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Friday, December 9

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Chicago Polar Plunge

Today is the Chicago Polar Plunge (not to be confused with yesterday's Polar Bear Jump)benefiting Special Olympics Chicago. Registration at North Avenue Beach begins at 8:30am -- participants donate at least $125, but it's free to watch. A costume contest starts at 9am, then everyone jumps in the lake at about 9:15. A "melt-down party" at the North Beach Club, 1551 North Sheffield, follows from 10am to 2pm -- $25 in advance, $30 at the door. More info here.

Tristeza @ Bottom Lounge

The newly reformed Tristeza are on the road and make another stop in Chicago (they came in January) tonight. With two new members (co-founder Jimmy LaVelle has since gone on to concentrate on his solo project, The Album Leaf and co-mingling and touring with Sigur Ros), the band continues it's beautiful instrumental soundscapes that will make you cry. If you're into Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You Black Emperor! and the like, then there's a sure chance you'd like Tristeza. At the Bottom Lounge, 8pm, 18 and up, $8 advance, $10 at the door.

Staff member NH will be in attendance.

ABBA Brunch

Ann Sather Restaurant in Wicker Park, 1448 N. Milwaukee, holds its monthly ABBA Brunch today, from 8am to 3pm. Eat at Chicago's favorite Swedish diner while listening to the tunes of Sweden's favorite supergroup. Giveaways and menu specials are also featured. More info and a coupon at

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 12pm-4pm.



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