Manning became an award winning playwright and actor, Paralympic Silver Medalist, and Blind Judo World Champion. He tells his story this evening through words and music. See WEIGHTS at 7:30pm at the MCA (220 E Michigan). Tickets are $22. For more information, call 312-397-4010 or visit the website. Presented as part of the Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture.

Antiques and Garden Fair @ Chicago Botanic Garden

Need a decorative trellis for your garden? Planning a pergola or a gazebo? Looking for a birdbath? You may want to check out this fair, which features more than a hundred vendors offering a wide range of both antique and new objects for decorating your yard. The fair runs through Sunday, opening at 10 AM daily, and the cost is $15 for a 3-day pass, which you can purchase online. For more information, call 847-835-8326 or visit the website.

NU/ACM Creative Writers Reading

The Northwestern University Masters in Creative Writing Program and Another Chicago Magazine team up to present student readings at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, from 6pm to 8pm tonight. $5 suggested donation.

The Time We Killed @ Film Center

As part of the Conversations on the Edge series, avant-garde filmmaker Jennifer Reeves presents her first feature, a fiction film about a Brooklyn agoraphobic after 9-11. 6 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. 164 N. State St. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

Collecting Chicago @ Cultural Center

Local art collectors discuss their collections with Greg Cameron, a deputy director of MCA Chicago, at 6 PM in the First Floor Garland Room. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Define or Be Defined @ Cultural Center

Part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, which runs from 20 through 30 April, this forum centers on "the language of disability and its relationship to personal identity." The event starts at 5 PM in the Millennium Park Room. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Neo Solo @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present Neo Solo, a series of solo performance pieces by ensemble members, alumni, and guest performers. This week's plays: "It Ain't No Fairy Tale" by Lusia Strus; and "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" by Chloë Johnston. This particular performance ends this weekend, to be replaced by another performance on April 27. Neo Solo runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors & students with ID, and "pay what you can" on Thursday nights. For more details and to purchase tickets, see the Neo-Futurist Website. Neo-Futurists: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Rebuilding and Re-envisioning the Gulf Coast @ Archicenter

As part of its special series After Katrina, the Chicago Architecture Foundation presents a panel that includes representatives of the Tulane University School of Architecture; the Congress for the New Urbanism; Architecture for Humanity; and the Urban Land Institute. In the John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan, 6 PM. Tickets are $10 to $20, or less if you purchase tickets for the whole series. For more information and to make reservations, call 312-922-3432 x225, or visit the website.

Joseph Lelyveld @ Newberry Library

The former New York Times executive editor discusses his new memoir, Omaha Blues, at 6 PM this evening. Free, but reservations are recommended: call 312-494-9509. 60 W. Walton St. For more information, visit the Chicago Humanities Festival website.

Powell's North Reading Series Anniversary Party

Powell's North celebrates the first anniversary of their reading series tonight, with readings from Peter O'Leary, John Tipton, and a selection of readers from the past twelve months. 7 PM, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-248-1444.

Atomic @ Elastic

See Atomic, a critically acclaimed, high-voltage Scandinavian jazz quintet at Elastic in Logan Square (2803 N. Milwaukee) . This evening at 9:30pm. Presented as a part of a Thursday night improvised music series curated by musician Dave Rempis. For more information call 773-772-3616 or visit the website.

C.K. Williams Reading @ UChicago

Poet C.K. Williams makes a visit this week to the University of Chicago where he'll give a reading tonight in Social Sciences 122 located at 1126 E. 59th Street starting at 5:30pm. Williams is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Singing (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003) and Repair (1999), which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize; among many many others. Among his many awards and honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Williams teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University and lives part of each year in Paris.

Version >06 Festival Opening Party

Focusing on emerging art, technology and social activism, Version is an annual festival that "examines local systems and external networks that use visual and conceptual art strategies, innovative social practices, creative uses of new technologies, effective organizing structures, emerging activist/artist initiatives, campaigns, public interventions and DIY projects." The festival runs through May 7 and while admission to events is accepted at the door, you can also purchase a $25 event pass that covers entry fees to all screening and events or a $50 Version pass that allows you entrances to all events and programs, as well as food and various goodies. Call 773-837-0145 for more information.

Tonight's opening party is at Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago Ave, from 9pm-2am. Featuring performances from Warhammer 48K, Jerusalem & the Starbaskets, The Mummy and DJ Kyle Dade. $8 general admission, $5 with a flier. 21+.

Hewhocorrupts Benefit for Punk Planet

The folks at Hewhocorrupts Inc. are holding a benefit for Punk Planet tonight at 8pm at the South Union Arts Center, 1352 S. Union Ave. It'll feature performances by Unlucky Atlas and What's Missing from Your Life (featuring Paul Degan of the defunct John Brown Battery), several videos by Hewhocorrupts acts, and a silkscreen art show. Admission is $5, and it's all ages.

Jonathan Safran Foer @ Goose Island Brewery

Bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close stops tonight at Goose Island Brewery to discuss his work. Presented in conjunction with the Book Cellar, the talk starts at 9:30pm at 3535 N. Clark. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Bilingual Poetry @ California Clipper

A new poetry series, Palabra Pura, focuses on Chicano and Latino artists, presenting local and visiting writers after 30 minutes of open mike readings. Tonight, Maria Melendez and Carlos Cumpian are featured. Doors open at 8 PM. Free. 1022 N. California Ave. For more information, call 877-394-5061, or visit the Guild Complex website.

Rec Room @ Black Rock Bar

Rec Roomer Scott Barsotti curates this second Rec Room event of the month, ""Wrecked Room." Says Barsotti, "To be wrecked is to be both torn apart and torn together. A car wreck joins a machine and another surface with such force that both are changed dramatically. A shipwreck fills the open spaces of a vessel with water, ultimately submerging them. A wrecking crew makes their livelihood by tearing structures apart. "Wrecked" will explore the nature of destruction, decay, and deterioration as a contradiction; that is to say, as a creative act or process. Rather than discussing violence of any sort, the wrecked room will bring together writers and visual artists who have pieces of work that speak to wrecked spaces and/or relationships; evoke the beauty and/or tragedy of a thing or person in decay; creation through destruction and vice versa: are they ever permanent as we think of the word?" See you at The Black Rock Bar, (Damen and Addison) at 8pm.

