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Friday, January 20
The Empty Bottle presents Rock & Roll Cinema, an ongoing series of free film screenings every Sunday night. Tonight's film is the Ramones documentary End of the Century. The film screens tonight at 7pm, and admission is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.
The Chicago Nerd Social Club is hosting a LAN party at Ignite Network (3171 N. Clybourn) from 4pm to 7:30pm. All levels of player are invited to attend ant play Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The cost is $10 for 3 hours, or $4/hour. Full details and RSVP at the Chicago Nerds Website.
Starting tonight and continuing every Sunday from here on out, free live blues will be played at The Wicker Well (1637 W. North Ave.) 21+.
The Silk Road Theatre Project, in association with the Goodman Theatre, presents The DNA Project, seven short plays written by as many playwrights that explore issues of identity, ethnicity and self. Conceived by Jamil Khoury, whose play: "WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole" is among those performed. Steve Scott directs. Tickets are $34 with group discounts available. The DNA Trail runs Tuesdays through Sundays at the Chicago Cultural Center through April 4. For information and tickets call 312-857-1234 x 201 or visit Silk Road Theatre Project.
Today at 2pm, Louis Kaplan (Director of the Institute of Communication and Culture and Associate Professor at University of Toronto) gives a lecture about William Mumler. As Kaplan's case study of Mumler shows, faith in the truth-telling abilities of photography has always been accompanied by skepticism about the objectivity of the photographer. Beginning in the early 1860s, Mumler became famous in Boston and New York for taking "spirit photographs" in which ghostly images of departed family members or friends appear in portraits of living subjects. All photographs are, as Roland Barthes and others have argued, ghostly images of the past. Their very ghostliness inspires narratives that are in turn essential to understanding that past. This event will take place in Swift Hall, Room 106. 1025 East 58th Street (on the Main Quadrangle of the University, directly east of Cobb Hall). Admission is free.
Gregory Moss's punkplay, about "two sort of marginal adolescent boys growing up in the suburbs who latch on to punk rock and use it to find an identity outside of the mainstream," is a Pavement Group production, going up as part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's new Visiting Company Initiative, Garage Rep. Read the Gapers Block interview with Moss here. The show starts at 8pm in the Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted. Tickets are $20 and available here or by calling (312) 335-1650. Student tickets are $12.
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.
Gene Siskel Film Center, located at 164 N. State Street, will be offering everything just short of acceptance speeches for this year's Oscar night, including complimentary food and drinks, a red carpet entry, and of course, a live showing of the Academy Awards on two big screens! It is the only Chicago event recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Tickets are $100- call (312) 846-2072 to purchase.