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Thursday, December 7

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Witold Rybczynski on Perfect Houses

Witold Rybczynski, Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, speaks on “The Perfect Houses of Andrea Palladio” today at 3 PM. This event is sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura; tickets are $5 in advance at $6 at the door. 111 South Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 312-494-9509 or visit the website.

The Sampler @ Hideout

Seredipity Theater comes to the Hideout with The Sampler: "One DJ. Two bands. Three stories. A whole lotta lovin'." Featuring the works of Elizabeth Crane, Lauren Pesca and Megan Stielstra and the music of DJ White Russian, Cleary & the Mainstream and the Low Down Brass Band. Adam Belcuore and Matt Miller host. Admission is $10 at the door, 21+. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.

Hat Tea @ Fairmont Hotel

As part of Falling Head First, Chapeau is hosting a tea honoring Raymond Hudd, Chicago’s reigning hat maker for more than 50 years. A special presentation begins at 2 PM. Call 312-565-8000, x6151 or x6358 to make reservations and mention “Chapeau Afternoon Tea.” For more information, visit the website.

Palestinian Dance Troupe @ Harris Theater

The Ibdaa dance troupe, a group of Palestinian dancers from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank, perform modern theatrical dance with traditional Palestinian storytelling methods. The troupe will be performing at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park this evening at 7:00 PM. Proceeds from this performance benefit the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh. For more information, visit the Harris Theater site or call the box office at (312) 334-7777.

Turntablist workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of workshops designed to give students a brief introduction to a musical style or dance method. This afternoon, it's the return of the highly popular Turntablist workshop, taught by Danny the Wild Child, a battle DJ who has performed with DJ Qbert. There will be a lecture portion, after which you'll get to work on basic techniques on the wheels of steel. Bring a notebook and a tape recorder. The workshop runs from 1:00 PM to 4:50 PM, costs $30, and will probably fill up quickly, so sign up now! Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Women Below the Belt

Tonight is Early to Bed's first class designed especially for the guys (and only guys -- no women allowed). The workshop will tackle the fascinating topic of female pleasure. Starting with sexual anatomy, it'll cover tips & techniques for better oral, manual and penetrative sex, as well as using sex toys and honing your communication skills. Early to Bed is at 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. The workshop is $10, and is 18 and over. Pre-registration is requested: call 773-271-1219 or email More info here.

826CHI Adult Seminar: Travel Writing

826CHI is offering their first adult seminar on travel writing. Joining the group will be Don George, the Globe Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications, John Vlahides, a contributor to several Lonely Planet volumes, Carolina Miranda, a reporter for Time and China Williams, a Lonely Planet author. The 4-6pm event is free but requires your reservations; make them by emailing rsvp[at]826chi[dot]org or call 773-772-8108 for more information. 826CHI is located at 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.



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