Opening: Golden Truffle @ Redmoon

The Golden Truffle is a madcap spoof of celebrity culture, set in a posh supper club. Redmoon Theater's first musical opens tonight at Redmoon Central (1463 W Hubbard) and runs Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8pm and Saturdays at 7pm and 10:30pm. Tickets are $35-45 dollars and include a four course truffle tasting menu from Lincoln Park based Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Some strong language, dirty jokes, and references to European philosophers, make this show less appropriate for younger children. Through June 18. For more information call 312-850-8440 x111 or visit the website.

Harryette Mullen / Jean Valentine @ Columbia College

Harryette Mullen and Jean Valentine read poetry at this FREE Columbia College event: Collins Hall, 624 S Michigan Ave, room 602 (5:30 pm).

Harryette Mullen's poems, short stories, and essays have been published widely and reprinted in over 40 anthologies. Her poetry is included in the latest edition of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature and has been translated into Spanish, French, Polish, Bulgarian, and Swedish. She is the author of six poetry books, most recently Blues Baby (Bucknell, 2002) and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002). The latter was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2004 she received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts and in 2005 she was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She was born in Alabama, grew up in Texas, and now lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at UCLA.

Jean Valentine is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Door in the Mountain, New & Collected Poems (Wesleyan 2004) for which she received The National Book Award in poetry for 2004. Valentine graduated from Radcliffe College, has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU and Columbia University, and lives and works in New York City.


Steven Kinzer @ Newberry Library

The New York Times correspondent discusses his book Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq this evening at 6 PM. Free. 60 W. Walton St. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Literary Gangs of Chicago features Danny's Series @ MCA

The Literary Gangs of Chicago presents The Danny's Reading Series at the MCA's Puck's Cafe tonight beginning at 6:30 pm. Cole Swenson and Ed Roberson will read. Cole Swenson's 10 books of poetry include The Book of a Hundred Hands; Goest, published by Alice James Books in 2004; Noon, from Sun & Moon press in 1997; and New Math, from William Morrow & Co. in 1988. Her awards include a PEN Literary Award for Translation, a Pushcart Prize, an Iowa Prize for Poetry, and a San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. She is an associate professor at the Iowa Writers Workshop and previously taught at the University of Denver. Ed Roberson was described in the American
Book Review as "one of those deeply skilled poets—like William Bronk, Jack Spicer, and Gustaf Sobin—who have worked far outside that matrix of professional critics and reviewers where literary reputations are determined." He is part of an astonishingly fertile generation of artists produced by the Black cutlture of Pittsburgh, where he was born and raised. His study of Limnology (the study of the phenomena of lakes, ponds and streams) has led him to Alaska, Afognak Island and Bermuda.

Early to Bed's Sex Salon

Chicago women-owned sex shop Early to Bed is hosting a series of facilitated – yet casual – group discussions about different topics related to sex. They'll start with some wine and cheese and informal mingling, then sit down to talk about that night's topic. It might be philosophical, cultural, political or even spiritual. No lectures, no demonstrations. There will be some good questions posed, and the conversation will flow from there. No experience or special knowledge is necessary. Just curiosity and a willingness to share your ideas and listen to others. The salons are open to everyone over 18. For more information, call 773-271-1219. Early to Bed is located at 5232 N. Sheridan Road, just north of Foster Ave.

Tonight's topic is Terms of Endearment and from 7-8:30pm, you can discuss any of the following:

What do we call breasts, penises, vulvas, buttocks? What terms do we use to describe sexual acts? What are the slang terms? The polite terms? The technical terms? How do we react to hearing these words or saying these words? How do they influence our ability to talk about sex? Or our ability to communicate our sexual needs to our partners?

Spank Rock @ the Empty Bottle

If you missed Spank Rock when he came through in the winter, now's your springtime chance to get down to his illy beats at the Empty Bottle. Check out the artist's website for some free downloads, etc. The bottle describes him as putting out "bangin’ booty house and ghetto rap joints" which gets me to the show, no problem. There's $8 tickets on a limited basis, and it'll be $10 at the door, show starts at 9:30pm. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave.

Canasta April residency at Schubas

Pop sextet Canasta holds this month's Practice Space residency at Schubas. Check out their lush, enthralling pop music and pick up a copy of their excellent full-length debut We Were Set Up. Playing tonight with Velvetron and Cameron McGill & What Army. 8pm, $6.

Floetry @ House of Blues

A few years back, Floetry broke out into the MTV charts with some fine singles featuring their unique grooves + poetry combo, these days they're getting Grammy nominations and NAACP Image Award nods. Tonight, you can check them out at the House of Blues (listen to samples online). Tickets are $27.50- $30, and doors open at 7:30pm. The House of Blues is located at 329 N. Dearborn.

Baha'i Discussion Group @ Transitions Bookplace Canceled

Dr. Robert Stockman talk about "One Light, Many Lamps," exploring the commonalities in all the world's religions with specific emphasis on the Baha'i Faith. Come with questions! 3:30 pm @ Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North Ave (free parking).

Easter Brunch on the Lake

Looking for something different to do on Easter? How about brunch on an Oddyssey Cruise boat. Board at 11am, leave at noon and enjoy a couple of hours on the water. More here.

Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle (FREE)

If you like some country music on a lazy Sunday afternoon (oh yeah, and it's free) then head on over to the Empty Bottle today at 4pm for "Sinner Sundays" with the Hoyle Brothers. Today's show features "Texas two-step" lessons, an hour of original Hoyle Brothers material, and then another hour of "The Hoyle Brothers presents", 60 minutes of country music classics that features special guests invited weekly to join them live on the floor. The boot-scootin' stomps on!

