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Friday, October 20

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of four essential Monty Python films during the month of July. Tonight's film is a newly struck 35mm print of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a retelling of the Arthurian quest for the Holy Grail. The film screens tonight at 7:30 PM, on Monday, July 10 at 8:00 PM, and Thursday, July 13 at 8:00 PM. See the Film Center Website for a complete schedule of films. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Battleship Potemkin @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival presents Eisenstein's classic film along with music by Shostakovich in this concert, which doesn't start until 9 PM. In the Pritzker Pavillion, free. For more information, visit the website.

IBE USA Breakdancing Championship

The Park Place Grand Ballroom in Countryside, IL (!) hosts the IBE Breakdancing Championships. Eight finalists will represent the States at the World Championships in the Netherlands. 2 PM until 12 AM; $10 in advance/$15 day of. Call (708) 588-1756.

The Girl Can't Help It @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a month-long tribute to film director Frank Tashlin. Today they are screening the 1956 Jayne Mansfield classic The Girl Can't Help It, which also features a bunch of rock'n'roll acts from the time (Little Richard, The Platters, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran). The film screens this afternoon at 3:00 PM, as well as on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 PM. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, and $5 for Film Center Members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Saturday Morning Orientation @ Newberry Library

This informal orientation covers library resources available to research family and neighborhood history. Meet in the first-floor reader's lounge at 9:30 AM. Free. 60 W Walton Street. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark @ Newberry Library

Author Timothy Gilfoyle discusses his new book, which traces the history of Millennium Park from before 1850, when the site was under Lake Michigan, to the present day. Free, 11 AM. 60 W Walton Street. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Folk & Roots Festival

The Folk & Roots Festival happens today and tomorrow at Welles Park (corner of Lincoln and Montrose). Plenty of musicians and dancers will be performing at several stages set up throughout the park. There will be a kids' tent for children to learn new dances, a cooking demo stage, and even a stage set up for faculty of The Old Town School of Folk Music, the organizers of the festival. The festival will happen from noon to 9:30 PM on both days; see the Old Town School Website for a complete schedule of performers.

B-Girl Power!

As part of Chicago Hip Hop Heritage Month, Aqua Moon and the Chicago Hip Hop Initiative present B-Girl Power!, "a celebration of women living hip-hop through arts, culture and community." Held upstairs at Affinity, 5650 S. Woodlawn, there's a networking session from noon to 1pm, followed by performances by Amina of Urbanized Music, Aqua Beats and Moon Verses: Tha Remix, and more from 1pm to 3pm. $3 suggested donation.

The Talk of the Town @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

This 1942 film starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur plays tonight as part of LaSalle Bank Cinema's Mustache Cinema Classic Film Series. Also playing is the 1941 animated short "Hollywood Steps Out." General admission to the 8pm show is $5 and $3 for seniors and children. 4901 W. Irving Park. Call 312-904-9442 for more information.

 

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