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Monday, December 18

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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 8:00pm, 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.

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 @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

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 LaSalle Bank Cinema (4901 W. Irving Park), and tickets are $10. See the Chicago Film Archive Website for full details.

Final Fridays @ Freedom Museum

On the last Friday of each month, the new Freedom Museum holds a get-together of sorts, featuring food, an open bar and, this Friday, comedy by Chicago Underground Comedy and music by Mike Mangione. Advance tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. At the door it'll cost you each $5 more. To purchase, and to find out more, call 312-222-3026. The Freedom Museum is located at 445 N. Michigan Ave. 6-8pm.

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 there will be a free pre-show discussion with Artistic Director Davies and cardiothoracic sugeon Dr. Francis Wells, who participated in the creation of the performance.

Tortoise (x2) @ Empty Bottle

Catch Chicago indie/experimental/electronica favorites Tortoise tonight two times at the Empty Bottle. Before you go, check out our review of their big box set, A Lazarus Taxon that hit the stores recently. The first show starts at 7pm, the second at 10pm and each are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. It's their only shows in the U.S., much less Chicago, this year, so come on out!

Mark Strand @ AIC

The Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet reads from his new collection in Fullerton Hall at 6 PM. 111 S Michigan. Tickets are $10 to $15 and can be purchased by calling 312-575-8000. For more information, visit the Poetry Foundation website.

GB Get-Together @ Black Rock

Come hang out with Gapers Block staffers at Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen, tonight from 9pm till around midnight. We'll be in the back room -- boardgames may be played and fried mac'n'cheese triangles may be consumed. Join us!

Poi Dog Pondering @ Metro

DJ Julio Davis opens. 8:30 PM at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. 18+, $21, tickets via Ticketmaster.

 

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