Edith Frost, The Zincs @ Old Town School

Chicago musician Edith Frost returns from a tour of the West and Southwest (in support of her new album It's A Game) to play a show at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Opening up for Edith are Thrill Jocky artists The Zincs, who will also be Edith's backing band during her set. The concert starts at 8:00 PM in the Old Town School's lovely performance hall; see the Old Town School Website for a full description and to purchase tickets. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Wine Event with Dame Couture

Stop by Shiraz at 4425 W. Montrose for a wine event with Dame Couture. There will be a tasting and a discussion lead by WineKnow Chicago owner Cheryl Knecht; the discussion will include pairing wines with food, buying wines and a general guide to the different kinds of wine. 3-5pm and free, but RSVP is required. Email info[at]damecouture[dot]com or call 773-463-2162 for reservations and information.

Dan Bern @ Martyrsďż˝

You can check out the clever, sometimes whimsical lyrics and Dylanesque delivery of neo-folk singer Dan Bern tonight at 10 PM. $15, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. For more information, visit the Martyrs' website or call 773-404-9494.

Costume and Wig Demonstration @ Chicago Shakes

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's costume and wig departments offer a demonstration on "the process of building a character's appearance." The event is free, but does require reservations (go here to reserve). 7-8pm, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier.

Liza Minnelli @ Borders

Liza with a Z will be at the Borders Books & Music at 830 N. Michigan Avenue this afternoon at 2:00 PM to sign copies of the new DVD release of her 1972 TV special "Liza With A Z". Full details at the Borders stores site.

Handmade Market @ the Empty Bottle

The monthly Handmake Market is today from noon to 4:30 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Pretty much any crafter can sell at the Market, so expect to see a huge variety of goods between $5 and $50.

Caffeine Theatre Reads T.S. Eliot

Caffeine Theatre presents a free reading of selected T.S. Eliot poems at Shake, Rattle and Read Bookstore (4812 N. Broadway) this afternoon at 3:30pm, in celebration of National Poetry Month and their production of Eliot's rarely peformed play The Cocktail Party, running through April 23. For more information on the reading, call 773-334-5311.

"Beauty and the Geek" casting @ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Reality show "Beauty and the Geek" is casting here in Chicago from noon-5pm on April 15 at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (1 West Grand Ave). Casting is for beauties and geeks alike.

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey @ Film Center

Tonight the Siskel Film Center turns the speakers up to 11 and totally rocks out, as it premieres the metal music documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Interviewed in the film: Dee Snider, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Tommy Iommi, Ronnie James Dio, and more! The film shows for the next week at the Film Center; check the Film Center Website for a complete schedule. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle (FREE)

If you can be convinced to go out on a Friday night and have a great time for free, you might just have to head down to the Empty Bottle for some hard Country Honky-Tonk with the Hoyle Brothers. You can sip on a PBR and hear some fine Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's 'true' musical legends. This will be a delight for those of you who long for and recall the days when 'country was country'. I'll be there with my boots strapped on tight. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave. Yee Haw!

Galactic @ Vic

The funk group Galactic hails from New Orleans, but ends up in Chicago on occasion, just when you're really feeling the need to shake your booty. Head over to The Vic for some "rump shakin'" tonight for the low low price of $24. Tickets available at the box office or through the usual suspects. Doors open at 8pm and this show is 18+. Opening is the Rebirth Brass Band, also not to be missed.

Dance Shelter @ Hamlin Park

Chicago Moving Company presents a concert of new works by founder Nana Shineflug and CMC Artists in Residence: Cindy Brandle (Cindy Brandle Dance Company); Atalee Judy (Breakbone DanceCo); and Rachel Bunting (The Humans). This evening at 7:30pm at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne). Tickets are $10-12. For more information, call 773-880-5402 or visit the website.

Tatsu Aoki @ Film Center

Chicago filmmaker and musician Tatsu Aoki has been keeping a film diary since the 1970s. As part of the Conversations on the Edge series, he screens a selection of his most recent work. 6 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. 164 N. State St. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

Neo-Solo @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists begin Neo Solo, a series of solo performance pieces by ensemble members, alumni, and guest performers. This week's plays: "It Ain't No Fairy Tale" by Lusia Strus; and "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" by Chloë Johnston. This particular performance runs for two weeks only, to be replaced by another performance on April 27. Neo Solo runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors & students with ID, and "pay what you can" on Thursday nights. For more details and to purchase tickets, see the Neo-Futurist Website. Neo-Futurists: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Petulia @ DOC Films Canceled

The director responsible for A Hard Day's Night, Help!, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes a dramatic turn in 1968's Petulia, featuring Julie Christie in the title role and George C. Scott as her much older, recently divorced lover. Petulia screens tonight at 9:30 at DOC Films. For more information, call 773-702-8575 or visit the DOC Films website. UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

Bombshell @ DOC

Bombshell, arguably one of Jean Harlow’s best comedies, is showing tonight at 7pm at DOC Films as part of their pre-Code Hollywood series. Supposedly inspired by actress Clara Bow, it features lots of sponging relatives and no-good boy-toys. For more information, call 773-702-8575 or visit the DOC Films website.

In These Times @ Hideout

Come to the Hideout for a night of rock and progressive politics with In These Times. Featuring the music of local bands Palliard, The 1900s and Children Vs. Children of Doom, tickets are $10 and include a complimentary issue of the magazine. Purchase them at the door or through Ticket Web. 1354 W. Wabansia, 9:30pm. Call 773-772-0100 for more information.

Dance Shelter @ Hamlin Park

Chicago Moving Company presents a concert of new works by founder Nana Shineflug and CMC Artists in Residence: Cindy Bandle (Cindy Brandle Dance Company); Atalee Judy (Breakbone DanceCo); and Rachel Bunting (The Humans). This evening at 7:30pm at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne). Tickets are $10-12. For more information, call 773-880-5402 or visit the website.

Markos Zúniga @ Garrett Ripley's

Markos Zúniga, better known as the "Kos" in the Daily Kos and co-author of the new book Crashing The Gate, makes an appearance tonight at Garrett Ripley's (712 N. Clark) from 5:00 to 7:00. The event is free and open to the public.

