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Friday, December 2

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Hearts for Housing

The Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing is hosting a "Hearts for Housing" tournament. It's an evening of card games, food and drinks to support affordable housing in the city. $25 gets you into the tournament and covers your snacks. If that weren't enticement enough, prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, candy shops and, for first place, a week in Lake Tahoe. Call 312-347-7600 or email rsvp[at]lcbh[dot]org for reservations and information. It all goes down at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. at 5:30pm.

New World Resource Center Benefit

Tonight the Wicker Park dance club Subterranean will hold a benefit concert for the New World Resource Center. Founded in 1971, the Center is Chicago's oldest running independent bookstore. 2011 W. North Ave. at 9:30 pm with acoustic quartet Unlucky Atlas with Shannon Murray performing. $5 to get in. Call 773-278-6684 for more information.

Arte y Pureza Flamenco Ensemble @ Cultural Center

As part of a series of concerts, workshops, and other events making up the Chicago Flamenco Festival, the Arte y Pureza ensemble, which features gypsy performers from Seville, appears in Preston Bradley Hall tonight at 7 PM. Free. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

More Politically Inspired Fiction @ Quimby's

Stephen Elliott and friends read from Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction tonight at Quimby's bookstore. From Quimby's: "We live in political times where it is impossible not to be involved, inspired or motivated by the current administration. It seems like everyone has something to say about politics these days, and fiction writers are no exception." Contributors to the book and featured readers at this event: Stephen Elliott is the author of four novels, including Happy Baby, and the political memoir Looking Forward to It: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The American Political Process. Audrey Niffenegger is a writer, visual artist and author of The Time Traveler's Wife as well as Three Incestuous Sisters. Jeff Parker's stories recently appeared in Hobart, Ploughshares, Tin House, and Life & Limb: Skateboarders Write from the De p End. Stefan Kiesbye is the author of the novel Next Door Lived A Girl. The reading starts tonight at 7pm at Quimby's Bookstore, located at 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, call (773) 342-0910 for more information.

The Changing Chicago River @ Cultural Center

Libby Hill, author of The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History, will be speaking about the development and use of the Chicago River through the city's history in her lecture titled, "The Changing Chicago River: From Commerce to Recreation." This free lecture, hosted by the Friends of the Parks, will take place at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, located at 77 E. Randolph St. The talk will begin at 12:15pm. For more information, see the Friends of the Parks event calendar.



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