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Thursday, May 6

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B-Fest 2016

B-Fest, the annual 24-hour B-movie marathon hosted on Northwestern's campus, begins this evening at 6:00pm and runs through Saturday evening at 6:00pm. For tickets and a schedule please see B-Fest.com.

Too Much Light: New Year's Eve @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists ring in the new year with a performance of their show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, timed so that the show ends at the stroke of midnight. Attendees will enjoy pre-show refreshments, starting at 9:30pm. The show starts at 11:00pm sharp, and advance reservations are required. See the Neo-Futurist site for details, or call (773) 275-5255.

WBEZ presents Chicago Amplified @ Mayne Stage

WBEZ and Mayne Stage present Chicago Amplified, an evening of stories and live music. Doors open at 8:00pm, and the show starts at 9:00pm. See the event page for a complete schedule and for advance tickets. Mayne Stage: 1328 W. Morse. Box office: (773) 381-4554.

The Hateful Eight in 70mm @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, one of the very few theaters in the Chicagoland area that can show 70mm films, screens a special Ultra Panovision 70mm print of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, starting this evening and running through the next two weeks. Film fans will definitely want to see this extended version of the film, showing before the film goes into wider release. See the Music Box site for schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Hideout's Last Chance Holiday Sale 2015

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts its 17th annual Last Chance Holiday Craft Sale this evening at 6pm. Vendors will include Sew What Sarah, Rhymes With Twee, Videnovich Farms, and Bloodshot Records. Admission to the event is free! 21+

ChiDM Holiday Yard Sale

The Chicago Design Museum, 108 N. State St., 3rd floor, hosts a Holiday Yard Sale tonight from 4 to 7pm. Shop for design-y gifts from local designers and companies like Cards Against Humanity, You Are Beautiful, Perfectly Acceptable Press and more. Free; RSVP on Facebook if you like.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes the monthly literary sporting event known as Write Club. Three matches of Chicago writers and performers taking up opposing ideas, with the audience picking the winners. Show starts at 7:00pm. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to charities chosen by the participants. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Music Box Alternative Christmas Double Feature

For over 30 years the Music Box Theatre has presented a Christmas double feature of It's A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. This year, the theater is offering an alternative holiday double feature of Love Actually and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The films screen on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 15th and 16th. See the Music Box site for a full schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas live @ Hideout

The Hideout presents a live performance of everyone's favorite Muppet TV special, Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas, with live performance of the songs by local musicians. Show starts at 6:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Hideout site. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Screening: Almost There with Cinematography Q&A @ Siskel Theater

The Kartemquin Films/ITVS co-production Almost There is back by popular demand this weekend with a flurry of special events at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Today's 5:15pm screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Co-Director/Cinematographer Aaron Wickenden and Environmental Cinematographer David Schalliol, who will discuss their contrasting approaches to cinematography and how each balanced the other in the finished film. The event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Best of Too Much Light @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists hold their annual two-weekend best-of shows this and next weekend. Come see the best plays produced over the year for their signature show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, tonight at 11:30. The show happens at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, near Foster); check the Neo-Futurist site for details and limited quantities of advance tickets.

2015 Annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long & Double Feature

The Music Box Theatre begins their 32nd sing-along double feature of It's A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Santa himself leads the audience in singing classic Christmas carols before and after the films! The double feature screens through December 24th, and advance tickets are available for purchase. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Songs of Good Cheer @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their annual holiday song performance Songs of Good Cheer, starting tonight and running through December 13. See the event page for a schedule and advance tickets. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

George Winston @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a concert by pianist George Winston, tonight at 8:00pm at their main convert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln. See the event page for details and advance tickets, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

The Hideout's Last Chance Holiday Sale 2015

The Hideout hosts its 17th annual holiday craft sale this evening at 6:00pm. Vendors will include Sew What Sarah, Rhymes With Twee, Videnovich Farms, and Bloodshot Records. Admission to the event is free, and despite the name, there will be another craft show held on December 22 if you miss tonight's event. Full details available at the Hideout site. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Deathscribe 2015 @ Mayne Stage

WildClaw Theatre presents Deathscribe, their annual radio horror story competition, happening tonight at 8:00pm at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse). See the event page for details and advance tickets.

Neighborhood Night @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Neighborhood Night, an evening where the general public is invited to see the evening's films at a discounted price of $6 per film. Check the film schedule to see what's playing. Film Center: 164 N. State St. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Best of Too Much Light @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists hold their annual two-weekend best-of shows this and next weekend. Come see the best plays produced over the year for their signature show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, tonight at 11:30. The show happens at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, near Foster); check the Neo-Futurist site for details and limited quantities of advance tickets.

Greg Sestero @ Music Box

"O hai, Mark." Greg Sestero, author of The Disaster Artist (about his part in the now-legendary cult film The Room), comes to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., tonight for an evening of discussion about the film and his tell-all book. The show starts at 10pm with a discussion, a behind-the-scenes documentary, and a Q&A session with Greg. Then, stick around for a screening of The Room at midnight! Tickets are $12, or $20 if you stick around for The Room. Box office: (773) 871-6604.

Secret History of Chicago Music Book Release @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts the book release party for My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music Compendium, a compilation of over 10 years' worth of drawings and band biographies from the Chicago Reader feature Secret History of Chicago. The book will be available for purchase, and author Steve Krakow will be available for signing! And in addition, Bobby Conn presents "My Chicago: A Multi Media Presentation," and ONO, Athanor and VCSR perform live. Admission is $8 or free with an RSVP; see the Empty Bottle site for details.

The Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents an evening of industrial musicals hosted by former Simpsons writer Steve Young. The show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased in advance. (773) 871-6604.

Breaking News @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center screens the 2004 Johnnie To film Breaking News this evening at 6:00pm as part of the Film Center's lecture series Cities in Cinema. There will be a discussion of the film, led by Art Institute instructor Fred Camper. Advance tickets are available online. Film Center: 164 N. State. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Shop the Block on Chicago Avenue

Paperish Mess, 1955 W. Chicago Ave., will be banding together with three other shops, Ad Hoc, Study Hall, and Tarnish, today from noon to 7pm for a trunk show with local artists and special deals.

Tab Hunter Confidential @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center begins a week-long run of the new documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, a documentary about the 1950s and 1960s actor. Tonight's first screening of the film will feature a Skype interview with the actor by GB's own Steve Prokopy. See the Film Center's site for a full schedule and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts their annual sing-a-long edition of The Sound of Music, starting this afternoon at 1:00pm and running the next two weekends (through December 6). See the Music Box site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Bocce ball @ Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall and Wicker Park Bocce invite you to come down for the inaugural Winter Bocce Series. Admission to the games is free. Full details at the Thalia Hall site. Thalia Hall: 1807 S. Allport. (312) 526-3851.

Zoe Keating @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents two performances by cellist Zoe Keating, at 4:00pm and at 8:00pm. Full details and advance tickets at the school's site, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay @ Logan Theatre

The Empty Bottle and the Logan Theatre host the Chicago premiere of Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay, a film about the origins of industrial music. The screening starts at 7pm; doors are open at 6pm, and tickets are $15. Logan Theatre: 2646 N. Milwaukee. (773) 342-5555.

Dangerous Men @ Music Box

The Music Box screens the latest so-bad-it's-good find from Drafthouse Films: the 2005 film Dangerous Men, a film whose reviewers describe using words like "insanity", "psychotic", and "bonkers". If this sounds like a good time, you'll want to show up for the midnight screenings tonight and Saturday night. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Burning Bluebeard @ Den Theatre

The Hypocrites present a re-mount of the highly acclaimed play Burning Bluebeard, first staged by the Neo-Futurists in 2011. The show opens tonight at the Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee) and runs through January 10. Please see the Hypocrites' site for full details and online tickets.

Christmas Around the World @ MSI

The Museum of Science and Industry opens their annual holiday show Christmas Around the World today. Featuring dozens of trees decorated by various local communities, Christmas Around the World also features music and dance performances from many cultures. The event runs through January 3. MSI: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. (773) 684-1414

Jeff Buckley tribute @ Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark) hosts a celebration of the February 1994 performance at uncommon Ground by Jeff Buckley by hosting a concert this evening at 8:00pm. Performers scheduled to perform include J.C. Brooks, Rebecca Rego, Liz Chidester, Nino Arobelidze, and others. Full details and advance tickets at the Uncommon Ground site.

Louder Than A Mom @ Martyrs

Martyrs hosts the latest in the live storytelling series Louder Than A Mom tonight at 8:00pm. In honor of the upcoming holiday, attendees are asked to bring their Thanksgiving stories to share with the audience. Full details at the Facebook event page. Martyrs: 4545 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

OPEN TV @ Woman Made Gallery

Watch pilot TV shows with OPEN TV, a beta program that features stories by queer, trans, cis-women, and people of color, today from 2 to 5pm at Woman Made Gallery at 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free with refreshments.

Creature from the Black Lagoon @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts a screening of The Creature from the Black Lagoon today at noon, along with a discussion of the film by Paul Mayer from the Field Museum. The screening is part of the museum's series Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum. Full details and advance tickets at the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Game Positive @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists perform a special video-game-themed version of their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind tonight at 7:00pm as a fundraising event. Full details at the Neo-Futurist site. The benefit happens at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster); for more details call (773) 878-4557.

Everything Is Terrible! @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall welcomes back those connoisseurs of low-grade direct-to-video content Everything Is Terrible! They're back celebrating their three-disc Legends compilation, and their live shows will feature classic clips as well as never-before-seen content. Plus, your favorite EIT! characters! The show starts at 7:00pm, and it's a 21+ show. Tickets at the Lincoln Hall site. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 525-2501.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the long-running Handmade Market today starting at 12:00pm. Plenty of hand-made crafts will be for sale this afternoon, and admission is free. Details at the Empty Bottle site. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. Tickets: (866) 777-8932.

Cabrini Green doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., begins a week-long run of Chicago director Ronit Bezalel's new documentary 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green, a follow-up to her 1999 short film on the Chicago housing project demolished to make way for pricier housing. The director will be in attendance for screenings on Friday and Sunday; see the Film Center's site for a full schedule and advance tickets. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Game Positive @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists perform a special video-game-themed version of their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind tonight at 7:00pm as a fundraising event. Full details at the Neo-Futurist site. The benefit happens at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster); for more details call (773) 878-4557.

"On Permanent Display" Opening Reception @ Efrain Lopez Gallery

Efrain Lopez Gallery will be presenting Ryan Coffey's solo exhibition,On Permanent Display today from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be held at 1620 W. Chicago Avenue, Suite 304. The show will be on view until December 27th.


Bawdy Storytelling @ Martyrs

Martyrs hosts Bawdy Storytelling, the live lit series focusing on sexual stories. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm, and admission is $15. Martyrs: 4545 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

The Neocade @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists host a video-game-based fundraiser, The Neocade, starting tonight at 7:00pm. Attendees will be able to play games from local indie developers, and sample food & drink from Arcade Brewery, CH Distillery, and Dimos Pizza. Tickets are $40 (or $75 if you want the VIP treatment); see the Neo-Futurist site for details and ticket purchase. This event happens at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). For more details call (773) 878-4557.

Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley Lecture @ The Charnley-Persky House

This evening MAS Context presents Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley, principals of the Boston-based over,under. The duo will lecture about The Heroic Project, an exhibition and book documenting mid-century Boston architecture. The lecture, part of MAS Context's 2015 Fall Talks, will take place at the historic Charnley-Persky House, the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. Doors open at 6pm, with the lecture following at 6:30pm. Read more about the event and RSVP on the event's page.

Sound Opinions at the Movies: Nashville

The Music Box Theatre and Sound Opinions present the latest in their screenings of music films. Tonight's film is the epic 1975 Robert Altman film Nashville. The screening kicks off at 7:30pm; tickets available at the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Benefit for Tim Mallott @ Martyrs

Martyrs hosts a benefit concert for Chicago drummer Tim Mallott, still recuperating after a motorcycle accident in August. Tonight's concert will feature The Hepkats, Bad Forum, and Sex Therapy. The show runs from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, and a $10 cover will go towards his medical bills. Full details at the Facebook page. Martyrs: 4545 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Chicago Nerds Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club hosts their monthly science fiction & fantasy book club tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). The book being discussed this evening is David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds site.

Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary @ Harris Theater

The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Harris Theater present Arlo Guthrie on his tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alice's Restaurant. The concert happens tonight at 7pm at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $55-65.

Curbside Splendor Pop Up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle and Curbside Splendor present their bi-annual Book Fair, starting at 1:00pm. Over 30 local and regional book sellers, publishers, and presses will be represented. Admission is free with an RSVP through the Empty Bottle site, or $8 at the door. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Chicago Mac & Cheeze Takedown @ Lincoln Hall

Are you a fan of macaroni and/or cheese? Lincoln Hall is your jam this afternoon, my friend, because it's hosting the Chicago Mac & Cheeze Takedown starting at 1:00pm! Try all the mac & cheese you like, as served up by the various competing chefs, and vote for your favorites! Full details and advance tickets at the Lincoln Hall site. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln. (773) 525-2501.

"Picture the Cricket's Legs Apart" Opening Reception @ Kavi Gupta Gallery

The group exhibition, "Picture the Cricket's Legs Apart", opens today from 5-7pm at Kavi Gupta Gallery. The show is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd.

Schubas Gear Swap

Schubas hosts a gear swap this afternoon from noon to 4:00pm. Bring your used instruments and gear for exchange, and bring your cash for new & used gear from several local vendors. Admission is free, and it's an all-age event. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre screens the Russ Meyer classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. Worth viewing just for the outstanding sight of Tura Satana's cleavage. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

"The Truth of Masks" Opening Reception @ Richard Gray Gallery

The Richard Gray Gallery is presenting the works of John Stezker in the exhibition, "The Truth of Masks" this evening from 6-8pm. The gallery is located at 875 N. Michigan Avenue on the 38th floor.

Shaping Clay, Shaping Life: Cairn Project Workshop @ Wicker Park Lutheran Church

From noon to 3pm today, Corinne Peterson will be leading a workshop, Shaping Clay, Shaping Life, though her Cairn Project. In the workshop you will be guided to make a clay "rock" that represents a painful history and a porcelain piece which represents light and hope. Each cairn will then be exhibited at selected locations. Each workshop costs $55 and is located at 1500 N. Hoyne.

Bram Stoker's Dracula @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a special Halloween screening of a restored version of Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula tonight at 8:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Film Center site. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Too Much Fright @ Neo-Futurists

The Neo-Futurists present a Halloween-themed edition of their regular show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Tonight's show, dubbed Too Much Fright Make The Baby Go Blind, starts at 7:30pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Neo-futurists site. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 848-4557.

