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Saturday, July 13

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Clean Cars and Global Warming @ Chicago Center for Green Technology

This two-hour seminar--part of the Chicago Center for Green Technology's Green Tech U--explains how Illinois could benefit from passing tough auto emissions standards (as California has). Free, but advance registration is required. 6 PM, 445 N. Sacramento. For more information, and to pre-register, call 312-746-9642 or email greentech [at] cityofchicago [dot] org.

Do The Right Thing @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a retrospective of the work of director Spike Lee throughout the month. Tonight the Film Center will screen Lee's Do The Right Thing from 1989. The film will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion from teacher and author Jacqueline Stewart. The film screens tonight at 6:00 PM. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Bingo Tango @ MCA

Bingo in the MCA Cafe, with numbers called by "local art stars," and tango demonstrations during intermission. So you've got something more fabulous to do on a Tuesday night? Right. Free, 6 PM, 220 E Chicago. For more information, call 312-280-2660 or visit the website.

Red Line Extension Public Hearing

Come discuss the possibility of extending the Red Line from its existing south terminal at 95th Street to a new terminal at 130th Street. The extension could streamline bus-to-rail connections for 12 CTA bus routes and four Pace routes and could also connect the line with the South Shore commuter rail line and Metra’s proposed Southeast service commuter rail. The meeting will take place tonight from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Chicago State University New Academic Library, 4th Floor Auditorium 9501 S. King Drive. For more information contact, DCP: 773-928-2500 or LVEJO: 773-762-6991 and see details about this meeting and a repeat meeting in West Pullman on the 11th.

IWOC: Writing for Children Isn't Kids Stuff

If you have an interest in writing children's literature, the Independent Writers of Chicago's April meeting could prove to be helpful to you. "Writing for Children Isn't Kids Stuff" focuses on breaking into the youth market, the opportunities and requirements in writing for children and how to approach publishers. Author Marlene Targ Brill will lead the discussion. Networking starts at 5pm, the program starts at 6pm in the Chicago Athletic Club's 7th Floor Lakeshore Room 12 S. Michigan ave. $15 for members, free for IWOC members. For reservations and information call 847-855-6670.

Spirits Night @ Sam's Wine & Spirits

In advance of the sold-out Whisky Fest this Friday, Sam's Wine & Spirits holds its Spirits Night Grand Tasting tonight from 5pm to 8pm, featuring samplings of cognacs, armagnacs, bourbons, Scotch, Canadian and Irish whiskies. Meet Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller, Wild Turkey Bourbon; Simon Brooking, Master Ambassador, The Dalmore/Laphroaig; Jeffrey Topping, President, Wild Scotsman Whiskey; John McDougall, Master Distiller, McDougall's Selections; Tom Bulleit, Founder, Bulleit Bourbon; Richard Lombard, Sales Director, Lombard Whisky; George Grant, Brand Ambassador, Glenfarclas Malt Whisky; Fred Noe, Brand Ambassador, Jim Beam Brands; Peter Currie, Springbank Whisky; Martin Duffy, Master of Whisky, Chicago; Evan Cattanach, Master Distiller (ret.); Paul Cassidy, Michael Collins; Ian Miller, Master Distiller, Glenfiddich Whisky; Alex Nicol, Managing Director, Pigs Nose/Sheep Dip Whisky; and Nick Forbes, Senior Sales Executive, Duncan Taylor & Co Ltd. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door -- 21 and over, obviously.



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