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Saturday, January 22

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"Living on the Wedge" screening @ The Lake Theater

This 2006 documentary on artisan cheese-making in southern Wisconsin will be screened at 6:30 pm at the Lake Theater at 1020 Lake St in Oak Park in Oak Park. The Marion Street Cheese Market is also hosting the event, which includes a tasting of cheeses from many local southern Wisconsin producers. Tickets are $35-$45, and proceeds go to the Oak Park Area Arts Council. Call 708-848-2088 for more information.

In One Ear @ Heartland Cafe

The "In One Ear" open-mic poetry event begins at 9pm every Wednesday night at the Heartland Cafe (7000 N. Glenwood Ave.) in Rogers Park. Be a part of one of the city's longest-running open-mic poetry series. Cover is $3. Must be 18+. Call 773-465-8005 or visit the website for more information.

"Pouring with Alpana Singh" @ Mrs. Murphy & Son's

The women's only wine club, Chicago City Sippers presents "Pouring with Alpana Singh" Feb. 28 at Mrs. Murphy & Son's Irish Bistro. Singh, host of WTTW's "Check, Please," will discuss her new book "Alpana Pours" while attendees sip wine from Fox Valley Winery and the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. Mrs. Murphy's will provide appetizers.
The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. and advanced reservations are required. The cost is $49 (which includes a copy of the book) or $29 (no book). Call 312-217-4313 for tickets.

"Maxed Out" Movie Chicago Premiere and Panel Discussion

Woodstock Institute will host the Chicago premiere of the new documentary Maxed Out which exposes the absurdities and contradications of the modern financial system and how they have contributed the record level of household debt. The premiere, hosted by Chicago Public Radio's Steve Edwards of "Eight Forty-Eight," will include a panel of national experts on the debt crisis, including Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America author Barbara Ehrenreich. Feb. 28, 5 PM, Columbia College 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

Slings and Arrows @ Schubas

Slings and Arrows, one of DeRegotis' local favorites, is the middle band in a lineup that shares one common element, danceable alt-rock. Austin's The Lemurs should add an element of hard rocking alternative while Detroit's Freer will add a strange mix of Motown R&B combined with punk rock energy (and occasional screaming). The indie kids should be out in force starting at 9pm. It's $5 at the door.

La Pena: The Chicago Puerto Rican Community Chorus and La Primera Orquesta de Cuatros de Chicago

As part of the Old Town School's free Latin folk music and dance showcase, tonight La Pena showcases the newly founded Humboldt Park-based chorus and the 10-year-old cuatro orchestra. (The cuatro is a 10-string Puerto Rican instrument, resembling a guitar.) Free, but reservations are recommended: call 773-728-6000. 8:30 PM, 4544 N Lincoln. For more information, visit the website.

MV & EE @ Empty Bottle

MV & EE (aka free-folk guitarist Matt Valentine and multi-instrumentalist Erika Elder) play tonight, touring to support their recent release Green Blues. Dirty American Organ and Tirra Lirra open. 1035 N. Western, show at 9:30 PM. Tickets are eight dollars.

Introduction to Lace @ Chicago Tourism Center

Not for beginners, this class shows you how lace is made. Nina Rubin, of Wicker Park's nina: a well-knit shop, leads participants in knitting a lace scarf at 6 PM. Free, but materials cost $15 and reservations are required: call 312-742-8497. 72 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-2400 or visit the website.

The Social Cost of Pain - Discussion at Hektoen Institute of Medicine

The International Museum of Surgical Science and the Hektoen Institute of Medicine present a lecture series on "Understanding Pain." Today, learn about "The Social Cost of Pain." This event in the series is held at the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, 2100 W. Harrison. A reception starts the evening at 5:30pm, and the panel starts at 6:15pm; suggested donation is $5. RSVP to Marnie Dawson ( or 312-642-6502 ext. 3130).



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