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Monday, July 22

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Soup and Bread Cookbook Release Party

The Soup and Bread Cookbook is tonight from 5pm to 8pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. There won't be any soup at the party, but there will be spiked hot cider, and you'll be able to buy the cookbook for $20 (signed if you'd like), as well as silkscreened prints of some of Paul Dolan's illustrations. You can also sign up to cook for Soup and Bread 2010, which kicks off on Jan. 6. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Free, 21+.

Lake Claremont Press Open House

Lake Claremont Press hosts an open house at its offices, 1026 W. Van Buren, 2nd Flr., tonight from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Author Jean Iversen will sign copies of the new edition of BYOB Chicago. Wine tasting and food samples from restaurants in the book to accompany. Also, Denise Maple from VaVaVroom female motorcycling enthusiast boutique will talk and show fashions. Wine and other refreshments will be served, and Lake Claremont's back catalog will be available for sale. Space is limited, so RSVP to lcp[at] is requested. Free.

Verbatim Verboten Deluxe @ Hamburger Mary's

Verbatim Verboten, the performance of staged transcripts never meant for the public, presents a deluxe evening of performances featuring plenty of past VV performers. Too many people to mention will be performing tonight (over 50 names listed on VV's Facebook page!); you'll just have to attend to believe it. The show runs from 7pm to 9pm at Hamburger Mary's (5400 N. Clark). Tickets are $15 (available through Brown Paper Tickets), and reservations are highly recommended. Phone (773) 344-6328 for more info.

15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program @ Malcolm X College

Malcolm X College and the Bolozi Wazee (Council of Elders) - Shule Ya Watoto (School for Children) are celebrating 14th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program at Malcolm X College, starting today and continuing through Kwanzaa, everyday starting at 10am, until January 1. This is the largest known seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in the country publicly held in an institution of higher learning. Admission is free. For more information contact Jessica Holloway: Kwanzaa Chairperson at 312-850-7472 or Malcolm X College is located at 1900 W. Van Buren. For more information, including the schedule, check out this press release.

Priestess @ The Empty Bottle

Full of fury and grit, and seemingly plucked directly from the 70s', Montreal-bred Priestess scorches across the border into Chicago with a slew of new material in tow from their recently released Prior to the Fire. Early Man, Naam, and Chicago's own doom quartet Rabid Rabbit open. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western. Show starts at 9pm. Admission is $5. 21+.

Mathew Paul Jinks: On Sundrun Opens @ UIC's Gallery 400

Jink's On Sundrun, uses the quintessentially English game of cricket to explore post-colonialism, ritual and memory. The exhibition will include sculpture, film, location sound recordings of cricket matches, and a performance in the gallery space during the opening reception. Jinks explores cricket as an enactment of the mythology of cultural identity and the effects of transposition and assimilation. The opening reception is tonight, from 5-8pm. The show will be up through Jan. 16 at Gallery 400: 400 S. Peoria. Visit the gallery's website for more information or call them at (312) 996-6114.

Bike Polo @ Garfield Park

There's a good chance there may be snow on the ground, so you might want to put your good tires on your bike if you decide to take part in bike polo at Garfield Park tonight, 100 N. Central Park Ave., 6:30pm. You bring the bike, they'll supply the mallet and the rest of your three-man team. Polo shirts are (we assume) optional.

"Freaks" Film Screening @ Claudia Cassidy Theater

Casting many actual carnival performers, this 1932 horror film about sideshow "freaks" and "normal" people examines which are the real monsters. This special screening includes live, original musical accompaniment by Silent Theatre Band. Claudia Cassidy Theater: 77 E. Randolph. 7pm. Admission is free. Visit the Department of Cultural Affairs' website for more information.

Rumble Lounge @ Rodan

Every second Wednesday night starting at 10pm at Rodan, Rumble Lounge explores the minimal, subtle and moody sides of dubstep and techno and the increasing overlap between the two. DJs Olin and Akademy promise a night for casual listeners, aficionados, and the curious alike to enjoy a relaxing environment and appreciate the texture in the more subdued stylings of dubstep, dub-techno, uk funky, minimal house and techno. Rodan is located at 1520 N. Milwaukee. Rumble Lounge is free and 21+.

What's Sin Got to Do w/It? @ Stop Smiling

In celebration of the Great Book Foundation's latest collection of stories, Even Deadlier, Loyola University business ethics professor and author of Why It's Hard to Be Good Al Gini comes to Stop Smiling Storefront to deliver a tongue-in-cheek lecture on what the seven deadly sins are all about. Free at 6:30pm at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. Call (773) 342-1124 for more information.

Sam Burman @ Green City Market

Sam Burman of Bluprint will conduct a 10:30am chef demonstration at Green City Market, which is currently located at the Notebart Nature Museum (Fullerton at Lake Shore).

"How to Build a Food Web from Scratch" @ Northwestern University

Northwestern University's Institute on Complex Systems hosts University of Chicago ecologist Stefano Allesina for this lunch time talk on food web models or new ways of depicting who eats whom. "Connecting the Dots: How to Build a Food Web from Scratch" is free and takes place from 12-1pm at the Chambers Hall Lower Level Classroom, 600 Foster St., Evanston. Call (847) 467-1348 for more information.

Made in Chicago

La Llorona Gallery presents a new exhibition by Carolina Reyes, who found her inspiration for her new exhibit over the course of two years when she explored the city on her bike and discovered things she deemed unjust; thus focusing her artwork on a side of Chicago that is never seen on tourist's guides. Made in Chicago is now open to the public until January 10, 2010. La Llorona Art Gallery is located at 1474 W. Webster. You can call 773-281-8460 for more information and check out her artwork here.



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