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Monday, October 15

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The Frames: Behind The Glass Book Launch

The Frames: Behind The Glass, a book about the Irish band, gets its US launch at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St., tonight at 7pm. Co-authors Zoran Orlic and Janine Schaults will sign copies of the book, and limited edition prints featured in the book will be on display.

Matthew Barney doc @ Film Center

As part of their screening of Matthew Barney's films, The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the documentary Matthew Barney: No Restraint, a retrospective of Barney's artistic career interspersed with footage shot during the making of his most recent feature film Drawing Restraint 9. Tonight's screening is at 8:15 PM; the film will also be screened other times during the month of April. See the Film Center Website for a complete schedule of all films in the series. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. Clark. (312) 846-2600.

Go, Dog. Go! @ Grant Park

Chicago Children's Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the P.D. Eastman book Go, Dog. Go! The play premieres tonight; it will be staged under a big circus tent in Grant Park (Monroe & Lake Shore Drive) Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 20. Tickets start at $15; see the Chicago Children's Theatre Website for tickets, or call (312) 334-7777.

Cremaster 1 & 2 @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the return of the Matthew Barney Cremaster film series. Today the Film Center will be screening Cremaster 1 (football stadium, Goodyear blimps, and grapes) and Cremaster 2 (Gary Gilmore, Harry Houdini, and bees). Tonight's screening is at 6:00 PM; the films will also be screened other times during the month of April. See the Film Center Website for a complete schedule of all films in the series. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. Clark. (312) 846-2600.

American Ruralist Movement @ Chicago City Arts Gallery

Attend the gallery opening of the American Ruralist Movement's first collective show at Chicago City Arts Gallery, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 601. In addition to the art and wine, there will be two live Bluegrass music sets: 5:30-6:30 pm and 7:00-8:00 pm. The event is free and begins at 4:30pm and ends at 9pm. The exhibition runs from Friday, April 13 through Saturday, May 26.

Immokolee Florida Tomato Pickers take on McDonald's

On Friday, April 13 and Saturday the 14th (details below) join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers as they take on McDonald's in their "Campaign for Fair Food" around farmworker justice.

Two years ago the CIW pressured Taco Bell to begin a historic initiative to address the ever-deepening poverty and decades of degradation faced by farmworkers in Florida. Now they are taking on McDonald's, who has refused to address "the crisis of human rights abuses and sub-poverty wages in its tomato supply chain."

Mark your calendars for a Major rally outside McDonald's global headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, Friday, April 13, 2007. Also plan on attending Carnaval and Parade for Fair Food, Real Rights, and Dignity - Saturday, April 14, 2007 in downtown Chicago.
Contact workers@ciw-online.org for info for background, campaign and action updates, and more information.

IACP Cookbook Expo

For the first time this year, the International Association of Culinary Professionals will open its cookbook expo to the public during their annual conference. Over 60 authors are expected to be on hand at 5 pm downtown at the Hilton Chicago to sign their cookbooks. Admission is free but you must email IACPCookbookExpo@hqtrs.com to reserve your ticket.

Low, Loney Dear @ Metro

Slowcore giants Low headline at the Metro to support their latest LP Drums and Guns. Swedish newcomers to Sub Pop, Loney, Dear, play second and Charlie Parr opens. For more in-depth info, check out the Transmission Feature on Low and Loney, Dear here. Doors are at 8 PM and the show starts at 9 PM. Tickets are $18.

Book Cellar Spelling Bee

Today the Book Cellar is holding it's first ever Spelling Bee! Adult spellers will compete for prizes and "all the glory befitting a Spelling Bee Champ." Judges include local literati: Elizabeth Taylor of the Chicago Tribune, Wendy McClure, author of I'm Not the New Me and friend of GB, and children's author Aaron Reynolds. Free at 7pm at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Think you have the spelling chops to knock out the competition? Come sign up at the store, but come fast because space is limited. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Chiara String Quartet @ Hideout

The Chiara String Quartet plays the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 10pm. The group is known for its "chamber music in any chamber" and for its innovative combination of classical and contemporary songs. $10 at the door, 21 and over.

DEPART-ment

DEPART-ment makes its quarterly appearance at open-end gallery, 2000 W. Fulton, Suite 310, this weekend. Update your wardrobe for spring with handmade jewelry, clothing, and accessories from dozens of crafty vendors, plus cards, housewares, body care potions, toys, pet stuff, and more. Open tonight from 7-11 pm. Call 312-560-1442 for more info.

Apartment Therapy Spring Design Party

Apartment Therapy: Chicago and Hejfina are throwing a Spring Design Party from 6pm to 9pm tonight, and you're invited. Guest speakers include Helen Maria Nugent, Professor of Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as design bloggers from Design Boner, Prairie Mod and Palla Palla. At Hejfina, 1529 N. Milwaukee.
RSVP to info@hejfinashowroom.com.

Wine Tasting Benefit for CASE @ Urbanest

In Fine Spirits will present a tasting of 20 Wines for $20 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to benefit CASE (Community for Alternate Sources of Energy), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability and the environment run by students at Northside College Prep. Call Urbanest at 773-271-1000 or drop by the store at 5228 N Clark to reserve your spot.

Rob Swift @ Darkroom

Formerly the heavyweight of the NYC deejay crew the X-Ecutioners, Rob Swift will be appearing in Chicago this evening, laying down a headlining set of classic funky cuts, breakbeat classics, and hip-hop for a special event at Darkroom. Shon Dervis and Angry Skinny will also be taking to the decks. See the entry on our Transmission page for more details. 2210 W Chicago Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at door. 9pm-2am.

 

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