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Monday, October 25

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Taylor Branch @ HWLC

Taylor Branch, who won the Pulitzer Prize for History for the first volume of his America in the King Years trilogy, has just published the third volume, At Canaan's Edge. He reads tonight at 6 PM in the Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center. Free. 400 S. State Street. For more information, visit the website.

That's Weird, Grandma @ Neo-Futurarium

After a short hiatus, the Barrel of Monkeys theater company returns to the Neo-Futurarium tonight to continue its long-running show That's Weird, Grandma. The show presents a series of plays based on writings by Chicago Public Schools students, and the results are often as not hilarious. The show runs Monday nights at 8:00, and tickets are $10 ($5 for children). For reservations call (312) 409-1954. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster).

Free Premiere: Turning a Corner

Beyond Media and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless present a free screening of Turning a Corner, a movie that "tells the stories of people involved in the sex trade in Chicago and their efforts to raise public awareness of systemic injustice and promote needed reforms." The premiere is from 5:30-8pm, with the film shown from 6-7pm, at Northwestern University Thorne Auditorium at 375 E. Chicago Ave. A panel discussion, reception and art exhibition follow the screening. Call 312-435-4548 or 773-973-2280 for information and reservations.

Lawrence Hall Youth Services Bowl-A-Thon

From 5:30-9:30pm, join Lawrence Hall Youth Services for their 2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon. The $100 entry fee includes lane fees, shoe rental, food and drink and benefits the child welfare agency that "treats, educates and provides a home for serverly emotionally and behaviorally distrubed children who have no place else to turn." In sum: bowl and help children. How can you beat that? It's all at 10 Pin, 330 N. State St. Call 312-456-2490 for tickets and information.

Julian Barnes @ Newberry Library

Author of Flaubert's Parrot, Julian Barnes stops by the Newberry Library to discuss his latest novel Arthur and George. Based on a true event in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the novel follows the Great Wryley Outrages and Doyle's own investigations into a mystery. Free at 6pm, 60 W. Walton St. Call 312-255-3700 for more information.

Javier Ruibal @ Cultural Center

As part of a series of concerts, workshops, and other events making up the Chicago Flamenco Festival, Spanish flamenco artist Javier Ruibal performs in Preston Bradley Hall tonight at 7 PM. Free. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Chocolate & Beer Seminar @ Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Ave., hosts a chocolate-and-beer seminar conducted by Scharffen Berger and Unibroue tonight from 7pm to 8:30pm. It's $25 to participate and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 773-489-1747.



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