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Wednesday, April 26
Bookslut presents the latest in its series of monthly readings. Tonight's reading starts at 7:30 PM at the Hopleaf in Andersonville, and features authors Pagan Kennedy (Confessions of A Memory Eater), David Rozgonyi (Goat Trees: Tales from the Other Side of the World) and Kellie Wells (Skin). The event is free and open to the public. See the Bookslut site for full details. Hopleaf: 5148 N. Clark Street.
You might think it odd for a couple of Germans to be big in the Dub Reggae DJ circuit, but Berlin-based producers Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald have been working together under the name Rhythm & Sound for the past decade. Rhythm & Sound play Dub and Reggae 45s, mostly instrumental, ranging from deep roots to uptempo minimal electronic/digital, with live effect treatments. Pioneers of their own hybrid of Reggae, Dub and Electronics, Rhythm & Sound have brought together several generations of DJs on their live albums, and pay tribute to the ongoing evolution of club music through their live gigs. Josh Werner opens, the show starts at 10pm and tickets are $12 (advance) $15 (door). The show is 21+. SmartBar is located at 3730 N. Clark St. (next to The Metro).
Tonight at Schubas head on upstairs and find those funny folks at the Onion, presenting the last night for their Pussy Galore Dance Party with DJs Mother Hubbard, Miss Gab and Megatronix. Catch some tunes and antics as only this group can provide.
Design Within Reach is showing a set of short films by Charles and Ray Eames at select studios across the country, and tonight the festival stops in at the Evanston studio, 1710 Sherman Ave., at 6pm. Seven films will be screened, ranging from 1 to 30 minutes in length. Attendees are encouraged to stay for a discussion following the screenings. It's free, but RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight's concert is a tribute to John Coltrane, featuring Kurt Elling and the Joshua Redman Quartet. 220 S. Michigan Avenue. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (312) 294-3000 or visit the website.
In honor of Chicago's rock show poet, Thax Douglas, who's taking off to New York City soon, Chicago musicians will say farewell at a special show at the Hideout. The night will feature Thax reading poems along with music from Sybris, Tight Phantomz, Dick Prall, and Daniel Knox. The show starts at 8:30pm, and tickets are $10.
Dance activities will take place all day today at Pritzker Pavilion: Jitterbugs-Creative Movements for Kids (10-11am); Alyo West African Dance (12-1pm); Hot Latin Mix with Latin Street Dance (2-3pm); Hip-Hop with Boggie, The Brickhedz and Stick n' Moves (4-5pm); and Chic-A-Go-Go Dance Party (6:30-7:30pm), featuring, among other guests, Thax Douglas. All events are free. See the park's event calendar for more information.