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Tuesday, March 28

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The Modern Temper @ Subterranean

Tonight, Chicago-based indie rockers The Modern Temper release their new Postal Service-meets-Dismemberment Plan EP, A Small Sound, at Subterranean (2011 W. North Ave.). The show starts at 10:30pm and will also feature local band, Them Vs. Them.

Early to Bed 5-Year Anniversary

Early to Bed, the Andersonville feminist sex shop, turns five this year and all weekend long they're offering goodies for all patrons. You'll get 15% off everything in the shop with some of the staff's favorite items taken all the way down to $5. Each purchase will enter the customer into a raffle and there will be cookies for everyone! Cookies! 12-9pm on Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm on Sunday. Early to Bed is located at 5232 N. Sheridan. Call 773-271-1219 for more information.

Bruce Mau @ MCA

Innovative designer Bruce Mau and students from the Institute Without Boundaries discuss their experience curating the exhibit Massive Change: The Future of Global Design (through Dec 31). This free lecture takes place at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E Chicago Ave) this afternoon, at 3pm. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Roky Erickson doc @ Film Center

Tonight the Gene Siskel Film Center screens the 2005 documentary You're Gonna Miss Me, a study of the Texas musician Roky Erickson. The screening is part of the annual Adventures in Modern Music festival happening at the Empty Bottle. The screening starts at 8:00 PM; a second screening of the film will happen on Wednesday, September 20 at 8:15 PM. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Renegade Craft Fair

This isn't your mother's craft fair! Get out to Wicker Park today from 11AM to 6PM and check out the Renegade Craft Fair. It's all DIY and modern, from gigposters and reconstructed clothing to graphic prints and comic books.

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.

Felicia Douglas Fundraiser @ Claddagh Ring

This summer, Felicia "Flee" Douglas, a popular Lincoln Square hair stylist, was mugged. Her injuries were severe, and she is undergoing a long recovery process -- without the aid of health insurance. To help raise funds to cover Flee's medical and living expenses, The Claddagh Ring, 2306 W. Foster, will host a fundraiser tonight from 8pm to 10pm. Door prizes and free domestic draft beer, wine, and pop will be offered for a minimum donation of $10, and a raffle will feature prizes including a weekend getaway in Galena, spa packages, restaurant certificates, salon services, theatre tickets and more. Contact Mary at for more information.

May Or May Not and Driftless Pony Club @ The Hideout

Tonight at The Hideout marks the CD release show for two local bands: May or May Not showcases its psychedelic pop on its Bike EP, while brainy rockers Driftless Pony Club saddle up (sorry) its new LP, Cholera. The Life During Wartime crew and DJ Pete Augusta deejay afterwards. The show starts at 9p.

50-Minute Hamlet @ Newberry Library

Chicago's Shakespeare Project performs a two-person adaptation of this masterpiece on the steps of the Newberry Library on Walton Street. Free, 10 AM. 60 W Walton. For more information, visit the website.

Patricia Barber @ Symphony Center

As part of the CSO's Day of Music, the noted jazz singer and pianist performs selections from her original song cycle derived from Greek mythology. Free! 7 PM and 9 PM in Buntrock Hall. 220 S Michigan. For more information, visit the website.

World Music Festival: Heather Maxwell & Afrika Soul at Toughy Park

Time to rock out with an ethnomusicologist! As a part of the fest, Heather Maxwell & Afrika Soul play at 4pm today at Toughy Park, 7348 N. Paulina Ave. The show is free. For more information, check the Chicago World Music Festival website.

Heroes Helping Legends

Heroes Helping Legends is an event benefitting The Hero Initiative (formerly ACTOR), a non-profit which provides a financial safety net to retired comicbook artists. Today 11am-6pm and tomorrow 11am-5pm at the Murcury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago, there's a huge comic book sale ($5 for a dollar!), a silent auction for comic book original art, live band and DJs, and appearances by local comics artists.

Today, meet Jeffrey Brown, David Wachter, Andrew Pepoy and Tim Demeter while listening to music by DJ James Van Osdol, Dead Superhero Orchestra, Caster and Daemon Familiar.

World Music Festival @ Navy Pier

Performances today include local gypsy surf ensemble Lamajamal at 1 PM and West-African-rock fusion band Toubab Krewe at 3 PM. Free, 600 East Grand Ave. For more information, visit the website.

World Music Festival: Pablo Mayor @ Humboldt Park

The Colombia-born artist brings his Folklore Urbano to the Humboldt Park Boathouse this evening at 6 PM. Free. 1359 N. Sacramento Ave. For more information, visit the website.

World Music Festival: Rogers Park World Music Festival

This Touhy Park festival starts at 12 N and features music from around the world, including the Hipnotic Belly Dancers, El Payo, and the Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe. Free. 7348 N. Paulina Ave. For more information, visit the website.

10th annual Day of Music @ Symphony Center

Today is the 10th annual Day of Music at Symphony Center. There will be free concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many other groups. See the CSO Website for a complete schedule of the day's events. The concerts run from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM; all events are free and open to the general public. Symphony Center: 220 S. Michigan. (312) 294-3000.

Auditorium Theater Tour

Celebrate Louis Sullivan's 150th birthday by taking this 90-minute tour with historian Bart Swindall at 10 AM this morning. Free, but space is limited: call 312-341-9668 to reserve a place. 50 E Congress. For more information, visit the website.

Opening: Massive Change @ MCA

Bruce Mau and the Institute without Boundaries have conceived this exhibit, which considers design's impact on our future. Through 31 December. 220 E Chicago. For more information, visit the website.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and Bollywood-style dance from northwest India at 10 AM, led by instructor Shamila Khererpal, 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.

Compost Basics @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Everything you ever wanted to know about compost. Or at least what you need to know. 11 AM to 3 PM, absolutely free. 300 N Central Park Avenue. For more information, call 773-265-9587 or visit the website.

Opening: So the Story Goes @ AIC

This exhibit includes work by Nan Goldin, Tina Barney, and other photographers "who use daily experiences as inspiration." Includes work from Goldin's Ballad of Sexual Dependency, which should not be missed. Until 3 December, 111 S Michigan. For more information, visit the website.

Cloud Cult @ The Abbey Pub

Minnesota band Cloud Cult headline tonight at The Abbey. They've got a great alternative sound with some nice guitar moments and some sweet tape playback action. Not a "hippie band" per se, check out this group who stays true to its environmental ideals by insisting on earth-friendly cd packaging and working in recording studios that have geothermal power. Listen to some tracks here and here (mp3). At the show, vocalists Scott West and Connie Minowa — will also create original paintings live on stage during the band's sets which you can bid on after the show. The Abbey is located at 3420 W Grace. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of show and it's 18+. Doors open at 9pm. For more information, call 773-478-4408.

Catfish Haven @ Double Door

Local band Catfish Haven makes a stop at home on their nation-wide tour (hopefully to sleep at home and catch up on hot dogs and such). They hit the Double Door tonight, after putting out a pretty darn good show at Lollapalooza back in August. The band's out promoting their first full-length album Tell Me from Secretly Canadian Records and the smokey dark of the Double Door should be a perfect atmosphere for their blues-infused rock. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Birdmonster open. Music starts at 10pm, and tickets are a measly $10.

The Return of Frank James @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

This 1940 film starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney plays tonight as part of LaSalle Bank Cinema's Mustache Cinema Classic Film Series. Also playing is the 1938 serial "The Spider's Web #10: Flaming Danger." 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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