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Sunday, November 27

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Blind Wine Tasting Tournament Finals @ In Fine Spirits

The second annual “Sweet 16” blind wine tasting tournament at In Fine Spirits has been going on since the start of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, but it comes to a close this weekend as the final winning wines go head to head in blind tastings. Come in and and vote for your favorite wine in each pair, and the store will record which wines get the most votes. The winning wine will be chosen Saturday. The tasting runs from 4 to 7 pm Friday and 2 to 5 pm Saturday at In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark.

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus @ Athenaeum

The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents their spring 2008 revue at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). This year's show is titled Apple Pie, billed as "a gay romp through Americana". The show will be performed today at 3:00 and 8:00 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the Athenaeum box office: (773) 935-6860.

Circuit Bending workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of workshops designed to give students a brief introduction to a musical style or dance method. This afternoon, it's a look into the do-it-yourself electronics world of circuit bending, or modifying electronic toys and instruments to produce unusual or unintended sounds. No prior electronics experience necessary, but you must be able to use basic tools, such as a screwdriver, drill, etc. This sounds like a LOT of fun, and there are a limited number of slots available for this class, so you should register now by calling the school. The class runs this afternoon from 1:00 PM to 4:50 PM, and costs $40 (price includes materials, but you do need to bring a toy to modify and batteries for same). Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Oops! Reading @ Heaven Gallery

This continually-evolving reading series is founded on the grimace-and-grin theory that, though we've been through some foolish times in the past, we're ok with that. At least, ok enough to share it with an audience of strangers laughing at our expense. Molly Each, Megan Stielstra, Zach Dodson and Jaime Calder will perform their hand-penned tales of humility. Musician Angie Ma, whose previous performances have
included Kermit the Frog covers and crowd sing-a-longs to "Jesse's Girl", will open. OOPS! will be making its comeback at Heaven Gallery (1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor). Show starts at 7pm. BYOB. $5 or pay what you can.

'Working With An Architect' @ Hyde Park Art Center

If you have plans to renovate or remodel your home any time soon, hear from professional architects about the important questions you should ask concerning budgeting, project timelines and design preference at the "Working With An Architect" seminar at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., on Saturday, April 5, 1 p.m., in the Muller Meeting Room. Members of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects will break it down for you. To register, visit the AIA Chicago website or call (312) 670-7770.

Hip Hop Fusion @ Kinetic Playground

Listen to some great hip hop and help support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society tonight at Kinetic Playground, 1113 W. Lawrence Ave. Hip Hop Fusion 2008 features performances by Modill, Abstract Giants, Animate Objects and Contriband, with special dance performances by The Hip Hop ConnXion. Tickets are $7, 21 and over.

Bella Voce @ St. James Cathedral

Bella Voce performs at St. James Cathedral, 65 E Huron, tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15-$35.

Culinary Historians of Chicago - Jewish Cooking @ Chicago History Museum

The Culinary Historians of Chicago present "Jewish Cooking" with speaker Judy Kancigor. The event begins at 10:00 am at the Chicago History Museum. Visit their website for more details.

Artreach at Lillstreet Benefit

Artreach at Lillstreet provides low-cost, high-quality arts education and public arts programs to those in need. Equipped with a "Clay Mobile," this group of devoted artists drives around Chicagoland to schools, nursing homes and hospitals, offering affordable hands-on creative workshops and programs. This is its first-ever benefit, "Get Your Smock Out!" A fun, artsy evening with workshops & demos, music, food, a silent auction and drinks. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance/$40 door; all funds benefit Artreach. For tickets, call 773-907-0842 or email

Wicker Park & Bucktown Neighborhood Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Take a closer look at these side-by-side historic neighborhoods. After touring St. Hedwig’s Church in Bucktown, enjoy a guided walking tour of Victorian mansions in Wicker Park. Time is allotted to roam the shops in both neighborhoods. To make reservations, call 312-742-1190 or visit the Website. Tours depart by motorcoach from the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street at Michigan Ave., at 10 a.m. (check-in at 9:30 a.m.) and return either at 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m., except for Summertime Sampler Tours that return at 1 p.m. and are offered on Tuesday and Thursday beginning May 27.

The Midwest: How Sweet It Is! @ Kendall College

The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance will take a trip through the sweet dishes of the Midwest today from 9am-4pm at Kendall College (900 N. Branch), discussing its roots and growing popularity. Abe Lincoln's favorite dessert, recipes from 19th c. Michigan, and talking tough about the beloved kringle will also happen. Not to be missed! Tastings and lunch to be provided; tickets are $50, $60 at the door.

World Kitchen Learning Series: Cutting Up

Sharpen up your knife knowledge at the "Cutting Up" class, which will be held from 11am to 2pm through 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.



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