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Wednesday, July 17

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Sherlock Holmes/Arthur Conan Doyle Colloquium @ Newberry Library

Come into the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. The Newberry Library's annual colloquium delves into the author's collection of written works and memorabilia and showcases his contributions to Victorian literature. Lecture subjects include "Doyle's Favorite Book," "Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle: A Self Portrait" and "When Is a Book Not a Book?" Free and open to the public, 9:30am-12pm. The Newberry Library is located at 60 W. Walton St. Call 312-943-9090 for more information.

Kids & Kites Festival

Enjoy the last few moments of summer at the Kids & Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park. Free kites are available for participants of all ages, but all are welcome to bring their own special kites to fly. There will also be an appearance by the Kohl McCormick Storybus, an "interactive children's literary museum-on-wheels." 10am-3pm and free and open to all.

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.

Cornelia Arts Building Open House

Come see new works by Cornelias Arts Building residents and Friends of the Arts members. Friends of the Arts is a nonprofit arts support group that specializes in promoting emerging art and artists. Located at 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., this weekend's open house is free and open to the public from 12-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Call 773-935-1854 for more information.

Opening: Biomorphic Rhythms

Tonight Johnsonese Gallery welcomes "Biomorphic Rhythms," a solo show featuring the "whimsical, symmetrical, and free-form" paintings of Bruce Noel Mortenson. Mortenson is also a profession DJ and will spin at the opening reception, 7-10pm. 2149 W. Armitage; call 773-252-8750 for more information.

Chopping Block Trunk Show

The Chopping Block is holding their second annual trunk show at their Merchandise Mart home. From 10am-6:30pm you can check out all of their vendors, including All Clad, Le Creuset, Global, Urban Accents and more. There will be cookware demonstrations and product tastings all day and you'll get to see products so new they're still in development. Free and open to all, suite 107 (enter off Wells St. for easy access). Call 312-644-6360 for more information.

BaboonFest 2006

BaboonFest is back, baby! The Peaceable Primate Sanctuary is the first baboon-only sanctuary built in the US and they're holding their fourth fundraiser event. There are raffles, at the affordable prices of $1 and $5, with prizes for items donated by Gorilla Haven, Block 44, Lettuce Entertain You and more. Local blues/jazz guitarist Harry Hmura will also perform. If you donate an old cell phone or printer cartidge you'll only need to pay $5 to get in, otherwise $7 is your admission fee. Come to the DePaul Student Center at 2250 N. Sheffield, from 1-4pm to join in all the baboon fun. Email primatesanctuary[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information.

Opening: Photographs by the Score @ AIC

This exhibit takes the work of 45 noted photographers (among them: Eugene Atget, Imogen Cunningham, and Walker Evans) and compares their more recent work with work produced 20 years before. Cool, huh? Through 14 January. 111 S Michigan. For more information, visit the website.

Welcome to Ashley @ Double Door

Chicago band Welcome to Ashley hits the Double Door tonight with a 21+ show along with Down the Line and Green Light. Tickets are $7 or get $2 off with a coupon (details in Transmission). Doors open at 8pm.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and dance led by the Latin Street Dancing Company at 10 AM, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. For more information, visit the website.

Opening: Charles Sheeler @ AIC

One of the founders of American modernism, Sheeler worked in photography and film as well as drawing and painting. This exhibit is the first to examine the relationships between these media in Sheeler's work. Until 7 January, 111 S Michigan. For more information, visit the website.

Open House at Argonne

Argonne National Laboratory will open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The Open House will include "fun and educational activities, demonstrations and facility tours for visitors of all ages." Argonne is located at 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439. More details located on their website.



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