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Friday, April 28
Two of the hottest DJs in the land (Tittsworth and Klever) come to Berlin tonight with locals Zebo and Heather Doble. This Coldgrums production is pushing to be the best Thursday night party of the year. With photographs by Avant/Chicago. Doors at 10, party until 4. RSVP here for $6 entry.
Gapers Block and Calumet Photographic invite photographers of all experience levels to participate in a photo swap. Show up at Calumet with five 4"x6" photographs, hang out with other photographers and then leave with five photos from others. Food and drinks will be provided. If you're concerned about getting your prints done in time, contact Calumet's Michael Martens at firstname.lastname@example.org. He'll print your images and bring them to the Swap for you to pick up. The event is free and will run from 6pm-8pm at Calumet Photographic, 1111 N. Cherry Ave.
Ignite Chicago presents its first conference tonight at 6:00 PM at Goose Island Wrigleyville (3535 N. Clark, near Addison). Ignite is simply a series of five-minute talks, each one accompanied by 20 slides that change after 15 seconds. So it's a technical exercise, as well as a public speaking exercise. Expect to learn about a LOT of tech topics tonight. RSVP for this event at upcoming.org, and see the Ignite Chicago Website for information on how to be a presenter.
The Scion Route Independent Film Series screens Daft Punk's Electrorama, which follows the mythic travels of two robots across the American landscape in the pursuit of becoming human. If helmets and musique weren't enough, the screening will also feature a welcome reception with music by Tone E Nimble, DJs and open bar. 8pm-12am. Piper's Alley, 1608 N. Wells. Free! But RSVP.
Rachel Bommer, the Chicago artist behind rach b jewelry, is opening her studio doors December 6th from 5 pm until 8:30 pm to host a holiday open house at 3142 N Kenmore Ave, #1-F. Stop in to shop her sample pieces and polish off your Christmas list. Street parking will be available and parking passes will be provided. Visit her website for a preview of the goodies or call for more details 815-218-6821.
Part of the Chicago History Museum's free In the K/NOW series, this event offers information about how credit works and "tips on how to plan for a sound financial future." Just in time for the holidays! 1601 N Clark, 6:30 PM. Reservations required: call 312-642-4600 or visit the website.
Broaden your holiday shopping horizons at this four-day showcase featuring the work of over 400 artists, artisans and designers, all of whom will be on-hand. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and free admission for children under 12. Buy tickets online or at the door. The show runs Thursday, Dec. 6 until Sunday Dec. 9, and show hours vary depending on the day; visit the one of a kind show and sale chicago website for more information or call 800.677.6278. The Merchandise Mart is located at 200 Merchandise Mart Plz on the Brown and Purple Lines.