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Friday, October 20

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Other Voices Sunday Salon

This month's Sunday Salon, a prose reading series that began in New York, will feature Other Voices Magazine with readings from Elizabeth Crane, Megan Martin, Geoffrey Forsyth and Emily Tedrowe. Free and open the public at 7:30pm. Come to the Charleston Bar at 2076 N. Hoyne to listen to these great authors; 773-489-4757 gets you more information.

Redmoon Theater's The Balloon Man @ Millennium Park

Redmoon Theater presents The Balloon Man, a show for kids and adults alike. "A roving team of scientists recruit a hapless children's entertainer and an intrepid youngster named Beatrice to search for that rarest of species — the wild Picnob!" The show includes 5 songs by local band The Bitter Tears, puppets, and a bit of science involving balloons. The Balloon Man happens at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park this evening at 6:30 PM. The show will also be performing at other times this weekend: check the Millennium Park family events schedule for a list of showtimes. The show is free and open to the public.

Ziggy Stardust @ Film Center

As part of the Gene Siskel Film Center's monthly series of music films, they will be screening a newly restored 35mm print of the 1973 D A Pennebaker documentary of David Bowie's final appearance as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon. The film screens tonight at 5:30 PM, as well as the evening of Wednesday, August 2 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $9, $7 for students, and $5 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Pitchfork Music Festival

You might remember it from last summer as the "Intonation" fest, but since then, the music site Pitchfork Media, and promoters Skyline Chicago along with Vice Records, have parted ways to create two music fests for Chicago (last month's Intonation Music Fest was killer). This weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival promised to entertain like nobody's business (and for not a lot of clams at $20/day). Highlights include, but are not limited to: Spoon, The Walkmen, Spank Rock, and Chin Up, Chin Up on Saturday and on Sunday you can't beat Yo La Tengo, Spoon, Mission of Burma and The National. Music clips are available, as well as set times, and all the nitty gritty info. As of this posting 2-day passes are sold out, so pony up the money if you're gonna go! The fest takes place in Union Park, starting at 1pm each day and running until 10pm. For even more on the bands, check out our picks at Transmission.

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. 10 AM to 6 PM. For more information, call 312-255-3510 or visit the website.

In Harmony @ Millennium Park

Part of the closing ceremony of the International Children's Choral Festival, which has been hosted by the Chicago Children's Choir, this concert will include multicultural music by choirs from all over the U.S. and Japan. Free, 3 PM, in the Pritzker Pavillion. For more information, call 312-849-8300.

People of the Sun @ Swedish American Museum Center

Laplanders raise reindeer, don't they? To get beyond the stereotypes and learn about Sami (or Laplandic) culture, including its mythology, dance, and music, check out this production by Shakura World Theatre. Free, 3 PM, 5211 N. Clark. For more information, call 773-275-7372.

Farewell party & sale @ Val's Halla Records

Val's halla Records, the historic Oak Park music store that holds thousands of LPs, CDs and tapes, is moving to a new Oak Park location, and is celebrating the move with a big party from 12:00 to 5:00 PM today. In addition, the entire stock of the store will be on sale: 5 LPs for $1, and 3 CDs for $5. Come celebrate the next chapter in the history of an Oak Park institution. Val's halla Records: 723 1/2 South Blvd, Oak Park. (708) 524-1004.

Bash on Wabash

Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association, this celebration of cultural diversity includes artwork, food from local restaurants, and live music. 1400 S. Wabash, 12 N to 10 PM. $5 donation. For more information, call 773-665-4682 or visit the website.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

This festival benefits the Wrightwood Neighbors Association, and offers live music on five stages, 300 vendors, a kids' carnival, and more. 2400 N. Lincoln, $7 to $10 donation. 12 N to dusk. For more information, call 773-868-3010 or visit the website.

Fiesta del Sol

This family-oriented Pilsen neighborhood festival features carnival rides, live music, and food vendors. 1400 W. Cermak. Free. 11AM to 10 PM. Call 312-666-2663 or visit the website for more information.

 

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