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Monday, October 18

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Spring 2009 Flower Show @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Opening tonight and running until 5/10, the Spring Flower Show will feature colorful bulbs, annuals, perennials, and flowering shrubs. The show spotlights more than 800 azaleas over three months, including some descended from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The second half of the show headlines more than 400 hydrangea in white, pink and blue. 300 North Central Park Ave., Show House. Open during conservatory hours: 9am - 5pm (Wednesdays 9am-8pm).

Patti Smith @ Block Museum of Art

Legendary musician, poet, and artist Patti Smith will attend the Block Cinema screening of the new documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life at 8pm tonight at the Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Dr. in Evanston. Smith will participate in a post-screening discussion with the film's director, Steven Sebring, and Sun-Times music critic Jim Derogatis. Pre-registration is required to purchase tickets. Both can be done online. Tickets are $8 for Northwestern University students, faculty, and staff; $11 for the general public. Limit 2 per person. For more information call 847-491-4000.

Christmas on Mars @ Doc Films

Doc Films presents the Flaming Lips' strange film Christmas on Mars. The film screens tonight at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm and again on Sunday, February 1 at 1pm. The film screens in the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall at The University of Chicago (1212 East 59th Street). Ticket information here.

Wendy and Lucy @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the 2008 film Wendy and Lucy, which made quite a few Top 10 lists last year. The film starts tonight and screens for just one week at the theater, so check the Music Box Website for a complete schedule and showtimes. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

B-Fest @ Northwestern University

Northwestern's A&O Productions proudly presents B-Fest 2009, a 24-hour festival of B films screened in the auditorium of the Norris University Center on NU's Evanston campus. It's a fabulous celebration of all things cheezy in cinema, and there will be special surprise screenings, raffle drawings, audience participation, and much more. See the B-Fest Website for full details, a list of films to be screened, and information on whether tickets are still available. 6pm tonight to 6pm Saturday, McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Drive.

Bruno Pronsato @ Sonotheque

Bruno Pronsato [Hello?Repeat, Perlon, Orac, Musique Risquee] LIVE PA
Kate Simko [Spectral Sound, Kupei Musika] LIVE PA
DJ Jason Patrick [Klectik, Volatl]
Live interactive visual performance by Lavamatic

@ Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago Ave 9pm - 2am
Reduced admission with RSVP to

Berlin-based Bruno Pronsato took the world by storm in 2008; voted by Resident Advisor as one of the top 10 albums of the year, Pronsato's Why Can't We Be Like Us took the art of experimental dance music to the next level. Meanwhile, his Half Hawaii project on Perlon with Sammie Dee has pushed the envelope of the genre. As RA writer Peter Chambers astutely states, "Pronsato has spared nothing in this work- there is nothing missing,lacking, insufficient.. the bar has just been raised." Not a DJ, Pronsato devotes all of his time to electronic music composition and live performances. Pushing the envelope using advanced programming software such as Max/MSP, Pronsato's live performance devastates audiences with its uniquely intricate yet psychedelic and soulful grooves.

Pronsato's Live Set, Discography + more

Chicago-based Kate Simko (Spectral) provides a live laptop set and Jason Patrick (Klectik) DJs.

Lindstrøm @ SmartBar

Headlining in the DJ booth at SmartBar this evening is the Oslo-based electronic recording artist Lindstrøm, who is touring the U.S. in the wake of his warmly-received album Where You Go I Go Too (out this past Fall via the Smalltown Supersound label). Jerome Derradji and SR-71 will be spinning tracks in the opening slots. Keep an eye on our Transmission page for more details. 3730 N. Clark Street. Doors open at 10pm. $10 before midnight, $15 after midnight.

Coltrane Motion @ Reggie's Music Joint

With washes of keyboard buzz and some hip-shaking beats, local electronic psych-pop duo Coltrane Motion pop up to play a headlining set. at Reggie's Music Joint tonight. Demure new-wave combo The Helicopters perform on the opening bill, as do Thunders and Replica Republic. 2105 S. State Street. 9 PM. Admission is $5 with RSVP, $8 without. See our Transmission page for further details.

Chicago Outfit Fundraiser @ Memories

The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby team hosts a fundraiser tonight, Friday, January 30, 9 p.m., at Memories, 4358 N. Cicero Ave. There'll be drink specials, a raffle and music from Monolith, Sincorp and Ezurage. Check The Outfit's website for details.

Foreign Exchange @ Double Door

A duo borne of IM messages and file sharing, North Carolina's Phonte (of Little Brother) and Holland beatmaker Nicolay are on tour as Foreign Exchange to present their second collaboration, "Leave It All Behind." 9pm.

Tickets are $25. We suggest you get them from the Double Door ticket office. Trust us.

Starkey @ Lava

DJ C, Mashit Records and Bouncement present a night of dubstep, lazer-bassline, glitch-hop, Boston-bounce, street-bass, raggaclash, acid-crunk, and mashup. The Bouncement crew is bringing in Philadelphia's king of street-bass anthems, Starkey, for his first Chicago appearance. The night of massive bass and bounce will also include Panamanian dancehall deejay MC Zulu on the mic, Bouncement resident and Mashit honcho DJ C on the turntables, and a set by Timid, the man behind Chicago's premier dubstep party, BassGoesBoom. Keep your eye on our Transmission page for further details. 10 PM to 2 AM. Lava, 1270 N Milwaukee Ave. $7 cover, 21 Plus.

GB Get-Together @ Gingerman

Gapers Block staffers and readers get together on the last Friday of every (well, nearly every) month for drinks and conversation. This month we're meeting at the Gingerman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., from 8pm to 11pm. Look for us in the pool room, taking up too many tables.



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