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Wednesday, October 16

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Lykke Li @ Metro

Swedish indie pop star Lykke Li plays the Metro tonight. Check out our artist highlight in Transmission. Show starts at 8pm. All ages. Tickets are $18. 3730 N. Clark St.

ChicagoImprovAnarchy @ Gorilla Tango Theatre

ChicagoImprovAnarchy takes on reality television with their newest production, "Dirty Scoundrels," which tackles an entire season of a fake reality TV show in 45 minutes, complete with maniacal challenges, hazardous alliances and back-stabbing opponents. The show runs tonight and Saturdays in February, 10pm at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office or online. For more information call 773-598-4549.

Big Goddess Pow Wow @ Acme Art Works

The Rhinoceros Festival presents the return of Big Goddess Pow Wow, a group of women performers well-known in the Chicago theater and performing community. The evening will be hosted by Annoyance Theater's Susan Messing, co-curated by Paula Killen and Lisa Buscani, and will feature plenty of Pow Wow veterans from years gone by. The show happens tonight at 8pm at Acme Art Works (2215 W. North Avenue); tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Viaduct Theatre box office at (773) 296-6024.

Lakeview Polar Bear Plunge

The Lakeview Polar Bear Club's annual Polar Plunge takes place today at Oak Street Beach. Show up at 11:30 for the noon jump into Lake Michigan -- or just show up at Galway Bay, 500 W. Diversey, from 9pm to midnight for the organization's fundraising party. $30 gets you all-you-can-drink beer, an LPBC drink coozy and one ticket in the raffle. (If you're going to take the plunge, you must fill out a waiver [PDF]. More details on the LPBC website.)

Chicago's Magnificent Churches Tour

Chicago Neighborhood Tours takes you on a guided tour of the Prairie Avenue Historic District's Second Presbyterian Church. An Arts and Crafts wonder, it's one of Chicago's finest examples of architect Howard van Doren Shaw's work. The tour includes two to three additional churches, synagogues or temples (decided closer to the tour dates). It departs from the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, at 10am. Tickets are $50; Seniors, students and children ages 8-18 are $45. Available online. Call 312-742-1190 for more information.

Circus of Horrors @ Intuit

Intuit: the Center for Outsider and Intuitive Art presents a screening of the 1960 film Circus of Horrors, in conjunction with their current exhibition of drawings by artist Joseph E. Yoakum. The film screens this afternoon at 2pm, Intuit gallery (756 N. Milwaukee Avenue). Admission is $6. For more information on this or other films that Inuit is screening please see the Intuit Website.

Unlympic Spelling Bee @ Quimby's

Part of the Unlympics, a month-long series of events designed to encourage dialogue about the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid, this event allows you to relive your 4th-grade glory days as master of the spelling bee. 1854 W. North Ave, 7pm. $5, advance registration required: call 773-342-0910.

Mi Ami @ The Hideout

Featuring ex-members of defunct D.C. art-punk outfit Black Eyes, the Bay-area trio Mi Ami recently signed to Touch & Go affiliate Quarterstick Records. They're presently touring to support their debut album, Watersports, which is due to release later this month. They're playing two gigs in Chicago this month, but for tonight's show they're the headlining act on the bill. Onyou opens. 1354 West Wabansia. Doors open at 9pm, and admission is $8. Keep your eye on our Transmission page for more details. Tickets available here.

Simple Gallery Benefit @ The Post Family

Local artist Dee Clements, known for her meticulous textile vignettes, will host a benefit at The Post Family tonight to raise funds for her soon-to-be-open Simple Gallery. Art auctions, video displays, and a performance by The Blue Ribbon Glee Club - oh, it's gonna be big. Free admission. 6pm - 10pm. The Post Family is located at 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite #202.

Empowering Lupus Patients @ Trinity United Church of Christ

The Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter, brings together three speakers to help lupus patients get more out of life! Robert Katz, MD, will speak about new lupus research; personal trainer Michael C. Watson will talk about exercise and lupus; and Gapers Block's own Jenni Prokopy will offer tips on overcoming self-defeating behaviors. The free event takes place Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 from 8:30am to 1:00pm at Trinity United Church of Christ, Village Center, at 1947 W. 95th St. in Chicago. To RSVP, email Sonya or call 312-542-0002

Green City Market @ Peggy Notebaert

Green City Market's first year round market runs every first and third Saturday through April 18 inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum , 2430 N. Cannon, from 8am to 1pm Bus: 151 Sheridan, 76 Diversey - or ride your bicycle.

The 4th Annual John Glick Memorial Show @ Empty Bottle

Chicago rockers The Methadones, Nervous Fingers, The Negligents and Detroit's The Coronados play the 4th Annual John Glick benefit at Empty Bottle tonight (1035 N. Western Ave). The show's proceeds support the John Richard Glick Memorial Fund, helping musicians in need and funding local music and arts projects. Tickets are $8 at the door or online. 10pm, 21+

 

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