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Friday, December 9

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Architecture Foundation's "Churches by Bus" Tour

Join a group from the Chicago Architecture Foundation today for a one-time event: a tour of local churches by bus. This year's trip will roam the South Side, visiting Roman Catholic, Methodist and Memorial Baptist churches, as well as the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Tickets are $48 ($40 for members), and reservations are required. The tour starts at 11:30am at the Foundation's ArchiCenter Shop. For further details and tickets, visit the website.

Call Me Lightning @ The Empty Bottle

Hooky Milwaukee garage rockers Call Me Lightning stop by the Bottle tonight, undoubtedly playing off its next release, a sophomore full-length effort recorded this past spring at Chicago's Electrical Audio. It's due to come out early next year on the band's new home, Frenchkiss Records. Instrumental forces Don Caballero and locals Reds and Blue support. 1035 N Western Ave, 9PM, $10 (tickets here).

DEPART-ment

DEPART-ment returns to open-end gallery, 2000 W. Fulton, Suite 310, this weekend. Come shop for handmade products from more than 100 vendors -- clothing, accessories, jewelry, cards, art and more. Open today and tomorrow from 11am to 5pm.

Aztec Moments @ Newberry Library

Harvard historian David Carrasco will discuss parallels between the Aztec response to colonization and the contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American use of Aztec myths and symbols in establishing and exploring identity. Free, 11 AM. 60 W Walton. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Music Box Massacre

The Music Box Theatre presents Music Box Massacre Part 2, a 24-hour horror film fest. Everything from classic horror films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and It Came From Outer Space (shown in 3-D!) to modern day classics like John Carpenter's The Thing and Joe Dante's "Homecoming", which was part of Showtime's Masters of Horror series. Special guest will in fact be Joe Dante (schedule permitting)! The Music Box Massacre starts today at noon, and finishes up tomorrow at noon. Tickets are $24 in advance, and $29 at the door. You can pick up tickets at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

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.

Winter Composting @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Summer's done, but you can keep on composting. Stop by this free session at 10 AM today to learn about composting considerations for cold weather. 300 N Central Park Avenue. For more information, call 773-265-9587 or visit the website.

Chizuru Kineya and the Gary Tu Trio @ Cultural Center

As part of the 11th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, Tokyo-based shamisen artist Kineya joins Gary Tu, Kurt Schweitz, and Tim Davis for this 2 PM performance. Free, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Hunnert Car Pileup

"The Midwest's Greasiest Hot Rod Show," the Hunnert Car Pileup, is today at the historic Grundy County Speedway and fairgrounds in Morris. Fast cars, fast women and fast music (full band lineup here) -- if you like traditional hot rods this is the show for you. Gates open at 9am.

 

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