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Friday, December 9

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Amelie, Run Lola Run @ Smart Bar

Smart Bar continues its Tuesday night film screenings this week with a screening of the 2001 film Amelie at 8:15, and the 1998 film Run Lola Run at 10:15. Admission for the films is free. Smart Bar: 3730 N. Clark. (773) 549-4140.

Jane Byrne @ Chicago Historical Society

As part of the Chicago Historical Society's program Power and Promise: Chicago's Mayors, former mayor Jane Byrne will be interviewed this evening by Tribune reporter Ellen Warren. The event starts at 7:00 PM, and tickets are $10. Chicago Historical Society: 1601 N. Clark. (312) 642-4600.

Northwestern Library Sale

Northwestern University is hosting a library book sale in the third floor Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge of the Main Library, 1970 Campus Drive. Hardcovers will go for $3, paperbacks for $2 and mass-markets for $.50. There will also be CDs, VHS tapes and records in addition to the thousand volumes of NU Press overstock. Today's hours are from 10am-4pm and the sale is open to the general public, with an additional 50% taken off all books. You do realize how cheap that will be, right? Try to control yourselves. Call 847-491-2932 for more information.

Chicago Humanities Festival: Jeanette Winterson

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents Jeanette Winterson for a reading and discussion of her latest novel, Lighthousekeeping. The story is told through the eyes of an orphan who is taken in by an eccentric lighthouse keeper. The reading begins at 6pm at Northwestern University of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 312-494-9509.

Stranger Than Fiction Open Casting Call @ Smartbar

The movie Stranger Than Fiction, directed by Marc Forster and starring Wil Ferrell, begins shooting in Chicago April 25, and they're holding an open casting call for paid extras at Smartbar, 3730 N. Clark, tonight from 8pm to 11pm. People with tattoos and piercings and of any ethnicity are encouraged to show up with a recent color photograph -- it doesn't have to be a professional headshot. You do have to be 21 or older, but it's otherwise free.

Take Back the Night

Tonight is the night when women all over the country will be making signs, yelling in unison, and finding strength in numbers fighting violence. Chicago NOW and Northwestern University are teaming up for a march through the Streeterville neighborhood. The march will begin assembling at 5:15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 East Chicago Ave.) and after the march there will be a reception and coffee bar at the student lounge. The speakers are Sasha Walters, Director or Advocacy Services, Rape Victims Advocates; Christa Desir (survivor testimonial); Lynne Johnson, Chicago Foundation for Women, and students from Roberto Clemente High School will be singing. For more information about violence against women, visit Chicago NOW's website.

 

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