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Friday, February 24
10Pin Bowling Lounge hosts a unique opportunity to bowl with the sexy Svedka Robots of Svedka Vodka. Boost your courage (if not your score) with $5 specialty Svedka cocktails in an array of fabulous flavors (citron, vanilla, raspberry, and clementine). Admission is free. 10pm - 12am. 10Pin is at 330 N. State St. (312) 644-0300.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run for Hausu (House), the surreal 1977 Japanese horror film about six classmates trapped in a terrifying house (YouTube trailer). The film premieres tonight and runs through March 4; see the Film Center Website for showtimes and more details. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.
Chicago's favorite burlesque troupe Vaudezilla invades The Exit (1315 W. North Avenue) tonight February 26th with BROADZILLA! The Burlesque Beast! The girls will perform two free, different shows at 10:30 pm and 1:00 am. Red Hot Annie and Wham Bam Pam host as a bevy of burlesque beauties perform including Bonny Babs, Donna Touch, Jeez Loueez, The Flaming Dames and more! Visit Vaudezilla's website for a complete list of dancers as well as other upcoming events.
Attention all spring brides: Stop by White Chicago's 222 W. Huron Street location and peruse the latest trends in veils and bridal accessories at the Lori London trunk show this Friday February 26th (from 11 am to 6 pm) and Saturday February 27th (from 10 am to 6 pm). Guests will receive a photo strip from The Original Traveling Photo Booth and 10% off any Lori London purchase.
Bright Pink holds their fourth annual VIPink event on Friday February 26th. Stop by the Cuvee Lounge (308 W. Erie Street) from 8 to 11 p.m. to help fund Bright Pink's information sessions about breast and ovarian health. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit Bright Pink's website for more information.
Alumni features the new work of a handful of recent graduates from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago-- Noelle Allen, Helen Maurene Cooper, Amy Mayfield and Michael Ratulowski. There is something for everyone at this show. The opening is from 5-8 tonight and the show will stay up through April 10. David Weinberg Gallery is located at 300 W. Superior St. Suite 203.
Join Gapers Block staff at Risque Cafe tonight for the February installment of our monthly get together. Our friends at PBR are sponsoring the event, and we'll have
$2 make that $1 PBR tallboys from 8-10pm! Risque Cafe is located at 3419 N Clark Street in Wrigleyville (just north of the intersection of Clark and Roscoe). 773-525-7711.
UPDATE: Our deal has been sweetened! At the door, please say you're with the Gapers Block party to receive a wristband for $1 PBR tallboys (otherwise $3)!
The premise of this exhibit is to address painting as an increasingly abstract notion, and to consider its inherent sculptural and object based possibilities. Work will be shown by Jacob Goudreault, Angel Otero, Max Reinhardt, Simon Slater, and Easton Miller. Also, a new installation by Jessica Labatte will be featured in the project window. The opening for this show is tonight from 6-9pm and the show will stay up through March 27. Roots & Culture Gallery is located at 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave. Call them at 773-235-8874 for more information or visit their website.
Michele Feder-Nadoff's chayah drawings are large suspended pieces, viewed from both the front and rear. They engage the viewer like manuscript sheets or layers of tanned skin, unattached to walls and wafting in the air currents stirred up by passers by. The opening reception will run from 6-9pm and features a musical performance by Douglas Ewart at 7. Experimental Sound Studio is located at 5925 N. Ravenswood. Call them at 773-769-1069 for more information.
Human Rights Watch is hosting a free happy hour and brief discussion with South Asia experts tonight from 5:30pm - 7pm at Flatwater (321 North Clark ). Ali Dayan Hasan (Lahore) and Meenakshi Ganguly (Mumbai) work together to expose and prevent human rights abuses in Southern Asia. They will share their personal experiences investigating and reporting on both sides of the conflict in Kashmir and examine the challenges to security in India and Pakistan that have come to dominate today's headlines.
Flatwater is providing complimentary appetizers. RSVP to Stephen Steim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 573-2452.
This is the first night of exhibitions that threewalls will be presenting three animation programs as part of their program, Winter Settings.
Curated by Sonia Yoon and Shannon Stratton, Chasing Two Rabbits will exhibit animators with live performances by sound artists and musicians.
The program will include animations by Peter Burr, Tom Burtonwood, Dana Carter, Jodie Mack, Tracy Taylor, and Rebecca Schoenecker with sound by The Chicago Phonographers, Chris Hammes , Eric Ziegenhagen, Steve Lacy, Frank Van Duerm, Kotoka Suzuki, Cait Stevens and Broken Chooser.
Doors at 6pm, Program starts at 7pm and there is a suggested donation of $10.00.
Publicized as "An evening of international relations featuring a French delegation of diverse emerging leaders," speakers will discuss cultural topics, including art, food and music. The discussion coincides with Th!nkArt's War & Peace exhibit featuring artists Dave Sheehan, David Gista and Todd Narbey. Th!nkArt Salon is located at 1530 N. Paulina, #2F and you can RSVP at email@example.com.
Arguably the best artist in Chicago, Ken Fandell, has a show opening today at Donald Young Gallery called Squares and Circles and Sex and Stardust. Don't miss it! Donald Young is located at 224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 266, and the reception starts at 5pm. Call the gallery at (312) 322-3600 for more information.
Practice the acceptance speech you know you've been writing since you were a kid at MEET THE OSCARS Chicago, an exhibition brought by Kodak to The Shops at Northbridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave. You can hold and have your photo taken with a real Oscar statuette, learn more about Chicago's own R.S. Owens & Company, which makes the statuettes, and check out Oscars previously awarded to Bette Davis, DuPont Film Manufacturing and Eastman Kodak. This event is free. 10am to 7pm on Level 1 in front of Nordstrom.
Like making fun of hipsters? Like making fun of yuppies? We all do, right? Sketch comedy group The Disasterists will take a shot at these easy targets with their show, American Hipstery Text, playing tonight at Bucktown's Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave). Shows run every Friday at 10:30 through March 5. Tickets are $10. For more information visit The Disasterists website.
Sonic terrorists Agents of Change bring their funkified political punk rock to the southwest suburb of Morris at the Korova, 425 E. US Rt. 6. If there is a riot, at least there will be a good soundtrack. Also performing Lethal Scriptures, Sicken With You, AllGood, and Black Matt. $8 cover. RSVP on Facebook.
The opening reception for Typeforce is tonight at Bridgeport's Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St) from 7 to 10P. An annual show of Chicago's "emerging typographic all-stars", Typeforce includes work from local talents including: Jeremiah Chiu, Renata Graw, David Weik, Billy Baumann, Matthew Hoffman, Chris Eichenseer, Chad Kouri, Ryan Thurwell, Luke Williams, Tnop, Andy Luce, John Pobojewski, Darren McPherson, Lora Fosberg, Margot Harrington, Greg Calvert, Aaron Pedersen, Duncan MacKenzie, Will Miller and Nick Adam. The show runs through March 14th. RSVP via Facebook.