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Friday, May 14

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Transmission Thursday at the Five Star

Transmission, the Gapers Block music site, hosts its weekly night at the Five Star Bar. DJ Brad Owen spins punk, new wave and other indie faves, Transmission staffers run around with cameras, and the bar offers a $3 beer special. Photos from previous Thursdays here. 21+, 930pm - 2am weekly, the Five Star is located at 1424 W. Chicago, just east of Chicago and Ashland. (312) 850-2555.

New England Clambake Class @ Fox and Obel

Learn how to cook New England summer style right here on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan with Fox and Obel Executive Chef Suzanne Edwards. A tasting of all dishes (including lobster for everyone) and paired wine selections are included in the $50 class fee. 6 to 7:30pm at the 410 E. Illinois store, call 312-379-0139 with questions or to sign up.

Arks CD Release Party At Sub't With sally

The International comes out on Tuesday August 14 and the Arks are ready to celebrate with a 18+ show at the Subterranean with sally and Pyrite. Show starts at 9 p.m. and is $7.

Head of Femur @ Logan Square Auditorium

Head of Femur plays a free show (18 and over) at the Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie). Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. For more information call 773-252-5261.

Movies in the Park

The Chicago Park District presents Movies in the Park, a summer-long screening of classic and contemporary films in Chicago parks. Tonight's screenings: Dreamgirls (PG-13) at Kells Playground Park (3201 W. Chicago Ave.); Happy Feet (PG) at Wilson (John P.) Park (1122 W. 34th Pl); The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13) at Mandrake Park (900 E. Pershing Rd); and Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest (PG-13) at Lincoln Park (2045 Lincoln Park West). The screenings start tonight at dusk, and are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of movies check out the Chicago Park District Website.

Powell's North Reading Series

The Powell's North Reading Series comes to you this month featuring local writers who have appeared in P-Queue. This includes Elizabeth Cross, Anthony Hawley, Meg Barboza, David Driscoll, Michael Robbins, Jordan Stempleman and Michelle Taransky. Free at 7pm, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-248-1444 for more information.

Name That Tune @ Red Kiva

As part of Chicago's "Art of Play" summer celebration of toys and games (through 30 September), Red Kiva is hosting a free session of Name That Tune featuring cabaret performers Beckie Menzie and Bob Moreen. 7-10 PM, 1108 W Randolph. For more information, call 312-226-5577 or visit the website.

A/V XPLO: Double Door

Featuring over 100 artists and musicians, A/V XPLO offers up a variety of sights and sounds, combining music, painting, sculpture, film, video, photography and more. The second night of the four-day event takes place at Double Door.
Music includes Nurses, Alan Astor, Brenmar, Miles Tillman, Rue Royale, Midstates, Trio In Stereo, and Theory Anesthetic. 21+, doors at 7PM, $10 advance or $12 at the door, Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. More info at

Hyde Park Farmers Market

The Hyde Park Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 52nd and Harper until October 25.

Searching for Bobby Fischer @ Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Pack a picnic and head down to the historic Clarke House Museum for this free outdoor screening of a 1993 movie about a 7-year-old with an extraordinary talent for chess. Part of the Art of Play, Chicago's "citywide summer celebration of toys, games, and the spirit of play." 1827 S. Indiana, 8:20 PM. For more information, call 1-877-244-2246 or visit the website.

Nancy Horan @ Barbara's Bookstore

Author Nancy Horan stops by Barbara's Bookstore in Oak Park to talk about her debut novel, Loving Frank, based on the true story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her affair with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Free. 7:30pm. Barbara's at 1100 Lake St., Oak Park. Call 708-848-9140 for more information.

Legends and Lions: Ragtime and Beyond @ Millennium Park

As part of the Made in Chicago: Home Cooked Jazz series, Chicago-born jazz legend Muhal Richard Abrams performs along with MacArthur Fellowship-winning pianist Reginald Robinson. 6:30 PM, in the Pritzker Pavilion, free. For more information, visit the website.

All Ages Show At Beat Kitchen With Unique Chique

A great chance to see some rising local bands at an early hour. Unique Chique and Them Roaring Twenties are joined by out-of-towners Knife Crazy and Junior Revoulution for an all ages show at Beat Kitchen starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $8.

Farmers Market @ Daley Plaza

The farmers market at Daley Plaza is held every Thursday until October 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Dearborn.



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