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Tuesday, September 22

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Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater @ Bill's Blues

Blues legend Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater performs at Bill's Blues, 1029 Davis St. in Evanston, at 8:30pm tonight.

Chicago Horror Fest

Chicago Horror Film Festival hits town tonight and runs through the 28th at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $10 per day in advance, $12 at the door; discounts for two- and three-day passes.
Tonight's schedule includes:
2 pm : Attackazoids / How My Dad Killed Dracula / The Book Dealers
2:30 pm: Calling All Stations
3 pm: Spine Tingler - The William Castle Story
3 pm: Svengoolie appearance in the lobby
4:15 pm: Bonnie and Clyde Vs. Dracula
5:45 pm: Bonnie and Clyde Vs. Dracula Q & A
6:15 pm: I Want to Hear You Scream
6:45 pm: Hardwood
7:30 pm: Kirksland
8 pm: Fright Flick
9:45 pm: Midnight Movie

Chicago Gourmet @ Millennium Park

Think of this as a Taste of Chicago with a heftier price tag and more upscale eats. Chicago Gourmet will have food samplings from a rock star roll call of the city's top chefs (Graham Eliot Bowles, Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, Mindy Segal) and literal Top Chefs (Stephanie Izard, Dale Levitski), as well as cooking demonstrations, seminars and wine samplings. Tickets run from $100-400.

Chicago 10 & Post-film Discussion @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago 10, the documentary about the 1968 Democratic Convention riots and the trial thereafter, will be shown in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., today at 2pm. After the screening, a panel will discuss "the subjective role the filmmaker plays when documenting history. How does the perspective differ when looking through the eyes of race, gender, political persuasion and across generations?" Co-Sponsored by AREA Chicago, ITVS and The Public Square. Free, but RSVP requested to or 312-422-5580.

Tabs for Ta-Tas Benefit

A benefit for Tabs for Ta-Tas, "Savin' Tabs for Things We Grabs," takes over Lumen, 839 W. Fulton Market, from 8pm on. Bid on items in a silent auction, including Bulls and White Sox memorabilia, plus drink specials all night. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. $20 donation at the door, 21+

Decibelle Music and Culture Festival

6PM :::: Music Lounge Dinner Show at Uncommon Ground Featuring:
Emma Lee
Kelsey Montanez
Martha Berner
Rebecca Rego

Uncommon Ground
3800 N Clark Chicago


The Lady Tigra, Ice Cream Socialites, Dj Reaganomix, Jasper James and Lezbobo The Clown
Co-Presented by Curve Magazine

Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave Chicago

$10 Advance $12 Door PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Banned Books Week Read-Out

Banned Books Week starts to today and to celebrate all of the authors who have been banned or challenged, the American Library Association, McCormick Freedom Museum and Chicago Tribune will hold a Read-Out in Pioneer Plaza. Several popular banned or challenged authors will be there, such as Judy Blume and Stephen Chbosky, as well as local literary celebrities. Additionally, City Lit Theatre will perform theatrical readings of challenged works. The Read-Out is free and open to the public and runs from 12pm-4:30pm. Contact the ALA at 800-545-2433 for more information.

Stephen Chbosky @ Book Cellar

Stephen Chbosky stops by the Book Cellar tonight to read from and discuss his well-known young adult novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Free at 5pm at 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Carrot Top Records Sweet 16 Party

Carrot Top Records is turning 16, so they're celebrating with two days of concerts at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Tickets are $15.00 for each night, online or at the door, with the proceeds benefiting The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Doors open at 8:30pm, the show starts "promptly" at 9. 21+

Friday, Sept. 26
The Coctails
KatJonBand (feat Jon Langford of The Mekons and Kat Ex of The Ex)
The Bitter Tears

Saturday, Sept. 27
The Handsome Family
Megan Reilly
Speck Mountain
Lys Guillorn

WIRED NextFest @ Millennium Park

WIRED magazine returns to Chicago with its latest reincarnation of NextFest, a showcase of the latest technologies of robotics, interactive art, sustainable design, and much more. NextFest will be at Millennium Park downtown from today through October 12, and admission is free. See the NextFest site for a complete list of events.

8th Annual Oktoberfest @ St. Alphonsus

Come celebrate Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus church in Lakeview. This church, founded by German immigrants in 1882, really knows how to put on an Oktoberfest -- complete with oom-pah bands, brats, dancing, and, of course, plenty of German brews. The party goes on all weekend, starting Friday night 9/26, from 5-11pm, Sat. 9/27 11am-10pm, Sun. 9/28 noon-9pm. St. Alphonsus is located at 3000 Lincoln Ave. (at Wellington).

Museum Day 2008

It's Museum Day 2008, which means you and a guest get free museum admission, thanks to the folks at Smithsonian magazine. Visit the Museum Day site to find participating Chicago institutions and print out your admission pass.



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