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Friday, June 21

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Facets Night School: Johnny Belinda

Facets Cinematheque continues its current series of Facets Night School tonight with a screening of Johnny Belinda from 1948, with Jane Wyman in the title role. Accompanying the film will be a discussion by film historian Stephen Reginald. Facets Night School begins tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of all films in this series. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School call Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Bicycle Film Festival @ Viaduct Theater

The Bicycle Film Festival presents an evening films about cycling in three programs tonight at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave. At 5pm, see Riding the Long White Cloud and several shorts, 7pm, see The Cyclocross Meeting and a different set of shorts, and at 9pm, see a collection of "urban bike shorts." Also at 9pm, an afterparty featuring DJs Pogo and Arturo and special guest DJ Brad Owen begins at Darkroom, 2211 W. Chicago Ave. More info and tickets available here.

Sexy Black Benefit @ Gold Star

Black dogs and cats living in shelters have a significantly higher euthanasia rate and are less likely to be adopted--because of outdated ideas about superstition, incorrect stereotypes about aggression, and being visually overlooked in shelters as equally loving and loveable pets for you and yours. Virtually Home Chicago, a nonprofit rescue group, is holding a benefit tonight from 7-10pm at the Gold Star (1755 W Division) for these "Sexy Black" animals. For $20, you'll get a drink, sandwich, tote bag, and the fuzzy feeling of knowing you've helped out some furry friends in need...and while you're at it, adopt an animal!

IKC Dog Show @ McCormick Place

Chicago hosts the 2011 International Cluster of Dog Shows, an annual event organized by the International Kennel Club. One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country, the shows take over McCormick Place North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., today and Sunday from 8am to 5pm. See more than 10,000 dogs from 167 breeds compete to be Best in Show, and explore a trade show floor full of dog products. Tickets are $18; admission is free for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. More info and a coupon for discounted admission available here.

Chicago Cycle Swap @ Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

Even if you're not a winter warrior, gear up to ride with this event co-sponsored by Chicago Bike Winter and the Active Transportation Alliance. Local bike shops and individual sellers will have some great deals, and presentations will cover topics like cargo bikes and custom frame building. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, or check out this site for an admission coupon and further information. The swap runs from 10am to 6pm at 1419 W. Blackhawk.

Celebrate Black History Month @ South Shore Cultural Center

The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago honors Black History Month
with "Celebrate Black History Month," tonight at 5:30pm. This free concert, which will pay homage to African-American composers, will consist of a mix of opera and musical theater, along with a performance by the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. The concert takes place at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive. For more information, contact Gary Ossewaarde at

The Power of Glamour @ Near North Library

The Near North Library, 310 W. Division St., presents The Power of Glamour, a tribute to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, today at 2pm. Featuring a performance by solo dramatist Roberta Randall, this program celebrates the "golden era" of Hollywood and five of its legendary actresses: Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich. For more information, contact (312) 744-0991.

Hide N Seek @ The Chicago Children's Museum

Support the kids with some grown up fun at the Chicago Children's Museum tonight for Hide N Seek. DJ Z-Trip will be on the decks. Tickets are $125 ($200 VIP) and include cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres. 9pm. 700 East Grand Ave, Navy Pier.

Dropkick Murphys w/ Naked Raygun @ Congress Theater

Dropkick Murphys play their first of a two-show run in Chicago at the Congress Theater. Touring in support of their seventh studio album Going Out In Style, due out March 1, these Irish-brand punks should be sure to provide the perfect prelude to the St. Patrick's madness that will hit our city next month.

The show's supporting act will be veteran punk rock locals Naked Raygun. After initially breaking up in 1992, Naked Raygun reformed in 2006 and are celebrating a career that has spanned nearly three decades.

Tickets are still available online. You can snag either the $40 two-night pass or $25 single-show tickets. Both shows are all ages and doors open at 6:30pm. Congress Theater is located at 2135 N. Milwaukee.

REGO EP Release @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago-based songwriter Rebecca Rego celebrates the March 1 release of her new EP, All These Bones and Us, at the Old Town School of Folk Music. REGO's newest EP takes on a stripped down, acoustic tone, slightly different from previous efforts by the folk rocker, and introduces us to a more tender and personal side to the songwriter. The release show starts at 7:30pm and is all ages. Tickets are $15. Canasta will also be performing. The Old Town School of Folk Music is located at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

PORQUES NO COMES @ Gorilla Tango

Lupe Sanchez performs his "semi-falsified, autobiographical one-man performance", PORQUE NO COMES, tonight at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave). PORQUE NO COMES (Because You Don't Eat) is the comedic story of a Latino boy (Lupe himself) growing up in a white suburb (Schaumburg to be specific), and his journey to find understanding and identity. Show starts at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10.



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