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Thursday, November 30

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Mother's Day Yoga

If your mother loves yoga or if you're trying to introduce her to it, this may make a nice gift for her this Mother's Day. Led by Dee Davis, the class will use gentle stretches and both single and partner poses in this Mother's Day Yoga session. Open to ages 12 and up and appropriate for beginning and continuing students. 1-3pm at Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell. Preregistration required -- $60 for two if registered by May 10, $70 for two thereafter. Call 773-463-9642 for more information.

BeerFest 2006: Beer on the Pier

Navy Pier transforms their usually upscale Festival Hall into the city's largest beer garden for BeerFest 2006 "Beer on the Pier." Sample hundres of local, national and international beers during two tasting sessions. The first goes from 12-4pm and the second from 6-10pm. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door and include a souvenir tasters cup and unlimited sampling throughout the day. Beers and piers - better get your tickets before they sell out.

Opening: Garden in a City @ Grant Park

Billed as "America's only urban garden show," this week-long event features display gardens demonstrating the possibilities available in primarily urban spaces: containers, fenced yards, rooftops, and balconies. Garden in a City also includes hands-on workshops, a marketplace, and culinary demonstrations. Through 21 May, in Grant Park's Butler Field. $10-12 for adults, $7 for children and seniors. For more information, visit the website.

Morocco @ Film Center

As part of the Treasures from the Library of Congress series, this 1930 classic screens at 5:15 PM today. The story features a love triangle among cafe singer Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, and Gary Cooper. $9, or $5 if you belong to the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

Sex and Health Discussion @ HotHouse

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 reproductive health and sexual identity, "Let's Talk about Sex and Health, Baby." 1 PM. 31 E Balbo. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-422-5580 or email info [at] prairie [dot] org. For more information, visit the website.

Free Family Day @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art is holding a family day where all families with children 12 and under can enjoy everything the museum has to offer without spending a dime. Partake in tours, theater workshops, art-making and even create your own family Hollywood star on the MCA plaza. 10:30am-4pm at 220 E. Chicago Ave. Call 312-280-2660 for more information.

2006 Midwest Alternative Car Show @ Rte 66 Raceway

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Midway will showcase alternative fuel vehicles, fuels, engineering, current hybrids, and prototypes. Spectators can see, touch, and learn about hybrid and AFV technologies that either exist now or will be here in the near future. Route 66 Raceway is in Joliet, Illinois (3 miles south of I-80 on IL Rt. 53). Gates open at 9am and close at 6. Admission $5 (kids under 12 free). More info:,,, and

WLUW Indie Rock Prom

Independent radio station WLUW is having a prom tonight! Head to the Logan Square Auditorium at 8:30pm for a show featuring the National Trust, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and the Life During Wartime DJs. Emcees for the evening are DJ Wondertwins, aka the Reverend Michael Flavor and his sister Emily. It's all ages, and period formal wear is encouraged. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple, available online or at the event.

Eiko & Komo @ MCA

Japanese born, New York based performance and dance artists Eiko & Komo have been creating inovative and ideosyncratic work together for 35 years. See the chicago premiere of their new work this evening at the MCA (220 East Chicago Avenue). Cambodian Stories was created in collaboration with eleven young visual artists, aged 14-20, from the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who will paint monumental portraits of traditional Cambodian figures on stage. This afternoon at 3:00pm. Tickets are $18-22. For more information call 312-397-4010, or visit the website.

This afternoon, at 1:00pm, Eiko and Komo will discuss art and globalization with dance critic, activist, and UCLA scholar David Gere. The discussion is free.

All-City Dance Ensemble @ Cultural Center

Mad Hot Ballroom fans won’t want to miss this. Chicago public high school students who happen to be terrific dancers show their stuff (ballet, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and more) in the Randolph Café this afternoon at 3 PM. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Midnight Movies: HOT SKIN and Transformers

Take your pick of either Disco Dolls in HOT SKIN IN 3D (XXX!) or Transformers: The Movie at midnight at the venerable Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Ave. $9.25. Call (773) 871-6604.

Play Readings @ Decima Musa

Part of Teatro Vista's Play Reading Series this weekend, two new plays are presented, starting at 6 PM. Free. 1909 S. Loomis. For more information, call 312-494-5767 or visit the website.

Handmade Electronic Music @ Quimby's

Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction for students of electronic music, installation and sound-art to the craft of making – as well as creatively cannibalizing – electronic circuits for artistic purposes. It encourages artists to transcend their fear of electronic technology to launch themselves into the pleasure of working creatively with all kinds of analog circuitry. Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, is a Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has led hacking workshops around the world. The workshop starts tonight at 7pm at Quimby's bookstore located at 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, call 773/342-0910 for more information.

Waging the Greater Jihad @ Islamic Cultural Center

Dr. Scott Alexander, Professor of Islamic Studies at Catholic Theological Union, will be giving a talk entitled Waging the Greater Jihad: Sufism and a Contemporary Theology of Cross-Cultural Living at the Islamic Cultural Center, 1810 N. Pfingston Rd., Northbrook. The reception starts at 6:30pm sharp! Tickets are $25, call 847-272-0319 to RSVP.



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