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Tuesday, October 22

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Animal Magnetism @ Galleria Marchetti

Tonight's benefit for PAWS gives you an opportunity to mingle with the swells (and their pooches--dogs are welcome!) in the name of helping out a deserving charity. Drinks, buffets, and dancing can be yours for $125 (an extra $25 if you're bringing Fido). Event begins at 7pm at Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie.

Critical Mass Bike Winter Art Show @ New Wave Coffee

The 13th annual Critical Mass Bike Winter Art Show kicks off today at New Wave Coffee (2557 N. Milwaukee) in Logan Square. From drawings to paintings, sculptures and clothing, this event is a way to keep the Critical Mass group active through the winter when the monthly rides are less frequent.

The Art Show runs through February 26, click here for more details.

D. Rider, I Kong Kult, and Avagami @ The Hideout

Yep. That's all. D. Rider, I Kong Kult, and Avagami play the Hideout tonight. Should be a wild show. Starts at 10pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia.

Paul Kahan @ The Hideout

Chicago culinary idol, Paul Kahan of Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and Big Star is the subject of the two-year anniversary of The Interview Show at The Hideout. Hosted by Mark Bazer and joined by the founders of Bloodshot Records, The Blacks and comedy duo Dominizuelan. 6:30pm-8:30pm. $5.

Now You See it, Now You Don't @ Flat Iron Arts

At 6pm tonight about 40 local artists -- many of them artists-in-residents at the Flat Iron -- unveil interconnected murals throughout the building's hallways and then, at 10pm, destroy the work by painting over it. While you're there, visit the open galleries to see more of the artists' work. A $5 donation for admission includes snacks and booze. The Flat Iron Arts Building is located at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Benefit for the Whale @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

In December an electrical fire destroyed the Whale, home of the utopian secret society/art collective, The Order of the Lamprey. All three Pilsen artists and their pets survived, but now they need to pay bills, rebuild, and above all, return to their former glory. To help, Lumpen Magazine is throwing a party, with a suggested donation of $10. Bands performing include Black Nag, Thin Man, Son of Cops (ex-Drapes), Members Only (80s glitter covers), and DJaded. This show's also a release party for the special 114th issue of Lumpen, "Looking for Answers." The magazine is free upon entry. The party will go from 9pm-2am at Co-Prosperity Sphere: 3219 S. Morgan, Bridgeport.

Blogger Industry Night @ Millennium Park Skate Rink

Explore Chicago, Gapers Block, the Printers Ball and the Chicago Publishers Gallery present an evening of mingling and ice skating for local bloggers tonight at the Park Grill and Millennium Park Ice Rink. From 7 to 11pm, join other bloggers out on the ice, and warm up in the Park Grill with complimentary apps and a cash bar. More info and RSVP on Facebook.

Education Policy Summit

The fiscally conservative Illinois Policy Institute is hosting this free summit-and-luncheon, "In Our Hands: Vouchers and the Future of Education in Illinois," to discuss school vouchers in the state. The Reverend Sen. James Meeks will speak after the meal. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? Panel Discussion begins at 9am; lunch is at noon, 190 S. LaSalle, 40th floor.

Art + Vision Reception @ Spex

Spex (1819 St. Johns Avenue; Highland Park) continues its Art + Vision events with this season's show's opening reception Friday, February 5th from 7 to 9:30 pm. The show will feature paintings, photography, and mixed media from various local artists (as well as some tasty cocktails and hors d'oeuvers). If you can't make it Friday, the works will be on display through Friday, March 19th. Visit their website or call (847) 266-6400 for more information.

Varietease Carbaret @ the Lakeshore Theater

Tired of snow drifts, runny noses, and frozen fingers? Let the vixens of Varietease Cabaret thaw you out and warm you up tonight, Friday February 5th, at the Lakeshore Theater (3175 N. Broadway). The show features live music by Johnny Roger and some of the hottest burlesque broads on the scene today including Natasha Minsk, Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, and cabaret host Backdoor Aly (not to mention the Lakeshore Theater's full bar!). The show starts at 10:30 pm and tickets are $15. Visit the event's website for more information.

 

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