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Thursday, January 26

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Learn Flight of the Conchords Songs @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a 4-week mini class focused on learning the songs from the "Flight of the Conchords" TV series. Expect band meetings, guit-boards, and funky funky eyepatches. Actually, you should expect to learn a whole bunch of songs taught to you by OTS teacher extraordinaire Jimmy Tomasello. The class is $80, or $72 if you register before June 8; see the OTS Website to sign up. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Like A Lady: The Fakaleitis of Tonga

Unity in Chicago Church presents a preview screening of the documentary short Like A Lady: The Fakaleitis of Tonga, which documents the group of men and boys who identify as women in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. The short screens tonight at 7pm, and will feature light refreshments and live music before the screening. Admission is $12, and will go towards the finishing of the film. Unity in Chicago Church: 1925 W. Thome. (773) 973-0007.

Invent the Future Workshop @ Naperville Municipal Center

How should the region plan for the year 2040? This summer, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will hold dozens of free public workshops called GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future". Information you contribute at these meetings will help CMAP develop a preferred scenario that will best reflect the region's desired future. Today's workshop takes place from 6-8pm at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville, IL. Visit for more information and to register.

Better Than Ezra @ Pioneer Court - FREE

Better Than Ezra is playing a FREE lunchtime concert as part of the Walgreens Summer Concert Series today at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave). The band is currently touring in support of their new album, Paper Empire. Noon.

Lady Vengeance @ the Chicago Cultural Center

Cinema/Chicago, is once again is teaming up with Chicago's various consulates and cultural organizations to present the sixth annual International Summer Screening Program at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph Street).

This screening of Lady Vengeance is presented by the Korean Consulate General of Chicago. Lady Vengeance is the last part of director Park Chan-Wook's incredible Vengeance trilogy. A wrongfully accused woman Lee has her daughter taken away from her and thrown into prison for thirteen years after being convicted on killing schoolboy. As she slowly gains the trust of her cellmates and fellow prisoners through false sincerity, she plots her vengeance against the man who did this to her. What follows is a highly-elaborate plan for retribution, with twists and turns so surprising it'll impress the most seasoned film watchers.

Admission is free and seating is first come, first serve. 6:30pm. Because of the extreme violence in this film viewer discretion is advised.

Hey Champ @ LaSalle Power Co.

Hey Champ, the local synth dance rock band who has skyrocked in the last year thanks mostly to the popularity of their single, "Cold Dust Girl", play tonight at LaSalle Power Company. This may be your last chance to catch them before playing Lollapalooza. 500 N. LaSalle St. Tickets are $7 ($10 door). 9pm. 21+

Rick Bayless @ Green City Market

Celebchef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill will give a cooking demonstration today at 10:30am at the Green City Market, Stockton and LaSalle Drives.



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