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Thursday, November 23

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Bring May Flowers @ Viaduct Theatre

The House Theatre of Chicago and Tense Forms present Bring May Flowers, a series of evenings of poetry, music, plays and dance at the Viaduct Theatre (3111 N. Western). Among the performers scheduled during the next few days: Viola Lee (poetry); Rosie Forrest (play); Radiant Darling (rock); and Casey Meehan (also rock). Doors open at 10:00 PM tonight, and tickets are $8 (half-price if you present a ticket from the House Theatre's current play, The Boy Detective Fails, now playing at the Viaduct). Bring May Flowers also happens on Friday, May 26 and Sunday, May 28; see the Tense Forms Website for a full schedule of who's performing on each evening. For reservations call (773) 562-1616.

Gathering of the Gods @ Royal George Theater

Local author, playwright and raconteur Dave Awl presents Gathering of the Gods, a play based on a recurring series of monologues from his Partly Dave Show. Dave will be joined by an ungodly amount of Chicago theater talent, each performing monologues written from a specific god's or goddess' point of view. Gathering of the Gods is being presented tonight in a special workshop performance at the Royal George Theater (1641 N. Halsted). tonight at 8:00. Admission is free and no reservations are required. For further information you may contact dave at dave [at] ocelotfactory.com.

Wendy McClure @ Barnes & Noble

Wendy McClure, GB contributor and our close personal friend, shows up at the Barnes & Noble at Webster Place (1441 W. Webster) tonight at 7:30 PM to discuss her new book, The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan: Classic Diet Recipe Cards from the 70s. There may very well be some examples on display from the Weight Watchers recipe cards that are in the book, so those with a weak stomach may not want to attend. The even is free and open to the public.

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 plays: "Bernadine and Dina" by Dina Connolly; and "I'm Fine and I'm Happy" by Megan Stielstra. This particular performance runs for two weeks only, and is the last of this year's Neo Solo performances. 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.

Cartoonists signing @ Borders

The National Cartoonists Society holds its awards ceremony this weekend in Chicago, which means there are a lot of cartoonists in town right now. And this evening from 5:00 to 7:00 a large group of artists will be at the Borders on State and Randolph signing their books. Scheduled to attend: Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse); Dan Piraro (Bizarro); Bill Amend (Foxtrot); Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues); Darrin Bell (Candorville and Rudy Park); Jef Mallett (Frazz); Paul Gilligan (Pooch Cafe); Greg Evans (Luann); Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey); and Mark Pett (Lucky Cow) . Whew! For the full details see the Borders Website.

Shadow of a Doubt @ Film Center

As part of the Treasures from the Library of Congress series, Hitchcock's favorite movie screens this evening at 6 PM. Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright star in this thriller about discovering a mass murderer in the family. $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.

Opening: The Colors of Identity -- Polish Art @ Smart Museum

This exhibit includes sculpture, paintings, and drawings made in Poland as well as art created by Polish expatriates between 1890 and 1939 and covers a variety of art movements. Free. Through 17 September. 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue. For more information, call 773-702-0200 or visit the website.

 

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