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Friday, December 1

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Abstract Giants and more at Funky Buddha

Kitchen Sinks seems to be an apt name for the Thursday night event at Funky Buddha. Abstract Giants play (9-10:45) along with DJs Lee Foss, Hiroki and Spencer Lokken. In the back room catch Mike Grusane and Mark Cole laying it down for L2 Collabrative Fundraiser. Also there's a hosted bar, cheap Sparks and as always, fresh air circulation. $10. So it seems everything but the... Funky Buddha is at 728 W. Grand Ave.

Poker Night at the White House preview @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their latest prime time show, Poker Night at the White House, an examination of the Warren G. Harding presidency. The play, written by Neo-Futurist Sean Benjamin (author of the previous Neo-Futurist hit 43 Plays for 43 Presidents), is in previews tonight and tomorrow night, and opens on Saturday, April 21. Shows are at Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM; tickets are $15, $10 for students/seniors with ID, and Thursday nights are pay-what-you-can. See the Neo-Futurist Website for full show details and to make reservations. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Beer Tasting @ Treasure Island

As part of their "Passport to The World of Beers" series, Glunz Beer will host a beer tasting and discussion. Tonight's theme is Belgian beers. The tasting will run from 7 - 9 pm and costs $20.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 773-327-4265 ext. 307.

Z'ev, Sikhara, Vertonen, Magic is Kuntmaster @ Empty Bottle

Long-time experimental percussionist/sound-sculptor Z'ev plays his second show in two nights in Chicago (see Wednesday's listing for the first show at Enemy), this time at the Empty Bottle. Expect rhythmic and sonic explorations with natural materials (metal, wood, flesh, etc.). Also appearing: Sikhara (nomadic musical collective), Vertonen (Chicago experimental staple and proprietor of the CIP label, which released a 10" of Z'ev's previous performance in Chicago at the N.A.M.E. Gallery in 1986), and Magic is Kuntmaster (your worst childhood traumas in the fab flesh). 9:30 p.m., $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

Junior Achievement Wine Tasting w/ The Winediva

Join our own Winediva, Christine Blumer, on April 19th at the swanky Tavern Club for a tasting of South American wines. Tickets are only $50 and you'll be helping support Junior Achievement in Chicago. Help kids by drinking; what could be better? Get tickets here.

Powell's North Reading Series

This month's Powell's North Reading Series welcomes Joseph Coulson, who will read from his second novel Of Song and Water. Authors Maria Parrott and Caroline Clough will also join in the readings. Free at 7pm, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-248-1444.

Chicago Short Film Brigade

The Chicago Short Film Brigade returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 8:30pm. The bill includes several premier shorts -- see the full line-up here -- and you could also win tickets to this Friday's Andrew Bird show. Tickets are $10 in advance, $8 at the door if there are any left (they sold out the last one.)

Zachary Schomburg @ Quimby's

Zachary Schomburg's debut, The Man Suit, is a dark comic collection of poems that "explore concepts of identity, truth and fate." Tonight Quimby's welcomes Schomburg for a reading accompanied by poets Carrie Olivai Adams, Mathias Svalina and Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Free at 7pm, 1854 W. North Ave. Call 773-342-0910 for more information.

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded @ The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Public Square at The Illinois Humanities Council presents a panel on the non-profit "industrial complex". The notice asks "How did politics shape the birth of the non-profit model? How does 501(c)(3) status allow the state to co-opt political movements? Are we activists or careerists? How do we fund the movement outside this complex?" For more information, email or call 312.750.0730. 6 to 8pm; 800 S Halsted; free to the public.

Earth Day Happy Hour @ Goose Island

Learn how to conserve energy and live green -- while drinking quality beer -- at Goose Island Brewery's Earth Day Happy Hour today from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Exhibitors include the Chicago Bicycle Federation, Clif Bar, Consolidated Printing, Energy Detectives, I-Go Car Sharing, Millicare Cleaning, Openlands Native Landscaping and SoySafe Cleaners. There will be prizes and a raffle as well. Admission is free and so are the apps, but it's a cash bar, and you'll need to be 21 to drink. At the Clybourn brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave.



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