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Saturday, May 28

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International Night Grand Tasting @ Sam's Wine

Sam's Wine & Spirits, 1720 N. Marcy St., serves up a night of international wines. Sample wines from Greece, Chile, Germany and other places, all for just $25. Reserve your spot here; 21 and over.

Adaptation Opening @ Smart Museum of Art

This exhibition looks at the use of adaptation in the recent video installation work of four leading artists: Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation. These artists have transformed source material to make their own adapted work of art, re-envisioning classic literature, painting, film, ballet, and even e-mail as new video installations. While addressing questions of fidelity and creativity, the exhibition generates new understanding of the use of adaptation as a practice in contemporary art. Reception and panel discussion with the artists. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through May 4. 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. For more info, visit the Website.

Mahjongg Record Release Party @ Subterranean

Chicago-based self-described "junkyard afro-new wave" band Mahjongg signed to K Records in time for the release their sophomore album, Kontpab. They'll be winding down a quick tour by playing at Sub-T tonight for a hometown record release party. The Chandeliers and Golden Birthday open. 2011 North Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, the party gets started at 7pm. All ages show, $10 admission. Keep your eyes on our Transmission page for more details.

Border Film Project Reception @ Gage Gallery

Border Film Project: Photos by Migrants & Minutemen on the U.S.-Mexico Border, presents different views on what life is like at the U.S.-Mexico border, and is the brainchild of Rudy Adler, Victoria Criado and Brett Huneycutt. The three handed out disposable cameras to migrants and Minutemen who were asked to use the cameras to document their experiences. The result is a project that presents differing sides of immigration, which is likely to be a key issue in the race for U.S. President. Through March 21. 5 p.m. Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave. For info, call 312-341-6458.

Pornography and Identity Talk @ Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

A provocative discussion about pornography's effect on contemporary sexuality with Robert Jensen, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, and Barbara DeGenevieve, Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention at the University of Chicago are the co-sponsors of this event. 6-7:30 p.m. 800 S. Halsted St. Free, but reservations are required; e-mail events@prairie.org or call 312-422-5580.

CONTRAPTION Pay-What-You-Can Night @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists' latest show, CONTRAPTION by Bilal Dardai, examines the intersection between innovation and insanity and asks, "If necessity is the mother of invention, is madness the wayward father?" Dardai describes the play as, "Contraption is what I imagine it would look like if Groucho, Chico, and Harpo took over Edison's Workshop and used the gadgets within the workshop to drive Zeppo completely out of his mind." Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can, otherwise tickets are $10 for students, $15 regular. 5153 N Ashland Ave, Foster & Ashland, 773-275-5255.

World Kitchen Learning Series: Chocolate Challenge

Tonight from 6 to 8:30 pm, learn more about chocolate & how to make the stuff with Dan Sikorski (of Hannah's Bretzel) from the World Kitchen learning series sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs. Class to be held at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street. Class fee is $30. Click here for more information and to register.

Red/White: A Wine Tasting Benefit @ Fine Wine Brokers

Tonight from 7 to 9:30pm, enjoy a wine tasting benefit for the Red Door Animal Shelter at Fine Wine Brokers (4621 North Lincoln). Wine and hors d'oeuvres, as well as a special 10 percent off wine coupon (valid only during the event) will be yours for the taking. Red Door will receive 10 percent of sales that evening. Tickets are $35.

 

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