Joint Benefit for Local Dance Companies

For $15, you can support the work of three local dance companies. Synapse Arts Collective, Creative Arts Melting Pot (CAMP), and The Anatomical Theatre come together for a benefit performance this evening at 10:30pm. At Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). For more information e-mail synapsearts@yahoo.com.

Etta James & the Roots Band @ House of Blues

There just aren't that many opportunities you get to hear a legend perform, and Etta James isn't going to be around forever. You might remember her early hits like "Roll With Me Henry" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You", she's now covering contemporaries like Prince and Marvin Gaye. Not only is James recording with the same enthusiasm of youth well into her R&B "senior years", but she's still hot, vocally and physically. This R&B queen not only has three Grammy awards, but she also holds a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award and is a W.C. Handy Foundation honoree. James sings tonight at the House of Blues along with The Roots Band starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are $45 via the usual suspects.

Jazz Links Jam Sessions @ HotHouse

The Jazz Institute of Chicago, in partnership with HotHouse, presents a free (no cover!) program featuring elementary and high school student musicians jamming with professionals. 5 to 7 PM. 31 E. Balbo. For more information, call 312-427-1676, or visit the website.

Julia Alvarez @ Women & Children First

The author of One Book One Chicago pick In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez stops at Women & Children First to discuss her new novel Saving the World. 7:30pm at 5233 N. Clark St. An informal cocktail party precedes the event, starting at 6pm. The reading is free and open to the public; tickets to the party are $60 and includes a signed copy of the book and a reserved seat at the reading. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

15th Annual McElroy Shakespeare Celebration

Celebrate the bard tonight at the Mullady Theatre at Loyola University with the 15th Annual McElroy Shakespeare Celebration. This year's event features a talk by Boston College's Andrew Sofer and the Goodman Theatre's Steve Scott directing performances from Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, Macbeth and Come and Go. Free and open to the public at 7:30pm, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd. Call 773-508-3830 for more information.

Jenny Gillespie & Louis Wu @ Bad Dog Tavern

Local musicians Jenny Gillespie and Louis Wu make a stop at Bad Dog Tavern tonight for a free performance. 9pm at 4535 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-334-4040 for more information.

Kung Phooey screening/director discussion @ DOC

Tonight at 7pm, DOC films is screening Kung Phooey!, a campy 2003 martial arts movie sendup. Following the screening, director Darryl Fong will be speaking about the making of the movie. For more information, call 773-702-8575 or visit the DOC Films website.

Opening: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Producer David Stone tries to work that Wicked magic again with an import of the very funny, Tony-winning musical about a group of pubescent spelling-bee misfits—and this time he's using actual Chicago actors! With song titles like "My Unfortunate Erection," really, how can it go wrong? Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place. Tickets are $59.50-$69.50, with daily drawings for $25 tickets; see here for details.

Freedom Museum opening

The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, started by the Tribune Co. to educate people on the rights granted by the First Amendment, officially opens today. There are plenty of special events and workshops planned for the opening; see the museum's Website for full details. Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Freedom Museum: 445 N. Michigan. (312) 222-4860.

Steppenwolf Member @ Harold Washington Library

Yasen Peyankov, of Steppenwolf, reads from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in English and Russian. This One Book, One Chicago event starts at 6 PM, in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free. 400 S. State Street. For more information, call 312-747-1194 or visit the website.

Sarah Waters @ Women & Children First

Author of the award nominated Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters comes to Women & Children First to discuss her latest endeavor, The Night Watch. 7:30pm at 5233 N. Clark St. Free and open to the public. Call 773-369-9299 for more information.

Barack Obama @ Loyola University

Senator Barack Obama will hold his 45th town hall meeting tonight at Loyola University in the Joseph Gentile Center. Doors open at 1:15pm for the 2pm meeting at 6525 N. Sheridan Rd. Free and open to the public. Call 312-915-7800 for more information.

Hope Edelman @ Borders

Author of Motherless Daughters, Hope Edelman comes to Borders Lakeview to discuss her latest book, Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become. Using her own experience of losing her mother at a young age, Edelman examines the parenting choices, the fears, the pregnancies and more of other mothers who have lost their own. 7:30pm at 2817 N. Clark St. Call 773-935-3909 for more information.

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

This month's meeting of the Gapers Block Book Club takes place tonight at The Book Cellar at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., where we will be discussing Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas. The meeting begins at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there! And, join the book club email list for news, updates and alerts about future meetings.

French-American Poetry: A Celebration of Contemporary Poetry

In honor of American National Poetry Month and the French Pritempts des Poetes, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago present encounters, cross-cultural readings, lectures and translation seminars. Participating French poets include Jean-Michel Espitallier, Sabine Macher, Yves di Manno, Nicolas Pesques, and American poets Jerome Rothenberg, Cole Swenson, Guy Bennett and Simone Forti. For a full schedule of events on April 10, please visit this link. For more information, contact culture@consulfrance-chicago.org

Canasta April residency at Schubas

Pop sextet Canasta holds this month's Practice Space residency at Schubas. Check out their lush, enthralling pop music and pick up a copy of their excellent full-length debut We Were Set Up. Playing tonight with Hopewell and Eric Ziegenhagen. 8pm, $6.

Yannick Murphy @ Quimby's

Yannick Murphy reads from her just-published Here They Come (McSweeney's), a novel about a crumbling family in '70s New York. (Hey, Frank McCourt liked it.) 7pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave, 773-342-0910. Free.

Globalism & Film History: A Conference

The UIC Institute for the Humanities presents a conference on globalism and film history, exploring "the influence of social change and recent research on perspectives of film and its history." Leading scholars, critics, filmmakers and industry representatives will offer thoughts on film's influence on cultures and subcultures, the impact of new techologies and changes to global and local funding and distribution. April 6-9 at 750 S. Halsted, Room 605. Free and open to the public. Call 312-996-6354 for more information.

