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Thursday, May 23

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Archer Prewitt @ Empty Bottle

Archer Prewitt headlines a pretty action-packed night at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, tonight at 10pm. Angela Desveaux and The David Daniell/Douglas McCombs Duo open. $10 in advance, $12 at the door, 21 and over.

Colonel Parker doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, as part of their monthly series of music films, presents the Chicago premiere of the documentary Searching For Col. Parker, a look at the man who ended up becoming Elvis Presley's manager. The film screens tonight at 8:15 PM. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Little Howlin' Wolf @ Intuit

Chicago experimental blues musician Little Howlin' Wolf appears tonight at Intuit: The Center for Creative and Intuitive Art. The opening act is another Chicago act: Lord of the Yum Yum. The show starts at 7:00, and admission is a suggested donation of $10. Intuit: 756 N. Milwaukee. (312) 243-9088.

Anne Elizabeth Moore & Ivan Brunetti @ Book Cellar

Come join the series editor of the new Best American Comics series, Anne Elizabeth Moore, and contributor Ivan Brunetti (also editor of the new Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories, the sight of which fills me with want) as they discuss their work. Free at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Holiday Book Bash

Authors, food, wine, raffles, a silent auction - oh my! This promises to be a Book Bash worthy of the holidays, indeed. Notable local authors of the likes of Cathleen Falsani, Rick Kogan, Richard Roeper, Alpana Singh, Elaine Soloway and more gather together at Galleria Marchetti from 5:30-8:30pm. Tickets range from $30-$65 depending on who you are and when you get them, but they include an Italian dinner buffet, a cooking demonstration by Gale Gand and raffles for a Mystery Bag of Books. If you need a break from talking with these great authors, you can also participate in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Headline Club Foundation, a non-profit that supports journalism and literacy among high school students. Email thinkglink[at]aol[dot]com for more information.

Art Institute holiday art preview reception

The annual holiday sale of original works created by students of the Art Institute of Chicago begins tonight at a special reception for early shoppers from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Tickets to the opening reception are $40 in advance, or $50 at the door, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling (312) 629-6880. The sale will happen in the ballroom of the building at 112 S. Michigan, across the street from the Art Institute. If you can't afford the ticket price for tonight's reception, admission to the sale will be free tomorrow and Saturday, so just wait a day.

Fall Open House for Teachers @ Garfield Park Conservatory

If you teach, you should check out this free session, which shows you how to meet your curriculum goals with a Conservatory field trip. 3 PM to 7 PM. For teachers only; 300 N Central Park. For more information, call 773-638-1766 x23.

M @ Goethe-Institut

The 1931 Fritz Lang thriller about the search for a child murderer screens this evening at 6 PM, in German with English subtitles. 150 N Michigan, Ste 200, 6 PM. Free, but reservations are required: contact Lisa Lux by phone at 312-263-0472 or email lux [at] chicago [dot] goethe [dot] org. For more information, visit the website.

Artists at Work Forum @ Cultural Center

This panel discussion focuses on local women's art groups and centers. In the First Floor Garland Room, this evening at 6 PM. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312- 744-6630 or visit the website.

Apartment Therapy's Fall Colors Contest Party

The winners of Apartment Therapy's second annual Fall Colors Contest are announced at a Wrap Party hosted at the North and Clybourn CB2 (800 W. North Ave). Wine and appetizers (provided by Kafka and Provenance) are served, and Apartment Therapy co-founder Mawell Gillingham-Ryan makes an appearance to sign copies of his book, "Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure," also available for purchase. This free event takes place from 6:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to or call 847.239.6432.

Star and Garter Burlesque

While we begin shiver season, the Star and Garter Burlesque crew takes it off and yukks it up. Check out their striptease act, featuring "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Michelle L'Amour, plus some of the funniest stand-ups in Chicago. Star and Garter is putting on their show every Thursday in November at Fizz. It's just $10. Get tix here.

Book/DVD/Video Game Swap @ Hopleaf

SwapSimple is having its first live swap at the Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark, tonight from 7:30pm to midnight in the upstairs bar. Swap items include DVDs, video games and books with other folks; each item to swap will get you one credit to use toward something else. Any remaining items -- and any videogame systems and controllers you've got -- will be donated to Children's Memorial Hospitals. More info here. Free, 21 and over.



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