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Wednesday, July 17

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12 Minute Saints @ Kitty Moon

Rock and blues band, The 12 Minute Saints, will be rocking a double set tonight, 9pm, at Kitty Moon (6237 N. Clark). Featuring special guests The DeBorah Boston Band and one-man-act Andy Levenberg.

Dollar Store

The Dollar Store Reading Series returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 7pm. This month hosts Jonathan Messinger and Jeremy Sosenko present WNEP playwright Jen Ellison, fiction writer Scott Stealey and comedian Jared Logan, reading stories based on items from a dollar store. $1 suggested donation, 21 and over.

Speakin' of the Blues w/Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

As part of the Chicago Public Library's Speakin' of the Blues lecture and performance series, dummer and harmonica player Willie "Big Eyes" Smith discusses the career of harp and harmonica legend Little Walker. Free at 12:15pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the lower level of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

Australian Wines @ Kafka

On the first Friday of every month, this awesome corner wine shop at Halsted & Buckingham holds a themed tasting and offers up some of their best wines. Tonight Australian wines are on the table and you'll get to learn all about shiraz and other wines from the continent. 7-9pm at 3325 N. Halsted. Reservations are $10 and required. Call 773-975-WINE to save your spot and to get more information.

Outsider art opening reception @ Intuit

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art presents an exhibition of quilts made by Marie "Big Mama" Roseman, a woman who lived in Benton Harbor, Michigan and created many quilts with found objects: plastic flowers, lace, buttons, embroidered animals, figures and symbols. Tonight is the opening reception for the show, which runs at Intuit through September 2. Tonight's reception starts at 5:00. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Opening: In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World @ Millennium Park

To generate ideas for residents of our "city in a garden," this exhibition of photomurals highlights new developments in garden design all over the world. In the outdoor Boeing Galleries through 22 October. Free. Michigan Ave., between Randolph and Monroe. For more information, call 312-742-6630 or visit the website.

Chicago NOW Wine & Cheese Event @ Early to Bed

Chicago NOW's Lesbian Rights Team is hosting a Wine and Cheese Evening at Early to Bed. Meet the women of Chicago NOW's Lesbian Rights Team, shop at a sex-positive, feminist owned sex toy store and learn about all of the nifty toys that are on the market. Come for the free food, wine and music, and stay for the company and raffle prizes. Early to Bed is generously donating 10% of the sales from the evening! The event is free and open to the public although donations are encouraged. The night's activities run from 9pm–11pm at Early to Bed, 5232 N. Sheridan Road (Near Foster and Sheridan, a few blocks east of the Berwyn Red Line El stop). For more information contact the lesbian rights team at: cnowlesbianrights{at}gmail{dot}com.

Midnight Movies: HOT SKIN and Transformers

Take your pick of either Disco Dolls in HOT SKIN IN 3D (XXX!) or Transformers: The Movie at midnight at the venerable Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Ave. $9.25. Call (773) 871-6604.

Voices of Resistance + Funkadesi @ Hot House

The South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC) presents Voices of Resistance5 (VOR5), a space for South Asian artists to come together in the performing arts. "Memory" and "choice" are this year's themes for this dynamic show. VOR5 will be followed by Chicago's very own world music band Funkadesi. 5:30 preshow, 7pm Voices of Resistance5 Show, 10pm Funkadesi. Day of event: $10 VOR5/$15 Funkadesi/ $22 Both. Kids 12 and under free. More info here.



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