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Saturday, October 16

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Califone @ Hideout

Califone will continue their busy weekend with a show at the Hideout. oRSo opens the show at 9pm. Tickets are $12 and available through Ticketweb. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia. Parking is often limited, so ride your bike.

Hello Chile: A Benefit for Voluntarios de la Esperanza

Voluntarios de la Esperanza is a non-profit group dedicated to helping underprivileged youth in Santiago, Chile. Local photographer Christine Mladic is leaving the city for South America to devote her time to this cause and, as a grand send-off, is holding a benefit at the Empty Bottle. This will be a chance to collect information on the organization and also donate some funds to their cause, but it'll also be a chance to listen to some local bands -- Beardog, Big Buildings, Modern Temper and Shelley Short will be there -- and purchase works by some of the city's artists. Admission is $10 for the 9pm event. 1035 N. Western Ave. Call 773-276-3600 for more information.

Anoushka Shankar @ Millennium Park

A daughter of Ravi Shankar (pop sensation Norah Jones is her half-sister), Anoushka Shankar has followed her father at the sitar, and tonight plays from her Grammy-nominated album, Rise. Free, 6:30 PM. For more information, call 312-742-1168 or visit the website.

My Name is Blackbird @ Links Hall

Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak presents a free work in progress showing of My Name is Blackbird, this morning at 10am at Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Choreographer Shanahan describes her work as "mysterious and gothic. The protagonist/performer exists within a state of flux and the movement transforms from fluid and angular and constrained...the atmosphere is suspenseful and poetic." Blackbird, a unique collaboration between Shanahan and composer/musicians Andrew Bird, Mark Booth and Dave Pakovic, will premiere in April 2007. This morning at 10am. For more information call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Magic Flute @ Cultural Center

The Chicago Office of Tourism, in conjunction with Silk Road Chicago, presents this Sanskrit and Balinese-influenced production of Mozart's classic opera in Preston Bradley Hall at 7 PM. Free, but tickets are required: call 312-742-8497. 77 E Randolph. For more information, visit the website.

Old Town School Garage Sale

The Old Town School of Folk Music wraps up its 9th annual Garage Sale today. Hundreds of used musical instruments, books, CDs and accessories will be on sale through the weekend. The garage sale happens today from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. See the Old Town School Website for full details. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 751-3398.

West Fest

This neighborhood festival includes a dog show and pet-related vendors as well as live music, food vendors, kids' activities, and arts and crafts. 800 N. Damen, 12 N to 10 PM. $5 donation benefits the West Town Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 312-850-9390 or visit the website.

Jimmy Burns Blues Band Concert and BBQ @ B.L.U.E.S.

You just can't beat a show where they play great music and serve you barbeque. This evening, starting at 4:30pm and running until 8pm, you can check out blues legend, Jimmy Burns and eat some tasty food all spread out in B.L.U.E.S.' backyard at 2519 N. Halstead. Burns, a Mississippi-born guitarist and blues singer, has played with a dynamic group of musicians ranging from Smokey Robinson to Bonnie Raitt to Jeff Beck & The Yardbirds. Come check him out with his band, a Chicago blues staple, and enjoy the evening on a lazy Sunday. As an extra added bonus, the show will be filmed for a future Delmark DVD and CD release. Call 773-528-1012 for more info.

 

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