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Saturday, May 28

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Agate Authors @ Barbara's

Tonight at Barbara's Bookstore UIC, 1218 S. Halsted St., come celebrate Agate Publishing by listening to readings and music and enjoying some good snacks. Scheduled readings include Andrew Winston, Cheryl McKissack and Kathleen Ameche, with music by Starcandy. In addition to this night, Barbara's is offering month-long discounts on the books from this local press. The celebration starts at 7:30pm. Call 312-413-2665 for more information.

Nancy Pearl @ Women and Children First

Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust and model of the Librarian Action Figure, stops by Women and Children First to promote her new book, More Book Lust, and offer 1,000 more "reading recommendations for every mood, moment, and reason." Because a bibliophile's work is never done. The event starts at 7:30pm, 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Make-Believers' Ball 2005: Double Dog Dare

The Dog & Pony Theatre Company is getting ready for their Make-Believers' Ball 2005: Double Dog Dare. From 6:30-10pm, join the theater company as they announce their 2005-2006 season, enjoy live music by Dylan Rice and DJ Warp, and fill your stomach with appetizers and cocktails from Wishbone and Smokin Woody's. You'll also get to preview excerpts from those upcoming shows. The benefit will be held at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. Tickets are $35; call 773-871-1195 to get them.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: René Cardoza and Los Carácuaros, teaching Pasodobles dance. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

The Celluloid Closet: LGBT in Film

The Chicago Historical Society's "Out at CHS: Exploring the LGBT Past" series presents a discussion on the role of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in film, on both sides of the camera. Kimberly Peirce, writer-director of Boys Don't Cry, and Ronald Gregg, of the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies at the U of C, participate. Cocktail reception 5:30-6:30pm at Second City (1616 N. Wells); discussion 6:30-8:00pm at Loews Piper's Alley theater (1608 N. Wells). $10 for general public, $5 for students and CHS members.

Drawn Out @ Gallery 400

Our friend Terence Hannum informs us of an interesting art showing entitled Drawn Out at Gallery 400. The opening reception is today from 5-8pm. It sounds tasty: "Drawn Out explores expanded practices of drawing (for example, drawing as sculpture or drawing as video) with works that are both literally sculptural or time-based and works that remain two dimensional but are no less influenced by the new scope of possibilities in drawing."

A City Lit Casserole

City Lit Theatre performs staged readings of stories from three women celebrating food's role in our culture. On June 23, join the group at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park for readings from NY Times' food critic Ruth Reichl, Janet S. Wong, and Louisa May Alcott. The reading begins at 7 p.m. and is located at 1000 W. North Avenue. Free of charge.



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