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Saturday, March 2

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Gen Art's Ignite! 2006

Gen Art flexes their multimedia muscles for Ignite!, a collection of art, film, fashion and live performances in all sorts of media exhibits. The event focuses on Gen Art's committment to furthering independent talent. 8pm-12am at Kaleidoscope, 800 W. Superior. General admission tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, with VIP tickets running at $50 for non-members. 21+. Email info[at]genart[dot]org for more information.

Voices from Home: Local Authors Speak

The Friends of the Blackstone Branch Library welcome Elizabeth Fama for a children's workshop on writing. The author will share her experience writing her novel Overboard and will offer tips on how to make your own writing fun. This Voices from Home: Local Authors Speak is suggested for children 10 and up. 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. at 3pm. Call 312-747-0511 for more information.

It Came From The Neo-Futurarium: The Jazz Singer @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists continue their 5th annual It Came From The Neo-Futurarium series of dramatic readings of bad film scripts tonight with a staged reading of the classic (classically bad, that is) 1980 Neil Diamond movie The Jazz Singer. The directors promise a cameo appearance by an actual original cast member from the original film! Don't want to miss that! The program begins tonight at 8:00 at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Tickets are $10, $8 for students w/valid ID, and $2 off for repeat customers. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs Thursday nights through August 3, and each performance is a different film; see the Neo-Futurist Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. You may also call the Neo-Futurist hotline to make reservations: (773) 275-5255.

2nd Annual Printers' Ball

The Double Door is hosting the 2nd Annual Printers' Ball: A Celebration of Chicago Print. The event not only gets you some good music - like DJ sets by Punk Planet and Venus - but you'll also get the chance to check out some great local reads. Some of those on site will be Another Chicago Magazine, Make Magazine, Newcity, Featherproof Books and The2ndHand, with many more in attendence. Mingle with the creators and writers and read what they have to say at 8pm, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free and open to the public. Call 312-799-8005 for more information.

Life of Brian @ 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 Monty Python's Life of Brian, the story of a boy who is definitely not the Messiah. The film screens tonight at 7:45 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.

El Dollar Store

The Dollar Store is heading down to Pilsen to put on a very special bilingual edition of their usual, English, literary shenanigans. Tanya Saracho, Ignacio de Alba and Jonathan Messinger, your host, will all be on baord at the Rudy Lozano Branch Library. 7pm at 1805 S. Loomis; free and open to the public. Call 312-746-4329 for more information.

National Hip Hop Political Convention

This year's National Hip Hop Political Convention will be held at Northeastern's Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. Focusing on commerce, grassroots activism, personal and collective responsibility, community development and civic participation, among other things, the convention aims to educate and engage youth to help shape the future of our county. The convention runs through July 23, with various workshops and lectures scheduled throughout the days. A complete schedule of events can be obtained here. Attendees must register and can do so online through July 23 with a $55 fee. Email Convention Chair TJ Crawford at chiloc[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

Powell's North Reading Series

The Powell's North Reading Series continues tonight with Kathy Regina, Amanda Traxler and featured poet Srikanth Reddy. The free monthly readings pairs an established poet or writer with two emerging writers with the goal of exposing the community to different writers at different stages of their career. 7pm, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-248-1444 for more information.

Esera Tuaolo @ Women and Children First

Former NFL lineman Esera Tuaolo, in town for the Gay Games, reads from his memoir Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL. 7:30pm. Women and Children First, 5233 N Clark.

Staceyann Chin @ Cultural Center

The Def Poetry Jam veteran performs at 7 PM in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, in conjunction with the Gay Games. Free. 77 E Washington. For more information, visit the website.



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