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Sunday, October 13

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PHASE V Group Show @ 4ART Inc.

Artists: Royal Miree, Jeff Mickey, Salome Jaffe, Elaine Park, Ned Broderick, Charles Heppner, James Monroe, Roderick De Jesus, Charlie Rees, Chantal Philipon-Cegede, Sonia Katz, Robert C. Anderson, Robin M. Rios, Magdalena Lis, Susan Clinard, Eva Ludwig, Tulio Vazquez, Steven St. Claire. Closing: Feb. 29. 6pm-10 p.m. 1932 S. Halsted, Unit 100. For more info, visit the Website.

Josh Garrett Reception @ Ossia Fine Arts Space

"The fire-treated works embrace the volatility of life. They testify to the truth that all of our perceptions of beauty lie in the imperfections of man." 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Second reception Friday, March 14 from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; closing reception Friday, March 28 from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 410 South Michigan Ave., Suite 537. For more info, visit the Website.

Skaters, Axolotl, Lambsbread, C. Spencer Yeh, Binges, Animal Law @ AV-Aerie

Tonight at 9:30, the AV-Aerie (formerly known as the Open End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton) keeps fans of sickening experimental noise off the streets for the better part of the night, hosting six acts for a measly $5. Ohioans Lambsbread and C. Spencer Yeh comprise 1/3 of the bill, Chicagoans Animal Law and Binges an equal proportion, with California's Skaters and Baltimorean Axolotl (longtime collaborator with Mouthus) also appear. Despite the gallery setting, it's not BYOB, so bring cash for beverages. Full story at Transmission.

Dedra Johnson and Grant Bailie @ The Book Cellar

Authors Dedra Johnson and Grant Bailie will be at The Book Cellar to talk about their books Sandrine’s Letter to Tomorrow and Mortarville, respectively. Free. 7pm. 4736-8 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Yeasayer & MGMT @ Schubas

The self-described Middle Eastern/Psych/Pop/Snap/Gospel Yeasayer hails from - wait for it! - Brooklyn. (I had you guessing, right?) On their terrific 2007 album, All Hour Cymbals, the band borrows from a multitude of influences (see above) to create the type of lush cacophony that would propel them to Arcade Fire-lite stardom in a perfect world. MGMT, who've been likened to Ween and Muse, open the show. For more information, visit Schubas.

Cabrini Connections Art Club Reception and Silent Auction @ The Palette and Chisel

Reception and silent auction event showcasing the art work of middle and high school students living in the Cabrini Green housing project and participating in the tutor/mentor program. Drawings, paintings, paper mache sculptures and mosaic pieces on display through Feb. 10. A portion of the proceeds go to the artists and the remainder goes to support the Cabrini Connections programs. 5:30 p.m., auction ending at 8:30 p.m., event ending at 9 p.m. Free, but donations are accepted. 1012 N. Dearborn. For more info, visit the Website.

WNUR Benefit @ Abbey Pub

WNUR and Gravel Records present "Winter Heat" at Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, featuring Akrobatik, Juice, Iomos Marad, Earatik Statik, Maker, Mass Hysteria, Dynamic Vibrations, Black Collar, and beat showcase sets by Maker (GLUE) & K-Kruz. DJ Risky Bizness fills in the gaps. Doors open at 8pm. $14, 18 and over.

Wine and Chocolate @ Big City Swing

The Indulgence Wine and Chocolate Tasting will take place tonight at Big City Swing, located at 1012 W Randolph St. The cost is $15, and the event runs from 10:30 pm to 3 am. Call 312-409-5161 for more information.

Kurt Weiss and Richard Caemmerer Opening @ Finestra Art Space

Visual Research: Varieties of Creative Experience continues with a reception for these two artists. 5-9 p.m. 410 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 516. For more info, visit the Website.

Valentine's Party @ Chicago Canine Rescue

Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation is hosting a Valentine's Day party for animals and animal-lovin' humans from 5-10 pm tonight at Stay, A Modern Dog Hotel, 4130 N. Rockwell. Get your portrait taken with your four-legged friend by photographer Steve Grubman. Tickets are $100.

2nd Friday @ Chicago Arts District

Over 30 galleries in the Chicago Arts District (around 18th and Halsted) will be open from 6pm until 10pm tonight (and for free!) for your perusing.

PAWS Chicago Benefit: Animal Magnetism

Join other animal lovers (and their animals) tonight at 7pm at Galleria Marchetti (825 W. Erie) for Animal Magnetism, a benefit for PAWS Chicago. Open bar, buffet, and dancing is on the bill. Advance tickets are $125 per person, and $25 per dog.



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