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Monday, July 22

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Tour de Depaving

This free bike ride celebrates Chicago areas that have been depaved -- repurposed from automotive transport lanes to parks, gardens, and other uses. Meet at 2 PM at Daley Plaza downtown (Dearborn and Washington). For more information, visit the Forever Free and Clear website.

Printers Row Book Fair

All ye booklovers hail the Printers Row Book Fair! Seriously, if you've never been you should really take the time out to go, and if you have been, well, I guess I'll see you there. Join hundreds of author panels and readings and browse over three blocks of reads from new and used booksellers. Everyone from your favorite little bookstore on the corner to, yes, Barnes & Noble will be there, lined up along Dearborn and Polk. Author readings include Dave Eggers, Erica Jong, Studs Terkel and friend of GB Wendy McClure, among many others. For more information call 312-222-3986 or email bookfair[at]tribune[dot]com.

Red Dogs & Pink Skies: Ideas of the Exotic

The Chicago Chamber Musicians join composer Bruce Adolphe for a concert about "20th and 21st century composers and their search for inspiration through contact with other cultures." The performance will also feature music by Ravel, Takemitsu and Chen Yi, all musicians who crossed cultures with their compositions. Tickets to the 4pm show are $25 general admission, $10 for students. Come to Gottlieb Hall in the Merit School of Music at 38 S. Peoria St. and call 312-819-5900 for more information.

Preview: Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)

The Black Ensemble Theater is previewing their lastest musical Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick). The musical explores Warwick's accomplishment and musical contributions over the past forty years and includes some of her biggest hits. With four singers, three will play Warwick and one will play a concert singer who only performs Warwick's songs. Sounds awesome, doesn't it? Preview tickets are $30 compared to the regular $30 tickets; preview performances are scheduled for June 3, 4, 9 and 10 with the opening performance on June 11. All performances take place at the Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon and will run through August 27. For tickets and information call the box office at 773-769-4451 or Ticketmaster at 312-902-1500.

A/V Geeks: The Modern Housewife @ Chicago Filmmakers

The A/V Geeks, the guys who have over 18,000 of those educational films that you used to watch in high school science classes (some of which are available for download through the A/V Geeks download area at, are presenting a series of their films tonight at Chicago Filmmakers in Andersonville. On the film schedule for the presentation are a series of film trying to solve the problems of the moden housewife: "Goodbye to Garbage"; "Home Is What You Make It"; "Joy of Living With Fragrance"; and many others. The show starts at 7:00 PM, and bring your notebook because there will be a test. Chicago Filmmakers: 5243 N. Clark, 2nd Floor. (773) 293-1447.

Gospel Music Festival @ Millennium Park

The summer music festival season kicks off with this three-day celebration of local, national, and international Gospel music. Hours are 12 N to 9:30 PM. Free. For more information, including performance schedules, visit the website.

Berwyn Historic Bungalow Tour

Guided walking tours of Berwyn's Chicago-style bungalows are being offered by the Berwyn Historical Society today from 12 N to 5 PM. $25, or $20 in advance. For more information, view the PDF.

Climate Change Panel @ Cultural Center

Concluding its series of forums on climate change, the Adler Planetarium presents this panel on whether new technologies can provide us with the energy we need without harming the environment. Panel members include representatives from NASA, Argonne National Laboratories, and the Chicago Department of the Environment. 10 AM, 78 E Washington. Free, but register online.

Goat Island @ Chicago Cultural Center

Goat Island presents a free work-in-progress showing of their new, yet-to-be-titled performance this evening at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington), starting at 6pm. For more information call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Gentrification Brunchluck @ Mess Hall

Join scholar Winifred Curran for a discussion about gentrification in Chicago at Mess Hall's Gentrification Brunchluck; bring food and drink to share. The discussion, which begins at 12pm, is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Contested Chicago: Pilsen and Gentrification. The exhibition utilizes information gathered by students of DePaul University's Geography Department and Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning in association with the Pilsen Alliance, the exhibition features maps, photographs, and other accompanying information documenting the struggle over condominium development in Pilsen. This event is free. At Mess Hall (6932 N. Glenwood Ave). For more information, call 773-465-4033 or visit the website.


Lincoln Square kicks off the neighborhood festival season with this free celebration of spring, which includes live music and dance performances, and (at 2 PM) a traditional maypole dance. Lincoln and Leland Avenues. Free. For more information, visit the website.



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