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Friday, June 2

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Opening: Steve Reber @ Around the Coyote

Around the Coyote hosts the body of Steve Reber's most recent work which "explores the visual and conceptual possibility of sculpture through spatial and material relationships." Tonight's opening reception is free and open the public from 7-11pm. The show will run through November 4. Around the Coyote is located at 1935 1/2 W. North Ave.; call 773-342-6777 for more information.

The Dollar Store

This month, The Dollar Store, the reading series inspired by junk features Justin Kaufmann of Schadenfreude, writer Claire Zulkey (Girls, Girls, Girls) and Sports Action Team's Katie Nahnsen (the first performer to do the Dollar Store Show while on a national television show). As always, co-hosts Jonathan Messinger and Jeremy Sosenko will perform. Check it out on Friday, October 6 at 7pm. It's just $1 and is located at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia.

Speak Truth to Power: An Evening of Protest Poetry

Organized by activist poet Francesco Levato and sponsored by World Can't Wait, "Speak Truth to Power: An Evening of Protest Poetry" goes on tonight at the Acme Building, despite permit denials for the World Can't Wait Day of Mass Resistance Protest and March. The reading will feature 20 poets from Chicago, Virginia and New York, including Emily Calvo, Nina Corwin, Wayne Allen Jones, Steven Schroeder, Purvi Shah and more. Free and open to the public from 7-9pm. The Acme Building is located at 2418 W. Bloomingdale. Email info[at]francescolevato[dot]com for more information.

You Are Beautiful - 4 Years Later

You've surely seen these messages throughout the city. If you've ever wondered more about them, come to Ai Gallery tonight for a special reception of "You Are Beautiful - 4 Years Later." See what's happened in the four years since someone decided to use advertising for good, rather than for money. Ai Gallery is located at 676 N. LaSalle; free and open the public from 6-10pm. The show will run through November 18. Email info[at]ai-gallery[dot]com for more information.

ArtWalk Ravenswood

ArtWalk Ravenswood is featuring a documentary photography exhibit of the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor. The exhibit by Andrew Steiner "explores the diverse population of this quietly productive area within a historical context." The Walk is in its fifth year and offers events, tours, open studios and the opportunity to view art in numerous galleries. Check out the website to find every last moresel of arty goodness. Friday, 6-11pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm.

"Big Daddy" Roth doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the documentary Tales of the Rat Fink, the story of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, best known for his custom car designs of the 1950s. The film includes a post-mortem narration by Roth (voiced by John Goodman), as well as guest voices Tom Wolfe, Brian Wilson, Jay Leno, Matt Groening, and Ann-Margret. The film shows at the Film Center from tonight through Thursday, October 12; see the Film Center Website for showtimes. Tickets are $9, $7 for students and $5 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

The Day The Earth Stood Still @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center is running a series of science fiction films through December. This week's film is the 1951 classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, which includes loads of interesting political and social issues with its sci-fi content. The film screens this evening at 6:00, and again on Tuesday, October 10th. The October 10 screening will also include a lecture by SAIC professor Jim Trainor. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Radio Free Chicago launch party @ Kinetic Playground

RadioFreeChicago celebrates its impending site re-launch by co-hosting (with Future Perfect Radio) BANDWITDH, an evening of music at the Kinetic Playground (1113 W. Lawrence). Bands playing tonight: The Dirty Things (band broke up!); Skybox ; and Coltrane Motion. After the live music DJ LA Jesus will be playing music. Doors open at 9:00 PM, and tickets are $7.

Pit er Pat @ Empty Bottle

Local trio Pit er Pat celebrates the release of their record Pyramids tonight at the Empty Bottle. They bring their ethereal art-pop sound to the floor via keys + bass + drums along with haunting vocals and a cool sense of mystery. Come out and hear their "sonic evolution". Show starts at 10pm with The Chandeliers and Lark opening. Tickets are $8. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave.

Long Winters @ Subterranean

John Roderick may be best known in some circles for his contributions to Death Cab for Cutie, the Decemberists, Harvey Danger, and Nada Surf, but his Long Winters have been where he's shone most over the last few years. Their latest LP, Putting the Days to Bed, is yet another gem of catchy poppy indie-rock. They will be playing at Subterranean, 2012 North Ave, tonight with Portland's Menomena and Austin's What Made Milwaukee Famous. For more information, visit

James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) @ Smartbar

I heard a DJ on WLUW trying to give away some tickets to this show, and the first guy who called in passed on them because he thought it was for the group LCD Soundsystem, not just a member of the band DJ-ing. What an idiot. A group like LCD Soundsystem makes a lot of great music while infusing some real illy beats into some sweet synth and drum loops. Hearing one of them spin is like eating the brown sugar straight from the box while you make cookies. Sweet and delicious. Check out this DFA Records DJ tour of James Murphy along with Tim Sweeney (of Beats in Space) and Marcus Lambkin (of Sh*t Robot) tonight at Smartbar, starting at 10pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and it's 21+.



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