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Wednesday, December 13

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Johnny Cash Folsom Prison doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, a 2008 documentary about the singer's fabled 1968 performance. The film screens tonight at 8:15 PM. See the Film Center's Website for full information. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Alla @ Reckless Records

Reckless Records has teamed up with Schubas in honor of their Tomorrow Never Knows music festival for some in-store performances. This afternoon at 4:30pm, Alla plays at their Broadway location. 3161 N. Broadway. 773-404-5080. Free.

TNK @ Schubas

Tomorrow Never Knows continues at Schubas. TNK is a music festival featuring up-and-coming indie artists. Tonight's bands are: Department Of Eagles, Disappears,
Allá, The Poison Arrows, Dialogue Incoporated presents DJs Mister Joshua, SR-71, andOnefiftyone. Tickets for tonight's show are sold out, but you can still get in with a 5-day pass ($55) (5-day passes have sold out). Show starts at 9pm. 3159 N. Southport. 18+

Open rehearsal @ Victory Gardens Theater

The Victory Gardens Theater presents an "open rehearsal," which is a chance for the public to be involved in the rehearsal of an upcoming production. Tonight you have a chance to see "Living Green", the first production to be given this treatment. You'll see a 30-minute rehearsal of the play and participate in a talkback session with the director and cast. The event starts tonight at 6pm. Admission is free, but reservations are required: email event (at) victorygardens (dot) org or call (773) 549-5788 x2167. Victory Gardens: 2433 N. Lincoln.

George McGovern @ Freedom Museum

Retired Sen. George S. McGovern speaks at the McCormick Freedom Museum, 445 N. Michigan Ave., tonight from 6pm to 7:30pm. "Serving as a U.S. Representative for South Dakota from 1956-1960, a U.S. Senator from 1963-1981 and Democratic nominee for president in 1972 McGovern has achieved this impressive resume all on his own. A natural historian by training, Sen. McGovern offers insight on why Americans hold Pres. Abraham Lincoln in such high esteem, and why he remains the standard by which all of his successors are measured. He will also provide thoughts on the future of the new president." Admission is free, but RSVP is required. The talk will be simulcast on Virtualbooksigning.net.

Unofficial Notes for a People's Atlas of Chicago Day

Join AREA Chicago in Wicker Park today for two events related to its Notes for a
People's Atlas of Chicago
project. The first is a collaboration with Around the
Coyote Festival which involves an exhibition of all of our Peoples Atlas of Chicago maps at the Wicker Park Field House (1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago) from 5-8pm. Then head down the street from 8pm-10pm to STOP SMILING Magazine's Storefront (1371 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL) where there will be a celebration of Experimental Geography, a book about mapping and art that features AREA's Peoples Atlas project. AREA's People's Atlas work is partially supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Contact areachicago@gmail.com for more information.

Eamon Grennan @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Pushcart Prize-winning poet Eamon Grennan reads at The Art Institute's Fullerton Hall, 111 South Michigan Ave., at 6pm. A Dublin native and professor at Vassar College, Grennan has published over ten volumes of poetry, translation, and essays, most recently Matter of Fact (Graywolf Press). The event is co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Admission is free.

Exquisite City, City of Cardboard @ Chicago Tourism Center

If you missed this extraordinary exhibit late last year at the Viaduct, you luckily have until mid-March to check it out. Free, 72 E Randolph. For more information, visit the website.

Rock, Paper, Scissors @ Emerald Loop

Exactly what it sounds like. This event kicks off a series of rock, paper, scissors tournaments in bars throughout Chicago. Throw your hand in the ring for a chance to win $500! 6-8pm, 216 N. Wabash. Free! For more information call (312) 263-0200 or visit their website.

End of the World Dance Party @ Sonotheque

The Earth might be doomed In 2012 according to certain Mayan calendars and sci-fi serials, but that doesn't mean you still can't party. The first End of the World Dance Party of 2009 brings Chicago Juke legend DJ Gant-Man (recent named Kid Sister's DJ), as well as Chrissy Murderbot, Huggies Supreme and Thunderous Olympian to Sonotheque. It's FREE if you RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com with the subject line "WORLD" or $5 all night. Presented by SixPoint Chicago, The Empty Bottle and Sonotheque. Show at 9pm. 1444 W Chicago. 21+

World Kitchen Learning Series: Choose & Use

If you like buying kitchen gadgets but need some direction on how to use tools such as knives and cookware, head to the "Choose & Use" cooking class tonight from 6-8:30pm at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street. This class is offered through the City of Chicago's World Kitchen learning series. Admission is $30 and pre-registration is required.

Bird Migration in Chicago: The Spectacle and the Hazards @ Cultural Center

As part of the Lurie Garden Lectures, David Willard, who manages the Field Museum's bird collection, discusses bird migration in Chicago, including research on how urban environments affect birds. Free at 6pm in the 5th floor Millennium Park Room. 78 E. Washington. For more information, visit the website or call 312-744-6630.

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

The eighth annual Chicago Sketchfest continues tonight and runs through the 18th at the Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Tickets are $12.50, and an all-festival pass will set you back $150. See tonight's schedule here.

Cocktail Class @ Nacional 27

Learn to mix cocktails from one of the best mixologists in the city. Nacional 27's Adam Seger leads this class where you'll learn all about agave nectar, watch how to make two cocktails with the ingredient, and enjoy snacks. The class runs from 5:30-6:30 PM and costs $15, plus tax and tip. Call to RSVP.

Nacional 27
25 W. Huron
Chicago, IL
(312) 664-2727

Farnsworth House: Rising Water & Preservation @ Chicago Cultural Center

After the flooding and cleanup of the Mies van der Rohe landmark in Plano, Ill. last September, Farnsworth House site manager Whitney French lectures today at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, about the floods, cleanup and aftermath, and addresses future plans for the landmark. Sponsored by Landmarks Illinois. In the Claudia Cassidy Theater, second floor, from 12:15-1pm, free and open to the public. Call 312-922-1742, ext. 226 for more information or visit the Landmarks Illinois events page.

 

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