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Wednesday, November 22

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Kay Ryan @ SAIC Ballroom

Ryan, who has been compared to Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop, is the author of five poetry collections and won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2004. She reads from her work at 6:30 PM. 112 S. Michigan Ave. $10, or free if you’re a Poetry Center member. For more information, call 312-899-1229 or visit the website.

Gates of Heaven/Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe @ DOC Films

It's a high-concept night at DOC this evening: first, at 7pm, comes the highly-regarded Gates of Heaven, Errol Morris's 1980 debut documentary about a pet cemetery . Werner Herzog told Morris if he finished the movie, he'd eat his own show; so after Gates of Heaven, you get to see Herzog do just that, in the logically-named Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe. The films screen at the Max Palevsky Theatre, 1212 E. 59th St; for more information, see the DOC Films website.

Healthcare as a Human Right @ DuSable Museum

As part of this month's Public Health Forum, the Public Square of the Illinois Humanities Council and the Neighborhood Writing Alliance present this panel on war, immigration, universal healthcare, and the business of healthcare. 6 PM. 740 E 56th Place. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-422-5580 or email info [at] prairie [dot] org. For more information, visit the website.

Radio Plays @ Cultural Center

Expand your conception of radio drama by checking out this performance by the AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players, dedicated to "keeping alive the uniqueness of radio as the theater of the imagination." Tonight, the group recreates Lux Radio Theater, among the most popular radio programs of the 1930s and 1940s. Free, at the Cassidy Theater. 78 E Washington Street, 7 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Jazz Links Jam Sessions @ HotHouse

The Jazz Institute of Chicago, in partnership with HotHouse, presents a free (no cover!) program featuring elementary and high school student musicians jamming with professionals. 5 to 7 PM. 31 E. Balbo. For more information, call 312-427-1676, or visit the website.

Eric Schlosser @ Borders

Eric Schlosser, author of one of our generation's seminal works Fast Food Nation, stops by Borders Lakeview to discuss and sign his latest work Chew on This! The book is a follow-up to his first work, including original interviews and new statistics. Free at 7:30pm, 2817 N. Clark St. Call 773-935-3909 for more information.

Gay Talese @ Harold Washington Library

"New journalism" pioneer Gay Talese discusses his life and craft with Alex Kotlowitz in a Chicago Humanities Festival program this evening at 6 PM. 400 S. State St. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-494-9509. The Humanities Festival website has more information.

 

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