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Friday, August 14

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Facets Fright School: Fall of the House of Usher

Facets Cinematheque presents the last screening in their current series of midnight movies, Facets Fright School. Tonight's film is the 1928 silent film version of The Fall of the House of Usher, with a live musical score performed by Cursed Bird. 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.

Rally to Restore Sanity Satellite @ Grant Park

While Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hold their own Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington, we'll do the same here at Grant Park--on the same sacred ground where Obama accepted his presidency two years ago. Event runs 11am-2pm. NPR commentator Aaron Freeman oversees the festivities.

Nerdcore Night @ Martyrs

Martyrs plays host to nerdcore bands Dual Core, Beefy and Former Fat Boys tonight at 9pm. Tickets are $13 and are available in advance through Music Today. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 404-9494.

Yakuo Yokoshi's "Tyler Tyler" @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Hiroshima-born choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi. Yokoshi's work "Tyler Tyler," offers a contemporary perspective on Kabuki Su-odori dance, a stripped-down form of Kabuki that has been revered for its purity and simplicity. Chicagoans can take advantage of this rare opportunity to view Kabuki Su-odori through a contemporary lens at 8 pm, at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $26-30, and may be purchased via The Dance Center website.

Horror Plays @ Prop Theatre

Cock & Bull Theatre presents the final weekend of splatter fest Axe Lizzie & The Possession of Alice Von Truskin, written and directed by Chris Garcia Peak. Performances are for ages 18 and over only, and take place at Prop Theatre, 3502 N Elston, 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $20 -$25 (student discount available), and may be purchased at,, or (866) 811-4111.

Chicago Sinfonietta @ Harris Theater

The Chicago Sinfonietta celebrates and pays tribute to Maestro Paul Freeman in his final year as Music Director In a special concert, commemorating the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The concert takes place at 7:30pm at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $10-50, and may be purchased at the Harris Theater website or by calling (312) 334-7777.

Creatures of the Night @ Garfield Park Conservatory

From bats to owls to spiders, discover how some creatures have special adaptations that help them roam in the dark, at Creatures of the Night at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., today from noon to 3pm. Admission to Creatures of the Night is $3 and ages 3 and under are free. This day-time Halloween-themed event is a unique take on the season, taking place among the lush, tropical environment of the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Families can also enjoy the following special activities: spooky spider planting, "Creatures Features" face painting, a wormy apple "snactivity" and snack-o-lantern oranges, bat origami, grow in the dark necklaces, live music and a straw bale maze for toddlers. For more information go to or call (773) 638-1766.

The Soft Pack & Kurt Vile @ Empty Bottle

Los Angeles' Soft Pack always take three or four songs to get in order, but once they do they play one of the tightest sets of rock'n'roll to be heard these days. Philadelphia's Kurt Vile lives in reverb with songs drawing inspiration from folk, punk and psychedelic music. The acts co-headline two nights at the Empty Bottle. Saturday's show starts at 10pm. Sunday's show is at 7pm. Purling Hiss open both. Admission's $13/15 and 21+.

Halloween Button Party @ Ronny's Pancho's

Busy Beaver hosts a glow-in-the-dark Halloween button party at Ronny's, 2101 N. California Ave., starting at 7pm tonight. White Mystery, Loose Dudes and Pink Torpedo perform, and all sorts of glow-in-the-dark buttons will be around. $5, all ages. UPDATE: The party has been moved to Pancho's, 2200 N. California Ave.

Chromeo @ Congress Theater

Returning for the first time since kicking ass and taking names at Lollapalooza, Chromeo hits the stage at Congress Theater tonight. The crowd will no doubt be decked out in their finest costumes on this Halloween Eve, ready to dance the night away with this synth-funk duo. A-Trak will also ring in the spooky holiday at this Freaky Deaky event. Tickets are $35. 7pm. 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. 17+

Halloween Pastry Market @ Logan Square Kitchen

The Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a weekend-long pastry and confection market featuring treats from an array of local businesses (e.g. Fritz Pastry, Katherine Anne Confections,TinyCakes) to celebrate the spookiest of seasons. Runs 10am-3pm both days; admission $1 (kids free).

Japanese Culinary History @ Chicago History Museum

Join author Elizabeth Andoh to talk about Japanese food at the Chicago History Museum today at 10am, North and Clark Avenue. Event sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Chicago. Admission $3-5.



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