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Friday, April 28
The Powell's North Reading Series comes to you this month, featuring comic book artist Jeffrey Brown and readings by Lane Williams and Joanna Kenyon. Free at 7pm, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-248-1444 for more information.
The Chicago Park District presents Movies in the Park, a summer-long screening of classic and contemporary films in Chicago parks. Tonight's screenings: Akeelah and the Bee (PG) at Brainerd Park (1246 W. 92nd St.); Charlotte's Web (G) at Edgebrook Park (6525 N. Hiawatha Ave.); and Happy Feet (PG) at Horner Park (2741 W. Montrose 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.
David M. Schmitz from the Hip Dance Project and Red Rover Series presents Kristin Prevallet and Elizabeth Schmitz in Phases for I, Afterlife: A Literary Dance Event. The evening will feature poetry and dance focused on the release of Prevallet's book I, Afterlife: An Essay in Mourning Time. The event, which will also serve as Experiment #14 in the Red Rover Series, will feature the author reading selections of the book and six dancers interpreting the tones and themes of the text. $12 suggested donation; 8pm at the Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Call 312-276-4072 for reservations and information.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the new documentary Punk's Not Dead, a look at the state of punk rock in the present day. The film screens through July 25; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
This exhibit includes more than 60 works in diverse media by 21 Indian artists, and is being displayed through 23 September in the Exhibit Hall as well as the Sidney R. Yates Gallery. Opening day features a panel discussion with several artists in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery at 2 PM. 77 E Randolph, free. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.
One great way to get a feel for a country is to sample the games the people play. This free workshop demonstrates two popular Italian card games, tressette and briscola. 72 E Randolph, from 1 to 4 PM. Part of the Art of Play series of events. For more information, call 312-744-2400 or visit the website.
Feeling creative? Making your own deck of cards would keep those creative juices flowing for a while. This workshop can get you started. 72 E Randolph, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Part of the Art of Play series of events. For more information, visit the website or call 312-744-2400.
At 8:45, hear Mike Schmiedeler and Second City alums Al Samuels and Kevin Fleming describe the creation of their NBC show, "Sports Action Team," then watch "Green's Nursery," "Tips" and "Flocked."
At 10:30, watch "Reynolds Influence," "Wingmen" and "Being Civil."
Art Hunt 2007 is an outdoor photographic scavenger hunt, taking art beyond the traditional gallery walls. Show up with friends, and you'll receive a camera, along with a list of clues. The first group to find and document seven art installations with their camera wins. Photographs from all the teams will be on display for three weeks, following the hunt. Saturday, July 21, 2PM - 6PM. Lloyd Dobler Gallery, 1545 W. Division. Free. More info online.
Gapers Block and Calumet Photographic are hosting a free Photo Swap from 3pm-5pm at Calumet Photographic's store, 1111 N Cherry Ave. Show up with five 4"x6" photographs, hang out, have some food and drinks, and then go home with five photos from other people. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcome. See you there! (Keep in mind that Calumet doesn't do printing, so show up with your prints.)
Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and African dance at 10 AM, led by Amaniyea Payne and Muntu Dance Theatre, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. For more information, visit the website.
Tonight's free concert celebrates the musical accomplishments of Leonard Bernstein. In the Pritzker Pavilion, 7:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.
Walk hand-in-hand with your sweet Sally or Stan this weekend during the 39th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival. Here's your chance to color your summer romance with live music, food and drink, and some of the city's most beautiful gardens. Suggested donation is $6.00 before 5:00, $10.00 after 5:00. All proceeds benefit the Sheffield Neighborhood Association, a non-profit community organization that raises money for community projects, neighborhood schools and local charitable institutions.
Sam's Wines and Spirits in Highland Park is showing customer appreciation by grilling hot dogs, burgers and brats and serving a variety of wines and beers. Here's the best part: it's FREE!
The event is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sam's in Highland Park is at 1919 Skokie Valley Rd
Highland Park, IL.
According to Northshore, "The menu for the evening will include Panzanella (Tomato-Bread Salad), paired with Bramosia Chianti Classico; a Grilled Seafood Platter of Scampi, Calamari and Scallops, paired with Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc; and Roasted Peaches with Mascarpone-Amaretti Stuffing, topped off with Mionetto Sergio."
The cost is a pricey $240.00 for couples. Register here.