Tele-novela HIGHLIGHTS Watching Party @ Mana Contemporary

From 2 to 4pm today, a screening of Tele-novela HIGHLIGHTS Watching Party will be held in the UIC space at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., 5th floor. The series will include some work from the ACRE TV program. Free.

Central Manufacturing District Walking Tour

Join Preservation Chicago for a walking tour of Bridgeport's Central Manufacturing District (CMD). The $10 tour will visit some of the CMD's intact industrial landmarks, discuss current and future threats to the district, and look at some exciting examples of re-use in the area. The tour runs from 1 to 3pm. More details and tickets are available via the Chicago Architectural Biennial or Facebook.

Beat Swap Meet Chicago @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the latest Beat Swap Meet Chicago today starting at noon. Come and look through the stock of vinyl collectors and dealers from far and near! Admission is $5, or free with a canned good. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Third Coast Filmless Festival

The Third Coast Filmless Festival runs Oct. 23-25 at ChiArts, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd. Today's programming begins at 10:30am and includes audio screenings and workshops till 4:45pm. See the full schedule for details. Weekend passes have sold out, but limited tickets to individual events range from $12 to $20 and may be available at the door.

"Nostalgia" Opening Reception @ SHoP

Ryan Chambers will be presenting 15 works of art at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) tonight from 6 to 9pm. The exhibition will feature memories and content from the artists children in the form of Digital Minimalism. Refreshments and '90s music will be provided; free, donations accepted. SHoP is located at 1448 E. 57th St.

Music Box of Horrors

The Music Box holds its annual 24-hour horror movie film fest this weekend, running from noon Friday to noon Saturday. Full details and advance tickets at the site for the fest. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Empty Bottle Book Club: Modern Romance

The Empty Bottle hosts a discussion of the Aziz Ansari book Modern Romance starting today at noon. Admission to book club is free! Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Third Coast Filmless Festival

The Third Coast Filmless Festival runs Oct. 23-25 at ChiArts, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd. Today's programming begins at 10:30am and includes audio screenings, Q&As, live podcast tapings, and the Third Coast Audio Awards at 7:30pm. See the full schedule for details. Weekend passes have sold out, but limited tickets to individual events range from $12 to $20 and may be available at the door.

Third Coast Filmless Festival

The Third Coast Filmless Festival runs Oct. 23-25 at ChiArts, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd. Tonight's programming is a "pep rally" from 7:30 to 9pm, featuring stories from Katie Mingle of 99% Invisible, independent producer Yowei Shaw, Shannon Cason of Homemade Stories, and Maya Goldberg-Safir and Dennis Funk of the Third Coast Festival. Weekend passes have sold out, but limited tickets to individual events range from $12 to $20 and may be available at the door. See the full schedule for details.

Welcome to Night Vale @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts authors Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, who will be promoting their novelization of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. The even starts at 7:30pm, and features a Q&A and author book signing. Full details and advance tickets at the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

"What We Don't Know" Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

Anaïs Daly and Andrew Barco will be presented in the two person exhibition, "What We Don't Know" at Heaven Gallery this evening from 7-11pm. The exhibition space is located at 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 2nd.

Nina Rappaport Lecture @ The Charnley-Persky House

This evening MAS Context presents Nina Rappaport in a conversation about her traveling exhibition and book, Vertical Urban Factory. The lecture, part of MAS Context's 2015 Fall Talks, will take place at the historic Charnley-Persky House, the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. Doors open at 6pm, with the lecture following at 6:30pm. Read more about the event and RSVP on the event's page.

A Celebration of Stephen King @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., and Conseuqnece of Sound invite you to a celebration of Stephen King, featuring a surreal prom theme that will culminate in the midnight screening of Carrie. Arrive at 10:30pm for the pre-screening celebration. Tickets are $12.

Quay Brothers Films @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., screens Christopher Nolan's new documentary short Quay, along with a program of Quay Brothers films. Full details and advance tickets on the Music Box website.

"Political Clay" Opening Reception @ The Bridgeport Art Center

The Bridgeport Art Center is featuring the juried exhibition, Political Clay, tonight from 6pm-9pm. The show will take place in the Ceramic Center in the BAC located on 1200 W. 35th St.

Kickstarter Film Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts the 2015 Kickstarter Film Festival, featuring short and feature films that were funded through Kickstarter. Two programs screen tonight, one at 7pm (featuring the 2014 comedy What We Do In The Shadows) and one at 9:20pm (featuring animator Don Hertzfeldt's latest film World of Tomorrow). While they are both free, there are so many RSVPs that they're officially listed as sold out. If you want, brave the line and hope to get in.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts Handmade Market, featuring a host of crafters who will be selling their hand-made wares. The show starts at noon, but the Empty Bottle starts serving at 11am, so feel free to come early and get a drink! Admission is free. 21 and over, except for kids accompanied by adults.

Lumpen Release Party @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Lumpen celebrates the release of its special comics issue tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 7 to 11pm. Pick up a copy of the magazine, see comics art from the issue and enjoy music by Wet Wallet and Oscillator Bug. Free.

"Memories From the Future" Closing Reception @ Josef Gilmer Gallery

The Josef Glimer Gallery is hosting a closing reception for Lee Tracy's exhibition, "Memories from the Future". The gallery is located at 207 W. Superior and the reception will begin at 7pm.

Chicago Museum Week

The first annual Chicago Museum Week runs Oct. 1-7. A dozen museums (Adler Planetarium, Art Insitute, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, MCA, Museum of Science & Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Shedd Aquarium) are offering free or discounted admission as well as special events and exhibits. See the Museum Week site for details.

Chicago Museum Week

The first annual Chicago Museum Week runs Oct. 1-7. A dozen museums (Adler Planetarium, Art Insitute, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, MCA, Museum of Science & Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Shedd Aquarium) are offering free or discounted admission as well as special events and exhibits. See the Museum Week site for details.

Chicago Museum Week

The first annual Chicago Museum Week runs Oct. 1-7. A dozen museums (Adler Planetarium, Art Insitute, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, MCA, Museum of Science & Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Shedd Aquarium) are offering free or discounted admission as well as special events and exhibits. See the Museum Week site for details.

The Amazing Acro-Cats @ Vittum Theater

The Amazing Acro-Cats perform for four nights at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Watch the cats do a variety of circus tricks, play music and more. Tonight's performances are at 5 and 8pm. Tickets are $22, or $20 for seniors and students.

Chicago Museum Week

The first annual Chicago Museum Week runs Oct. 1-7. A dozen museums (Adler Planetarium, Art Insitute, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, MCA, Museum of Science & Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Shedd Aquarium) are offering free or discounted admission as well as special events and exhibits. See the Museum Week site for details.

Hermant/Butler Opening Reception @ The Franklin

The Franklin will be featuring, Hermant/Butler, this evening from 6-9PM. The exhibition includes a two person show by artists, Emily Hermant and Ben Butler. The Franklin is located at 3528 W. Fulton Blvd.

The Amazing Acro-Cats @ Vittum Theater

The Amazing Acro-Cats perform for four nights at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Watch the cats do a variety of circus tricks, play music and more. Tonight's performances are at 5 and 8pm. Tickets are $22, or $20 for seniors and students.

Empty Bottle Garage Sale

The Empty Bottle holds a garage sale today, starting at noon. No word on what's going to be sold, but no doubt this is going to be a fantastic event! Admission is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Chicago Museum Week

The first annual Chicago Museum Week runs Oct. 1-7. A dozen museums (Adler Planetarium, Art Insitute, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, MCA, Museum of Science & Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Shedd Aquarium) are offering free or discounted admission as well as special events and exhibits. See the Museum Week site for details.

The Amazing Acro-Cats @ Vittum Theater

The Amazing Acro-Cats perform for four nights at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Watch the cats do a variety of circus tricks, play music and more. Tonight's performance is at 8pm. Tickets are $22, or $20 for seniors and students.

Now You See It, Now You Don't @ Flat Iron Arts Building

The Flat Iron Arts Building is hosting their 6th annual exhibition, Now You See It, Now You Don't at 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The show will feature more than 30 artists from 6-10pm. $5 suggested donation.

Baudelaire in A Box @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts Theater Oobleck for their latest edition of Baudelaire in A Box, a theater project based on Baudelaire's Les Fleurs de mal. The show starts at 8:00pm tonight in Szold Hall in the school's newest building at 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue. Full details at the school site, or call (773) 728-6000.

Barbara Kasten "Stages" @ Graham Foundation

Barbara Kasten will be presenting Stages this evening from 5-8pm at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The exhibition is in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The Graham Foundation is located at 4 W. Burton Pl.

Chicago Artists Month

From today until November 15, the 20th annual Chicago Artists Month will offer exhibitions, performances, workshops, walking tours, and other artistic experiences around the city. See the link above for a complete schedule of events.

Expressionist Impulses Opening Reception @ Smart Museum of Art

The exhibition, Expressionist Impulses, opens tonight at the Smart Museum from 7-9pm. The show will focus on German and Central European art between 1890 and 1990 with approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, and drawings. The museum is located at 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue.

Attack on Titan part 1 @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts screenings of the highly anticipated Attack on Titan films over the next few weeks. Tonight's screening of Part 1 will be followed on Oct. 20 with a screening of Part 2. Tickets are $10. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box site.

Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM this evening starting at 8pm. Audience volunteers are invited to tell a five-minute story on the evening's theme, and the winner, as judged by a panel of audience members, advances to the Championships. Tickets are $8 at the door. 21+

Metropolitan @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 1990 film Metropolitan. Today's screening is scheduled to include a Skype call to the film's director, Whit Stillman. Purchase advance tickets for this screening at the Film Center's site. Film Center: 164 N. State St. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Museum Day Live!

Smithsonian Magazine presents Museum Day Live!, a day where several museums around Chicago (and the rest of the country) are offering free admission for two guests. See the Smithsonian site for the coupon to bring to the museums.

Howard Kremer @ Schubas

Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., hosts an appearance by Howard Kremer of the Who Charted? podcast. Show starts at 7:00pm, and ticket are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. UPDATE: This show is sold out.

Slate Culture Gabfest Live @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts a live taping of the Slate Culture Gabfest this evening at 7:30pm. Co-hosts Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the topics of the day, followed by a live Q&A session with the audience. Tickets are $25 and doors open at 7pm -- or pay $50 and attend a cocktail hour with the hosts at 6pm.

Thomas Kelley Lecture @ The Charnley-Persky House

This evening MAS Context presents Thomas Kelley of the architecture collaborative Norman Kelley. Kelley will be discussing the group's current work as as part of MAS Context's 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the historic Charnley-Persky House, the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. Doors open at 6pm, with the lecture following at 6:30pm. Read more about the event and RSVP on the event's page.

Edgewater Home Tour

The Edgewater Historical Society presents an Edgewater Home Tour today from noon to 5pm, featuring homes in the east Andersonville neighborhood. Register for a guided tour anytime between noon and 4pm at the Philadelphia Church, 5437 North Clark St., where you'll get a tour map; a docent at each home will guide you through each property. Tickets are $25.

EXPO Chicago @ Navy Pier

The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art returns to Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Sept. 18-20. The festival features 140 leading galleries from around the world. The festival is open from 11am to 6pm today. Tickets are $20, or get a three-day pass for $30.

Ravenswood Art Walk

The Ravenswood Art Walk runs Saturday and today from 11am to 6pm at locations along both sides of Ravenswood Avenue from Waveland to Lawrence. Visit dozens of open studios and see artwork displayed in local businesses, shop in the artist market between Berteau and Belle Plaine, enjoy live music on two stages, and sample locally brewed beer at the Begyle Brewing Urban Beer Garden. The festival is free; $5 suggested donation for admission to the artist market.

Nashville @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a 40th anniversary screening of the 1975 Robert Altman film Nashville. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Ravenswood Art Walk

The Ravenswood Art Walk runs today and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at locations along both sides of Ravenswood Avenue from Waveland to Lawrence. Visit dozens of open studios and see artwork displayed in local businesses, shop in the artist market between Berteau and Belle Plaine, enjoy live music on two stages, and sample locally brewed beer at the Begyle Brewing Urban Beer Garden. The festival is free; $5 suggested donation for admission to the artist market.

EXPO Chicago @ Navy Pier

The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art returns to Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Sept. 18-20. The festival features 140 leading galleries from around the world. The festival is open from 11am to 7pm today. Tickets are $20, or get a three-day pass for $30.

EXPO Chicago @ Navy Pier

The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art returns to Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Sept. 18-20. The festival features 140 leading galleries from around the world. The festival is open from 11am to 7pm today. Tickets are $20, or get a three-day pass for $30.

EXPO Chicago @ Navy Pier

EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, returns to Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Sept 18-20. Tonight's Vernissage preview party, presented by the MCA, runs from 6 to 9pm; tickets are $100.

"Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty" Opening Reception @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center is presenting their newest group exhibition, "Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty" today from 3-5pm. The HPAC is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 1pm today.

"Door Hinges" Jessica Stockholder Opening Reception @ Kavi Gupta Gallery

Jessica Stockholder will be having her first solo show in Chicago in 24 years at Kavi Gupta Gallery. Stockholder's work is colorful and based in mixed media. The opening reception will be held from 6-9pm and is located at 219 N Elizabeth St.

Chelsea Knight "Fall to Earth" Opening Reception @ Aspect/Ratio

Tonight from 5-9pm, Chelsea Knight will be featuring video and performance work at Aspect/Ratio. The gallery is located at 119 N. Peoria St., 3D.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 1pm today.

The Evil Dead @ Music Box

The Music Box screens Sam Raimi's classic horror flick The Evil Dead tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. Groovy. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Amy Winehouse doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center begins a week-long screening of Amy, the new Amy Winehouse documentary. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Meet the Patels @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport begins screening the 2014 film Meet the Patels, a documentary about one man's search for the perfect wife. A Q&A session with Vasant and Champa Patel led by GB film critic Steve Prokopy will take place after tonight's screenings at 7:20 and 9:45pm. Tickets are $10; see the Music Box site for details and advance tickets. Music Box box office: (773) 871-6604.

Chrome Green Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be featuring 10 artists in the group exhibition, Chrome Green, which opens tonight from 7 to 11pm. The show focuses on nature and environment.


Laura Davis and Seth Kim-Cohen Opening Reception @ Threewalls

Threewalls Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition for Laura Davis entitled, Legacy of Loneliness, as well as Seth Kim-Cohen's, Bars (of Ponge's "SOAP") work in the Project Room. The opening reception is from 6-9 and the location is 119 N. Peoria, 2C.

Irena Haiduk: Opening Reception @ The Renaissance Society

Irena Haiduk's exhibition, "Seductive Exacting Realism", opens today from 6-9pm at the Renaissance Society located at 5811 S Ellis Ave.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 6pm tonight.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 7pm tonight.

