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Saturday, June 6

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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.

Dine Out Chicago, Multiple Locations

San Pellegrino sponsors Dine Out Chicago, where at participating restaurants, $1 is donated to the hunger-eradication organization Share Our Strength for every meal served on select dates. The full list of participating Chicago restaurants is available online here.

Preview: The Fool (Returns To His Chair) @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists are previewing the kick-off show of their 2007-08 season: The Fool (Returns To His Chair), a history of fools throughout the ages. The show features contributions from Neo-Futurists and actors from other theater companies, and was conceived by Neo-Futurist ensemble member John Pierson. The Fool is in previews tonight and tomorrow, and opens on Saturday, August 25. The show runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Tickets are $15, or pay-what-you-can on Thursdays. More information at the Neo-Futurist Website, or call their reservations hotline at (773) 275-5255.

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: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (PG) at Churchill Field Playlot Park (1825 N. Damen Ave.); Dreamgirls (PG-13) at Lincoln Park (2045 Lincoln Park West); and Happy Feet (PG) at Seward Park (375 W. Elm St.). 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.

Drinking and Writing III @ Victory Gardens

The third version of Drinking and Writing, a play that explores the connections between ... well, drinking and writing, opens tonight at Victory Gardens Theater (aka the old Biograph Theater at 2433 N. Lincoln). Drinking and Writing starts tonight at 8:00 PM; tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the Victory Gardens Website.

Name That Tune @ Lucca's

As part of Chicago's "Art of Play" summer celebration of toys and games (through 30 September), Lucca's is hosting a free session of Name That Tune featuring jazz/blues pianist Bobby Harrison. 7-10 PM, 2834 N Southport. For more information, call 773-477-2565 or visit the website.

Jerry Crimmins @ Chicago History Museum

Author Jerry Crimmins will be reading from his historical novel, Fort Dearborn, at the Chicago History Museum today. Free. 6:30pm. 1601 N. Clark St. Call 312-642-4600 for more information.

Peter Yarrow @ Barnes & Noble

Peter Yarrow of folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary is appearing at Barnes & Noble at Old Orchard tonight to sign copies of Puff, the Magic Dragon, his new children's book based on the group's beloved song of the same name. Free. 7:30pm. 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL. Call 847-676-3047 for more information.

Rock for Kids Music Mixer @ Smartbar

Come together along with Chicago's music community tonight for the 5th Annual Rock for Kids Music Mixer at Smartbar. Tonight, you can mingle (or mix, if you will) with members of Chicago's music scene, and bid on dozens of specially made, one-of-a-kind mix CDs from music staffs like your very own Gapers Block: Transmission, Time Out: Chicago, Pitchfork Media and more. There will also be mixes put together by members of Chicago bands such as Catfish Haven, Chin Up Chin Up, Office, DJ Matt ROAN and local celebrities like Hot Doug himself (aka Doug Sohn). A full list of participants is here. The fun gets going from 6pm-10pm tonight at Smartbar (located beside the Metro) at 3730 N. Clark St. There's a $5 suggested donation.

War Games @ Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Pack a picnic and head down to the historic Clarke House Museum for this free outdoor screening of 1983's thriller about a teenage hacker who finds that the computer game he's playing is all too real. Part of the Art of Play, Chicago's "citywide summer celebration of toys, games, and the spirit of play." 1827 S. Indiana, 8:10 PM. For more information, call 1-877-244-2246 or visit the website.

Sirens of Song: Dee Alexander @ Millennium Park

As part of the Made in Chicago: Home Cooked Jazz series, Chicago-based vocalist Dee Alexander performs tributes to Nina Simone and Dinah Washington. 6:30 PM, in the Pritzker Pavilion, free. For more information, visit the website.

Hyde Park Farmers Market

The Hyde Park Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 52nd and Harper until October 25.

Farmers Market @ Daley Plaza

The farmers market at Daley Plaza is held every Thursday until October 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Dearborn.

 

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