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Tuesday, January 24
A.Okay Official, 3270 N. Clark, presents Wax Burner, a group show of custom-painted prayer candles. The opening reception is tonight from 6pm to 11pm. DJ sets by Maker, Intel and Sonryze. Refreshments will be served.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of Akira Kurosawa's 1980 film Kagemusha, an epic story of a thief whose resemblance to a fatally wounded warlord changes his life forever. Kagemusha will be screened tonight at 6:30 PM, and several other times throughout the week; see the Film Center Website for full details: Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
Scrappers is a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of three Chicago men who comb the city streets in search for people's discarded-yet-valuable resources, such as iron and aluminum. Still in production, the film is the focus of this evening's benefit from 6-10pm at The AV-aerie, 2000 W. Fulton. In addition to scenes from the film, there will be video installations, words from the filmmakers and subjects, and musical performances by Scrappers composer Frank Rosaly, the Jonathan Crawford/Frank Rosaly/Michael Zerang percussion trio and the Friction Brothers. There is a $10 suggested donation. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you an awesome speller? Put your skills to the test at The Book Cellar's 2nd Annual Spelling Bee, where 15 spellers will compete for spelling glory tonight at 7:00 pm. The event is hosted by Chicago author Stacey Ballis and features celebrity judges Bridget Piekarz, Sam Weller and Elizabeth Taylor. Sign up by calling 773-293-2665. Free.
Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, talks with Victoria Lautman in the latest edition of Writers on the Record tonight at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St. Free.
Five days of exciting music just down Western Avenue, and all I have to pay is $15 for 4 bands each night? Or $60 for a 5-day pass? You don't say!
Head on down to the Empty Bottle tonight to catch the always awesome Adventures in Modern Music Festival. Tonight's lineup includes: Busdriver, Henry Flynt, Ecstatic Sunshine and Musket. And yeah, it's only $15. Catch our preview in Transmission.