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Wednesday, July 17

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SOFA @ Navy Pier

SOFA Chicago -- the Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Expo -- runs Friday through Sunday in the Festival Hall on Navy Pier this weekend. Wear out your eyes and your feet viewing selections from 99 galleries and countless artists. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, or $25 for all three days. Hours are:
Fri 11/10 - 11am - 8pm
Sat. 11/11 - 11am - 8pm
Sun. 11/12 - 12pm - 6pm

Laura Baxter @ MCA

Meet contemporary jewelry designer Laura Baxter, who creates precious metal sheet and wire designs inspired by nature. The event runs from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Call 312.280.2660 additional information.

Alien @ Fillm Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center is running a series of science fiction films through the end of the year. This week's film is the 1979 Ridley Scott classic Alien (a new print of the original film, not the recently re-edted version). The film screens tonight at 6:00 PM, and again on Tuesday the 14th at 6:00 PM. Tuesday night's screening will also include a lecture/discussion by SAIC professor Jim Trainor. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Hot Chip @ Metro

DFA dance-pop act Hot Chip plays the Metro tonight, with support from Brooklyn's Shy Child and Toronto's Born Ruffians. $16, 18+. Doors 8pm, show 9pm.

Opening: Against the Grain @ Aesthetic Eye

This group exhibition features stunning furniture, sculpture, and wall art created by skilled woodworkers. The opening reception begins at 5 PM tonight, and the exhibit runs through 23 December. Free, 1520 W Chicago. For more information, call 312-243-1520 or visit the website.

Chicago Hackathon 2006

The Chicago Perl Mongers and The Perl Foundation present the Chicago Hackathon, a three-day weekend of round-the-clock Perl-related events. Perl programmers can get help on their own projects, help other programmers out, and meet with a number of programmers from the Chicago area and elsewhere. The Chicago Hackathon will be happening at the Country Inn and Suites in Crystal Lake. For full details please see the Hackathon Website.

MS Cocktail'N for the Cause

Tonight from 7 to 11 pm at the Hotel Allegro, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Illinois Chapter will host its annual MS Cocktail'N for the Cause event. Purchase your ticket by October 17th for a chance to win a free night stay at the Hotel Allegro! It's semi-formal -- a chance to whip out the fancy duds, and for a great cause. For more details, contact Chris Crowley at 1-800-FIGHT-MS (press 2).

Thurston Moore @ The Hideout

The Hideout, in conjunction with the Hyde Park Art Center, presents "Music for Tomorrow's World: A Dedication to Sun Ra." The headlining ensemble for the occasion features Thurston Moore on guitar, Rollo Radford on electric bass, Avreeyal Ra on drums, and Jim Baker on ARP synth. There'll also be "Intergalactic Myth-Science DJ sets" and an opening performance by My Barbarian. Show starts at 9pm. At The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. (773) 324-5520. Tickets are $20. To purchase, call (866) 468-3401 or get them here.



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