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Thursday, April 18

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"The Commercial Closet" @ the Harold Washington Library

In another Chicago Public Library event saluting the Gay Games, Michael Wilke of the Commercial Closet Association presents "Advertising and the GLBT Community," a history of queer representation in marketing media over the past 30 years. The event is at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Further information here.

Outdoor Film Festival: Rebel without a Cause

Grab a lawn chair and head over to Butler Field in Grant Park for this screening of the James Dean classic. Since tonight is festival opening night, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper will speak at 8:15 PM; the movie starts at 8:55 PM. Free. You can leave your bike with the bike valet at Lake Shore and Monroe, also free. Leave your dogs and booze at home. For more information, visit the website or call 312-744-3315.

LitPAC Progressive Reading Series

LitPAC, a political action committee dedicated to getting authors and readers involved in progressive politics, hosts its first Chicago event. Aleksander Hemon, Audrey Niffenegger, Peter Orner, Dan Beachy-Quick, Simone Muench, and Stephen Elliott will read at this benefit for U.S. House candidate Tammy Duckworth. $10-20 donation for tickets, either online or at the door. 7:30pm. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave.

Queer Queens of Comedy @ Zanies

Zanies hosts three out comediennes: Poppy Champlin, Sapna Kumar, and Michele Balan. 9:30pm. $21 + a two-item food/drink minimum. 1548 N Wells. 312-337-4027.

Tuesdays on the Terrace @ MCA

Kick back at the Museum of Contemporary Art after work. Check out the farmer's market out front (it closes by 6 PM), wander through the exhibits (MCA admission is free Tuesdays), and conclude your evening lounging on the terrace, listening to jazz (the concert starts at 5:30 PM) and enjoying one of the best views in Chicago. For more information, call MCA at 312-280-2660 or visit the website.

Rush Hour Concert @ St. James Cathedral

Professional musicians who play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and other ensembles perform at this series of free, 30-minute chamber music concerts. Doors open at 5:15 PM, with refreshments. Tonight's music, by Debussy, starts at 5:45 PM and is presented in partnership with the French Consulate. 65 E Huron. For more information, visit the website.



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