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Sunday, September 25

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Early to Bed 5-Year Anniversary

Early to Bed, the Andersonville feminist sex shop, turns five this year and all weekend long they're offering goodies for all patrons. You'll get 15% off everything in the shop with some of the staff's favorite items taken all the way down to $5. Each purchase will enter the customer into a raffle and there will be cookies for everyone! Cookies! 12-9pm on Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm on Sunday. Early to Bed is located at 5232 N. Sheridan. Call 773-271-1219 for more information.

Forbidden Planet @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a series of science fiction movies through December. Tonight's sci fi movie is the 1956 classic Forbidden Planet, which introduced the world to Robby the Robot. The film screens tonight at 6:00 PM, as well as on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00 PM. See the Film Center Website for a full listing of this month's movies in the series. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Peter Carpenter @ Dance Center

Choreographer Peter Carpenter performs the Chicago premiere of Bareback into the Sunset, a piece about a gay man who struggles to find his place within the shifting landscape of the AIDS pandemic. This evening at the Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan Ave) at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. For more information call 312-344-8300 or visit the website. This evening's performance will be preceded by a discussion moderated by David Gere, Ph.D., Associate Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, and author and co-curator of the exhibition MAKE ART/STOP AIDS. The discussion is free for ticket holders.

Heroes Helping Legends

Heroes Helping Legends is an event benefitting The Hero Initiative (formerly ACTOR), a non-profit which provides a financial safety net to retired comicbook artists. Today 11am-6pm and tomorrow 11am-5pm at the Murcury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago, there's a huge comic book sale ($5 for a dollar!), a silent auction for comic book original art, live band and DJs, and appearances by local comics artists.

Today, meet Josh Blaylock and Tim Seeley of Devil's Due Comics, Hatuey Diaz and Skottie Young while rocking out to music by the Dead Superhero Orchestra, The Watchers and Recent Photo.

Dengue Fever @ The Empty Bottle

Dengue Fever is made up of a brass band, a six-foot-six-inch tall bass player, a lead singer from Phnom Penh and a former rockabilly roust-a-bout. What does that combination get you? 1960's-era-Cambodian-surf-rock of course.
Catch them tonight at The Empty Bottle in conjunction with The World Music Fest.
More about Dengue Fever the band, not the disease.

Opening: Take Me to the River @ Intuit

This new exhibit commemorates Intuit's 15th anniversary and celebrates the achievement of self-taught artists of the 1960s and 1970s. Through 5 January. Tonight, an opening reception begins at 5 PM. 756 N Milwaukee. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Pop-up Talk @ Columbia Center for Book and Paper Arts

Ever wonder how pop-up books get made? Two masters of this art, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, discuss what's involved in their creation this evening at 6:30 PM, in conjunction with the Moveable Feast exhibit. Free, 1104 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor. For more information, call 312-344-6630 or visit the website.

Rockin' on Rockwell

We've bemoaned the Brown Line station closings enough so now we're happy to celebrate their reopenings and so are the businesses who are happy to see people walking by their stores again. Rockin' on Rockwell takes place tonight 5-9pm on Rockwood between Eastwood and Leland. There will be live bands, children's activities, a prize raffle, beer, burgers and admission is free. All the indie businesses along the strip managed to stay open through the closings, so go support Ruff Haus Pets, Scents and Sensibility, and many other shops.

 

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