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Monday, July 22

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Jeffrey Foucault @ Schubas

Folkie singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault tours with his new album Ghost Repeater, a shockingly good set of country-blues Americana recorded in Iowa City in "the coldest week of the year." Schubas, 3159 N Southport. 7:30pm. $10. Tickets available at

Fast Forward Film Festival

The Fast Forward Film Festival celebrates another successful run with a showing at Dessa Kirk Gallery, 3109 W. Lake St. (near Kedzie), at 8pm tonight. The theme is science fiction; see what 25 teams did "Three Minutes Into the Future." $5, BYOB, seating is limited.

In Progress @ Links Hall

RTG Dance presents In Progress, an evening of new choreography by Rachel Thorne Germond and special solo performances by NYC based guest artist Barbara Mahler. The program includes Double Judies, a boozy burlesque-style duet, featuring Germond and Jessica Hudson (of the now-defunct Chicago Kings). Dressed as Judy Garland, they'll dance to her rendition of Embraceable You. Mahler performs Joan's Revenge, a burlesque spoof on Joan Crawford as well as a solo piece, With Bated Breathe. Germond collaborates with innovative musician Michael Zerang, on a new quartet Tragic Dance, rounding out the program. This evening, at 8pm at Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Tickets are $12-15. For more information call 773-281-0824, or visit the website.

South African Gumboot Dance @ Millennium Park

High school students from the Joffrey Ballet's Education and Community Engagement program will perform this percussive dance in the Crown Fountain. Free. The five-minute dance will be repeated four times between 11 AM and 12 N, and again between 3 PM and 4 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Joffrey Ballet 50th Birthday Gala @ Millennium Park

This Grant Park Music Festival program features the Joffrey Ballet performing excerpts from several ballets, so if you like ballet you'll want to show up early enough to grab a seat close to the stage. Composers include Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Glinka, Field, and Albinoni. Pritzker Pavillion, free, 7:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Drinking & Writing III @ Edgewater Lounge

Neo-Futurist alums Steve Mosqueda, Sean Benjamin and Diana Slickman present the latest iteration of the long-running play Drinking and Writing, a meditation on how writing helps your drinking, and vice versa. The play will be performed through July 1 on Saturday evenings; check the Drinking and Writing Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. This evening's performance happens at the Edgewater Lounge (5600 N. Ashland) at 7:00 PM.

Sustainable Furniture Seminar @ Chicago Center for Green Technology

This seminar introduces ways to “reincarnate” existing furniture rather than simply creating new furniture out of sustainable materials. Free, but advance registration is required. 10am to noon, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd. For more information, and to pre-register, call 312-746-9642, email greentech [at] cityofchicago [dot] org, or visit the website.

Onion City Film Festival @ Chicago Filmmakers

The Onion City Film Festival continues at Chicago Filmmakers this evening with three separate programs of film and video work from around the world. The programs will be at 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM; please see the Chicago Filmmakers Website for a complete schedule. The festival runs through June 18 at Chicago Filmmakers. Admission to tonight's programs: $8, $7 for students, and $4 for Chicago Filmmakers members. Festival passes will also be available for purchase. Chicago Filmmakers: 5243 N. Clark. (773) 293-1447.

DvA Gallery 2nd Anniversary Tiki Party

DvA Gallery is turning two, and they're celebrating with a tiki party today, starting at 4pm. There'll be surf music by the Cocktail Preachers, hula dancers, free cocktails and apps and more. The party doubles as the opening for a show of tiki art that'll run through July 9.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and Moving with the Joffrey at 10 AM, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. Also, a free breakfast with the Joffrey follows, at 11 AM. For more information, visit the website.

Future Filmmakers Festival

Cinema/Chicago's Future Filmmakers Festival, for filmmakers under the age of 20, goes nationwide for the first time this year. All screenings take place at the Film Row Cinema at Columbia College and are free to the public. See full schedule here. Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash.

Taste of Randolph Street

This afternoon at 2 PM, Taste of Randolph Street continues with cooking demonstrations, live music, and food from local restaurants. 900 to 1200 W Randolph. For more information, visit the website.

Veggie Bike and Cook

This new cycling event, co-sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and EarthSave Chicago, starts at 1 PM and ends around 6 PM. Riders meet for lunch at Karyn's Cooked, 738 N. Wells, and then continue to Argo Tea in Lincoln Park. The ride concludes with a two-hour vegan cooking class at The Chopping Block in Lincoln Square. Registration is required and costs $35, or $30 if you're a sponsoring organization member. For more information, call 312-427-3325, ext. 224, or visit the website.

L. Frank Baum and Oz @ Newberry Library

The president of the International Wizard of Oz Club and biographer of L. Frank Baum, Angelica Carpenter, discusses the reasons why the Oz series has been repeatedly banned by schools and libraries. Free, 11 AM. 60 W Walton Street. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.



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