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Wednesday, January 19

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New Orleans benefit @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present a benefit for the citizens of New Orleans tonight at 8:00 at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). The evening will feature works by ensemble members (including selected plays from the longest running show in Chicago theater history, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind) and performances by local musicians and spoken-word artists. Admission is $10, and all proceeds will benefit the New-Orleans-based charity Community Labor United.

Leonard Kniffel @ the Chicago Authors Room

As a part of the November Author Series at the Harold Washington Library Center, Leonard Kniffel, editor of American Libraries magazine, will discuss and sign his new book, A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American's Journey Home. In this colorful and lovingly written memoir, Kniffel travels back to Poland searching for a connection to the life his grandmother left behind when she came to America. What results is a fascinating look at life in contemporary Poland and a poignant glimpse into a family's past. At 5:30pm in the Chicago Authors Room at Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State St. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

Country Music @ The Hideout

If you want to hear some of that good ole country music, head on down to The Hideout tonight for three great acts. Starting at 8:30pm, and for only $7, see Gin Palace Jesters, Hardscrabble, and Deanna Varagona. Best deal on music on a Wednesday night. Oh, man.

Separation of Church and State Panel @ Goethe-Institut

Panelists discuss the different ways conservative religious groups approach the division between church and state in Germany and the United States. 6 PM, 150 N Michigan, Suite 200. Free, but email meierotto [at] chicago [dot] goethe [dot] org or call 312-263-0472 to make a reservation. For more information, visit the website.

WIRED 'Taste of Design' Event

WIRED magazine presents 'Taste of Design', some sort of random event where you'll get free alcohol and complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and all you have to do is look at cool stuff. Take in the most sophisticated, well-designed technology of the year, while listening to a live DJ and imbibing complimentary Bombay Saphire cocktails (That's the stuff you pass over for the 7.99 Gordon's, brah). The skinny: 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Enclave, 213 W. Institute Place. To attend, please reply to or call 212.286.4996. Complimentary valet parking is availible, and you gotta be 21, dude.



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