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Friday, July 29
The third annual Expo Chicago art exhibition brings over 140 international galleries to Navy Pier Sept. 19-21. View and purchase artwork from around the world, attend panel discussions, and check out other programs. Tickets are $20, or $30 for a thee-day pass. The festival runs 11am to 7pm today. There are also a number of exhibition openings tonight at galleries throughout the city.
The Prak-sis N3w M3dia Festival, a conference about artistic responses to the legacy of Cold War-era social upheaval in southeast Asia, runs Sept. 19-21 at the Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton St. Today's program includes film screenings and discussions, beginning with two experimental documentaries by filmmaker James Benning -- American Dreams at 1pm and Ruhr at 3pm -- and I am furious Yellow, a 1994 documentary by Kidlat Tahimik, at 6pm. $5 suggested donation. Details on Facebook.
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival runs Sept. 18-21. Tonight's screenings include a series of short films at 4pm and Crossing Bridges at 6pm at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 N. Orrington Ave. At the Showplace ICON Theatres, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., Hit the Road: India screens at 6:30pm, followed by a Q&A with actor Richard Gazarian, and M Cream screens at 8:30pm followed by a Q&A with actor Immaduddin Shah. Tickets are $15 for Hit the Road: India and $20 for M Cream; the Evanston screenings are free. Festival passes are available for $125.
The Hideout presents the 10-year anniversary show for the literary series Funny Ha-Ha, hosted by Claire Zulkey and John Green. Tonight's show will feature performances and readings from the very first Funny Ha-Ha show. The show starts at 6:30pm, and tickets are $10. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.
Nellie McKay came out of the gate strong with her debut double album Get Away From Me and has yet to stop astounding people with her subversive cabaret shows and starring in hit off-Broadway shows. Her songs offer a uniquely timeless sound, embodying her progressive ideals with every note. McKay will be at SPACE, 1245 N. Chicago Ave. in Evanston, along with the wonderful local singer/songwriter Diana Lawrence. Tickets are $15-$35 and doors open at 6pm.
Sean Dove celebrates the release of his Kickstarter-funded James Bond tribute book, Last Days of Danger, tonight from 7 to 10pm at Challengers Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave. Pick up a signed copy of the book, meet Sean and talk 007. Free. Details on Facebook.
The Empty Bottle presents a show featuring Black Lips and The King Khan & BBQ Show at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, starting tonight at 8pm. Tickets were $18 in advance, but they're sold out. If there are any at the door, they'll be $22. 17+