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Monday, July 22

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Opening: Ruby Satellite @ HPAC

An interrogation room; a woman repeatedly bursting into flames; a re-staging of a famous public execution: through photography and video installations Ruby Satellite explores the magnetism of authority and its many guises. View the exhibit at Hyde Park Arts Center (5020 S Cornell Avenue) during a free opening reception, this evening from 3-5pm. For more information, call 773-324-5520 or visit the website.

Sondheim in the Park: Afternoon Performances

As part of a weekend-long tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Broadway stars and others perform excerpts from Sondheim's work throughout Millennium Park. Free, 1 PM to 5 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Margaret Cho @ Chicago Theatre

Gay icon and super-activist Margaret Cho hits the Chicago Theatre for a Gay Games best-of show—don't be surprised to hear classic bits like "fag hags are the backbone of the gay community" and "Ass Master." 8pm. $46.50. 175 N State. 312-462-6300.

Suzanne Westenhoefer @ Park West

Out comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer, who you may have seen on just about all of the VH1 talking head shows, puts in a Gay Games appearance at Park West. 7:30pm. $30 advance, $35 at the door; advance tickets are available in person at Women & Children First, 5233 N Clark, or by phone at 773-779-2399. Park West is at 322 W Armitage.

Chinatown Summer Fair

Head on down to Chinatown for this neighborhood festival, which includes food from local restaurants, arts and crafts vendors, and a lion dance procession (12:30 PM). Free, 10 AM to 8 PM. 2200 S. Wentworth. For more information call 312-225-6198 or visit the website.

Rock around the Block

This neighborhood festival features more than 30 bands as well as arts and crafts, food, and street performers. The $5 to $10 donation benefits efforts to build a park in Lakeview. 3600 N Lincoln Ave. 12 N to 10 PM. For more information, call 773-665-4682 or visit the website.


This neighborhood festival benefits the Schools of St. Benedict, and offers live music, carnival rides, food vendors, and children's activities. 2215 W. Irving Park, $5 donation. 1 PM to 9 PM. For more information, call 773-868-3010.



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