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Sunday, October 20

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Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials @ B.L.U.E.S.

Alligator Records' resident "#1 houserocking band" makes its second appearance in Chicago, taking over the stage at B.L.U.E.S. They'll be featured Friday and Saturday, March 16th and 17th. Showtime is 9:30 and ticket prices are TBA as of this writing.

Toys in the Attic @ Viaduct Theatre

Blind Faith Theatre present a production of Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic, the 1959 drama about two sisters and their destructive brother. Toys in the Attic premieres tonight at the Viaduct Theatre (3111 N. Western) and runs through April 15. Shows will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM. See the Blind Faith Theatre Website for details on the production and to purchase tickets.

World Dance Night @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents World Dance Night, an evening of dancing from around the world. You'll be treated to tapdancing, Irish dance, flamenco, hula, hip hop, and much more. The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM in the school's concert hall. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased through the Old Town School Website. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

March Mayhem at Cicero Stadium

Undefeated Chicago light heavyweight "Irish" Mike Nevitt will face fellow Irishman Shawn Hammack in the main event at March Mayhem, Chicago’s annual St. Patrick's Day professional boxing event, on Friday March 16th at Cicero Stadium. Full card as follows; Mike Nevitt vs. Shawn Hammack, eight rounds, light heavyweights Juan Carlos Martinez vs. Kenny Humphrey, eight rounds, super featherweights Jeffrey Resto vs. Roberto Valenzuela, six rounds, welterweights Luciano Perez vs. TBA, six rounds, welterweights Leo Martinez vs. TBA, six rounds, lightweights Rita Figueroa vs. TBA, six rounds lightweights. Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie, doors 7 PM, first bell at 8. Tickets at 312-226-5800.

Inland Empire @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a final week of screenings of the 2006 David Lynch film Inland Empire. If you missed your chance to see Lynch's digital video epic of strangeness in California, make sure you see it before it's gone. See the Music Box Website for showtimes. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Urban Typography, A Street Art Exhibit

During this inclement season, several of Chicago's most prolific and creative street artists have taken their work indoors for easier viewing at Urban Typography 2. It opens TONIGHT at Ageless Arts Tattoo at 2410 S. Kedzie between 24th and 25th Streets in Pilsen. The reception is from 7 pm to 11 pm.

This exhibit assembles different types of street art, including the new art board phenomenon as well as stencils, stickers and mixed-media work. You may not know Artillery, Saro, Nice-One and Mirian Vasquez by name, but you'll certainly recognize their work as seen around Chicago on Flickr. Get a tattoo! Check out some art! Have fun!

The Slip

Not more than a year ago The Slip was one of the most respected jazz-jam bands around. Their tight, improvised sound brought praise from musical critics in all genres. But as of late the band has shifted their sound to a more current rage - Indie Rock. The band has the skill to make the switch seemless and their most recent album, Eisenhower was one of last year's hipster favs. (the song "Even Rats" was featured on Playstation's Guitar Hero) Catch them live tonight at the Double Door with opener Gringo Star.

 

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