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Monday, October 19

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Growing Up Girl

Tonight at 7:30 Women and Children First welcomes Michelle Sewell, editor of Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces, a collection of short stories, poems and essays on the transition from girl to woman. Joining Sewell will be several local contributors to the anthology -- Wendy Altschuler, Jennifer Karmin, Janet Vega, Latiffany Wright and Jewel Sophia Younge.

2006 Oscar nominated short films @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre will be screening a program of short films nominated for this year's Academy Awards. The program includes both the animated and live-action films, so this is your chance to see two Oscar-winning films in one screening! The program will be playing at the Music Box until February 22; check the Music Box Website for showtimes. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Drawing Restraint 9 @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center continues a retrospective of the work of artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney with a screening of his recent film Drawing Restraint 9. What you can expect to see: Björk; a whaling vessel; and 45,000 pounds of liquefied Vaseline. Tonight's screening is at 6:00 PM, and the film will also be shown on Saturday the 17th at 5:30 PM, and Wednesday the 21st at 8:00 PM. See the Film Center Website for a listing of other Matthew Barney films screening during the month. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Dianne Reeves @ CSO

One of the best voices in jazz, Dianne Reeves visits the CSO as part of the AT&T Jazz at Symphony Center series. Tickets are available from the CSO site, from calling the box office at (800) 223-7114. Show begins at 8pm.

Martha Berner @ Schubas

Martha Berner brings her sensitive and literate folk-pop to Schubas tonight when she opens for NYC singer-songwriter Tobey Lightman. Martha has just released her followup ep to last years debut record ...this side of yesterday. Pick up the brand new ep, Ten Little Pieces, tonight at 10pm from Martha herself.

DJs Tittsworth & Zebo @ Spot 6

The DC-based deejay Tittsworth comes to town, bringing his club-sparking bag of tricks that keeps the crowd moving with a fast-paced blend of hip-hop, Baltimore house, and drum'n'bass. DJ Zebo and Frankie Banks are also slated to trade off on the decks. 3343 N. Clark.

Mr. Scruff @ Smart Bar

Top-shelf British groove maestro DJ Mr. Scruff makes a return engagement at Smart Bar tonight, where he'll be spinning a marathon set from opening 'til closing time. Listeners who are familiar with his jazzy, downtempo recorded material can expect an evening of energetic, floor-filling funkiness. 3730 N. Clark. Admission is $10, doors open at 10pm.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Ben Pao

The festivities will be going on throughout the weekend at River North's Ben Pao Restaurant, featuring a Chinese Lion Dance Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm. A special "Pig Out" menu designed by famous Chinese-American Chicago residents will be available February 15-28, with a a pre fixe dinner on Sunday night. For reservations, call 312-222-1888. For more information, visit the restaurant's events page.

 

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