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Thursday, November 23

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Burlesque Halloween

Why not spend tonight with the sexy, funny folks from the Star and Garter Burlesque featuring Brandy's worst enemy, Miss Exotic World Michelle L'Amour! Check out tonight's Halloween-themed show "Thriller! I Hardly Know Her" at Fizz at 9:00 pm. Just $10! Fizz is at Lincoln just north of Belmont.

Oh, yeah, and "Thriller!" is running every Thursday in October!

Hatfield & McCoy Talkback @ Viaduct Theater

The House Theatre has scheduled a talkback session after tonight's performance of Hatfield & McCoy at the Viaduct Theater (3111 N. Western) . If you're interested in dicussing the House Theater's current production with the authors and performers, this is the time to see the show! One other talkback session is scheduled for Sunday, October 22. Tickets for the show can be purchased online, or by calling the box office at (773) 251-2195.

Voices from Home: Local Authors Speak

The Friends of the Blackstone Branch Library welcome author Timuel Black for their monthly Voices from Home series. Black will discuss his book Bridges of Memory: Chicago's First Wave of Black Migration, which focuses on first-generation blacks who migrated to Chicago from the south, and will be honored for his role as a labor and civil rights activist during the Chicago Freedom Movement. Free and open the public at 7pm, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Call 312-747-1105 for more information.

Joe Meno, Todd Dills, Steve Asma @ Book Cellar

Tonight the Book Cellar welcomes local authors Joe Meno, Todd Dills and Steve Asma, all reading and discussing their works. Free and open to the public at 7pm, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Opening: One Fal$e Note, or How to Rob a Bank

Acclaimed physical theater company, Plasticene, presents the premiere of One Fal$e Note, or How to Rob a Bank at the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph). The show, which opens this evening at 7:30pm, runs through November 5. Directed by Dexter Bullard. Tickets are $15-20. For more information visit the website.

Bound Stems, Maritime @ Subterranean

We talked with Chicago band the Bound Stems a few weeks ago right as their first album, Appreciation Night, was hitting the shelves. They've been away for a bit on their mega US tour, but they'll be back in Chicago tonight, supporting Maritime and along with Jonathan Byerley at Subterranean. Let me tell you, their smart indie rock would be a perfect way to ease into the end of the working week. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 9:30pm.

Naked Raygun Tonight @ The Cobra Lounge (Secret Show)

This was supposed to be a secret, but somebody blew the cat flat out of the bag and on over to Indiana because within hours, all of Chicago knew. Naked Raygun is surprising audiences with a FREE show tonight at The Cobra Lounge. Check out Transmission for more info.

Barbara Mundy Discusses Mapmaking @ Newberry Library

The Fordham University professor compares indigenous and colonial mapmaking traditions and discusses how they transformed each other. The lecture begins at 6 PM, with a reception at 5:30 PM, free. 60 W Walton. For more information, visit the website.

Beautiful Fish @ Cultural Center

Chicago Scriptworks presents a staged reading of Cristin K. Barrett's screenplay about a man working with schizophrenic patients. In the Studio Theater, 78 E Washington. $5 donation requested; make a reservation by emailing rsvp [at] chicagoscriptworks [dot] org or call 312-264-0123.

E.L. Doctorow @ Harold Washington Library

The bestselling author of Ragtime and The March reads from his work this evening at 6:30 PM as part of the Nextbook Writers Series. $6 to $8, 400 S. State. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.

The Best American Comics Release Party

Come celebrate the release of The Best American Comics tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, with Editors Harvey Pekar and Anne Elizabeth Moore, as well as Chicago contributors Ivan Brunetti, Anders Nilsen and Lilli Carre. They will discuss the debut edition of the Best American Comics and then show sex comics. The fun starts at 6:30pm, and it's totally free. Unless you buy a book for them to sign.

RESFEST Fim Festival @ The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

RESFEST is celebrating years of innovation, technology and chutzpah in film by premiering their 10th season of festivals at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The showings can be seen tonight and will continue to run through Sunday, the 22nd.

Artists at Work Forum @ Cultural Center

A panel of artists and supporters discuss the developing arts environment in Chicago, focusing on the recent creation of arts districts, fairs, and centers for art production. In the First Floor Garland Room, this evening at 6 PM. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312- 744-6630 or visit the website.

 

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