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Wednesday, January 18
Little Boots is very likely the only person to try out for Pop Idol and eventually play the Empty Bottle. The electronic music artist has been hyped up and down on each side of the Atlantic based on the strength of numerous singles released last year. She makes her Chicago debut this evening in support of her first full-length album, Hands. Little Boots performs at the Empty Bottle at 1035 N. Western. Kid Color opens at 9:30 PM. Yes Giantess will also play. Tickets are $15 and it's for a 21+ crowd.
The Neo-Futurists present a special one-night-only remount of their recent prime time show Beer, a musical about ... well, about beer. A fantastical, magical trip through the world of brewing beer that's sure to teach you the difference between a beer and a lager. Tonight's performance is a fundraiser to help take this show to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO this month. Beer starts tonight at 8pm at Metropolitan Brewery (5121 N. Ravenswood, at Winona). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Neo-Futurists Website, or by calling the Neo-Futurist hotline at (773) 275-5255.
Since 2002, the Chicago Moving Company has been providing an annual venue for Chicago dance companies to present their work, and for Chicago audiences to sample more than a dozen different artists and groups at The OTHER Dance Festival. Performers at tonight's opening night show are: Chicago Moving Company, Lucky Plush Productions, Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre.
$12-$15, 7:30pm, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Click here or call (773) 880-5402 for tickets.
Join literary magazine Granta at the Harold Washington Library for a celebration of Chicago writers. Their fall issue is devoted entirely to those who write in or about Chicago and the event will feature an evening of readings by several authors who have contributed to the issue, including Alex Kotlowitz, Stuart Dybek and Maria Venegas. Free at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St. Call (312) 747-4300 for more information.
Curtis White will be at Stop Smiling Storefront to celebrate the launch of his new book The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature. The book argues that the solution to the environmental crisis is not capitalism and technocracy, but the arts, religion and "the realm of moral imagination." White will read from his book and take questions from the audience. Stop Smiling will sell copies of the book at a discounted price of $10. Free from 7pm-9pm at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. RSVP at rsvp[at]stopsmilingonline[dot]com.
Berghoff's Oktoberfest runs today through Friday, Sept. 18, in Federal Plaza, Adams and Dearborn streets, from 11am to 9pm daily. Enjoy classic German food, Berghoff’s private-label beer and root beer, and Bavarian polka by the Johnny Wagner Band. Sixteen Candles also performs today at 5pm. Free.