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Monday, November 20

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Oleta Adams @ Steppenwolf

A rare talent with multiple Grammy nominations, singer/songwriterOleta Adams makes a Chicago appearance at the Steppenwolf.. Tickets available from the theatre directly. Show begins at 7:30 in the Downstairs Theatre.

Lady Snowblood @ Sonotheque

The Chicago Psychotronic Film Society and SONOTHEQUE continue the film series, ASIAN EXTREME: THE HIDDEN SIDE OF ASIAN SINEMA with the amazing woman-on-a-rampage film -- LADY SNOWBLOOD (Directed by Toshiya Fujita, 1973).

The film will be screened at Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-7600) at 7PM. Admission is $3.

Seminar on Green Renovation of High-Rises @ Chicago Center for Green Technology

Even if you live in an apartment, you can make sustainable updates to your home. This two-hour seminar--part of the Chicago Center for Green Technology's Green Tech U--discusses ways residents can make their buildings greener and reduce energy costs. Free, but advance registration is required. 1 PM, 445 N. Sacramento. For more information, and to pre-register, call 312-746-9642 or email greentech [at] cityofchicago [dot] org.

Mario Batali Book Signing @ Fox & Obel

From 2 to 3 pm, Mario Batali will be signing copies of his book Molto Italiano. There will also be a tasting of La Mozza wines, Batali's collaborative venture with Lidia and Joe Bastianich, and dishes prepared from recipes in the book. You must buy a book to attend, and you can "check in" anytime after 7am to receive a number for the signing. Check out the store's events page for more information.

Joe Colley & Jason Lescalleet @ Odum

Joe Colley & Jason Lescalleet, two experimental musicians who work with tape loops and malfunctioning equipment, will bring their surreal soundscapes to Odum (2116 W. Chicago) on Friday and Saturday. Friday night's show will be solo performances; Saturday night will be performed as a collaborative duo. $12 for one night admission, and if you attend Friday night's show, you get in on Saturday for free. Sponsored by Lampo. More information at Transmission.

Go-go dance workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in its series of one-day workshops for people who want to learn an instrument, musical style, or type of dance without having to sign up for a full term's worth of classes. This afternoon's workshop is a go-go dance workshop taught by Tina Stasny, from Chicago's own go-go dance troupe The Janes. The workshop happens from 4:15 PM to 6:05 PM, the enrollment fee is $25, and you can register at the Old Town School's Website. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Sunny Side Up @ Darkroom

Celebrate joy, love, and good vibrations with the "Sunny Side Up" residency at Darkroom. On the second Saturday of every month, the evening features an eclectic mix of downtempo, future boogie, afrobeat, latin grooves, Brazilian beats, African variety and house with resident DJs 4BZ and Mwelwa. This Saturday, they're also be a very special live performance by Dan Boadi and Ghanatta Internationale. $5 cover. 10pm-3am. 2210 W. Chicago.

National Day of Appreciation For Abortion Providers

Celebrate! A bake sale event for choice
Saturday, March 10th from 4-7pm at Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western Free Admission!

March 10th, 2007 commemorates the 14th year anniversary of the death of Dr. David Gunn at the hands of an anti-choice, "pro-life" extremist. Since 1996, pro choice advocates have begun to claim this day National Day of Appreciation For Abortion Providers and have turned this day of mourning into a day of remembrance of our losses, mobilizations for activism and celebration for our gains.

The event promises to be "celebratory, informative and yummy" and has been organized byChicago Abortion Fund and Pomegranate Health
Collective.

Celebrate! will consist of:
A Bake Sale (Peanut Free and Allergy Sensitive!)/A Cake Walk with cakes donated from local bakeries and bakers/A Raffle with donations from Women and Children First Bookstore, Early To Bed, Chicago Women's Liberation Union Herstory Project, local artists and more!/Performers and Speakers/Short Films relating to abortion rights and choice/Stress Relief Acupuncture/lots of information to browse and cards to send to abortion clinics and doctors!

SXSW Showcase @ Hideout

Not making the trek to this year's SXSW music festival? The Hideout has you covered. They're putting together a grand day-long showcase of bands that'll be heading down to Austin for the annual event. On the schedule: Catfish Haven; The Narrator; Judson Claiborne of Low Skies; Tijuana Hercules; Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes; The Redwalls; The Prairie Cartel; The New Duncan Imperials; The Race; Maritime; Velcro Lewis & his 100 Proof Band; The Zincs; The M's; OFFICE; Sybris; The 1900s; and Life During Wartime DJs Mother Hubbard and Bald Eagle. Got all that? Good. The show runs from noon to midnight, tickets are $10, doors open at 11:00, and it's first come first serve. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Going Down Jericho Road @ Newberry Library

Historian Michael Honey discusses Martin Luther King's last campaign, in Memphis at 11 AM. A booksigning follows. Free, 60 W Walton. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Alton Brown @ Crate & Barrel

Alton Brown, star of Food Network's "Good Eats" and "Iron Chef," will be at the Crate & Barrel flagship store, 646 N. Michigan Ave., for a "free demo on the selection & the care and feeding of your most prized cutlery."

 

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