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Friday, January 27

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Jens Lekman @ Schubas

Swedish and twee-ish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman visits Schubas on tour to support his first full-length, When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog. Think Stephen Merritt meets Morrissey meets Rufus Wainwright meets Sondre Lerche meets Belle & Sebastian, and when you're done thinking about all that, buy yo'self a ticket, fool. The Impossible Shapes and Palliard open. $8, 10pm, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport.

LVC Polar Bear Jump

The Lutheran Volunteer Corps is doing their annual Polar Bear Jump today at 1pm at Foster Beach. The event (not to be confused with tomorrow's Polar Plunge) raises money to fight homelessness, intolerance and injustice.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps) to me at 1400 W Devon Ave #258, Chicago IL
60660. And as always, many many many thanks!

Girlie-Q Variety Show

The Girlie-Q Variety Show, in celebration of International Women's Day, is excited to present an evening of devilish drag, bodacious burlesque and precocious performance! Enjoy this sensational evening featuring the tempting dance stylings of Chicago burlesque performers Hellcat Hussies, Honey Maker, Lavender Cabaret, Miss vonLivid, and others, plus musical acts Kelly Hogan & Nora O'Connor, Luna Blues Machine, and more!

Join the ladies this Saturday, March 5 at the HotHouse, located at 31 East Balbo. Doors open at 6 pm; show starts at 7 pm. General admission is $20, but just $10 if you mention "Girlie-Q" at the door.

Millions sneak preview @ Film Center

Danny Boyle, director of the killer zombie flick 28 Days Later, returns with his new film Millions, which shows what happens when two boys go on a spending spree after a bag of money literally drops from the sky. The Siskel Film Center presents a sneak preview of this film as part of its annual European Union Film Festival this afternoon at 3:45 PM, and on Wednesday, March 9 at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Zine Reading @ MoJoe's

Tonight at Mojoe's Cafe Lounge, 2256 W. Roscoe, around 7:30pm there will be a free reading by authors of local zines. The theme is "transitions," and the evening will feature readings by:
Emerson Dameron (Wherewithal)
Jennifer Catlin (Goddess Quarterly)
Jeff Dissler (Time All At Once)
Alicia Dorr (Random Life In Progress)
Kate Sandler (Brainiac)
Leonard Pierce (
Katherine Hodges (Thinking About Suicide)
Grant Schrieber (Judas Goat Quarterly)
Matt Vacant (Sanitary and Ship)
CT Ballentine (24 Hours)
Aaron Cynic (Diatribe)

Hosted by Brandon Whetherbee of Foul zine. More info available at

Speed Zining @ Quimby's w/ HOTCAKES

Do You Want To Be Famous? Speed Zine™ with HOTCAKES tonight at Quimby's Bookstore at 7pm. (and hey, it's FREE)
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the secret, underground, shadow society, the Hermeneutic Organization Toward Celebritification, Advancement and Knowledge of Everyday Subjects (HOTCAKES), in a rare, overground, indoor public appearance! HOTCAKES invites you to an evening of Speed Zining™ wherein participants will, in one night, spend five minutes at each member's station, becoming part of zine and audio project history (!) in as many as SIX different amazing published projects, to be presented at a later date.
Q: What is Speed Zining™? A: Speed Zining™ is based on the scientific strategies of speed dating, wherein individuals rotate five-minute conversations with each other in hopes of acquiring a suitable companion. Speed Zining™ is pioneered by Dr. Speed Zine, Emeritus, whose laboratory work at the Institute of Public and Personal Association for Non-Celebrity Advancement for Knowledge and Etymology (PPANCAKE) has resulted in chemical and biological advances in the fields of independent publishing and breakfast ingestion. Speed Zining™ differs from speed dating in that the goal of Speed Zining™ is to contribute to projects and increase personal fame and renown instead of acquiring a mate. Participation in a Speed Zine™ event will result in your inclusion in six research-based, multi-media projects, to be released and presented at a later date by the above mentioned HOTCAKES.

Teen Poetry Slam and Fest

Check out "Louder than a Bomb," the fifth annual Chicago teen poetry slam and festival. Semifinals are March 5th-7th at Columbia College and Finals are March 10th at the Metro from 6-9 pm.Teens from Chicago and suburbs will take part in this Olympic-style contest for the chance to represent Chicago at the National Youth Poetry Contest. Visit Young Chicago Authors for more information, to register or volunteer.

Radio documentary premiere @ Intuit

Chicago Public Radio presents a public premiere of "The Enchanted Highway", a 30-minute documentary profiling artist Gary Greff. The documentary will be played this afternoon at 2:00 PM at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Gary Greff will appear at the event, and will be offering gifts from his Enchanted Highway Gift Shop. Admission to the event is free. If you miss the event today, you can hear the documentary on Chicago Public Radio tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee (at Chicago Ave.). See the Chicago Public Radio Website for more details.

GB staff member JMA will be in attendance.

Newberry Mystery Book Fair

Today is the second day of the Newberry Library's 13th annual Mystery & More Book Fair, offering mystery lovers all of the books can handle, including true-crime, whodunits, mystery classics, mysteries of the heart (aka "romances") and science fiction. 9am-2pm, admission is free. The Newberry Library is at 60 W. Walton. For more information, call 312/255-3510.

Roger Ebert @ Borders

Meet Roger Ebert at 2pm today at the Borders at 830 N. Michigan Ave. The Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic has now followed his earlier book, The Great Movies, with 100 additional essays in The Great Movies II. Stop by and Ebert will share his opinions with you when he signs copies of this book. Call 312-573-0564 for more information.

Gerber/Hart Library Sale

Gerber/Hart Library, at 1127 W. Granville Ave., is having their first book sale of the year. The sale promises to offer thousands of LBGT related titles as well as ones of general interest, all at awesome prices. Call 773-381-8030 or e-mail info[at] for more information. Today's hours are 10am-6pm.



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