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Friday, December 8

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Media City 2006 @ Film Center

As part of the Conversations on the Edge series, Media City program director David Dinnell curates tonightís selections from Windsorís experimental film and video festival. 6 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. 164 N. State St. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

Globalism & Film History: A Conference

The UIC Institute for the Humanities presents a conference on globalism and film history, exploring "the influence of social change and recent research on perspectives of film and its history." Leading scholars, critics, filmmakers and industry representatives will offer thoughts on film's influence on cultures and subcultures, the impact of new techologies and changes to global and local funding and distribution. April 6-9 at 750 S. Halsted, Room 605. Free and open to the public. Call 312-996-6354 for more information.

r4wb!t5 macro.Fest

The creatively punctuated r4wb!t5 macro.Fest festival of digital arts starts tonight and runs through Sunday. The festival will feature a number of musicians and artists from Mexico City performing throughout the week at such venues as the Chi-Town Futbol Arena (2255 S. Throop), Busker (1087 N. Hermitage) and En3my (1550 N. Milwaukee). Please see the r4wb!t5 site for full details.

Josh Kilmer Purcell @ Borders

Author of I Am Not Myself These Days, Josh Kilmer Purcell stops at Borders Lakeview to discuss and sign his book. The book is described as "a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly -- a shocking and surreal world...a tragic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives." 7:30pm at 2817 N. Clark St. Free and open to the public. Call 773-935-3909 for more information.

Poetic Value & the Power of Criticism

Professor of English at York University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Rutgers Derek Attridge comes to the University of Chicago for a lecture on "Poetic Value and the Power of Criticism." Attridge has written several books, including The Singularity of Literature, which questions literature as a linguistic and social practice, and Joyce Effects, a study on James Joyce. 5pm at Rosenwald 405, 1101 E. 58th St. A discussion and light dinner will follow the lecture. Free and open to the public. Contact Julia Klein at jnklein[at]uchicago[dot]edu or 773-834-8524 for more information.

Counsellor at Law @ DOC

The rarely-screened 1933 John Barrymore vehicle Counsellor at Law, purportedly one of the most realistic filmatic portrayals of the legal profession, is screening tonight at 7pm at DOC Films as part of their pre-Code Hollywood series. For more information, call 773-702-8575 or visit the DOC Films website.

Student Night @ Hubbard Street Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents a student night with discounted tickets and a post-show discussion with HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent and Asimina Chremos, the Dance Editor of Time Out Chicago. 7:30pm, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets start at $10 and must be purchased day of (starting at 3:30pm) at the Harris Theater Box Office. For more information call 312-334-7777, or visit the website.

Mates of State @ Metro

Everyone knows that a couple who plays together, stays together, and the couple who make up Mates of State, rock together. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel (who play organ and drums, respectively) have been breezing through Chicago for some time now, and tonight they play the Metro starting at 9pm. Tickets are $15, the show is 18+, and the fun level will be high. Former Azure Ray frontlady Maria Taylor opens along with Saturday Looks Good to Me. You can hear some Mates of State tracks here.

Jessica Abel @ U of C

Artbabe creator Jessica Abel returns to her alma mater, the University of Chicago, today to discuss her new graphic novel, La Perdida. Abel's new book tells the story of Carla, a young American woman who travels to Mexico City, and the misadventures she during her journey of self-discovery. Jessica Abel will be appearing on the University of Chicago campus, at Social Sciences 122, located at 1128 E. 59th St. The event begins at 7pm. See the Seminary Co-op Bookstore website for more details.

Lip @ Holiday Club

The Poetry Center kicks off its new reading series tonight at 8 PM. At each reading in the Lip series, hosts Joel Chmara and Mary Fons present a visiting, nationally recognized emerging talent alongside a local poet. $5. 4000 N. Sheridan Rd. For more information, call 312-899-7483 or visit the website.

100 Essential Modern Poems @ Newberry Library

Former editor of Poetry Joseph Parisi discusses his selection of 100 masterpieces this evening at 6 PM. Free. 60 W. Walton St. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.



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