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Saturday, December 14

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The Underworld: Reading from Homer, Virgil, and Dante @ Social Sciences Research Building

Join translator and classicist Stanley Lombardo as he captures the living voice of poetry while reading selections from his contemporary adaptations of Homer, Virgil, and Dante. Lombardo is Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas. Co-sponsored by the Poem Present Reading and Lecture Series at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Poetry Project, and the Smart Museum of Art. 6 p.m. 1126 E. 59th St., Room 122.

Mr. Imagination Fundraising Event @ Intuit

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art hosts a fund-raiser February 28 featuring a silent auction, videos and slide shows of Mr. Imagination’s work with food and wine generously donated by Swim Café
and Barefoot Wine. Silent auction end at 7 p.m., with all proceeds to benefit the Mr. Imagination relief fund. 5-8 p.m. 756 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more info, contact Heather Holbus at 312-243-9088 or at heather@art.org.

Snoop Dogg @ HOB

Snoop Dogg makes a rare Chicago appearance at House of Blues. Will we get the smoked-out Snoop or the Cripped-out gangsta? In either permutation, Snoop is a star, and tickets are still available. $47.50 will get you in the door. 18 and over. Show starts at 11:30. Go ahead and call off work on Friday now.

Bookslut reading @ Clever Alice

Bookslut presents the latest in its series of monthly readings. Tonight's reading starts at 7:30 PM at Clever Alice in River North, and features authors Paul Verhaeghen (Omega Minor), Deb Olin Unferth (One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box) and Dominique Fabre (The Waitress Was New). The event is free and open to the public. See the Bookslut site for full details. Clever Alice: 750 N. Franklin. (312) 587-8693.

Reopening Party @ Akira

Local favorite Akira will celebrate the grand opening of it’s newly remodeled men’s store (1910 W North Avenue; 312-423-6693) by throwing open all the doors to their North Avenue locations (including the women’s store at 1837 W North Ave, the men’s footwear store at 1922 W North Ave, and women’s footwear store at 1849 W North Ave). The party begins tonight at 6 p.m. until 10 and will offer food, entertainment, a hearty 20% off discount, and complimentary gifts with purchase.

Andrew Bird and Dianogah's Barack Obama Fundraiser @ Hideout

Two of Chicago's musical favorites, Andrew Bird and Dianogah join forces on stage tonight at a special benefit performance and the Hideout tonight. Tickets will run you $100 (minimum donation) and have to be purchased from the Obama website (not the Hideout), but you'll get a free limited-edition poster by Kathleen Judge and a night of great music (not to mention bragging rights) in return. Details in Transmission. Doors open at 7:30pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia.

Martha Nussbaum @ Women & Children First

University of Chicago Professor Martha Nussbaum will be at Women & Children First to talk about her book Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality. Nussbaum uses historical, philosophical, political, and legal arguments to examine how religious freedom in America faces serious threats. Free. 7:30pm. 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Edward Hopper Lecture @ The Art Institute

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks is discussed in a free lecture at the Art Institute from Judith Barter, Field-McCormick Chair of American Art. Free. 6pm. 111 S. Michigan Ave. 312-443-3600.

Art Against AIDS Benefit

The annual Art Against AIDS live and silent art auction benefits Heartland Alliance's network of supportive HIV/AIDS services. At River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois, from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are $100 per person.

Solutions to Reducing Transportation Emissions Unveiled @ Metcalf Federal Building

Transportation is responsible for 31 percent of all greenhouse gases. Converting car trips to walking, biking, and mass transit can greatly diminish transportation's impact on the environment. From funding opportunities to social marketing, the conference gives participants the essential skills and resources to calculate their community's transportation carbon footprint and reduce it significantly. Keynote speaker Martha Roskowski, of Go Boulder, offers a first-hand account of a similar effort to transform travel habits in Boulder, Colo. The program provides Boulder residents with alternative resources for exploring the community, such as bus schedules, bike routes, and walking paths. Registration is $35 for Chicagoland Bicycle Federation members and $45 for non-members. Modeshift runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included. 77 W. Jackson Blvd. Register here.

World Kitchen Learning Series: Chicago Streets

Make your own version of Chicago street foods tonight from 6-8:30pm through the "Chicago Streets" 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.

 

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