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Thursday, March 21

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Granta Magazine @ Stop Smiling Storefront

Granta Magazine celebrates their all-Chicago issue in conjunction with the Poetry Foundation with a poetry reading at the Stop Smiling Storefront. Featured poets include Anne Winters, Reginald Gibbons and Diego Saenz reading their own poetry; David Trinidad will read a selection of James Schuyler poems. Free at 7pm at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. Call (773) 342-1124 for more information.

The Split, Lynxwail @ Martyr's

Young local bands The Split play Martyr's tonight along with Lynxwail. Reading the bands' bios on the Martyr's site you'd think you'd be headed into a coke-addled Tuesday night drug-fest, but in listening to both bands, they come off as light reincarnations of their chosen influences. The Split channel Lou Reed and The Stone Roses at times in a pleasant, not-so-strung-out way that would make for a perfectly suitable mid-week show at which one could enjoy a few beers and have a fine conversation with friends. Lynxwail, while coming across in their bio as an ex-girlfriend who would love to set your stuff on fire, have a lovely little harmony and guitar strum to their sound that would ease you into the evening without the harsh buzz of too much guitar rattle to keep up all night and make you miss that morning conference call. Doors 8pm, $7, 21+. Martyr's is located at 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 404-9494.

Lebowski Fest

Bowl, drive around, and have an acid flashback: The Big Lebowski hits us today through Tuesday with bowling, burlesque, and of course the film itself. See the site for locations and times.

Chefs Collaborative National Summit @ Kendall College

Chefs from all over the country meet today for the Chefs Collaborative National Summit at Kendall College (900 North Branch) to talk about the future of food beyond dinner specials--lectures about using sustainable ingredients and learning more eco-friendly practices in the kitchen, along with programs on pork and wine are on the bill. Registration $50-250.

Tuesdays on the Terrace : Corey Wilkes @ MCA

If you like jazz, or you just like being outside on a Chicago summer afternoon, then make your way to the Museum of Contemporary Art for "Tuesdays on the Terrace." Have a seat by the band on the terrace, or bring a blanket and some friends to the lawn and take in the sounds of some of the city's most talented jazz musicians. Tonight's artist is Corey Wilkes. 220 East Chicago Ave. 5:30pm-8pm. Free.

Bookslut Reading Series: Dave Reidy & Barry Schechter

Literary blog Bookslut hosts a reading by Chicago authors Dave Reidy and Barry Schechter at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., at 7:30pm in the upstairs bar. Free, 21+.

Layer Cake: Tales from a Quinceañera @ C33 Gallery

Becoming a woman is rarely simple, and in a country of mixed moral, spiritual and cultural messages, the Latino coming-of-age ritual known as the Quinceañera is in some ways more complicated than ever. Layer Cake: Tales from a Quinceañera
gathers artists who can capture this fantastic confusion through personal engagement, showing that Quinceañera is not only an Hispanic tradition but a human one.

Opening reception 4-8pm, Columbia College Chicago's C33 Gallery, 33 East Congress Parkway @ Wabash.

Throughout the exhibit, students, the Columbia College community and the public will be invited to submit personal photos from Quinceañeras they have attended, participated in, had, crashed, etc. See the blog for more images and media.

Bad Veins @ Subterranean

Cincinnati based duo Bad Veins bring their fuzzy guitar pop and orchestral arrangements to Subterranean tonight. While described as "sounding more akin to Arcade Fire than White Stripes," this group has a lot in common with a younger Killers sound in emotional, yet danceable indie rock with a lusher sound. Bad Veins open for Division Day. Color Radio also play. Show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10. 2011 W. North Ave. 17+

 

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