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Saturday, November 26

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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. Today's 3pm performance features Reggio "the Hoofer" McLaughlin, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, Doris Humphries and more. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children under 12. Call 773-281-1825 for more information.

Opening: WITHiNSIGHT Gallery Show

The Chicago Photography Center is holding a free opening of its Spring 2006 WITHiNSIGHT Gallery Show. The show features orginal black and white film and both black and white and color digital photography. The opening goes from 12-4pm and the show will run through July 30. 3301 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-549-1631 for more information.

Ravenswood Manor Garage Sale

Sign up and share your old treasures or just come by and browse what the others are passing on at the Ravenswood Manor Garage Sale. Rain or shine, the sale must go on, 10am-4pm. Deadline for registration is May 11. Email garagesale[at]ravenswoodmanor[dot]com for more information or to sign up to sell your wares.


You know how we do. "All things handcrafted. No brand-names. No foreign assembly. No questionable ethics." That's DEPART-ment's motto and with more than a hundred vendors selling jewelry, clothing, toys and so many wonderful things you don't yet know you need, you can get with the independent crafters crew. Open Saturday, 11am-8pm, and Sunday, 9am-5pm, at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave. Call 312-560-1442 for more information.

Peter Carey @ Lookingglass

As part of WFMT's Writers on the Record series, Victoria Lautman interviews two-time Booker Prize-winner Carey before a live audience at 11:45 AM. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-832-6788 or fill out this form. 821 N Michigan Ave. For more information, visit the website.

The Italian @ Film Center

As part of the Treasures from the Library of Congress series, this 1915 silent classic about an Italian immigrant in New York screens at 3 PM today, preceded by two shorter silent films, and accompanied by David Drazin at the piano. $9, or $5 if you belong to the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.

Great Chicago Places and Spaces

All day today, this celebration of Chicago architecture and design offers free guided tours of notable buildings and neighborhoods. Check the website for details; click here for (free!) tickets for "Great Excursions" (includes river cruises); for other tours you need to head down to the Chicago Architecture Foundation at 224 S. Michigan this morning (opens 7:30 AM) and line up for tickets.

Baha'i Discussion Group @ Transitions Bookplace

Charles Fuller, PhD--a geography professor at Triton College--will be leading a discussion at Transitions Bookplace (1000 W. North Ave) about the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah. 3:30pm, admission is free. For more info, click here.



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