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Friday, December 8

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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy @ Intuit

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, the indescribable singer whose insane 1968 single "Paralyzed" gave him a permanent place in rock'n'roll history by both getting him a spot on "Laugh-In" and inspiring David Bowie to take the name Ziggy Stardust, puts in a rare live appearance tonight at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Bassist Klaus Fluoride of the Dead Kennedys will be sitting in with the Ledge, and the opening act is Gentleman John Battles. The concert starts at 7:00 PM. $14, or $12 for Intuit members. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Myopic Books poetry reading

Myopic Books presents the latest in its weekly series of readings and poets' talks. Tonight's program features local authors Dave Awl and Lina Ramona Vitkauska. The reading starts tonight at 7:00, and is free and open to the public. Myopic Bookstore: 1564 N. Milwaukee. (773) 862-4882.

THISisGrand Photo Contest Winners on Display

THISisGRAND, an online journal of funny, bizarre and sometimes heartbreaking stories of Chicago's Rapid Transit, will kick off a month-long showcase of Chicago photographers with a party at darkroom (2210 W. Chicago Ave.) Sunday, November 14 at 7 pm.

Throughout the late summer months, TiG held a photo contest, soliciting work from local photographers that captured the CTA and the people who ride it. Three winners and nine honorable mentions will be hung at the darkroom, the city's only photography bar, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14.

DJ Mass Transit will spin during the party and the band New Math will play at 9PM.

Rhino Theater Fest: Cope!

Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. "Join Julie Caffey and Barrie Cole for an evening of new performance works. Special musical guest: The Oxford Group, featuring Leslie Swieck, Katie Brick, and Valerie Gonder, will also perform new original material." 7pm, Curious Theatre Branch, 7001 N Glenwood. $12 or pay what you can. Call 773-274-6660 for reservations.

Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra

Beginning this week, the famed Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra sets up shop at the Auditorium Theatre, rotating between performances of two Marius Petipa classics, Don Quixote and Raymonda. If you like dance, or can at least appreciate a beautiful, technically-precise spectacle, this will be worth checking out. And, as the Reader suggests, it seems fortunate that the company isn't staging their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, so I'll gladly take what we can get. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Go Vertical: Sears Tower Climb

Go Vertical Chicago 2004: On November 14th, participants will run up Sears Tower, at 442m this is the third highest building in the world. Participants start in the lobby of the Sears Tower and climb 103 stories to its famous Skydeck for the best views in Chicago. Comprising 2,109 stairs this is the longest vertical stair climb in the world. Click here for a registration form. The cost is $70 as an individual and benefits Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Turkey Tune-Up

Don't know your way around the holiday bird? Calphalon Culinary Center, 1000 W. Washington St., is offering free turkey demonstrations--including preparing, roasting and carving--at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Nov. 14. Pick up tips for stuffing and prepping, keeping it moist, knowing when it's perfectly done, and carving. Registration is required; call 312-529-0100.

Pixies @ The Aragon

If you missed it last night, or you're such a big fan you'd go twice in a row: The Pixies are playing again tonight at the Aragon Ballroom at 7:30 pm.

Big Yellow Bus Improv @ The Playground

More improv than you can shake a big funny stick at tonight at The Playground Theatre. Big Yellow Bus performs at 8 p.m. Tickets are a measly $6. Big Yellow Bus is an amalgam (if you will) of the best improv performers that The Playground theatre has to give. The Playground is located at 3209 N. Halsted, Chicago. BYOB.

Glen Phillips @ Schuba's

Former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips is on the road, with material from his new album. Check him out at either of two shows at Schuba's, 7 and 10 pm. Tickets are $15 through TicketMaster.


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