The Collectedworks Film Event

This month's Collectedworks event features short works by local filmmakers Ben Popp, Colin Polombi, Bill Palmer and a collaboration between Matthew Glasson and Scott Greene. Come to Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport, at 9pm; 21+. Email info[at]thecollectedworks[dot]net for more information.

Buddhism Today Lecture @ U of C

The Chicago Diamond Way Buddhist center presents "Buddhism Today- Working with Mind," a free lecture by Angelika Tesch at the Interfaith Center, located in the basement of Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus (5850 S. Woodlawn Ave). The lecture takes place Sunday, April 9th at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact chicago@diamondway.org.

Chi*Town Sirens Roller Derby & Pre-Party

The Chi*Town Sirens will be holding an “April Shower of Blood” Bout featuring the Thunderdames vs. the CandyStripe Killers tonight at 7pm at the Lynwood Sport Center, 2030 Glenwood Dyer Road in Lynwood, IL. Tickets are $10 advanced/$15 at the door and can be purchased at the Chi*Town Sirens website. For $8 in advance, you can take a bus from Leila Jane’s, 1008 W Armitage. The bus will leave at 5:30; before that, the official pre-party will run there from 4-5:30.

Farewell to 2851

A farewell party for the theater at 2851 N. Halsted, current home to ComedySportz and former home of the Organic, Steppenwolf and St. Nicholas Players. Plans include a champagne brunch, readings from past performances, a panel discussion led by former Tribune critic Richard Christiansen, and a guided tour of the building. 1-4pm, $25. Call 773-549-8080 for tickets.

Reptile Fest 2006

Chicago is home to many national conventions and exhibitions, least of all is the Nation's Largest Educational Reptile and Amphibian Show known as ReptileFest. At the show, you can't buy animals, but you can talk to experts, crawl with tortoises, touch or hold alligators and giant snakes (!), plus much more. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids 3-11. Look around town and online for coupons. It's all happening April 8-9 from 10am to 5pm at the UIC P.E. building located at 901 W. Roosevelt Road.

Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle (FREE)

If you like some country music on a lazy Sunday afternoon (oh yeah, and it's free) then head on over to the Empty Bottle today at 4pm for "Sinner Sundays" with the Hoyle Brothers. Today's show features "Texas two-step" lessons, an hour of original Hoyle Brothers material, and then another hour of "The Hoyle Brothers presents", 60 minutes of country music classics that features special guests invited weekly to join them live on the floor. The boot-scootin' stomps on!

Playing in Traffic

Members of Subtext Dance Company inhabit the space of your daily commute, creating improvised movement and music on el platforms. This afternoon in the loop, on the red and blue line platforms at Jackson, Washington, and Lake, from 3:30 to 5:30pm. This event is free, although donations are accepted. For more information visit the website. (Please note that the website has not been updated to reflect dates in an extended run.)

WLUW Record Fair

In an effort to get you the sweetest vinyl for your collection, and to raise a bit of dough for the station, WLUW 88.7FM puts on a fine record fair every spring. The fair runs Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm (Saturday Pre-Admission 8am-10am entitles free admission for entire weekend) at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk, Chicago (near North Ave. and 90/94). There's gonna be live music and cool dj's plus extra vendors in booths selling and telling about all sorts of stuff. Check the website for vendor info, parking, and directions. Admission is around $7 (or discounted if you can grab some of their sweet discount ads in publications like Time Out and the Chicago Reader).

Big Stakes with Devil Music Ensemble @ Cultural Center

Devil Music Ensemble performs its original score for the 1922 silent western Big Stakes during this screening tonight at 7:30 PM. Free, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Creative Chicago: Artist Space and Housing Expo @ Cultural Center

Are you an artist looking for a home? Try the Creative Chicago Space + Housing Expo. From 10am to 3pm today, this free event supports "creatives" seeking housing, studio, and performance space with a range of seminars and more than 80 exhibitors throughout the building. At the Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Film) @ Harold Washington Library

This screening of the 1970 adaptation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s novel is followed by a moderated discussion. 7 PM, in the Video Theatre. Free. 400 S. State Street. For more information, call 312-747-1194 or visit the website.

Globalism & Film History: A Conference

The UIC Institute for the Humanities presents a conference on globalism and film history, exploring "the influence of social change and recent research on perspectives of film and its history." Leading scholars, critics, filmmakers and industry representatives will offer thoughts on film's influence on cultures and subcultures, the impact of new techologies and changes to global and local funding and distribution. April 6-9 at 750 S. Halsted, Room 605. Free and open to the public. Call 312-996-6354 for more information.

Chicago Chorale: Bach's Mass in B Minor

Join Chicago Chorale, a 50-voice amateur choral ensemble, for a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor. The performance goes on at 7pm at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Regular tickets are $18; $12 for students. Purchase them online or at the door. Email info[at]chicagochorale[dot]org for more information.

The Gang's All Here @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

The Busby Berkeley musical with Carmen Miranda, The Gang's All Here plays on the screen at LaSalle Bank Cinema tonight. Also on the bill is the 1937 musical short "Pot Luck." Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors and kids. 8pm at 4901 W. Irving Park Rd. Call 312-904-9442 for more information.

Jessica Abel @ Quimby's

Jessica Abel, former Chicago resident, stops by Quimby's today at 7:00 PM to sign copies of her latest book La Perdida. The even is free and open to the public. Quimby's: 1854 W. North. (773) 342-0910.

First Friday Day 2 @ Flat Iron Arts Building

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.

Early Start Techniques for Spring Crops @ Garfield Park Conservatory

As the weather starts to get warmer, you may be thinking about growing things in your yard or on your deck, if you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space. Consider this organic gardening class at the Garfield Park Conservatory, which covers the best plants for spring gardens and techniques for growing them successfully. It runs from 10 AM to 12 N this morning, requires pre-registration, and costs only $5. 300 N Central Park Avenue. For more information, call 773-638-1766 or visit the website.

Reptile Fest 2006

Chicago is home to many national conventions and exhibitions, least of all is the Nation's Largest Educational Reptile and Amphibian Show known as ReptileFest. At the show, you can't buy animals, but you can talk to experts, crawl with tortoises, touch or hold alligators and giant snakes (!), plus much more. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids 3-11. Look around town and online for coupons. It's all happening April 8-9 from 10am to 5pm at the UIC P.E. building located at 901 W. Roosevelt Road.

