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Saturday, June 19

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Facets Night School: Team America: World Police

Facets Cinematheque presents their Night School series of midnight screenings and lectures. Tonight's film is Team America: World Police from 2004. The film will be preceded by a lecture by Facets employee Chris Damen. Facets Night School screenings are $5 (free for Facets members!), and include an educational packet of notes and articles for each class. The show starts at midnight tonight; advance tickets are available through Ticketweb. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Phil Morehart at (800) 331-6197.

The DNA Trail @ Pierce Hall

The Silk Road Theatre Project, in association with the Goodman Theatre, presents The DNA Project, seven short plays written by as many playwrights that explore issues of identity, ethnicity and self. Conceived by Jamil Khoury, whose play: "WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole" is among those performed. Steve Scott directs. Tickets are $34, $24 in previews this weekend, with group discounts available. The DNA Trail runs Tuesdays through Sundays at the Chicago Cultural Center through April 4. For information and tickets call 312-857-1234 x 201 or visit Silk Road Theatre Project.

Vibrator Opens @ Knock Knock Gallery

Vibrator: New Work by Jacob Goudreault and Carmen Price, with special guests Billy Kang, C.J. Matherne, and Tyson Reeder opens tonight at Knock Knock Gallery. Expect to see some serious dude art. Seriously, dude. The reception is from 6-10 tonight. Knock Knock Gallery is located at 3658 S. Wolcott Apt 2F.

Two-Hour Comedy Hour @ Gallery Cabaret

This week's Two-Hour Comedy Hour, a weekly standup comedy showcase hosted by Trey Mowder, features standup comedians Joe Kilgallon, Mo Welch, Chad Briggs, Casey Brown and Sam Norton. This free show features a different lineup each week. There's no cover for the 21+ show -though a $5 donation is accepted - and it runs from 7-9 pm at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley (near Western and Milwaukee, just off the Blue Line stop). Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Strange Tales Saturday @ Challengers Comics

Chicago Comics and Challengers team up today for a celebration of Marvel's Strange Tales hardcover, featuring creators Michael Kupperman, Becky Cloonan, and Jeffrey Brown. Signings and panels take place at both stores: go here for the details. 1pm-4pm. The only catch to this two-store extravaganza is that purchase of a Strange Tales hardcover from either store the week of signing (with receipt as proof) is required to attend the signing.

Third Coast Filmless Festival @ MCA

The MCA partners with the Third Coast International Audio Festival to present the Filmless Festival. This all-day event presents a variety of storytelling, audio documentaries, and sound in the form of unique audio screenings from some of the most innovative and celebrated radio producers. Highlights include a special presentation of a documentary-in-progress with Joe Richman, a celebration of the launch of the book Reality Radio with Ira Glass and the Kitchen Sisters, and presentations from past winners of the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Q&As with the producers follow each presentation. This is the seventh event in the second season of Chicago Public Radio Presents. A festival pass is $30, MCA members $24 (subject to availability), evening screening only is $15, $12 MCA members. Any single daytime screening: $8, $6 for MCA and WBEZ members. Get your tickets through the MCA website. The festival begins at 11:30am and the evening event begins at 8pm. All performances take place in the MCA Theater and Kanter Meeting Center at the MCA: 220 E. Chicago Ave.

MEET THE OSCARS Chicago @ The Shops at Northbridge

Practice the acceptance speech you know you've been writing since you were a kid at MEET THE OSCARSĀ® Chicago, an exhibition brought by Kodak to The Shops at Northbridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave. You can hold and have your photo taken with a real Oscar statuette, learn more about Chicago's own R.S. Owens & Company, which makes the statuettes, and check out Oscars previously awarded to Bette Davis, DuPont Film Manufacturing and Eastman Kodak. This event is free. 10am to 7pm on Level 1 in front of Nordstrom.

Chiditarod!

Arguably the world's largest mobile-food drive and (inarguably) Chicago's best way to kick Winter back to from whence it came. The Chiditarod has been food driving, bar crawling and racing with grocery carts for 5 years. The madness kicks off at Hubbard and Wolcott around noon.

Blu & Exile @ Subterranean

Described by Flying Lotus as "the voice of L.A.", Blu & Exile visit Subterranean (2011 North Ave) tonight for a super late show with Tanya Morgan, and Chicago's own Eulorhythmics and Tomorrow Kings. DJs Tone B. Nimble, Trew, Sean Doe and RTC will control the ones and twos. Things kick off at 10:30pm. And tickets to all this hip hop are just $10. 17+

 

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