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Tuesday, January 31

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Dutch National Ballet Project

Dance Chicago presents the results of a unique collaboration between five local choreographers--Randy Duncan, Lauri Stallings, Paul Christiano, Frank Chaves and Altin Naska--and six dancers from the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Dancing with the DNB artists will be special guest artists from the Joffrey Ballet, River North, and other local companies, who will also present works from their own repertoires. This afternoon at 3pm at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Tickets are $10-35. For more information call 773-935-6860 or visit the website.

Women and Children First Used Book Sale

Women & Children First is having its Used Book Sidewalk Sale Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6 from 10am to 6pm at 5233 N. Clark St. A portion of the proceeds wills benefit the Women's Voices Fund, the not-for-profit programming arm of Women & Children First.

Jake Shimabukuro @ Borders

Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele player that's probably best known for his version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that's been posted all over the place online, does an in-store performance at the Borders at 4718 N. Broadway this afternoon at 3:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. For full details see the Borders Website.

Savion Glover (performance cancelled)

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance featuring Broadway hoofer Savion Glover this afternoon at 3pm at Northwestern University's Josephine Louis Theatre (20 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston). Tickets are $25-45. For more information call 847-491-7282 or visit the website.

Update: This event has been cancelled due to a last minute change in Glover's performance schedule. The performance is being rescheduled for 2007. Click here for information on a related event.


If you haven't heard about Lollapalooza's return to Chicago this weekend, then you've likely been under a rock. The now three-day festival will feature over 130 bands on 8 stages, improv groups, freaky clowns, and artists. Music highlights include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Common, The Flaming Lips, Ween, Wilco, and, yeah, a ton of others you'll likely want to catch. Check out the map, here (the festival runs all the way from Butler Field down to the softball fields where it was held last year). Tickets are $150 for a 3-day pass, or $65 for 1 day. (Before you go, check out our breakdown on Transmission.)

Retro on Roscoe

This neighborhood festival includes an antique car and motorcycle show as well as craft vendors, food and beer, and live music from the 70s through the 90s. 3400 N. Damen, 12 N to 10 PM. $5 donation benefits Roscoe Village Neighbors. For more information, call 773-665-4682 or visit the website.

Northalsted Market Days

This huge festival, which benefits the Northalsted Area Merchants Association, offers live music on three stages, arts and crafts vendors, and food from local restaurants. 11 AM to 10 PM, 3500 N. Halsted. $6 donation. For more information, call 773-868-3010 or visit the website.

Bustle in Your Hedgerow @ Abbey Pub

It's always nice when a "Zepplin tribute" doesn't involve a dank sportsbar and a bowl of moldy peanuts. It's especially great when that "Zep Experience" is Bustle in Your Hedgerow: a now annual tradition of bringing together exquisite musicians to jam late into the night on Zep tunes. This year's lineup again sports a tremendous quartet of guys, some of which you can hear earlier that day at Lollapalooza. At the center of the Experience are Marco Benevento and Joe Russo (of the Benevento-Russo Duo), along with Dave Dreiwitz (of Ween) and Scott Metzger (of Rana and Particle). Show starts at 11pm. Tickets are $20 (adv.) and $25 at the door, and it's 18+. The Abbey Pub is located at 3420 W. Elston (at Grace), Chicago.

Wizard World Chicago

Today is the fourth day of Wizard World Chicago, a four-day event for movie, comic, anime, and gaming fans. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont); click here for a complete list of events and to purchase tickets.



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