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Tuesday, May 18

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Hillary Carlip, Jilly Soloway & Elaine Soloway @ W&CF

Women & Children First presents three feminist memoirists all reading from their books: Hillary Carlip with Queen of the Oddballs, Jill Soloway with Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants and Elaine Soloway with The Divison Street Princess. Free and open to the public at 7:30pm, 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Creepy Chicago Hauntings @ Book Cellar

Get ready for Halloween with Ursula Bielski as she recounts some of the creepy Chicago stories from her books Creepy Chicago, More Chicago Haunts and Graveyards of Chicago. Free at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information...if you dare.

Six Corners Monster Film Festival @ Historic Portage Theater

Head to the Six Corners Monster Film Festival from Friday, October 27th through Tuesday, October 31st to see horror classics like Dracula and Halloween, take a free pedicab to nearby restaurants, and have fun with the other ghouls. Films will show at the Historic Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., but other events will take place at nearby venues. For more information visit the festival's website.

Tales of Madness and Revenge

Come to Glessner House to hear chilling recitations of Edgar Allen Poe's most spine-tingling poems and stories. Tickets are $22 for member and $25 for non-members and reservations are required. Call 312-326-1480 to save your spot. Glessner House is located at 1800 S. Prairie Ave.

Mandela, The Authorized Portrait @ Barbara's

Mac Maharaj, Nelson Mandela Foundation Board Member and consulting editor on Mandela, The Authorized Portrait, stops by Barbara's Bookstore to read and sign his work. Free and open to the public at 7:30pm, 1218 S. Halsted. Call 312-413-2665 for more information.

Death of A President @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents one of the most controversial films of the year: the fake documentary Death of A President, an imagined look at the aftermath of the assassination of President Bush. The film will play for only one week at the Music Box; advance tickets will be available through Ticketweb. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

2001 @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center is running a series of science fiction films through December. This week's film is the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey in a 35mm widescreen print. The film screens this evening at 6:00, and again on Tuesday, October 31st. The October 31 screening will also include a lecture by SAIC professor Jim Trainor. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $4 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Xiu Xiu @ Logan Square Auditorium

Touring behind its latest record, The Air Force, art rock ensemble Xiu Xiu will appear tonight at the Logan Square Auditorium with several support acts: Cong For Brums, Dirty Projectors and Renee-Louise Carafice. The band, led by Jamie Stewart and his cousin, Caralee McElroy, make music about sex in ways that are often more shrill than sensual and are all the more compelling for it. Stream tracks at the band's MySpace page, and read the feature on Transmission prior to the show. Show starts at 8pm; tickets here.

Opening: Ghost Stories @ Aloft Loft

Bad things happen to brides-to-be in this Strange Tree production. Even if you're not big on creepy stuff, the trapeze action will likely be enthralling. Performances run through 31 October at 8 PM and tickets cost $13. 937 N California. For more information, call 773-317-1195 or visit the website.

Third Coast Audio Festival Awards Show

The Third Coast Audio Festival holds its annual awards ceremony tonight at the Music Institute of Chicago, at Chicago and Lake Streets in Evanston. Learn about this year's Audio Luminary Award recipient, hear excerpts of the winning programs and watch as winning producers accept their awards. Then stick around for a champagne reception and the chance to meet the winners and other radio producers from all over the world. Tickets are $35, available here.

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Psalm One @ Abbey Pub

Check out two great rap acts tonight at the AbbeyDel Tha Funkee Homosapien and Chicago's Psalm One. Read an interview with outstanding female rapper Psalm One over at Transmission. Doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9pm. Tickets are $20 and it's 18+ to get in.

 

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