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Thursday, December 5

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Anthropomorphism Reading @ Woman Made Gallery

Woman Made Gallery is holding an Anthropomorphism reading featuring six local poets whose poems give human forms or attribute to non-human things. Nina Corwin hosts the event with readings by Kurt Heinz, Allison Joseph, Susanna Lang, Simone Muench and Kristy Odelius. 2-4pm at 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Call 312-738-0400 for more information.

Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival

Every year Wicker Park holds their Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival and this fall is no exception. With hundreds of painters, photographers, sculptors, actors, poets, filmmakers, dancers and every other kind of artist you can think of inhabiting neighborhood studios and galleries, you'd be hard-pressed not to find something to interest you (artists are listed on the website). Neighborhood theaters and bars will also host performance throughout the weekend. If the weather's favorable, this makes for an excellent walking experience and exploration in Wicker Park. Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Tickets range from $5-$15 with an all-weekend pass available for $40. Most tickets are available at the door, but be sure to check out the site or call 773-342-6777 so you can get what you want.

Screening: God in Government

The Spertus Institute's Religion in the Public Square Program Series presents a screening of God in Government, a documentary that explores the relationship between politics and faith. The documentary features interviews with Madeleine Albright, Fareed Zakaria and Rep. Henry Waxman. A discussion with legal rights expert Sylvia Neil follows. $12 general admission, $10 for members and $8 for students; 618 S. Michigan Ave at 2pm. Call 312-322-1743 for reservations and information or email rsvp[at]spertus[dot]edu.

18th Annual Lakefront Bicycle Tour

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's 18th Annual Boulevard Lakefront Tour offers a 15-mile South Side Ramble, a 35-mile Boulevard Tour, and a 62-mile Ultimate Neighborhood Ride (organized by the Chicago Cycling Club). Registration, which costs $35--or $30 if you're a CBF member, and $10 for your kids--is required. Online registration ends at 12 N Saturday 9/9 and the ride starts this morning at between 7 and 8:30 AM depending on the tour you choose. Sign up at the website or call 312-427-3325.

Park West Carnivale

The Park West Community Association presents Carnivale, a two-day music festival happening on Halsted Street, between Fullerton and Lill streets. Today's musical acts are: Michael McDermott; Maggie Speaks; the Katie Todd Band; Matt Stedman; Sharon Muthu; Angel in the Solar System; and Siderunners. There will also be a children's tent set up from noon to 5:00 PM, street performances with Collaboration Theater, and other events happening throughout the day. Proceeds from Carnivale benefit the Children's Memorial Hospital, the Park West Community Association, and other charities. Carnivale runs today from noon to 10:00 PM. Admission is a suggested donation of $10.

Hideout Block Party

Touch and Go Records and the Hideout present the 10th annual Hideout Block Party, which is also a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Touch and Go. Tonight is the final night of performances, and among the bands scheduled to perform tonight are: Quasi; Seam; Brick Layer Cake; Pinback; and Calexico. Please see the announcement at Touch and Go's Website for a full schedule of the three-day festival and to purchase tickets. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Dance India: Choreographing Traditions

A festival and conference celebrating Indian dance traditions continues today. Programs include performances and seminars. Details are available from Natya Dance at 312-212-1240 or visit the website.

Victory Gardens: Biograph Theater Open House

Victory Gardens Theater invites you to explore the renovated Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave), during a free community open house and season preview, this afternoon from 12pm-5pm. The historical movie palace has been transformed into a new 299-seat mainstage theater. The new space will also house a second, 135-seat studio theater, and rehearsal space. For more information call 773-871-3000 or visit the website.

Windy City Wine Festival

Booze it up in Grant Park at the three-day Windy City Wine Festival. Sponsored by the good folks at Binny's, the WCWF features more than 240 domestic and international wines from more than 40 exhibitors, semiars, live music, plus top chefs such as Rick Bayless and Didier Durant. It's just $25 entry fee (including a souvenir wine glass, festival program and wine tastings). For more information please call (847) 382-1480 or visit the WCWF's site.

 

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