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Saturday, May 15

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Caleb Jones Lyons and DetroitMONA @ ThreeWalls

On the heels of its recent exhibition of Chicago artists in Michigan (curated by Paul Klein), the Museum of New Art (MONA) is launching their initiative in Chicago at ThreeWalls. CHANGING CITIES: Detroit is a bold response to forced entropy, an initial step in establishing a global art exchange that swaps Detroit artists and work with artists in other cities. The range of medium and subject from these five Detroit artists infuses this initial exchange with the diversity of that underground scene, transplanted for a month to Chicago. With Hartmut Austen, Jef Bourgeau, Mary Fortuna, Cyrus Karimipour and Alison Wong. Through March 22. Slow Dance backinblackisblackisblackisblackisback is Caleb Jones Lyons' multimedia meditation and installation that invites an audience into a compelling environment of haunting totems, videos and social spaces in order to explore questions about power, intolerance and political engagement. Employing signs of existence, oppression, ritual, leisure, presence and absence, Lyons gathers together an unsettling group of objects and sounds that alter, disquiet and challenge the senses. Through March 29. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. 119 N. Peoria, #2D. For more info, visit the Website.

Sole & The Skyrider Band @ The Abbey

"Outsider" hip-hop trailblazer and Anticon recording artist Sole plays the Abbey tonight, touring to support his recent, acclaimed album with collaborative partners Skyrider. Telephone Jim Jesus, The Apes, and Apoc open. See our Transmission page for additional info about the artists and the show. 3420 W. Grace Street at Elston. Show starts at 9pm, tickets are $12.

Heat Wave Preview @ Pegasus Players

Pegasus Players & Live Bait Theater bring the GB Book Club's August 2005 selection, Eric Klinenberg's Heat Wave, to the stage. Using Klinenberg's sociological study of the 1995 heat wave that claimed the lives of hundreds of Chicagoans, playwright Steve Simoncic recreates the havoc wrought between medical examiners, health officials, reporters, politicians and citizens. Tickets for tonight's 8pm preview performance are $15 and can be purchased by calling 773-878-9761. The show will take place at Pegasus Players, 1145 W. Wilson Ave. in the O'Rourke Center at Truman College.

I Love Smash & Crunch At Liar's Club

Smash & Crunch is becoming the next 'It' party on the Chicago scene. Next Friday, I Love Smash & Crunch featuring Drop the Lime, Vyle, Willy Joy, Eric Lab Rat, The Image Front, and more will keep Liar's Club bangin' until late. Presented by URB Magazine and Josh Rodriguez a cheap way to get down on a Friday. Avant/Chicago will be on hand shooting some pix, there will VJs, cheap rum and . Free before 11, $7 after.

Puppet Bike's 5th Anniversary Party Extravaganza

Part of Puppetbike's 5 Years/5 Nights with the Puppets anniversary celebration, emcee Simak Sheik will present "The List" in the Track Side Lounge at 7. At 8:30, the party moves to the Peter Jones Gallery, where White Wolf Sonic Princess, The Black Forest Theater Company, Mary Janes DEFECTIVE Blues Band, and The Telepaths will perform. Sporadic puppet performances will also be featured. Doors open at 7; admission will be based on sliding donations. Email puppetbike for more information.

IKC Cluster of Dog Shows @ McCormick Place West

Whoah, dogs. Who doesn't love dogs? I love dogs. Do you love dogs? Thought so. Top dogs from across the United States and Canada compete for prizes and the coveted title of "Best in Show." Through Feb. 24. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets sold at the door only Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Website or call 773-237-5100 for more information.



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