The Revel: Theatre Thursdays

Come for complimentary cocktails and a premiere of Chicago's Theatre Thursdays with the production of The Revel. The House Theatre of Chicago hosts the $15 show at 1543 W. Division St. with the performance officially beginning at 7:30pm, cocktails are at 6:30pm. Buy tickets here!

A Month Of... @ Stage 773

Chicago's monthly task-based storytelling gathering and potluck is tonight at 7:30pm at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. This month is A Month Of...Dreams: Find the stuff fiction is made of. Admission is $10 or free with a shared potluck dish.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 2:30pm today.

Empty Bottle Book Club: Go Set A Watchman

The Empty Bottle hosts a book club meeting to discuss the controversial new Harper Lee novel Go Set A Watchman this afternoon at 4:00pm. Admission is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Around the Coyote Festival

Around the Coyote returns to Wicker Park/Bucktown this weekend, Sept. 4-6, at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Festival hours are 6-10pm Friday and noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Proceeds support the work of the Flat Iron Artists Association. More info available on Facebook.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 1pm today.

"A Short and Pleasurable Journey" Opening Reception @ Vertical Gallery

Vertical Gallery will be presenting a group exhibition entitled, "A Short and Pleasurable Journey" tonight from 6-10pm. Vertical Gallery is located at 1016 N. Western Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 1pm today.

Around the Coyote Festival

Around the Coyote returns to Wicker Park/Bucktown this weekend, Sept. 4-6, at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Festival hours are 6-10pm Friday and noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Proceeds support the work of the Flat Iron Artists Association. More info available on Facebook.

Georgy Girl @ Music Box

The Music Box screens the 1966 British film Georgy Girl, with Lynn Redgrave in swinging London! The film will be the Saturday and Sunday matinee film, screening at 11:30. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Female Trouble @ Music Box

"Who wants to die for art?" That question is posed by Dawn Davenport (played memorably by Divine), a teenage runaway who lives a depraved, sordid life that has to be seen to be believed. John Waters' epic 1974 film Female Trouble screens Friday and Saturday night at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Tangerine @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center starts a week-long screening of the new film Tangerine, shot entirely on an iPhone 5. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Shows start at 7pm tonight.

Jangleheart Circus Comedy Festival @ Annoyance Theatre

The comedy festival's second of three nights features 19 acts at the Annoyance, 851 W. Belmont Ave., including stand-up from Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Conner O'Malley and the Annoyance's experimental group Holy Fuck Comedy Hour. First show is at 7pm; see the schedule for full details. Tickets are $25.

Around the Coyote Festival

Around the Coyote returns to Wicker Park/Bucktown this weekend, Sept. 4-6, at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Festival hours are 6-10pm Friday and noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Proceeds support the work of the Flat Iron Artists Association. More info available on Facebook.

Jangleheart Circus Comedy Festival @ CiC Theatre

The festival's first of three nights will host 12 acts at the CiC Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd., including one of iO Chicago's best Harold teams, The Late '90s, and the popular independent improv group Sand. First show is at 7pm; see the schedule for full details. Tickets are $25.

Chris Ware Lecture @ AIC

Located at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Rubloff Auditorium, Chris Ware will be in discussion with Hamza Walker from 6-8pm. Ware is an award winning cartoonist and author. The auditorium is located at 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Sept. 3-13 in five venues throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Pick up a festival button (required for all shows) for $5 online or at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., then take your pick of the many performances of experimental theater, performance art, sketch comedy, dance and more -- see the schedule for daily details. Tickets to performances are $10, with multi-show tickets available. Tonight is the festival opening night party at Fischman's at 6pm.

The Church @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music welcomes The Church for an evening concert in their main performance venue at 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets are available through the concert's information page, or call the school for more information: (773) 728-6000.

"Ripe Leeks" Film Screening @ Filmfront

Filmfront is presenting, "Ripe Leeks: forces adrift", a new quarterly screening series, tonight at 7pm on 1740 W 18th St. "Forces Adrift" will feature work by Alejandro Jimenez, Fern Silva, Jason Ogawa, Traci Hercher, and Ian Curry.

Throwing Shade @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall hosts a live show featuring the podcast Throwing Shade. Show starts at 9:00pm, tickets are $20, and it's a 21+ show. Advance tickets available at the Lincoln Hall site. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln. (773) 525-2501.

Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth Artist Lecture @ Comfort Station

The Comfort Station is hosting an artist lecture today from 12-1pm with Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth. The event is located at 2579 N Milwaukee Avenue.

Wizard World Comic Con

Wizard World Chicago runs Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Meet such celebrities as Jeremy Renner, Norman Reedus, Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, Kristy Swanson, Burt Reynolds, Bruce Campbell, the Undertaker, Michael Rooker, Caroll Spinney (voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Arthur Darvill and Barry Bostwick; check out the artists' alley, buy stuff and take photos (respectfully) of cosplayers. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door; up to two children 10 or under are free with each paying adult. Tickets for VIP experiences, autographs, photo opps, etc. are extra. The convention runs 11am to 5pm today.

It Came From The Neo-Futurarium: Cocktail

After a long hiatus The Neo-Futurists are reviving their long-running series of stage readings of bad film scripts for two nights only! It Came From The Neo-Futurarium presents a reading of the script for the Tom Cruise boozy epic Cocktail, tonight at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Full details at the Facebook event page, and advance tickets available through Eventbrite.

Madhuri Shukla: Dog Days Opening Reception @ Roman Susan Annex

Madhuri Shukla will be exhibited drawings, sculptures, animations, and murals at the Roman Susan Annex tonight from 7-10pm. The Annex is located at West Birchwood Avenue and North Sheridan Road.

Al Burian @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts zine maker and musician Al Burian, who will appear to discuss his career and read selections from his various publications. The event starts tonight at 7:00pm, and is free. Quimby's: 1854 W. North Avenue. (773) 342-0910.

"Awkward Dimensions" Opening Reception @ LVL3

LVL3, the apartment gallery located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Avenue, will be presenting "Awkward Dimensions" a two-person show tonight from 6-10pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Marc Fischer Presentation @ The Franklin

The Franklin will be hosting an event with Marc Fischer of Public Collectors today from 2-5pm in conjunction with his exhibition Hardcore Architecture. Fischer will be playing 1980s 7" hardcore records from bands that are included in his project. The Franklin is located at 3522 W. Franklin Blvd.

Wizard World Comic Con

Wizard World Chicago runs Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Meet such celebrities as Jeremy Renner, Norman Reedus, Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, Kristy Swanson, Burt Reynolds, Bruce Campbell, the Undertaker, Michael Rooker, Caroll Spinney (voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Arthur Darvill and Barry Bostwick; check out the artists' alley, buy stuff and take photos (respectfully) of cosplayers. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door; up to two children 10 or under are free with each paying adult. Tickets for VIP experiences, autographs, photo opps, etc. are extra. The convention runs 10am to 7pm today.

It Came From The Neo-Futurarium: Cocktail

After a long hiatus The Neo-Futurists are reviving their long-running series of stage readings of bad film scripts for two nights only! It Came From The Neo-Futurarium presents a reading of the script for the Tom Cruise boozy epic Cocktail, tonight and tomorrow night at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Full details at the Facebook event page, and advance tickets available through Eventbrite.

Wizard World Comic Con

Wizard World Chicago runs Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Meet such celebrities as Jeremy Renner, Norman Reedus, Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, Kristy Swanson, Burt Reynolds, Bruce Campbell, the Undertaker, Michael Rooker, Caroll Spinney (voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Arthur Darvill and Barry Bostwick; check out the artists' alley, buy stuff and take photos (respectfully) of cosplayers. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door; up to two children 10 or under are free with each paying adult. Tickets for VIP experiences, autographs, photo opps, etc. are extra. The convention runs noon to 7pm today.

Wine & Cheese Night @ SHoP (Southside Hub of Production)

SHoP, a location in Hyde Park, is inviting individuals for a wine and cheese tasting. SHoP is located at 1448 E 57th St., and is free and open to the public. Visitors are asked to bring a bottle of wine and cheese.

Wizard World Comic Con

Wizard World Chicago runs Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Meet such celebrities as Jeremy Renner, Norman Reedus, Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, Kristy Swanson, Burt Reynolds, Bruce Campbell, the Undertaker, Michael Rooker, Caroll Spinney (voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Arthur Darvill and Barry Bostwick; check out the artists' alley, buy stuff and take photos (respectfully) of cosplayers. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door; up to two children 10 or under are free with each paying adult. Tickets for VIP experiences, autographs, photo opps, etc. are extra. The convention runs 3 to 8pm today.

Collector's Edition @ Hideout

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Collector's Edition is a "live music documentary" that explores music journalism from the casual listener's perspective. See it live on stage at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 9pm. Hosted by Richard Joyce, the show will feature a live soundtrack by John Szymanski and special guests James Teniya, Benjamin Vigeant and Sean Rose. Tickets are $5. 21+

Chicago Summer Psych Fest @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts Chicago Summer Psych Fest, a two-day festival featuring various psychedelic bands. Show starts at 8:00pm tonight; tickets are available from the festival's information page. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Ma(s)king Her Performance and Screening @ Reva and David Logan Center

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, in conjunction with Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, will be hosting an event tonight entitled, "Ma(s)king Her" from 7-10pm. The event includes the Honey Pot Performance and a special screening of "Futurewoman". Free and open to the public. The Logan Center is located at 915 E. 60th St.

Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival @ Stage 773

Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., hosts the Chicago Nerds Comedy Festival, featuring various players in the nerd comedy scene, Aug. 13-16. The festival features a range of sketch comedy, stand-up, improv and funny plays; see the schedule for details. Tonight's shows begin at 5pm. Tickets are $15 per show, or get a festival pass for $65. Attend in costume and get $5 your ticket.

The Room @ Music Box

The Music Box hosts a midnight screening of The Room tonight, so let's go eat, haaaaah? Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Found Footage Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts the Found Footage Festival, as they present their latest show Salute to Weirdos! This collection of VHS and public access oddities will be screened one time only, tonight at 9:30pm, so get your tickets in advance from the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago Summer Psych Fest @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts Chicago Summer Psych Fest, a two-day festival featuring various psychedelic bands. Show starts at 9:00pm tonight; tickets are available from the festival's information page. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival @ Stage 773

Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., hosts the Chicago Nerds Comedy Festival, featuring various players in the nerd comedy scene, Aug. 13-16. The festival features a range of sketch comedy, stand-up, improv and funny plays; see the schedule for details. Tonight's shows begin at 7pm. Tickets are $15 per show, or get a festival pass for $65. Attend in costume and get $5 your ticket.

Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival @ Stage 773

Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., hosts the Chicago Nerds Comedy Festival, featuring various players in the nerd comedy scene, starting tonight and running through Aug. 16. The festival features a range of sketch comedy shows and funny plays; see the schedule for details. Tonight's shows begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 per show, or get a festival pass for $65. Attend in costume and get $5 your ticket.

Stevie Hanley: "Synaesthetica" Opening Reception @ International Museum of Surgical Science

From 6-9pm, "Synaesthetica", will open at the International Museum of Surgical Science and feature the work of Chicago-based artist Stevie Hanley. The museum is located at 1524 N Lake Shore Drive.


A Month Of... @ Stage 773

Chicago's monthly task-based storytelling show and potluck is tonight at 7:30pm at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. This month is A Month Of...Boundaries. Admission is $10 or free with a shared potluck dish.

Gallery Talk about Archibald Motley Exhibition @ Chicago Cultural Center

Join Daniel Schulman at the Chicago Cultural Center for a discussion about Archibald Motley's exhibition, "Jazz Age Modernist" which is on view until August 31st. The talk will be on the 4th floor, North, in the Sidney Yates Gallery. The talk is free and open to the public.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club holds their monthly sci fi and fantasy book club meeting this evenign between 6:30pm and 7:30pm at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). Today's book for discussion is Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman. The event is free. Please RSVP through the Facebook event page.

Claire Arctander Exhibition @ Trunk Show

Tonight from 7-9, Trunk Show will be featuring Claire Arctander in her solo exhibition of "tender" but "both messy and incisive" series of work. The exhibition will be located in a backyard located at 2535 N. Willetts Ct.

Artflicks Screening @ Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center is hosting a one night only event where the garage doors will be opened in Gallery 1 and transformed into a movie theater. From 4:30-5:45 "Style Wars" will be shown, from 6-6:45 an artist talk and film discussion will occur and at 7:30-8:55pm, "Cutie and the Boxer" will end the event. The HPAC is located at 5020 S Cornell Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Bring snacks and blankets/chairs!

South Side Mini Maker Faire

The South Side Mini Maker Faire runs from 11am to 5pm today at Ford City Mall, 7601 S. Cicero Ave. Check out projects and demos from more than three dozen organizations. Many of the demos are hands-on and interactive. Free. Register to attend.

Vampire's Kiss @ Music Box

"I'M A VAMPIRE!!!" So says Nicolas Cage in this 1988 film that birthed a million memes. Was he right? Only one way to find out. The film screens tonight and Saturday at midnight at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tickets are $9.

"Ask the Oracle" Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

"Ask the Oracle" will be opening tonight from 7-11pm at Heaven Gallery located at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. The group exhibition includes painting, sculpture, performance, and video to reference the process of creation and assemblage. The reception is open and free to the public.


Crow Requiem: A Screening and Discussion @ Gallery 400

Gallery 400, located at 400 S. Peoria St., will be presenting the film "Crow Requiem" (2015) in conjunction with the exhibition "After Today". After the screening, Cauleen Smith, Ian Curry, and Krista Franklin will lead a discussion. The screening will be from 6-7:30pm.

Film Delights @ Comfort Station

As part of the Vernacular Photo Festival at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., curator Ron Slattery will screen Film Delights, a collection of 8mm and 16mm films found over Slattery's years of visiting flea markets, estate sales and auctions. The screening will run from 8:30 to 10pm. Free.

Steve Coleman Farewell Concert @ The Logan Center for the Arts

The Logan Center for the Arts will be presenting a farewell jazz concert by Steve Coleman and Five Elements this evening at 7:30pm. The event takes place at 915 E. 60th St. in the Performance Penthouse. Free, $10 suggested donation.

Open screening @ Chicago Filmmakers

Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark) holds their regular "open screening" tonight at 8:00pm. Local filmmakers are invited to bring their works (maximum time allowed is 20 minutes); all works will be screened. Admission is free.

Caseen Gaines @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts author Caseen Gaines, who will appear to discuss and sign copies of his book We Don't Need Roads: the Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. The event starts tonight at 7:00pm, and is free. Quimby's: 1854 W. North Avenue. (773) 342-0910.

Peter Skvara: "Approaches" Opening Reception @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Andrew Rafacz Gallery, located at 835 W. Washington Blvd., will be presenting a solo exhibition of Peter Skvara's paintings and installations today from 4-7pm at an opening reception event. Many of the works in "Approaches" reference shipwrecks, Lake Michigan, and exploration. The works will on view until September 5th, 2015. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2015 Chicago French Film Festival

The Music Box Theatre hosts the 2015 Chicago French Film Festival, which starts this evening at 7:00pm. A complete schedule and advance tickets are available at the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me @ Millennium Park

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me tapes a free show tonight at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Show time is at 7:00pm.

