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Thursday, January 17

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Andy Friedman @ The Hideout

Andy Friedman may be best known for his cartoons and magazine covers (New Yorker, Tribune Magazine) but increasingly he's been taking his music much more seriousely. Recently he's abandoned running video along with his alt-country influenced live sets, and he's said to be focusing more on the delivery of the songs. If they're anything like the songs on his new record then this will be a show to check out. Expect to hear plenty of twang but lyrically this is more akin to the beat poets or the song-poems of Tom Waits than the song fragments of Wilco or Sun volt. Opening for Andy are the NYC bands The Defriblators and Two man Gentleman Band. Tickets are $8 for this 9:30 show at The Hideout.

Kriti Festival

Kriti is a four-day event using panel discussions, readings, music, storytelling and more to celebrate South Asian and diaspora literature. This year's guest of honor is Anita Desai, author of Fasting, Feasting, Clear Light of Day and more, and thrice short-listed for the Booker Prize. Workshops and discussions are spread throughout the weekend, so be sure to check out the schedule to find exactly what you want to see. Visit the website for current admission prices and email info[at]desilit[dot]org for more information.

BIBLIOMIX @ Quimby's

BIBLIOMIX, the monthly mix of print and music, happens tonight at Quimby's (1854 W. North Avenue) at 7:00 PM. Scheduled to appear: Jessa Crispin of Bookslut; Lance from Permanent Records; poet and teacher Joel Chmara of Mental Graffiti; performance artist Liz Winfield; and actor & former Chicago Drag King Jessica Hudson. The event is free and open to the public.

Dining Out for Life

Dozens of Chicagoland restaurants donate a portion of your bill to AIDS Care Chicago, which provides housing, care and support services to children, families and adults living with advanced HIV/AIDS. Check out the Dining Out for Life website to see which restaurants near you are participating.

Silver Daggers @ Mr. City

Famous for their pairing of high energy sax-heavy skronk with tamed feedback, Silver Daggers (featuring members of Mika Miko) conjure an early X-Ray Spex in the grips of a street brawl. The LA band makes a rare appearance tonight, headlining an amazing bill featuring KK Rampage, Oak Eater, and Bret Gand Is Dead!. Mr. City - 1133 W. Fulton.

Women Wanna Play... Fashion Show! @ Crew Bar + Grill

Women Wanna Play, Crew Bar + Grill's monthly women's night, hosts the most anticipated fashion show of the year. Featuring hot designs by the sexy women of dykesinthecity [myspace], the fabulous fashions of Hip Fit Andersonville and dirrrty pretty things from Tulip Toy Gallery! No cover. Party sets off at 9:30. Specials on Berghoff Bottles and Stella Pitchers! 4804 N Broadway, 773-784-2739.

Greening of Ravenswood Arbor Day Fundraiser

Greening of Ravenswood is holding its 20th annual Arbor Day fundraiser, supporting the redevelopment Welles Park and to further beautify the Ravenswood neighborhood. Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door, and include a dinner at 42 Degrees North Latitude, a live auction, a raffle and an open beer and wine bar. The event starts at 5:30pm. Call 773-549-5010 for reservations and information.

 

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