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Thursday, February 23
The Chicago Arts District's monthly Second Fridays neighborhood-wide open house is tonight, centered around 18th and Halsted streets. Dozens of galleries and studios are open starting at around 6pm, with many artists selling work. Free.
Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., celebrates the opening of Divorced From Heaven, an exhibition of original art by famed poster artist Derek Hess, with a reception tonight from 7 to 10pm. Hess will be on hand to meet fans, and will be releasing a limited edition print at the reception. DJ Sean Doe spins. Free.
The Music Box presents a double feature of two Don Coscarelli films, to celebrate his new film John Dies At The End. That film will screen tonight at 7:20pm, and will be followed by the film Bubba Ho-Tep at 9:45pm. Mr. Coscarelli will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the first film. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. There will be a second double feature tomorrow night, so look there also. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.
Roberta Miles, Jillian Erickson, and Erin Lane, collectively known as Loose Chicks, perform their spoken word show based on real life experiences at The Lincoln Loft (3036 N. Lincoln Ave., 2nd Fl.) tonight at 8pm. Special guest: GB staffer J.H. Palmer. Suggested donation $10, BYOB. Performance is about an hour long.
Vaudezilla's burlesque beauties take to the stage at this free event at Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Ave. Featuring performances by seasoned burlesque dancers as well as newbies to the scene, the show always promises a raunchy good time. The show features two different sets: one at 9pm and one at 11pm. Get there early; the venue fills up fast! 21+
The Chicago Cinema Society presents Sound City, a documentary by Dave Grohl about the legendary LA recording studio by the same name, at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd., Feb. 8, 9 and 11. Tickets to each screening are $7. Tonight's showing is at 10pm.