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Monday, October 14

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Chris Lehmann Presents Rich People Things @ Stop Smiling Storefront

The editor of The Baffler and Book Forum and current contributor at Yahoo! News has a new book: Rich People Things explores the kinds of problems experienced by those of a certain tax bracket, the attitudes and circumstances behind them, and their effect on the not so wealthy (i.e. everyone else). Stop Smiling Storefront: 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., 6:30pm. To attend, RSVP to

Decorative Taste/Religious Space: Contextualizing the Redecoration of the 2nd Presbyterian Church of Chicago

What exactly did go into the 1901 redesign of the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago? PhD candidate (Art History, Indiana University) and pre-doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Elizabeth McGoey explores the values and design that went into historic structure's interior. 6pm reception, 7pm lecture, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, $5.

Black Prairie @ Schubas

Schubas presents a performance by Black Prairie, featuring three-fifths of The Decemberists, tonight at 9pm. Opening acts are Canasta and Honda Pavarotti. It's a 21+ show, tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Schubas site. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport. (773) 525-2508.

Hard Cider 101 @ Timothy O'Toole's

Toast fall with a glass of hard cider. Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Court, will feature five different varieties of Woodchuck Cider tonight at 8pm -- pumpkin, fall, amber, Granny Smith, and pear. The $20 fee for the tasting includes samples, appetizers, and Woodchuck product giveaways.

Call (312) 642-0700 to reserve a space for the tasting. (Unfortunately, you can't visit their website for more info -- apparently the domain name expired earlier this month.)

Scott Kenemore @ DePaul Center Barnes and Noble

Scott Kenemore, zombie enthusiast, reads from his new book, which combines two of everybody's favorite villains: The Code of the Zombie Pirate: How to Become an Undead Master of the High Seas. Join him at the DePaul Center Barnes and Noble, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., 6pm.

Taste of Fooditude @ Architectural Artifacts

Tonight's Taste of Fooditude event is geared for tweens -- yes, kids of the 8-12 persuasion -- to become more interested in food, cooking and nutrition. Cooking demos, live music, food and a silent auction are part of the fun. Event runs 6:30-9:30pm at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N Ravenswood. Tickets $25-50.

Ted McClelland @ Book Cellar

Occasional GB contributor Ted McClelland reads and signs his new book, Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President, tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. More details here.

GET LAMP @ Google

Google hosts a special free screening of Get Lamp, a documentary by Jason Scott about text adventure games, at their offices at 20 W. Kinzie St, 8th floor. Scott will be on hand for a Q&A after the film, and pizza and beverages will be served. Doors open at 5:30pm, screening starts at 6. More info here.

Christopher Wool Opening @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., presents an exhibition of works by Chicago-raised artist Christopher Wool this month, with an opening reception tonight from 5pm to 9pm. The large-scale abstract paintings in the show are inspired by jazz musician Joe McPhee, who will be performing at a record release party Nov. 20 to close the exhibition. Free.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performance takes place at 7:30 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at



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