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Sunday, March 26

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INFLUENC-ZA Opening Reception

INFLUENC-ZA, a group art show of art by Jonathan Gitelson, Burtonwood & Holmes, Greg Stimac, Scott Wilke, Anni Rossi and Anni Holm, whose art responds to the bombardment of imagery concerning excessiveness, obsessiveness, consumerism and pure waste. The opening receptions is tonight from 6pm to 10pm at Allrise Gallery, 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago Premiere: Unauthorized and Proud of it @ Gene Siskel Film Center

Chicago filmmaker Iko Davidov's "Unauthorized and Proud of it: Todd Loren's Rock 'n' Roll Comics" will premiere at 8:15 PM as part of the Center's Stranger than Fiction documentary series. The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at 164 North State Street. For more information, visit the Film Center's calendar.

Brothers Quay shorts @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents two separate programs of shorts directed by the Brothers Quay. Both programs play at different times over the next week; see the Film Center's Website for showtimes for each program. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Grey Gardens double feature @ Music Box

If you've seen the creepy 1975 documentary Grey Gardens and can't get enough of the disturbing mother-daughter team of Edith and Edie Beale, then get yourself over to the Music Box this week for the Chicago premiere of The Beales of Grey Gardens, a new film made up of footage taken around the same time that Grey Gardens was shot. Possibly featuring all-new never-before-seen headscarves! The Beales of Grey Gardens screens as a double feature with Grey Gardens through January 11; check the Music Box site for showtimes. Music box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Dollar Store @ Hideout

What can you do with a dollar? Come to the monthly reading series that expounds on the wonders of cheap things. This month's Dollar Store show features Nic Pizzolatto, Julie Shaprio of the Third Coast International Audio Festival and Rocky Russo of the American Patriots League. Regular co-hosts Jonathan Messinger and Jeremy Sosenko will also be present. 7pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. $1 gets you in. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.

Folklore Urbano @ HotHouse

Folklore Urbano is New York's premier Colombian band, led by pianist Pablo Mayor, and features his original, sophisticated, and very danceable compositions. The band includes Colombian folkloric musicians on percussion, and some of New York's best jazz musicians, including Emilio Valdes, son of the legendary Cuban musician Chucho Valdes, on drums. The band played the Chicago World Music Festival this past September, and they were so impressed with the response they received in Chicago (way more dancing than in New York!) that they're coming back. The group plays tonight, Friday, Jan. 5, at the HotHouse (31 E. Balbo), at 10pm, tickets are $12.
Hear them here [mp3].

Project Object @ Martyrs'

Zappa fans unite! Martyrs' will once again host 2 nights of Zappa tribute/revival band Project Object this weekend. Former Zappa collaborator Ike Willis (guitar/vocals) takes the lead in this group that promises to (and always has in the past) deliver a true Zappa live experience. You can count on hearing a lot of material from Ike Willis' era with Zappa, a lot of other Mothers and Zappa material, as well as new Zappa tunes that Project/Object has never played before. No two set lists will be identical and fans will once again experience the classic and obscure in the same night. Music will also flow from Crescent Moon-Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) & Erik Slick (P/O, Adrian Belew Band). Music starts at 10pm, and tickets are $15 (adv.)/$17 (door) or $25 for a two-day pass.

Stitching Salon Grand Opening @ Chicago Tourism Center

The celebration runs from 12 N to 2 PM today, and includes a knitting circle, yarn dying demonstrations, and the opportunity to participate in a collaborative knitting project. Free, 72 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-2400 or visit the website.



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