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Sunday, July 24
The Logan Launch Festival, celebrating the opening of UofC's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, runs Oct. 12-14 at the center, 915 East 60th St. Programming includes musical performances, art exhibits, workshops and lectures; see the event website for a full schedule. The festival runs from 10 to 11pm today. Free.
The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.
MAS Context presents MAS Context: Analog, a daylong event of presentations and exhibitions intended to be an analog version of the print publication. The event runs from 1pm to 11pm today at New Projects, 3621 S. State St., with the program divided up into the topics of Practice, Visual Communication, Production and Curation. A closing party featuring DJ Dieter Roelstraete begins at 9pm. Free; RSVP to email@example.com.
The Paper Machete returns to the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, for a special edition of the "live magazine." Guests this week are Shannon Cason, Colleen Doyle and Nancy Friedrich, Ali Klinger, Bob and Nancy Piatt, Scott Smith, Kristen Studard and Wendy Liebman. The Flat Cats perform live, and Christopher Piatt hosts. Starts at 3pm, and is free as always. 21+
The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show pulls into Roscoe Village today, setting up its stage in Richard Clark Playlot Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St. A sideshow featuring local vendors and performers begins at 4pm, with the main stage acts beginning at 5pm. Free. More details here.
The Music Box Theatre presents Music Box of Horrors, a 24-hour marathon of horror movies running from tonight through tomorrow. Eight feature films are scheduled for screening, and the event's special guests are director Jeff Lieberman and B-film star Sybil Danning. For full details and advance tickets please see the Music Box website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.
West Town Bikes hosts a citywide biking scavenger hunt tonight, starting at the shop, 2459 W. Division St. Registration begins at 6:30pm -- a $10 donation is suggested per team member -- and the hunt begins at 7:30pm sharp. The final checkpoint is Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., where an open afterparty begins at 10pm. The Warmbloods and DJ Dave Mata perform. 21+
The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of performance by Robyn Hitchcock. There will be two concerts: the 7pm show will be a performance of the album Eye in its entirety; and the 10pm show will be all requests. The shows take place in the main concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets for both shows are available at the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.
Join CLLAW (the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers) at CLLAW-O-WEEN tonight at O'Malley's Liquor Kitchen located at 3551 N. Sheffield Ave. CLLAW's 14th match will feature fearsome lady arm wrestlers decked out in outrageous outfits, an open bar, shady referees and audience participation all wrapped into one wild, crazy, theatrical Halloween event. A three-hour open bar package is $25. Not interested in the open bar? A $10 entry fee will get you into the event, and a cash bar is available. The doors open at 9:30 pm, the first match is at 10 pm. Proceeds benefit Rock For Kids. More info. on Facebook.
Keith Rowe, founding member of English free improvisation elder statesmen AMM, will make a rare Chicago appearance (his last two shows here were in 2005 and before that in 2001) at the Renaissance Society (5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Cobb Hall 418 on the University of Chicago campus) as part of Lampo's Fall 2012 season. His treatments and extended techniques on guitar (played laying flat on a tabletop with various small objects and vibrating devices) influenced a generation of six-string gnarlers from Fred Frith to Borbetomagus' Donald Miller. Here, he performs a composition entitled "City Music," created for him for him by Chicago composer Frank Abbinanti. The performance takes place at 8:30, admission is FREE, and no RSVP is required. More information at Transmission.
Tonight Facets Cinematheque continues Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of the 1981 film The Slumber Party Massacre. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion by independent filmmaker Michael Smith. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.