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Monday, May 23

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Opening: David Schalliol @ Cafe Latakia

Stop by Cafe Latakia, 3204 N. Broadway, from 6:30pm-9:30pm tonight to check out photographs by David Schalliol. Selections from Isolated Building Studies, Five Versus Five and other series will be displayed. Free. (It's hot, so you'll probably enjoy that Cafe Latakia sells ice cream too.)

Opening: Gretel Garcia and Frank Wick

"Crazy," a showing of works by Gretel Garcia and Frank Wick, opens tonight at antena, 1765 S. Laflin St., with a reception from 6pm to 10pm. The pieces will be on display through July 5. Call 773-344-1940 for more info.

Steven T. Wax @ International House

Steven T. Wax will be at International House, sponsored by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore to talk about his book Kafka Comes to America. Free. 4pm. 1414 E. 59th St. Call 773-752-4381 for more information.

Stephanie Klein @ Barnes & Noble DePaul Center

Stephanie Klein will be at Barnes & Noble DePaul Center to talk about her book Moose: A memoir of Fat Camp. Free. 11am. 1 East Jackson Blvd. Call 312-362-8792 for more information.

Vintage Yard Sale @ Robin Richman

Robin Richman’s 10th annual sidewalk sale will take place this weekend at 2108 N. Damen Ave. The sale will runs June 6th and 7th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on June 8th from noon until 3 p.m. It will feature past season shoes, clothes, and jewelry as well as vintage hangers and buttons. Bonus: all in-store items will be 15% off. Call 773-278-6150 or visit their website for more information.

Blues Fest

Blues Fest continues in Grant Park today. The Petrillo Music Shell will feature "Blasts From the Past" featuring Ruby Andrews, Cicero Blake, and Sugar Pie DeSanto with Willie Henderson at 6pm, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's West Side Strut with special guests Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Otis Clay and Billy Branch at 7:25pm, and Koko Taylor and Her Blues Machine at 8:30pm. There are more performances than we can count on the six other stages: check here for the full schedule. Free; bring a blanket or folding chair.

Film Noir: Nightmare Alley @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a month-long showing of film noir films from the 20th Century Fox archives. Tonight's film is Nightmare Alley from 1947, starring Tyrone Power as a carny who uses his sideshow skills to fleece unsuspecting suckers on Chicago's north side (and no, it doesn't involve setting up a Cubs parking lot). Nightmare Alley screens tonight at 6:00 PM, and will also be shown on Monday the 9th at 8:00 PM. See the Film Center Website for a complete listing of the films. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Critical Mass Evanston @ Fountain Square

The Evanston-chapter of those bike-riding guys hook up again for another of their randon but always interesting rides. The meeting place will be Fountain Square, David St. and Sherman Ave. on Friday, June 6, 6:30 p.m. No special preparations necessary; just show up.

Little City Used Book Sale @ Old Orchard

The Little City Foundation Used Book Sale, which is celebrating its 50th year, takes place at the Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie from June 6-15. The book sale is expected to have more than 200,000 used books, plus author evens and other activities. All proceeds from the sale benefit Little City Foundation, which provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Admission to the event is free, except opening night tonight a $10 donation will be charged. 5pm to 10pm. 34 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr. in Skokie. Visit the website for more information.

Windy City Rollers Recruitment Party @ Cobra Lounge

Lace up the skates and slip on the elbow pads. The Windy City Rollers roller derby team is looking for fearless skaters for their 2009 home season. They're holding a recruitment party at the Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland this Friday, June 6, 8-10 p.m., where potential jammers can meet the team and get the lowdown on rules, equipment, etc. On Saturday, there'll be another meet-and-greet at the North Avenue Beach outdoor hockey rink from 5 to 7 p.m. You need to be 21 or older to try out for the team. And as for the cool pseudonym, you have to come up with that yourself. Miss Demeanor? Helen Highwater?...

Not For Tourists Release Party @ Gold Star

Celebrate the release of the 2008 Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago tonight from 6pm to 9 pm at Gold Star Bar, 1755 W. Division. Free books and drinks if you print out the invitation at

Wayne Shorter @ CSO

A titan of jazz closes out the 2007-2008 Jazz at Symphony Center season, as Wayne Shorter returns to Chicago in what is sure to be a packed house. Show begins at 8. Tickets are be available here.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Dance Center of Columbia College

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of our city's top dance companies, presents its annual "Inside/Out" Choreographic Workshop Performance, an evening of works-in-progress that could become part of the company's repertoire. Some of today's fan favorites had their beginnings at "Inside/Out." Perfect if you like to be "in the know" before the rest of the city.
June 6 @ 8:30 and June 7 @ 6:00 and 8:30, Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. $20 general admission ($35 reserved section). To guarantee your seats (they sold out last year), call 312-850-9744 (ext. 166), or visit the website for an order form.

Sleep Out Record Release @ Beat Kitchen

Local indie rockers Sleep Out celebrate the release of its sophomore album, Not Even Dust -- a collection of songs inspired by Chicago's Graceland Cemetery. Badman Recording Co labelmates Weinland open. 9pm. $8.

Banick & Holubow Photography @ Darkroom

The Chicago Photography Center - Traveling Gallery presents photography by Laura Banick and Eric Holubow, at the Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago Ave. The show opens with a reception tonight at 8pm. The show will be on display through July 27.

The Chicago Summer Wine Festival

The Lincoln Park Young Professionals present the Chicago Summer Wine Festival tonight from 6pm to 9pm at Howard Orloff Jaguar/Land Rover/Volvo, 1924 N. Paulina. Sample wines from more than 50 wineries -- plus Skyy vodka martinis and a margarita bar -- and food from local restaurants. Complementary limo service provided by Sam's Wine & Spirits. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at door.

Aleks and the Drummer Record Release

This will be the record release show for Aleks and the Drummer's long awaited album recorded with TV On The Radio's David Sitek. The album still needs a name, and the show is still adding two more acts and a dance troupe. So, without question, this'll be a fun show. Electronic pop act Woodhands and Chandaliers are confirmed. Show is at the Subterranean and is $10.



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