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Wednesday, December 8

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Facets Night School: Dawn of the Dead

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, a series of great cult films screening Saturdays at midnight through June 27. Tonight's film is the last one in the series, and it's George Romero's zombie classic Dawn of the Dead (the original 1978 version, not the re-make). There will also be a discussion of the film hosted by Facets' Phil Morehart. 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.

Ukulele Noir @ Legal Grounds Coffee House

Ukulele Noir, the regular 'ukulele cabaret that happens monthly in New York, travels to the western suburbs for a show tonight at Legal Grounds Coffee House (1300 Maybrook Drive, Maywood). Scheduled to play: Craig Robertson; Fred Fallin; Neil Murphy; and Shiny and the Spoon. Show starts at 8:30pm, and tickets are $12.

Captive Audience Release Party

Author Dave Reidy celebrates the release of Captive Audience with a party and reading at The Darkoom, W. Chicago Ave., tonight from 7pm to 9:30pm. In addition to a reading from the book by Reidy, the menu includes short films by Steve Delahoyde, a reading by Claire Zulkey, the comic stylings of Pat Reidy, and DJing by PANIC. Free, 21+.

Zombie-Con

See dead people at The Comic Vault (1530 W. Montrose) during their first Zombie-Con. The event lasts from 11 AM-8 PM and features seminars on zombie makeup and "general zombie survival." Tim Seeley, artist/writer of "Hack/Slash" and colorist/illustrator Jeff Blake will also make appearances. Enjoy discounts on zombie-related merchandise and compete in a best-dressed zombie contest, among other festivities. Call 773-728-2001 for more info.

The Rikters @ Beat Kitchen

Power rock trio, The Rikters play tonight at Beat Kitchen to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut LP. Lead Doug Jenkins' smooth vocals have a Ben Folds quality that really stands out, especially on some of their softer songs. The Yearbooks and Aktar Aktar also play. 10:30pm. Tickets are $8. 2100 W. Belmont. 17+

Love in October @ Martyrs

Local indie-rock/pop group Love in October have a Record Release Show at Martyrs tonight for their new self-titled EP. Download a free mp3 of the song "Like Nothing Ever Happened" at their website. The Right Now and Jenny Gillespie will also play. Show starts at 10pm. Tickets are $8. 21 & up.

Sonic Youth @ The Vic

Legendary experimental rockers Sonic Youth recently returned to an indie label and released their 16th studio album, The Eternal. The album is classic Sonic Youth garage grit, with a fresh edge. Even after rocking for nearly three decades, they have proven that they are very much still relevant, and won't be fading out of the limelight anytime soon. Tonight they come to the Vic for the first night of a two night stand. 3145 N. Sheffield. Doors 7pm, show at 8pm. Tickets are $29.

Girls Rock! Gear Drive @ Whole Foods

Donate your new or used music equipment to Girls Rock! Chicago, a non-profit organization "dedicated to fostering girls' creative expression, positive self-esteem and community awareness through rock music." They will be accepting donations--including guitars, basses, amps, drums, cymbals, cases, pedals, microphones, cords, etc--today from 10am-6pm at the following area Whole Foods locations: Lincoln Park (1550 N. Kingsbury), Lakeview (3300 N. Ashland), South Loop (1101 S. Canal St) or South Loop (1101 S. Canal St).

Errol Flynn in The Sea Hawk @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre brings back its weekend classic film matinees this month with a tribute to swashbuckler Errol Flynn, in honor of this 100th birthday. This weekend's film is The Sea Hawk from 1940. The film screens Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. For a complete listing of films in this series, see the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

World Kitchen Learning Series: Fourth of July Picnic

Learn how to make picnic-ready dishes in time for the 4th of July holiday at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street. Today's class is offered through the City of Chicago's World Kitchen learning series. Class runs 11am-2pm. Admission is $30 and pre-registration is required.

Gale Gand @ Green City Market

Chef Gale Gand of Tru will give a cooking demonstration today at 10:30am at the Green City Market, Stockton and LaSalle Drives.

Low and Slow BBQ Lecture @ Kendall College

If you read our recent review of new cookbook Low and Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons, in which LTH Forum founder Gary Wiviott explains the art of making the best BBQ around, you will drop your plans for this morning and head to Kendall College, where Wiviott (and food writer Colleen Rush) will walk you through the delicate process of cooking some good meat. Event is sponsored by Culinary Historians of Chicago, and begins at 10am at 900 North Branch Street; $3 admission (free for Kendall students and faculty), and there's free parking. RSVP required via email or phone (847) 432-8255.

Style 4 Food Backyard Summer Bash + Fashion Showcase

Aspiring fashion stylist and vintage addicts Katie Yates and Ashley Barlow host their first annual Style 4 Food Backyard Summer Bash (1519 N. Claremont Ave). In addition to numerous racks of rad vintage and recycled clothing, the event will showcase Sage Brown's handmade cycling caps and a variety of stitched goods by James Matthews of Qylaar. Tony Junior will be selecting rare groove, salsoul and afrobeat for your shopping pleasure. The event runs from 9am to 6pm.

 

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