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Monday, July 4

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Mittens on Strings, Daniel Knox, Magic Gloves @ Hideout

Songsmiths unite for an evening at the Hideout, with a trio of local acts dedicated to the finer points of pop song creation. Local garage act Magic Gloves begins the evening with their NZ-influenced kiwi-pop-filtered-through-the-speakers-of-Twin-Tone-Records-circa-1986 rock. Cabaret torch singer Daniel Knox follows, and exuberant ensemble Mittens on Strings rounds out the eve. Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 10pm, $8.

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould @ The Music Box Theatre

An enigmatic musical poet - and the most documented classical musician of the last century - world-renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate international audiences twenty-six years after his untimely death. Genius Within humanizes the legend, weaving together an unprecedented array of unseen footage, private home recordings and diaries, as well as compelling interviews with Gould's most intimate friends and lovers - all exploring the incongruities between Gould's private reality and his wider image. Variety calls the film a "must-see for serious music fans." Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould opens tonight at the Music Box Theatre!

Mademoiselle Chambon @ The Music Box Theatre

Jean leads a pretty ordinary life with his loving wife and son. One day, as he's picking up Kevin from school, he stumbles upon Mademoiselle Chambon, his son's teacher. She's discreet, elegant, mesmerizing, unlike any woman he's ever met before. This chance encounter will be a turning point in his well-organized life. An opportunity to change or a folly to regret? The New York Post calls Mademoiselle Chambon "An emotionally incandescent love story." Film opens tonight at the Music Box Theatre!

Williamsport Area Community Symphony and Chorale @ Rumble Arts Center

The Williamsport Area Community Symphony and Chorale (WACSAC), kick off their 2010 Fall Season with their opening concert, "Silver and Gold," on Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at the Rumble Arts Center (3413 W. North Ave). There's a suggestion donation price of $10. Find out more about the concert and about the chamber group on their website.

Owen @ the Empty Bottle is celebrating their third anniversary in style with Chicago native Owen at the Empty Bottle. Mike Kinsella has been an integral part of the Chicago music scene, playing in American Football, Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, and Owls. Now with his solo project Owen, Kinsella brings his plaintive vocals and acoustic guitar to the stage with his original music. Joining Owen are Brooklyn band Savoir Adore and Chicago act the Streets on Fire. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through the Bottle's website. 21+, show starts at 9:30.

A Night With Continuum's 33 1/3 Series @ Quimby's

Two Pitchfork editors and an NIU English instructor will read and discuss their books from Continuum's 33 1/3 Series tonight at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 West North Avenue. The lineup of discussion includes AC/DC's Highway to Hell, Flaming Lips' Zaireeka, and Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister. The event is free and begins at 7pm. For more information, visit this page.

20x2 @ Martyrs'

20x2 is a show in which 20 people are each given two minutes to answer the same question, in whatever way they choose. The question for this show, the first in Chicago for this long-running Austin show, is "Who Knew?" The 20 people are Veronica Arreola, Adrienne Canzolino, Ricky Carmona, Eamon Daly, Steve Delahoyde, Laura Gray, John Greenfield, Felix Jung, Jennifer Luby, Tim Morrow, Dan Polydoris, Jenni Prokopy, Kyle Ryan, Scott Smith, Paul Thomas, Michael Tolva, Sarah VonderHaar, Sandor Weisz, Ernest Wilkins and Claire Zulkey. Come see how they respond tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., starting at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are $10 online or at the door.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

likemind, a regular gathering for like-minded people, happens this morning from 8 to 10am at the Argo Tea at 140 S. Dearborn. No RSVP required, although you might want to check in with the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

Real Talk Live @ Real Talk Avenue

How do poetry slam champs spend their down time? Why, they keep the fires burning with salons, darling. Real Talk Live is a monthly reading series featuring poetry, music, comedy and dance. Tonight they bid adieu to their current home (it's literally in someone's home). Featured performers are poet Krista Franklin, co-founder of the artists' collective Tres Colony and 2nd Sun Salon; and The Gringo Choir, a championship squad of performance poets from New England. Also featured is the artwork of Angela Davis Fegan. Will you really be welcome in a strangers' home? Well, they fully intend to keep the show going at a new (TBD) location, there's a $5 door charge and cash bar that goes toward paying features and keeping the show going, so hell yes, you will! (Plus, I asked). Real Talk Live at "Real Talk Avenue," a.k.a. 4520 N. Monticello, $5 cover, 18+, 7pm-midnight.

Pharoahe Monch & Duck Down Records @ Abbey Pub

The Duck Down 15-Year Anniversary Tour hits Chicago's Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace St) tonight, headlined by Pharoahe Monch. Featuring a rock-solid roster of hip hop greats including Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun Sean Price, Skyzoo and Chicago's own Kidz In The Hall, the all-star show is hosted by DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For a sneak-peek of the show, check out the vimeo footage from the tour's kick-off in New York.



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