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Cynthia Rowley @ Michigan Ave. Borders

Fashion designer and Chicago native Cynthia Rowley will be at the Borders at 830 N. Michigan Ave. tonight at 6:30pm to discuss and sign copies of her book, Slim: A Fantasy Memoir.

Movies in the Park: How To Eat Fried Worms @ Kennedy Park

The Chicago Park District presents Movies in the Park, a summer-long screening of classic and contemporary films in Chicago parks. Tonight the 2007 schedule continues with a screening of How To Eat Fried Worms. The screening starts tonight at dusk in Kennedy Park (11320 S. Western). The screening is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of movies check out the Chicago Park District Website.

Theater on the Lake: The Best of Jim Zulevic at the Second City

The Chicago Park District presents Theater on the Lake, a summer-long revival of great theatrical productions from the last year or so. This week's production: Apparently Heaven Can't Wait: The Best of Jim Zulevic at the Second City, a tribute to the late great Second City alumnus. The show plays at the Theater on the Lake theater (Fullerton Avenue at Lake Michigan) Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30 PM (6:30 PM Sunday nights). Tickets are $17.50 and can be purchased through the Theater on the Lake box office: (312) 742-7994. Also see the Website for a complete schedule of shows.

The Poetics of Cultural Resistance @ Humboldt Park Public Library

The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council and the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center present this free Know More series event featuring performances by Nuyorican poet/playwright Tato Laviera and "Nueva Trova" singer/songwriter Fernandito Ferrer as well as a community discussion about Puerto Rico and the diaspora. 6 PM, 1605 N Troy. For more information, visit the website.

Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake @ Velvet Lounge

Celebrating the release of their new album From The River To The Ocean on Thrill Jockey Records, AACM founder and local jazz legend Fred Anderson and percussionist Hamid Drake will be performing tonight at the Velvet Lounge. Joining them on accompaniment will be Harrison Bankhead, guitarist Jeff Parker, and bassist Josh Abrams, who also played on the new album. Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9.

Beethoven and Brahms @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival season at the Pritzker Pavilion kicks off with tonight's performance of Beethoven's 8th Symphony and Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto. 6:30 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Christmas Gift (Regalo di Natale) @ Cultural Center

This 1986 Italian film about a poker game on Christmas Eve is part of Cinema/Chicago's International Summer Screening series. Free, 7:30 PM in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. 78 E. Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Bike to Work Week Commuter Station @ Coldwell Banker Plaza at Clark/Lincoln/Wells

Stop by one of five Bicycle Commuter Stations during Bike to Work Week, June 9-15, for refreshments, freebees and raffles. Get your bike checked free of charge by a professional mechanic to make sure that it is lubed and ready to go. Hosted by Chicagoland Bicycle Federation in cooperation with the City of Chicago.

6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. unless noted below
Monday, June 11 – North Lakefront Path at the North Ave. Chess Pavilion
Tuesday, June 12 – South Lakefront Trail at 31st St.
Wednesday, June 13 – Coldwell Banker Plaza at Clark/Lincoln/Wells
Thursday, June 14 – Milwaukee and Chicago avenues, in the Subway parking lot
Thursday, June 14 – 7:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m. Ravenswood and Montrose
Friday, June 15 – 7:30 to 3 p.m. Daley Plaza (Bike to Work Day Rally)
West Suburban bike commuters can find stations, too.

Little City Used Book Sale (Formerly Brandeis Book Sale)

For those of us who used to trek to Skokie every summer for the Brandeis Book Sale, mourn not the loss of those jaunty book-slingin' ladies...the sale's been taken over by Little City. The Little City Book Sale promises to be one of the best used book events in the Chicago area, so don't miss out! The sale is on today from 11am to 8pm at Old Orchard Westfield Mall, and runs until Sunday, June 17th (times vary). More info by calling 847.221.7856.

 

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