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Thursday, October 6

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Ed "Moose" Savage, Bingo Gazingo @ Intuit

Tonight at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, another one of their occasional live musical performances. Tonight's bill: Boston's garage-band heroes Ed "Moose" Savage and his Litany of Complaints, and NYC's foul-mouthed spoken word grandpa Bingo Gazingo. The show starts tonight at 9:00 PM. Tickets: $12, or $10 for Intuit members. Call for reservations. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

"The Days of Martyrs and Saints" @ The Newberry

How did the reporting and memorializing of Chicago labor massacres
from 1886 to 1937 shape their historical legacy?

Today at 10 a.m., the Newberry Library hosts James Green, history professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, for “The Days of Martyrs and Saints: The Enduring Memory of the Haymarket Tragedy and Other Labor Massacres.” Green, a noted labor historian, will present background on labor landmarks in Chicago and delve into his current research on the memory and meaning of the Haymarket tragedy of 1886 and subsequent incidents leading up to the killing of 10 workers on Memorial Day in 1937.

Following Green’s lecture, the Illinois Labor History Society will show a 12-minute film of the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937. Exhibit co-curator Peter Alter of the Chicago Historical Society will then lead a brief tour of "Outspoken: Chicago’s Free Speech Tradition" that focuses on the exhibit’s labor and working-class history themes.

Admission to “The Days of Martyrs and Saints” is free and open to the public at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago. For more information, call (312) 255-3691.

Stories on Stage @ Vittum Theatre

Chicago Public Radio presents the start of the 2005 Stories on Stage season, with stories by three authors. The subject of the stories is a 1968 Garry Winograd photograph that you can see at the Chicago Public Radio site. The program will be at the Vittum Theatre tonight at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $35 (or $55 for VIP seating and a reception with the authors), and can be purchased at the Chicago Public Radio site. Vittum Theatre: 1012 N. Noble.

RESFEST Digital Film Festival @ MCA

RESFEST, the digital film festival, continues its run at the Museum of Contemporary Art today with four separate programs of short films. The programs run at 4:00 PM ("Shorts Program #2"), 6:00 PM ("By Design", a focus on broadcast design work from around the world), 8:00 PM ("Shynola Rarities", a retrospective of the four-man collective known as Shynola) and 10:00 PM ("Bushwacked!", a program of politically themed works). See the RESFEST Website for details on the programs, and the MCA site for ticket information. Museum of Contemporary Art: 220 E. Chicago. (312) 280-2660.

Buster Keaton retrospective @ Film Center

Fans of silent comedies will definitely want to check out the schedule for the Siskel Film Center's tribute to Buster Keaton, which starts this afternoon with two excellent programs: Sherlock, Jr. and The Playhouse at a 3:00 screening, and Our Hospitality and The Goat at 5:00. The Keaton retrospective continues through January 6; check the Film Center Website for a full schedule. Film Center tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

All That Glitters: A Holiday Bazaar

This weekend the Chicago Cultural Center is hosting All That Glitters: A Holiday Bazaar. At this two-day event you will be able to buy gifts from cultural organizations and local artists from all over the city. For those of you who remember, this event seems to be filling the gap left by the Newberry Library's defunct Very Merry Bazaar. Thank you City of Chicago! All That Glitters is open Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Too Much Light Kids!

The Neo-Futurists present "Too Much Light Kids!", a child-friendly version (for ages 8-12) of their long-running classic stage show "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind". This show runs every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM through December 18. Admission is $1-6 for kids, and $6-11 for adults (depends on the roll of a six-sided die). No reservations accepted, but group rates are available. Call (773) 878-4557 for details. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. More information: (773) 275-5255.

The Rhetoric @ Underground Lounge

Tonight, bluesy/jazzy/alternative rockers The Rhetoric plays w/ special guests Continuum at the Underground Lounge at 952 W. Newport (in Wrigleyville, at Clark, Sheffield, and Newport). Music begins at 10 p.m. Just $5.

The Holiday Show

Today and tomorrow, the first Holiday Show happens at the Holstein Park Fieldhouse. The Holiday Show is a DIY arts and crafts fair, organized by Maria Marinottini of the Bucktown Arts Fest and featuring many artists from that festival. The Holiday Show will be open from 11:00 to 5:00 on both days. $1 suggested donation. Holstein Park Fieldhouse: 2200 N. Oakley. More information: (773) 263-5882.


If you like the sound of freshly crafted, one-of-a-kind goods in your hands this holiday, you'll have to get down to the winter installment of DEPART-Ment, a collective of local artisans who gather together four times a year to bring you their best and brightest wares. You'll find knowlegable folks at DEPART-Ment, who are none other than the artists themselves, guiding you around the space. Everything's organized to make your shopping easier! Today and Sunday, shop from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Everything happens at the Open-End Gallery, located at 2000 W. Fulton, #310, Chicago. For more information, on buying or selling check out DEPART-Ment online.

WLUW's "Think Pink" Benefit Party

WLUW's weekly show "Think Pink" presents "Fruit: Chicago's Queerest Dance Party" tonight. DJs Erik and Ali host the winter edition of their popular Fruit dance parties.  Expect to hear music ranging from '80s to Electro and Hip-Hop to Dance Punk.  Come celebrate winter with Chicago's hottest homos, femmes, butches and straights! Only at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia: 11:00 p.m. pre-party and raffle; dancing from 11:30 until the wee hours of the morning. All proceeds benefit WLUW 88.7 FM, Independent Community Radio. For more information, email



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