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Wednesday, October 4

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Opening: Ghost Play

Upstart contemporary dance company Chicago Dance Crash presents their newest work, Ghost Play, a "movement play" created by artistic director Christopher McCray depicting the downfall of a neo-Victorian society under the influence of jealousy, self-interest, and a drug called Paris Dahmer. Runs July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30pm and July 23 and 30 at 3pm. Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W Belmont. $15. Tickets available at TBC box office, 773-327-5252, or via Ticketmaster.

Saturation Series: Youth, Innocence & Doubt

Tense Forms and South Union Arts holds Saturation Series on the third Friday of every month, showcasing new writing, film, music and thought. This month's series is "Youth, Innocence & Doubt" in celebration of the "joys and troubles of childhood." Jenny Walton-Wetzel will read a short story, Kate Raney will screen her cut paper animation and music will be provided by bands Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, This Song is a Mess but So Am I, This Story, and Arrah and the Ferns. Come to South Union Arts at 1352 S. Union at 8pm. Email brian[at]southunionarts[dot]com for more information.

Spitfire Comedy Power Hour

Come see the first full showcase of all female stand-up comedy group, Spitfire, at the Cornservatory, 4120 N. Lincoln. The Comedy Power Hour features the performances of Kara Buller, Fay Canale, Hannah Gensen, Becky Garcia, Renee Gauthier, Joselyn Huges, Allison Leber and Hattie Snide, as well as special guests the Star and Garter Burlesque Dancers and the Lanie & Emmy Show. 8pm. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students. Call 219-916-1710 or email spitfirecomedy[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

Bucktown/Wicker Park Branch Library Opening

New libraries! Yay! The Bucktown/Wicker Park Branch Library opens at 10:30am today with a flourish. Mayor Daley, the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Library and the Commissioners of the Public Building Commission of Chicago will all be there for the dedication ceremony and reception. 1701 N. Milwaukee. Call 312-744-6022 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.

Raiders of the Lost Ark @ Music Box

Believe it or not, it's the 25th anniversary of the classic adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Even more unbelievably, the film will be showing for the next 6 days at the Music Box Theatre in a new 35mm print. Throw me the tickets, I throw you the whip. Showings start tonight and run through July 26; check the Music Box site for showtimes. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sharon Isbn @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival presents this performance of Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto at 6:30 PM. In the Pritzker Pavillion, free. For more information, visit the website

Summer Tree ID Walk @ Garfield Park Conservatory

If you can't tell a maple tree from a purple ash, or an oak from a walnut tree, meet Treekeeper Jim DeHorn of the Openlands Project in the Conservatory lobby at 10 AM and learn something. Free. 300 N Central Park Avenue. For more information, call 773-638-1766 or visit the website.



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