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Wednesday, March 29
Portland-based indie-folk quartet Archeology will play Double Door this evening. Music starts at 8pm, and prices range from $18-20. To gear up for the show, read our interview in Transmission with Jason Davis, one of the band's songwriters.
The Neo-Futurists present their 9th annual series of live film script readings, It Came From The Neo-Futurarium IX: The Perils of the Neo-Futurarium! Tonight's performance is billed as a mashup between Roger Corman's Viking Women and the Sea Serpent and Peter Weiss' play Marat/Sade, which promises to be a truly theatrical film experience. Joe Janes of the Improvised Shakespeare Company directs. The film festival runs Thursday nights at 8pm through August 5. Tickets are $10, $8 for students with ID and repeat customers. A full schedule and tickets are available at the Neo-Futurists' Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland at Foster. (773) 275-5255.
Come out tonight at 7:00pm to view Carousel Microcinema with Cauleen Smith at
threewalls, 119 n. peoria #2d. Resident artist Cauleen Smith hosts an ongoing, roving cinema in her Carousel Microcinema series which presents contemporary experimental, performance or conceptual film and video with historical works. At threewalls, Smith will screen Barbara McCullough's Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space, Billy Jackson's Didn't We Ramble On: The Black Marching Band (Narrated by Dizzy Gillespie) and Wuru-Natasha Ogunji's The Epic Crossings of an Ife Head. Post-screening discussion moderated by Kerry James Marshall. Free Admission! You can read more about the films and Carousel Microcinema here!
Lifeline Theater (6912 N. Glenwood) and Live Bait Theater (3914 N. Clark Street) kick off the 14th annual Fillet of Solo festival in conjunction with 2nd Story. The series runs through August 21. Tonight's performance features readings by Kim Morris, Doug Whippo and John Wilson at 7pm, and a performance by The Sweat Girls are A-Gaga at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for each performance, for more information call 773-761-4477 or visit Lifeline Theater.
The Gene Siskel Film Center continues its Quentin Tarantino retrospective with a screening of Kill Bill Vol. 2 this evening at 6:00pm. See the Film Center Website for full details and a complete schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
For our July Get-Together, join the Art Institute of Chicago, Explore Chicago and Gapers Block for our own version of a neighborhood block party celebrating a summer of art and music. Our fans and followers are invited to meet us (and a bunch of other art and music lovers) at the Art Institute's musically inspired exhibition Sound & Vision for a special tour at 6pm followed by drinks in the garden (cash bar). Drop by anytime--the museum is free on Thursday nights! [If you're in the mood for more music, Tortoise plays a free show in Millennium Park, next door to the Art Institute. The show starts at 6:30pm. Free, all ages.] The Art Institute Modern Wing is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave. (Modern Wing is on East side of building.) RSVP on Facebook if you like.
The influential indie rock fusion band Tortoise plays a free show at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion tonight with fellow jazz musicians Ed Wilkerson, Nicole Mitchell, as well as others. Free.
Come out tonight at 5:00pm to check out Super talented local artist Montgomery Perry Smith at Kokorokoko, 1112 N. Ashland for one night only! He will be selling his hand made designs that incorporate some of his favorite materials into wearable art. Refreshments will be served and the artist will be present. FUN!
University of Illinois Latina/Latino Alumni Association presents its "Success Stories in Government" networking event tonight at V Live (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave). Open to all Chicagoland professionals, the evening will include networking, appetizers and cocktails from 6 to 9 pm. City Colleges of Chicago Chairman, Gery H. Chico will provide the keynote. For a complete list of special guests and speakers and to RSVP, check out the Association's event page.
Celebrating its 24th installment at evilOlive (1551 W. Division St), the Atomic Sketch Event features a special giant-sized, all-star panel and group show. As the event's single largest showing of artwork and artists in its two year history, the lineup includes 16 fan favorites: Keely Hakala, Sara Renae Jones-Lubin, Brian Hofmeister, Stephanie Combs, Ken Carrano, MR. Shapeless, John Airo, revise cmw, Joey Potts, CHema Skandl!, [ad7m], Michael Frank, Michelle Mashon, emmy star brown, SOOPAQOOT, and Jon Scordato. Tonight's free event runs from 6-10pm.