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Friday, November 24

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Too Much Light: Best of 2007 @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their annual best-of show for the year 2007. A selection of the best, funniest, and most thought-provoking really short plays that the ensemble wrote over the last 12 months, so you definitely know you're getting the best of the best if you attend this weekend. The best-of shows run tonight and Saturday night at 11:30 PM, and Sunday night at 7:00 PM. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

The Bicycle Men @ Lakeshore Theater

The Bicycle Men, the popular sketch comedy show featuring Dan Castellaneta (aka the voice of Homer Simpson), will be performed tonight at Lakeshore Theater, 8pm. Tickets are $35; click here for information.

StreetWise documentary premiere @ Park West

Tonight marks the premiere of StreetWise: The Movie, a documentary about six vendors of the Chicago paper StreetWise. The film has its premiere party tonight at the Park West (322 W. Armitage); the doors open at 7:00 PM, the film starts at 8:00, admission is $35, and includes a cocktail reception (with a cash bar), entertainment by the Walter Lutheran High School gospel choir, and dancing till 11:00.

Helvetica @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents yet another week of screenings of Helvetica, the documentary about the typeface that became the Film Center's all-time highest box office grossing film last June. If you haven't seen it yet, here's your chance to get the story behind the 50-year-old typeface and why it remains such a popular style choice today. The film screens at the Film Center through December 20; check the Film Center Website for showtimes. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

LOOK @ AMC Loew's

Did you know that Americans are captured on surveillance cameras at least 170 times a day, mostly without their knowledge? Yikes. Shot entirely from the point of view of the security cameras, Adam Rifkin’s film follows several interweaving, story lines over the course of a random week in a random city, and focuses on what people do when they don't know they're being watched. AMC Loews Piper's Alley 4,1608 N. Wells St. For tickets, visit the Website or call 312-642-6265.

Perl Hackathon

The Windy City Perl Mongers present a Perl Hackathon at the J. Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel (24 E. Congress Parkway) throughout the weekend. Perl hackers in the area won't want to miss this chance to work on their own projects, offer help to other programmers, and to meet up with like-minded people in the community. The Hackathon is free to attend, but if you need a hotel room please see the group's Website for information on booking a room.

Text and Time Closing @ Fine Arts Building

Chicago-based composer Drew Baker and his brother Brett Baker, a New York-based, Guggenheim-winning painter, seek to overcome apparent barriers between the spatial and the aural/ acoustic through language. 5:30pm - 9:30pm. Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan Ave., Suite 537. For more info, call 773-220-2356.

Thrill Jockey 15th Anniversary Show @ Logan Square Auditorium

Thrill Jockey Records celebrates their driver's permit with one gimongous roster of their finest faces. The Sea and Cake, Califone, The Fiery Furnaces, Pit er Pat, ADULT., Bobby Conn, Trans Am, The Zincs, Angela Desevaux... Well, you better just go here to find the full list. Switching between two stages in Logan Square Auditorium, viewers will also be treated to "special guests", opportunities to nab rare merchandise, and one hell of a souvenir: a 70-minute mix culled from the entire Thrill Jockey catalog done by none other than Trey Told 'Em. In case you were wondering, that's Frank from Hearts of Darkness and Greg Gillis from a little solo project he likes to call "Girl Talk". The weekend pass will cost you 50 dollars, and music starts promptly at 7PM on Friday.

The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room

Artists and companies from Chicago's dance, performance art, and theatre communities join forces for The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room: (What we're not talking about), answering the question, "What aren't we talking about? As a nation, as a people, as individuals?" Performers include Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Breakbone Dance Co., 3 card molly, HIJACK, and Cristal Sabbagh. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Show starts at 8 pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

European Imports Warehouse Sale

European Imports Ltd., a local importer/distributor of the good stuff of Euroeats (cheese, wine, pasta, etc.) will be holding a rare warehouse sale from December 13-15 at their 2475 N. Elston headquarters between 9am and 3:30pm. Get in there for huge discounts! Cash and check only.

GB Holiday Get-Together

With Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year's Eve sort of screwing up the ends of the month 'round this time of year, Gapers Block holds its monthly Get-Together mid-month. Join us tonight from 9pm to midnight at the Gingerman, 3740 N. Clark St. We'll be in the pool room -- come on by and say hi!

 

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