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Friday, April 28
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America, a look at the South Central LA gang war that has gone on for 30 years now. The film screens only twice at the Film Center: this evening at 8 PM, and again on Tuesday, February 10 at 6 PM. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members, and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
PAWS Chicago will be holding their Animal Magnetism benefit tonight at Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie. Admission begins at $125.
Gapers Block and Calumet Photographic invite photographers of all experience levels to participate in a photo swap. Show up at Calumet with five 4"x6" photographs, hang out with other photographers and then leave with five photos from others. Food and drinks will be provided. The event is free and will be at Calumet Photographic, 1111 N. Cherry Ave, from 5:30pm and 7:30pm. For more information, contact David Schalliol.
Venture up to Gallery 901 (901 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL) for the annual Facilitators Exhibit opening, showcasing artwork by Open Studio Project facilitators. The opening (10am-4pm) will feature art, refreshments and art making! Visit OpenStudioProject.org, their Facebook page, or call 847-475-0390 for more details.
The University of Chicago Folklore Society presents their 49th annual folk festival, happening today through 2/8 at Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E 59th Street). Three days of workshops and performances for folk music fans and musicians. Tickets here. For full information on the festival please see the society's website.
Mark Bazer celebrates the first anniversary of his Interview Show tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, from 6:30pm to 8pm.
Guests include Tom Geoghegan, Illinois' Fifth Congressional District candidate and labor lawyer; John Green, award-winning novelist of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns; T.J. Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, from the acclaimed IO show "TJ & Dave"; and Konee Rok, filmmaker, music-video director and chronicler of the Chicago hip-hop scene. Plus a musical performance by Dave and Darren of The Changes. $5 at the door. 21+
Come celebrate the release of the first "squeaky green" kid's book on National Green Week. Put out by Featherproof Press, Grow: An Environmentally Friendly Book, teaches children to consider their daily routine's impact on the environment. 5-8pm, 3103 W Logan. For more details call (773) 489-0646 or go here.
Still riding high on the thrill of playing the Hideout's Big Shoulders Inauguration Ball in D.C., Icy Demons are back home and will be playing a headlining set at the Hideout this evening. In the opening slot are their Shape Shoppe associates (and sister band) Chandeliers, who'll be stacking their collection of keyboards to get the groove started with their own bubbly blend of jazzy electro-funk. The show starts at 10 PM, and tickets are $8. 1354 West Wabansia.
More than 200 vendors display military memorabilia and uniforms at a convention for historical reenactors, costumers and history buffs. Also includes musical acts, demonstrations, seminars, trivia, miniature war gaming and parties. $20. 3-7pm, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling. For more information call (630) 336-2614. Continues through February 8th.