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Saturday, February 23

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The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their latest prime time play, The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen, directed by Greg Allen. Realism and Neo-Futurism intersect, a lot of dramatic tragedy piles up on the stage and the audience will be pleasantly confused. I think. Anyway, the play starts tonight at 8:00 PM and runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through March 5. Tickets are pay-what-you-can on Thursday nights, and $15 on Friday and Saturday nights ($10 for students and seniors). See the Neo-Futurist Website for more info, reservations and a very dramatic-looking picture of the cast. The Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

Tsunami Aid: The Concert For Bangladesh @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a night of music from the famous 1971 Concert For Bangladesh, as interpreted by the school's ensemble classes. The concert happens tonight at 7:30 PM, at the school's original building at 909 W. Armitage. Admission is free, but donations for the Asian tsunami victims will be accepted during the show. See the Old Town School site for more details.

The Return of B-Fest

If you like super-bad movies, then you'll love B-Fest. I'm pretty sure that most of the films should have a C or D rating, but somebody's gotta enjoy this stuff since it sold out last year. But if the idea of being locked in a movie theater overnight with a gaggle of bad movie fans who won't make fun of you for liking awful, awful films, then you've gotta head over to Evanston's Norris Center. Bring a sleeping bag, leave the booze at home, and your well-developed sense of humor and you'll be fine.
Cinnamon will be attending, with her knitting cause she'll need something to make herself calm when the movies make her want to scream.

THE2NDHAND @ Quimby's

Tonight, Quimby's plays host to the "Underground Winter Festival" with Joe Meno (Hairstyles of the Damned), THE2NDHAND editor Todd Dills, A.B. Drea (Banana King), and Joe Deir, Natalie Hill and Laura Negrete of Ink Stains, celebrating their inaugural issue. THE2NDHAND will unveil Broadside installment 16, which features prose from Paul A. Toth (Fizz)and Jeff Miller (Ghost Pine) illustrated by Rob Funderburk. Punk duo the Like Young provide musical accompaniment. Festivities start at 8 pm @ Quimby's Bookstore located at 1854 W. North Ave. in Chicago. This event is FREE/BYOB.

World's Largest Snowball Fight in Wauconda

The Wauconda Lions Club is organizing the world's largest snowball fight this morning at 10:00. They're hoping to have 3,000 people in Cooks Park (600 N. Main, across from Wauconda High School), armed with snowballs and divided up into two 1,500-person teams. The registration fee is $2, and the proceeds will go to charity. See the club's Website for further details.

Bike Winter Benefit Show

Bike Winter Benefit Show: The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia (at Elston) 9 PM Join us for a concert and dance party to help fund Bike Winter. Music by Illinois First! (rock), the Grillers (bluegrass) and DJ Rudy Day (R&B and funk). This is part of the Icicle Bicycle Festival. See www.bikewinter.org for more info.

Tropical Safari

Tropical Safari: Flo Restaurant, 1434 W. Chicago, 10 AM After a Southwestern brunch, ride to the Lincoln Park zoo and two different tropical greenhouses. Take a vacation without leaving the Rust Belt.

This is part of the Icicle Bicycle Festival. See www.bikewinter.org for more info.

Heaven Video Screening Series - Winter @ heaven Gallery

heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor, will be featuring its Winter Screening tonight. The so-called "Snow Installation" - made by people documenting their winter environments - will be shown and, appropriately, hot chocolate will be served. Artists featured include Louise McKissick, a former Chicagoan who now teaches digital photography and video editing to native tribes in Alaska. Starts at 8:00pm. Call 773-342-4597 for additional info.

 

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