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Thursday, June 30

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Nightclubbing: Roots of Hard Core @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents Nightclubbing: Roots of Hard Core, a 60-minute documentary taken from the "Nightclubbing" New York cable TV show of the 1970s, containing performances by Bad Brains, the Dead Boys, and the Dead Kennedys. The doc is preceded by excerpts from the film Looking For A Thrill, produced by local label Thrill Jockey. Ths event is part of a month-long program of excerpts from Nightclubbing, and looks to be one of the cooler attractions in the Film Center's Music Movies series. The film screens tonight at 8:15 PM. Tickets: $9, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Sneak Preview Estrogen Fest 2005

Tonight, join the Storefront Theater and Prop Theater for an After Work Cocktail Party and Sneak Preview Benefit Performance of Estrogen Fest 2005: Changing the Rules! The preview features the fest's Program B, "We're Still Here." Gallery 37, 66 E. Randolph St., will offer cocktails, hors d'oeurves and live music at 6pm with performances beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 312-742-8497. Visit the website for more information and descriptions of the performances.

Wendy McClure @ Barnes & Noble

Chicago author and blogger Wendy McClure appears tonight at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Webster Place to promote her brand-new book I'm Not The New Me. Come by and say howdy! The event starts at 7:30, and is free and open to the public. Barnes & Noble: 1441 W. Webster. (773) 871-3610.

Scared to Dance @ Liar's Club

Tonight marks another installment of Scared to Dance, The Opaque Project's monthly night at Liar's Club. The theme this month is "A coming of age story"; the last theme party they threw at the Jerkstore brought out droves of costumed hipsters. DJ's for tonight are Johnny Love, Joel Brown, and Matt Roan. 1665 W. Fullerton, 21+, 10pm, no cover, $1 PBR.

Secret Handshake @ Darkroom

Secret Handshake Designs is hosting Euphone, Stag Party and DJ Foulmouth at the Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago. The design team will also have their latest T-shirts for sale. Five bucks gets you in to the 9pm show, so come check out some cool shirts by local artists while listening to some good music. If you've got questions, direct them to Joe at joe[at]secrethandshakedesigns[dot]com.


TRANSCONTINENTAL FLUX v. THE2NDHAND. Tonight's event features Corey Frost (of Montreal) v. Todd Dills ( and Jeb Gleason-Allured ( in a bout of readings and short films. From THE2NDHAND: "TRANSCONTINENTAL FLUX: from the sheep-dotted hills of New Zealand and the snow-covered hills of Canada comes a lively and unique writer-performer, Corey Frost, combining theatricality, narrative, and poetry in short bursts of pure mesmerism. Corey is from Montreal and the author of My Own Devices and The Worthwhile Flux. v. THE2NDHAND: Dills and Gleason-Allured have been in this filthy city for a long, long time, and have become so enamored of the crowd that comes to its readings that they just can't stop, and so here's another other. get out there. get out there." The bell dings at 8:15pm at The Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, Chicago, pay what you like.

Passerines Record Release @ Hyde Park Records

Hyde Park's favorite songbirds the Passerines celebrate the release of their debut EP with a release show tonight at Hyde Park Records at 8 pm. Hyde Park Records is located at 1377 E 53rd St in Hyde Park.

Gee's Bend Quilting Bee

This afternoon, from 1 to 4pm, hear stories from and see demonstrations by the famous quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama, at the Field Museum. The event is free with admission, and more details are available via the Field's website. If you can't make it, other quilts and textiles are always on display at the Art Institute.



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