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Friday, February 3

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Orchestra Baobab @ Millennium Park [FREE]

Senegalese super-group Orchestra Baobab performs at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park from 8:30 to 10:30 on Saturday June 28th as part of the Music Without Borders program.


From the Music without Borders website:

Orchestra Baobab returns to Chicago with Made in Dakar, an album that celebrates this Senegalese super-group's roots in one of the world's most explosive musical cities. A great iconic band, their music includes a range of influences from Afro-Cuban and Portugese Creole to Congolese rumba, high life, calypso, American soul and traditional Senegalese styles.

Wizard World

Wizard World takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this Friday through Sunday. There's too much going on to list here, so check out today's schedule on the Wizard World site. Get tickets here.

Film Noir: Fallen Angel @ 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 Otto Preminger's Fallen Angel from 1945, starring Dana Andrews and Alice Faye. Fallen Angel screens tonight at 4:45 PM, and will also be shown on Wednesday, July 2nd 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.

Hegewisch, Hammond and Beyond Bike Ride

Lifelong North Side dwellers can get to see how the other side lives with a bike ride to the far Chicago neighborhood of Hegewisch and on to Hammond, Ind. The ride, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and is conducted by the Chicago Cycling Club, begins at the 31st Street Beach House, continues south down South Lake Shore Drive, through downtown Hegewisch to Hammond. Parking is available at 31st Beach. For more info, contact the CCC.

Chicago Antique Market

Find cool stuff at the Chicago Antique Market, an indoor and outdoor European-style urban antique market, hosted at the Plumber's Union Hall at 1340 W. Washington St in the Randolph Street Market District. The event includes 150 dealers of "furnishings, housewares, artifacts, vintage clothing, jewelry, sterling, porcelain, lighting, ephemera, toys and collectibles galore," according to organizers. There's also a Vinyl Swap Meet, a Fancy Food Market and the Global Goods Bazaar. Today, the market is open 10am to 5pm (outdoors) and 11am to 5pm (indoors). It costs $10 to get in, good for both days; student admission is half price with ID, and kids under 12 get in free. Plus: You can pre-pay online for only $8 (link is located at the bottom of the site's home page).

Schadenfreude @ Theater on the Lake

In honor of its 10th anniversary, Schadenfreude is performing its original sketch comedy show from 1998 at Theater on the Lake, Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park, tonight at 7:30pm. The show runs June 25-29. Tickets are $17.50, call 312-742-PLAY for reservations.

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention

The annual Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention features nightly flicks played at an outdoor inflatable drive-in theater, Q&A sessions with film stars and directors (including the 40th reunion of the cast of Night of the Living Dead and director George Romero), a bustling Dealers' Room where you can find memorabilia, and much more. June 27-29, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont. Call 847-478-0119 for more information.

Film Noir: Laura @ 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 Otto Preminger's Laura from 1944, a famous thriller/love story starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney. Laura screens this afternoon at 3:00 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.

San Jose Earthquake vs. Fire @ Toyota Park

The Fire (6-5-1) hope to end a two-game losing streak with a victory over the Earthquake (3-8-2) tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview.

Cubs vs. White Sox @ U.S. Cellular

Crosstown Showdown, Part Deux. White Sox fans are looking for revenge in the form of a three-game sweep. Cubs fans are looking to rub more dirt in their faces. Should be a fun weekend. Game 2 is today at 2:55 p.m. at U.S. Cellular, 333 W. 35th St.

Hayden/Haley Bonar @ Schubas

Saturday 6/28/2008 10:30 PM 21+ $15.00
3159 N. Southport

Haley Bonar

Hayden Desser is a Toronto based musician. He began recording on a 4 - Track in the early 1990's. After a few singles and cassettes, his first full length record was released in 1995. Everything I Long For marked the beginning of a 13 year cycle of recording, touring and lots of time off. On January 15, 2008 Hayden released his fifth full length record titled In Field & Town. Eleven tracks in all, In Field & Town was recorded and produced by Hayden.

Chicago Dyke March

The annual Chicago Dyke March, originally started as an alternative to the male-dominated Pride Parade, kicks off this afternoon in the Pilsen neighborhood, not in the usual Andersonville location of recent years. Participants should show up at the corner of Halsted and 18th street at 1:00 PM for a 2:30 kick-off. The parade route will take you down 18th Street to Harrison Park at Damen & 18th. For more information please see the Dyke March Chicago MySpace page.

Vegan Grill-Out and Ice Cream Social @ Humboldt Park

Vegan grillables and Temptation ice cream cones will be sold in Humboldt Park at 1 p.m. Meet at the first baseball diamond, just south of North Avenue and west of California Avenue. Info.

Summer Sippings w/Alpana Singh

"Check Please!" host and sommelier Alpana Singh leads a tasting more more than 20 summer wines at Juicy Wine Co., 694 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight from 7pm to 9pm. She'll also sign copies of her book, Alpana Pours. The event benefits Dress for Success, which assists economically disadvantaged women transitioning from unemployment to self-sufficiency by providing interview suits, confidence boosts and career development. Tickets are $40 each; reserve a seat by contacting Sarah Ross at by July 15.

Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago runs thru 7/6, bringing its sea of gastronomic tidbits to Grant Park once again. This year, plan your route with an interactive map. Admission is free, but food and drink tickets are sold in strips of 12 for $8 at the festival. Get all the lowdown on the music, food, cooking demos, and family activities online.

Music today includes:
Stevie Wonder @ Petrillo Music Shell at 5:30pm

and at the Taste Stage:
12-12:45 pm - My My My (Indie/Pop)
1:30-2:15 pm - Dago Red (Rock)
3-3:45 pm - Tanya Reed (Jazz)
4:30-5:15 pm - Arthur Sutton and the Gift of Praise (Gospel)
6-6:45 pm - Karen Hart Band (Pop/Rock)
7:30-8:30 pm - Malina Moye (R&B/Soul)

Dance/Party @ Around the Coyote

Local dance collective Live Animals hosts “Dance/Party”—a “performance-infused social event”—at Around the Coyote Gallery. The night’s festivities include sneak peaks of upcoming pieces choreographed by Live Animals members, raffles, gummi bears, a live take on the photobooth (called the Movebooth), and a dance party. ATC is located at 1935½ W. North Ave. General admission is $15 and includes refreshments. Student admission is $12 with a valid ID. The dance-fueled fun starts at 8 pm.

World Kitchen Learning Series: June in a Jam

Now is the time to take all the seasonal berries you're buying and make them into some jam with staff from the French Pastry School at the "June in a Jam" class from 11am-2pm today 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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