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Wednesday, July 17

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Darwinian Medicine @ Cultural Center

Dr. Robert Perlman of the University of Chicago talks about understanding health and disease from an evolutionary perspective. 78 E. Washington Street, 5th Floor Garland Room, 1 PM. For more information about this free lecture, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

EarthSave Chicago Potluck

Holiday eatin' can be great, but you have to admit, it's kind of geared towards the meat eaters. EarthSave Chicago is an organization that promotes a shift toward diets that are healthier for both people and animals and they're giving lessons on how to make a vegan holiday meal. Chicago Diner Chef Jo Kaucher will demonstrate vegan cooking options for the holidays. The potluck goes on at 6:30pm at Resurrection Lutheran School, RAP Classroom, 1050 W. School St. All you have to do is bring a favorite vegan dish to share, along with a serving utensil and a place setting. Call 708-531-8910 for more information.

Best of Too Much Light @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their annual year-end celebration of their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. This weekend and next weekend, you'll have a chance to see the best material written for TML in 2005 as performed by the current ensemble members (and possibly some Neo-Futurist alumni!). The best-of shows run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through December 18. Friday & Saturday shows are at 11:30 PM, and Sunday night shows are at 7:00 PM. For more details see the Neo-Futurist site or call their hotline at (773) 275-5255. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster).

Iron and Wine & Calexico @ Congress Theater

In one of the most enjoyable team-ups of two bands, Iron and Wine and Calexico have been making music together to a resounding "yay" from their fans (myself included). They're bringing their southwestern/alt-country stylings to the Congress Theater tonight, and tickets are $18.50 though the usual suspects. Check out a fine bit of coverage by NPR.

Circuit Bending 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 a look into the do-it-yourself electronics world of circuit bending, or modifying electronic toys and instruments to produce unusual or unintended sounds. No prior electronics experience necessary, but you must be able to use basic tools, such as a screwdriver, drill, etc. This sounds like a LOT of fun, and there are a limited number of slots available for this class, so you should go register now. (And if you can't make it into the class, have no fear; the instructor, Patrick McCarthy, teaches a monthly free circuit bending workshop. See here for full details.) The class runs this afternoon from 1:00 PM to 4:50 PM, and costs $40 (price includes materials). Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Facets video clearance sale

Facets Multimedia presents a clearance sale of thousands of DVDs and videos. Facets sells and rents a lot of independent and foreign films, so expect to see a lot of titles you won't find anywhere else at discount prices. The sale runs today, as well as next Saturday and Sunday, at 1535 N. Dayton in the Drucker Center of the Menomonee Boys & Girls Club. Hours of the sale are 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on each day. For more information call (773) 281-9075, or visit the Facets Website.

 

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