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Thursday, August 18

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Square Foot Exhibition At Galaxie

What would happen if a bunch of artists each took a 1 foot by 1 foot canvas, created their art and then put them all together in one big display? Come find out tonight at the Galaxie's Second Annual Square Footage Exhibition. Last year over a 150 works were on display. Galaxie is located near Belmont and Western at 2603 W. Barry Ave. Confimed artist included Brent Kado. (a Gapersblock contributor)

Printer's Row Book Fair

Booklovers rejoice! The 2008 Printer's Row Book Fair takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. This year's event includes dozens of booksellers and other vendors, author events and much more. Featured authors on Saturday include S.E. Hinton, Thomas Cahill, Studs Terkel, Rick Kogan and Scott Turow. The book fair is free, but advance tickets may be required for some events. Check out the full schedule for complete details. Visit the website or call 312-222-3986 for more information.

57th Street Art Fair

The 57th Street Art Fair will run all weekend long from Saturday June 7th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday June 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 57th Street and Kenwood Avenue. It is the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest and will showcase 250 artists. For more information, call 773-493-3247 or visit their website.

Domino Design District @ Lincoln Park

Domino, the magazine devoted to nurturing your nesting instincts, will hold their first ever weekend long festival June 7th and 8th from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Domino Design District will offer discounts of (at least) 20% in over 40 Lincoln Park boutiques and free expert-taught classes in everything from setting the perfect table top to making your own perfume. Visit their website for a full list of events and giveaways.

Blues Fest

Blues Fest continues in Grant Park today. The Petrillo Music Shell will feature Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials at 5pm, Barbara Lynn with Lil' Buck and the Buckaroos at 6:10pm, Theodis Ealey at 7:15pm, and Buckwheat Zydeco at 8:30pm. There are also 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: Panic In The Streets @ 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 Panic In The Streets from 1950, with Richard Widmark and Jack Palance in his first screen appearance. Panic In The Streets screens this afternoon at 4:45 PM and will also be shown on Thursday the 12th at 6:00 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.

Art and Revolution at InCUBATE

Austrian art theorist Gerald Raunig and Chicago artist Dan S. Wang discuss art, activism, and Raunig's book Art and Revolution. The conversation takes place at the storefront space of InCUBATE, an innovative organization dedicated to exploring new models of art funding, research, and advocacy. The space is located at 2129 N. Rockwell, just around the corner from the Congress Theater. 7 p.m.

Screenprinters Show @ Letterform Space

Letterform Space, 4043 N. Ravenswood #104, celebrates the opening of "The Sound: Silkscreen Prints & Other Works" tonight from 7pm to midnight. The show features works by Alana Bailey, Delicious Design League, Dan Grzeca, Keith Herzik, Kathleen Judge, Gina Kelly, Johnny Sampson, Superkonductor and Steve Walters. Miles Raymer of the Reader DJs. Free.

Ride For The Climate @ Waveland Clock Tower

Combine environmentally-responsible bike riding with a tour of the city's recycling areas, wind turbines, solar panels, etc. and you'll be greener than Kermit the Frog. The free guided bike tour kicks off Saturday, 8:30 a.m., at the Waveland Clock Tower, Waveland Ave. and Lake Shore Drive. Contact the Chicago Cycling Club for more info.

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 events and other activities. All proceeds from the sale benefit Little City Foundation, which provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Free. 10am to 9pm. 34 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr. in Skokie. Visit the website for more information.

Akron Racers vs. Chicago Bandits @ Judson University

It's the first home game of the season for the Bandits, who will try to improve on their 1-3 record when they take on the Racers (who will be playing their first game of the season) on Friday, June 7, 7:05 p.m.. The Bandits will also play the Racers on Saturday at 7:05 p.m., Sunday at 3:05 p.m. and Monday at 7:05 p.m. All games will be played at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.

Film Noir: Pickup On South Street @ 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 Sam Fuller's Pickup On South Street from 1953, with Richard Widmark and Jean Peters. Pickup On South Street screens this afternoon at 3:00 PM and will also be shown on Wednesday the 11th 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.

Green City Market

Get over to the Green City Market today from 7am-1:30pm, located at the south end of Lincoln Park, between Clark and Stockton Drive. The finest in fresh produce and other goods will be sold by a range of local and regional vendors. Dana Beningo from Chicago Cooks will give a demo at 10:30am.

Northcenter Ribfest

Ribfest celebrates its 10th year in Northcenter. Come for the food -- including, obviously, ribs and barbecue from some of the city and region's best rib joints -- and stay for some great music on two stages both days. Full lineup below. $5 donation to get in.

12pm - Republic Tigers
12pm - Boho Paisley
1pm - Mighty Short Bus
2pm - Rafter
3pm - Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers
4pm - Company of Thieves
5pm - piNK dEVil
6pm - Skybox
7pm - The Silos
8pm - Treaty of Paris
9pm - The Alternate Routes

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 & 7, 8:30 p.m., 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.

Hawaiian Luau

The weather's still only hinting at summer, but this cooking class at The Chopping Block will take you straight to the islands in your mind. Instructors will demonstrate how to make Mango and Shrimp Summer Rolls; Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with Volcano Spiced Pineapple Relish; Coconut Rice; and Passion Fruit Chiffon Pie. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $40, and reservations are required.

Release Party for AREA Chicago @ Paseo Prairie Garden

AREA Chicago #6: City As Lab will be released during a party today from 2pm-4pm at the Paseo Prairie Garden, directly adjacent to the south exit of the Logan Square L exit at the intersection of Kedzie/Milwaukee at the West End of Logan Blvd. Free.

Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis @ Soldier Field

The nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. 5:30 p.m. 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr. For more information, visit the Website or contact Cameron Sullivan at 847-827-0404.

World Kitchen Learning Series: The Armenian Church Ladies

Get the lowdown on Armenian delicacies such as baklava and borma from actual church ladies from11am-2pm at the "The Armenian Church Ladies" class that will be held 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 to register.



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