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Monday, June 1

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Dutch National Ballet Project

Dance Chicago presents the results of a unique collaboration between five local choreographers--Randy Duncan, Lauri Stallings, Paul Christiano, Frank Chaves and Altin Naska--and six dancers from the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Dancing with the DNB artists will be special guest artists from the Joffrey Ballet, River North, and other local companies, who will also present works from their own repertoires. This evening at 8pm at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Tickets are $10-35. For more information call 773-935-6860 or visit the website.

Opening: So This Is It

In his first solo exhibition, artist Anthony Lewellen's So This Is It (pdf) opens tonight at 13th District Gallery. New work and a site specific installation will be available for veiwing, with music provided by DJ Tevo Howard. 7-11pm at 1706 W. Chicago Ave. The show runs through September 9. Email anthony[at]alewellen[dot]com for more information.


If you haven't heard about Lollapalooza's return to Chicago this weekend, then you've likely been under a rock. The now three-day festival will feature over 130 bands on 8 stages, improv groups, freaky clowns, and artists. Music highlights include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Common, The Flaming Lips, Ween, Wilco, and, yeah, a ton of others you'll likely want to catch. Check out the map, here (the festival runs all the way from Butler Field down to the softball fields where it was held last year). Tickets are $150 for a 3-day pass, or $65 for 1 day. (Before you go, check out our breakdown on Transmission.)

Old Town School workshop: write a song in an hour

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of one-shot workshops for budding musicians too busy to take a full class. Today's workshop: how to write a song in an hour, as taught by musician Mary Sue Twohy. The workshop runs from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (so technically, you could write two songs in this class), and costs $25. Sign up for the class at the Old Town School Website. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Saturday Morning Orientation @ Newberry Library

This informal orientation covers library resources available to research family and neighborhood history. Meet in the first-floor reader's lounge at 9:30 AM. Free. 60 W Walton Street. For more information, call 312-255-3700 or visit the website.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and eastern European dance at 10 AM, led by Ethnic Dance Chicago, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. For more information, visit the website.

Cover Girl @ LaSalle Bank Cinema

This 1944 film starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly plays tonight as part of LaSalle Bank Cinema's Mustache Cinema Classic Film Series. Also playing is the 1938 serial "The Spider's Web #4: Surrender or Die." General admission to the 8pm show is $5 and $3 for seniors and children. 4901 W. Irving Park. Call 312-904-9442 for more information.

Retro on Roscoe

This neighborhood festival includes an antique car and motorcycle show as well as craft vendors, food and beer, and live music from the 70s through the 90s. 3400 N. Damen, 12 N to 10 PM. $5 donation benefits Roscoe Village Neighbors. For more information, call 773-665-4682 or visit the website.

Northalsted Market Days

This huge festival, which benefits the Northalsted Area Merchants Association, offers live music on three stages, arts and crafts vendors, and food from local restaurants. 11 AM to 10 PM, 3500 N. Halsted. $6 donation. For more information, call 773-868-3010 or visit the website.

Wizard World Chicago

Today is the third day of Wizard World Chicago, a four-day event for movie, comic, anime, and gaming fans. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont); click here for a complete list of events and to purchase tickets.

Women & Children First Used Book Sale

Women & Children First is having its Used Book Sidewalk Sale Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6 from 10am to 6pm at 5233 N. Clark St. A portion of the proceeds wills benefit the Women's Voices Fund, the not-for-profit programming arm of Women & Children First.



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