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Monday, October 14

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Facets Night School: The Entity

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, a series of great cult films screening Saturdays at midnight through June 27. Tonight's film is the underrated 1982 shocker The Entity, with a discussion of the film hosted by Facets' Miguel Martinez. Admission is $5, and you can get a $40 pass for all of the films in this series through Ticketweb. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (773) 281-0075.

Friday Night Fever @ Beat Kitchen

No, this isn't a bell-bottoms toting disco cover band. It's worse. Friday Night Fever's members are purveyors of emo-fueled sonic torture and sport mildly amusing 80s gym class garb. Regardless, this might turn out to be some great so-bad-it's-good entertainment. Also playing is Phantom of the Cineplex. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 6:30pm. All ages.

Benefit for Jack Benjamin @ Hopleaf

Friends of Neo-Futurists Noelle Krimm and Sean Benjamin gather this afternoon to help raise money for their son Jack, who was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia and had a liver transplant. The benefit happens this afternoon from 1 to 4pm at the Hopleaf (5138 N. Clark, near Foster) and features a silent auction, performances by Boy Girl Boy Girl, and other exciting surprises. Tickets are a suggested $25 donation at the door. All proceeds go to the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) and through them to Jack. For more information about Jack and COTA please see

Blowoff @ the Metro

Since it's beginnings in 2002, Blowoff has become the queer destination dance DJ party. The event, a dance party (that tours from April until September and welcomes all) comes to Chicago this International Mr. Leather weekend. The two legendary musicians, Rocker Bob Mould and master remix electronic artist Richard Morel team up again as Blowoff and will be tandem spinning and blurring the lines between house, indie pop, punk and electronica this Saturday at the Metro from 11pm until 4am. Get your tickets here. $15. 3750 N. Clark St. (773)549-0203

Three Black Kings and Scorched @ CSO

A novel concept that sees the vaunted Chicago Symphony Orchestra explore just what's so similar between classical music and jazz. In particular, Duke Ellington's Three Black Kings composition adapted for symphony orchestra and Scorched, an original composition done for both jazz trio and orchestral performance. This cannot be missed. 8pm, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets available over here.

White Mystery @ The Hideout

If you're a fan of stripped down garage rock, loud drums, and/or redheads, meet your perfect match. White Mystery is the two-piece brother/sister duo of Alex and Francis White. Alex is best known as the guitar rockin' front women of Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra, but with her latest venture with brother Francis, she strips it down to a guitar and heavy-handed drum garage rock sound.

Also playing is noteworthy act, Stranger Waves, who were recently picked as the "Best Rock or Pop Act" by The Reader.

White Mystery and Stranger Waves play The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, at 9pm. Tickets are $8, and the show is 21+

The Parlor's 2nd Annual Emerging Writer's Festival

Coincident with the Pilcrow Lit Fest, The Parlor's 2nd Annual Emerging Writer's Festival features readings by upcoming authors Sarah Terez Rosenblum, Jeanie Chung, Peter Anderson and more. Free! BBQ afterwards. Green Lantern Gallery, 1151 N. Milwaukee Avenue. 4pm on.

Pilcrow Lit Fest

Pilcrow Lit Fest brings authors, writers, poets, librarians, booksellers, and publishers from around the country together in support of small presses and independent media through small workshops, panel discussions, lectures and author readings in Chicago at Trader Todd's, 3216 N. Sheffield, and Matilda's, 3101 N. Sheffield. Today, discussion panels & workshops from 10am-5:45pm, and The One-Two Punch: Literary Death Match & Rebuilt Books Auction(Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave).



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