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Thursday, May 6

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Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club hold their 10th science fiction/fantasy book club meeting tonight at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). The evening's book: A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. The event runs from 6:30pm to 8pm. Admission is free, but you do need to RSVP at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Ancient Americas, Mammoths and Mastodons and more @ the Field Museum

In the 19,000 square foot permanent exhibition of the Ancient Americas, you will live the epic story of the people of these continents, from the Arctic to the tip of South America.
In the Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age Exhibition, You will have the opportunity to meet "Lyuba," the best preserved baby mammoth in the world (Thru Sept. 10, 2010) at the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive) Check out the website for more information as well as a list of basic admission free days in 2010.

Re-Thinking Soup with Anoop Jain

Anoop Jain speaks about The Community Kitchen Project at this week's Re-thinking Soup. The Kitchen Project will help provide free, nutritious, and traditional meals to Tibetan refugees that flee their native land each year to escape Chinese persecution. This project would help alleviate these conditions and raise awareness. The event takes place Tuesday, June 15 from noon - 1PM @ the Jane Addams Hull House Museum (800 South Halsted Street) Residents' Dining Hall Building, 1st Floor. Visit the websit for details.

The Cool Kids @ Edible Audible Picnic

Grab your lunch and take it to Pritzker Pavilion at noon for an Edible Audible Picnic. The Cool Kids represent the artistic strength of Chicago hip hop music. Known both nationally and internationally, Antoine "Mikey Rocks" Reed and Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll are self-described as "the new black version of the Beastie Boys". Reed and Ingersoll have collaborated with several other musical artists including The Bloody Beetroots, Drake, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and Maroon 5.

Nuclear Tipping Point @ Spertus Institute

Tonight, at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (610 S. Michigan Ave.), former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn will be screening a documentary, Nuclear Tipping Point, concerning the effort to reduce nuclear weapons. Attendance for the 6pm showing is $20 for members of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and $30 for non-members, and registration takes place online or at the Spertus Institute at 5:30pm tonight.

Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki @ Fairmont Hotel

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CGA) is hosting a luncheon with Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador to the United States from Japan, today at 12:30pm at the Fairmont Hotel (200 N. Columbus Dr.). Registration is $45 for CGA members and $55 for non-members and can be made online or at the hotel starting at 12pm.

Jim Waid: Paintings and Drawings @ Jean Albano Gallery

Come out tonight to the opening reception for Jim Waid's new work! From 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Jean Albano Gallery (215 W. Superior) will be exhibiting work that engages in landscape reveries and floral dreamscapes.

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

The GB Book Club meets tonight at 7:30pm at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., to discuss Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Here are some discussion questions to get you thinking. Free.

Rock for Kids' Poster Artist Interviews w/ Geoff Peveto

If you've ever wanted to know more about your favorite show posters, tune in tonight at 7pm at the Rock for Kids' website to pose questions to rock poster artists. The nonprofit's new interview series continues today with an interview with Geoff Peveto of the Decoder Ring at 7pm. Clay Hayes from will be interviewing the artists, and fans can ask their own questions via text and webcam. During the interviews, Rock for Kids will launch some online auctions of some out-of-print and band-signed posters. You can participate in the chat by signing up for a Vokle account or just logging in with your Twitter account while the interview is ongoing at

Ratchet @ Skylark

Creative music and free jazz series Ratchet takes place every Monday at Skylark in Pilsen. 10pm. Free. 2149 S. Halsted St.

Tony Allen with Great Lake Swimmers @ Downtown Sound in Millennium Park

Master drummer Tony Allen has released countless albums, and played shows worldwide for over forty years. Born in Nigeria and living today in Paris, Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa's finest kit drummer and one of its most influential musicians, who helped create the style of Afrobeat. Tonight he plays the Downtown Sound series with Canadian folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers. 6:30pm. Pritzker Pavilion. Free.



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