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Monday, March 18

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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.

 

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