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Saturday, August 13

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59 Seconds Video Festival @ The Galaxie

59 Seconds Video Festival is finally coming to Chicago after screenings around the world. Show up and watch 59 films that are 59 seconds long. The films were directed by 59 different filmmakers on the subject of the number 59. Catch it at 8:59pm at The Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry Ave.

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 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: Dreamgirls (PG-13) at Rosenblum Park (8050 S. Chapel); Stomp The Yard (PG-13) at Grand Crossing Park (7655 S. Ingleside Ave.); and The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13) at Avalon Park (1215 E. 83rd 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.

Kumail Nanjiani's "Unpronounceable" @ Lakeshore Theatre

Don't miss Kumail Nanjiani's one-man comic biography "Unpronounceable," which follows his life from Karachi, Pakistan to rural Iowa. The July show sold out, so make sure you get your $15 tickets soon. The event starts at 8 pm at the Lakeshore Theatre, 3175 N. Broadway. Call the box office at 773-472-3492.

The Lonesome Organist @ The Hideout

Jeremy Jacobsen, also known as the singularly inspired one-man band the Lonesome Organist, will be making an appearance at the Hideout this evening. His performances are about as sporadic and infrequent as his recorded output, so tonight's appearance will rather unique. Also on the bill is local psyche-garage outfit Leaves. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show. 10pm. 1354 W. Wabansia.

Chicago Premiere of Musician

Musician, a documentary film about jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark, makes its Chicago debut tonight at 8:15pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Vandermark will play a solo set before the screening and participate in a Q&A with filmmaker Daniel Kraus after the show. More info here.

Bleep! Remixing Pong to Donkey Kong @ Cultural Center

Talk about geeky! As part of the Art of Play, the city's summer-long celebration of toys, games, and the spirit of play, the Ohm Multimedia Series is presenting this evening of video game music and visual art. Free, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at 7 PM. 78 E Washington. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

New Orleans Social Club @ Millennium Park

A group of musicians who came together six weeks after Katrina makes its debut in Chicago at this free concert in the Pritzker Pavilion. Chicago's Mucca Pazza opens. 6:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.



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