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Wednesday, July 8

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The Printers' Ball: Print <3 Digital

The annual Printers' Ball is tonight from 6pm to 11pm at Columbia College's Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. Join independent publishers -- both print and digital, as per this year's theme -- for a celebration of words and images. Pick up free books, magazines, newspapers, stickers, buttons and other fun stuff, plus a special display of Chicagoland's online lit sites. Enjoy food, drinks and music, too. Free.

BROADZILLA! @ Exit

BROADZILLA! The Burlesque Beast attacks tonight (10:30pm and 1am) at Exit (1315 W. North Avenue). The free event is hosted by Backdoor Aly and features two full-length, completely different shows by Chicago's finest burlesque dancers, along with straight-out-of-Detroit special guest star Lushes LaMoan. Presented by Vaudezilla, tonight's line-up including Red Hot Annie, Siren Jinx, The Revelettes, and Viva La Muerte. For a complete list of burlesque beauties and more Vaudezilla events, visit their website.

Rectory @ Pawn Works

Come out tonight at 6pm to experience a solo exhibition from Chicago's emerging illustrators, Joe Padilla entitled Rectory. This exhibit at Pawn Works, 1050 N. Damen Ave. features the debut of the Pawn Works sticker machine and artist network program. The audience is encouraged to participate in the trading and collecting of stickers.

The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents Ben-Hur @ The Portage Theater

The Silent Film Society of Chicago continues the 2010 Silent Summer Film Festival with a screening of the 1925 film Ben-Hur, at The Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee). Starring Francis X. Bushman and Ramon Navarro, accompanied with live organ music by Jay Warren. Pre-show chariot race! 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.

The Dead Weather @ The Congress

Jack White's latest project, The Dead Weather, crank out some of the dirtiest and grungy blues rock around today. They'll be in town tonight while on tour promoting their latest EP, Sea of Cowards.

The show is at The Congress, located at 2135 N. Milwaukee. The show is all ages, doors open at 7pm, and tickets are $35 (with a $5 service fee). You can purchase them here.

Birute Regine @ Barbara's Bookstore UIC

Developmental psychologist Birute Regines reads from from her 2010 book Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World, which tells the stories of 60 successful women from all over the world -- doctors, artists, educators, housewives, even a Nobel laureate. Free wine and cheese. Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, 312-413-2665, 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Spike and Mike's New Generation Animation @ The Music Box Theatre

Music Box Theatre presents Spike and Mike's New Generation Animation, a new series of animated short films. From KPBS.org: "You can always count on a Spike and Mike Festival to unearth something rare, unique, and usually hilarious. They have become a brand that alerts the viewer to quality animation from around the globe." Show starts at Midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL - (773) 871-6604. [via]

Gard(en)counter @ The Art Institute's Modern Wing

Metro and Smart Bar are pleased to present Summer Sounds, a music and performance series in conjunction with the Sound & Vision, a series of multi-sensory contemporary art and lively, provocative events. Gard(en)Counter offers the recent history of musical styles in Chicago, beginning with the 1980s, that helped shape and grow Metro and Smartbar into Chicago music institutions. Dive into disco, house, techno, industrial, alternative, indie rock and electro, from 1982 to present day, with DJs Kid Color, Nate Manic and Bald E, plus a visual presentation. Gard(en)Counter will take place in the Pritzker Garden and Griffin Court. 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $8 for members of the Art Institute and $10 for non-members.

Grant Park Orchestra @ Millennium Park

Tonight the Grant Park Music Festival presents Franz Liszt's Piano Concert No. 2, which embodies both his creative genius and flamboyant showmanship, shares the program with Stravinsky's luminous ballet The Fairy's Kiss ( based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen), and Tchaikovsky's joyful Capriccio Italien. 6:30pm. Pritzker Pavilion. Free.

Clif Wallace Quartet @ SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center

Starting at 7:00pm, the SGI-USA Peace Concert Series presents The Clif Wallace Quartet at the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center, 1455 S. Wabash. The Clif Wallace Quartet is comprised of Dudley Owen on saxophone, Quentin Coaxum on trumpet and John Tate on bass. Doors open at 6:30pm, for more information please call 312.913.1211. Free parking and there is no admission fee.

Critical Mass Bike Ride

"Chicago Critical Mass bike rides start from Daley Plaza, Dearborn & Washington at 5:30 pm on the last Friday of each month, regardless of season or weather. They are free and fun. All you have to do is show up with your bike."

 

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