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Thursday, March 23
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 14th annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video. The festival starts tonight at 7:30 at the Film Center with a program of short films, and a special awards presentation honoring Warner Sanders of NBC 5 Chicago. The festival runs through August 28; please see the Film Center Website for a complete list of scheduled films. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
Oh No! Doom, 2955 W. Lyndale, hosts a show in tribute to murdered street artist SOLVE from 7pm to 10pm tonight. Works by more than a dozen street artists will be featured in a "sticker silent auction" to benefit the Madison East Art Department on SOLVE's behalf. and Dee-Eye-Zee's new album, Say Uncle will be available, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the cause.
Doors @ 9:00 pm | Show @ 9:30 pm
Tickets: $10.00 Adv. / $12.00 Dos. | 17 & Over
The Windy City Islanders present the Windy City Uke Fest, a three-day ukulele festival happening at the Tiki Terrace (1591 Lee Street, Des Plaines). There will be workshops, vendors, performances, and a series of nightly concerts featuring such bigwigs in the ukulele world as Kimo Hussey, Populele, Victoria Vox, and Gerald Ross. See the Windy City Uke Fest Website for complete information.
Open House Dance Collective, a division of HouseHold Arts Collective, invites community members--regardless of training or skill level--to come rehearse with professional choreographers. They perform professionally every summer, and this weekend's "OHD 5" is this year's culmination. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Cafe, which provides restaurant-style meals, life skills training, case management, and other services at their Uptown location to help men and women overcome the causes of their homelessness. Come see your neighbors-cum-professional dancers, as well as an appearance by Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.
July 31, August 1, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. Tickets are $15, and reservations are highly recommended (they've sold out 4 years running). Click here or call 773-342-4141.
Brings together 59 artists, designers, photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, painters, collage makers, muralists, installation-based artists, street artists, printmakers, graffiti artists, comic book artists, and other art makers. Artists are given wooden frames of various sizes for - 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 and 11x15- over 150 frames presented. These frames are simple in design. Each artist is encouraged to create their piece(s) with two ground rules in mind: 1) leave the wooden frame alone and 2) produce work with the idea of presenting ‘great, affordable art’. It is through this exhibit that the gallery owners and art makers hope to attract collectors of all salary ranges. Creating an environment free of pretension this exhibit celebrates the uniqueness of each artist talent while promoting their art work as sellable and desirable items for all types of individuals in all types of settings. Curated by Peter Kepha, artist and principal gallery curator. 6-11 p.m. (Official Gallery after-party at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Avenue, 9:30pm-2am. Featuring sounds by Deejay Pickel, DJ Trew and DJ Intel. Presented by OkayWithUs. Discounted admission with flyer or password ‘FRAMED’. $4 Stoli cocktails, Free Miller High Life 9:30pm-10:30pm.) Through Aug. 30. 3201 South Halsted. For more info, visit the Website.
Gapers Block staffers and readers will hang out in the beer garden at Moody's Pub, 5910 N. Broadway, from 8pm to 11pm tonight. Come hungry -- Moody's does a mean burger -- and join us for a beer or two under the canopy of trees. In case of rain, we'll be at The Sovereign, 6202 N. Broadway, rather than sitting in the hot stuffy interior of Moody's.