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Thursday, May 23

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Erik Larson @ Sulzer Library

Bestselling author Erik Larson comes to the Sulzer Library to talk about his most recent book, Thunderstruck. Free. 7pm. 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. Sponsored by The Book Cellar. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Katha Pollitt @ Women & Children First

Nation columnist Katha Pollitt comes to Women & Children First to read from and discuss her latest work Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories. The book is a collection of stories drawn from the author's own life, including a heartrending relationship, the death of her father and the practicality of political theory. Free at 7:30 pm at 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Nelson Peery @ 57th Street Books

Author Nelson Peery will discuss his memoir, Black Radical: The Education of an American Revolutionary, 1946-1968, at 57th Street Books. Free. 7pm. 1301 E. 57th St. Call 773-684-1300 for more information.

Understanding Reproductive Justice @ Jane Addams Hull House Museum

This free panel addresses the links between reproductive rights and social justice. Panelists include Toni Bond, President and CEO of African American Women Evolving; Gaylon Alcaraz, Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund; Yessenia Cervantes from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health; and representatives from Young Women's Empowerment Project.The discussion will be moderated by Yunuen Rodriguez of Females United for Action. 5:30 to 7:00 p.m, 800 South Halsted Reservations are required: contact the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health online, by e-mail, or by calling 312-427-4460 x233 by 9 October. For more information, visit the website.

History of the Railroad on the Bloomingdale Trail Walking Tour

Join other history buffs in front of the Flat Iron Building (1579 North Milwaukee) at 6:30 p.m. tonight for a walking tour of the railroad history of the Bloomingdale Trail, which will be led by neighborhood historian Roberto Lopez. The tour is a benefit for Midwest Books to Prisoners. Requested $5 donation.

Branford Marsalis Conversation @ AIC

As part of the yearlong American Perspectives series of events examining the interrelationships between visual art, music, and literature, AIC president and Director James Cuno talks with Branford Marsalis about his jazz career and his art collection. In Fullerton Hall, 111 S Michigan. 6 PM. Tickets are $10 to $15, and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 312-443-3600 or visit the website.

Nothing But the Truth @ Harold Washington Library

In this One Book, One Chicago event, a panel (including Rob Warden, of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Steve Huntley of the Sun-Times, and Bernadine Dohrn of Northwestern's Children and Family Justice Center) discuss how truth is defined. 6 PM, in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free. 400 S State. For more information, visit the website.

Talk the Walk @ Columbia College Chicago

This "curatorial tour of Columbia College Chicago's exhibition spaces" is part of Chicago Artists Month and features guided tours of ongoing exhibits, opening receptions, and a free rickshaw ride to get you from place to place. Free, 6 PM to 8 PM, in the South Loop. For more information, call 312-344-8695 or visit the website.

AREA Chicago's "How We Learn" Release Party @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

AREA Chicago releases its fifth issue, called "How We Learn: The Education Issue," tonight at Bridgeport's Co-Prosperity Sphere. Issue number five includes contributions from the Bronzeville Historical Society, Chicago Freedom School, Chicago Teaching Artists Collective, Chicago Women's Health Center and dozens of other writers, activists, artists and organizations. The event starts at 6:00 P.M. Co-Prosperity Sphere is located at 3219 S. Morgan Street. Email AREA for more information.

International Antiques Fair @ Merchandise Mart

Tonight the International Antiques Fair kicks off with merchandise from close to 100 dealers. A great excuse to wander around the world's largest commercial building. $15, 7 PM to 9 PM. For more information, call 800-677-6278 or visit the website.

Alan Lake Trio

Drive-Thru contributor Alan Lake is a musician as well as a chef, so it makes sense that his jazz trio would play at a wine bar. Catch him tonight from 8pm to midnight at Vintage Wine Bar, 1942 W. Division.

Mr. Skin Book Release Party

Mr. Skin, the online guide to movie nudity, is now a book, Mr. Skin's Skintastic Video Guide. To celebrate, they're having a release party at Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, tonight at 7:30pm, featuring a trivia contest with prizes including t-shirts, DVDs and website memberships.

Yo La Tengo @ Lakeshore Theatre

"The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo" is not, in fact, a tour devoted exclusively to Dylan covers. Rather, the band will play selections from their recent "I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass as well as tell tales of their double-decade-plus history together. There's two shows - a 7:30 respectable hour and a candle-burnin' 10:30 performance - so maybe the latter will find them recalling affairs with back-up singers, starring in Hearts of Fire, and that time they finally decided to "go electric". Tickets are $25 for both performances.



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