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Friday, December 3

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National Tap Dance Day Performances

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates National Tap Dance Day with four performances at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. The performances will include live music by the Jeremy Kahn Trio and a celebration, complete with birthday cake, for Bill "Bojangle" Robinson at each intermission. Tonight's 7:30pm performance features professional and student dances reviving the work of Lou Conte, founder of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the The Copasetics' performing the renowed Harlem "Chair Dance." Admission is $50 for the opening night which includes and post-show benefit reception. Call 773-281-1825 for more information.

Holy Modal Rounders doc @ Film Center

Have moicy! The legendary 1960s folk freaks The Holy Modal Rounders are captured in Bound To Lose, a documentary that follows the duo of Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber as they careen headlong towards a 40th anniversary concert in Portland, Ore. Interviewees include: Sam Shepard (who once drummed for the Rounders); Dennis Hopper (who used the Rounders' "Bird Song" in his movie Easy Rider); Peter Tork John Sebastian; and Fugs founders Ed Sanders & Tuli Kupferberg. Bound To Lose screens this evening at 8:00 PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, and $5 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Voices from Home: Local Authors Speak

The Friends of the Blackstone Branch Library present the ongoing series Voices from Home: Local Authors Speak and tonight's reading features Heather M. Dalmage, discussing her book Tripping on the Color Line: Black-White Multiracial Families in a Racially Divided World. An associate professor of sociology at Roosevelt University, Dalmage has written on a number of topics including interracial relationships and adoption, housing discrimination and cultural capital. 7pm at 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Call 312-747-0511 for more information.

Neo Solo @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present Neo Solo, a series of solo performance pieces by ensemble members, alumni, and guest performers. This week's plays: "My Life in Jeopardy" by Scott Hermes; and "God Don't Like Ugly" by Caitlin Savage. This particular performance runs for two weeks only, to be replaced by another performance on May 25. Neo Solo runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors & students with ID, and "pay what you can" on Thursday nights. For more details and to purchase tickets, see the Neo-Futurist Website. Neo-Futurists: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Hula Hooping Workshop

The newly opened Aloft Loft offers classes in trapeze, aerial dance technique, stilt dancing and other circus techniques. A multi-day workshop focuses on hula hooping and "all the cool tricks that go with it". The fee for the class, which runs through May 21, is $150. For more information or to register, contact Shayna Swanson at

Peter Orner @ Powell's North

Novelist Peter Orner, author of The Esther Stories, and, most recently, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo , is featured tonight in a reading that begins at 7 PM. Two emerging writers, Chaz Reetz-Lailo and Lauren Pretnar, will also present their work. 2850 N Lincoln. Free. For more information, call 773-248-1444 or visit the website.

@rtNight @ Cultural Center

Check out the Nick Cave: Soundsuits exhibit, watch a performance by Instruments of Movement to see the soundsuits in action, and then hang out at a reception with music, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. In the Sidney Yates Gallery, 6 PM. $10 admission includes one drink ticket. 78 E Washington Street. For tickets, call 312-742-8497. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.



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