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Thursday, April 27
The Windy City Rollers will be strutting their dangerous, dangerous stuff tonight at the Cicero Stadium (1909 South Laramie) at 6:00 p.m. Click here for tickets and information.
The Urban Wildlife Coalition is a non-profit organization committed to education people about coexisting with rabbits, deer and other urban wildlife. Tonight they present landscape architect and eco-designer Michael Repkin with his ideas on gardening to attract or deter urban wildlife. Dan Compton of Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education will also be on hand to discuss how to aid injured or orphaned animals. Free at the Edgebrook Public Library, 5426 W. Devon, 12pm-2pm. Call 773-545-8136 for more information.
The Neo-Futurists present 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 runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster) through September 29. 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.
The Chicago Park District presents Movies in the Park, a summer-long screening of classic and contemporary films in Chicago parks. Tonight's screenings: Stomp The Yard (PG-13) at Gately Park (810 E. 103rd St.); Mission Impossible III (PG-13) at Independence Park (3945 N. Springfield Ave.); and El Sueno del Regresso (part of the Puerto Rican Film Series) at Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento 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.
Outdoor screening of films from the Chicago Short Film Brigade's collection, part of the Bucktown Arts Festival. Near Belden and Oakley in Bucktown, screening begins at 7:45-ish. Program suitable for all ages.
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 3:59 pm at Doc Films, 1212 East 59th Street.
Hell's Fairies, Chicago's GLBT scooter club, is riding to the Gay Rodeo in Crete, IL. Meet at the Dominick's parking lot at Foster & Sheridan at 9am.We'll be scooting to the Gay Rodeo in Crete, IL. They'll also stop for brunch at Cafe Luna on the way down and a late dinner on the return trip. More info here.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the first Chicago run of Summercamp!, the 2006 documentary inspired by the "Notes on Camp" episode of This American Life. The film documents the experiences of a group of Chicago kids spending three weeks at a nature camp in northern Wisconsin, and has been racking up impressive reviews everywhere it plays. Needless to say, you'll want to check it out. Summercamp! plays at the Film Center only through Wednesday, August 29; check the Film Center Website for showtimes. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
The Green City Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday until October 31 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park (Clark and Stockton).
At Neighbors Project's DIY Neighborhood: Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 25, learn how to throw your own successful block bash with food, drinks, furniture and fun sold at local businesses. At the free event, Neighbors Project will launch a first-of-its kind, Web-based guide to throwing a block party in Chicago, available that day on the group's Web site, neighborsproject.org. Party down with free appetizers and the friendly folks of Neighbor's Project from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mystic Celt, 3443 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago 6 Corners, the city's newest webzine, is throwing a launch party tonight at ACME Art Works, 1741 N. Western, from 8pm to midnight. Come for dancing, art, poetry, music, drinks and food. Gold, Blueblood and Amackerel Sky perform, plus DJs sCéNa and Mass Transit. $5 suggested donation at the door.
Think Pink Radio and the publishers of CHILL Magazine are bringing a big ol' Queer Fest to the third coast. Musical performers will include Katastrophe, The Ex-Members, Office, Actor Slash Model and many more. There will also be video-art by Sadie Benning, Dylan Mira, Latham Zearfoss and Bruce La Bruce; paintings by Zack Stiglicz, Grant Schexnider and Terrance Koh; "self-homoerotic" photography from Sean Fader; the creative concepts of Will Harrison and Kean O'Brien; and a confessional documentary about HIV by Charles Lum. Event runs from noon to 8pm at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, with an afterparty TBA. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 day of. More info here.
Whole Foods Market is hosting this year's Flavor Fest in Jonquil Park on August 25th and 26th. As you might expect, there'll be lots of free samples, as well as live music and chef demonstrations. Demonstrators include Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Sarah Levy of Sarah's Pastries and Candies. $5 donation goes to the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.
Recycling artist Beth Pearlman teaches you how to make cool paintings on vintage windows at Sacred Art, 2040 W. Damen, at 11 am. The workshop costs $80 (windows provided) and space is limited, so make reservations at 773-404-8790.
The Edgewater Farmers Market takes place every Saturday until October 20 from 7 a.m. to noon at the corner of Broadway and Norwood (on the corner of True Nature Foods).
Today is a good opportunity to head over to Feed (2803 West Chicago) for a plate of their excellent comfort food fare. Twenty percent of meal proceeds from today will be donated to the Red Door Shelter, a no-kill, multi-species animal shelter and adoption center that offers pet food assistance program for low-income pet owners and foster care program for animals.