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Wednesday, October 20

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Snapshots @ Strawdog Theatre

20% Theater Company presents Snapshots, an evening of women in theater. Over 25 female artists from Chicago and across the country will be represented in the program. Snapshots runs tonight and tomorrow at the Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway). The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM; tickets are a suggested $10 donation, and can be obtained through the 20% Theater Company's Website, or by calling (773) 415-0309.

Objects d'Envy Trunk Show

Fixture at 2108 W. Roscoe is holding a trunk show with special prices on all their Objects d'Envy signature pieces. You'll also get to check out the rest of their jewelry and get a chance to win a pair of earring. 1-4pm. Call 773-244-3100 for more information.

Chicago Air and Water Show

Hey, in case the roar of planes overhead aren't enough of a clue, this weekend will see the "largest free festival of its kind in the nation" return to the shores of North Avenue Beach. The Chicago Air and Water Show runs Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm (starting with the water show and moving skyward throughout the day). And don't be a doofus, take public transportation and steer clear of Lake Shore Drive!

Serenity Now @ Koi-8

Friend of GB, James Liu, holds his new clothing store's grand opening party in conjuction with an art show of recent works called "Serenity Now" by street artist Revise CMW. Music by the Quadrophonics. The opening reception is tonight from 7-10pm at Koi-8. 1927 W. Chicago Ave. Just a few doors east of Rotofugi.

DMC World DJ Champsionships US finals @ Congress Theater

Tonight the Congress Theater becomes a battleground as DJs from all across the country participate in the DMC World DJ Championships US finals. So step up if you wanna get hurt! Tickets are $15 (half price for "the kids"), and are available through Ticketmaster. The finals start at 2:00 PM, and run REAL late; Ticketmaster says they'll be going through 3:00 in the morning. So make sure you get some sleep beforehand! Congress Theater: 2135 N. Milwaukee. (312) 923-2000.

Compost Bin Sale @ Garfield Park

From 8 AM to 4 PM today, the University of Illinois Extension is selling compost bins worth $80 for the amazing price of $25, including tax, to Chicago city residents (bring proof of address). In the Garfield Park Conservatory visitor parking lot, 300 N. Central Park, as well as at the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences at 3807 W. 111th St. and the North Park Village Nature Center at 5801 N. Pulaski. For more information, call 773-233-0476 or visit the website.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Chicago crafters show (and sell) their stuff at this monthly market, where you can sip a mimosa while you shop. Free, 12N to 4:30 PM, 1035 N. Western. For more information, visit the website.

Opening: Dzine: Somewhere over the Rainbow @ Cultural Center

Chicago Latino painter Dzine (nee Carlos Rolon) exhibits paintings that use "a non-objective vocabulary of vivid colors and abstract shapes," including a mural-sized work, in the Michigan Avenue Galleries until 29 October. Free, 77 E. Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Opening: Paul Kass: Recent Sculpture @ Cultural Center

Chicago artist Kass exhibits work that "[investigates] the boundaries between painting and sculpture." In the Michigan Avenue Galleries until 22 October. Free, 77 E. Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

First Annual Major Taylor Celebration Ride

This 20-mile ride--sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation--begins at 7 AM in West Pullman Park, 401 W 123rd, and continues through the South Side neighborhoods of Beverly, Blue Island, and Morgan Park. $10 to $15. Contact Keith Holt at keith [at] biketraffic [dot] org or call 312-427-3325, x 244 for more information. You can register online here.

Compost Tea @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Who knew stuff so stinky could be so good? Stop by this free session at 10 AM today to learn about making a super-nutritious tea (for your garden) out of compost. 300 N Central Park Avenue. For more information, call 773-265-9587 or visit the website.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and eastern European dance at 10 AM, led by Ethnic Dance Chicago, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. For more information, visit the website.

Virgina City @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

This 1940 film starring Errol Flynn and Miriam Hopkins plays tonight as part of LaSalle Bank Cinema's Mustache Cinema Classic Film Series. Also playing is the 1938 serial "The Spider's Web #6: Sealed Lips." General admission to the 8pm show is $5 and $3 for seniors and children. 4901 W. Irving Park. Call 312-904-9442 for more information.



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