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Saturday, January 21
The inaugural Zombie Shuffle 5K Run & Pub Crawl begins at Milwaukee Ave. and Logan Blvd., 2600 N. Milwaukee, at 9am. The course travels through Logan Square Park and Palmer Square Park. After the run the pub crawl kicks off with drink specials at several surrounding bars.
The Englewood Film Festival runs Oct. 25-28 at several locations throughout the Englewood neighborhood. Today's screenings include a $1 double feature of The Trial of Allen Iverson and The Wayman Tisdale Story at Team Englewood High School, 6201 S. Stewart Ave., and Walls That Bleed, The Good Life and Note to Self at Ice Theaters 210 W. 87th St. Films are ticketed separately. There are also several free workshops on the business and art of filmmaking.
DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media and
Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center present the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, which runs today and Sunday. Today at 2pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., watch a free program of 15 short animated works. Then at 7pm at the DePaul School of CIM, 247 S. State St., Lower Level, special guest animator Nancy Andrews will present three of her films: Behind the Eyes; The Haunted Camera; and Hedwig Page, Seaside Librarian. Admission is $10.
The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show pulls into Pilsen today, setting up its stage in the Growing Station Community Garden, 945 W. 21st St. A sideshow featuring local vendors and performers begins at 6pm, with the main stage acts beginning at 7pm. Free. More details here.
The third annual Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk and Pub Crawl kicks off tonight at 7pm -- but get started at the zombie makeup and costume staging session from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Horrorbles, 6729 W. Roosevelt Rd. Then set off from there on a bar crawl that ends with an afterparty at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., featuring food, horror films and more. Tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting West Suburban PADS. 21+
Fashion designer Isabel Toledo and fashion illustrator and artist Ruben Toldeo will speak at a special event put forth by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Fashion Resource Center. The lecture will take place at Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave., at 6pm. Tickets are $25, or $10 with a current student ID.
Facets Cinematheque presents the 29th annual International Children's Film Festival, running from today through November 4. The festival will feature plenty of screenings in Chicago film venues, as well as workshops for kids interested in the film making process. For full details please see the festival website.
Lampo, in conjunction with the Graham Foundation, presents a duo concert by cellist Okkyung Lee and electronic composer David Behrman tonight at 8pm at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl. Includes an extended cello improvisation from Lee, while Behrman performs his "View Finder" (guitar and electronics) and "Freeze Dip" (violin and electronics). Together, they present "Open Space with Cello / Open Space with Guitar," pieces related to Behrman's "Open Space with Brass" music commissioned for the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Armory in New York in December 2011. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. See also Friday's free workshop featuring Lee and Behrman at the same location. Preview in Transmission.
Atomic Imaging and ShowFile.fm">present The Revengers Halloween Party,
Atomic Imaging/Golan Studios, 1501 N. Magnolia Ave., tonight starting at 8pm. Watch a dozen bands perform on three stages, participate in the costume contest, and enjoy the revelry. Tickets are $65 before Oct. 22; "RIP" tickets are $150. Proceeds benefit Adaptive Adventures.
The Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., celebrates its 16th annual Halloween Bash with live music, dancing and of course, costumes. The bands will dress up and attempt to personify popular artists. The Last Vegas will perform as Billy Idol, AM Taxi as the Replacements, Hessler as Iron Maiden, Ryan Powers as Tom Petty, Black Box as Social Distortion, The Sweeps as Beck, and Panther Style as The Cult. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are $12, 21+
However you describe Metz, whether punk or grunge or noise or just plain ol' rock, their sound has been turning heads in 2012. Their new album's received raves and their live show's been lauded. They'll headline the Empty Bottle with the excellent Radar Eyes. The show's $8 in advance, $10 at the door. It's 21+ and starts at 10PM. The Empty Bottle's at 1035 N Western.
In celebration of its 45th official release, Eccentric Soul: Omnibus, the venerated Numero Group will host a party tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., all the while spinning the new compilation of lost soul gems "into the wee hours of the morning." Dancing begins at midnight, tickets $5 at the door. 21+.
Tonight Facets Cinematheque concludes Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of America's Deadliest Home Video, starring Danny Bonaduce as a "home video enthusiast" kidnapped & forced to film his captors. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion by Facets Night School regular Chris Damen. 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.