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Friday, December 15

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Stories on Stage: Stuart Dybek

Chicago Public Radio's Stories on Stage presents a reading of Stuart Dybek's "Orchids," a short story from his novel I Sailed with Magellan. Three actors -- Joe Dempsey, Rob Riley and Judy blue -- will read the complete story, expected to last two and a half hours, including intermission. From the press release: "Set in Chicago's south side during the Cold War, 'Orchids' is the story of two boyhood friends Perry and Stosh, whose get-rich scheme to finance an adventure trip to get to Mexico goes awry." Tickets for the 3pm event, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., are $14 for CPR and MCA members, $17 for non-members. Purchase them online or call 312-397-4010.

Dolorean @ Schubas

The man behind the car is dead, but the indy band with a (kinda) similar name is here in town! Check out Dolorean at Schubas tonight. From Schubas: "What started as a solo folk performance at The Jasmine Tree Chinese Restaurant in 1999, became a collaboration of friends and musicians performing the songs of Al James as Dolorean. The exciting dynamic created was stripped down folk songs as personal and strong as those written years ago. Dolorean's latest album, 'Violence in the Snowy Fields', holds songs that hold raw emotion and enchantment." Michael Cane and Jeff Hanson also perform. $8, doors at 9pm.

Bob Dylan @ Auditorium Theatre

Bob Dylan's in town! If you get a chance, check out Dylan with Merle Haggard at the Auditorium Theatre April 1-5th. Tickets range from $30-$70, but can be had cheaper on craigslist.

Turntablist workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of workshops designed to give students a two-hour introduction to a musical style or dance method. This afternoon, it's the return of the highly popular Turntablist workshop, taught by Danny the Wild Child, a battle DJ who has performed with DJ Qbert. There will be a lecture portion, after which you'll get to work on basic techniques on the wheels of steel. Bring a notebook and a tape recorder. The workshop costs $30, and will probably fill up quickly, so sign up now! Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Update: this class is full. See Slowdown for May 15 for another class.

Chicago Horror Film Festival

Boo! The Chicago Horror Film Festival creeps into the 3 Penny Cinema winds up today. More horror films than you can shake a stick at (a SCARY stick!), plus a special appearance by Ari Lehman (you know, the original Jason from the Friday the 13th films). Tonight from 6pm to 11pm, the line-up is Broadcast 23, Lightfoot, Peephole, The Key, Midnight Confession, Futile, Hollow, Juliet, Clearance, We All Fall Down and Graves End. See the website for a full schedule and to purchase tickets.

Shamrock Shuffle 8K

The LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle is set to take place Sunday, April 3, 2005 in Grant Park. More than 20,000 Chicagoans and several world-class athletes will compete for bragging rights in this favorite spring running tradition which kicks off the running season into high gear. Registration is available until the 22nd of March for $37. Other fees and costs include a 5K Fitness Walk for $20 and the Quarter-Mile Kids Shuffle for $10. Pre-race weekend registration for all events is available online and will completely close at midnight on March 22nd, and there will be no weekend or race day registration available for the 8K race and 5K walk. The 8K race starts at 9:30am followed by the 5K walk at 10am and the kidsí race at 11am. All events start and finish in Grant Park.

 

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