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Friday, December 3

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The Kitchen is Open for Business

Kitchen Chicago, Chicago's premiere co-op professional kitchen has gotten a new space in the West Loop (324 N. Leavitt). They're getting settled in and will be having an open house today from 3pm to 7pm. Whether you're interested in starting a food business, looking for a space to rent for an event, or just like fantastic food and want to meet some independent makers of fine food, show up at the Leavittown Lofts and follow the signs to their new space.

Freedom Symphony @ Harris Theater

Dr. L. Subramaniam & Kavita Krishnamurti with The Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra present Freedom Symphony for World Peace Songs of India & Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5. The Freedom Symphony, written by Subramaniam for the Washington Philharmonic to recognize 60 years of Indian independence, has only been performed in select venues in India. The composition, written in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali and Tamil, has excerpts from writings by Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore.

3pm, Harris Theater; 205 East Randolph Street
Tickets start at $30. Call (312) 334-7777 or visit

Granta Magazine Tribute to Nelson Algren

Granta Magazine closes their week-long celebration of their all-Chicago issue with a tribute to Nelson Algren. Photographer and writer Art Shay will be at the Rainbo Club to show photos and discuss Algren's life in Chicago. Free at 6pm at 1150 N. Damen. Call (773) 489-5999 for more information.

The Charlatans UK @ Double Door


Arguably the last true survivors of the Madchester scene, The Charlatans UK (drop the UK if you're outside of the U.S.) are still making beautiful music together after more than 20 years in the industry. The band is currently touring in support of their latest album, "You Cross My Path" which was deemed "mega," by none other than Joaquin Phoenix. 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160. With Hatcham Social. $20. 9pm.

Brett Eugene Ralph & Steve Albini @ Quimby's

Brett Eugene Ralph will be at Quimby's to read from his book Black Sabbatical, a collection of poems. Joining him will be local producer and musician Steve Albini who will read his short fiction. Free at 3pm at 1854 W. North Ave. Call (773) 342-0910 for more information.

Chicago Fire Match @ Toyota Park

This is a crucial match for the Chicago Fire. Today, the soccer team takes on the Columbus Crew. Currently, the two teams are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference, and this game will determine who will take the lead. The game starts at 2pm at Toyota Park, so come out and support your Chicago Fire! For tickets call (312) 559-1212 or visit the Toyota Park Website.

Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out

It's a a win-win: you eat, and the needy eat. Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out, which runs today through September 26, helps combat childhood hunger in America when you dine out. Restaurants such as Carnivale, Corner Bakery, Salpicon, Tizi Melloul, Cafe Spiaggia, Lawry's and Flatwater are some of the restaurants who will donate a portion of their sales to the cause.



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