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Wednesday, April 26
Objectified is a documentary which examines "our relationship to manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them". The screening is followed by a discussion with director Gary Hustwit and designers featured in the film. Tickets cost $20 ($15 for AIGA/IDSA members) and are available for purchase here. Discounts for groups of 20 or more can be arranged by e-mailing tickets[at]objectifiedfilm[dot]com. 7:30pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. (773) 871-6604.
New Zealand's "fourth most popular folk parody duo" Flight of the Conchords perform at Arie Crown Theater tonight. Comedian (and landlord) Eugene Mirman will also perform. Tickets are $38.50 on Ticketmaster. 7:30pm. 2301 McCormick Dr. at McCormick Place.
"After Graduation: Creating Opportunities for Employment, Education, and Community and Family Involvement" is the theme of the fifth annual Chronic Illness and Postsecondary Educational Symposium presented today by the Chronic Illness Initiative at DePaul University's School for New Learning. This year's keynote speaker is Karen McCulloh, the executive director of disabilityworks at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Get more information (including parking discounts) and register ($25 for the public, $10 for students) here.
Haven't had a chance to read Fahrenheit 451 yet? Join other Big Read participants as they come together at Columbia College's library to read the entire book in one day. Free and open to the public, 9am-5pm, at 624 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor. For questions, email Shirley Bennett at sbennett[at]colum[dot]edu.
Soup and discussion about the topics of the day are on the menu at Hull House Kitchen's Re-thinking Soup series. Today (and every Tuesday) from 12-1:30pm at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents' Dining Hall (800 South Halsted) come in for a hearty meal and a chat. Event is free, but donations are accepted.