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Sunday, May 19

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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

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).



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