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Friday, November 17

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Facets Night School: Crumb

Facets Multimedia presents the second session of Facets Night School, midnight screenings of classic and cult movies with discussions about each film. Tonight's film is Crumb, Terry Zwigoff's unsettling documentary of cartoonist R. Crumb. Facets employee Jenny Grist leads a post-screening discussion. The movie screens tonight at midnight, and tickets are only $5 (available through Ticketweb). Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton.

Bicycle Film Festival

The Bicycle Film Festival screens at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Flr., today starting at 3pm. Here's the full schedule:
3pm:
The Bicycle Church
A Gentleman Never Sweats
The Third Wheel
5pm:
Keirin Queen / Onna Keirn Oh
7pm:
I'm Good On That One
Train Trip
I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes
9pm:
Empire
One Less Horse
Safari London
The Messenger's Creed
Made In Queens
Kant
Polo Manual
Pixel Gears Bikes!! Ride Safe, Ride Fast, Ride Free
The Scraper Bike King
Broadway Bomber/Bridge Battle
Down By The Weep Hole: The Story of The Stupor Bowl
Anima D'Acciaio (Soul of Steel)
Tickets available here.

Harvey Danger @ Schubas

Would you like to publish zines and rage against machines tonight? Nerd rockers Harvey Danger are rolling through Chicago tonight on their last EVER tour. These two shows at Schubas will be their final Chicago dates. The early show starts at 7 pm and is 18+. The late show starts at 10 pm and is 21+. Tickets for both shows are $14 and can be bought on the Schubas site, but the late show is already sold out and there are only a handful of tickets left for the early show (sorry underagers!). So Many Dynamos and Sleepy Kitty open. Schubas is located at 3159 N Southport Ave. Call (773) 525-2508 for more information.

Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition @ Chicago Botanical Garden

Mr. Miyagi will be proud of you for attending the 33rd annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe today from 9am-5pm. You can buy them, look at them, take a workshop (registration required), or take a walk around the Botanical Garden (which is amazing, by the way). Admission is free; parking is $20 per car.

Windy City Rib Fest @ Union Park

Music and ribs are on the bill for the first annual Windy City RIb Fest at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Admission $7. Event runs noon-10pm.

Vaudezilla's Absolut Sexy Show @ The Exit

Vaudezilla, the Burlesque Beast, attacks tonight Saturday August 15th with The Absolut Sexy Show at the Exit (1315 W North Avenue, 773-395-2700) featuring two different performances at 11 pm and 2 am. Tonight's burlesque bad girls include Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, and Maria May I. There will be a punk rock red carpet from 10 pm- 11 pm where you pose for pictures with your favorite vixens. For more information and a complete list of performers, visit Vaudezilla's website.

Stacked Racks Sample Sale @ Beta Boutique

Beta Boutique's long awaited annual Stacked Racks Sample Sale starts today Saturday August 15 at 651 W Diversey Parkway. The feeding frenzy runs from 10 a.m. until 6 pm and features Ella Moss, Free People, Lara Miller, L.A.M.B. and other designers. All items are 40-90% off their original retail prices and nothing will be marked higher than $150. Visit Beta Boutique's website for more information and a full list of featured designers.

Dusty Groove Sidewalk Sale

Dusty Groove, that little record shop on Ashland Ave., is holding their first ever sidewalk sale as part of the 1st Annual Ashland Ave Summer Party. 1120 N. Ashland Ave. Noon - 5pm.

The Fest for Beatles Fans

The annual Fest for Beatles Fans continues today at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont) and runs through Sunday the 16th. Among the events planned for this year's Fest: a sneak preview of the Beatles Rock Band; a battle of the Beatles bands; a marketplace and auction for various Beatles memorabilia; and an attempt on Sunday to assemble the largest ukulele ensemble on stage! See the Fest Website for a complete schedule.

Old Town School Music Store Summer Sale

The Old Town School of Folk Music runs its annual clearance sale of all its inventory this weekend. Everything in the store is on sale today and tomorrow, which includes new and used instruments, CDs, music books, and all kinds of other stuff they've been waiting to get rid of -- er, sell to the public. The sale happens today and tomorrow at the Lincoln Square location (4544 N. Lincoln); sale times are 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Chicago Air and Water Show

Planes and boats on parade! Watch the spectacle from North Avenue Beach. The Chicago Air and Water Show happens tonight and tomorrow. Both days are free and run from 10am to 4pm.

Toni Roberts @ Green City Market

Toni Roberts of C-House will give a cooking demonstration today at 10:30am at the Green City Market, Stockton and LaSalle Drives.

Veggie Bike and Dine - SOLD OUT

The Active Transportation Alliance partners with NeighborSpace for today's vegetarian/vegan culinary tour on pedals. Veggie Bike and Dine starts at Howard Area Community Garden (1715-1725 W. Juneway Terrace) at 10:30am, and from there will eat at a smorgasbord of places, from Chicago Diner to Taste of Lebanon. Tickets $50-55. SOLD OUT.

 

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