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Friday, January 18

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Pat Brice Tribute Show @ Lakeshore Theater

Pat Brice, a local comedian whose promising career was cut short by his unexpected death this past July will be remembered tonight at Lakeshore Theater at 8pm, with fellow comedians Shawn Cole, Sean Flannery, Kyle Kinane, Brady Novak, and C.J. Sullivan performing. Clips of Pat's standup, as well as his work with the Visitors Locker Room, will also be shown. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Friends for Michael Houlihan Fund, which provides medical payment assistance for a Bridgeport man who is struggling with kidney cancer. Click here for more information.

Clever Alice Sample Sale

Attention all style mavens! This weekend only downtown boutique Clever Alice is hosting a designer sample sale with pieces from the Battalion, Vassalli, Lewis Cho, and more. The sale takes place Saturday November 16 from 10 until 6 and on Sunday November 17 from noon until 5 at 750 N Franklin Street. Samples are 75% off and Clever Alice’s fall/winter collections are up to 50% off. It’s a good chance to snap up some designer duds for that fashionista in your life before the Christmas rush!

Green City Market @ Notebaert Nature Museum

The Green City Market has moved indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's North Gallery, located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive, and will be selling the same good stuff they're known for from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. today.


Darren Hayes in Store Appearance

Darren Hayes, half of the pop duo Savage Garden, will be visiting Borderline Music’s 3333 N Broadway Lakeview location on Saturday November 17th at 7pm. He’ll be signing CDs to promote the release of his new solo album ‘On the Verge of Something Wonderful/Step Into the Light Remixes’. Space will be limited so get there early.

DJ Spooky @ Chicago History Museum

Musician, writer, and conceptual artist Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, performs his latest multimedia performance piece Subliminal Strings: Link City at the Chicago History Museum.

Presented in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), this is part of the Link City Chicago project. Miller has created a rich tapestry of sound and images that explore the idea of “the city” as a form in constant flux, an energy force continually changing over time.

Quoting DJ Spooky, "I wanted to look at how Chicago, a city at the heart of the American experience, resonates with many issues that I think exist at the core of the early 21st century. Information overload, a city made of a composite of almost every major ethnic group on the planet, and the massive concentration of economic and political power that has accrued in Chicago over the course of the last two centuries – all of these make the idea of doing a portrait of Chicago incredibly compelling.”

Admission for the concert performance are $30 ($25 for Chicago History Museum members).
Students (under 22 years): $15

For more information see the Chicago History Museum website's event page.

Dill Pickle Food Co-op Benefit @ Logan Square Auditorium

The yearling Dill Pickle Food Co-op -- the much-anticipated promised land for Northwest Side healthy grocery nuts -- is holding its major benefit concert and membership drive 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at AV-aerie, 2000 W. Fulton Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie. Hear Pit Er Pat, Bobby Conn & Monica Barbou, and Willis P. Jenkins, and consider joining the co-op and getting involved. Suggested donation $15.

Chicago Toy and Game Fair @ Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center

Thousands of toys and games from around the world are on display for the public to preview, play and purchase, today and tomorrow. Game-playing tables, interactive booths, game shows, live stage entertainment, Star Wars breakfast, raffles, contests, competitions, prizes, and more fun activities for all ages. Chi-Tag 2007 is the only non-hobby toy and game fair open to consumers in the U.S. $5 for kids under the age of 13 years, $10 for adults 13 years of age and over. Admission is free for children under three. For more information visit the fair's website or call 1-847-677-8277.

Laurie's Planet of Sound Party at Hideout

Lincoln Square record shop Laurie's Planet of Sound celebrates 10 years on Nov. 17 with a party at Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Performances by Miss Alex White and The Red Orchestra, Vee Dee, and Adam Fitz. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at Laurie's Planet of Sound, 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. or through the Hideout website. Free hot dogs! 9pm.

DIY Trunk Show

If the thought of hitting the internet, or worse, a mall, to buy gifts for the holidays makes you break out into a rash, visit the DIY Trunk Show, which brings together the best crafters in the city to sell their unique wares. Clothing, accessories and a bevy of other things will be available for the perusing (and purchasing). The event will be held at Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk), from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free.

Alix Olson @ Women & Children First

Poet Alix Olson will be at Women & Children First to discuss a new anthology of spoken word material from various performers titled Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. Free. 7:30pm. 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Book-a-mania @ Harold Washington Library

The Chicago Public Library presents Book-a-mania, a celebration of Children's Book Week (November 12-18) today at the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street). Children's book characters and authors will be present, and there will be plenty of activities and performances going on throughout the celebration. Book-a-mania happens from 11:00 to 3:00 at various locations in the library; see the Chicago Public Library Website for a complete schedule.

Sons of the Never Wrong @ Martyr's

The band's name conjures images of sullen male youth with crappy guitar riffs. But these Chicago locals (all women except one), with their blend of disarming personal dynamics and "Old Town School"-school original music -- sung in tight harmonies and backed by solid supporting musicians -- puts Sons of the Never Wrong among the most successful of the contemporary folk bands in the U.S. Since they live here, they're in town much of the time.

Paws and Flow Yoga Class

If loving my dog is wrong, I don't want to be right. Lakeshore Athletic Club at Illinois Center is offering a free 45-minute yoga class for dogs and their owners at noon today. "Paws and Flow" will highlight stretching and flexibility exercises for both of you, as well as an opportunity to meet other dogs and the person holding their leash. Call 312-616-9000 x280 to register.

 

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