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Monday, January 24

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TwangOff @ Martyrs'

TwangOff is a once-a-month battle of the bands show that takes place the third Thursday of every month at Martyrs' (3855 N. Lincoln). As the title impies, the featured bands are folksy, alt-country... in a word, twangy. Tonight's battle features the Mark Sheehy Band vs. The Steepwater Band vs. Duenow. The music starts at 9 pm and it'll cost you $7. Check it out.

Ozu's Tokyo Story @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center celebrates the work of legendary Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu with a screening of his 1953 classic Tokyo Story. Continually ranked among the best films of all time, Tokyo Story shows an elderly couple visiting their children in Tokyo, and .... well, for more information, see Roger Ebert's essay on the film. But you might want to see it without knowing too much more. For more information on the film and other Ozu titles screening in the next couple of months, see the Film Center's Website. Tokyo Story screens this evening at 6:00 PM. Film Center tickets are $9 for the general public, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Burlesque Variety Night

Join local burlesque and comic artists for a night of funtacular entertainment at the Elbo Room. Acts include the plus-sized and sassified Hellcat Hussies, sexy burlesque artists, gender-bending drag kings and queens, plus comics and musicians. The Burlesque Variety Envening costs just $5 and will be held on January 20 at 8 p.m. The Elbo Room is located at 2871 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Anti-Inaugural Ball

On the day that George W. Bush delivers his second inaugural address, that would be today, Thursday, January 20th, Anti Gravity Surprise invites you to RESIST! at the Anti-Inaugural Ball, Reading, & Art Show. With a candle-light procession departing from Wicker Park at 7:30 p.m. from the intersection of Damen and Wicker Park Avenue. From 8 pm to 1 am the event will continue at ACME Artworks located at 1741 N. Western Avenue. Proceeds from the $10 suggested donation will benefit local activist organizations. Black Water Café will be open during the evening and a cash bar. For more information, call 773-278-7677.

NOW Panel: Mothers in the Prison System

Tonight please join the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women and DePaul College Women’s Studies Department for "Mothers in the Prison System," a panel discussion addressing the needs and lives of incarcerated mothers. The free event will take place from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at DePaul’s Munroe Hall, Rms. 114-116.  The address is 2312 N. Clifton. Panelists include: Susan George: Harris School Of Public Policy Research Associate at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on issues facing incarcerated mothers and their children. Joanne Archibald: Advocacy Director of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, an organization that addresses the gap in legal aid and advocacy for women prisoners and their families, and Community Advisory board member for Grace House, a residential program for women leaving prison. Pamela Thomas: playwright, poet, former prisoner and Program Director of Rose House, a program that helps women exiting the prison system. There will be a screening of Beyondmedia’s Voices in Time, a video window into the lives of women who have served time in prison. For more information, please contact Rachel Durchslag at

Winter Bike To Work Day

Winter Bike to Work Day: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 7 - 9 AM Stop by for a warm drink, a sweet treat and a chance to win prizes. Sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

Tony Fitzpatrick Book Signing @ Myopic

Artist Tony Fitzpatrick - whose work includes many of Steve Earle's album covers - will be signing his new book The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City Volume 1 at Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, tonight at 7:30pm. Dig.



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