"A House Dance Class" @ The Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center will be hosting "A House Dance Class" event which is apart of the House Music Summer series developed by The City of Chicago. The class is open to all levels and instructs the basic foundational movements and footwork in House dancing. The CCC is located at 78 E. Washington St. The event begins at 6:00 and lasts until 7:30pm.


2nd Story @ Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage hosts the latest performance of 2nd Story, the live story-telling series. Scheduled to read tonight: Jess Kadish, Khanisha Foster, Nick Ward and Sam Bailey. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm, and tickets are $20. Mayne Stage: 1328 W. Morse. Box office: (773) 381-4554.

Just Eat It!: A Food Waste Story @ The Comfort Station

The Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a film screening of Just Eat It!: A Food Waste Story from 8 to 10pm. The film focuses on the millions of food that North Americans toss and trash without any further thought. The event is free and open to the public.


The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly meeting of The Moth StorySLAM, where audience volunteers are picked to give a five-minute story. The winner of tonight's event (as determined by a group of judges from the audience) goes on to face past StorySLAM winners in the Grandslam Championships. Show brgins at 8:00pm, and admission is $8 at the door. Martyrs': 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

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.

"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 rsvp@flatschicago.com with the number of attendees. FLATSstudio is located at 1050 W. Wilson Avenue.

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.

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 ariellei@carolfoxassociates.com by July 24. The talk is located at 201 E Ontario.

North Korean Perspectives @ Museum of Contemporary Photography

The group show North Korean Perspectives opens today at 5pm with a brief discussion at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. MoCP is located at Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan Ave. Free.

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

The 37th annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk runs Saturday and today on Sheffield Avenue between Webster and Fullerton from noon to 10pm. Enjoy live music, take self-guided tours of more than 80 neighborhood gardens, and take the family to kids' corner. $7 suggested donation; $10 after 3pm.


In conjunction with the fest, the Chicago Craft Beer Festival runs from 11:30am to 4pm each day. Sample more than 75 beers from local craft breweries. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

Pretend Garage Sale @ Comfort Station

Mothergirl holds a conceptual art event, the Pretend Garage Sale, today from 9am to 3pm in the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. A variety of items will be available to take home for free, but you have to pretend to haggle and pay for them. No, really.

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

The 37th annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk runs today and Sunday on Sheffield Avenue between Webster and Fullerton from noon to 10pm. Enjoy live music, take self-guided tours of more than 80 neighborhood gardens, and take the family to kids' corner. $7 suggested donation; $10 after 3pm.


In conjunction with the fest, the Chicago Craft Beer Festival runs from 11:30am to 4pm each day. Sample more than 75 beers from local craft breweries. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

The Room @ Music Box

Hi, doggy! The Music Box presents a screening of the modern cult masterpiece The Room. Wave to Johnny! Throw spoons! Say "hi" to Denny! Do ALL the Room things! The Room screens tonight and Saturday night at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Bob Suren/Crate Digger @ Quimby's

Quimby's presents a reading by Bob Suren, author of Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Rock Records. The reading happens at the Quimby's store (1854 W. North Ave.) tonight at 7:00pm. Further details at Quimby's site.

Mom & Pop: Family Business in Art & Life @ Arts Incubator

The Arts Incubator in Washington Park is featuring an opening reception for the group exhibition, "Mom & Pop: Family Business in Art & Life" tonight at 6pm. The show will focus on community, capitalism, and the complications of family.

CHIRP Radio Presents: The First Time @ Martyrs'

CHIRP Radio presents The First Time, a live lit series themed along life's firsts, tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. This time it's First Trip, and readers include Len Kasper, Patrick Masterson, Sam Bailey, Maya Schenwar, Julia Weiss, Peter Kim and Danny Black. Each reading will be followed by related song covered by the First Time Trio. Jenn Sodini hosts. Show starts at 8pm, and admission is $10. 21+

Square Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their annual Square Roots festival, a three-day festival featuring live music, local food & beverage vendors, and family activities all weekend long. The festival takes place on Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson. A complete schedule is available at the Square Roots website. The fest runs from noon to 9pm today.

"Wherever" Opening Reception @ LVL3

LVL3 and CHGO DSGN are hosting an exhibition this evening from 6-10pm entitled, "Wherever". LVL3 is located at 1542 N Milwaukee Avenue on the 3rd Floor. The exhibition will be on view until August 16th. Additionally, there will be a lecture on July 19th at 2pm by Bryce Wilner.


Square Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their annual Square Roots festival, a three-day festival featuring live music, local food & beverage vendors, and family activities all weekend long. The festival takes place on Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson. A complete schedule is available at the Square Roots website. The fest runs from noon to 11pm today.

US Air Guitar Regionals @ Double Door

The US Air Guitar Chicago Regionals are tonight at the Double Door, 1551 N. Damen Ave., at 8pm. See guitar heroes pick, shred and finger the air as they compete to represent Chicago in the national championships, in hopes of going on to Finland and conquering the world. Past World Champion Nordic Thunder performs at halftime. Tickets are $15. 21+

A Murder in the Park @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents the new documentary A Murder in the Park, about a controversial murder case and the exoneration of the man charged for the crime. The directors and executive producer will be at tonight's screening at 8pm for audience Q&A, and there are discussions planned for later screenings of the film. See the Film Center site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

You Are Beautiful @ Galerie F

Matthew Hoffman and You Are Beautiful help Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee Ave., celebrate its third anniversary with a show of 100 artist-decorated wooden You Are Beautiful signs, tonight from 6 to 10pm. "Superfluous amounts of beer" from SweetWater and Revolution Brewing will be served to those 21+. Free.

Square Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their annual Square Roots festival, a three-day festival featuring live music, local food & beverage vendors, and family activities all weekend long. The festival takes place on Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson. A complete schedule is available at the Square Roots website. The fest runs from 5 to 10pm tonight.

TCC Digital Buffet

TCC Chicago presents its first Digital Buffet, where you can either download your fill from a variety of digital artists, OR you can eat your fill from a delicious buffet! Or both! This happens tonight at 6:00pm at Catalyst Chicago (650 West Lake Street); admission is $5 for food, $10 for food + art, and $19.95 for food + art + artist-customized USB drive. More details at the Facebook event page.

Invasion USA @ Music Box

USA! USA! USA! The Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., celebrates the holiday weekend with martial arts expert (and action film regular) Chuck Norris protecting the nation from terrorists single-handed in Invasion USA. The film screens tonight and Saturday night at midnight. Tickets are $9.

Recently Restored @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents "Recently Restored," a festival of restored motion pictures that runs at the Film Center through August 16. Today's premiere title is the 1972 film 1776, which screens at 3:00pm. See the Film Center's site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Nerd Nite @ Bottom Lounge

The Chicago chapter of Nerd Nite presents DIY Plutonium, How To Music, and The Booty (Coconut), tonight at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St. Speakers will be Darryl Suskin, Nick Gibson and Seth Harper, respectively. Doors open at 7pm, first talk's at 8pm. Free, but RSVP. 21+

Get Real: Docs at the Box @ Music Box Theatre

Every Tuesday evening in June the Music Box Theatre is screening recent documentaries, with post-screening discussions with directors and experts. Tonight's film is Guidelines, documenting one year at a Canadian high school. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm; see the Music Box site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Made-Up with Danny Volk @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is hosting Danny Volk's on-going project, "Made-Up with Danny Volk" today at 3pm. While interviewing artists, Danny simultaneously allows them to do his makeup. For this particular interview, Faheem Majeed will discuss his life and art while applying makeup to the host. The event is free.


Aesthetic Disorder Opening Reception @ The Archer Beach Haus

Archer Beach Haus, in collaboration with S+S Project, will be featuring a group exhibition entitled, Aesthetic Disorder, tonight from 6-10pm. The space is located at 10pm at 3012 S. Archer Avenue.


Signs of the Times Opening Reception @ Johalla Projects

Johalla Projects, 1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 209, hosts an opening reception for Signs of the Times, a new exhibition of work by street artist Dont Fret, tonight from 6 to 10pm. Wheat pastings and stylized characters that project humor, neighborhood culture, and charm, will be exhibited in the show which is on view until July 31.

"Pot Shop Pop Up" Opening Reception @ Tusk

A pop-up exhibition located at Tusk will feature 30+ artists tonight at an opening reception from 7-9pm. Tusk is located at 3205 W Armitage Avenue. Pot Shop Pop Up is free and open to the public.


Wavelength Film Screening @ The Art Institute of Chicago

From 6-8pm, the AIC will be presenting the avant-garde film by Michael Snow, Wavelength, in Price Auditorium. The film will be shown on 16mm format and was created in 1966 over a one week time span. The event is free with museum admission. The AIC is located on 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Get Real: Docs at the Box @ Music Box Theatre

Every Tuesday evening in June the Music Box Theatre is screening recent documentaries, with post-screening discussions with directors and experts. Tonight's film is What Happened, Miss Simone?, a biography of Nina Simone. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm; see the Music Box site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

School Night: Political Correctness 101

Homeroom presents School Night: Political Correctness 101, a performance, presentation and panel discussion with artists and professionals about taboo, art and activism, and negotiating safer workspaces, tonight at the Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario Ave., at 6pm. H. Melt, Damon Locks and Cassandra Troyan present, Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek moderate. Free; RSVP on Facebook. UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to illness. We'll relist it once it's rescheduled.

Stardust Memories Annual Benefit and Silent Auction @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery will be hosting their 15th Annual Benefit and Silent Auction at their location in Wicker Park at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Artists, Soo shin, Liz McCarthy, Aron Gent, Marissa Lee Benedict, Phil Peters and many more will be featured in the silent auction. Tickets are $50 for VIP and $15 for the dance party. The event is from 6-11:30pm.


Ivan Lozano: Suffocated From the Inside Opening Reception @ Andrew Rafacz

Today from 4-7pm, Andrew Rafacz Gallery will be opening the exhibition, Suffocated From the Inside, featuring works from the artist Ivan Lozano. The gallery space is located on 835 W. Washington Blvd.

Not to Be Taken @ Sector 2337

Today at 3pm, Terri Kapsalis and Anne Elizabeth Moore perform Not to Be Taken, a work of artistic action as part of Ellen Rothenberg's exhibition elsetime at Sector 2337, 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave. Admission is free.

Chicago Design Week Closing Reception @ ChiDM

The Chicago Design Museum, 108 N. State St., third floor, hosts Lights Out: the Chicago Design Week Closing Reception tonight from 6 to 9pm. Enjoy drinks and snacks while checking out the museum's current exhibition, "The State of Detroit." Tickets are $20, $10 for ChiDM members.

Alice Tippit: La Force Opening Reception @ Paris London Hong Kong

Opening tonight from 5-8pm, Paris London Hong Kong, will be presenting the works of Alice Tippit in the exhibition, "La Force". PLJK is located on 845 W. Washington Blvd., 2nd Floor.

John Himmelfarb Opening Reception: "No Exit" @ McCormick Gallery

Thirty years of "trucks, icons, and weird drawings", will be presented at McCormick gallery in the solo exhibition, "No Exit" tonight from 5-7PM. The work of John Himmelfarb will be on view until August 15th. McCormick Gallery is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd.


Trainwreck Comedy Tour: Amy Schumer & Friends

Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, and several other hilarious fiends will be performing tonight at 7:30pm at the Harris Theater, located at 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $100, and the show's proceeds will benefit the local groups Youth Guidance and YMCA Chicago's Urban Warriors.

This Is Chicago Release Party @ Redmoon

AIGA Chicago celebrates the release of This Is Chicago, a book of interviews with some of the city's biggest design names, wth a release party tonight at 7pm at Redmoon Theatre, 2120 S. Jefferson St. Meet some of the book's subjects, enjoy drinks and snacks, and view Redmoon spectacles based on the book. Non-member tickets are $50.

Get Real: Docs at the Box @ Music Box Theatre

Every Tuesday evening in June the Music Box Theatre is screening recent documentaries, with post-screening discussions with directors and experts. Tonight's film is 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, a look at the 2012 shooting that killed Jacksonville, FL high school student Jordan Davis. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm; see the Music Box site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Neighborhood Night @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Neighborhood Night, an evening of cinema at reduced prices, to inspire people to come to a community event. A full schedule of the films is available at the Film Center site. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago debuts their second program solely comprised of pieces created by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Cerrudo became the company's first Resident Choreographer in 2009, and has since choreographed 13 pieces with Hubbard Street. The Series will feature a wide range of Cerrudo's pieces, including the world premiere of his 14th piece created for the Company. Today's show starts at 3pm at the Harris Theater at 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $25-94.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago debuts their second program solely comprised of pieces created by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Cerrudo became the company's first Resident Choreographer in 2009, and has since choreographed 13 pieces with Hubbard Street. The Series will feature a wide range of Cerrudo's pieces, including the world premiere of his 14th piece created for the Company. Tonight's show starts at 8pm at the Harris Theater at 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $30-99.

Orange You Glad! Opening Reception @ Ballroom Projects

From 7-10pm, Ballroom Projects is hosting an opening reception for the exhibition, "Orange You Glad!". The group show features artists Dan Mrva, Claire Ashley, and Matt Mancini. The event is location at 3012 S. Archer Avenue #3.

Chicago Samba @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in their Global Dance Party series: live Brazilian music and dance by Chicago Samba at the school's newest location, at 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue. The party starts at 8:30pm; full details at the school's site, or call (773) 728-6000.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago debuts their second program solely comprised of pieces created by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Cerrudo became the company's first Resident Choreographer in 2009, and has since choreographed 13 pieces with Hubbard Street. The Series will feature a wide range of Cerrudo's pieces, including the world premiere of his 14th piece created for the Company. Tonight's show starts at 8pm at the Harris Theater at 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $25-77.

Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival @ Facets

Fecets Cinematheque presents their 13th annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival, a week-long showing of independent films from around the world. Full details available through the Facets site. Facet: 1517 W. Fullerton. (773) 281-4114.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday

The June edition of 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in East Pilsen will feature work by multi-disciplinary artists in 30-plus galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District. You'll find all manner of art and artists, as well as explore the gorgeous architecture and courtyards on Halsted Street between 16th and Cermak. Plan your stroll by picking up a map at the info center at 1821 S. Halsted St., or check out the calendar. 6pm-10pm.

Chantala Kommanivanh "Sabai, Sabai" Opening Reception @ NYCH Gallery

NYCH Gallery is presenting the new paintings of Chantala Kommanivanh during an opening reception tonight from 6-10pm. The gallery is free and open to the public. Located at 643 W 18th St.


