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Monday, July 22

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Scents and Sensibility Trunk Show

Julie Knapp, owner of Scents and Sensibility (4654 N. Rockwell), misses commuting customers so she's trying to lure them into the store by inviting local makers of unique, high-quality goods to have a trunk show at her store. She offers up wine and the chance for shoppers to meet the people who make great gift items in Chicago. Joining her tonight form 5-8pm is Grace Street Studio and Sheriff Peanut. And say hi to May, Julie's super-sweet rescue pup.

It Came From The Neo-Futurarium: Tonya & Nancy @ 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 1994 made-for-TV biopic Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story. Sequins, skating and somebody's knee gets busted up with a lead pipe! 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.

Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival @ Music Box

The 9th annual Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival happens this evening at the Music Box Theatre. On the schedule: dozens of short films made by Chicago's film and comedy community. Also scheduled to appear: Charna Halpern, director of the I.O. theater; underground filmmaker Tom Palazzolo; and comedy critic Jack Helbig. There are two shows scheduled this evening, one at 7:30 and one at 9:30. Each show has a different schedule; check the festival Website for a complete list. Tickets are $10 per show. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Don't Spit the Water Comedy Benefit

Don't Spit the Water is gearing up for their New York trip during which they'll participate in the New York International Fringe Festival. To help get them there, come to this benefit show at the Town Hall Pub, 3340 N. Halsted. Regulars Jared Logan, Robert Buscemi, Tony Sam and everyone else will perform sets. $15 for the show, which also enters you into a raffle. 7:30-10pm. Email info[at]blewt[dot]com for more information.

Starbucks Coffee Break

What's better than coffee? Coffee that's free! Come to Two North Riverside Plaza from 11am-2pm today to get yours from Starbucks as they host a free coffee break, complete with pastries, sandwiches, teas, blended beverages and desserts. You can also get chair massages, skincare products from H2O+ and free TimeOut magazines. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a couple of summer hours.

Monty Python's Meaning of Life @ 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 The Meaning of Life, the film that won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 1983. The film screens tonight at 6:00 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.

Jolie Holland @ Schubas

A ukulele player and indie songstress from San Francisco, Jolie Holland is on tour and performing tracks off of her new album, Springtime Can Kill You released from Anti Records. Jolie Holland can be seen performing tonight with Sean Hayes at Schubas, both at 7 and 10pm. Tickets cost $14.00.

22nd Annual Newberry Library Book Fair

Browse through more than 100,000 donated books--many of them priced under $2--at this remarkable sale. Free. 60 W. Walton Street. 12 N to 8 PM. For more information, call 312-255-3510 or visit the website.

Troubleshooting in the Organic Garden @ Garfield Park Conservatory

So you're trying to garden organic this summer, but your plants aren't looking too healthy? Stop by this free workshop this evening at 6:30 PM in the Demonstration Garden to learn about how to organically fight harmful insects and plant diseases. 300 N Central Park Avenue. For more information, call 773-638-1766 or visit the website.

Asia-Chicago -- World-Class Jazz @ Millennium Park

Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Big Band re:ROOTED Project takes the stage at the Pritzker Pavillion, free, 6:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Fiesta del Sol

This family-oriented Pilsen neighborhood festival features carnival rides, live music, and food vendors. 1400 W. Cermak. Free. 5 PM to 10 PM. Call 312-666-2663 or visit the website for more information.

Mucca Pazza @ The Hideout

Everyone loves a marching band, espeically when that band is a lil' bit punk rock and a whole lot of fun. Mucca Pazza, who I hope you've heard about by now, is hitting the Hideout tonight with their oh-so-unique take on everything we wished our high school marching band could have been. (Personally, I'm interested to see how they're going to all fit on the Hideout's stage. I'm thinking "audience interaction" will ensue.) The Lord of the Yum Yum opens. Tickets are $8. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago.



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