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Saturday, December 14

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Facets Night School: Slightly Scarlet

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, a weekly series of midnight screenings paired up with lectures, discussions, and much more. Tonight's screening: the 1956 film noir Slightly Scarlet. Facets Night School starts tonight at midnight, and tickets are $5 (advance tickets available through Ticketweb). See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (773) 281-4114.

Booze and Bacon @ Slow

Booze and Bacon is always a foolproof recipe for crowd-pleasing. A group of dynamic people indulging in simple pleasures, it seals the perfect night. Opening at 7pm this evening, this exhibit at Slow, 2153 W. 21st St., features the work of Brooke Barnett, Benjamin Bellas, Tola Brennan, Judith Brotman, Christopher Bungart, Ann Chen, Laura Davis, Meg Duguid, Jason Dunda, Kirk Faber, Brent Garbowski, Max Garett, Jeffrey Grauel, Matt Harrison, John Henley, Andrew Holmquist, Fred Holland, Michael Hunter, Carol Jackson, Brad Johns, Larry Lee, Kirsten Leenaars, Mican Morgan, Helen McElroy, Chris Naylon, William Newhouse, Susannah Papish, Laura Prieto-Velasco, Scott Ramon, Tim Schade, Sarah Wild, and Philip von Zweck and many more.

One-night performance by Georgia Wall @ Knock Knock Gallery

Starting at 8:00pm tonight, Where 37th intersects Wolcott is an unseen performance by Georgia Wall at Knock Knock Gallery, 3658 S Wolcott Apt 2F. The structure for the unseen performance is as follows:Two people are invited to view a performance that will remain unseen by all others. As these two people witness the event they will provide accounts of what they are seeing to the others present.

SENSE & SENSIBILITY @ Rainbo Club

Running until August 21st, SENSE & SENSIBILITY starts at 8pm at Rainbo Club, 1150 N. Damen Ave. Curated by Paulina Samborska & Michael Thibault, this exhibition addresses the the traditional subjects of landscape, portraiture and still life through new contextual means. The artist featured are Mary Amor, Mikaylah Bowman, Alana Celii, Vincent Dermody, Jon Edwards, Maxfield Hegedus, Evan Jenkins, Sandy Kim, Anne Lass, Jason Lazarus, Annie Purpura, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Daniel Shea, Sarah Sieradzki and Virgil Wong. Through a rational and irrational artistic language, these artists are working at creating a place beyond thought and feeling.

Two Hour Comedy Hour @ Gallery Cabaret

This week's Two-Hour Comedy Hour will be hosted by super skydiver and comedian Mo Welch and features comedians Michael Palascak, Jacob Williams, Renee Schultz, Joe Maresse and Mike Lebovitz. This free show features a fresh mix of comedians each week. There's no cover for the 21+ show -- though a $5 donation is accepted. Runs from 7-9pm at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley (near Western and Milwaukee, just off the Blue Line stop). Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest

The second annual MAAF continues 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 noon to 11pm today and Sunday. It runs along Milwaukee between Kimball and California Ave. in Logan Square.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center continues its Quentin Tarantino retrospective with a screening of both parts of his Kill Bill saga. Vol. 1 screens at 3:00pm, and Vol. 2 screens at 5:15pm. You can buy tickets for each film separately, or buy discount tickets for both films. See the Film Center Website for full details and a complete schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Chicago Hip Hop--All Headz on Deck @ Edible Audible Picnic

Grab your lunch and take it to Pritzker Pavilion at noon for a special Saturday edition of Edible Audible Picnic. The Chicago Hip Hop Initiative successfully lobbied the City of Chicago to declare July Hip Hop Heritage Month, back in 2003. Each July since, the group has acted as an umbrella for a variety of concerts, showcases, forums, and discussions aimed at preserving hip hop's historical and artistic legacy in Chicago while continually promoting an agenda of family, community, positivity and peace.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Official After-Party @ Rocking Horse

After you're done rocking out at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, come around the corner to The Rocking Horse where Gapers Block and CHIRP Radio will be co-sponsoring the official after-party! $4 Goose Island Drafts, $4 Jim Beam shots, $4 Sailor Jerry drinks, $3 PBR tall boys! Map of the festival [PDF] The Rocking Horse is located just 2 blocks from the main stage (#21 on the map, near the Logan Square Blue Line stop). RSVP on Facebook if that's your thing. 10:30pm-2am. The Rocking Horse is located at 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave. near the Logan Square Blue Line stop. No cover!

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. 7:30pm. Pritzker Pavilion. Free.

A Family Portrait @ Chicago Theatre

At the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State Street), 7pm, Family Bridges presents A Family Portrait, an evening of comedy, theater, poetry, dance and art. The universal themes of love, relationships, and family tie these performances together. Tony Plana, from Ugly Betty, will be performing From the Diaries of Adam and Eve. Mark Gungor, author, will be reading The Tale of Two Brains and Ruben Borrero will be reciting original poetry. Loyda Hjelte, an international musician, and Inaside Dance, a dance troupe, will be performing. Tickets prices start at just $20. Go to thechicagotheatre.com, The Chicago Theatre's Box Office or call 1-800-745-3000 for more information.

College of Complexes Debate @ Lincoln Restaurant

The College of Complexes has been meeting almost weekly since 1951 in order to "disquiet the minds of the people." Join them this ]evening for meeting number 3,078 in their long history when David Kraft, Director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service goes toe-to-toe with Tim Bolger, college regular and free market advocate, as they debate the topic: "Should the US Invest in Nuclear Power or Can We Meet Our Future Energy Needs With Green Technology?" Held at the Lincoln Restaurant: enjoy a patty melt while enriching your mind. $3. 8pm. Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Backyard Film and Music Festival @ The Pullman State Historic Site

Head down to the historic Pullman neighborhood today to check out the Backyard Film and Music Festival. Eleven bands that veer from the Americana such as Judson Claiborne and Nathan Blake Lynn to the experimental workouts of Martin Dosh set up shop within the Pullman State Historic Site and get down. When not enjoying the music or the eclectic lineup of short films, wander around the Soloman Beman-designed neighborhood and wrap yourself in its past. $15. From Noon-Midnight. The Pullman State Historic Site, 11057 S. Cottage Grove.

 

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