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Sunday, November 19

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GB Get-Together @ Clark Street Ale House

It's time once again for the monthly GB Get-Together! Come join staffers and other readers for drinks and conversation at Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., tonight from 8pm to 11pm. We're usually in the front of the bar, but depending on the ebbs and flows of bar-goers, we might be in the back.

In Your Facebook @ Prop Theater

Tellin' Tales Theatre presents In Your Facebook, an evening of solo performances about you-know-what. Featured performers: Dave Awl; Beth Ann Bryant-Richards; Barrie Cole; and Tekki Lominicki. The show opens tonight at Prop Theater (3502 N. Elston) and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 19 (except for the 4th of July weekend!). Tickets are a donation of $15 ($10 for students), and can be purchased by calling (312) 409-1025.

Kid, You'll Move Mountains @ Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is a great way for locals to get exposed to some of Chicago's finer bands. This year Kid, You'll Move Mountains is set to preform on the Taste stage (Balbo and Columbus). Kid, You'll Move Mountains has been impressing local audiences for the past year with their recent album Loomings, a complicated yet enjoyable album. Famed Sun-Times critic Jim DeRogatis recently wrote about the band in his weekly column, saying the band's music "keep things moving forward with a propulsive urgency that never neglects the classic Midwestern power-pop melodies." The band hits the stage at 2:30pm and, like all shows at the Taste of Chicago, is free to get in to. If you haven't seen this band before, grab some grub and take a look.

Big Man Japan @ Facets

Facets Cinematheque presents a week-long screening of the 2007 film Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan), a contender for strangest Japanese monster movie evar. A Japanese guy gets zapped with electricity to be turned into a stick-wielding giant who contends with weird monsters attacking Japan. Things get even weirder from there. Big Man Japan screens through Thursday, July 2; see the Facets Website for showtimes. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (773) 281-4114.

Chicago Dance Crash KTF Prince Themed Dance Battle @ Lakeshore Theater

Chicago Dance Crash returns to the Lakeshore Theater, taking their long-running late night dance extravaganza into the purple-themed arena of the artist currently known as Prince.

Hosted by audience favorites Mattrick Swayze and Jyldo, and featuring the never-before seen "lavender light of lavender" AND an award-winning live performance by the Lakeshore's very own bona fide, award winning Prince-themed crooner Chris Sullivan, KTF becomes SMF for one night only with their tribute to Prince and the Rainbow Children.

The show starts at 10:30pm at the Lakeshore Theater, located at the corner of Belmont and Broadway. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at the Lakeshore Theater.

Put Some Free Sausage In Your Mouth During Pride Weekend

Purgatory Pizza (3415 N. Clark St) is recognizing Chicago's Pride Weekend by adding free sausage by request to its pies this weekend (Friday the 26th through Sunday the 28th). Swing by and tell 'em you want Pride Sausage on your pie!

Pitchfork Festival Listening Party @ Fizz

Pitchfork is "crashing the jukebox" tonight at Fizz with music from performers at the upcoming 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival. There will also be giveaways including: festival tickets, CDs, vinyl, DVDs, downloads and other swag by acts performing at the festival, including The Flaming Lips, Built to Spill, The Walkmen, The Thermals, Matador Records, 4AD and more. Think of it as a pre-party for those who just can't wait any longer for the real thing. 3220 N. Lincoln Ave. 8-10pm.

Lupe Fiasco @ Grant Park Chicago Theater

Chicago's own Lupe Fiasco plays tonight in Grant Park, south of Balboa Drive at 5:30pm for free--yes, FREE--as part of the Nike 6.0 BMX Open. Reserved viewing available to purchasers of Dew Tour tickets. Show has been moved to Chicago Theater. Lady Sovereign will open. Tickets start at $20. 8:30pm. All ages.

Around the World in 80 Sips

Tonight from 7pm to 10pm, Chicago-based Bottlenotes is hosting "Around the World in 80 Sips," an exploration of more than 80 wines from, as the name implies, all around the world, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.. It's an opportunity to try wines from less well-known regions like China and Lebanon alongside the more established wine spots. An assortment of artisanal cheeses and food from local restaurants will help soak up some of that wine.
Tickets are $50 in advance
, $75 at the door, but Gapers Block readers can get an exclusive $10 discount by using the code GAPERSBLOCK at checkout.

 

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