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Friday, October 22

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Release Party: Chicago Activist Art Catalogue @ Mess Hall

Come out and pick up a free copy of the new publication, "Trashing The Neoliberal City: Autonomous Cultural Projects in Chicago From 2000-2005", that documents critical/social/activist projects from our city's past. With contributions by Ava Bromberg, Dakota Brown, Rachel Caidor, Emily Forman, Dara Greenwald, Nicolas Lampert, Pauline Lipman, Josh MacPhee, Micah Maidenberg, Laurie Palmer, the Pink Bloque, Laurie Jo Reynolds, and Daniel Tucker. The catalogue was published by a Danish arts organization and more details are here. Organizers say the event is free, but that it would be best if you "Bring a snack, take a snack".The event starts at 7pm and takes place at Mess Hall, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue.

Vox Pandora opening night

Vox Pandora, a modern retelling of the Pandora myth by Neo-Futurist Bilal Dardai, opens tonight at New Leaf Theatre, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, at 8 pm. Windy City Times called the show "a TOP 10 world premiere to watch in 2007." Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors. The show runs through May 26. Call New Leaf's box office at (773) 516-3546 for more info.

Jabari Asim @ Harold Washington Library

Jabari Asim comes to the Harold Washington Library to discuss and sign copies of his book, The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why. The book takes a look at the history of the word and its "root in American rhetoric and contemporary experience." Asim will also discuss the use of the word in the Spring One Book, One Chicago selection, Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin. Free at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

April Comedy Jamboree

To escape the horrors of watching American Idol's results show, go to the Apollo Theater for a night of ha-has hosted by the Chicago Comedy Series. Performances from Andy Ross, Ben Seeder, Fried Green Durbins and Fox Force 5 will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15. Click here for more information.

Daniel Burnham & the Remaking of the American City

Northwestern University's Carl Smith discusses Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago, considered one of the most influential documents in the history of urban planning. Smith's history looks at the Plan's role in the way cityscape and urban life are viewed. Free at 6pm at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. Call 312-255-3700 for more information.

Una Pantalla Film Fest

Middle Mind Project is a collective of progressive visual artists who work in the medium of film and graphics. Tonight they are offering up their work and others during Una Pantalla, a film festival at Acme Studios.(1751 N. Western Ave.) The festival, featuring short films, motion graphics and documentaries, begins at 8 p.m. While the festival is free, donations are being accepted to support the filming of a No-budget Mockumentary, Off The Cuff. The film features talent from Middle Mind Project, Avant/Chicago and the city's insane comedy scene. El Vino will flow and there will be a raffle for two tickets to the 2nd City Mainstage Show.

Building the Safest State for Women and Girls

What Will It Take? is an initiative by the Chicago Foundation for Women to end violence against women and girls. This evening's town hall discussion, hosted by the Foundation's Young Women’s Leadership Council, ponders the question, "What will it take to make Illinois the safest state for women and girls?" The event features performances by spoken-word artists Nikki Patin and Red Summer and an interactive discussion led by Angela Rose, sexual assault survivor and founder of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), and Rachel Durchslag, director of Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE). At The Note, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., 6:30-9 pm. Valid ID required.

Voices @ Cultural Center

Chicago Scriptworks presents this staged reading of Susan Klos' screenplay about a divorced screenwriter coping with her daughter's mental illness. In the Studio Theater, 78 E Washington. 7 PM. $5 donation requested; make a reservation by emailing rsvp [at] chicagoscriptworks [dot] org or call 312-264-0123. For more information, visit the website.



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