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Friday, July 12

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Lost Sounds & Found Films

137 Films, Chicago's science documentary film production company, curates "Lost Sounds and Found Films," an evening of music and movies at Caro D'Offay Gallery, 2204 W. North Ave. There will be a screening of clips from The Atom Smashers, a vintage film mash-up combining found footage from days gone by, a silent auction featuring prizes from local artists and merchants, and performances by Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Paulina Hollers, and I Ching Quartet. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 8pm. Your $12 admission goes toward post-production of The Atom Smashers. More info here.

El Vez @ Subterranean

El Vez, the Mexican Elvis impersonator, returns to Chicago with his annual Merry MeX-mas holiday show. Expect lots of singing, dancing, costume changes, and holiday cheer. El Vez appears tonight at Subterranean (2011 North Avenue); doors open at 10:00, show starts at 10:30, and the opening act is Human Hands. Tickets are available through the Subterranean Website.

Renegade Craft Fair

It only takes happens in 2 cities (Brooklyn and Chicago), so get yourself over to the Renegade Craft Holiday Sale this weekend! Choose crafts created by over 100 vendors while feasting on treats from Tipsycake and the Heartland Cafe and listening to music from live DJs. The address: Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk), from noon-5pm on December 9 & 10. Chicago's alternative press--The Onion, Craft: Ready Made, the Chicago Reader, Timeout Chicago and Venuszine are sponsors. Most booths are cash only; an ATM truck is parked outside the park for cash-hungry patrons.

Drag @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present the final weekend of their current prime time show, Drag. Featuring five performers discussing their personal experiences with dressing and/or acting as people of the opposite sex, Drag runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Tickets are pay-what-you-can Thursday night, and $15 for Friday and Saturday ($10 for students/seniors). See the Neo-Futurist Website for tickets, or call the Neo-Futurist Hotline at (773) 275-5255.

Poets for Human Rights

In celebration of International Human Rights Day, Poets for Human Rights will hold an event featuring the poetry of Robert Archambeau, Chris Gallinari, Rachel Webster, Francesco Levato and more. 7-9pm at Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western Ave. Email info[at]francescolevato[dot]com for more information.

Red Rover Series

An experiment in reading, the Red Rover Series enacts its 10th experiment, "Draw Near." Ten local writers will simultaneously read their work mini-audiences and each time new listeners sit down the readings will start again. Participants include Joel Felix, Arielle Greenberg, Michelle Tupko, Leila Wilson and more with A.D. Jameson serving as guest curator. Suggested donation is $3. 7pm at SpareRoom, 2114 W. Grand. Call 773-645-1853 for more information.

Nocturna @ Metro

Nocturna, an 18-and-over goth dance night hosted by DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Come dance to current & classic goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, shoegaze, new wave, ebm, darkwave, dark indie and more at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., from 10pm to 5am. $10 at the door.

Paul Barker DJ Set @ NEO

Industrial legend Paul Barker (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, etc.) is doing a special DJ set tonight starting at 10pm at NEO, 2350 N. Clark St. (in the alley), spinning Wax Trax and other industrial hits along with DJ Afra. $10 cover, sponsored by Chicago Suicide Club. More info here.

From Broadway to Hollywood @ Cultural Center

Chicago cabaret singers perform holiday classics in the Claudia Cassidy Theater today at 1 PM and 3 PM. 77 E Randolph. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-742-8497. For more information, visit the website.

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things @ MSI

Cy Tymony's Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things series have become widely popular for their ability to illustrate how resuse and conservation can be helpful to society. Today the Museum of Science and Industry welcomes Tymony for a demonstration on how ordinary objects can be used in extraordinary ways. If you've ever secretly wanted to be a little more like MacGuyver, this is the time to learn. Free and open to the public from 1:30-3:30pm in the museum's "Big Idea" Science Store at 57th and Lake Shore Drive. Call 773-684-1414 for more information.

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale @ Pulaski Park

Over 100 arts and crafts vendors, 2 food vendors, and 12 djs will keep you occupied from 12pm to 5pm at Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. For more information, visit

Trunk Show @ Cultural Center

To help you prepare for the holidays, the Shop at the Cultural Center is hosting trunk shows by local artisans and designers every Saturday in November and December before Christmas. Nibble on snacks as you browse.11 AM to 3 PM, 78 E Washington. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Chicago Force Tryouts

The Chicago Force women's football team is holding tryouts today at Argo High School from noon to 3 pm. There is a $20 tryout fee, you need to bring a photo id and wear gym shoes and comfortable indoor attire. More info is available on their website.



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