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Wednesday, March 22
The CTA is holding a series of public meetings to gather input on the proposed Circle Line. According to their news release, "The meetings are part of the Alternatives Analysis study — the first step in pursuing federal funding for major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine all the transit options available and determine a locally preferred alternative." Tonight's meeting will be from 6pm to 8pm at UIC's Molecular Biology Research Building, 900 S. Ashland Ave., in Room 1017. More information here.
As part of the Conversations on the Edge series, the Gene Siskel Film Center is screening pioneering examples of computer animation dating from 1961 through 1985. 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.
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.
This new festival features "live performances by artists who stretch, invent, and combine theater, dance, spoken word, and live music sampling." Local artists, including members of Young Chicago Authors and Congo Square Theater Company, are presented alongside performers from throughout the US and Canada. Shows start at 7:30 PM, through 6 May. Tickets are $10 to $22, with discounts for multiple shows. 220 E Chicago Avenue. For more information, call 312-280-2660 or visit the website.
Nineteen-year-old South African Thembi Ngubane discusses her AIDS Diary, part of NPR's Radio Diaries oral history series, with producer Joe Richman. Free, 6 PM. 31 E Balbo. For more information, visit the website.
Author and friend of GB Wendy McClure celebrates the release of The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan, a new book of the notorious Weight Watchers Recipe Cards, with a party at Kitsch'n River North, 600 W. Chicago Ave., tonight at 6pm. Meet Wendy, get her to sign your book, and check out several specially prepared classic recipes — which, in keeping with more than 30 years of tradition, will not be eaten. (There will be appetizers.) Free. RSVP to MackerelPartyChicago@us.penguingroup.com if you plan on attending. More details here.
An unusual cookbook signing today: Hostess' new book The Twinkies Cookbook, a guide to cooking with everybody's favorite creme-filled sponge cake. The signing happens today at noon at the Barnes & Noble store at 1 E. Jackson. Yes, there will be free Twinkies! For more information, call the store: (312) 362-8795.