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Thursday, July 28
Historian David Strauss teams up with the Chicago Foodways Roundtable to talk about the history and cultural impact of Gourmet magazine today at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch, 10am. Admission $3, free for Kendall students. Email to RSVP.
Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: The Old Dark House, made by Frankenstein director James Whale. Tonight's lecturer is filmmaker and film studies teacher Michael Smith. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.
Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, the long-running open-mike night for ukulele players, returns to Silvie's Lounge tonight at 8:30pm. Tonight's theme: Uke Horrifica! Musicians are asked to bring up to 3 songs of horror, darkness, and/or fright to perform tonight. The event is 21+, and is free and open to the public. Silvie's: 1902 W. Irving Park.
Roc Jimenez de Cisneros, co-creator of the ALKU record label and member of the computer music collective EVOL, presents "Tetralemma + Tetrafluoroethane," a four-channel work for electronic sounds and hand-held air-horns at 8pm at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl. Free to the public by RSVP. (Currently sold out, but interested parties should contact the Graham Foundation to be put on the guest list.) This is the inaugural program of Lampo's fall season. More information at Transmission.
The Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., is holding a "plant rescue sale" today from 9am to 2pm in order to both fundraise and find homes for plants that can't be stored for the winter in the greenhouses damaged by this summer's hailstorm. Tropical trees, plants, succulents, and perennials from the Conservatory and grounds will be for sale for one day only; get there early for the best selection.
Starting Friday and running through this weekend, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand in Glove Conference and will highlight innovative curatorial and administrative practices happening in independent arts initiatives. The Fall Showcase will focus on the practices of individual artists, offering the opportunity for each artist to mount an ambitious project. The Fall Showcase, like the previous MDW Fair, will also feature an independent arts publisher's forum. The fair is open today and tomorrow from noon to 6pm at The Geolofts (3636 S. Iron St.).
South Side Projections, Kartemquin Films, Pullman State Historic Site and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society present a free screening of The Last Pullman Car at the Clock Tower Building in the Pullman State Historic Site, 11057-59 S. Cottage Grove Ave., today at 4pm. Kartemquin founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal will lead a discussion of the documentary after the screening. More info on Facebook.
If you've an itch for cartooning, scratch it at Lill Street Art Center. Today and the next two Saturdays they're offering an intensive workshop on the art of storytelling taught by renowned local cartoonist Nicole Hollander (Sylvia). Touching on a wide range of influences from cave painting on, students will choose a significant moment from their lives and put it together with images to create their own personal story. Lill Street Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., October 22 and 29 and November 5 from 1-5pm. Class is $225 ($220 for LAC members); click here to register.
Fans and newcomers are invited to attend the release party for PHONEBOOK 3 at threewalls. PHONEBOOK 3 includes critical essays, a directory, and practical information on independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the U.S. Essayists include Renny Pritikin, Susan Sakash, Faheem Majed, Chances Dances, Paul Durica, Dara Greenwald, Amy Franceschini, Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner, PLAND, Andy Sturdevant, Robby Herbst and more. The party begins at 8pm and lasts until 11pm. Hosted by and featuring a special edition of Salon Saloon, local artists, writers, designers and musicians are encouraged to share stories, photos, essays, and performances on a theme. Copies of PHONEBOOK 3 will be available for purchase. threewalls is located at 119 North Peoria, #2c.
If you feel too weird about getting into a costume for this Halloween, let your dog do the work! The Friends of Animal Care and Control hold their Halloween Furrrright Night tonight from 6pm-9:30pm at Chicago Party Animals, 1133 W. Fulton Market. Prizes for best dog costume, raffles, a photobooth, snacks, drinks and dog fun are on the bill. Tickets $25.
The Windy City Rollers travel teams play their final bout of the season ahead of the championship tourney today starting at 6pm. The Second Wind face the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls from Indiana, while the WCR All Stars take on the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins. There's also a costume contest tonight, so show up in your craziest get-up and you could win some amazing prizes. Tickets are $20-$35 online or at the box office.
The Handshake literary magazine holds its second issue release show this Saturday the 22nd. Readers, which are published in the issue, include
Winter Goebel, and Wyatt Roediger-Robinette. With a $10 you also receive a copy of new the issue. Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., 10pm, 21+.