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Thursday, January 26

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Andersonville On Sale

Andersonville's merchants are hosting a special one-night-only sale to warm up your winter. Shop your favorite Andersonville stores and restaurants tonight from 7-11 p.m. and you'll probably be able to get some pretty sweet deals.

Grand Chefs Gala @ Fairmont Hotel

Chefs from the city's top restaurants will be donating their skills tonight for the Grand Chefs Gala, a black-tie benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For $400, you will get cocktails, hors d'Oeuvres, a four-course dinner and desserts from such culinary rock stars as Top Chef's Dale Levitski, Aigre Doux's Mohammad Islam, and Pasticceria Natalina's own Natalie Zarzour. The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence will also be given to Chicagoland's best chefs and restaurants. Event begins at 6:30pm. If you can't shell out for the full experience, come at 10pm for the dessert, cocktails and dancing portion for a mere $50.

Julia Mayer Coffee Dance

On the first Friday of every month, dancer Julia Mayer opens her weekly Friday morning solo movement practice to the public. The Coffee Dance series of engaged, informal performances continues this morning at 9:30. Her performance will last approximately 20 minutes, with discussion time afterward. Free, but bring your own coffee to Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield.

Standing in Mattoon @ The Theatre Building

The team from Leaving Iowa presents a new comedy that celebrates a small town with big dreams. The media invades Mattoon Illinois as a reverend, a bagel inspector, and a stranger in a hat compete to win a Chevy van while the community prepares to break the Guinness record for World’s Largest Bagel.The Theatre Building - North Theatre.1225 W Belmont Ave. Call 773-327-5252 for tickets. Jan 25 - Feb 3. Fri performance at 7:30pm. $20.

DJ Shadow @ Park West

No idea what you'd get from a DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist show? At the Park West, which has actual chairs? Originally scheduled for January 22nd, the make-up date turns out to be a mild delay, which is cool. Guess you gotta come out and see for yourself.

Tickets are available, are $30, and doors open at 7:30.

The Third Coast Release Party @ Hideout

Tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, there's a book release party for GB contributor Ted McClelland's new book, The Third Coast. There will be readings from the book as well as a performance by Sycamore Smith, who was featured in the book. 6pm to 8:30pm. Free, 21 and over.

Living Room Paintings Reception @ Bucket Rider Gallery

"Living Room Paintings" describes the notion that a work of art must visually operate in congruity to ones decor and interior design. The exhibition has been playfully titled this way, as each work in the show is at odds with this notion. Some of the paintings are compositionally or formally complicated while others are thematically obstinate and require a kind of attention that disallows the viewer to let them slip into mere decoration. New works by Anna Bjerger, Brian Bress, Keltie Ferris, Andreas Fischer, Andrew Guenther, Lester Monzon, Angel Otero, and Christian Rieben. 5-8 p.m. Through Sat., March 8. 835 W. Washington Blvd., 2nd Floor. For more info, contact Patricia Courson at or 312-421-6993.

Guitarra @ National Museum of Mexican Art

The Chicago Sinfonietta explores the common antecedents of flamenco, jazz, and classical in Mexican music and its Spanish influences. Guitar virtuoso Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan appears with members of the Chicago Sinfonietta string section, featuring Sinfonietta violinist James Sanders. 7:30 p.m. 1852 W. 19th St. Tickets are $15 ($10 Chicago Sinfonietta and Adler subscribers). For more info and to purchase tickets, call 312-236-3681 x 2 or visit the Website.

Carnaval @ Sonotheque

Braziliance celebrates the big Brazilian festival. DJ Joe Bryl and host El Nico. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before 10 p.m., $10 after. 1444 W. Chicago. For more info, call 312-226-7600.



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