Frog Lovers's Bike Ride

Meet at the Flying Saucer (1123 N. California Ave) at 6 PM for a guided tour (featuring real naturalists!) of the amphibious hotspots of Humboldt and other Chicago parks. Email Katy for more info.

WLUW Record Fair

In an effort to get you the sweetest vinyl for your collection, and to raise a bit of dough for the station, WLUW 88.7FM puts on a fine record fair every spring. The fair runs Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm (Saturday Pre-Admission 8am-10am entitles free admission for entire weekend) at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk, Chicago (near North Ave. and 90/94). There's gonna be live music and cool dj's plus extra vendors in booths selling and telling about all sorts of stuff. Check the website for vendor info, parking, and directions. Admission is around $7 (or discounted if you can grab some of their sweet discount ads in publications like Time Out and the Chicago Reader).

Globalism & Film History: A Conference

The UIC Institute for the Humanities presents a conference on globalism and film history, exploring "the influence of social change and recent research on perspectives of film and its history." Leading scholars, critics, filmmakers and industry representatives will offer thoughts on film's influence on cultures and subcultures, the impact of new techologies and changes to global and local funding and distribution. April 6-9 at 750 S. Halsted, Room 605. Free and open to the public. Call 312-996-6354 for more information.

Opening: You Supply the Night, I'll Supply the Love

GARDENfresh presents a new show by Philadelphia artist Thom Lessner. In "You Supply the Night, I'll Supply the Love," Lessner attempts an autobiographical body of his work, combining his band and his artwork, which means not only will these be work based on his own band, but also of his influences, including Appolonia and the David Lee Roth Van Halen era. Tonight's opening is from 6-10pm at 840 W. Washington, 2nd floor. The show runs through May 13. Call 773-732-8968 for more information.

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.

Dollar Store @ The Hideout

Writers Jeremy Sosenko, Idris Goodwin, Jill Summers, Ben Johnson, & Jonathan Messinger were given an item purchased at a dollar store. They were then given one month to write a story that involves that item. Come and hear what they come up with at the monthly production of The Dollar Store show. $1 cover, show at 7pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago.

Yarn Sale/Trunk Show @ Nina

Nina, 1655 W. Division, will be hosting a trunk show for AlterKnits by Leigh Radford from 6-9pm tonight. You’ll be able to see lots of projects from the book. There will be wine, nibbles, and all purchases during the trunk show will be 20% off. The projects will be displayed and the book will be 20% off through April 17th if you can't make it tonight. For more information, call Nina at 773-486-8996.

Opening: Snow City Arts' Sleeping on the Ceiling

Join The Snow City Arts Foundation for the public opening of Sleeping on the Ceiling, a multi-media art installation by over 300 hospitalized children participating in Snow City's workshops. Walk through six life-size landscapes exploring the hospitalized child's fantasies and realities through original photographs, audio interviews, poems, video clips, and sculpture. $25 tickets for this benefit opening, can be purchased here.

Media City 2006 @ Film Center

As part of the Conversations on the Edge series, Media City program director David Dinnell curates tonight’s selections from Windsor’s experimental film and video festival. 6 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. 164 N. State St. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

Globalism & Film History: A Conference

The UIC Institute for the Humanities presents a conference on globalism and film history, exploring "the influence of social change and recent research on perspectives of film and its history." Leading scholars, critics, filmmakers and industry representatives will offer thoughts on film's influence on cultures and subcultures, the impact of new techologies and changes to global and local funding and distribution. April 6-9 at 750 S. Halsted, Room 605. Free and open to the public. Call 312-996-6354 for more information.

r4wb!t5 macro.Fest

The creatively punctuated r4wb!t5 macro.Fest festival of digital arts starts tonight and runs through Sunday. The festival will feature a number of musicians and artists from Mexico City performing throughout the week at such venues as the Chi-Town Futbol Arena (2255 S. Throop), Busker (1087 N. Hermitage) and En3my (1550 N. Milwaukee). Please see the r4wb!t5 site for full details.

Josh Kilmer Purcell @ Borders

Author of I Am Not Myself These Days, Josh Kilmer Purcell stops at Borders Lakeview to discuss and sign his book. The book is described as "a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly -- a shocking and surreal world...a tragic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives." 7:30pm at 2817 N. Clark St. Free and open to the public. Call 773-935-3909 for more information.

Poetic Value & the Power of Criticism

Professor of English at York University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Rutgers Derek Attridge comes to the University of Chicago for a lecture on "Poetic Value and the Power of Criticism." Attridge has written several books, including The Singularity of Literature, which questions literature as a linguistic and social practice, and Joyce Effects, a study on James Joyce. 5pm at Rosenwald 405, 1101 E. 58th St. A discussion and light dinner will follow the lecture. Free and open to the public. Contact Julia Klein at jnklein[at]uchicago[dot]edu or 773-834-8524 for more information.

Counsellor at Law @ DOC

The rarely-screened 1933 John Barrymore vehicle Counsellor at Law, purportedly one of the most realistic filmatic portrayals of the legal profession, is screening tonight at 7pm at DOC Films as part of their pre-Code Hollywood series. For more information, call 773-702-8575 or visit the DOC Films website.

Student Night @ Hubbard Street Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents a student night with discounted tickets and a post-show discussion with HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent and Asimina Chremos, the Dance Editor of Time Out Chicago. 7:30pm, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets start at $10 and must be purchased day of (starting at 3:30pm) at the Harris Theater Box Office. For more information call 312-334-7777, or visit the website.

Mates of State @ Metro

Everyone knows that a couple who plays together, stays together, and the couple who make up Mates of State, rock together. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel (who play organ and drums, respectively) have been breezing through Chicago for some time now, and tonight they play the Metro starting at 9pm. Tickets are $15, the show is 18+, and the fun level will be high. Former Azure Ray frontlady Maria Taylor opens along with Saturday Looks Good to Me. You can hear some Mates of State tracks here.

