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Friday, November 17

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Writer's Market Panel @ Barbara's Bookstore, UIC

You've spent years writing a book, and now you have no idea what to do with it. The solution: attend a presentation by Writer's Market 2007 editor Joanna Masterson, and Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2007 editor Alice Pope at 7:30pm at Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 South Halsted Street.

River North Rendezvous

Art, design, food, drink and music all come together in this annual River North festival. Check out the invite to see all the great places participating. Benefitting River North-based charities, tickets are $50 per person, two for $90, in advance and $75 on the day of the event. 5:30-8:30pm. Go online or call 312-645-1047 to get your tickets, or purchase them at 233 W. Huron on the day of.

Sons of the Rapture Release Party @ Hideout

Join Featherproof Books at the Hideout for the release of their second publication, Todd Dills's Sons of the Rapture. The night will include readings by Dills as well as Al Burian, Kimberlee Soo and Joe Meno, with performances by Watchers and Pinebender. $8 gets you in at 7pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.

Neo-Futurists' Ibsen @ Northlight

The Neo-Futurists' founder Greg Allen presents his critically acclaimed Henrik Ibsen revue The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie. If you missed this play when it was performed in the city, you really should check it out this time to see a humorous collections of reinterpretations of Ibsen's complete set of plays. The play runs at Northlight through September 23; go to the theater's Website for a complete list of dates and to purchase tickets. Northlight Theatre: 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie. (847) 673-6300.

Peter Carpenter @ Dance Center

Choreographer Peter Carpenter performs the Chicago premiere of Bareback into the Sunset, a piece about a gay man who struggles to find his place within the shifting landscape of the AIDS pandemic. This evening at the Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan Ave) at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. For more information call 312-344-8300 or visit the website. This evening's performance will be followed by a post-show discussion moderated by David Gere, Ph.D., Associate Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, and author and co-curator of the exhibition MAKE ART/STOP AIDS.

Louis Sullivan and Henry Ives Cobb @ Newberry Library

Newberry scholar-in-residence Diane Dillon presents an illustrated lecture comparing Louis Sullivan's work with that of Henry Ives Cobb, another leading Chicago architect of the late 19th century. Part of Sullivan 150, a six-week, city-wide celebration of the sesquicentennial of Louis Sullivan's birth. Free, 6 PM. 60 W Walton. For more information, visit the website.

Opening: World Music Festival @ Millennium Park

This free concert begins the 2006 Chicago World Music Festival and features the Chicago-based Radio Maqam Ensemble and other world music artists. 6:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Service Fair @ South Shore Cultural Center

Bringing the services of city agencies directly into the community, this fair offers tax assistance, health screenings, information about home ownership opportunities, job counseling, small business support, assistance for seniors, and more. 7059 S Shore Dr, free, 10 AM to 6 PM. For details, visit the website or call 311.

World Music Festival: Whirling Dervishes of Konya @ Cultural Center

How often do you get to see a whirling dervish? At 9 PM, grab a seat in Preston Bradley Hall, where a 20-year-old Turkish ensemble of musicians, singers, and dancers enacts this 13th century Sufi tradition. Free, 78 E Washington Street. For more information, visit the website.

Suzan-Lori Parks @ Northeastern Illinois University

In tonight's free lecture, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Topdog/Underdog, Red Letter Plays) talks about politics, writing, and theater. Free, 8 PM. 5500 N St. Louis. For more information, visit the website.

 

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