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Wednesday, May 18

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Andersonville Sidewalk Sale

The annual Andersonville Sidewalk Sale runs July 24-26 on Clark Street from Argyle to Edgewater. More than two dozen shops and restaurants will have sales both on the sidewalk and inside; see the website for a list of participating businesses.

31st Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

Book lovers, line up to get your hands on more than 120,000 books in 70 different categories, including cookbooks, literature, children's series, biographies and foreign language this weekend. Pop over to the annual Newberry Library Book Fair for $2 or less books and plenty of extras like music, movies, sports memorabilia and rare collectibles. Entry is free! July 23-26 at The Newberry, located at 60 W. Walton St. The sale is from noon to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Jimmy Carter @ Seminary Co-op Bookstores

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics presents former President Jimmy Carter at a book signing for his memoir, A Full Life, at the Seminary Co-op in Hyde Park. The event begins at noon and ends at 2pm. Customers can have up to five books signed, one of which must be A Full Life -- no additional memorabilia will be signed. The bookstore is located at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Artist Talk with Susan Giles @ The Arts Club of Chicago

The Jackman Goldwasser Resident artist, Susan Giles, will be discussing her work and process with Tony Macaluso at the Arts Club of Chicago. The talk will begin at 12pm. Please RSVP to Arielle Ismail at by July 24. The talk is located at 201 E Ontario.

Hail Skatin' @ Kuma's Too

Kuma's Too, 666 W. Diversey Ave., hosts Hail Skatin', a raffle and burger-eating contest benefiting the Windy City Rollers travel teams, tonight from 6 to 9pm.

Opening Reception: Rodrigo Lara "Deportable Aliens" @ The National Museum of Mexican Art

The National Museum of Mexican Art will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibition, "Deportable Aliens" this evening from 6-8pm. In conjunction with the show, the artist, Rodrigo Lara, will be giving a talk on August 19th at 6pm.

"NO SAD STUFF" Opening Reception @ FLATSstudio

Tonight from 6-10pm, FLATSstudio will be presenting their July exhibition, "No Sad Stuff", which will feature pop art, nostalgia, and vibrancy. Beverages will be provided by KOVAL Distillery, music by Wild Skies and Indisposed, and live drawings by Grant Goodwine and Landon Perkins. RSVP to with the number of attendees. FLATSstudio is located at 1050 W. Wilson Avenue.

The Scenic Route @ Metro

Canton, Ohio's The Scenic Route plays an all-ages show Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight, with Deanna Devore and Moritat opening. Doors open at 6:30, show's at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Aura Curiatlas Physical Theater @ Links Hall

The Aura Curiatlas Physical Theater will be performing their new piece, DREAM LOGIC, at 7pm tonight. The company combines acrobatics, dance, and theatre to create compelling storytelling through movement. DREAM LOGIC will present a series of short stories fused with comedy, ritual, romance, and struggle. Tickets will be $16 online, $20 at the door, and will be $12 for students and seniors. Links Hall is located at 3111 N. Western.

Kevin Swallow Opening @ Firecat Projects

Artist Kevin Swallow celebrates the opening of his new exhibition, This Must Be the Place, at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Ave., with a reception tonight from 7 to 10pm.

Unexpected @ Music Box

The Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts the premiere of Unexpected, the latest film by writer/director Kris Swanberg, tonight at 7:20pm. Swanberg and co-writer Megan Mercier will do a post-screening Q&A, moderated by the Reader's J.R. Jones. Tickets are $10.

Stupid Fucking Bird @ Victory Gardens

A very loose adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, Stupid Fucking Bird is sure to delight with its comedic twists on a classic tale. Written by Aaron Posner and performed by Sideshow Theatre, the tale centers around two generations of Russians living on a country estate and a whole lot of bird-based metaphors. Through this piece, Sideshow Theater explores what motivates us to make art and love in this hilarious re-staging, and is surely not to be missed. Tickets range from $33-$49. Victory Gardens Theater is located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Masculus dance @ Athenaeum Theatre

LEVELdance will stage Masculus, a 90-minute main stage dance performance tonight and tomorrow at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Masculus is a predominantly male cast featuring seven top contemporary dancers. Masculus investigates different male archetypes, personalities, and physicality, and showcases four choreographers' views on masculinity. Tickets are $25-30 and can be bought online or by calling (773-935-6875) or visiting the Athenaeum box office.

Eleventh Dream Day @ Hideout

Eleventh Dream Day celebrates the release of their latest album, Works for Tomorrow, with a concert tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. (Read our review of Works for Tomorrow in Transmission.) AZITA and She Speaks in Tongues open. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8:30pm, show's at 9:30pm. 21+

Ghostbusters @ Music Box

The Music Box invites you to see the original Ghostbusters tonight and Saturday night at midnight. Are you afraid of ghosts? Didn't think so. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.



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