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago debuts their second program solely comprised of pieces created by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Cerrudo became the company's first Resident Choreographer in 2009, and has since choreographed 13 pieces with Hubbard Street. The Series will feature a wide range of Cerrudo's pieces, including the world premiere of his 14th piece created for the Company. Tonight's show starts at 7:30pm at the Harris Theater at 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $25-94.

Get Real: Docs at the Box @ Music Box Theatre

Every Tuesday evening in June the Music Box Theatre is screening recent documentaries, with post-screening discussions with directors and experts. Tonight's film is The Russian Woodpecker, an investigation of the Chernobyl disaster by a Ukranian performance artist. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm; see the Music Box site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Victoria Martinez "Eleven Eleven" @ Elastic Arts

From 8pm until 12am, Elastic Arts, is inviting the public to view Victoria Martinez's evolving installation. Following this exhibition, Martinez will exhibit at the Comfort Station in July and create site-specific sculptures with teenagers from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Elastic Arts in located at 3429 W Diversey Ave #208. The exhibition is on view until August 30th.

Hebru Brantley "Memoirs of the Minimum Wage" Opening Reception @ Vertical Gallery

Beginning at 6pm, Vertical Gallery will be opening the new exhibition, "Memoirs of the Minimum Wage" which features a survey of middle-class America. The artist, Hebru Brantley displays this topic through sketches, watercolors, paintings and sculptures. Vertical Gallery is located at 1016 N Western Ave. Free and open to the public.

Claire Sherman "Funeral Mountain" Opening Reception @ Kavi Gupta Gallery

Kavi Gupta Gallery, located at 835 W Washington Blvd., will be hosting an opening reception from 4-7PM this evening for Claire Sherman's solo exhibition, Funeral Mountain. The exhibition includes works on paper and paintings. Free and open to the public.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

CAKE 2015, the celebration and marketplace for independent comics, runs today and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attend panel discussions and workshops, meet comics artists, and buy cool stuff. See the schedule for a list of ancillary events. Admission is free.

The Barack Obama Presidential Library Opening Reception @ Hyde Park Free Theater

The Hyde Park Free Theater, located at 1448 East 57th St., hosts an opening reception tonight from 5 to 9pm for The Barack Obama Presidential Library. Free.

Art Paul "Hard Heads, Sweet Knees, Forked Tongues" Opening Reception @ Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Opening today from 6-9PM, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is presenting artist, Art Paul, in his new exhibition, "Hard Heads, Sweet Knees, Forked Tongues". Paul served as the art director for Playboy for 30 years and also designed the rabbit head logo. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is located at 2320 W Chicago Ave Chicago. Open and free to the public.


Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

CAKE 2015, the celebration and marketplace for independent comics, runs Saturday and today from 11am to 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attend panel discussions and workshops, meet comics artists, and buy cool stuff. See the schedule for a list of ancillary events. Admission is free.

Third Coast Listening Room @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

The Third Coast International Audio Festival presents the finalists for its annual ShortDocs competition at a Third Coast Listening Room event at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight from 6 to 9pm. The theme for this year's competition was "Studs' Rules," in honor of Studs Terkel. Come listen to the finalists and vote on your favorite to win the "People's Short Doc Award." Tickets are $10.

Get Real: Docs at the Box @ Music Box Theatre

Every Tuesday evening in June the Music Box Theatre is screening recent documentaries, with post-screening discussions with directors and experts. Tonight's film is Saving Mes Aynak, about an archeological site in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese mining corporation. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm; see the Music Box site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Lives of Robert Ryan @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a discussion of the career of actor Robert Ryan, featuring a screening of Ryan's 1949 boxing drama The Set-Up. A post-screening discussion will feature Lisa Ryan, the actor's daughter, and Chicago Reader film critic J.R. Jones, author of the new biography The Lives of Robert Ryan. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

National Tap Day Celebration @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music celebrates National Tap Day this evening with a performance featuring Reggio McLaughlin. Show starts at 7:30pm at the Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln. Full details at the school's site, or call (773) 728-6000.

Ballet Chicago's Illuminate @ Harris Theater

The Ballet Chicago Studio Company performs a new program today at 2pm and 7:30pm. The program is composed of five works, including a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Ted Seymour. Illuminate will be performed at the Harris Theater, located at 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $25-50.

Obscura Day 2015

Atlas Obscura sponsors Obscura Day, an annual celebration of obscure locations and events. Many events are planned worldwide, including several in Chicago. To participate, visit the Obscura Day site and RSVP for one of the events.

Chicago Science Fest

The Illinois Science Council presents Chicago Science Fest May 28-30. Today's programming is held at 1871 and MATTER Chicago healthcare incubator, Merchandise Mart 12th floor from 10am to 6pm, and include panels on the science of GMO foods, dark matter and other astronomical phenomena, the human microbiome, innovation among chimpanzees and much more. Tickets are $10 per event, or get a festival day pass for $30.

Jaime Foster Solo Exhibition "Biophilia" @ Elephant Room Gallery

Tonight from 6:30-9:30PM, Jaime Foster will be exhibiting her smaller scale abstract paintings in her solo exhibition, "Biophilia", at the Elephant Room Gallery. Jamie's work is ethereal, nature inspired, and rich with neutral hues and movement. The work will be on view until July 3rd, 2015. The Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S. Wabash Avenue.

Chicago Science Fest

The Illinois Science Council presents Chicago Science Fest May 28-30. Today's programming at the National Museum of Health & Medicine Chicago, 175 W. Washington St., includes and exhibition of winning images from National Science Foundation and Northwestern University's scientific visualization contests at 5pm, followed at 6:30pm by screenings of the documentaries The Believers and This Has Been to Space accompanied by a Q&A with directors Clayton Brown and Monica Ross. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

High Fidelity Film Series @ Music Box

WBEZ and The Music Box Theatre present the latest in their High Fidelity Film Series: Sepideh: Reaching For The Stars, screening this evening at 7:30pm. Tickets are available through the Music Box site, or through the WBEZ site for High Fidelity members. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Nick Offerman @ Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents an evening with Nick Offerman, Chicago native and star of "Parks & Rec," tonight at 7pm at the Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Ave. Offerman will do a reading and performance of his new book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers, followed by an interview with Mark Bazer. Tickets are $32-38, and include a copy of the book. Main floor tickets are sold out, but balcony seats are still available.

Eat to the Beat: Chicago Academy for the Arts

As a part of the Harris Theater's Eat to the Beat series, The Chicago Academy for the Arts' Academy Repertory Dance Company will put on a 45-minute lunchtime performance today at noon. Audience members can "eat to the beat" with cuisine from food trucks on Lower Randolph. The Harris Theater is located at 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $5.

UHF with Weird Al @ Music Box

As part of the 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, The Music Box Theatre presents two screenings of the 1989 film UHF, with director Jay Levey and star Weird All Yankovic in attendance at both screenings. See the festival site for tickets.

The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival

The Onion and The AV Club present the second year of their 26th Annual Comedy Festival, featuring performances by at least one or two funny people and screenings of some funny films (Cabin Boy tonight, UHF on the 27th). Check the festival site for a schedule and ticket purchase links.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM. Attendees are invited to relate their 5-minute story on a chosen theme, and the winners (as judged by the audience) advance to the semifinals. Show starts at 8:00pm and admission is $8. Martyrs': 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Kori Newkirk Artist Talk @ Logan Center for the Arts

From 6:30pm-8pm, Kori Newkirk will be giving an artist talk at the Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park. Newkirk creates paintings, multimedia work, installations, sculptures, and photographs that focus on cultural identity and his personal history. The Logan Center is located at 915 E 60th St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Trade Plants for Poems @ The University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts

Cream Co.'s ongoing project, General Economy, Exquisite Exchange (G.E.E.E.) will be located in the Logan Center's courtyard from today, May 26th until May 27th from noon until dusk. The courtyard is located on the U of C campus at 915 E 60th St. 2000 seedlings of fourteen variations of tomato's will be available for trading: for a word, a poem, or for free.


You Are Here Festival

The You Are Here Festival, aka The Maze, makes its Chicago debut at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., May 7-24. The festival takes place inside a maze, immersing attendees in the experience that includes light shows, art installations, audio experiments and live performances. Tonight's performers include DJ Taye (Teklife), Gel Set and Khaki Blazer. The fest runs from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $10. 21+

You Are Here Festival

The You Are Here Festival, aka The Maze, makes its Chicago debut at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., May 7-24. The festival takes place inside a maze, immersing attendees in the experience that includes light shows, art installations, audio experiments and live performances. Tonight's performers include Quicksails. The fest runs from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $10. 21+

You Are Here Festival

The You Are Here Festival, aka The Maze, makes its Chicago debut at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., May 7-24. The festival takes place inside a maze, immersing attendees in the experience that includes light shows, art installations, audio experiments and live performances. Tonight's performers include ONO, Mind Over Mirrors, Potions and TalSounds. The fest runs from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $10. 21+

You Are Here Festival

The You Are Here Festival, aka The Maze, makes its Chicago debut at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., May 7-24. The festival takes place inside a maze, immersing attendees in the experience that includes light shows, art installations, audio experiments and live performances. Tonight's performers include Tim Kinsella, Matt Lux, Alex Ingilzian, Adam Vida, Ben Lamar Guy, Will Faber, Leroy Bach and Ben Boye. The fest runs from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $10. 21+

Vintage Garage Chicago

Vintage Garage Chicago holds its monthly meeting today from 10:00am to 5:00pm at 5051 North Broadway. One hundred vintage vendors will be selling fixtures, clothing, and jewelry from earlier eras. Full details at the Vintage Garage Chicago site.

Open screening @ Chicago Filmmakers

Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark) offers an Open Screening evening starting at 8:00pm tonight. Anyone who shows up with original work less than 20 minutes long on a DVD will have a chance to show their film. See the Chicago Filmmakers site for full details. Admission to this event is free.

Mortified Chicago @ Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., and The Mortified podcast present Mortified Chicago, an evening of people reading their most embarrassing writings from their younger years. There are two shows tonight, one at 6pm and one at 9pm. Tickets $23 in advance, $25 at the door. Box office: (773) 381-4554.

Hot Doug's Appreciation Day @ Paulina Meat Market

If you've been missing Hot Doug's, today's your lucky day: the Paulina Meat Market (3501 N. Lincoln Avenue) hosts a Hot Doug's Appreciation Day today, and will be selling the sausages that were produced for the much-beloved hot dog emporium. A grill will be outside, cooking up some of the sausages, and yes, Hot Doug himself will make an appearance!

You Are Here Festival

The You Are Here Festival, aka The Maze, makes its Chicago debut at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., May 7-24. The festival takes place inside a maze, immersing attendees in the experience that includes light shows, art installations, audio experiments and live performances. Tonight's performers include Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Maurice [Paper Mice] and Kyle Kaos. The fest runs from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $10. 21+

Jeffly Gabriela Molina Opening Reception @ Kruger Gallery Chicago

Jeffly Gabriela Molina will be presenting her new work at Kruger Gallery Chicago tonight in an opening reception from 6-9PM. The work will be on view until June 27th. Kruger Gallery is located at 3709 N Southport Avenue.

Opening Reception for Feminism (n.): Plural and The Gallery Tally Poster Project @ Woman Made Gallery

Woman Made Gallery will be hosting an opening reception tonight from 6-8pm for their new exhibition, "Feminism (n.) Plural". Additionally, Gallery Tally is a social art project where 300+ artists from around the globe collected and visualized statistical data in regards to the ratios of male and female artists in the top contemporary art galleries. The event will be held at 685 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


Josep Lluís Sert: A Nomadic Dream Screening @ Graham Foundation

This evening MAS Context and the Graham Foundation are screening the film Josep Lluís Sert: A Nomadic Dream. The documentary, written and directed by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez, tells the story of the architect, city planner, and contemporary of Miró, Calder, and Picasso, and his indelible impact on the course of American architecture. The event begins at 6pm at the Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place. Space is limited, so RSVP.

ACTIVATE @ Chicago Loop

The Chicago Loop Alliance is bringing back interactive artwork, music, and culture with ACTIVATE, an alley-based pop-up experience in downtown Chicago. On May 15th, June 12th, July 30th, August 27th, September 18th, and October 16th, the event will be held from 5-10PM. Specific locations will be announced a month prior. RSVP in advance for a complimentary drink ticket for beer or wine.

Trust Us/Screw You @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present Trust Us/Screw You, an investigation into the tradition of American confidence men. The show will feature live music, and actual games of chance (so bring a dollar or two). The show happens at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster) and runs through June 13; see the Neo-Futurists' site for tickets and details, or call (773) 878-4557.

You Are Here Festival

The You Are Here Festival, aka The Maze, makes its Chicago debut at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., May 7-24. The festival takes place inside a maze, immersing attendees in the experience that includes light shows, art installations, audio experiments and live performances. Tonight's performers include Diamond Terrifyer and Patrick Higgins. The fest runs from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $10. 21+

HoZac Blackout Fest Art Show @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., kicks off the 2015 HoZac Blackout Fest this evening at 9pm with an art show before the main festival. The Yolks, Werewheels, Skip Church and Joey Rubbish perform. Admission is $5 online or at the door. Festival passes are $40. See the Empty Bottle site for a complete schedule. 21+

Oh! Oh! Oh! Opening Reception @ Peregrineprogram

Peregrineprogram, located at 3311 W. Carroll Ave. #119, is featuring a new exhibition entitled, Oh! Oh! Oh!. The photographs by Kelly Kaczynski are reenactments of the eight positions of the body in the Charles Ray sculpture, "Oh! Charley Charley Charley". The opening reception is from 1 to 4pm, and is free and open to the public.


You Are Here Festival

The You Are Here Festival, aka The Maze, makes its Chicago debut at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., May 7-24. The festival takes place inside a maze, immersing attendees in the experience that includes light shows, art installations, audio experiments and live performances. Tonight's performers include Zs and Greg Fox. The fest runs from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $10. 21+

CAF Scavenger Hunt

The Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts a scavenger hunt today, starting at 1pm at Buckingham Fountain Plaza, 301 S Columbus Dr. The hunt will take you (and one to three of your friends) through the Loop looking for clues in the buildings, streets and public art. The cost is $25 for CAF members, $35 for non-members. There's also a noncompetitive family version of the hunt that's only $10 for non-members and free for members.

Screening of Missing @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music present a free screening of the 1982 film Missing, about the disappearance of an American journalist in the 1973 Chilean coup. The screening happens at 1:00pm in the concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln, and is followed by a discussion of recent developments in the case. Please RSVP by going to the Old Town School site, or calling (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Zine Fest

Day two of the Chicago Zine Festival runs from 11am to 6pm at the Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. In addition to the exhibition floor featuring zine publishers from across the country, there will be workshops and discussions throughout the day; see the festival site for details. Free.

