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Thursday, January 26

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TECH cocktail 4 @ John Barleycorn

TECH cocktail, the series of Chicago get-togethers for tech-minded people, happens tonight at John Barleycorn's in Wrigleyville (3524 N. Clark). Free beer and wine from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, along with some demos by some local businesses. The event is free, but limited to 500 people, so make sure you RSVP at the TECH cocktail site.

Issues of Ethnic Arts Education in Chicago @ Columbia College

Chicago Teaching Artists Collective presents “Issues of Ethnic Arts Education in Chicago” Panel Discussion with Andres L. Hernandez, Dame Libby Komaiko, Jorge Felix, Anida Yoeu Ali, Ari Frede, & Vivian Haritos. No reservation is required, and if you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Carol Ng at The discussion lasts from 6:30pm – 9pm at Hokin Annex, Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor.

Links Hall benefit @ Sonotheque

Thaw, a benefit for experimental dance and performance space Links Hall, comes to Sonotheque (1440 W. Chicago) tonight. The evening will be divided into two parts: The first, from 7-10 pm, features free drinks, hors d'oeuvres, several performances, video work, and a live installation; the afterparty, from 10 pm - 2 am, will have performances by Matthew Hollis and members of Gurlesque Burlesque, followed by DJ sets and dancing. Tickets for the full evening are $30; tickets for just the late night show with cash bar are $10.

Euphone @ The Hideout

A band emergency forced tonight's headliners, Ambulette, to post-pone its scheduled appearance at The Hideout, however the group's drummer, Ryan Rapsys, will step up the plate and pinch hit with his other musical project, Euphone. Joined by his Ambulette-mates Matt Clark and Stephen Howard (both who also have duties in Pinebender), it's always a wonder to watch Rapsys front-and-center behind the kit, as he's one of the city's most gifted drummers. Band-to-watch Reds and Blue open, along with Grand Terrace. 9pm. $8

The Gossip @ The Abbey

The Portland-by-way-of-Arkansas garage/dance-punk outfit The Gossip bring their chops to Chicago tonight, hitting town to play the Abbey on their latest tour. The band recently left the Kill Rock Stars label to sign to Columbia's new Music With a Twist subsidary. They're expected to release a new LP at some unspecified time later this year. 8 Inch Betsy and Flutter open. 18 and over show. 3420 W. Grace St. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9, and tickets are $12.

The Moth Story Tour @ Metro

The Moth presents real people telling real stories from their lives. Not a reading, and not stand-up, no notes or index cards, just Jonathan Ames, Amy Dickinson, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Greg Walloch and Jon Langford telling stories. Hosted by Andy Borowitz. At the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 8pm. $18.



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