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Saturday, January 23

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Frankenjew Records Show @ Maman Cave

Come out tonight one and all for Frankenjew Records Compliation Release Show at Maman Cave, 6448 N. Greenview Ave. Starting at 7:00pm, this musical performance features the punks of Culo, the gritty garage noise of Lake Breeze, the minimalism of And Jesus Was a Sailor, the eradicating keyboards of M3thlaab, the stoner jams of Geffika and the hardcore punk of Poor Choice, Harshest Realm and Morbid Obesity. Donations are encouraged, check Facebook for more information.

Heaven Gallery's 10 Year Anniversary Party @ Heaven

Join Heaven Gallery, 1550 N.Milwaukee Ave. at 7:00pm in celebrating 10 years of community art and music. This event will be an art opening of works shown at Heaven with performances by Heaven's protest series.

The Freshman @ The Portage Theater

The Silent Film Society of Chicago kicks off their 2010 Silent Summer Film Festival with a screening of the 1925 film The Freshman, at The Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee). Starring Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston, accompanied with live organ music by Dennis Scott. Pre-show performance by the West End Jazz Band at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Screening at 8pm. For more info call (773) 205-SFSC or visit The Silent Film Society of Chicago.

SAIC's MFA in Design Thesis Exhibition @ Sullivan Galleries

Showcasing design from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, and Fashion departments, this graduate thesis exhibition comes to a close tonight. This is your last opportunity to check out the newest work from the freshest young local designers and talk to them about their work. The reception is from 5 to 7pm today at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries at 33 S. State St. on the 7th Floor. Click here for details and pretty pictures.

James Herbert's Shorts

Tonight, Chicago Filmmakers will host a screening of the early work of James Herbert, infamous for his early R.E.M videos, including "It's the End of the World as We Know It". The screening begins at 8pm, and four short films will be shown. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $7 for students with an ID, and $4 for Chicago Filmmakers members. Chicago Filmmakers is located at 5243 N. Clark St.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest

The second annual MAAF begins today in Logan Square, featuring curated art galleries filled with eclectic works in all media, live music on three stages boasting diverse and critically-acclaimed line-ups, theater, dance, film, vaudeville and other live performances, an indoor art market, a community mural, children's activities, local cuisine and Magic Hat craft brews, and last but not least, a freaking trolley! Most importantly, don't forget to stop by the Gapers Block booth. The festival is from 4pm to 11pm today, and from noon to 11pm Saturday and Sunday. It runs along Milwaukee between Kimball and California Ave. in Logan Square.

Hounds Below, Pear Traps, The Van Goghs @ Beat Kitchen

The Hounds Below and local groups The Van Goghs and the Pear Traps play tonight at the Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont). The show starts at 9:30pm and tickets are only $8. Buy 'em at the door or online.

Audrey Niffenegger @ Women and Children First

Time Traveler's Wife author Audrey Niffeneger will be at Women and Children First tonight. She'll be reading from her latest, Her Fearful Symmetry, just out in paperback. A story of ghosts, twins, London cemeteries and OCD, The New York Times calls it "mature, complex and convincing - a dreamy yet visceral tale of loves both familial and erotic, a search for Self in the midst of obsession with an Other." Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 7:30pm.

Art Your Heart Out in Bridgeport

Looking for something to do tonight? Start at Eastern Expansion (244 W 31st Street) to see Paul Rizzuto's Carny photographs. Then make your way to the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan Street) for Corporate Psychedelia 1968-1975 where you can view silkscreen prints from the collection of Jason Pickleman. If you make it to C-PS you will also be able to check out James Jankowiak's new front window installation. Everything's going on from 6-10pm.

Grant Park Orchestra @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival continues tonight with A Child of Our Time. The English composer and pacifist Sir Michael Tippett's bold and massive choral work, written during the Second World War, explores an act of Jewish resistance. Among the piece's influences are African American spirituals and the music of Bach. 6:30pm. Pritzker Pavilion. Free

Pierogi Fest

You can get to Whiting, Indiana by car, train or bike...just get there today, tomorrow and Sunday for their annual Pierogi Fest. Food, entertainment (Polish IDOL?) and more food await you. Events start at 11am daily.

OUT OF TIME FESTIVAL @ The Epiphany Church

Starting at 8:30pm tonight, OUT OF TIME FESTIVAL, a micro festival of time based arts kicks off at The Epiphany Church, 201 S Ashland Ave.! This three day fest is In celebration of the Mayan Day Out Of Time to rub out the calendars of the boards of the earth for ever and features works by Balta Pena, William Amaya, Sebasitian Alvarez, Instinct Control, Marissa Perel, Nick Edelberg, Justin Cabrillos, NIcholas Monsour, Tessa Siddle, Emily Smith, Heather Marie Vernon, Jedediah Logsdon, Max Alexander and The North. For more information, check Facebook.

Dan Gamble's "Phenomena" Opening @ Zg Gallery

Artist Dan Gamble will open his second solo show withZg Gallery tonight. Gamble's exhibit, entitled "Phenomena" includes works describing the existence between opposing conditions, including abstraction vs. figuration, and order vs. chaos. The "Phenomena" opening reception begins at 5:30pm and last until 7:30pm at Zg Gallery (300 W. Superior St.). Gamble's exhibit will run through September 4, 2010.



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