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Wednesday, September 30

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Final Fridays @ Freedom Museum

On the last Friday of each month, the new Freedom Museum will hold a get-together of sorts, featuring food, an open bar and, this Friday, short films by Nice Pooch Productions and music by Hot Beans and Chuck. Advance tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. At the door it'll cost you each $5 more. To purchase, and to find out more, call 312-222-3026. The Freedom Museum is located at 445 N. Michigan Ave. 6-8pm, which should give you plenty of time to head to another get-together...

Grassroots Media Festival

The fourth of its kind, the annual Grassroots Media Festival is an outdoor celebration of community, culture and alternative media. There will be live music, art workshops, independent video documentaries, cultural performances and information on to get involved with the independent media. To join in come to Amor de Dios Methodist Church & Community Garden, 2348 S. Sawyer. Friday, 7:30-11pm and Saturday, 5:30-11pm. Call 312-376-8898 for more information.

Roustabout preview show @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists kick off their 2006-07 season with Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck!, a play that takes as its inspiration a train accident that happened in Chicago in 1918. There will be a preview show tonight at the Neo-Futurarium, and the play officially opens on Saturday, August 26. The show runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM through September 30. Tickets are $10 for preview shows, $15 during the regular run, $10 for seniors and students with ID, and pay-what-you-can on Thursdays. For more information or to purchase tickets, please see the Neo-Futurist Website or call the Neo-Futurist hotline at (773) 275-5255. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster).

American Craft Exposition

Join fellow collectors, both connoisseurs and novices, for the 22nd American Craft Exposition, featuring works in metal, glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, baskets, mixed media and more. Produced by the Auxiliary of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, the three-day show (August 25-27) will be held at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion at 2311 Campus Drive in Evanston. The show benefits breast and ovarian cancer research at the hospital, so not only will you have the opportunity to check out some pretty cool wares, you'll also know your money is going toward independent artisans and vital research. It's a two-for-one that can't be beat. Hours are Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Tickets are $15 at the door and include re-entry throughout the weekend, but if you buy them online before August 23 you'll only have to pay $12. Call 847-570-5096 for more information.

Vacations: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly @ W&CF

This events celebrates the publication of Outrider Press' 11th annual anthology, titled this year Vacations: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly. Contributors Sam West, Robert Nelson, Nancy Poling, Doris Popovich, Marge Skelly and Greg Stolze will be appearing at Women & Children First (5233 North Clark St.) for an evening of readings. 7:30pm. Free. Call 773-769-9299 or vsit the bookstore website for more information.

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest

If you've never been to Rogers Park, this weekend presents a good incentive to get up there. The fifth annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest features artists, open studios, merchants and live entertainment. You'll get to take in art, theater, music and eats all along Glenwood Ave. from Farwell to Lunt, near the Red Line Morse stop. Friday's hours are from 7-11pm, with their kick-off event at Duke's Bar, 6922 N. Glenwood. On Saturday and Sunday the fair will be open from 12pm-8pm. Free for all. Call 773-262-3790 for more information.

Sacred Art Monthly Show

Sacred Art's monthly show runs from 7-9pm and, this month, focuses on "a study of female collage." The show features three methods of collage from three female artists: Debbie Egizio, Shana Hampton and Elke Claus. Complimentay drinks and clairvoyant readings will be available. The show runs through the weekend at 2040 W. Roscoe. Call 773-404-8790 for more information.

Panic! at the Darkroom

Who's in the mood for a little brit pop? Then put on your moddest dancing shoes and head to Darkroom at 2210 W. Chicago for Panic! Fom 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., you can sway to the best of the brits and maybe win tix to the upcoming Pet Shop Boys show at the Chicago Theatre. Send your song requests to panic [ at ] gmail-dot-com.

T.A.M.I. Show @ Doc Films

Doc Films has a doozy of a rockumentary tonight, in the form of The T.A.M.I. Show. This 1965 film by Steve Binder (the same director who later brought us Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special) documents the Teen-Age Music International Show, a concert held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in October of 1964 and is often hailed as one of the most important rock and roll movies ever made. It featured every style of music from the British Invasion to Motown to girl pop to surf rock, and has performances from The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Jan & Dean, Lesley Gore, James Brown, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and more. Tickets are $4, and the movie plays tonight at 7pm and 9:30pm. Doc Films is located in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago at 1212 East 59th Street.



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