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Thursday, January 26

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Chicago Blues Festival @ Grant Park

This year's festival commemorates the 100th birthdays of Roosevelt Sykes and Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery. 11 AM to 9:30 PM. Click here for a complete schedule. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Open screening @ Chicago Filmmakers

Got some film footage you've been dying to share with the rest of the class? Come on down to Chicago Filmmakers tonight at 7:00 PM for an Open Screening event! Film-makers and film-finders are welcome to bring footage from their latest opus in progress, or even some found film footage that you might have stumbled over at the Brown Elephant. The screening is free and open to the public. See the Chicago Filmmakers Website for full details. Chicago Filmmakers: 5243 N. Clark. (773) 293-1447.

Elizabeth Cunningham @ Women & Children First

Dan Brown isn't the only one who can retell the Gospels. In her novel The Passion of Mary Magdalen, Cunningham portrays Mary as Maeve, a slave of Celtic origin. 4:30 PM, free. 5233 N. Clark. For more information, call 773-769-9299 or visit the website.

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

The 2006 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, the heart and soul of Jewish Chicago, will be held on Sunday, June 11, at the Forest Preserve at Oakton (8000 N) and Lehigh (6300 W) in Morton Grove, from 11am-6pm. The multi-talented singer, songwriter Lisa Loeb will headline as part of continuous music and dance throughout the day.

Unique in its celebration of Jewish culture in America, the festival seeks to combine all aspects of the Chicagoland Jewish community. Four stages of music and dance create a vibrant background for over 40,000 attendees, who also can wander through the extensive art bazaar featuring artists from the U.S. and Israel.

Andersonville Midsommarfest

This year marks the 41st year for Andersonville Midsommarfest. They've got the standard neighborhood festival's "eat meat on the street" thing going on, with a smattering of fine local Clark Street vendors from up in the 'ville. Plus, this year's got a really great and eclectic music lineup like Mucca Pazza, The Waco Brothers, and Elevation (the U2 tribute band). And, who doesn't like seeing the Jesse White Tumblers? Plus, there's tons of traditional Swedish-themed activities like a Maypole dance, Come out, and support (yet another) great neighborhood cause. The summer's just getting warmed up. The festival runs from 11am-10pm June 10th and 11th on Clark Street starting at Foster Avenue (closest El stop: Berwyn on the Red Line).

25th Annual Ramble Bike Ride

The Bicycle Club of Lake County hosts this annual recreational tour of rural Wisconsin and northern Illinois (it begins in Wilmot, Wisconsin). 30-, 50-, 70-, and 100-mile routes are available, and the $15 registration fee covers mechanical support, maps, and snacks at rest stops. More info here.

57th Annual Old Town Art Fair

This art fair benefits local youth groups, schools, and preservation projects, and includes walking tours, marionette shows, live music, and fine art from 260 juried exhibitors. Enter the fair at the intersection of Lincoln and Wisconsin. 10 AM to 6 PM; $5 donation. For more information, visit the website.

32nd Annual Wells Street Art Festival

Benefiting the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, this festival features the work of more than 260 juried exhibitors as well as live music and food from local restaurants. The festival is on Wells from North to Division and runs from 10 AM to 10 PM; $5 to $7 donation. For more information, visit the website.

RibFest Chicago

This NorthCenter neighborhood festival benefiting the local Chamber of Commerce includes food (ribs, obviously, as well as other selections from neighborhood restaurants), live music, and children's activities. 4000 N. Lincoln, at Irving Park, 12 N to 8 PM. $5 donation. For more information, visit the website.

MAVerick Ensemble @ Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

The MAVerick Ensemble performs new music by Russian and local composers at this evening’s concert. $15 suggested donation. 7 PM, 2320 W. Chicago. For more information, call 773-227-5522 or visit the website.



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