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Sunday, October 17

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Japandroids @ Lincoln Hall

Vancouver garage/noise duo Japandroids are a cacophony of fuzzed guitars, crashing cymbals and manic screams. Their recent Chicago performances at Pitchfork Music Festival and Schubas have been sonic tour de forces. Avi Buffalo and Lasers and Fast and Shit open at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln. The show starts at 10pm, is 18+ and $14. Tickets are available through the venue's website.

Mi Ami @ the Hideout

California noise rockers Mi Ami play tonight at the Hideout. The band just released Steal Your Face and have put together a unique multi layered sound that compares to few others making such extreme experimental music. Opening is Running and DJ Forest Juziuk. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433. The music starts at 10. $8.

The Soft Pack @ Empty Bottle

Los Angeles rock'n'roll quartet Soft Pack recently released a self-titled album. It's a straight-forward rock record with influences from punk icons and flashes of their own brilliance. The Soft Pack's tightly-wound sound has always been best live. London's Male Bonding (a band that sounds like what bands on Sub Pop should actually sound like) and San Diego's Beaters open at 10PM. Admission is $10 in advance/$12 at the door. The show's 21+ and the Empty Bottle is at 1035 N. Western.

School of the Art Institute Spring Art Sale @ MacLean Center Ballroom

The School of the Art Institute's Spring Art Sale gives students the opportunity to present and sell their work, and gives the public the opportunity to come check out what the up and coming artistic talents of our city have to offer. Paintings, photography, jewelry and much more can be purchased from students who will receive 85% of the profits. SAIC Campus Life and Student Association will host the event in the MacLean Ballroom, located at 112 S. Michigan Ave. on April 9 from 11am to 7pm and April 10 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

23 Skidoo! @The Whistler

DJ Miss Phillips and Soul DJ Arpad spin swing hot jazz, torch singers, barrel house blues, exotica, and 60's bachelor space pop at the Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee), 10pm to 1:30am, no cover.

How Are "We" Influencing Art? @ Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago's Leadership Advisory Committee presents "New Paradigms: How Are "We" Influencing Art?," tonight from 6:30pm-7:45pm. Held in the Rubloff Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive, this panel discussion, featuring artists Dawoud Bey, Theaster Gates and Kehinde Wiley, will focus on the impact and influence of diversity in the museum culture. This event is free; to confirm attendance, RSVP to by Thursday, Apr. 1. A reception follows at 8pm at the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room (via the Columbus Drive entrance).

Dogfish Head Night @ Sheffield's

13 draft beers from Dogfish Head plus the renowned craft brew's founder and staff will be on hand at Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield) from 6-11pm. The full list of brews is available here.

I Love Logan Square Party @ Elastic Arts

This fundraiser for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association features salsa dancing lessons, a live auction (items include custom bike painting and a live serenade at the time of your choice by a professional opera singer), drinks, and photo ops. It all takes place at 2830 N. Milwaukee above Friendship Chinese between 8pm and 1am. Admission is $10, and you must be over 21 or accompanied by a parent. Please RSVP to or

Chris Hales Tribute Show @ The Chicago Art Department

This event features music, words, and art for, about, by or inspired by Chris Hales: DJ Tapedek, Anti-Matter Media, and the Afters Cool Society. It is a tribute exhibition/benefit for Chris Hales, who recently passed away at the young age of 27 years. He was a devoted musician, artist, and friend. Join CAD as they celebrate his life by showing a variety of art made in his honor. Music and Poetry Performances by: Maggie Litgen, Ryan Clark, Diori, Amanda Furdge, Ryan Miller, Sharrief Muhammed, Nat Soti. This event runs from 6-10pm at the Chicago Art Department, 1837 S. Halsted St.

After Dark @ The Art Institute

Ever wonder what the museum is like at midnight? Come to After Dark for special tours of Matisse: Radical Invention; music from Dan Black (DJ set), Midnight Conspiracy, and DJ Madrid; cocktails and appetizers; and immersive performances from Collaboraction. Tickets are $20 for members and students and $25 for the public. 9pm-midnight. 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Dan Black @ Schubas

Joined by Kid Cudi on his single "Symphonies" and just announced as part of the Lollapalooza roster, Dan Black is having one helluva year. Read more about this electro artist and his debut album ((un)) in Transmission. Catch him for one last show tonight at Schubas before that Lolla embargo kicks in. Tickets are $10 (Advance ticket purchase includes FREE admission to After Dark at the Art Institute before the show, where Black will perform a DJ set). Moneypenny, Midnight Conspiracy and DJ-SR 71 also perform. 10pm. 3159 N. Southport. 21+

Chicago Artists' Coalition Gallery Opening

The Chicago Artists' Coalition's Coalition Gallery, 2010 W. Pierce St., opens its exhibition "Curator's Choice Part One" with a reception tonight from 5:30 to 8:30pm. The show features new work by Anthony Adcock, Jennifer Bisbing, Meredith Dytch, Julian Gordon, Diane Huff, Barbara Krol, Kathleen Letts, Lucy Mueller, Jonah Ortiz and Richard Shipps. The show runs through May 7.

Emily Wardill Screening and Q&A @ SAIC

Tonight at 6pmm, Emily Wardill will be at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the Chicago premiere of her feature film, Game Keepers without Game, and a discussion afterward. This event is free and open to the public. 112 S. Michigan Ave. Rm. #1307.

The Pink Hotel @ Music Box

The Pink Hotel, a feature-length film by local filmmaker Chris Hefner, premiers tonight at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., at 9:45pm. Tickets are $10 at the box office or online.



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