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Sunday, September 25

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The Mountain Goats @ Empty Bottle

The Mountain Goats play an evening of music at the Empty Bottle tonight. Opening act: The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers. The show starts at 10:00, and tickets are $13; you can purchase tickets online at Ticketweb. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

4Art Xclusive Group Show

It's month two of 4Art's six-month "Xclusive Group Show" and the gallery is holding their second opening reception tonight from 6-10pm. The show gives a "first hand look into the creation and evolution of artwork, rotated each month, by over a dozen Chicago Artists." It's kind of like art in action. Or evolution, as the case may be. Special guest artists include Nathan Peck with a video installation and Steven St. Clair with painting. Additionally, Mick Stone will be on his guitar and Karena Karras will give a live artist performance with miniature oils. 4Art is located at 1932 S. Halsted #100. Call 312-850-1816 for more information.

Renny Golden Reads from War on the Family

As part of Violence Against Women Awareness Month, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) is hosting a reading by Renny Golden from her new book, War on the Family: Mothers in Prison and the Children They Leave Behind. Books will be available for purchase (and signing); part of the money will be donated to CLAIM. The reading starts at 5 PM at the Urban Studies Program, 314 W. Institute Place. For more information, call 312-675-0911 or visit the website.

Chicago Photography Center First Glimpse

The Chicago Photograhy Center is holding a reception during which you can catch a sneak preview of the upcoming WITHiNSIGHT gallery show. There will be complimentary wine, Skyy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to go along with the live music and black and white photography. The reception lasts from 8-10:30pm and tickets are $30 at the door ($25 if you RSVP by October 12). The special preview happens at 9pm. 3301 N. Lincoln Ave. Email Nicole Price for tickets and information at nicole[at]chicagophoto[dot]org.

James Reams & the Barnstormers

Straight out of New York City come the bluegrass band James Reams & The Barnstormers with John and Ellen Wright, tonight at 8pm at the American Legion Music Hall at 1030 Central Street, in Evanston. The group has been brought to town by Chicago Bluegrass, as a part of their ongoing Bluegrass Legends Concerts series. The concerts are the only running bluegrass and acoustic music concert series in the Chicago area that features national headline bluegrass talent. Tickets are a $17 donation for adults ($15 seniors / $12 Kids 16 & under ). Call 847-573-0443 for more information or email concerts{at}

Kiki & Herb

Tired of the same drag shows at The Baton or The Kit-Kat Club? This weekend brings acclaimed cabaret performers Kiki and Herb to the MCA for two shows on Friday. Kiki and Herb channel the song stylings of duos like the Captain and Tennille to perform hits from yesterday and today. The 7:30 show is sold out, but you can still get tix for the 10 p.m. show for $35.



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