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Monday, June 17

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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 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.

Umbrella Music Fest Continues Tonight

The fun continues tonight, as the second evening of the Umbrella Music Festival of Jazz and Improvisation takes place at the Velvet Lounge (67 E Cermak, 312.791.9050). Eric Boeren from the Netherlands, along with Mwata Bowden and Kent Kessler play at 9pm, followed by the Mat Maneri/Randy Peterson Duo at 10pm, with Loose Assembly, featuring among others, bassist Josh Abrams and drummer/ Umbrella member Mike Reed. This is one of the "not to be missed" nights of the festival. For more info, check the Umbrella Music website.

Jens Lekman @ Logan Square Auditorium

Sweet Swedish Pop Master Jens Lekman plays at Logan Square Auditorium at 9:30 p.m. ($14) in support of his dazzling new album Night Falls Over Kortedala. His Secretly Canadian labelmate Dave Fischoff and DJ Viktor Soberg will open the show. Click here for tickets.

Pamela Z Presents: The Pendulum and Other Works @ History Museum

The multimedia performer offers a program of original works featuring voice, electronic processing, video, and found text in this event, which begins at 8 PM. Tickets ($12) go on sale 1 October. 1601 N Clark. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.

Some Paintings by Derek Erdman @ Foursided Custom Framing Gallery

Local artist Derek Erdman -- ultra-prolific maker of colorful, iconic portraits and other delights -- is having his first-ever solo gallery show, and he wants you to be a part of it. Stop by the Foursided Gallery from 7-10pm this evening for his opening reception. The show runs through Nov. 30. 5061 N. Clark. For more info, visit the Website or call 773-506-8300.

Opening: Maps: Finding Our Place in the World @ Field Museum

In addition to more than 100 maps demonstrating the historical and imaginative uses of cartography, this exhibit features "high-tech interactive displays." Part of the citywide Festival of Maps. Through 27 January. 1400 S Lake Shore. For more information, call 312-922-9410 or visit the website.

SOFA Chicago @ Navy Pier

The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art returns to Navy Pier with objects from nearly 100 dealers from 19 countries. The weekend-long show also includes a lecture program, film screening, and several special exhibits. 600 E Grand, 11 AM to 8 PM. Tickets are $15/day or $25 for a 3-day ticket. For more information, call 800-563-7632 or 773-506-8860 or visit the website.

The Idiots @ Lakeshore Theater

The Idiots, a comedy about the less talented sons of DNA Discoverers Watson and Crick, battle it out at 8:00 p.m. tonight (and Saturday night) at Lakeshore Theater (Broadway and Belmont). Tickets are $15; click here for more information.

Restaurateurs Ball @ Macy's

How many parties take place on the 7th floor of Macy's on State Street? The Restaurateurs Ball, an opportunity sponsored by the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) for industry insiders and outsiders will be cavorting and consuming tonight, with the $250 per person ticket proceeds to benefit the IRA Educational Foundation's Scholarship Initiative and ProStart Program.



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