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Friday, June 21

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Jedi Mind Tricks @ Subterranean

Jedi Mind Tricks brings psycho-social hip hop for the manipulation of human consciousness to Subterranean (2011 North Ave) tonight. Doors open at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $12. 17+

Howard Zinn's The People Speak @ The Experimental Station

The Experimental Station is screening the film The People Speak tonight in Hyde Park. The film is narrated and co-directed by the late Howard Zinn. There is a suggested donation of $6.

Dean Evans: Magical Exploding Boy @ Next Theatre

Local actor and mime artist Dean Evans presents a remount of his fantastic show Magical Exploding Boy at Next Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center (927 Noyes Street, Evanston). If you don't think you want to see an evening of wordless mime, you're wrong; Evans has the ability to tell a compelling story through body language, some cleverly chosen props, and a heaping tablespoon of talent. The show runs tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm.

First Friday @ Flat Iron Arts

It's First Friday again, which means the studios and galleries in the Flat Iron Arts Building (1579 N. Milwaukee) in Wicker Park are all set up and open to the public. Go buy some art. Click here for details.

Casual Object Garden Opening @ Roots & Culture Gallery

Casual Object Garden features new work by Carson Fisk-Vittori and Michael Hunter. Topics covered include re-arranging pre-arranged non-arrangements through formal, temporary and permanent situations. Roots & Culture is located at 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., and the opening is from 6-9 tonight. Click here for details.

Ted Halkin's Relief Opening @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

In his signal works of the 1950s and early 1960s, when he first emerged as one of the most important artists in Chicago, Halkin created fantastic figurative scenes painted atop topographic surfaces made of modeling paste and papier-mache, facial features and body parts poking out from the canvases in a vivid 3-D tableaux. In his most recent body of paintings, he extends the abstract elements of recent years, exploring a bright, rich, hard-hitting palette, sometimes tempered with greys and greens, featuring his virtuoso handling of multi-layered totemic and hieroglyphic forms. In many of the paintings made over the last two years, Halkin introduces papier-mache and carefully placed cotton twine as both dimensionality and image, creating yet another layer and heightening the funky energy of new works. This show of his new work, titled Relief, opens tonight at Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland Ave. #3.) The reception is from 5-9pm.

Beach House and Bachelorette @ Metro

Indie swooners Beach House have made a huge splash with their recent album Teen Dream, and take the stage at Metro tonight for a sold out show. If you have tickets, make sure to get there early for opener Bachelorette; this one woman show will have you dancing for sure. Song to preview: "Mindwarp." Show starts at 9pm. 18 & up. Sold Out. 3730 N. Clark St.

High On Fire @ Lincoln Hall

Four acclaimed heavy metal albums, including 2010's Snakes For the Divine, might be enough for High on Fire to stake a claim in the top echelon of current metal bands. But relentless touring has given them a stunning live show that would wow even jaded metal listeners. The Oakland trio features members of the influential stoner metal band Sleep and hardcore punk icons Zeke. Montreal's Priestess, Los Angeles' Black Cobra and Vancouver's Bison B.C. open for High on Fire at Lincoln Hall (2424 N Lincoln Ave) at 8pm. The show's 18+ and admission is $15. Tickets are available through the venue's website.

Daniel Everett Opening @ MCA

Artist Daniel Everett uses technology like video games and the Internet to question everyday life. His exhibit opens today at First Fridays in the Museum of Contemporary Art's UBS 12x12 Gallery for new work and new artists. One piece in the exhibit, THE END, is a looped video clip accompanied by a photograph of crumpled papers from Everett's journal which tracks the Internet search terms that have led people to his website.

The Interview Show

The Interview Show returns to The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 6:30 to 8pm. This month host Mark Bazer talks with film director Steve James, hip hop artist Kid Sister and Chicago Opera Theatre's Brian Dickie. Comedians Hannibal Burress and Laura on Laura also perform. Doors open at 6. Admission is $5. 21+

CakeWalk Midnight Extravaganza! @ The Playground

CakeWalk, a Chicago-based improv comedy troupe, is producing a weekly late-night variety show that covers all the bases: comedians, live bands, burlesque dancers, fire twirlers, jugglers and magicians. It's $5 for the 90 minute show - with an invitation to party afterward - and a different lineup each week. Check it out Fridays at 11:59 p.m. at The Playground Theater, 3209 N Halsted, through May 25. Call 773-871-3793 or click here for tickets and more information.

 

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