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Wednesday, February 1

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Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free. UPDATE: Tonight's event has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Electoral Dysfunction @ Spertus Institute

The MacArthur Foundation sponsor a free screening of Electoral Dysfunction, a bipartisan documentary about voting in America, tonight at 5:30pm at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave. RSVP to to attend.

The Dinner Party @ Mayne Stage

The latest episode of Fear No Art's "The Dinner Party" tapes tonight at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. Guests this month are Michelle Boone, Chicago commissioner of Cultural Affairs; David Manilow, creator and executive producer of "Check, Please!"; and Susanna Negovan, Sun Times columnist and former Michigan Avenue Magazine editor in chief. Elysabeth Alfano hosts. The chef for the evening is Sean Sanders of Brown Trout, who will cook for both the guests and the audience. Doors open for a cocktail reception at 6:30pm; the show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $25. 18+

Halloween Havoc 5 @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts Halloween Havoc 5, a five-day horror film festival Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Starting at 6:30pm today, watch Alien and Lost Boys. A vintage toy and collectible fair will be in the lobby. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids.

The Honest Truth Party @ Martyrs'

The Reader and WBEZ host The Honest Truth Party, an evening of beer and debates, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight starting at 7pm. WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann moderates a discussion of current political topics with Mick Dumke and other politicos; the Cains and Abels perform later. No cover. 21+

Kindling Tales at the Evanston Art Center

Kindling Tales returns like a ghost of summer past, re-kindling the fire again on Oct 29th at 7:30PM behind the Evanston Art Center, 2603 N. Sheridan Road. There is a new group of storytellers to share and of course s'mores. Join in for an evening of campire, tales, and scary stories for Halloween. Dress warmly. Event is hosted by Jill Howe and Monte LaMonte.

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The Sea and Cake w/ Matthew Friedberger @ City Winery

Local post-rock vets The Sea and Cake stop by the newly opened (and apparently struggling) City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., tonight, and will be joined by Fiery Furnaces' synth wiz Matthew Friedberger. Ambient noodling ensured. Doors at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets $20-25, all ages.

Saint Etienne @ Lincoln Hall

Saint Etienne has been making sweet electronic pop music for 20+ years. Their formula of a dynamic lead singer and two music journalists who also make music has done pretty well. 2012's Words and Music By Saint Etienne is all about the trio's love for pop music and it's one of their strongest efforts yet. (This will be their first trip to Chicago since a February 2006 show at Metro.) Saint Etienne headlines Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8pm. Tickets are $25. 21+



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