Jessica Abel @ U of C

Artbabe creator Jessica Abel returns to her alma mater, the University of Chicago, today to discuss her new graphic novel, La Perdida. Abel's new book tells the story of Carla, a young American woman who travels to Mexico City, and the misadventures she during her journey of self-discovery. Jessica Abel will be appearing on the University of Chicago campus, at Social Sciences 122, located at 1128 E. 59th St. The event begins at 7pm. See the Seminary Co-op Bookstore website for more details.

Lip @ Holiday Club

The Poetry Center kicks off its new reading series tonight at 8 PM. At each reading in the Lip series, hosts Joel Chmara and Mary Fons present a visiting, nationally recognized emerging talent alongside a local poet. $5. 4000 N. Sheridan Rd. For more information, call 312-899-7483 or visit the website.

100 Essential Modern Poems @ Newberry Library

Former editor of Poetry Joseph Parisi discusses his selection of 100 masterpieces this evening at 6 PM. Free. 60 W. Walton St. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Panel on Globalization in Morocco, Iran, and Turkey @ Cultural Center

Dr. Jaafar Aksikas of Columbia College Chicago moderates a discussion of “Trajectories of Globalization” as it affects Morocco, Iran, and Turkey. This free event takes place at 6 PM in the First Floor Garland Room. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

One Book, Two Cities @ Harold Washington Library

Part of the Chicago’s One Book, One Chicago series of events, this evening’s program addresses how Chicago and Moscow are approaching One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich individually and together. 6 PM, in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free. 400 S. State Street. For more information, call 312-747-1194 or visit the website.

Reading Under the Influence

Featuring special guests Ira Booker and Molly Each, of No Touching magazine, plus regulars Julia Borcherts, Carly Huegelmann, Joe Tower and Amanda Snyder, this month's edition of Reading Under the Influence celebrates baseball's opening day. Admission is $3 with the chance to win some books by answering trivia questions. 7-10pm at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield. Email thehotreadings[at]hotmail[dot]com for more information.

Rebecca Gilman @ Victory Gardens

Eclipse Theatre presents a discussion with playwright Rebecca Gilman, and staged scenes from her work, this evening at 7:30pm. Free, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. RSVPs are requested; for more information, call 312-409-1687.

French Masters Series @ Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi and the Art Institute continue their French Masters art dinners tonight with painter Berthe Morisot. The evening includes a wine reception at 6pm, a multi-course feast at 7pm accompanied by a detailed slide-illustrated presentation of the art of Morisot, featuring works from the Art Institute’s collection, followed by dessert. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity; reservations are required and can be made by calling Mon Ami Gabi at 773-348-8886.

James Fallows @ Harold Washington Library

Noted journalist James Fallows discusses Iraq in the context of Chicago’s One Book, One Chicago selection, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, this evening at 6 PM. Free, in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. 400 S. State Street. For more information, call 312-747-1194 or visit the website.

Songwriting Panel @ Cultural Center

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into writing a song, attend this panel, at 6 PM in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Award-winning songwriters will discuss a range of genres, from jazz to hip-hop to gospel, at 6 PM this evening in the First Floor Garland Room. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Ira Glass interviews Shalom Auslander

This American Life host Ira Glass interviews author Shalom Auslander (Beware of God) this evening at the Thorne Auditorium of Northwestern University's Chicago campus (375 E. Chicago Avenue). The event starts at 7:00 PM, and tickets are $10 ($8 for students). See nextbook.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Lookingglass Old Curiosity Shop Preview at UofC

In conjunction with the Seminary Co-op, Lookingglass Theatre is having a sneak peak of their adaptation of Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E 59th St, today at 7pm. Adapter Raymond Fox and director Tracy Walsh will read from the play and discuss the development of the show.

Dancers Direct @ Links Hall

The first hour of this two-hour session for dancers and administrators is a discussion of grantwriting; the second hour is devoted to “silent, unstructured movement practice.” 6 PM. $10, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Canasta April residency at Schubas

Pop sextet Canasta holds this month's Practice Space residency at Schubas. Check out their lush, enthralling pop music and pick up a copy of their excellent full-length debut We Were Set Up. Playing tonight with singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz and Page France. 8pm. $8 advance, $10 at the door.

CARA Half-Marathon Training Starts

If you've ever wanted to run a half-marathon (that's 13.1 miles), or see yourself one day running that whole 26.2 miles of a full marathon, but you're a little unsure of how to train for one, then the Chicago Area Runners Association is ready for you. They offer many different training programs, including this one for half-marathons which gets underway starting today-April 7 with Kickoff Clinics. The training, which includes clinics and group runs, will get you all ready for the North Shore Half Marathon in Highland Park on June 11. For more information, click through to the website.

MusicNOW @ Symphony Center

This performance is part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s series of concerts devoted to contemporary composers, and features Symphony musicians playing two commissioned, world premiere compositions. Tickets are $20. 220 S. Michigan Ave. For more information, call 312-294-3000 or visit the website.

Fair Trade Coffee Talk @ Metropolis

Tadesse Meskela, General Manager of Oromia Cooperative, shares the
success stories of his fair trade cooperative in Ethiopia tonight at 6pm at Metropolis Coffee, 1039 W. Granville. Free. Sponsored by Chicago Fair Trade and Metropolis.

LinkUp Artists in Residence Perform @ Links Hall

Each year, Links Hall selects six performers for a 6-month LinkUp residency. This weekend, three residencies culminate with public performances. $15. 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., 7 PM. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

15th Annual International Poster Fair @ Cultural Center

This international vintage poster fair attracts a score or more of dealers offering a diverse selection of original posters. Find something to fill that empty space on the wall above the sofa or just browse and wax nostalgic about the good old days (whenever they were). $12, from 11 AM to 6 PM. 77 E Randolph Street. For more information, visit the website.

