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Friday, January 20
The Chicago Maritime Festival returns to the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., today starting at 10am. A full program of seminars and discussions of topics ranging from naval knots to sea shanties runs through 4pm, followed by a concert at 7pm. Tickets for the daytime programming are $14; children under 12 are free. Tickets for the evening concert are $20, $15 for children.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago performs a dramatic reading of Twelfth Night at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., today at 10am. Free.
ICE Theaters-Lawndale, 3330 W. Roosevelt Rd., presents "An Intimate with Fashion Icon Barbara Bates," today at 4pm. Bates, a Chicago native, will be interviewed by FOX-32 anchor Robin Robinson, and will discuss her career as a fashion designer, current fashion trends and more. A mini fashion show featuring Bates' designs follows. Tickets are $40; for more information, call 312-808-8091.
Tonight is the Spudnik Press Hashbrown Chili Cookoff fundraiser held at their office (1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302). Twelve of Chicago's finest organizations devoted to printmaking and self-publishing will duke it out for the title of best chili. This year's participants include Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, The Prinstitute, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Read/Write Library and Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, among others. $10 gets you five tickets and $25 gets you a VIP package (five large chili portions, a golden spoon and a complimentary signature cocktail). Event runs 6pm-10pm.
The Chicago Cinema Society presents a triple-feature of three kung fu films this evening at the Portage Theater (4050 N Milwaukee). The films are: The 36th Chamber of the Shoalin; The Kid With The Golden Arm; and the Chicago premiere of Cold Steel from last year. All three films will be screened in 35mm prints starting tonight at 6:30pm. Details and advance tickets available at the Society's Eventbrite page.
Come to a free staged concert presentation of Signs of Life, a new drama with music based on the true story of the Czech ghetto, Terezin, tells one of the most fascinating and least known stories of the Holocaust. Originally a military town, Hitler transformed it into a so-called "model city for the Jews" to house prominent European artists and musicians. With favorable reviews from the New York Times and other publications, full production scheduled to open in Chicago September 18, 2013 at the Zacek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens. Admission is free but reservations are requested. There will be a post-performance talkback followed by a reception. RSVP to: Joanliman@hotmail.com. Performance begins at 7pm at Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln).
The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., hosts a screening of Andrew Bird: Fever Year, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Xan Aranda, at 7pm tonight. Seating is limited; email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Fever Year Screening Reservation - [Your Name]" in the subject line to reserve a seat. Free.
Silvie's Lounge hosts the latest Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, a regular open-mike evening for 'ukulele players. Tonight's theme is "Sorry I Forgot About Valentine's Day", and players are invited to perform up to 15 minutes, or up to three songs, whichever comes first, on the theme of love, forgiveness, break-ups, etc., etc., etc. The evening begins at 8pm, and admission is free. Silvie's: 1902 West Irving Park Road. For more information please see the group's Facebook page.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts Chicago Mixtape's 2nd anniversary party tonight starting at 8pm. The lineup features The Congregation, Psalm One, Santah, Animal City and a DJ set by White Mystery. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. 21+
The Kuhls celebrate the release of their first album, Holy Rollin, tonight at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., with Venna, Matt Ryd, Wax Robotic and Canoe Canoe opening. Doors open at 8pm. Free with RSVP in advance, $8 at the door. 18+
Chicago's Roommate has always had a pleasant and organic sound from a variety of non-traditional instruments (most notably, the Buchla Music Easel) for a band with rock band signatures. The Kent Lambert-led band's most recent album was 2011's Guilty Rainbow. At the Burlington, 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., they'll play two sets of the Cure's music. Doors open at 9pm. 21+