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Wednesday, November 22

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Opening: Spirits III @ Aesthetic Eye

Aesthetic Eye Gallery is holding an opening reception for their latest group show, "Spirits III." The show features paintings by Isabel Alvarez Mac Lean, Lisa Hutler, Mei Huang and Brian Garay; mixed media sculpture by Joan Zgoda and Scott W. Pearson; and photography by Brian Patrick. The show runs through November 5. Free and open to the public from 6-10pm. Aesthetic Eye is located at 1520 W. Chicago Ave. Call 312-243-1520 for more information.

Cocktails & Clay @ Hyde Park Art Center

Learn to make art the right way -- under the influence! The Hyde Park Art Center is offering a new event series, Cocktails & Clay, for which the Center is kept open late to teach handbuilding and coils or just allow visitors to play with the clay. If you're feeling more social than creative, there will also be drinks, DJs, dancing and tours of the Center's latest exhibitions. 8pm-12am at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. A donation of $5 is suggested and all proceeds benefit HPAC programs. Call 773-324-5520 for more information.

P.D. James @ Harold Washington Library CANCELLED

P.D. James stops by the Harold Washington Library to read from and sign her latest work, The Lighthouse. Free at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St. Call 312-747-4050 for more information. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.

Art View in Lakeview

Come check out five different Lakeview galleres, all representing local and international artists with different visions of art. You can start the tour at any of the five locations: The Leigh Gallery at 3306 N. Halsted, Slaymaker Gallery at 934-936 W. Roscoe, Art De Triumph at 2936 N. Clark, Chicago Room Gallery at 3318 N. Halsted, or John Galt Gallery at 3222 N. Clark. 5-10pm and free to all with trollies in between the stops. Call 773-472-1865 for more informaton.

Women's Global Education Project Fundraiser

Chicago Public Radio presents an evening fundraiser for the Women's Global Education Project tonight at Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago). Radio host Jerome McDonnell emcees the event, which will include local musicans & dancers and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by visiting the Women's Global Education Project Website.

David Mamet @ Harold Washington Library

Come see Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author David Mamet discuss the amazing library of his work tonight in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library. Free and open to the public at 12pm; 400 S. State St. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

Lemony Snicket Release Party @ 57th St. Books

Are you sad that the Series of Unfortunate Events is coming to an end? Or do you just want to know what VFD is, already? Either way, come join the other Snicket fans at the 57th St. Books as they celebrate the release of The End, the final chapter of the Baudelaires' tribulations. There will be giveaways, refreshments and more. 3pm at 1301 E. 57th St. Call 773-684-1300 for more information.

Silent Running @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center is running a series of science fiction films through December. This week's film is Silent Running, the 1971 film directed by SFX legend Douglas Trumbull. The film screens this evening at 6:00, and again on Tuesday, October 17th. The October 24 screening will also include a lecture by SAIC professor Jim Trainor. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $4 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Haunted Village @ Daley Plaza

Today is the official opening day of Haunted Village at Pumpkin Plaza, the annual haunted house that is set up in Daley Plaza (corner of Washington & Dearborn). From today through October 31 there will be daily performances, storytellers, activities and crafts, and more. Opening night is tonight from 5:00 to 8:00; the Haunted Village will be open from 11:00 to 3:00 on Mondays through Wednesdays, and 11:00 to 8:00 on Thursdays through Sundays. See ths City of Chicago site for full details.

DEPART-ment

DEPART-ment returns to open-end gallery, 2000 W. Fulton, Suite 310, this weekend. Come shop for handmade products from more than 100 vendors -- clothing, accessories, jewelry, cards, art and more. The opening is tonight from 7pm to 11pm; open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

The Evens @ Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

The Evens, a band consisting of Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina, are playing at a severely underutilized space: the auditorium at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk, tonight and yesterday. Doors open at 7pm; all ages, $5 at the door.

Opening: Asian American Jazz Festival @ Links Hall

The first performance of the 11th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival begins tonight at 8 PM. $12, 3435 N. Sheffield. The festival runs through 21 October; click here for a complete schedule.

Learn to Spin @ Arcadia Knitting

Round out your October by learning how to get that wool from the sheep's back to your hot little hands at Arcadia Knitting's Drop Spindle class. Maybe you've seen them, maybe you haven't — those people with the yo-yo things making yarn from roving. Learn the basics of drop spindle spinning and make your own yarn from scratch tonight from 6:30pm to 8pm. The class will run the last three Fridays of October, the 13th, 20th and 27th. Cost: $45 (drop spindle kit separate). To register for a class, call Arcadia Knitting at 773-293-1211, or register in person at the shop. They require a 50% non-refundable, non-transferable deposit at the time of registration to reserve your seat in class. The drop spindle kit is not included. The class is limited to 6 students. Arcadia Knitting is located at 1613 W. Lawrence Ave. (at Ashland) in Chicago.

 

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