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Friday, December 9

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It Came From The Neo-Futurarium: Cool As Ice

The Neo-Futurists kick off their eighth annual "film fest" It Came From The Neo-Futurarium VIII: Legend of the Neo-Futurarium tonight with a staged reading of the script for the hilariously awful 1991 film Cool As Ice, with director and ensemble member Dina Connolly as Mr. Ice. The show starts tonight at 8pm at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland at Foster). Tickets are $10, or $8 for students with ID and repeat customers. For more information please visit the Neo-Futurist Website or call the Neo-Hotline at (773) 275-5255.

Spring Fling Bar Top Burlesque @ Blue Bayou

Stop by the Blue Bayou (3734 N Southport Ave; 773-871-3300) on Thursday June 25th for some good old fashion burlesque served bar top. The pasties start twirling at 10 p.m. sharp so get there early for a good seat. Presented by Vaudezilla, the free show features some of Chicago's favorite bawdy babes including Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, and Donna Touch. Visit Vaudezilla's website for more details.

Invent the Future Workshop @ Crystal Lake City Hall

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 7-9pm at the Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL. Visit for more information and to register.

Chicago Books Showcase @ Book Cellar

Come celebrate Chicago literature and local authors at this new showcase at the Book Cellar. Readings will feature Ann Slavick (Hour Chicago), Dan Zamudio (Chicago Neon Signs: Neighborhood and Downtown Landmarks Through a Toy Camera), Jacque Day (Images of America: West Ridge), Jean Iverson (BYOB Chicago), Owen Hurd (Chicago History for Kids) and Ashleigh Deese Grambo (C is for Chicago). Free at 7pm at 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

Brad Peterson @ Double Door

Local musician Brad Peterson will no doubt draw comparisons to The Beatles, especially on tracks like "More" and "Serenity Prayer." There's even a little bit of country in the song "Ductape." Learn more about Peterson in our music section, Transmission. See him play tonight at Double Door at the Record Release Party for his new album, The Ductape Album. Nicolas Tremulis opens. Stick around after the show for live band karaoke. 1572 N. Milwaukee. 9pm. Tickets are $10. 21+

Matter Dance: Revolving Doors-Opening Night

Matter Dance Company, whose mission is to bring dance to the masses through innovative and unconventional performances, takes the stage today through the 28th for their new show "Revolving Doors," which is a collection of short pieces covering a broad range of choreographic styles. Performances are at the Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble St.). Thursday-Saturday the show starts at 8 PM. Sunday's show is at 3 PM. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students with ID, and seniors and can be purchased online or by calling 773-342-4141. "Recession-buster" tickets for 40% off for opening and closing performances can be purchased at See Chicago Dance.

World Kitchen Learning Series: Sensational Salads

Make a boring salad exciting tonight from 6-8:30pm at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street. This class is offered through the City of Chicago's World Kitchen learning series. Admission is $30 and pre-registration is required.

Chris Koetke @ Local Beet/Eli's Farmers Market Lecture Series

The Local Beet and Eli's Cheesecake sponsors a 1pm guest lecturer at Eli's/Wright College's Farmers Market, which is held every Thursday at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive. Today's speaker is Chris Koetke, the Dean of Culinary Arts at Kendall College.



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