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Friday, December 15

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Chicago Turkish Festival

The 10th Annual Chicago Turkish Festival continues today at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., at 10am. It features live folk dance performances, art, music, fashion, and more between noon and 2pm. More than 40 booths will sell authentic Turkish cuisine and handicrafts. Free admission. Festival ends at 6 pm, and resumes tomorrow.

Community Violence Forum

The Chicago Urban League and CeaseFire will host a forum on community violence tonight from 6 to 8pm at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave. Panelists include Tio Hardiman, director for CeaseFire Illinois; Felicia Davis, first deputy chief of staff, Office of the Mayor; Bishop James Dukes, Liberation Christian Center; LeAlan Jones, political commentator; Father Michael Pfleger, pastor, The Faith Community of St. Sabina; George Robinson, Metra engineer and former gang leader; Alfonza Wysinger, first deputy superintendent, Chicago Police Department; and Ishmael Muhammad, national assistant minister, Nation of Islam. The event is free; contact Lauren Love at 773-896-5723 for more information.


participating in the forum will attempt to provide empowerment-based messages and services to curb inner-city violence. Leaders like

Zane @ Woodson Regional Library

The Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, hosts best-selling erotic fiction novelist Zane tonight at 6:30pm. The acclaimed author, also behind the hit HBO series, "Zane's Sex Chronicles," will be on hand to talk about her latest releases, Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3 and Addicted: A Novel. Seating begins at 5:30pm and is strictly limited to the first 180 guests. For more information, call 312-747-6900.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with an open mic hosted by Earphoria. Open mic starting at 7pm, and "Songwriters in The Round" featuring Todd Kessler and Matt Kerstin at 9:30pm. Free, 21+

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Jamie Buell, James Davisson, Michael Reno Harrell, Arlene Malinowski, Deanna Moffitt, Amanda Rountree, and Scott Whitehair . Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

 

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