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Sunday, September 25

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Free Concert: Seu Jorge with Amadou and Mariam

Seu Jorge is best known for his cool, Brazilan renditions of David Bowie classics, featured in film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He shares the bill this evening with blind Malian artists Amadou and Mariam, who have been making music together for nearly 30years. Their latest release, Dimache a Bamako, connects America's Mississipi Delta, Mali, and the Middle East. This free concert begins at 6:30pm, at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park (between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive at Washington Street). For more information, call 312-742-1168.

Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago @ W&CF

Authors Kathie Bergquist and Robert McDonald will be celebrating the release of their new book, A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago, this evening at Women & Children First. They will be reading from the guide, and taking questions. Wine and cheese will be served, and there will be a raffle. This free event runs from 7:30-9pm, and Women & Children First is at 5233 N. Clark St. Visit the bookstore's website for more information.

Slomo Video festival @ Heaven Gallery

Lumpen is hosting the Chicago screening of SloMo Video, a program of 100 slow-motion videos, each one with a running time of one (1) minute. So at least you know exactly how long the program is going to run! The screening will be tonight at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $6.

It Came From The Neo-Futurarium: Single White Female @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists kick off their 5th annual It Came From The Neo-Futurarium series of dramatic readings of bad film scripts tonight with the staged reading of the 1992 film Single White Female ("Allie's new room-mate is about to borrow a few things without asking. Her clothes. Her boyfriend. Her life"). The reading kicks off tonight at 8:00 at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Tickets are $10, $8 for students w/valid ID. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs Thursday nights through August 3, and each performance is a different film; see the Neo-Futurist Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. You may also call the Neo-Futurist hotline to make reservations: (773) 275-5255.

Audrey Niffenegger & Sam Weller @ Book Cellar

Past GB Book Club author Audrey Niffenegger and biographer of another past Book Club author Sam Weller meet up at the Book Cellar tonight. Come to hear them discuss their work, past and future, and, trust me, you won't be disappointed. 7:30pm at 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Canasta @ Betty's

As a part of the last week of the Music with Meaning benefit. Canasta (one of our fav bands) is playing at Betty's Blue Star Lounge along with The Pumps, The Fake Fictions and All City Affairs. Show starts at 8:30pm, and is 21+. Tickets are $7 and proceeds benefit Rape Victim Advocates and America's Second Harvest. Great Music, Great Causes, can't be beat. Betty's is located at 1600 W. Grand Ave.

It Takes a Celebrity to Raise a Village

Tom Schatz (president of Citizens Against Government Waste) and Peter Rosenblum (a professor of human rights law at Colombia) discuss celebrity activism with Chicago Public Radio's Steve Edwards. How much do the efforts of Oprah, Bono and other celebrities really help underdeveloped nations fight against poverty, poor education, and poor public health? This and other questions will be under debate in "It Takes a Celebrity to Raise a Villiage: The Hard Sell on Humanitarianism." 7-9pm at Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. $10 for both GOAt members and non-members alike. Register here.

"An Evening with Daniel Ferri & Aaron Freeman" @ Chicago Public Radio

Nationally-renowned slam poet, public radio essayist, and Green Mill regular Daniel Ferri is retiring from his job as a schoolteacher in the western suburbs and moving abroad. But before he leaves, he's teaming up with comedian, journalist, and fellow Eight Forty-Eight contributor Aaron Freeman for one last hurrah. They'll perform at Chicago Public Radio's studios on Navy Pier on Thursday, June 29, at 7 pm. Tickets are $10, and the show will be taped for ChicagoPublicRadio.org and possible broadcast. Get all the details here.

How We Learn from Art Exhibits @ Newberry Library

A panel that includes Chicago artist Antonia Contro as well as Newberry staff who collaborated on the ongoing exhibit Closed and Open discuss art exhibits as learning experiences. Free, 6 PM. 60 W. Walton Street. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

 

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