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Friday, September 25

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Facets Fright School: Fright Night

Facets Cinematheque presents the latest in their current series of midnight movies, Facets Fright School. Tonight's film is the 1980s horror classic Fright Night with Roddy McDowell as a TV horror movie show host who has to confront real monsters. The movie will be introduced by Facets instructor Cary Jones Elza. Facets Fright School starts tonight at midnight. Admission is $5. For more information about Facets Fright School please contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton.

Mugs @ LVL3 Gallery

More than just a means of holding your morning coffee, mugs are objects to be bought, sold, collected, and given. As our culture changes, so too does our relationship to such everyday objects. Mugs, held in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month, is an unconventional approach to artistic expression where each artist selects a mug that holds personal symbolic meaning. The opening reception for Mugs takes place tonight from 6pm to 10pm at the temporary LVL3 project space in the Merchandise Mart, 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1573. The exhibition runs through October 31.

Callers @ Ronny's

Brooklyn's Callers sound like a soul vocalist and an avant-garde rock band collaborated after hearing each other through the walls of adjoining practice spaces. Singer Sara Lucas may remind listeners of a lighter Nina Simone or Norah Jones, while the band evokes a serene art-rock sound. Callers play Ronny's with Rollin Hunt, Rock Falls and the Spend. Doors open at 8pm and it's 21+. Ronny's is at 2101 N California.

Dance Slam @ University of Chicago

Dance Chicago 2010's Dance Slam, a competition featuring dancers who perform various dance styles including tap, ballet and hip hop, is tonight at 7:30pm at University of Chicago's Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Tickets are $25 and are available online or at the door (cash only). Contact (773) 989-0698 for more information.

Phil Spector Documentary @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 2010 documentary The Agony And Ecstasy of Phil Spector, featuring an extended interview with Spector and countless examples of his classic musical creations. The film screens tonight at 6:15pm and 8:15pm, and runs at the Film Center through Thursday, October 28. See the Film Center Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

7 For All Mankind Warehouse Sale @ Union Station

All weekend, go to Union Station for big discounts on 7 For All Mankind clothes, from jeans to jackets. Today, jeans start at $65 (typical prices are close to $200). 210 S. Canal St., Great Hall, 12-8pm. RSVP required.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago presents their fall engagement, featuring three world premieres in "LiveLife.Dance." The performance begins at 8 pm at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $15-60, and may be purchased through the Harris Theater website.

American Psycho @ The Music Box Theatre

Do you like Huey Lewis and The News? If so, the Music Box Theatre has just the film for you: the Christian Bale starring, new cult classic American Psycho! Two showings only: tonight and tomorrow night at Midnight. See you at Dorsia, er, The Music Box! The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Ave.

Charlie Chaplin Film Series @ The Music Box Theatre

If Charlie Chaplin is one of those stars of yesteryear you've heard about, but never had the chance to see, then you're in luck! Starting tonight the Music Box Theatre presents it's two week-long Charlie Chaplin film series with brand new, fully restored, 35mm prints. Films include: The Circus, City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, The Kid and Modern Times. Check out their website for a full schedule, additional details as well as info on how you can get a special discounted pass for the full series. The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Ave.

The Level Eater @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

In conjunction with Pentagon gallery, Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan St.) presents THE LEVEL EATER, opens up tonight at 8pm. This exhibition features the work of Jeriah Hildwine, Luke Willard, Michael Garcia, Nick Bahr and Sam Sieger. This three day event combines two worlds, turning gaming into art and art into gaming. Games of Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, Magic: The Gathering and "unique" fantasy games to explore, view and participate in. If you are still interested in participating in this event as a player or want to run a little adventure please email To RSVP, please click here.

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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