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Friday, November 16

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Jazz Under the Stars @ Garfield Park

This benefit for the Garfield Park Conservatory features the Dee Alexander Quartet. Tickets are $10 for members, or $25 for non-members (includes a year's membership). 300 N Central Park, 6 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Final Friday @ Freedom Museum

Live music and comedy, as well as hors' d'ouvres and an open bar, are included in the $25 to $35 ticket price of this new monthly event, which starts at 6 PM. Tonight's musical talent is Steve Hines and comedy is provided by GayCo Productions. To purchase advance tickets (which are cheaper), call 312-222-3026. For more information, visit the website.

Liszt and Lortie @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival presents pianist Louis Lortie and the music of Bruckner and Liszt, this evening at 6:30 PM. In the Pritzker Pavillion, free. For more information, visit the website.

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.

Flashback Weekend

Flashback Weekend, the three-day horror movie convention, kicks off today at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare hotel. Scheduled for the three days: loads of stars scheduled to do signings, a costume contest hosted by local TV legend Svengoolie, a model figure contest, and a horror-themed burlesque show. Tickets and passes are available for purchase at the Flashback Weekend Website. Crowne Plaza: 5440 North River Road, Rosemont.

MONO-POLY: Collaborative Monoprints from Girl Skateboards' The Art Dump

A collobarative print exhibition will be showing at 2418 W. Bloomingdale, Studio 207 on the 28th-30th with contributers from The Girl Skateboard Co. Art Dump. A portion of the project will then be exhibited from August-September, 2006 at Uprise Skateshop, 1820 N. Milwaukee, Chicago IL. Don't miss the big reception on Friday, with Chocolate Industries recording artists Ghislain Poirier, Diverse and Kovas.

Pitchfork Pre-Party @ Metro

Along with a week's worth of activities including music documentaries and downtown lunchtime shows, the Pitchfork Music Festival will give you a taste of the live music before the live music starts this weekend with a special concert at the Metro. Performances will include sets from Sunset Rubdown, Austin, Texas' indie pop group Voxtrot, The Joggers, and comedians Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, and Aziz Ansari, as well as the Life During Wartime DJs. Tickets are $16 and the show starts at 9pm (18+). The Metro is at 3730 N. Clark, Chicago. (If you're heading to the Festival the next day, check out our picks at Transmission.)

Fiesta del Sol

This family-oriented Pilsen neighborhood festival features carnival rides, live music, and food vendors. 1400 W. Cermak. Free. 11AM to 11 PM. Call 312-666-2663 or visit the website for more information.

GB Get-Together @ Gingerman

Meet up with Gapers Block staffers tonight at the Gingerman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., from 9pm till around midnight. We'll have a couple tables by the bar in the pool room -- come on over and say hi, we promise we won't bite. (You may wish to consult this page for photos of the staff.)

Darknight Gallery 3

"Darknight Gallery 3," a series of plays written in the theme of the Rod Serling's Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, will run on weekends from July 28th to August 27th at the UIC Theater, 1440 W. Harrison St. General admission tickets will cost $15 and "industry" tickets will cost $10 on Sundays (bring headshot or resume). For more information, call 708.492.0273 or visit www.dtpsite.org.

Pierogi Fest 2006

Pierogi Fest offers a variety of events all weekend long on 119th Street in Whiting, Indiana. Highlights include the Polka Parade, music, dancing, and -- of course -- lots of pierogis. Visit their website or call (219) 659-0292 for specific time and event information. Don't forget to shake hands with Mr. Pierogi and his friends!

 

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