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Tuesday, September 26

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Senso @ the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

As part of a series of films set in Italian villas designed by Andrea Palladio, Luciano Visconti’s Senso is showing tonight at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura at 6 PM. The series is sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival in conjunction with Witold Rybczynski’s 6 November lecture on “The Perfect Houses of Andrea Palladio.” 500 N Michigan Ave., Ste. 1450. Film screenings are free, but call 312-822-9545, x200 for reservations. For more information, click here (pdf).

German Architects on Sustainable Design

At 6 PM this evening, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting a panel discussion on “Green Architecture in Germany.” Panelists include three German architects, the General Secretary of the Federal Chamber of German Architects, and a member of the Chicago Chapter of the US Green Building Council. John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery at the ArchiCenter, 224 South Michigan. This event is $15, or $5 for students and members of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Call 312-922-3432, x266 for reservations or click here.

Chicago House music doc @ Film Center

If you missed the screening of Unusual Suspects, the documentary on Chicago House music, you've got a second chance tonight as the film screens at the Siskel Film Center tonight at 8:15 PM. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Truth in Motion: Health

The University of Chicago’s Human Rights Center is presenting Truth in Motion, a series of screenings of documentaries produced by Chicago’s Kartemquin Films in the past 35-plus years. Tonight’s free screening, which starts at 7 PM, features two short documentaries and two excerpts related to the health care system. At the University of Chicago Film Studies Center, Cobb Hall. 5811 S Ellis Avenue. For more information, visit the website.

Secret Handshake @ Darkroom

Secret Handshake -- a t-shirt company offering designs like no other -- is holding yet another event at Darkroom, featuring new shirts by artists Thom Lessner and eThos. Past designs will be available for purchas as well. The event will also celebrate the release of Gil Mantera's newest CD, "Bloodsongs." The 9pm show is 21+ and requires $8 to get in. Darkroom is located at 2210 W. Chicago Ave. Call 773-276-1411 for more information.

Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Opening Screening & Reception

Reeling: the 24th Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of Summer Storm. The film is a coming-of-age story about best friends, hidden feelings and an openly gay rowing team. After the screening, head to Strega Nona for the opening night reception, featuring complimentary drinks and hors d'oeurves. The screening starts at 7:30 at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., followed by the reception at Strega Nona, 3747 N. Southport Ave. Tickets for the screening and reception are $40 for Reeling members, $45 for non-members. Tickets to the screening only are $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Call 773-293-1447 for more information. (You can find a complete list of the festival's films and theater locations here.)

Happy Together @ DOC Films

DOC finishes up its series on director Wong Kar-wai with Happy Together, the 1997 film that won him the Best Director award at Cannes. The film features Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung as expatriates in Buenos Aires who are having an off-again, on-again affair. The film screens at 9:30pm at Max Palevsky Theatre, 1212 E. 59th Steet; for more information, call 773-702-8575 or visit the DOC Films website.

Crafty Culture Explained

Cinnamon Cooper (Gapers Block writer, DIY Trunk Show organizer, and owner), Alejandra Valera (poet, artist, and Gapers Block writer), Annie Tomlin (Time Out Chicago "Check Out" editor and craft expert) will discuss feminism, activism and how they affect the DIY craft movement. Annette Ferrara, cultural content provider and managing editor of, will moderate this panel tonight at the Film Row Cinema theater (1108 S. Wabash, 8th floor) from 6-8 pm. This discussion is being organized by Jane M. Saks and Audrey M. Mast of the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College.



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