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Friday, November 17

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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 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.

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.

Dance Slam @ Athenaeum Theatre

Part of Dance Chicago's month-long celebration of Chicago's dance companies, this evening's program features close to 20 brief performances, followed by the audience's selection of the best dancers. 7:30 PM, 2936 N Southport. $7. For more information, visit the website.

World's largest rubber band ball @ State & Jackson

Office Max has flown Eugene, Oregon resident Steve Milton and his 4,000+ pound, 5-1/2-foot high rubber band ball to Chicago for an official ceremony today at the corner of State & Jackson at 11:00 to induct Milton into the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world's largest rubber-band ball. Why fly him to Chicago? Well, Office Max is remodeling its stores, including 11 Chicago-area locations, and... well, they just did. Okay. Go by the corner today to see the ball, or stop into your local Office Max store to purchase a 3-inch-diameter rubber band ball to get your own record-breaking ball started.

 

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