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Saturday, April 20

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Umbrella Music Fest: Sunday @ Hungry Brain

The fourth day of the Umbrella Music Festival of Jazz and Improv commences at 3pm, at the Chicago Cultural Center, with opening remarks from jazz writer John Corbett. A set led by Ari Brown (reeds), Gianluca Petrella (trombone), Junius Paul (bass), Paolino Dalla Porta (bass), and Tim Daisy (drums) follows. This session is free. At 9pm, a set from Josh Berman (cornet) Francesco Bearzatti (reeds), Jan Roder (bass) and Fabio Accardi (drums) takes the stage at the Hungry Brain. A set from Axel Dörner (trumpet),
Kevin Drumm (electronics) amd Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) begins at 10pm, and Klang-- James Falzone (clarinet), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Jason Roebke (bass) and Tim Daisy (drums) take the stage at 11pm. For more info check the Umbrella Music website.

Two Slaps Radio Anniversary @ The Darkroom

Celebrate the one-year anniversary for Two Slaps Radio -- WLUW's Monday late-night show featuring "funk/soul and its roots or derivatives" -- at this party featuring glamour-pusses, sleazers, mods and other characters. Go-go girl dancers The Revelettes, soul scenesters The Uptown Sound and jazz/hip-hop hybrids Harlet Star provide the entertainment. The fun begins at 7 pm and costs $7. Seven is the luckiest number, after all. 2210 W. Chicago Ave.

Art of Live Looping @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in its series of one-day workshops, designed to give students an introduction to a musical style, dance methods, or recording technique. Today you can get a lesson in using digital technology to record loops in a live performance. This workshop will be conducted by musician and instructor Arthur Lee Land, and runs today at the Old Town School's Lincoln Square building (4544 N Lincoln) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The workshop is $25, and you can register at the Old Town School Website. For more information, call the school at (773) 728-6000.

Marketing the Unmarketable @ Hideout

Anne Elizabeth Moore, author, former editor of Punk Planet and our own Sky in Five columnist, celebrates the release of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, at 7:30pm. Moore will read from the book, and so will "opening acts" Betsy Crane, Richard Fox, Mairead Case, Anne Glickman and Jennifer Brandel. Dance party afterwards with with DJ Matt IRAC of Indie Radio Alarm Clock. $5 suggested donation.

Arctic @ Millennium Park

Part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, this multimedia installation "combines chilling video footage with sounds recorded on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen and reassembled into a haunting hour-long sound and video spectacular." At the Pritzker Pavillion, 9 AM to 10 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Meet the Makers @ Millennium Park

Fans of audio documentaries won't want to miss this event at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavillion. NPR's Michelle Norris interviews the winners of this year's Third Coast Festival/Richard H. Dreihaus Foundation Competition and moderates audience questions and comments. Tickets ($8) go on sale 1 October. For more information and to buy tickets, 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, 12 N to 6 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.

Naked Raygun DVD Screening @ Reggie's Live

Recently reformed Chicago punk titans Naked Raygun will be premiering the release of the DVD & CD set What Poor Gods We Do Make: The Story and Music Behind Naked Raygun at Reggie's Live this evening. This is an exclusive, advance screening of the DVD, which will be officially released on Tuesday. The band will reported be on hand selling advance copies at the screening. An afterparty follows, featuring sets from the Gravetones, Audio Violence, the Test Patterns, the Jetty Boys, and Lynyrd's Innards. 7pm at Reggie's Live, 2105 South State Street. See our Transmission page for more details.

Daylight Savings Time

Effective at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, you know what's going to happen. Want to know why you have to reprogram your six clocks and get an extra hour of sleep tonight? Click here for information.

 

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