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Sunday, September 27

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Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest

From 11am-5pm, the streets of Rogers Park will be filled with art, theater, music, food and drink as the neighborhood celebrates the fourth annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest. Admission to the street festival is free and grants the opportunity to see many local artists and merchants while catching some live entertainment. In conjunction with the Fest, the Rogers Park Open Studio Walk show the neighborhood's many art studios on guided walking tours. Kids can also enjoy KidFest, featuring hands-on art activities and an outdoor stage with dancers and folksingers. Free and open to the public. Call 773-262-3790 for more information.

Radio vs. Theater: The Final Smackdown

Beau O'Reilly, co-founder of Curious Theatre Branch, and Ira Glass, radio host of you know what, go toe-to-toe and deliver competing monologues defending their chosen professions. The event is part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, about which see here. The smackdown happens at the SAIC Ballroom at 112 S. Michigan. Tickets are $20, and for more information you should call (773) 267-6660.

New Orleans benefit @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music will be hosting a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic this evening from 6:00 to 11:00. The show will feature friends and staff of the school; check the school's Website for more information and to purchase tickets. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

2005 Fair Trade Conference

The Chicago Committee on Fair Trade is holding their 2005 Fair Trade Futures Conference and is inviting all interested individuals to attend. The 3-day conference begins with a welcoming event on Friday at 6pm with Kwabena Ohemueng Tinyase, managing director of a cocoa cooperative in Ghana. Workshops for the conference include "Common Threads in the Living Wage and Fair Trade Movements," "Building a Bandwagon: How to Make FT Hip" and "Building Bridges with the Zapatista Movement." Continue celebrating with the Fair Trade Futures Fiesta on Saturday night. It all goes down at the Holiday Inn, Chicago Mart Plaza at 350 N. Orleans. Call 202-234-6797 for more information or register here.

Bike the Calumet

Sponsored by the Southeast Environmental Task Force, the members of the Chicago Bike Club are planning a trip around the Lake Calument area. The 25-mile ride will be guided and is geared to help riders learn about the landfilled area. Bikers assemble at 8:45am and depart at 9:30am, meeting at the Harborside International Gold Course, 11101 S. Doty Ave. Registration is $20. Call 773-646-0436 for more information.

Intuit Open House

INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, normally closed Sunday, opens its space today from 2 to 4 PM. The nonprofit gallery maintains a permanent collection of outsider and folk art, and is currently featuring Singular Visions: Images of Art Brut from the Anthony J. Petullo Collection. 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For more information, call 312-243-9088, or visit the website.

Intuit Folk and Outsider Art Show

INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art marks the beginning of Chicago Artistsí Month this weekend with the third annual Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art. The show, which is a key fundraiser for nonprofit Intuit, costs $10 and is located on the second floor of 847 W. Jackson. Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM. For more information, call 312-243-9088, or visit the website.

Pilsen Open Studios

Chicagoís 10th Artistsí Month begins this weekend with an open studios event in Pilsen, which runs from noon till 7 today. During the 35th Annual Pilsen East Artists' Open House, more than a hundred artists open their doors to the curious public. Itís a great opportunity to explore a vibrant neighborhood, see some edgy art, and eat some delicious and authentic Mexican food. For more information, call the Chicago Arts District at 312-377-4444 or check the website.

 

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