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Saturday, March 23

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Movies in the Park: Dreamgirls

The Chicago Park District presents Movies in the Park, a summer-long screening of classic and contemporary films in Chicago parks. Tonight's screening: Dreamgirls (PG-13) at Lowe Playground Park (5203 S. Lowe Ave.). The screening starts tonight at dusk, and is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of movies check out the Chicago Park District Website.

Cocktails & Clay @ Hyde Park Art Center

Learn to make art the right way -- under the influence -- in the Hyde Park Art Center's Cocktails & Clay event series. The Center is kept open late so visitors can learn handbuilding, coils or just play with the clay. If you're feeling more social than creative, there will also be drinks, DJs, dancing and tours of the Center's latest exhibitions. 8pm-12am at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. A donation of $15 is suggested and all proceeds benefit HPAC programs. Call 773-324-5520 for more information.

Chi.MyOpenBar/UR Chicago Party

Chi.MyOpenBar and UR Chicago are throwing a party at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, tonight at 9pm. There will be a hosted bar by Bass Ale, 150 free iPod cases and Office, Freer and Cracklin Moth play. The event is free but RSVP only -- get on the guest list at going.com. 21+

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International @ Empty Bottle

Tonight, see the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International play their very first booty shaking Empty Bottle show, starting at 10pm along with the Billy Dolan Band and dj Wayne Montana. Tickets are $8.

Canasta, Plane, May or May Not, Driftless Pony Club @ Double Door

Head out to the Double Door tonight to see indie rockers Canasta cast a few well-crafted lyrics out into the crowd. They'll headline a benefit show for the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP), the brainchild of Shawn Campbell who hopes to fund a non-profit community radio station to replace WLUW. They'll be joined by Plane, May Or May Not, and Driftless Pony Club. Tickets are $10.

Greg Borzo @ The Book Cellar

Author Greg Borzo discusses his book, The Chicago 'L', at The Book Cellar (4736-8 N. Lincoln Ave.). Free. 7pm.

Jose Valdes and the Mambo All Stars @ Mozart Park

Bring your dancing shoes when you come listen to this band tonight. The concert runs from 7 PM to 9 PM, 2036 N Avers. Free. For more information, call 312-742-7535.

Great Performers of Illinois @ Millennium Park

Throughout the park this afternoon and evening (3:30 PM to 10 PM), musicians, singers, storytellers, dancers, and other performers from throughout Illinois do their stuff. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Mahler's 5th @ Millennium Park

Some of the most beautiful music ever, performed by the Grant Park Orchestra in the Pritzker Pavilion, 6:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.

 

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