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Friday, December 14

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Local Authors Night @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar, wonderful home to the GB Book Club, is holding their own Local Authors Night. The night will feature readings with and signings by Aldo Alvarez, Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Dan McGuire, Mary Anne Mohanraj and Ted Villaire. Free, 7pm, at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Writers on Growing Up in the Midwest

Growing Up Mid: Writers on Growing Up in the Midwest is a free event taking place at Project Space of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Growing Up Mid features local writers reflecting on the experience of growing up in the Midwest. The event is scheduled to include writing and performances by Scott Barsotti, Nicolette Bond, Gwendolyn Whiteside, Emile Ferris, Aaron Plasek, Manda Aufochs Gillespie, Rebecca Leib, and Allison Gruber. Project Space is located at 847 West Jackson Blvd., and this free event begins at 7pm. Call 312-563-5162 for mroe information.

Jerry Lewis @ the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

As a part of the November Author Series at the Harold Washington Library Center, Entertainment legend Jerry Lewis will discuss and sign his new memoir, Dean and Me: (A Love Story). This candid memoir examines the tumultuous yet productive relationship that developed between Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin during their 10-year partnership as they became a national sensation. Please Note: Mr. Lewis will only be signing copies of his book. He will not be signing any other items such as memorabilia. Harold Washington Library Center 400 South State Street, 312-747-4050

Ozu's Tokyo Story @ Film Center

The Siskel Film Center presents the 1953 film Tokyo Story, as part of their retrospective of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. Considered one of the greatest films of all time, Tokyo Story shows the visit of an elderly couple to the city in which their children live. How they are treated during this visit, and how the family deals with a tragedy after the visit, makes the movie a thoughtful meditation on generational differences between family members. The film screens this evening at 6:00 PM. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Site Unseen @ Cultural Center

Tonight only! A site-specific art installation and performance evening at the Chicago Cultural Center. Local artists will use materials, sound, media installation and live performance for just one night of works that "contract, contort, amplify and shift the viewers' experience of the Chicago Cultural Center's existing architectural space." Artists include Dolores Wilber, Chremos/Rosenthal Dance Theater, Aimee Lee, Joan Dickinson, M.W. Burns, and many others (see the website for a full list). Site Unseen takes place tonight (only!) from 6-9pm at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago and is free.

Rec Room: Now See This

Reconstruction Room's usual series of acting, reading and music performances takes an interesting turn as their latest show, Now See This," features the poems, wordplay and short pieces on the history deaf and hard of hearing writers, performed in American Sign Language. Held at the YWCA at 360 N. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor, the 7-9pm show suggests a $3 donation. Email recroomers[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

Derek Walcott @ AIC

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Poetry Day, the Poetry Foundation presents Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, reading from new work tonight in AICís Fullerton Hall at 6 PM. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and seniors) and can be purchased from the Poetry Foundation by calling 312-787-7070.

 

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