2015 Chicago 7 Bus Tour

Today Preservation Chicago leads a city-wide bus tour of its 2015 7 Most Endangered Places from 10:30am to 2pm. The tour will leave from the parking lot located at 4410 N. Ravenswood. Purchase tickets before the event for $15 or $12 (members). Additional details are available on Facebook.

Welcome to Night Vale @ Copernicus Center

The Copernicus Center hosts an evening with the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, featuring tales and music designed to unsettle you. Details and advance tickets available here. Copernicus Center: 5216 W. Lawrence.

Puddles Pity Party @ Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., hosts Puddles Pity Party, featuring Puddles the clown singing his sad songs for all who care to listen. There are two shows tonight, at 7pm and 9pm. The 9pm show is sold out, but tickets for 7pm are $33. Box office: 773-381-4554.

Test/Move/Play Ability Opening Reception @ Arts + Public Life

Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture are featuring resident artist, Alberto Aguilar, and his culminating exhibition. The exhibition will take place at several locations which include: Logan Center, Harold Washington College, Arts Incubator, Arts Club of Chicago and 4th Ward Project Space. The opening reception will be tonight from 6-9PM at 301 East Garfield Blvd.

Opening Reception: "Can I See Your ID?" @ Cultura

amfm, a creative hub for local artists will be presenting, "Can I See Your ID?", an exhibition centered on identity this evening at the 2nd Friday Pilsen Art Walk from 6-9PM. The event will be held at Cultura, located at 1900 S. Carpenter Street in Pilsen.

Chicago Zine Fest

The Chicago Zine Festival kicks off today at 5pm at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave., with a panel discussion which focuses on zines and independent publishing. Readings continue throughout the evening and at 7pm, the annual youth reading will be presented as well as a reading by festival exhibitors at 8pm. Free and open to the public.


StoryCorps OutLoud @ Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) hosts an evening of discussion with StoryCorps founder David Isay and UIC gender studies professor Jennifer Brier. The topic of discussion will be StoryCorps' OutLoud series of LGBTQ biographical interview recordings. Full details for this event at WBEZ's site.

Pitchfork Studio Visit

Visit the Pitchfork studio, 3317 W. Fullerton Ave., with MAS Context and sit down with designer and creative director Michael Renaud and art director Molly Butterfoss. The duo will discuss the ideas behind The Pitchfork Review and experience working on the first four issues of the magazine. Free registration is required. Donations to support MAS Context's public programs are welcome.

Chicago Critics Film Festival

The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival runs May 1-7 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tonight's closing films are The Overnight at 6pm with director Patrick Brice on hand for a Q&A, and Me & Earl & The Dying Girl at 8:30pm with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon in attendance for a Q&A. Check the festival's site for a complete schedule, advance tickets and festival passes.

Chicago Critics Film Festival

The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival runs May 1-7 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tonight's films include The Second Mother at 5pm, The End of the Tour at 7pm with director James Ponsoldt and star Joan Cusack on hand for a Q&A, and Night Owls at 10pm with director Charles Hood and star Adam Pally in attendance for a Q&A. Check the festival's site for a complete schedule, advance tickets and festival passes.

Homemade Stories @ Mayne Stage

WBEZ and Mayne Stage present a live taping of the Homemade Stories podcast this evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Mayne Stage: 1330 W. Morse. Box office: (773) 381-4554.

MCA Live: Chicago Home Theater Festival

The Chicago Home Theater Festival (CHTF) is focusing on cultural segregation and social isolation at the Museum of Contemporary Art this evening at 6PM. The event will be held at 220 E. Chicago Ave. Free!

Chicago Critics Film Festival

The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival runs May 1-7 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tonight's films include Blind at 5pm, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon at 7pm with director Douglas Tirola on hand for a Q&A, and The Connection at 9pm. Check the festival's site for a complete schedule, advance tickets and festival passes.

Chicago Critics Film Festival

The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival runs May 1-7 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tonight's films include a shorts program at 5pm, Quitters at 7pm with director Noah Pritzker on hand for a Q&A, and Heaven Knows What at 9pm. Check the festival's site for a complete schedule, advance tickets and festival passes.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's closing event is an art exhibition and Korean Polish BBQ. Other Voices and Sons of the Sun will perform live. Admission is free.

Cosmosis Opening Reception @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center will be hosting the group exhibition, Cosmosis, today from 2-5PM with refreshments and a live DJ set in collaboration with the experimental sound station. The exhibition is on view until August 23rd. The HPAC is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

Chicago Critics Film Festival

The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival runs May 1-7 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Today's films include a shorts program at 1pm; Slow West at 3pm, People, Places, Things at 5pm; Batkid Begins at 7:30pm with director Dana Nachman and writer/editor Kurt Kuenne on hand for a Q&A; and The Keeping Room at 10pm. Check the festival's site for a complete schedule, advance tickets and festival passes.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's events include a variety show at Law of Ice, 1011 W. 31st St., at 8pm. Admission is free. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring DJ Sonorama. No cover, 21+.

Chicago Critics Film Festival

The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival runs May 1-7 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Today's films include Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet at noon, The New Girlfriend at 2pm, Results at 4:15pm with star Cobie Smulders in attendance for a Q&A, Unexpected at 7pm with star Smulders and director Kris Swanberg on hand for a Q&A, Call Me Lucky at 9:30pm with director Bobcat Goldthwait and subject Barry Crimmins in attendance for a Q&A, and Goodnight Mommy at midnight. Check the festival's site for a complete schedule, advance tickets and festival passes.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's event is a May Day celebration at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., featuring live performances by Chandeliers, Onyou, Cameron Brand and Dustin Drase. Admission is $5; bring your membership card. 21+

Kanikapila @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music celebrates Lei Day with an evening concert in their Global Dance Party series, featuring the school's hula & 'ukulele instructor, Lanialoha Lee. Musicians, singers, and dancers are invited to come join the traditional Hawaiian kanikapila starting at 8:30pm in the school's newest building, located at 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets at the school's site, or call (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Critics Film Festival

The third annual Chicago Critics Film Festival begins this evening at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., and runs through the 7th. Tonight's films include Digging For Fire at 7pm with director Joe Swanberg on hand for a Q&A, Raiders! at 9:30pm and Restoration at midnight, paired with the "Midnight Insanity" shorts collection. Check the festival's site for a complete schedule, advance tickets and festival passes.

Luftwerk Refractions Opening Reception @ Silent Funny

Luftwerk, the experimental light and installation duo, will be featuring, Refractions, at Silent Funny this evening from 6-10PM. A mid-month concert will be held May 9th from 7:30-10PM and the closing reception will include a live concert on May 29th from 6-8PM. The event is located at 4106 W Chicago Ave.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's events include a screening of Sex and Broadcasting: A Documentary About WFMU at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., at 8pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring DJs Lechstafari, Andrew Joseph and Laura Caringella. No cover, 21+.

Daniel Clowes @ Quimby's

Former Chicago artist Daniel Clowes returns to the city tonight to appear at Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave.) to sign a new reprint of the complete 18-issue run of Eightball. The event happens tonight at 7:00pm, and is free & open to the public. Full details at Quimby's site.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists​ Screening & Discussion @ UIC

This evening the film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists will be screened at Gallery 400 with a panel discussion addressing gender equality in the visual arts. The schedule for the free evening begins with a reception with refreshments at 5:30pm, followed by a 6pm screening and an 8pm discussion with Claudine Isé, Barbara Rossi, Sue Williams, and moderator Judith Russi Kirshner. The event is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and is co­sponsored by Gallery 400 and the Jane Addams Hull­ House Museum. Gallery 400 is located at 400 S. Peoria St. More information about the event is available on Facebook.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's events include the Turbo Butcher Comedy Show at 8pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., featuring Mitch Nathan, Keegan Buckingham, Nigel Ng, Jeff Scheen, & Anthony Bonazzo. $5 at the door. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring DJs Jose de Jesus and Gabriel Feijoo. No cover, 21+.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM, where a selected group of audience members are invited to give a five-minute story on the evening's topic (tonight's topic: Confusion). Details and advance tickets available at The Moth's site. Martyrs': 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's events include a special edition of Story Club South Side at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 7:30 to 10pm. Donations requested. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring DJs Blanketforts and Toyacoyah. No cover, 21+.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Toight's events include a release party for the latest issue of Lumpen Magazine, titled "Why here? Why now?," from 6 to 8pm at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. Admission is free. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring DJ Catieo and Paul Nixon. No cover, 21+.

Dance Extravaganza @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of dance featuring artists and students from the school's dance classes. Expect to see bellydance, go-go, tap, capoeira, and more. The show starts at 3:00pm in the school's newest building at 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue; full details at the school's site, or call (773) 728-6000.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Today's events include soundscaping and media workshops at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 1 to 7pm. Admission is free but registration is required, as space is limited. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring BEAT TRVLR: Reel to Reel and DJ King Hippo. No cover, 21+.

C2E2

The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, runs April 24-26 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Attend panels and screenings, meet comic book artists, check out special performances, buy memorabilia and meet celebrities such as wrestler CM Punk, Haley Atwell of "Agent Carter," director Kevin Smith, Ming-Na Wen of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sylvester McCoy of "Doctor Who" and actor Sean Astin. The show runs from 10am to 5pm today. Tickets for today are $30 in advance, $40 at the door; three-day passes are $60 in advance, $70 at the door.

S+S Project Video & Performance: Currency Exchange

The S+S Project presents Currency Exchange, an evening of video, performance and hustlin'. RSVP for the address at withinthebody@gmail.com. Video works by Jaycee Conaway, Ben McCoy, Sofia Moreno, Project Rage Queen and many more. Performances by Kiam Marcelo Juno, Isabelle Mcguire, La Spacer and many more as well. The evening begins at 7pm.

Explore the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries @ The Art Institute

This morning readers of MAS Context will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Art Institute's Ryerson & Burnham Libraries. The visit will by guided by Mary Woolever, Art and Architecture archivist, and Nathaniel Parks, assistant archivist. The event starts at 11am and is free with museum admission. Participants must register online before the event.

C2E2

The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, runs April 24-26 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Attend panels and screenings, meet comic book artists, check out special performances, buy memorabilia and meet celebrities such as wrestler CM Punk, Haley Atwell of "Agent Carter," director Kevin Smith, Ming-Na Wen of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sylvester McCoy of "Doctor Who" and actor Sean Astin. The show runs from 10am to 7pm today. Tickets for today are $35 in advance, $45 at the door; three-day passes are $60 in advance, $70 at the door.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's events include live broadcasts of two shows at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. The Not the Basement Show is from 5 to 8pm and the Late Show runs from 9 to 11pm. Admission to each broadcast is $5.

C2E2

The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, runs April 24-26 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Attend panels and screenings, meet comic book artists, check out special performances, buy memorabilia and meet celebrities such as wrestler CM Punk, Haley Atwell of "Agent Carter," director Kevin Smith, Ming-Na Wen of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sylvester McCoy of "Doctor Who" and actor Sean Astin. The show runs from 11am to 7pm today. Tickets for today are $30 in advance, $40 at the door; three-day passes are $60 in advance, $70 at the door.

Liz Larner @ The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is welcoming artist, Liz Larner, for a solo exhibition of her sculptural work today until September 27th. The AIC is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave.; hours are Mon-We, Fri-Sun 10:30-5; Thu 10:30-8.


Flash Gordon @ Logan Theater

FLASH! AHHH-AHHHHH! The Logan Theater presents a late night screening of the 1980 camp classic Flash Gordon, starring a very dubbed Sam Jones and Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless! The film begins tonight at 10:30pm. Logan Theater: 2646 N. Milwaukee.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's kickoff party runs from 6 to 11pm at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. Your $85 ticket gets you an open bar, food from top-notch restaurants, art installations and live performances by Lord of the Yum Yum, HIDE, Bobby Conn, Oshwa, Sally Timms and V4MEE.

WORK WERQ: Opening Reception @ FLATSstudio

FLATSstudio is presenting WORK WERQ, an exhibition which focuses on Asian American identity. Music by Carla Starla and beverages by KOVAL Distillery will be presented at the show. FLATS is located at 1050 W. Wilson Ave. Please RSVP to rsvp@flatschicago.com and include the number of guests.


Sensing and Sensibility Panel Discussion @ SAIC

This afternoon MAS Context and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago present a panel discussion entitled "Sensing and Sensibility: Politics and Technology in the Contemporary City," featuring Javier Arbona, Ingrid Burrington, Laura Forlano, and Douglas Pancoast. The free event will be moderated by Iker Gil. The event runs from 4:30-6:30pm at the Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 203.

Sound Opinions at the Movies: The Breakfast Club

Sound Opinions and The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., present the latest in the Sound Opinions at the Movies series of screenings: a 30th anniversary screening of John Hughes' The Breakfast Club. The film screens this evening at 7:30pm; see the Music Box site for advance tickets.

Nerdette Live!

The Nerdette podcast tapes a live episode this evening at the HQ for Cards Against Humanity (1917 N. Elston). The show runs from 8:00 to 10:00pm. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the monthly gathering of Write Club, the literary sporting event that pits local authors and performers against each other for charity! Show starts at 7:00pm; admission is $10 at the door, with proceeds going to the charities chosen by the participants. Full details at the Hideout's site. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Frances Stark: Intimism @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Opening today is "Intimism", the exhibition of Frances Stark's video and digital production pieces. The pieces displayed will feature her lo-fi Cat Videos, which she began in 1999. The exhibition opens today and runs until August 30th in Galleries 182-186. The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 S. Michigan Avenue.

Spring Exhibitions @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center will be presenting new exhibitions for the spring today from 3-5PM. HPAC is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

Outpost by Lou Mallozzi @ The Hyde Park Art Center

From 3-4PM today, Lou Mallozzi, Chicago-based sound and installation artist, will be surveilling audience members at the Hyde Park Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.

SSII: Post-Butoh Festival @ Outerspace

This weekend, April 18-19, the Post-Butoh Festival will be held at Outerspace, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., with performances on both nights at 6:30pm and workshops on both days from 1 to 4pm. RSVP for the event on the Butoh website. Free!

Chicago Palestine Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 14th annual Palestine Film Festival. Seven films from Palestine are scheduled to be screened during the festival, starting with the 2014 film Eyes of A Thief this evening at 8:00pm. See the Film Center site for a full schedule and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

HUMP! Film Festival Tour @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Clark St., hosts the HUMP! Film Festival, a series of short & dirty films curated by Dan Savage. The program of 18 shorts screens Friday and Saturday night; showtimes for both nights are 7:30 and 10:30pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box site.

Home Video Day @ Nightingale Cinema

Chicago's first Home Video Day will be held today from 1-5pm at the Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave. To participate, bring your VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Hi-8, Video 8 or Mini-DV cassette to have it inspected and repaired (if necessary) before playing up to 5 minutes of the video for the audience. Visit the event's Facebook page for the compete details.

