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Friday, February 3

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Toumani Diabete @ the HotHouse

Toumani Diabete, a legendary musician from Mali, plays the HotHouse (31 E. Balbo) with his Symmetric Orchestra. The show starts at 7pm. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information check the website or call 312-362-9707.

Douglas Hoerr: Dimensional Thinking with Innovative Horticulture

Douglas Hoerr is an internationally recognized landscape architect based in Chicago. He designed the boulevard gardens on Michigan Avenue, helped create the Garfield Conservatory grounds and serves as a consultant to the Chicago Botanic Garden. His work explores the interplay between chaos and control and the boundary between undisturbed nature and designed landscape. Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 pm. The evening begins with wine & hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 pm and an opportunity to explore the Conservatory gardens at 7:00 pm. $30. RSVP here.

This American Life on Showtime

Chicago Public Radio's program This American Life premieres tonight on television. The producers of the radio series have created a TV version of the show, which premieres on Showtime tonight. Check local listings for the time of the program.

"How to Eat Like a Local" @ 826CHI

"How many times have you blown your cover in Nigeria when asking for a fork to eat your foo foo?" Tribune reporter Monica Eng helps you fit in with a hands-on eating lesson for Ethiopian, Nigerian and Vietnamese food at this event tonight at 7pm at 826CHI, 1331 North Milwaukee Ave. 826CHI says, "there will also be a mystery food table where visitors who can guess what the heck they are eating will win glorious prizes." $25 gets you in; call 773-772-8108 reserve a spot in advance.

Gen Art's Shop CHICago

Tonight Gen Art holds another installment of their semi-annual Shop CHICago. This event offers shoppers the opportunity to buy clothing and accessories directly from emerging local designers and boutique owners while trying out some beauty treatments and enjoying some complimentary cocktails. Come to the Great Hall at Union Station at 210 S. Canal St. from 6-10pm to check it all out. General admission is free, but reservations are required. VIP tickets, which get you in an hour earlier and offers other goodies, are available for a price. Email info[at]genart[dot]org for more information.

The Jai-Alai Savant, DJ Major Taylor @ Schubas

If you liked reading our feature this past week about Ralph Darden, aka the eclectic and amazing DJ Major Taylor, and you want to check out both of his groove-tastic, rump-shaking musical outlets: namely, his band The Jai-Alai Savant and his record spinning, you're in luck. Schubas is the place to catch the band, starting at 9pm in the main music room, and the DJ afterwards at 11pm upstairs. Tickets are just $5!



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