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Monday, June 17

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Rodrigo y Gabriela @ The Riv

After cancelling much of their late-summer early-fall tour, Rodrigo y Gabriela return to the stage at the Riviera (4746 N. Racine) to delight the crowd with their heavy-metal and flamenco inspired classical (and rock) guitar sets. If you were enthralled by their standout performance at Lollapalooza, this is your chance to see them at a venue that ought to be more suited to them.

Details: Rodrigo y Gabriela @ the Riviera (4746 N. Racine), 7:30PM, 18+, $26.

Humanities Day

University of Chicago's Humanities Day 2007 is today, with far too many events to list individually here. OK, here's one: "art history professor Richard Neer will present the keynote address on a painting by the 17th century French artist Nicolas Poussin, entitled Blind Orion Seeking the Sun (1658), and its relation to early modern ideas of selfhood, skepticism and science." The events all take place on University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus, with sessions from 9:30am to 4pm. Free.

Double Door Halloween Bash

Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, holds its 11th annual Halloween Bash tonight, with Blackbox playing as Local H, The Sleepers mimicking Pearl Jam, The Midnight Shows in drag as Boy George & Culture Club, Thunderwing w/Mike O'Connell playing The MC5, Catfish Haven channeling The Misfits, and The Last Vegas appears as Alice Cooper. Tickets are just $12, and getting them in advance (via TicketMaster or at the DD box office) is a very good idea.

Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival @ Field Museum

The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival is a celebration of ethnographic film held by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, but the Field is home to the festival's traveling component today. The featured film a Flock of Dodos (2 PM), discusses not the extinct bird but rather the intelligent design "debate" (presumably the intelligent design folks are the dodos). A moderated discussion follows the screening. Also showing are A Few Strong Women: Sisters In Law (10 AM) and El Immigrante (12 N). The festival is free with museum admission. 1400 S Lake Shore. For more information, visit the website.

pHrenz-o-ween @ Stage Left Theatre

pHrenz-o-ween, pH Productions' annual Halloween event, promises to be the biggest one yet: Improv comedy, fun prizes, free candy, apple bobbing, a screaming contest (OK, so maybe this part doesn't sound so enjoyable), music and spooky dancing are just some of the exciting activities planned for tonight. Admission is $15, but you can qualify for a $1-$5 discount if the judges at the door are impressed with your bad self. You might want to dress up as a functional keg: This one's BYOB (or "L," if it's liquor you fancy). 11 pm. 3408 N. Sheffield Ave. For more info, call 773-732-5450, or visit the Website.

Chicago: City on the Move @ The Book Cellar

Join authors Rich Cahan, Bruce Moffat and Michael Williams as they talk about their new book Chicago: City on the Move at The Book Cellar. Free. 5pm. 4736-8 N. Lincoln Ave. call 293-2665 for more information.

Artists Up Close @ MCA Store

Meet some of the people behind the cool stuff they sell at the MCA Store this afternoon from 1 PM to 4 PM. Artists and designers (from Chicago and beyond) include Terri Logan, Brian Schultz, Sarah Steedman, Wendy Stevens, and Ping Wu. 220 E Chicago. For more info, visit the website.

Zen of Zombie Book Signing

Scott Kenemore, author of The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead, will be signing books at the Webster Place Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, today at 3pm. Bonus points for showing up in zombie garb -- even more for being an actual zombie.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt @ Union Park

Gather at Union Park today -- in costume -- to participate Chicks n' Drinks' Headless Horseman scavenger hunt / costume party / bike race. For $5, you and a partner (which aren't required, but highly encouraged) are entered in an 'alley kitten' race (a miniature version of an alley cat), wherein you're sent around the city to collect points. There'll be prizes for winning the race as well as best costume. Registration starts at 2:00 PM, and the race starts at 3:00. Proceeds benefit Cornerstone Community Outreach. Watch their MySpace page for updates.

Rockers and Rollers @ Five Star Bar

The Windy City Rollers will be holding a Halloween bash/motorcycle show at FIve Star Bar (1424 W Chicago) tonight, starting at 3:00 p.m. to whenevs. The best part about this shindig is a bike raffle with proceeds to go to a fund for WCR member Tequila Mockingbird (aka Tahirah Johnson), who is still recovering from an August 25 bout that left her with serious injuries.

Graveface Records Showcase: Enon, Octopus Project, Appleseed Cast & Dreamend @ Abbey Pub

Remember those childhood days of yesteryear, when your stay-at-home mother would prepare all sorts of goopy, scary, imaginative "feels" together, and you and your friends would pass the "witch's eyes" and "werewolf guts" around? Of course you don't. But lovely local label Graveface is doing their best imitation via a label showcase, passing around an Octopus Project (very melty), Appleseed Cast (safe - no razors in them!), Dreamend (alright, I'm out of clever analogies) and special guests Enon. The Abbey Pub is the venue, and costumes are the request — there will be gift bags for all in costume, as well as a contest. A haunted house and some vintage horror flicks will finish off the ambiance, for a final cost of 15 dollars. Sorry, young-uns: it's an 18+ event, so either get back to trick-or-treating or enjoy another awkward moment courtesy of your mid-teenage years.

 

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