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Sunday, May 19

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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.

SAVOR Tasting Series: Handcrafted Beers

Join Great Doings at Goose Island Brewpub Wrigleyville tonight from 6:30pm to 9:30pm for a tasting of the brewery's range of beers paired with complementary food flavors, like Stilton mini-burgers and a range of artisan cheeses from Pastoral Artisan Cheese and Bread. The $30 ticket price benefits HighSight and Horizons for Youth, two highly respected youth mentoring programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 312-787-8121.

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.

Trouble in Paradise @ DOC Films

Screening at 7pm tonight is Ernst Lubsich’s Trouble in Paradise.. It’s sexy, it’s pre-code Hollywood, it features two jewel thieves in love trying to rob the same woman. The film screens at the Max Palevsky Theatre, 1212 E. 59th St; for more information, see the DOC Films website.

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.



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