SSII: Post-Butoh Festival @ Outerspace

This weekend, April 18-19, the Post-Butoh Festival will be held at Outerspace, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., with performances on both nights at 6:30pm and workshops on both days from 1 to 4pm. RSVP for the event on the Butoh website. Free!

HUMP! Film Festival Tour @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Clark St., hosts the HUMP! Film Festival, a series of short & dirty films curated by Dan Savage. The program of 18 shorts screens Friday and Saturday night; showtimes for both nights are 7:30 and 10:30pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box site.

Back to the Future parts I & II @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future (and the 2015 date in Back to the Future II) by offering a screening of both films. The screenings start this evening; see the Music Box site for a full schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

What We Do In The Shadows @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run of the 2014 film What We Do In The Shadows, which recently finished up a popular first-run. If you missed this New Zealand comedy featuring Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, you have a second chance to catch it in the theater. See the Film Center site for full details and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Chicago Reader's Book Swap @ The Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Music will be hosting an evening of live music and a book swap today from 6-9PM. Participants can take and bring as many as 15 books to the event. The event is located at 4544 N Lincoln Ave.


Michael Kubo Lecture @ SAIC

MAS Context and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago present a lecture at 6pm by architect and author Michael Kubo at the School of the Art Institute's LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave. Details via MAS Context.

Shooting Star Screening and Discussion @ Harold Washington College

William Cordova, a resident at Harold Washington College, will screen, Shooting Star, a documentary about Jean Michel Basquiat today at 10:30 AM. A panel discussion will follow the film. The location is 30 E. Lake Street.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club holds their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting this evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). This month's book is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Full details at the Chicago Nerds site.

Bill Plympton @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents animation legend Bill Plympton, who will be screening his 2014 film Cheatin' at 3pm this afternoon. The film also screens through the rest of the week; see the Film Center site for full details. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

The Best of: A Student Showcase

Paola Coletto presents an evening of: Storytelling, Melodrama, Tragedy, Bouffon, Grotesque character & Clowning featuring her second year students (from 5 nations) at the School for Theater Creators this coming Saturday at MSA & Circus Arts at 1934 N. Campbell Avenue. The will be a Q&A session with the students and faculty about The School and its new nine month program which will start in September 2015. TO RSVP and reserve tickets email rsvptheschool@paolacoletto.com. Space is limited.

Coming Through @ Defibrillator Gallery

Defibrillator Gallery is presenting, a performance convergence tonight from 7-10PM. Five performance artists will be featured this evening at 1463 W. Chicago Ave. *Please bring an object that reminds you of your mother.

Chatter: Architecture Talks Back Discussion @ The Art Institute

This afternoon the Art Institute's new exhibition "Chatter: Architecture Talks Back," which looks at "the diverse contemporary methods and approaches wielded by five emerging architects," opens with a conversation among contributors Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular, John Szot of John Szot Studio, and Chris Grimley of over,under, among others. Details on the Art Institute website. Free with admission.

How To Do Everything Meetup @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts a meetup for fans of the NPR podcast How To Do Everything. Hosts Mike Danforth and Ian Chillag will be in attendance, and will presumably show you how to do everything. The event runs from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Third Man Rolling Record Store @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the Chicago stop of Third Man Records' Rolling Record Store. The mobile seller of merch from Jack White's label will have special RRS-only releases, so if you're a fan of the label you definitely want to attend. The Rolling Record Store will only be around from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, so leave work early! Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Deniz Gül: Experimental Music Performance @ The Hyde Park Art Center

Turkish artist, Deniz Gül, is presenting 5 Person Bufet this evening at 6:30 PM. The event is a collaborative experimental music performance which is free and open to the public. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

My Brother, My Brother and Me @ Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Theatre hosts an evening with the hosts of the Maximum Fun podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me this evening at 9:00pm. Also appearing on the bill: another Max Fun show, Sawbones. Tickets are available for purchase online. Athenaeum: 2936 N. Southport. Box office: (773) 935-6875.

Monty Python's Life of Brian @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre celebrates Easter Sunday with a midnight screening of Monty Python's Life of Brian. Be an individual and attend the screening! Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Imaginary Landscapes Opening Reception @ Chicago Urban Art Society

Lisa Alvarado, Robert Burnier, Assaf Evron and Caroline Kent are the featured artists in the exhibition, Imaginary Landscapes opening at the Chicago Urban Art Society, Satellite Space. Curated by Allison Glenn, the exhibition raises questions concerning physical space, time and memory. The opening reception begins at 6 PM and is located at 2233 S. Throop St., 4th floor.

Nelson Algren doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2015 documentary NElson Algren: The End Is Nothing, The Road Is All at 3:00pm this afternoon. One of the co-directors of the film, Denis Mueller, will be in attendance for this screening. See the Film Center site for full details and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Wizard of Oz @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents Easter weekend screenings of The Wizard of Oz. The screenings will feature a costume contest, so put on your ruby slippers for this event! The fun begins at 1:30pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Full details at the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Soloists from Fonema Series II: Kathryn Schulmeister

Kathryn Schulmeister will be playing the double bass tonight at High Concept Labs at 2233 S. Throop St., on the 4th floor of Mana Contemporary. This is the second component of Fonema Consort's HCL residency program. The event begins at 8pm and is free and open to the public.

Asian American Showcase

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 20th annual Asian American Showcase, starting this evening and running through April 16. The opening night film, David Boyle's Man From Reno, screens this evening at 8:00pm. See the Film Center site for a full schedule and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

DarkMatter: #ItGetsBitter @ Arts Incubator

DarkMatter, a trans south asian performance art duo, will be inviting the public for an evening of poetry, discussion, and healing, over the topic of new queer futures. The show will be followed by a Q&A at the Arts Incubator location at 301 E Garfield Blvd. Doors open at 5PM. Free and open to the public.

WildClaw Theatre benefit @ Four Moon Tavern

WildClaw Theatre holds their spring Metamorphosis benefit this evening at Four Moon Tavern (1847 W Roscoe). Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kafka's Metamorphosis and support the local theater group's efforts. RSVP at the event's Facebook page.

Beat Swap Meet Chicago @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts Beat Swap Meet, a marketplace featuring local record collectors & dealers selling their vinyl wares. Shopping starts at noon, and admission is $5 or free with a canned good. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Kren Cytter @ The Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA is featuring video-based artist Keren Cytter, in a solo exhibition that opens today and closes Oct. 4. The MCA is located at 220 E. Chicago Ave. Additionally, Cytter will be giving a talk today at 3pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, free to members and children 12 and under.

A Screendance Event @ Mana Contemporary

Monica Thomas, Jason Chiu, Jason Eleweski and Lizzie Leopold/Brian Mazzaferri will be presenting choreographic and filmic works tonight, along with composer Will Huff and music by Doug Kaplan and Maxwell Allison. Refreshments will be provided; pre-purchased tickets are $10, $15 at door. Mana Contemporary is located at 2233 S. Throop St.


Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening concert with Hawaiian music masters Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa. The concert happens tonight at 8:00pm at the school's building at 4544 N. Lincoln. Full details on the school's site, or call (773) 728-6000.

Theater Oobleck's Song about Himself

Theater Oobleck presents the premiere of their latest play Song about Himself, premiering this evening at 7:30pm and running through April 26 at the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph). Full details and advance tickets available at the Oobleck Website.

Dance Anywhere Event

Dance Anywhere is a party where everyone is invited. Today at 2pm marks the worldwide public art performance where everyone is a performer. Wherever you are at 2pm today, whether it's your work place, school, a street corner or museum, you are encouraged to dance. The event marks the 10th year anniversary of Dance Anywhere.

Danny Collins @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a series of screenings in partnership with the New York Film Critics Series. Tonight's screening is the new Al Pacino film Danny Collins. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box site. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

PUNDAMONIUM: The Chicago Pun Slam @ Double Door

Pun fans take note: The Double Door hosts PUNDAMONIUM, the Chicago pun slam, where audience volunteers are pitted against each other in various rounds of punning. Show starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $8 at the door. Double Door: 1551 N. Damen.

Sones de Mexico and the Irish Music School of Chicago @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music welcomes Sones de Mexico and The Irish Music School of Chicago as they celebrate the little-known part that Ireland had in the history of Mexico. The concert starts at 7:00pm in the school's newest building, at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's site, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

My Kind of Town Opening Reception @ FLATSstudio

FLATSstudio is celebrating Chicago's 178th birthday with the event and exhibition, My Kind of Town. The work in the show will exemplify the architecture, history and culture which thrives in Chicago. The opening is from 6-10PM at 1050 W Wilson Avenue. Beverages will be provides by KOVAL Distillery and music by The Luke Saladin Jazz Trio. The event is free but please RSVP to rsvp@flatschicago.com.

William Schweigert "Our Debt, Your Debt" Opening Reception@ FLATspace

"Our Debt, Your Debt" is the solo exhibition at FLATspace featuring the works of William Schweigert, a painter located in Chicago. The opening reception is from 6-10PM and is located at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St, 4th floor. The event is free but please RSVP.


THAW 2015 @ Block 37

Tonight #THAW2015 will be partying in downtown Chicago--right in the middle of everything on Block 37. There will be food and drinks and special spirits from Rhine Hall beginning at 6:30 and lasting until 11:30. General admission is $35. The exact location is 108 N. State St.

James Welling @ Art Institute of Chicago

James Welling will be speaking at the Art Institute of Chicago tonight from 6-7pm in Fullerton Hall. The event is offered on the occasion of the launch of the new University of Chicago Press monograph, James Welling: Diary/Landscape and the Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition of the same name. Free with museum admission. More information about the event is available from the Art Institute.

Vara Caivano Gallery Walk Through @ The Renaissance Society

Join the Renaissance Society in this evenings gallery walk-through of Vara Caivano's The Density of the Actions exhibition. The walk begins at 6PM at 5811 S. Ellis Ave. Free and open to the public.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary sporting event that pits local authors & performers against each other in a series of spoken word bouts. The show starts at 7:00pm; admission is $10 at the door, with the proceeds going to the charities selected by the winners of each bout. Full details at the Hideout site. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Irish Stories and Songs @ SPACE in Evanston

Megon McDonough and Susan O'Halloran will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with "Pot of Gold: Irish Stories and Songs from Two of Chicago's Own" tonight at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Doors at 6pm. Singer-songwriter McDonough and story artist O'Halloran will weave together stories and songs about the pleasures and pitfalls of being raised Irish-American. The concert will include classics such as "Danny Boy" as well as original tunes. Tickets are $17-32 and can be purchased online or by calling Ticketweb at 866-468-3401. For more info, call SPACE at 847-492-8860.

Matthew Metzger Opening Reception @ Regards Gallery

Regards is featuring the artist Matthew Metzger this afternoon in his opening reception from 4-7PM. The exhibition will be up until April 25th and is located at 2216 West Chicago Avenue.

SXSW Send Off Party @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts an all-day showcase featuring 11 bands that are heading off to SXSW 2015. Among the acts performing: Tom Schraeder; The Lemons; Running; Psalm One; and Jon Langford (!). The show runs from 1:30pm to midnight, and admission is $10 at the door. Full details at the Hideout site. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

SAIC Undergraduate Exhibition @ The Sullivan Galleries

The SAIC spring undergraduate exhibition is having its opening reception today from 12-6PM at the Sullivan Galleries. More than 300 students will be completing their degrees this spring and this exhibition will illustrate their impressive and innovative work. The Sullivan Galleries are located on 33 S. State St.,7th floor. The opening reception is free and the show will be on view until April 1st.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the monthly Handmade Market today starting at noon. Jewelry, clothing, bags, paper goods, and much more. Admission is free, so come on down! Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the epic 1988 animation/live action combo Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Mariana Sissia @ THE MISSION

THE MISSION, 1431 W. Chicago Ave., opens an exhibition of the landscape drawings of Argentine artist Mariana Sissia tonight from 6 to 8pm. The show will be on view until April 25.

18th International Opening Reception @ Woman Made Gallery

Tonight from 6-8PM, Woman Made Gallery will be presenting their 18th International Open which will feature the works of 37 female artists. The gallery is located at 685 N Milwaukee Ave. Free and open to the public.


Faces of Eurydice @ The Flat Iron Arts Building

The Pentagon Theater in The Flat Iron Arts Building presents Faces of Eurydice, a performance piece by the CUBE Ensemble. Dance, opera and theater will be retelling the myth of Orpheus with choreographic work by Hope Goldman and music by Hope Littwin. Faces of Eurydice will premiere from March 12 at 7:30PM until March 21 at 9:30PM. Resale Tickets are $25 admission; $10 industry/student; Regular Tickets are $35 admission; $15 industry/student. The Flat Iron Arts Building is located at 1575 N Milwaukee Ave.


Encounters: Experimental Film and Animation @ Conversations at the Edge

Zagreb, Croatia has been an important location for animation, experimental film, and the avant-garde. SAIC's Conversations at the Edge will be presenting the work of filmmaker Alexander Stewart who produced works in Croatia from the 1960s through today. The event will take place tonight at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., and is free and open to the public.

Sex Worker Art Show

SWOP Chicago presents the Sex Worker Art Show tonight from 7 to 11pm at the Church of Templehead, 1900 S. Allport St., in honor of International Sex Workers Rights Day. The exhibition will feature portraits of sex workers in a variety of media, created by current and former sex workers. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but donations welcome. 21+

Saving Mes Aynak @ Block Museum of Art

Tonight at 7pm, The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art will be hosting an event for the screening of the documentary Saving Mes Anynak. The film focuses on an Afghan archaeologist who is trying to save a 5,000 year old archaeological site from a Chinese mining company. General admission is free and the director, Brent Huffman, will be in attendance. The museum is located at 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston.

European Union Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts the 18th annual European Union Film Festival, running through April 2 and featuring over 60 films from the EU. Tonight's premiere film is The Golden Horse from Latvia. See the Film Center's site for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Art Shay, Tony Fitzpatrick & Dmitry Samarov @ Hideout

Art Shay, Tony Fitzpatrick and Dmitry Samarov talk about Chicago's influence on their art tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., with Chicagoist editor Chuck Sudo moderating. Doors open at 7:30, show's at 8:30pm. Free, 21+

Chicago Irish Film Festival Opening Night

The Chicago Irish Film Festival kicks off its 16th annual festival this evening with a screening of the 2014 film Poison Pen, with the filmmakers in attendance. Tonight's screening will be at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tickets are $10. The festival runs through March 7; see the festival site for a full schedule and screening locations.

FIVE Opening Reception @ LVL3

Tonight from 6 to 10pm, LVL3 hosts the group show [Five] in celebration of five years as an artist run space. Ben Sanders, Evan Robarts, Josh Reames, Sabina Ott and Lauren Clay will all be featured in the exhibition. LVL3 is located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served for donations.


