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Friday, December 9

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Re-Thinking Soup @ Hull House

UIC hosts Re-Thinking Soup, a free weekly lunch where participants eat soup cooked from ingredients found at Hull House's urban gardens and chat about an assortment of topics. Event runs today from noon-1:30pm at Hull House, 800 South Halsted.

Guerrilla Girls Lecture: Feminist Masked Avengers @ MCA

Since their first riotous appearance in 1985, the Guerrilla Girls have dedicated themselves to exposing sexism, racism, and corruption in the art world, the film industry, and popular culture. Adopting the names of dead women artists and decked out in full jungle drag, these anonymous avengers use facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to skewer institutional bias and inequality. In this program, the Guerilla Girls give a guided tour through the history of their many public interventions, perform satirical skits, and inspire us to create our own sophisticated acts of aesthetic resistance. Unfortunately this program is sold out, but you might try calling or just showing up at the last minute and begging to get in. The lecture begins at 7pm, at the MCA Theater: 220 E. Chicago. For additional information, call (312) 494-9509 or visit

Haptic and Lisa Slodki @ MCA

Experimental musicians Haptic (Steven Hess, Joseph Clayton Mills, and Adam Sonderberg) and video artist Lisa Slodki (a.k.a Noisecrush) discuss their work and ideas during this informal gallery talk, which is part of the MCA's 12x12 exhibition series. Their exhibit will be up November 6-29. The artist talk begins at 6pm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art: 220 E. Chicago. Admission is free. Call the MCA at (312) 280-2660 for more information.

Jorge Pardo @ AIC

Cuban-born Chicago-based artist Jorge Pardo's work walks the line between art and furniture. Check out this feature on him from the LA Times to get a sense of what he does. This lecture is part of SAIC's Visiting Artist Program.
Admission is $5 for the general public; $3 for SAIC alumni, non-SAIC students, and seniors; and FREE for students, faculty, and staff of the AIC. 6pm. Fullerton Auditorium: 112 S. Michigan.

Society of Midland Authors: Burnham's Plan of Chicago

The Society of Midland Authors joins in the celebration of the centennial of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago with a discussion featuring four local authors. The panel discussion will feature Aric Lascher and Sam Roche, co-authors of Plans of Chicago, Janice Metzger, author of What Would Jane Say? City-Building Women and a Tale of Two Chicagos, and Donald Whitfield, director of higher education for the Great Books Foundation. Admission to the discussion is free, but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of programs. A social hour starts at 6pm with the discussion starting at 7pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor.

Coach House Sounds Launch Party @ The Whistler

Coach House Sounds hold their launch party with performances by Animal City, Zing! and Classical Revolution of Chicago. Raffle prizes from Bloodshot, Drag City, Contraphonic Records, Busy Beaver Buttons, and CHIRP. Proceeds from the raffle will go to The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir Recovery Fund. 8pm. 2421 N Milwaukee Ave. FREE!

Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book @ Ina's

Chicago Foodways Roundtable sponsors a lecture this morning at 10am at Ida's (1235 West Randolph Street) about the woman Chuck Darwin loved more than relativity--his wife, Emma, who had a mammoth cookbook for meals hearty enough for a deep thinker like her hubby. Learn more about Emma, Chuck, and the foods they loved. Admission $2. RSVP via email or call (847) 432-8255.

Turkish Feast

Istanbul Restaurant (3613 N. Broadway) is hosting a Turkish Feast tonight. The reception starts at 6:30pm with dinner served at 7pm.

Owner-Chef Yasar Demir is presenting each course with a wine pairing. Starters of hummus, baba ghanoush, and ezme are paired with a 2008 Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Reisling, and an entree of chicken shish kebab or beef kebab are being served with 2006 Zwei.1 Zweigelt.

This dinner is presented by ChicaGourmets!, and you can find a PDF of the event menu and more information here.

The dinner is $39 all inclusive, and is limited to 40 diners.

Public Workshop on Northerley Island @ Spertus

The Chicago Park District is hosting a public workshop regarding the future of Northerly Island on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Spertus ( 610 S. Michigan Ave). An open house viewing will take place from 6-6:30 p.m. with presentations and focused discussions from 6:30-9 p.m. "The Chicago Park District strives to provide our communities an opportunity to have their voices be heard." said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Tim Mitchell. "We are interested to hear what Chicagoans have to say about the future of Northerly Island Park." The Chicago Park District and their consulting team will be present to share ideas and discuss potential improvements to the park as part of the ongoing Northerly Park Framework Plan. The history of the park will be showcased to the public and there will be a review of the public's input to date. A discussion will be held about the preliminary programming and design concepts in efforts to help the Park District get closer to obtaining a final design for Northerly Island.



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