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Sunday, February 18

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Movies in the Park

The Chicago Park District presents Movies in the Park, a summer-long screening of classic and contemporary films in Chicago parks. Tonight there are movies screening at three different parks: Major League II at Hale Park (6258 W. 62nd Street); Flushed Away at Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk); and Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events at Chopin Park (3420 N. Long Ave.). The screenings start tonight at dusk, and are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of movies check out the Chicago Park District Website.

Helvetica: the documentary @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Helvetica, a documentary about everybody's favorite sans serif typeface. The film screens tonight at 6:00 PM and 8:15 PM; the director, Gary Hustwit, will be present at both screenings. Helvetica runs through June 21; check the Film Center Website for a full schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

US Air Guitar Championships @ Metro

While entry is now sadly full, there's still room to view a gaggle of Chicago's finest mime musicians strut, shake, and strum their stuff across a stage with neither shame nor Stratocasters anywhere to be found. The 2006 Champion, Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard, will be on hand to fight for his title, so there's only one way to be even more awesome: somebody dress like a centaur and do a four-legged power slide. The event starts at 9.

Hackensaw Boys @ H.O.B

An evening of bluegrass music from the Blue Ridge Mountains at the House of Blues. Back Porch Stage, 8pm. 312-923-2000.

Mendelssohn's Elijah @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival season at the Pritzker Pavilion continues with tonight's performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah. 6:30 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Taste of Randolph Street

Taste of Randolph Street kicks off tonight at 5pm. Come enjoy food from more than a dozen restaurants while you listen to The Broken West, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers and Fountains of Wayne. On Randolph Street west of Halsted. More info and full schedule here.

Plastic Little @ Hyde Park Art Center

Obnoxious, club-bangin', uber-ironic "party rap" trio Plastic Little return for their second appearance in Chicago. This time will offer a little something different for everyone, as they're playing inside the "Speaker Project" at the Hyde Park Art Center. Check the Empty Bottle schedule and keep eye on our Transmission page for further details. 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. 8pm, tickets are $8.

Dee Alexander @ Columbus Park Refectory

Vocalist Dee Alexander performs a tribute to saxophonist Light Henry Huff at tonight's event, which is part of JazzCity, a collaboration between the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. Free, 7:30 PM, 5071 W Jackson. For more information, call 773-287-0856 or visit the website.

Bike to Work Rally @ Daley Plaza

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 Rally)
West Suburban bike commuters can find stations, too.

Outdoor Art Bazaar @ Sacred Art

Beth Pearlman, who recycles vintage windows into cool, affordable paintings, will be on hand at Sacred Art's Outdoor Art Bazaar tonight, 7-9 pm, 2040 W. Roscoe. If you don't see the painting of your dreams, drink some PBRs with the artist and commission a custom order.

DJ Food & DK @ Smart Bar

London downtempo pioneer DJ Food (aka, Strictly Kev of NinjaTune and "Solid Steel" Radio fame) sets up shop at Smart Bar tonight, bringing his genre-spanning groove mix skills that have made him a cult fave the world over for more than 15 years. Along for the ride is co-conspirator and frequent "Solid Steel" associate DK. 3730 N. Clark St. Tickets: $12 before midnight,
$15 after midnight. Doors open at 10pm. 21 & over.

Chicago Lions and Typers Festival at the Uptown Writer's Space

The Uptown Writer's Space hosts a three-day festival of readings by Uptown Writers Space members and special guests: the first annual Chicago Lions and Typers Festival. Doors open tonight at 7pm. At 7:30pm, enjoy readings by Suzanne Clores, Marcy Darin, Sherie Dost, Jason Grunebaum, Michelle Renae. At 9pm, readings by Mark Bazer, Laurel Haines, Josh Karp, Hannah Meyer, Denise Roma. And at 10:30, screen the film "State Fair" produced in 1945. The Uptown Writer's Space is at 4802 N. Broadway, Suite 200 - 773-275-1000.

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 5pm at Old Orchard Westfield Mall, and runs until Sunday, June 17th (times vary). More info by calling 847.221.7856.

Bad Review @ Lakeshore Theater

Bad Review, from the Chemically Imbalanced Comedy improv troupe, takes the worst theatre review from the current Chicago Reader and improvises the show we feel the critic would have rather seen. 10:30pm tonight at the Lakeshore Theatre, 3175 N. Broadway, for just $5. More info and tickets here, and you can see clips on the show'sMySpace page.

 

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