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Thursday, March 23
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join members of the Gapers Block staff for drinks and maybe a late bite to eat at our monthly GB Get-Together. This month it's at Chief O'Neill's Pub, 3471 N. Elston, tonight from 9pm to midnight. We'll be in the beer garden unless it's too cold; look for the folks in the four-star t-shirts.
The Art Chicago art showcase starts today. The four-day art expo was to be in Butler Field in Grant Park, but has been moved to the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart. In addition to displays or artwork from dozens of local galleries, there will be lectures and other special events happening throughout the festival. See the Art Chicago Website for full details. Art Chicago 2006 runs through Monday, May 1.
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.
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.