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Friday, December 8

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Poker Night at the White House @ 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), has its opening night tonight at 8:00 PM. The play runs through May 26, and showtimes are at Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00. 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.

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus @ Athenaeum

The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Sidetracked V: Sidetrack With A Twist, a musical tribute to the Boystown video bar Sidetrack. Showtimes at the Athenaeum Theater are tonight at 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or through the Athenaeum box office at (773) 935-6860.

Cremaster 3 @ 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 3, the three-hour epic centerpiece of the film series. Expect to see obscure Masonic imagery, a woman chopping potatoes with her feet, the Chrysler Building, and a hilarious interlude near the end of the film where Barney attempts to scale the Guggenheim Museum without being blocked by the Rockettes. No, really. Tonight's screening is at 4:45 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.

Tape Findings and The Voicemail Project @ Caro d'Offay Gallery

Check out RJ Porter (Tape Findings) and Laura Kwerel (The Voicemail Project) display and play selections from their found audio archives. They will also be playing their audio through a sculpture by Jesse Seay.
Free, Caro d'Offay Gallery , 7-10pm., 2204 W. North Avenue.

4th Annual Creative Chicago Expo

Everyone in the creative fields -- from visual art to theater to film to writing to design to fashion -- are invited to take part in the 4th annual Creative Chicago Expo. Meet over 100 exhibitors and choose from 18 workshops providing advice on starting a non-profit organization, financing a creative business, finding a building for live/work and performance space, getting media coverage and more. No reservations are necessary and admission is completely free; a complete list of exhibitors and workshops can be found online. The expo will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. Call 3120-744-6630 for more information.

Radio Soulwax: 2ManyDJs @ Metro

The Life During Wartime Dance Party presents the Belgian mash-up maniacs behind Radio Soulwax and the 2ManyDJs crew. The story has it that for this Radio Soulwax Presents tour, they'll be performing their 2005 Nite Versions album in full. Additionally, Soulwax members JDH & Dave P (also part of the 2ManyDJs collective) will be spinning their own sets as well. Bald Eagle and Popstatic are also slated to deejay. 3730 N. Clark St. 18 and over show. Doors open at 9pm, tickets are $15.

Los Folkloristas @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Founded in 1966, and considered one of most important musical groups currently working out of Mexico, Los Folkloristas have dedicated themselves to preserving and recording the traditional music of Mexico and Latin America. As part of its 40th anniversary (and rumored final) tour, the band stops by the Old Town School of Folk Music. Two shows: 7pm and 10pm. Tix: $20, $18 Old Town School members, $16 kids and seniors.

Fermilab/WGN Tornado & Severe Weather Seminar

Fermilab and WGN's meteorology department present their annual seminar on tornadoes and severe weather, including for the first time a focus on hurricanes -- Hurricane Katrina, specifically. Full details on speakers and discussions available on the WGN Weather Blog. Free and open to the public, with two sessions starting at noon and 6pm. Directions here.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Handmade Market spotlights local craftiness for its monthly show at the Empty Bottle. Check out the latest in jewelry, accessories, stationery, and other cool stuff from noon to 4:30 at 1035 N. Western. Free to browse, 21+ (kids must be accompanied by an adult, because it is a bar, after all). After this month, the show will head outdoors in a new format until fall. Details TBA, so stay tuned, or sign up for the newsletter.

Windy City Rollers Opening Bout

Hankering for a night of babes, beer, and bruisin'? Then check out the Windy City Rollers' opening roller derby bout for the 2007 season. It'll all go down tonight at 6 p.m. at the Stadium (1909 S. Laramie, Cicero). Get tix through selected stores or go online.

For those sans car (or who want to fully commit themselves to drinking), WCR also have a "party bus," which leaves from the Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland) at 4 p.m. $8 will save you from parking or the po-po.

Chicago Green Festival @ McCormick Place

Part of the first Earth Month Chicago, this festival features an "eco-mall" with more than 300 exhibits, offering ideas for greener homes, greener food, greener finances, greener wardrobes, and greener careers; as well as more than 150 speakers, including journalists, activists, and entrepreneurs. Tickets range from $5 to $19, and the event runs from 10 AM to 8 PM Saturday and 11 AM to 6 PM Sunday. 2301 S Lake Shore Dr. For more information, visit the website.

Everyday Environmentalism with Green Scene

Students from Northside Preparatory High School's Community for Alternative Sources of Energy host Green Scene, an afternoon of simple tips and ideas for living a greener life every day. The free indoor/outdoor fest (on the Northside Prep campus at 5501 N. Kedzie) will feature eco-friendly products, activities, demos, and free stuff. For more info, contact greensceneinfo-at-gmail-dot-com.



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