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Friday, April 12

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Ray Noland benefit @ Sonotheque

Artist, designer and blogger Ray Noland was recently struck by a car while on his bike, and tonight Sonotheque hosts a benefit for his medical bills, featuring DJs Derrick Carter, Diz, Jesse De La Pena, Jdub, and James Curd. The show runs from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, admission is $15, and it's a 21+ show. All proceeds will go towards Noland's hospital bills. Sonotheque: 1444 W. Chicago. (312) 226-7600.

Chicago Underground Film Festival opening night

The Chicago Underground Film Festival starts its 13th annual festival this evening at 8:00 PM with a Chicago premiere screening of the documentary Nice Bombs, which shows Chicago resident Usama Alshaibi journeying to Baghdad to visit his family after living 24 years in the United States. The festival continues through Thursday, Auguest 24, and all films screen at the Music Box Theatre. See the CUFF site for a complete schedule of films and to purchase tickets online. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604 .

Bob Saget @ Improv

Comedian Bob Saget begins a four-night series of performances at The Improv in Schaumburg this evening. I'm sure he'll be offering the wholesome family entertainment that he became known for when he was on "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos". Tickets are $26, and there's a two drink minimum. The Improv: Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. (847) 240-2001.

Docent Open House at Archicenter

Learn what it takes to become a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation at this hour-long session at 6 PM this evening. You'll meet current docents and get details about the program. Applications to become a docent are due 6 October and the next docent education session starts in January. Free, in the lecture hall, 224 S Michigan. For more information, visit the website.

CPL's Age of Tut

The Chicago Public Library and the Oriental Institute partner to present the special free program "The Age of Tut." In conjunction with the CPL's 2006 Summer Reading Program, "The Age of Tut" explores 3000 years of Egyptian history at the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 312-744-2293 for more information.

Irvine Welsh @ 57th St. Books

I'm one of the few people who doesn't ever want to watch Trainspotting again -- that movie literally almost made me sick. I'm also one of those horrible people who doesn't want to read an entire book in dialect. Maybe that lessens my literary cred in your eyes. But if you are one of those people who can't get enough of Irish drug trysts, you'll probably want to head to 57th St. Books tonight to hear Irvine Welsh discuss his latest book, Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. Free at 7pm, 1301 E. 57th St. Call 773-684-1300 for more information.

Powell's North Reading Series

This month's session of Powell's North Reading Series features Della Watson and Olivia Cronk with guest poet Tony Tost. Each reading in the series pairs established poets and writers from around the country with emerging locals. Free at 7pm, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-248-1444 for more information.

Tibet Documentary @ Freedom Museum

This event features a screening of Devotion and Defiance, which focuses on the issue of religious freedom in Tibet. A discussion with Tibetan culture experts follows. 7 PM, 445 N Michigan. Tickets are $8 (pre-registration required): call 312-222-3580.

Durban-Chicago -- World-Class Jazz @ Millennium Park

South African artists join Chicago saxophonist Ernest Dawkins for this performance at the Pritzker Pavillion, free, 6:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.



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