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Tuesday, September 22

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Pure Pop for Now People

The monthly dance party Pure Pop for Now People returns for another installment at the Underground Lounge; expect "power pop, new wave, indie, mod, soul, post-punk, brit pop & more" from DJs Jennifer Reiter, Jessica Rogers, Jason Beauchamp, and Martin Stocks. 9pm, 21+, no cover. Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport (at Clark). Visit for more info.

Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 @ Film Center

See the Kill Bill movies the way they were meant to be seen: back to back! The Siskel Film Center presents both movies screened every night, from tonight through Thursday, February 24. Showtimes for Volume 1: weeknights at 6:15 PM and weekends at 3:15 PM (with an added show Saturday night at 8:15 PM). Showtimes for Volume 2: weeknights at 8:30 PM and weekends at 5:30 PM. You'll get a discount if you buy tickets for both movies at the same time. Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Nobody Knows @ Music Box

Nobody Knows, the latest film from Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda, opens today at the Music Box Theatre. The director's previous films were Maborosi (1995) and After Life (1998), which were meditations on life, death and dying from the point of view of the relatives of the dead and the deceased themselves. Obviously we're talking heavy topics here, but Koreeda's pictures are filled with wonderful observances of life and character, and his pictures are always involving and ultimately moving. Highly recommended. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Kevin Young @ 57th Street Books

Award-winning poet Kevin Young will read from his new book, "Black Maria," at 7pm tonight at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. in Hyde Park. For more information, call (773) 684-1300 or visit the Seminary Co-op. Kevin Young follows his acclaimed exploration of the blues in "Jelly Roll" with another riff on an American art form, giving us a film noir in verse. Young, a master of syncopated verse and witty rhyme, is rightly considered one of the leading poets of his generation. Kevin Young is a professor of creative writing at Indiana University. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, including "Jelly Roll," "To Repel Ghosts," and "Most Way Home"; he is the editor of "Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers" and "Blues Poems."

TrekUnited: Save Enterprise

Fans of the television show "Enterprise" will be rallying to protest its cancellation in a night of music, fun and solidarity at the Logan Square Auditorium tonight starting at 9pm. At 10:30pm, a webcast of the attendees cheering the show will be recorded and sent to Paramount executives and advertisers. $10 gets you in the door. Check out for more information.

Doctors Without Borders/Sudan Fundraiser

From 8pm to 11pm tonight, a fundraiser is being held at the John Barleycorn Pub, 3524 N. Clark St., for the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders' activities in the Darfur region of Sudan. Admission is $25 and includes an open bar and hors d'oeuvres. More information here.

Volunteers from Doctors Without Borders have worked tirelessly and at great peril to assist the displaced civilians of Darfur since the start of the crises. Their mission, which involves setting up clinics and food centers, has brought much needed relief to the western Sudan. However, as the situation in Darfur grows worse the financial strain on humanitarian organizations also increases and the need for charitable contributions grows.

Women's Heart Day Health Fair

The Sister to Sister Foundation helps prevent death by heart disease by providing women with free heart-health screenings at the third annual National Woman’s Heart Day Health Fair on February 18, 2005, in the lobby of the Merchandise Mart from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The fair includes interactive activiites, screenings, seminars, demonstrations and more. Free entry; call 773-475-4310 for more info.



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