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Thursday, June 17

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"Pictures & Sounds" at U of C (Live music, silent film)

The University of Chicago and WHPK 88.5 FM present Pictures & Sounds, featuring four acts performing live soundtracks to silent films. Featuring the Fortieth Day, Ghost Ice, Mykel Boyd, and Mac Blackout. 5811 S. Ellis avenue, room 310. FREE. More information at Transmission.

Ingrid Schaffner @ MCA

Get the inside scoop on contemporary artist Karen Kilimnik’s work and process with Ingrid Schaffner, Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Curator and writer Schaffner has been working in contemporary art since the mid-1980s and has developed an exceptional body of work around three themes: Surrealism, collecting, and photography. She has numerous publications on 20th century art, art reviews in Artforum, and catalog essays. Free. Up to two tickets may be reserved in advance. $3 nonrefundable handling fee for phone and online orders. Tickets are available at the MCA box office or by calling 312-397-4010. 1 p.m. 220 E. Chicago. For more info, visit the Website.

Pajama Party Blow-Out Sale @ B

Come in your PJs and shop $10 baskets, $20 tables, $50 racks and much more. Enjoy jazz music, gourmet coffee and breakfast treats. Everything in the store is 50% off and up. 6-10 a.m. 1117 W. Armitage.

Chill Out at MoMI

With Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum, Reflective, Astralwerks) and Tycho (Ghostly International). Visuals by ISO50 and Video Janitor. Special guests Ramp Chicago. Visitors experience some of today's best electronic music in a unique setting that includes the Ice Max Theater, a 6x10-foot frozen video wall where guest visual artists and VJs provide creative projections and an ice bar where Chicago's top mixologists serve samples of alcohol-free specialty cocktails. Free, but reservations are required -- call 312-742-8497. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Millennium Park. For more info, visit the Website.

Puppet Bike's 5th Anniversary Party Extravaganza

Puppetbike's 5 Years/5 Nights with the Puppets anniversary celebration keeps on rollin with Puppetbike Family Free Day from 12-6pm. Urbanimal, The Eleffant Foot Company, and Lord of the Yum-Yum will all be on hand to entertain adults, kiddies, and puppets alike. The grown-ups only party starts at 8pm, featuring Environmental Encroachment and more Lord of the Yum-Yum. Family Free Day is, obviously, free; admissions on a sliding scale of donations after 6pm. Located at the Peter Jones Gallery. Visit Puppetbike's website for more information.

Polkaholics @ Red Line Tap

The legendary Polkaholics play at the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood. The Commodes and Roundeye open. Show starts at 9pm, tickets are $7. 21 and over.

Pit er Pat, Food For Animals, Mi Ami @ AV-Aerie

Thrill Jockey recording artists Pit er Pat play a headlining show at AV-aerie tonight, supported by a deep and mottled billing that includes Bay-area experimental artists Mi Ami and the Maryland leftfield hip-hop group Food For Animals. Scalpels also play. For more info, see the write-up about Food For Animals on our Transmission page. 2000 W. Fulton. It all gets underway at 9pm and admission is $8. All ages show.

Netherfriends, Division Day @ Subterranean

Netherfriends, Division Day and The A-Sides play at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., tonight at 9pm. 18 and over, $10 at the door.

Timuel Black @ Revolution Books

Professor, historian and author Timuel Black comes to Revolution Books to discuss "the dreams and expectations of Black people in their migration to Chicago" and their struggles and realities. Black's work includes the oral histories Bridges of Memory - Chicago's First Wave of Black Migration and Bridges of Memory - Chicago's Second Generation of Black Migration; volume three is on its way. Free at 2pm, 1103 N. Ashland Ave. Call 773-489-0930 for more information.

Open Mic/Poetry Slam @ Chicago Public Library

Local poets Ida Barnes (Words of Wisdom) and Syreeta L. Williams (Woman of Words) will moderate this special Open Mic/Poetry Slam at North Austin Branch will be presented as part of the Chicago Public Library’s African American History Month celebration. Free. 2pm. 5724 W. North Ave. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

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.

Alan Gottlieb @ 57th Street Books

Alan Gottlieb will be at 57th Street Books to talk about his book Ultimate Excursions. Free. 6pm. 1301 E. 57th St. Call 773-684-1300 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.-5 p.m. Tickets sold at the door only Saturday and Sunday. 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Visit the Website or call 773-237-5100 for more information.

BYOB Chicago Book Signing

Jean Iverson, author of BYOB Chicago, will be signing copies of her book tonight from 6-7:30pm at Taste Food & Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis Avenue.

Provenance Food and Wine Birthday Celebration

Logan and Lincoln Square wine and food hawker Provenance celebrates its second birthday today from 3-6pm at their 2528 North California location. Cake, raffles and fun will be provided.

Print Release Party @ Sonnenzimmer

Work by multimedia artist Chris Kerr, New York-based painter Carrie Pollack, and Ignatz Award-winning comics artist Anders Nilsen. Proceeds from the sales of each edition of 75 signed and numbered prints will be shared equally between the artist and Sonnenzimmer. 7-11 p.m. oRSo plays special set around 9.30 p.m. 3605 N. Damen, Rear Store. For more info, visit the Website.

Michigan's Role in Culinary History Lecture

Justin Rashid, co-founder of online Michigan gourmet foodseller American Spoon will be giving a lecture about the foods of our neighbor to the east and over the pond at 10am today. Event is sponsored by Culinary Historians of Chicago; click here for more information.

Darrell Jones @ Links Hall

This workshop borrows from the aesthetics of voguing to investigate extreme physicality, "fierceness of attack," and attitude as an approach to movement. Exercises derived from the voguing culture such as dips, twirls, and spins are used to connect poses and postures in large athletic phrases that express the physical poetics of battling gracefully. Through guided improvisation, we explore the culture behind the movements in an attempt to channel the somatic pluralism that drives voguing's improvisations. $20. 3-5 p.m. 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. For more info or to register, contact Erica at 773-281-0824 or

Phillipa Gregory @ Borders Oak Brook

Best-seller Gregory signs and discusses the movie tie in to The Other Boleyn Girl, in which two sisters compete for the love of a king. 2 p.m. 1500 16th St., Oak Brook. For more info, call 630-574-0800.

Wolf Eyes, Rubber O Cement, No Fucker @ Empty Bottle

A night of musical Mayhem at the Empty Bottle, co-sponsored by Arthur magazine. Wolf Eyes, Rubber O Cement, and No Fucker tear up ears like love letters from spurned psychopaths. 9 p.m., $10. More information at Transmission.

Improvised cello + harp at LAMPO

Lampo presents the second concert in its Winter 2008 series tonight at 9 p.m. ($12 admission). Australian harpist Clare Cooper teams up with Chicago 'cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm for a free-improvised duet. More information at Transmission.



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