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Monday, November 20

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BANDWIDTH @ Subterranean

Radio Free Chicago presents BANDWIDTH, the latest in its series of live performances. Tonight's BANDWIDTH happens at Subterranean, and features performances by The Slats, Tom Cruise Control, Unicycle Loves You, and Aras and the Volodkas. Doors open at 9:30 PM, tickets are $7, and can be purchased on Ticketweb. Subterranean: 2011 W. North. (773) 278-6600.

Schadenfreude Rent Party @ Gallery Cabaret

Sketch comedy ensemble Schadenfreude will perform their monthly new content showcase at 8 PM at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley in Chicago’s Bucktown. The suggested donation is $10. Visit www.schadenfreude.net or call 773.489.5471 for more information.

After Dark Horrorfest

Around the country this weekend, theaters will be screening the After Dark Horrorfest, a program of 9 unrated horror films deemed too graphic or disturbing for general audiences. In Chicago, the films will be screened at Chatham 14, 800 N. Michigan, and City North 14. Check the papers for listings and showtimes.

Sock Puppet Euripides @ Hideout

Tonight at the Hideout you can enjoy three Euripides plays performed by puppets of different kinds. The plays: Hecuba (performed by sock puppets); Lysistrata (performed by actors wearing masks of anti-war celebrities); and The Persians (performed by the troupe with a Balinese shadow puppet). The show starts at 6:00. Tickets are $12, and all proceeds will go to humanitarian relief in Iraq. See the Hideout site to order tickets. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

The Fly @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center is running a series of science fiction films through the end of the year. This week's film is the 1986 David Cronenberg remake of The Fly. The film screens tonight at 6:00 PM, and again on Tuesday the 21st at 6:00. The Tuesday night screening will also include a lecture/discussion by SAIC professor Jim Trainor. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Crispin Hellion Glover @ Music Box

Yes, that Crispin Glover. He's in town to emcee a screening of his 2005 film What Is It?, described on IMDb as "the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes". Whoah. In addition to the film, Crispin will also be presenting a slide show (which he calls his Big Slide Show), and doing a book signing. Attend, if you dare! The show will happen tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night at 7:30 PM; tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door, and can be purchased at the Music Box's Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The World According to Shorts @ Film Center

Tonight at 6 PM and 8 PM, the Film Center screens a collection of contemporary short (9- to 28-minute) films from around the world. $4 to $9, 164 N State. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

Art institute holiday art sale

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago presents its annual holiday art sale, featuring purchasable work by the school's students. The sale happens today in the ballroom of the building at 112 S. Michigan, across the street from the Art Institute. Shopping hours today are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and admission is free. If you can't make it to the sale today, it will be going on tomorrow as well.

GB Get-Together

Since the last weekends for the month in October, November and December are tied up with holidays, Gapers Block is holding its monthl Get-Togethers mid-month. Come on down to Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen, tonight from 9pm to midnight or so. We'll be in the back room.

Primus sucks! @ the Aragon

San Francisco's legendary rock/funk/alt/metal trio Primus hit the Aragon tonight, with original lineup Les Claypool, Larry La
londe and Tim "Herb" Alexander on drums, much to fans' delight. After a rollicking set at 2005's Lollapalooza, this show should be a powerhouse one, only barely contained by the dome of the Aragon Ballroom. Head out early to hear Drums and Tuba opening. Tickets are $32.50 (+fees) and the show starts at 7:30pm. The Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence.

The Ragdale 30th Anniversary Exhibition @ Cultural Center

Chicago-based critic Margaret Hawkins has curated this exhibit of work by visual artists who have stayed at the Ragdale Foundation artist retreat. Ragdale, which is in Lake Forest, is the fourth largest artist community in the country. Check it out, you might even get inspired to apply! In the Chicago Rooms through 13 January. 78 E Washington. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

3 Million Tongues Festival @ Empty Bottle

Hosted by the Empty Bottle in conjunction with Galactic Zoo Dossier, the first night of the Three Million Tongues Festival features sets from Drag City artist Bert Jansch, local gypsyish goth-folk outfit Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and former Stooges' reedman Steve MacKay and the Redon Ensemble. Also performing will be Nick Schillace, Frankie Delmane, Folk & Violence and Michael Young. See the Empty Bottle's site for info and details. 1035 N. Western. Things get started at 9:00pm; tickets are $12.

Victoria Fuller CD Release Party

Victoria Fuller celebrates the release of her debut CD, Small Moments, with a performance at Speakeasy Supper Club, 1401 Devon Ave., tonight from 9pm to 10:30pm. Jenny Beiniman and Evan Cauble-Johnson open. $5 cover.

The RIDER Project @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The RIDER Project is a mobile art gallery located in the back of a Ryder truck, presenting multi-week, multi-venue public art shows throughout the country. While in Chicago, it will include painting, sculpture, photography, video and mixed media contemporary artworks of four NYC artists, curated by School of the Art Institute students. It will be exhibiting in front of the Gene Siskel Film Center on 164 North State Street. See http://www.art-anon.org or call 646-245-9801 for more information.

 

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