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Saturday, August 8

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Transmission Thursday at the Five Star

Transmission, the Gapers Block music site, hosts its weekly night at the Five Star Bar. DJ Brad Owen spins punk, new wave and other indie faves, Transmission staffers run around with cameras, and the bar offers a $3 beer special. Photos from previous Thursdays here. 21+, 930pm - 2am weekly, the Five Star is located at 1424 W. Chicago, just east of Chicago and Ashland. (312) 850-2555.

Newberry Library Book Fair

This weekend marks the Newberry Library's 23rd Annual Book Fair, featuring more than 100,000 donated books sorted into 60 categories. Many of the books are priced under $2, so come with a backpack, suitcase or extra pair of arms if you're a bona fide bibliophile. Also, come early because it's slim pickin's by the end of the day. This book fair is free and open to the public at 60 W. Walton. Thursday 12pm-8pm, Friday 12pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Call 312-255-3510 for more information.

Lost Highway @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a month-long festival of the films of David Lynch. Today's film is Lost Highway from 1997, featuring an amazingly creepy performance by Robert Blake. The film shows today at 8:15 PM; see the Film Center's 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.

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's screenings: Breakfast at Tiffany's (PG) at Lincoln Park (2045 Lincoln Park West); Happy Feet (PG) at 13th Street Playlot Park (2250 W. 13th St.); Monster House (PG) at Schreiber Playground Park (1552 W. Schreiber Ave.); and Over the Hedge (PG) at Archer Park (4901 S. Kilbourn 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.

It Came From The Neo-Futurarium: The Ten Commandments @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists conclude their 6th annual It Came From The Neo-Futurarium series of dramatic readings of bad film scripts tonight with a dramatic recreation of the Cecil B. DeMille extravaganza The Ten Commandments. Odds are the special effects in tonight's show will not be as expensive or as realistic as the original film's effects, but it should still be great fun. The reading kicks off tonight at 8:00 at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Tickets are $10, $8 for students w/valid ID. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs Thursday nights through July 26, and each performance is a different film; see the Neo-Futurist Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. You may also call the Neo-Futurist hotline to make reservations: (773) 275-5255.

Name That Tune @ Cornelia's

As part of Chicago's "Art of Play" summer celebration of toys and games (through 30 September), Cornelia's is hosting a free session of Name That Tune featuring pianist Sami Scott. 7-10 PM, 750 W Cornelia. For more information, call 773-248-8333 or visit the website.

Great Black Music Ensemble @ Millennium Park

As part of the Made in Chicago: Home Cooked Jazz series, AACM Chicago's Great Black Music Ensemble performs a tribute to 1930s bandleader Fletcher Henderson, the King of Swing. 6:30 PM, in the Pritzker Pavilion, free. For more information, visit the website.

Rose Wines Class @ Fox and Obel

Wine Director, Ashley Stockstill, leads the class "Think Pink" tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m., where you'll "learn the subtle differences across the wines and how each one pairs with food from smoked salmon, tapenade and prosciutto, to olives, pizza and a variety of cheeses."

The class is $45. RSVP online or by calling 312-379-0139.

 

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