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Thursday, March 23
Celebrate all things hoppy at this two-day event, which kicks off tonight (6:00-9:00pm) at the Riverfront Theatre, 650 West Chicago. Your $45 admission gets you your fill of the over 100 craft brewers in attendance; you can also vote for your favorite. Music and food will also be there (to absorb the alcohol and make you dance all funny).
It's the second Friday of the month, which means galleries and studios in the Chicago Arts District (aka East Pilsen, centered on Halsted & 18th streets) are open from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Free. Details here.
The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights will host a discussion about solitary confinement tonight at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sullivan Galleries from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The Galleries are located on the 7th floor of 33 S. State Street. Keynote speakers for the event are Robert King, one of the Angola 3, and Tessa Murphy from Amnisty International. On display in the galleries is Tamms Year Ten Campaign Office, an exhibition telling the story of a supermax prision in Tamms, Illinois. No RSVP is required for the event. Contact Claire Leslie with any questions.
The Muntu Dance Theatre presents the launch of "Memories N Time" at LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie, tonight at 7pm. This free event, presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, is a dance and music collaboration with noted composer Reginald Robinson, musicians Steve Berry and Ari Brown, and popular Chicago jazz singer, Maggie Brown. For more information, call 773-241-6080.
A night of celebrating literacy and supporting a slue of local nonprofits while having some grown up fun is in store this evening, hosted by Open Books' Associate Board. The event centers around bookcase decorating in teams of five; finished cases will be judged by a panel of local celebrities, including The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks author, Rebecca Skloot, co-editor of The Art Friction, Charles Blackstone and WBEZ reporter/producer, Anthony Martinez.
Entry is $40 and includes two drink tickets, a "People's Choice Award" vote and light snacks. Tonight from 7-9pm at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 21+.
It's time once again for a GB Get-Together! Meet up with Gapers Block staffers and readers at Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., tonight from 7pm to 10pm for great beer and good conversation. RSVP on Facebook or just show up. We'll be near the front windows -- look for Gapers Block stickers on the tables. 21+
The Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts a panel discussion of the film Holy Motors after tonight's 7pm screening. The panel will include Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival; Charles Coleman, film program director at Facets Cinematheque; and Jean-François Rochard, deputy cultural attaché at the French Consulate in Chicago. Chicago Reader film critic Ben Sachs moderates. Tickets are $11 in advance or at the door.
The MDW Fair, an exhibition of grassroots and independent art culture, returns this weekend, Nov. 9-11, at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St. Tonight from 7:30pm to midnight is the Vernissage opening reception; watch the Propeller Fund awards ceremony, then explore the fair's 75-plus artists and performers. Admission is free.
The two-day homage to the legendary Coen Brothers film begins with tonight's 8pm viewing of the 1998 film at the Portage Theater, 4050 North Milwaukee. Tickets $18-20; wear your sweater and drink your White Russian beforehand (and take a cab home).
The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of Bhangra dance featuring local area dance troupes, as well as an introductory class to learn the dance. Dance class is at 8:30pm, and the concert is at 9pm. Tickets are $10, and the event happens in Szold Hall in the school's newest building at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Full details and advance tickets available from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.
The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the 2003 cult classic The Room. What kind of money? What kind of drugs? Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.