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Sunday, September 25

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Quietly On By @ Siskel Film Center

World premiere of Westmont native Frank V. Ross's third feature. Quietly On By is a slice-of-suburban-life drama about a post-breakdown slacker and his obsessions. Ross and members of the cast and crew will be present for discussion. At 8 pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Tickets are $9, $7 for students. For more information, call 312-846-2600.

The2ndHand @ Quimby's

Join Mickey Hess, Jonathan Messinger and Daniel Buckman for a reading of the The2ndHand at Quimby's. Free, 7:30pm, 1854 W. North Ave. And that's all you need to know.

Chicago River Market

Can't wait for that last Sunday of the month for the Chicago Antiques Market? Then head down in your van, to the river for the Chicago River Market September 8-10 from 11am to 7pm. There'll be arts, antiques and collectibles along Chicago's second shoreline. Stroll along the river, and browse a unique market featuring memorabilia and collectibles from the past and local art from today. The market takes place on Upper Wacker Drive between Franklin St. and Michigan Ave. For more information call (312) 951-9939.

Wicker Park Pedal Pushers Brigade Parade

Today AAA Studios presents the 1st Annual Wicker Park Pedal Pushers Brigade Parade. The objective of the parade? "Ride anything that is ridable," with the exception of motorized vehicles of course. If you've been itching to get out that unicycle or that bike with the disproportionately huge back wheel, this is your chance to get dressed up, pimp your non-motored ride and put it all on display in the parade. A donation of $10 is requested, with proceeds benefitting the American Diabetes Association. Registration begins at 5pm at Damen and Schiller with the parade starting at 7pm. Drinks and live music will follow. Email Doc Sanjurjo, festival organizer, at dsanjurjo[at]msn[dot]com for more information.

Laughing Matters: Katrina Relief @ Playground Theater

Four of Chicago's top comedy theatres are donating a portion of their proceeds from performances this week to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The benefactor this evening is the 8pm show at the Playground Theater, featuring long-form improv from No Means Yes, Pastor of Muppets, and American Dream. Tickets $14, call 773-871-3793. 3209 N Halsted. BYOB.

Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival

This Wicker Park/Bucktown arts festival features hundreds of painters, photographers, actors, performers and more in an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to visitors from all over the country. Coordinated by Around the Coyote, the Fall Arts Festival transforms local studios and businesses into galleries and the long weekend will be filled with scheduled and spontaneous performances. Tickets are available at the door, but passes for groups of 15 or more can be purchased by calling 773-324-6777. Visit the website for schedules and more information on the festival. Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-6pm.

Come on out tonight to hear GB staffer Anne Holub read poetry at Subterranean as a part of the Poetry Center of Chicago's poetry program for Around the Coyote.

Pet CPR Class

The Anti-Cruelty Society is pleased to once again offer a Pet First Aid & CPR Class today from 9 am -12:30 pm. If your pet has a medical emergency will you be prepared? This course, taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor, will cover Pet First Aid and CPR techniques. The emphasis will be on cats and dogs and cat and dog manikins will be used. Please do not bring your pet to class. The course length is 3 1/2 hours. The course fee of $40 includes all course materials. To pre-register call Tammie Bouschor at (312) 644-8338 ext. 344. Payment must be made with in two weeks after the date of pre-registration.  All classes will be held in The Anti-Cruelty Society Education and Training Center located at 169 W. Grand Avenue . Free Parking is available in The Anti-Cruelty Society parking garage. Enter from Wells Street.

2nd Annual Rockwell Crossing Artwalk

Are you frustrated with pricey, commercial art events? Interested in more of that independent, DIY culture that is so pervasive in this fine city of ours? The Rockwell Crossing Artwalk might be just for you, as creator Victoria Ikpoh started the show to bring the community and artists together in a relaxed environment. The show features paintings, photography, jewelry, handmade body products and more. From 10am-5pm, check it all out on the corner of Rockwell and Leland (the Brown Line Rockwell stop). Email rcartwalk[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information.

Urban, Rural, Wild Tour of Stearns Quarry

"Urban, Rural, Wild" is part exhibition and part platform to investigate the divisions between the urban, the rural and the wild and where these divisions break down. The exhibition presents workby eight artists focusing on the historical and modern relationships between the urban Chicago and the rural downstate Illinois. The show will run through October 22. Today, at 8am, participating artist Laurie Palmer will lead a tour of Stearns Quarry, a site once used as a dump for construction and demolition debris that the Chicago Park District is now reconstructing as an urban park. Meet at I space, 230 W. Superior, to arrange transportation to the Bridgeport site. For more information, contact Sarah Kanouse at kanouse[at]siu[dot]edu.

Ride for the Red

The Second Annual Ride for the Red is a motorcycle ride and picnic to benefit the vital lifesaving programs and services of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. Bring your bike, family and friends for a day of festivities. Enjoy a fun-filled day of riding, food, music, beverages and raffle prizes all to support a great cause. The ride will begin and end at LaBagh Woods (Foster and Cicero) with a turn-around at R&R Crossings on Russell Road. Event day registration begins at 9 am, bikes leave at 10 am. and the picnic begins at noon. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the gate for each adult. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. The picnic begins at noon and includes food, music, beverages,and a raffle.



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