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Monday, January 24

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Dwight Nights

Apparently, it’s not kitschy enough to put on a weekly alternative stand-up comedy and variety show in the Lincoln Restaurant (4008 N. Lincoln Ave). The fez-festooned organizers of the Lincoln Lodge (5 years and counting, y'all!) are kicking it up a notch with “Dwight Nights” featuring the performers voted the most popular and free giveaways (commemorative T-shirts, trucker caps, and “Jesus Clocks” from Uncle Fun) to the first 60 attendees of each show (one each so don't go getting greedy). The show is 18 and over and cover is $7 with a one-drink minimum. Each show features different performers and starts at 9pm and runs through Friday.

David Rakoff @ Abbey Pub

Author and This American Life regular David Rakoff will be doing a reading tonight at the Abbey Pub at 7:30 PM. David has a new collection of stories coming out this year (called Don't Get Too Comfortable), so he'll probably be pimping that new book. Admission for the event is free; see the readings page at to get tickets. Abbey Pub: 3420 W. Grace. (773) 478-4408.

AfroFolk @ Old Town School of Music

AfroFolk Live, celebrating the music and culture of the African Diaspora, is making weekly visits to the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. The concerts are free, but a donation of $5 is encouraged for the 8:30-10:30pm shows. AfroFolk will showcase contemporary and historic African traditions including music, dance, theater, poetry, storytelling and religion. Tonight's concert, "Haitian Flag Day Celebration," focuses on the 1791 slave uprising that resulted in the Haitian Revolution. With Haitian music and dance performances to celebrate the day, the band Tchaka: Roots of Haiti joins AfroFolk for a special performance. Call 773-728-6000 for more information.

Reconstruction Room @ Black Rock

Get your "Balls to the Walls" at tonight's Reconstruction Room! The readings and performances this evening will focus on some of the most embarrassing moments our adolescent past: love letters, journal entries, epic (bad) poetry, and timeless fashion blunder photos (Mullets? Heavenly bangs? Crazy-bad Color Guard photos? Bring 'em on!). So get your brave on, dig up something embarrassing (the bigger the embarrassment, the more likely it is you'll earn a pity beer out of some audience member), and join the Rec Roomers around 8pm at the Black Rock (Damen and Addison) for an evening of fun. Free, 21+.



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