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Sunday, November 19

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Hubbard Street @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Company presents their fall season Global Tapestry featuring a world premiere by Japanese choregorapher Toru Shimazaki, set to music by French dance and film composer Rene Aubry, as well as a piece by HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent set to music by Norwegian Group Bla Bergens Borduner. This evening at 7:30pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph Dr). Tickets are $20-75. For more information call 866-535-4732 or visit the website.

Ferocious Beauty: Genome @ MCA

The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents the Chicago premiere of Ferocious Beauty: Genome a multimedia dance-theater work about the ways that genetic engineering could impact our lives. This serious subject is treated with a light touch--a funny dominatrix-like character named Miss TATA explains genetic concepts; another section of the performance "What if Scientists Were Choreographers?" features researches explaining (on a video projected on the back wall of the theater) what a dance about DNA would look like. This evening at 7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave). Tickets are $10-24. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Ferocious Beauty: Genome @ MCA

The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents the Chicago premiere of Ferocious Beauty: Genome a multimedia dance-theater work about the ways that genetic engineering could impact our lives. This serious subject is treated with a light touch--a funny dominatrix-like character named Miss TATA explains genetic concepts; another section of the performance "What if Scientists Were Choreographers?" features researches explaining (on a video projected on the back wall of the theater) what a dance about DNA would look like. This evening at 7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave). Tickets are $10-24. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

The Cure at Troy @ Side Project

Caffeine Theater presents The Cure at Troy, a gorgeous adaptation of Sophocles' Philoctetes by Seamus "I made Beowulf fun again" Heaney. Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles, is charged with the task of duping a guy with a smelly, gangrenous foot out of his magic bow. After realizing that he'd have to be a giant asshole to trick a crippled warrior out of a bow used to hunt food, Neoptolemus starts to feel really bummed out. But he takes it anyway.Tickets to this show, which runs through October 8th, are $12-15. This evening at 8pm, at the Side Project (1439 W Jarvis Avenue). For more information call 312-409-4778 or visit the website.

Chicago civil rights film @ ICE Theater

Chicago Film Archive presents To Bear Witness: The Question of Violence, a program of film footage from the Chicago civil rights movement. Three newly-preserved films will be screened: Cicero March, Black Moderates and Black Militants, and The People's Right To Know: Police Versus Reporters. The film program will be followed by a panel discussion. To Bear Witness happens tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 at ICE Theater (210 W. 87th Street), and tickets are $10. See the Chicago Film Archive Website for full details. This program will also be repeated tomorrow night at LaSalle Bank Cinema; see tomorrow's Slowdown for details.

Bitch Magazine 10th Anniversary Party

Bitch Magazine is 10 years old, and Gapers Block and Northwest Suburban NOW are helping them celebrate with a party at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 9pm. DJ Mother Hubbard spins and the Pussy Galore burlesque troupe will make a special appearance, and there will be readings from BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine by Bitch co-founders Andi Zeisler and Lisa Jervis and others. 21 and over, $10 at the door.

Sibohan Davies @ Dance Center

UK based choreographer Sue Davies collaborated with a linguist, a cardiothoracic surgeon, a landscape designer, and an architect on a new performance In Plain Clothes. The Dance Center of Columbia College (306 S. Michigan Ave.) presents the American premiere, performed by the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. This evening at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. Call 312-344-8300 for more information, or visit the website. This evening, stay for a post-show discussion with Artistic Director Davies and company members.

Alpana Singh @ Women & Children First

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., welcomes Check, Please host Alpana Singh for a discussion of her new book, Alpana Pours: About Being a Woman, Loving Wine, and Having Great Relationships. The book mixes Singh's knowledge of wine with dating and relationship advice based on her observations of couples during her years in the restaurant industry. Free at 7:30pm. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Opening: Aztec Exhibit @ Newberry Library

This exhibit, which runs through 13 January, explores how indigenous Aztec culture survived in spite of the Spanish conquest in 1521, and how it persist today in Mexico's 1.5 million Nahua people. 60 W Walton. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Rock For Kids Music Mixer

Rock For Kids' fourth annual Music Mixer finds a record number of bands, DJs, venue owners, journalists, and other music industry types creating unique mix CDs for silent auction. From Pitchfork to DeRo, Edith Frost to OK Go, dozens of mixes will be available, but the contents will be kept secret until auction's end. Proceeds benefit Rock For Kids' Youth Jam education program. $5 suggested donation at the door. 6pm-10pm. SmartBar, 3730 N Clark St.

Drink for the Pets!

Join the folks from Treehouse Chicago, Andersonville's no-kill cageless shelter at T's for their monthly Happy Meower. This evening fundraiser will raise money to support Treehouse's low-cost spay and neuter programs and other efforts. See you at T's at 5025 N. Clark Street.

 

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