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Saturday, December 2

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Facets Night School: Dance, Girl, Dance

Facets Cinematheque continues its Facets Night School series tonight with a screening of Dance, Girl, Dance from 1940, featuring Lucille Ball and Maureen O'Hara. The film will be accompanied by a lecture/discussion by instructor & film director Michael Smith. The film screens tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of films in this current Night School session. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the work of local crafters and artists, and maybe have a beer while you're there. Free.

Windy City Rollers Bout @ UIC Pavilion

The Windy City Rollers play this Saturday, March 12, at the UIC Pavilion (525 S. Racine). The game begins at 6pm. Tickets start at $20; get yours at the door or through Ticketmaster.

Creative Chicago Expo @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Creative Chicago Expo is a free, day-long event that connects Chicago's creative community -- including individual artists, businesses, and organizations -- with services, spaces, information, and networks. More than 130 vendors will participate in this year's Expo, including arts services, community organizations, arts educators, space and housing providers, health care and financial consultants, and more. Who should attend? Dancers, writers, musicians, actors, performers, theater professionals, visual artists, fashion designers and marketers, graphic designers, new media and filmmakers...and all other Chicago creatives. This event is today from 10am to 5pm at the Cultural Center:
78 E. Washington. Admission is free. More info here.

Coffee Cupping @ CityGrounds

The recently opened CityGrounds Coffee Bar, 507 W. Dickens in Lincoln Park, is hosting a coffee cupping at 1 p.m. led by coffee educators from Metropolis. You can taste new coffees that'll be on tap at CityGrounds this spring, learn which foods pair particularly well with coffee, and get a demonstration of the pour-over coffee brewing method.

SXSW Bon Voyage @ Bottom Lounge

CHIRP and present a SXSW 2011 Bon Voyage party tonight at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., featuring California Wives, Scott Lucas & the Married Men, Elephant Stone, Big Science, The Idle Hands and Blah Blah Blah. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6pm. $5 cover, 17 & over.

OMD @ Park West

English synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark play Park West (322 West Armitage) tonight in support of their recent History of Modern album. Supporting act Oh Land opens. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and although tickets are unfortunately sold out at the time of writing, trying your luck on Craigslist may prove worthwhile. All ages.

Hideout SXSW Sendoff Party

The Hideout's annual SXSW Sendoff Party starts at 1:30pm today. Head to 1354 W. Wabansia to catch Outer Minds, Chaperone!, Joan of Arc, Mickey, Radar Eyes, Tiger Bones, Skull Orchard, Paul Cary, Rabble Rabble, Waco Brothers and Kids These Days -- all for just $10. 21+

Obits @ Empty Bottle

The Drive Like Jehu family tree is deep with talent and Obits is no exception. The Brooklyn quartet plays a raw garage rock with heavy elements of surf rock mixed in. Their 2009 debut is a sharp effort of intricate guitaring and rollicking rhythms. The upcoming Moody, Standard and Poor is sure to follow in its footsteps. Obits headline the Empty Bottle. Loose Dudes open at 10pm. The show's $10 in advance, $12 at the door and 21+. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N Western.

Sweet Home Chicago: Chocolate and Confectionery Production and Technology in the Windy City

Holy cow, this sounds wonderful; a lecture about the candy and chocolate history of this city led by writer and curator Beth Kimmerle,
who recently published Blommer: An American Chocolate Legacy. Event takes place 10am-12pm at the John Crerar Library at University of Chicago (5730 South Ellis) Cost: $5 per person, free to University of Chicago students and faculty with ID. Event sponsored by Culinary Historians of Chicago.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs Doc Fundraiser @ Will's Northwoods

If you've ever been to Wisconsin, you may have driven by (or better, eaten at) one of the state's many supper clubs, which served cocktails, steaks and prime rib in an elegant, often dimly lit atmosphere. If you're interested in this cultural phenomenon, head to Will's Northwoods (3030 N Racine) tonight for a fundraiser to support a documentary in the works about supper clubs.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 5-13 at Navy Pier. Check out landscaping displays and tabletop arrangements, learn about new products and techniques, and enjoy a bit of greenery in still-dreary March. Hours are 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm Sunday. Tickets are $15 weekdays, $17 weekends for adults, $5 for kids all the time.



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