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Wednesday, December 11

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Axis of Evil Documentary @ Acme Artists Community

Directed by Carmine Cervi, Axis of Evil asks a very fundamental question: What is evil? Interviews with 16 journalists, artists, scholars, and activists explore the concept of evil and how it has been used to justify political and military actions throughout the world. The film's narrator, Warren Leming, leads an audience discussion following the film. Presented by the Center for Inquiry. $5 donation ($3 students). Cash bar. 2-5 p.m. 2418 West Bloomingdale. For more info, visit the Website.

Canasta Remix Release Party @ Beat Kitchen

Canasta celebrates the release of We Were Mixed Up, a remix web-album, tonight at at 9:30pm Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Otter Petter open. $10, 18 and over.

Interstitial Arts Festival @ i^3 Hypermedia

The first quadrennial (international | independent | interstitial) festival, focusing on artists who are accelerating evolution by mixing genre, format and medium, defying categorization and drawing from or creating personal/social/political "in-betweens." Programming includes performance, installation, video, print, multi-media, inter-media, and digital works from around the globe. Participating artists include Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Qubo Gas, The Vegetable Orchestra of Vienna, NEEN, Johanna Vaude, and Jad Fair. 1-11 p.m. Through March 2. Suggested donation $10 at the door. For more info regarding the festival and to view a full list of participating artists, visit the i^3 Website.

Kinetic Evidence @ Links Hall

Two women dance elaborately around their own blind spots, a preacher puppet sells his soul in the depths of a Louisiana swamp, in a post-industrial, post-paradise fall from grace, and seven (a divine number?) figures celebrate the miracle of plastic. Through March 2. Tickets are $15, or $8 for students. 8 p.m. 3435 N. Sheffield. Reservations through the Links Hall box office at 773-281-0824.

Print and Poster Show @ Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Featuring really affordable hand-made stuff by cool printmakers such as Amos Kennedy and Jay Ryan, and prints selected from the CPC flat files. Sales of Amos Kennedy's letterpress posters benefit a documentary film being produced about his life and art called "Proceed and Be Bold." 5-7 p.m. Free. 4642 N. Western Ave. RSVP
by Feb. 25 at the STA Website.

Quinton & Muss Pussycat @ Logan Square Auditorium

Hometown favorites Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat blow into town to dazzle the assembled throng with killer organ playing, lo-fi drum beats courtesy of Q's Drum Buddy, and the occasional puppet show performed by Miss Pussycat. Expect this show to be crowded, loud, and all kinds of fun. Highly recommended. Show starts at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and available at Ticketmaster. Logan Square Auditorium: 2539 N. Kedzie. (773) 252-6179.

Onward Neighborhood House Gala @ Galleria Marchetti

Join the staff and friends of Onward House for dinner, drinks, live music, raffles, live and silent auctions and a chance to support one of Chicago's oldest settlement houses! Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at the door. Galleria Marchetti is located at 825 W. Erie. The event runs from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Please call (312) 666-6726 for more information.

HereThere Magazine Launch Party

HereThere Magazine, a bi-monthly arts ezine, launches today, and the staff is celebrating with a benefit party at Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen Ave., tonight from 8 to 11pm. Buy a wristband for $20 and enjoy an open bar and live music for three whole hours.

Badfish, A Sublime Tribute @ House of Blues

Badfish is an excelletn Sublime tribute band that has made a huge standing for themselves since the end of the real band, represented by the fact that they'll be playing the House of Blues this weekend. It's a rare all ages show with doors at 5, show at 6. Tickets will run you $19.50 for advanced, $22 day of. Supporting acts include Scotty Don't, Badfish's original project, Shotgun Elvis, and Farewell to February.

Ed Ruscha and Photography @ Art Institute

Ruscha is perhaps best known as a seminal American pop and conceptual artist. His iconic paintings of words, American landscapes, and vernacular architecture speak of his deep affinity for the commonplace. But the medium of photography has always been a source of inspiration and discovery. This eye-opening exhibition, on view through June 1 in Galleries 1 and 2, features Ruscha's signature photographic books and dozens of previously unseen original prints. It provides the most comprehensive view of how photography functioned for this leading American artist. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition, a free day-long symposium today includes a talk by the artist, a conversation with Ruscha, cultural critic Dave Hickey and exhibition curator Sylvia Wolf, and lectures by scholars Ken Allan and Thomas Crow. Free. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Rubloff Auditorium. 111 S. Michigan Ave. For more info, visit the Website.

Night of the Living Ales @ Goose Island

The Chicago Beer Society sponsors tonight's Night of the Living Ales, a celebration of cask-conditioned ales that will feature casks of real ale from area breweries. If you love ale, this is the place to sample local brews and help pick the 2008 Champion Real Ale of Chicagoland. Advance admission is $35 for CBS members, $40 nonmembers, and includes a tasting glass, appetizers and lots of ale. Event takes place at Goose Island, 3535 N. Clark from 6-10pm. Take a cab home!

Chicago Foodways Roundtable: Behind-the-Scenes of Food Television

Experienced food journalist and producer Louisa Chu will be talking about her experiences in the food television industry today at Kendall College (900 North Branch) today at 10am. The event is sponsored by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. Admission is $3. Email to RSVP.

Chiditarod

The 2008 Chiditarod grocery cart race kicks off at Damen and Shakespeare at 12:30pm today. It's free to watch and only costs $5 per person to participate. Registration is open until the morning of the event (BYO cart, costumery encouraged -- full details on the site). Check the spectator page for details on where and when to watch.

Conference: Torture, Law, and War @ University of Chicago Law [Free]

Conference on Torture, Law, and War Torture, Law, and War: What are the moral and legal boundaries on the use of coercion in interrogation?

A conference at The University of Chicago Law School, February 29-March 1, 2008

In conjunction with the University of Chicago Law School’s year-long Law and Philosophy Workshop focused on coercion, the Law School is hosting a conference to draw speakers from a variety of disciplines together.

Recent events combined with shifts in government policy have reopened questions about how much and what kinds of coercion are appropriately used in the interrogation and detention of suspected criminals, enemy combatants, and accomplices. For the sake of protecting security and pursuing justice, some have urged we reexamine the usefulness and broad prohibitions of torture. Yet some basic questions about torture and coercive interrogation in particular are also in need of answer: How should we define torture? What can we learn from history about it? What are its effects on the tortured, on those who torture, and on societies in which it occurs? What should the law say about it?

Complete schedule as pdf.
For more information click here or contact scott[dot]anderson[at]uchicago[dot]edu, (773) 702-0678.

This conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

World Kitchen Learning Series: Chicago Cooks History

Learn more about Chicago's rich culinary history today from 11am-1pm through the "Chicago Cooks History" 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.

Garth Fagan Dance @ Harris Theater

Fagan is best-known for his Tony-Award winning choreography for The Lion King, and the company's performances at the Harris Theater mark their first return to Chicago in nearly a decade. 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10-$75. 205 E. Randolph Dr. For more info, visit the Website.

 

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