Hank III @ Metro

In the grand tradition of families full of musicians, Hank Williams III plays his version country-fused rock at the Metro tonight. Hank says he's 100% "Hellbilly" and I think the show is sure to be turned up to "11". Tickets are $16, admission is available to all 18+, and it'll be a surefire way to rock out towards Monday morning.

Edible Book Show & Tea

Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts holds its 7th annual Edible Book Show and Tea today from 1pm to 3pm on the third floor of the Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave. Come check out books so good you could eat them up -- and then do so! Admission is $10, which goes toward the center's bindery equipment fund. RSVP to Michelle Ferguson at 312-344-7384 or mferguson@colum.edu if you plan to attend.

The Brickheadz @ Green Lantern

The Green Lantern hosts Chicago's own breakdancing crew The Brickheadz in conjunction with its current exhibit, "The Chicago Review of Economics." 9-11pm at The Green Lantern, 1511 N. Milwaukee, second floor. A $5 donation is suggested. Call 773-235-0936 for more info.

Jim DeRogatis reading @ The Abbey Pub

Do you like music critic Jim DeRogatis? Do you like the Flaming Lips? If your answer to both these questions is "yes", you will be thrilled to hear that DeRo will be promoting his recent book, Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W Grace, tonight at 10pm. Satellite Heart, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, and Kid Million will also be playing. More information is available at the book's website.

Industry of the Ordinary Fancy Dress Ball

Hey, it's a Fancy Dress Ball! But instead of putting on your gowns and buttoning up your cufflinks, this ball encourages participants to come dressed as their favorite political personality. Will you be a president? A pundit? Presented by Industry of the Ordinary, the group will also be available to sign copies of their book Textbook: Notes Around the Margins. Come to Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield 2nd floor, at 2pm to join in. Free. Call 773-281-0824 for more information.

Fiesta Cultural

Fiesta Cultural presents a Latino world music, dance and arts benefit today from 4-8pm at 919 W. Barry. Featuring Bandola Trio of Venezuela, Grupo Yuba of Puerto Rico, Tierra Colombiana Dance Company of Colombia and more, including students performing Aztec, Flamenco, Mexican and Colombian dances. The benefit will also include dance lesson, art activities and a silent auction, not to mention load of Latin American food. Tickets are $7 for adults and $2.50 for children, will ages encouraged to attend. Call 773-755-4460 for more information.

McDonald's Truth Tour

Sometimes, I admit, McD's hits the spot. However a group of workers in McDonald's tomato supply chain, aka the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, are travelling across the country to raise awareness about how farmworkers are treated. They'll be downtown today protesting and meditating (remove the Chicago area is home to McDonald's headquarters and Hamburger University). The march starts at 10 am at Plaza Tenochtitlan in Pilsen (18th St., Blue Island, and Loomis St. intersection) and will end at the Rock'n'Roll McDonald's at 600 N. Clark St. around 1pm. There are other events with details being worked out. More info to follow.

They protested 1 year ago against Taco Bell and had some significant improvements made. They now think that since McDonald's can pay a premium for fair trade coffee, their tomatoes should also be harvested ethically.

Found Footage Festival @ Empty Bottle

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). If you missed it last night, you can catch it tonight at 7pm at the Empty Bottle. Call 773-276-3600.

The Apprentice: Auditions Today

If you think you're the next one who Trump'll just love to say "You're Hired!" to, then head down to the NBC building to audition for The Apprentice, season 5 this morning. Bring your completed application (downloadable from the audition site) and arrive no earlier than 6am. Only those with wristbands will be seen (they start the distribution at 9am). The NBC building is located at 454 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago.

LinkUp Artists in Residence Perform @ Links Hall

Each year, Links Hall selects six performers for a 6-month LinkUp residency. This weekend, three residencies culminate with public performances. $15. 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., 7 PM. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Bodies of Work: The Geography of Art and Disability @ Cultural Center

As part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, which runs from 20 through 30 April, Katherine Sherwood, Professor of Art at UC Berkeley, discusses the history of art and disability. In the First Floor Garland Room at 2 PM. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Opening: Humans Being: Disability in Contemporary Art @ Cultural Center

As part of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, which runs from 20 through 30 April, this exhibit (which ends 4 June) highlights a wide range of strategies used to represent diverse disabilities and includes works by disabled and non-disabled artists. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Thirty Seconds to Mars @ Metro

Ok, so who didn't have a crush on Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life? And who wouldn't want to see his real band play at the Metro tonight? Thirty Seconds to Mars with none other than Jared Leto plays tonight, with a pretty darn good opener in Aiden (not named for another hunky tv hunk), who I also recommend wholeheartedly, plus the band Emanuel. Tickets are $13 ($15 day of show) and it's 18 & over (but really, those under 18 don't appreciate the Catalano like you do). Doors open at 11pm, show starts at 11:30.

Sacred Art open house

Sacred Art, the store in Roscoe Village that sells handmade crafts by local artisans, is having its first open house all day today. Come see the artwork, meet the artists, and have some complimentary snacks. The open house runs from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Sacred Art: 2040 W. Roscoe. (773) 404-8790.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Abbey Pub

Tonight there's a super musical treat at the Abbey Pub: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. If you're even mildy interested in jazz, New Orleans, historical musical groups, or the roots of Americana, this is the group to see. A history of the group from the Abbey Pub: "In 1977, the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the eight-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band." The Abbey Pub is located at 3420 W. Grace (at Elston). Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door (ages 18+)

15th Annual International Poster Fair @ Cultural Center

This international vintage poster fair attracts a score or more of dealers offering a diverse selection of original posters. Find something to fill that empty space on the wall above the sofa or just browse and wax nostalgic about the good old days (whenever they were). $12, from 10 AM to 7 PM. 77 E Randolph Street. For more information, visit the website.

Symposium on the Book

If you're interested in copyright issues, this symposium is for you. Sponsored by the Caxton Club along with the Newberry, the theme of this daylong symposium is “The Past and Future of Intellectual Property.” Free. Various locations. Call 312-255-3700 for more information or visit the Caxton Club website to register.

Pierrot Lunaire: A Cabaret Opera @ MCA

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.


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