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Tuesday, September 22

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Bridgeport Art Walk

The second annual Bridgeport Art Walk runs from noon to 5pm today, in conjunction with the Select Media Festival. Download a PDF map and check out what's going on in this emerging arts community. Free.

Opening: Tropicalia @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

This exhibit traces the impact of the Tropicalia movement on Brazilian popular culture, including music, visual arts, theater, and film. 220 E Chicago Ave. For more information, call 312-280-2660, or visit the website.

Opening: Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith

Presented by the Silk Road Theatre Project, Yussef El Guindi's Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith tells the story of a Muslim-American family grappling with the differences between the Muslim identity and the American experience. The show runs through December 30 at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, 2nd Floor. Tonight's opening is at 8pm, $25 for regular tickets and $20 for students and seniors. Call 312-236-6881 for more information.

Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference

The Third Coast Festival is holding its annual conference at the Wyndham Chicago this weekend. The conference includes sessions on making pitches and podcasting, and rendering complex information clearly and concisely. The conference also includes the awards ceremony for the 2005 audio documentary competition. For more information, visit the website.

2nd Annual Culture of Fear Halloween Event

Scary Bodega and Tense Forms present the 2nd Annual Culture of Fear Halloween Event. The event is part film, part music, part art, all fun with nods to Nosferatu, live DJs like C. Israel Vines and Mark Battista, and photography by Kirk Bravender and Kelley Reynolds. BYOB and costumes encouraged. It all goes down at The Open End, 2000 W. Fulton, 3rd Floor. Doors open at 7:30pm with your $6 donation.

Elizabeth Alexander @ West Englewood Library

The widely published poet Elizabeth Alexander, who teaches African-American Studies at Yale, will read from her new collection, American Sublime, which includes an epic poem about the Amistad rebellion. This free event, organized by the Public Square of the Illinois Humanities Council, starts at 2 PM. 1745 W 63rd Street. For more information, visit the website.

Anthony Lewellen Open Studio

I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of Anthony Lewellen's work, so I find it nice that the Chicago Artists' Month schedule of events includes a look at this artist's studio. From 12-5pm, you can view his recent work in wood, steel and found objects. 5006 N. Keeler Ave. Call 773-205-8110 for more information.

Corpus Delicti: Just Desserts

Corpus Delicti: Just Desserts is an innovative play about a doctor and his many relationships to the body: his living body, the dead body that lies before him, and the body of evidence he has to examine. Performed in a UIC operating theater, it features an actual body in the performance (made from Jello). Starts at 8pm and is on the UIC campus at 912 S Wood. Call 312-528-0077 for more info or visit the Local Infinities website.

Lemony Snicket in Naperville

Lemony Snicket, the chronicler of the terrible, awful misadventures of the Baudelaire children, will be appearing at Naqua Valley High School in Naperville this afternoon to warn children not to buy the 12th book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, which went on sale this week. For information and tickets to the event, contact Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville at (630) 355-2665.

Winediva Zinfandel Tasting @ West Town Tavern

The Winediva, Christine Blumer, takes you on a journey through the heart of darkness -- deep, rich, Zinfandel -- at West Town Tavern, 1329 W Chicago Ave., today from 3pm to 4:30pm. Enjoy a lively discussion and tasting of six prime examples of the all-American grape -- none of that pink stuff here. Register at the door for a chance to wine a copy of A Zinfandel Odyssey by Rhoda Stewart, the quintessential compendium of Zinfandel lore, with forward by West Town's chef, Susan Goss. $35 for the tasting; 21 and over, obviously. Call 312-666-6175 for reservations or more info.

Femme TV Burlesque

Did you read our interview with Miss Exotic World Michelle L'Amour and now you've just gotta see her in person? Now you can! She's reprising her successful burlesque extravaganza Femme TV at the Lakeshore Theatre -- and tonight's opening night! The show is at 10:30 p.m., located at 3175 N. Broadway.

Literary Chicago Tour

Chicago Neighborhood Tours, presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism, is offering a guided tour of literary landmarks in Chicago, promising to travel throughout the city to learn about the lives of some of the writers who called Chicago home. The tour costs $50, which includes lunch, and departs at 10am from the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph Street. You may reserve your tickets online or call 312-742-1190 for more information.

 

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