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Monday, October 23

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Preview: Mr. Fluxus @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists continue their 2007-08 season with Mr. Fluxus, a combined interactive show and installation by Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen. Mr. Fluxus is a tribute to the Fluxus network of artists, and will encourage the audience to explore all of the rooms of the Neo-Futurists' theater space. Mr. Fluxus is in previews tonight and tomorrow, and opens Saturday, November 3. Showtimes start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15, $10 for students/seniors, or pay-what-you-can on Thursday nights and during previews. Mr. Fluxus runs through December 8. Please see the Neo-Futurist Website for more details and to purchase tickets. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

The Future of Food and Our Daily Bread

These two food docs are playing at Facets as part of the Humanities Film Fest. The Future of Food, at 6:30, explores the genetically modified foods industry; and Our Daily Bread, at 8:30, looks at, without commenting on, the industrial places where food is made (in Europe, but likely pretty similar to the industrial places here). If Halloween didn't scare you, these films ought to do the trick. Facets is at 1517 W. Fullerton Blvd, 773-981-9075.

The Great Chicago Smoking Ban @ Chicago History Museum

This moderated discussion about a smoke-free Chicago is part of the Chicago History Museum's In the K/Now series. Free, 1601 N Clark, 6:30 PM. For more information and to make reservations, call 312-642-4600 or visit the website.

Chicago Reader Book Swap @ Cubby Bear

Got some books lying around you don't want any more? Want to get some new ones, or just meet some folks with similar packrat tendencies? Then, you're in luck! Grab up to 15 books in your arms and head to the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville tonight for the Chicago Reader's annual book swap. It's a free (21+) event from 5:30pm-9pm, and the first 300 folks through the door get some Reader swag to boot. No magazines, technical, medical or really distressed books.

Goodbye, Franziska! @ Goethe-Institut

This 1941 melodrama is about a wife left at home while her journalist husband travels. In German, with English subtitles. 6 PM, 150 N Michigan, Ste 200. Free, but please RSVP to Lisa Lux: lux [at] chicago [dot] goethe [dot] org or call 312-263-0472. For more information, visit the website.

Jazzanova @ Lumen

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Berlin DJ supergroup Jazzanova, who mix disco, afro-beat, jazz-funk, house, samba, hip-hop to make the best modern electronic soul this side of the Tiergarten. Or Biergarten. While you're there, say hi to the Good for Party folks. 8 pm-2 am. $10 before 10pm, $15 after. 839 West Fulton Market, RSVP at reservations@lumen-chicago.com.

Múm @ Logan Sqaure Auditorium

The beguilingly low-key and experimental Icelandic outfit Múm make an appearance in Chicago this evening. They're currently touring in support of their latest and fourth album Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy, with a slightly revised membership and some tangible tweaking of their sound. Tom Brosseau opens. 2539 N Kedzie Blvd. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 night-of, and are available through the Empty Bottle's website. All ages. Show begins at 9:30pm.

Umbrella Music Festival Kicks off Tonight

Tonight sees the opening of the Umbrella Music Festival of Jazz and Improvisation, at Elastic Arts (2830 N Milwaukee, 773-772-3616). Peter Evans leads off a solo at 9pn, followed by the Cor Fuhler/Jim Baker at 10pm, and Frequency at 11pm. For more information check the Umbrella Music Festival http://www.umbrellamusic.org
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Bilingual @ Glass Curtain Gallery

Bilingual focuses on artwork at the intersection of painting and drawing, film and video, encompassing both conceptual and process-driven approaches. The artists in this exhibition act as visual linguists or interpreters, breaking down one language and reconstructing it in another, holding the sense of the structure together with an understanding of both. Find out for yourself with this all means at tonight's reception, which features a live performance by John Hiltabidel and John Grant. 5-7pm. Show runs until Jan. 11. 623 S. Wabash Ave, Rm. 405. For more info, visit the Website.

 

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