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Wednesday, October 28

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World Kitchen Learning Series: Now You're Cooking

The "Now You're Cooking" class, part of the city's World Kitchen learning series, will get you cooking like the professionals. This is part of a four-class series that will end tonight. Class runs 6-8pm at the Gallery 37 Center for Arts at 66 East Randolph, admission is $30 ($100 for all four), and registration is required.

Cabaret Oobleck @ The Chopin

BoyGirlBoyGirl, Naomi Ashley & David Kodeski perform as part of Cabaret Oobleck, a showcase of the theater company's regulars, irregulars and friends. Hosted by BoyGirlBoyGirl's David Kodeski, the show starts at 7:30pm in the downstairs lounge of The Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. Tickets are $12 (more if you've got it, free if you're broke) and can be reserved at 773-347-1041 or here.

The Wizard of Oz screening and discussion @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents author Evan I. Schwartz, author of the book Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered The Great American Story who will discuss the themes and symbolism in the story. Following the discussion the film The Wizard of Oz will be screened. Mr. Schwartz will be signing his book in the theater lobby after the film. The show starts at 7pm; tickets are $9.25 ($8 for Chicago History Museum members and $5 for children), and are only available at the box office on the day of the show. Full information available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

"Same-Sex Marriage and Constitutional Law" with Professor Martha Nussbaum

U of C professor Martha Nussbaum will deliver a speech entitled "Same-Sex Marriage and Constitutional Law" at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted from 7pm-10pm. The event will cost $10.

Fifth Annual Fashion Focus Chicago

Fashion Focus Chicago, which supports and promotes fashion designers living and working in Chicago, will hold its fifth annual Fashion Focus Chicago weekend today through October 25th. Head to Millennium Park for runway shows featuring fashions by the city's top designers.

Fractured Lens Video Festival

The Fractured Lens Video Festival lets filmmakers of all disciplines and skill levels submit their short film for a chance to be seen on the big screen. Through regular submissions and winners of this year's contest, Fractured Lens has picked out a fantastic selection to be screened at the Portage Theatre (4050 N. Milwaukee), starting at 8pm. Tickets are $7 at the door.

ChiPubLib Sound Off Concert - FREE

The Chicago Public Library held a contest for local musicians to write an original composition about Chicago. Today the Grand Prize Winner and People's Choice Winner will take to the stage to perform their winning songs, as well as some of their other original material. Pritzker Park, 344 S. State Street (across from Harold Washington Library), 5:30pm. Free.

Squasht by Les Trunk Show

As part of Fashion Focus Chicago, Squasht by Les, by independent Chicago based designer, Lesley Timpe, hosts a downtown shopping event. This trunk sale features reversible hats, ready-to-wear garments, ruched handbags and 1940s-style petal headbands. $10 off purchases of $100 or more, $30 of purchases of $200 or more. Light fare with beverages will be provided. 11am-1pm. 72 E. Randolph. Click here for more info.

Writers on the Record: Sherman Alexie

Victoria Lautman interviews Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, among others. Free at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Call (312) 747-4300 for more information.

Kraak & Smaak, Fort Knox Five @ Subterranean

Holland's Kraak & Smaak isn't a DJ duo but rather three electronic artists. And DC funk masters Fort Knox Five is actually a live foursome. Fuzzy math aside, the two groups play Sub-T (2011 W North Ave) tonight. Doors open at 8:30pm, show starts at 9. Tickets are $15. 21+



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