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Wednesday, March 29
Some moderate-income first-time condo owners on the Northwest Side got majorly screwed by some vanishing developers and are now left holding the bag for what may amount to over $100,000 in code violations and court costs. You can help them by showing up to their fundraiser with the Neo-Futurists!
They're doing another run of My Little Pony Live, a show that sold out earlier this summer. There will also be raffle prizes, drinks, and DJs. All proceeds benefit some homeowners who really need some help. 5153 N. Ashland, $15.
The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., hosts filmmaker and artist Kevin Jerome Everson as he discusses his acclaimed feature film, Erie (2010), tonight at 6pm. In Erie, Everson highlights urban issues, and includes youth performers "krump" dancing and performing other musical theater. Tickets are $10 general public and $5 Film Center members. For more information, call (312) 846-2600.
The Neighborhood Writing Alliance is hosting a launch party for its new blog, "Every Person is a Philosopher," at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee) from 6-7:30pm. The free event will include hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, open discussion and short speeches from Journal of Ordinary Thought writers and others. The blog will "provide provocative dialogue, fresh writing, and Chicago-focused news and ideas in literary arts and social justice."
The First Annual Whistler Talent Show: So You Think You Can Talent? has an arsenal of entertainments for the casual observer. They put our hosts through a rigorous selection process. Even their panel of celebrity judges, led by America's internet sweetheart David Perez, will have you rolling with laughter and deluding your craft cocktails with tears of joy. There will be judges, there will be an Applause-o-Meter, there will be prizes of value awarded at random. This is a celebration, not a competition. You are the big winners here; you don't have to compete, because you've already won. The show is from 8 to 11 tonight at The Whistler: 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. No Cover. 21+. More info here.
Contributors to the online poetry journal Little Red Leaves will be reading their work at Open Books (213 W. Institute Place) tonight at 7pm. Come by (for free!) and watch some of LRL's finest do their thing.
Tonight short filmmakers and aspiring video artists from the tri-state area will converge on the Portage Theater (4050 North Milwaukee) for the Fractured Lens Video Festival. Going on its fourth incarnation, this festival highlights the best in short film and video projects made locally by amateurs, professionals and hobbyists by giving them a platform to display their work to the public and on the big screen. This year's event will contain live elements, including a big show opener.
The doors open at 7pm and the show starts promptly at 8pm. For more information about this event, or if you are interested in submitting work to be considered for inclusion in the festival, please visit www.fracturedlensvideo.com.
Tonight, writer and anthropologist Will Fellows reads from Gay Bar: The Fabulous True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s. Helen P. Branson, a savvy and tender mother hen type, owned and operated a gay bar in the 1950s, providing a rare safe haven for a marginalized community. Gay Bar is a meld of her true memoir (she notes she didn't use parentheses because her typewriter didn't have any) with Fellows' contemporary analysis. Windy City Times calls Gay Bar "a major contribution to gay history." Publishers Weekly says "this stimulating account of support for gay rights pre-Stonewall is an eye-opener." Women and Children First, 5233 N Clark St., (773) 769-9299. 7:30pm.
English electro rockers Clinic return to the stage still donning surgical masks, but with a new album in tow. Probably best known for their debut album, Wrangler, the group departs slightly from that fast paced all-night-party intensity to a more reflective aura on Bubblegum. See them tonight at Lincoln Hall with The Fresh & Onlys opening. 9pm. Tickets are $15. 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 21+