2015 Hashbrown Chili Cook Off @ Spudnik Press Cooperative

The annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off is happening today at 6pm at Spudnik Press Cooperative, 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302. Enjoy an evening filled with food, games and celebration. General Admission $10; VIP Package $22; Royalty Package $65.

A Portrait Gallery @ Living Room

Arts mentorship organization Ag47 presents A Portrait Gallery!, its annual fundraiser, today from 4 to 7pm at the Living Room, 2423 W. North Ave. For a $5-$10 donation, you'll get a one-of-a-kind work of art in the form of a picture, song or choose-your-own-adventure story.

Soloists from Fonema Series I: Ryan Packard @ High Concept Labs

Soloists from Fonema Consort are curating three programs for part of their residency at High Concept Laboratories. Tonight at 8pm, Ryan Packard, a percussionist, will be performing at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., 4th floor. Details on Facebook. Free and open to the public.

Inherent Vice @ Film Center

If you missed Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice during its recent theatrical run, you have a second chance to catch the film as it begins a weeklong run at The Gene Siskel Film Center tonight at 8:00pm. See the Film Center's website for showtimes. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

An Evening with Ernie Gehr @ Logan Center for the Arts

The avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr will be in person during the screening of several of his films at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., tonight at 7pm. Presented by the Film Studies Center at University of Chicago. Free.

Kim Gordon @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and The Chicago Humanities Festival present an interview with musician and artist Kim Gordon, who will be discussing her book Girl In A Band with WBEZ's Alison Cuddy tonight at 7:00pm. For full details and advance tickets please see the Chicago Humanities site.

Heather Gabel Artist Lecture @ Columbia College

Heather Gabel, visual artist and the badass front woman of HIDE, will be having an artist lecture tonight at Columbia College's Hokin Hall. Gabel's artistic practice includes collage, neon, and the themes of death and rituals. The talk is located at 623 S Wabash, Room 109, and begins tonight at 6pm. Free and open to the public.

MoCP 2015 Benefit Auction

Tonight at 5:30pm, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, holds its annual benefit auction at 195 E. Delaware Ave. All proceeds go to MoCP exhibitions, events and public programs. Tickets are $150; register online.

An Evening with John Mahoney @ Lake Theatre

The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest presents From Harlem Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard: An Evening with John Mahoney tonight at 7:30pm at the Lake Theatre, 1022 W. Lake St. in Oak Park. Film critic Doug Deuchler interviews Mahoney and moderates an audience Q&A. Tickets are $25.

Varda Caivano "The Density of Actions" Opening Reception @ The Renaissance Society

Tonight is the opening reception of The Density of the Actions, a collection of paintings created by Varda Caivano, at the Renaissance Society. Located at 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, the opening will begin a 4PM and will follow with a discussion led by Solveig Øvstebø in the Film Studies Center directly below the gallery.


Empty Bottle Farmers Market

The Empty Bottle hosts a winter farmers market this afternoon from noon to 5:00pm. Full details at the Empty Bottle site. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 726-3600.

Doris Salcedo Exhibition @ The Museum of Contemporary Art

Doris Salcedo, a Colombian artist, will be having her first retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art,until May 24th. The artist, whose work spans 30 years, will feature her installations and sculptural works. The MCA is located at 220 E. Chicago Avenue. 12$ general admission, Illinois residents have free admission on Tuesdays.

Underground Unseen Opening Reception Exhibition @ FLATSstudio

Tonight at 6PM, FLATSstudio located at 1050 West Wilson Avenue, will be presenting their first exhibition of 2015 with Underground and Unseen. The launch of VAM, a Chicago based magazine, is celebrating the night in conjunction with FLATS. Beverages will be provided by KOVAL Distillery and Lakeshore Beverage. Artists include: Krista O'Meara, Todd Diederich, Alison Van Pelt, Misha Khokhlov, Ali6, AntiBodyCorp, and Owen Bones. Don't forget to RSVP by Thursday, February 19th to rsvp@flatschicago.com; free and open to the public.

Greil Marcus, Jon Langford & Sally Timms @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Rock historian Greil Marcus will be doing a reading from his recent book The History of Rock'n'Roll in 10 Songs tonight at 8:00pm at The Old Town School of Folk Music. Local music heroes Jon Langford & Sally Timms will also be present to provide musical backup. The show takes place in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets at the school's site, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

Faces of Eurydice Fundraiser @ The Cliff Dwellers Club

The CUBE Ensemble premieres, Faces of Eurydice, a dance-opera which will theatrically re-tell the story of Orpheus, on March 12. Tonight at 7pm CUBE Ensemble hosts a final fundraiser at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor. Free entry; cash bar, dessert, an auction, preview of the piece and a live band with dancing will be apart of the fundraising evening.

THE SUB-MISSION: Artist Talk with Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado

The Mission presents the latest in its SUB-MISSION artist talk series today at 6pm, featuring Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado. Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado's site-specific exhibition, Selvanáutica is currently being displayed at The Mission, 1431 W. Chicago Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.

Cheryl Pope Opening Reception @ Harold Washington College

Cheryl Pope, a Chicago participant as a resident artist for the Pedestrian Project, celebrates the opening of her show Just Yell: Unfolding the Folds, today from noon to 2pm in the President's Gallery at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St. Pope will be collaborating with students from the college's Department of Art and Architecture and bring forth conversations about social and relevant issues in today's society. Free.

Sound Opinions At The Movies: Sid and Nancy

Sound Opinions and The Music Box Theatre present the latest film in the Sound Opinions At The Movies series: the 1986 Alex Cox film Sid and Nancy. The screening starts tonight at 7:30pm; advance tickets available at Eventbrite. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the monthly gathering of Write Club, the only sporting event fought with words, not fists or swords or sword-fists. Two local writers go head-to-head, each taking up a contrary position of an important topic (PAPER vs. PLASTIC, ANALOG vs. DIGITAL, FIGHT vs. FLIGHT, etc.) and one is crowned winner by a jury of peers/audience members. Write Club starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds go to the charities picked by the participants. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Artists' Talk: Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost & Dan Peterman @ Logan Center

This evening at 6pm, The Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., will be hosting an artists' talk with Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost and Dan Peterman. The event will involve a discussion about the current exhibition at the Logan Center, Lands End, and the notion of landscape in an artistic practice.


Films by Lyra Hill & Daviel Shy @ Roots & Culture

Lyra Hill and Daviel Shy, Chicago filmmakers and visual artists, will be sharing and discussing their research, experiments and reactions this evening at Roots & Culture, 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., beginning at 7pm. The night will focus on the work that both filmmakers have created in the past seven years. Free.

The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt @ Art Institute

Need a special Valentines date for your day? Why not go on a naked scavenger hunt in the Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave.? Watson Adventures will be taking you and your hunny through the museum for a peek at all of the nudes around the museum. Tickets are $41. Tour starts at 1pm. Adults only.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Handmade Market is back at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. A full list of crafters selling items at this event can be found at the Handmade site. Free admission; 21+ except for kids with their parents.

The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt @ Art Institute

Need a special Valentines date for your day? Why not go on a naked scavenger hunt in the Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave.? Watson Adventures will be taking you and your hunny through the museum for a peek at all of the nudes around the museum. There are two tours today, at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $41. Adults only.

Typeforce Six @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

The sixth annual Typeforce exhibition of typographic art and design opens tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., with a reception from 6 to 11pm. See works by more than 20 artists and designers. Free.

Interactions with Light Opening Reception @ Chicago Art Department

Tonight is the opening reception for Interactions with Light, which will transform the Chicago Art Department gallery space in an interactive piece by Connie Wolfe and Galina Shevchenko. The opening reception begins at 6pm tonight, and the closing reception is Feb. 28 at 6pm. CAD is located at 1932 S. Halsted St, #100.


Try Youth as Youth @ David Weinberg Photography

David Weinberg's new exhibition, Try Youth as Youth, examines the juvenile justice system in America through the medium of photography, sculpture and video installation. Four artists will have their work featured in the gallery, located at 300 W. Superior St., Suite 203, from Feb. 13 to May 9. The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8pm; free.

Simultaneous: Seripop + Sonnenzimmer @ Center for Book and Paper Arts

Chicago-based artists, Sonnenzimmer and the Montreal-based artists, Seripop, are both exhibiting their work today from 5-8PM at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. The reception is located at 104 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor. The event is free and open to the public.

Mummy Panel Discussion @ Art Institute

The Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave., presents a The Mummy Is a Daddy: How Technology Is Revealing Secrets of the Mummies, a panel discussion this evening at 6pm. In Fullerton Hall, several visiting curators and professors will introduce results of two CT scans performed on Art Institute mummies. Free with museum admission.

Table Talks: Chi-chi Nwanoku @ The Currency Exchange Cafe

The Currency Exchange Cafe in Washington park is hosting Table Talks, which are intimate lunches with visiting artists, and will be inviting Chi--chi Nwanoku today from 1-3PM. The event is free but RSVP is required. Email artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu with "Table Talk: Chi-chi Nwanoku in the subject line, and include name and email address for anyone you are having as a plus one.

Videos by Hannah Piper Burns @ The Nightingale

Indie movie theater The Nightingale,1084 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts THROUGH THE PRISM, a night of films by the artist Hannah Piper Burns, tonight beginning at 7pm. Burns' work has been described as, "fun, funny, feminist, physical, 'found footage.'" $7-10 donation requested at the door.

Footwork Workshop @ High Concept Labs

Today, from 1-4PM, Mana Contemporary is hosting an opening house at 2233 S. Throop St. During the open house, High Concept Labs will adjunctly invite visitors to learn from THE ERA, a footwork dance crew. The event is free and located on the 4th floor.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists @ the Chicago Cultural Center

Pentimenti Productions and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events present a free screening of the film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, followed by a special panel discussion with Chris Ware, Karl Wirsum, Dan Nadel, and Robert Cozzolino on comics and humor in art. The screening will start at 3pm, with the panel discussion beginning at 5pm, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor North. Visit the Pentimenti website for more information.

HIJINKSfest 12-Hour Sketch Comedy Festival @ iO Theater

So, you say you like comedy? Well, put your money where your mouth is and strap in for HIJINKSfest, twelve solid hours of comedy with the experimental sketch group HIJINKS as they celebrate their move to iO Theater. The group will be performing twelve different one-hour shows ranging from a live podcast recording to sci-fi to a boxing match and beyond. The fest runs from noon until midnight, and attendees can come and go at their leisure. Tickets for all twelve hours can be purchased ahead of time for $15, or $20 day-of, with a limited number of VIP tickets going for $25. iO Theater is located at 1501 N Kingsbury St.

2nd Floor Rear 24 Hour Art Festival

2nd Floor Rear is a 24-hour arts festival featuring apartment galleries, migrant projects, experimental spaces, and Chicago's DIY art community. The festival will take place at various locations near the Blue Line. The contributors make the festival free so check out 2nd Floor Rear's Indiegogo for support.

The Height Below Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery is featuring a two-person exhibition entitled The Height Below, with Chicago-based artists Elizabeth McCarthy and Soo Shin. Heaven Gallery is located in Wicker Park at 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the 2nd floor. The opening reception begins at 7pm and will include lots of bread!


Short Films by Shirley Clarke @ Film Studies Center

In celebration of dancing and life, Shirley Clarke (1919-1997), created short films that focused on these jovial themes. The program begins at 7pm at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St and will feature the films Dance in the Sun, In Paris Parks, Bullfight, A Moment in Love, Bridges Go Round, Skyscraper, and A Scary Time. The screening is free and open to the public.

Mossy Cloak Opening Reception @ Roots & Culture

Curated by the collective Third Object, Roots & Culture is opening Mossy Cloak tonight at 6pm. The group exhibition will feature photography, painting, sound and sculptural work of six artists. Roots & Culture is located at 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., and is free and open to the public.

"And sometimes gravity" Opening Reception @ Adds Donna

Join Adds Donna today from 1-4PM for the opening reception of the group exhibition featuring Chris Duncan, Assaf Evron, Alina Tenser, and Radius. Adds Donna is located at 4223 W. Lake St. The exhibition will on view until March 8th.


Bric-A-Brunch Day Party @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., and Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles team up to present Bric-A-Brunch, a chance for people to browse the the amassed collection of collectibles and curiosities from Bric-A-Brac's shelves, while enjoying brunch food from Bite Cafe next door. The party starts at noon, and admission is free! Details at the Empty Bottle site.

Quimby's 2015 Zlumber Party

Quimby's is throwing a slumber party for zine makers. The Zine Slumber Party, or Zlumber Party, starts tonight at 10pm when the store is closed to customers. Attendees are then free to work on their zines overnight, and hopefully have a finished publication by the time you leave in the morning. Quimby's is located at 1854 W. North Ave.; for more details on the event, give them a call at (773) 342-0910, or email info at quimbys dot com.

Onion City Film Festival @ Columbia College

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. Columbia College will host a plethora of films Jan 29-31 at Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave., beginning at 8:30pm. See the festival website for full schedule. Tickets are $8.

Mary Dorrell and Thomas King Exhibition @ Arts on Elston

The Art House is sponsoring a two person exhibition for Mary Dorrell and Thomas King today at Arts on Elston. The opening reception begins today from 3-6PM for the two artists whose work is made up of photography and painting. The event is located on 3446 N Albany Ave. RSVP to Exposed@TheArtHouse.us

Build Presence: Public Interactive Art Project @ Chicago Cultural Center

The growing movement in support for racial justice and an end to police brutality is the core of "Build Presence". The interactive art project will encompass this social movement and create a space for the public to meditate, cultivate, and embody knowledge. The event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, today from noon-5:30 and Sunday February 1st, noon-4:00. Alexandria Eregbu will be opening up her studio on the first floor for this public installation.


Goodbye to Language 3D @ Siskel Film Center

Jean-Luc Godard's film Goodbye to Language 3D will be premiering at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., as part of a special series entitled, Godard: First Wave. The series includes 17 features and three shorts from the legendary filmmaker. Tonight after the 8pm showing, rare 15-minute shorts will be shown in 3D. General admission is $15, $10 for members and students.

The Art of Connection Exhibition @ The Sullivan Galleries

Tonight from 7 to 9pm, the Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor, presents The Art of Connection, an exhibition featuring the work of art therapy students at SAIC. The opening reception is free, and the exhibition will be on view until Feb. 14.

Onion City Film Festival @ Columbia College

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. Columbia College will host a plethora of films Jan 29-31 at Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave., beginning at 6:30pm. See the festival website for full schedule. Tickets are $8.

The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious @ Western Exhibitions

Western Exhibitions, 845 W. Washington St., 2nd floor, holds an opening reception from 5 to 8pm this evening for their newest exhibition, The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious. The group exhibition features artists Elijah Burgher, Pamela Fraser, Dana Carter and Leah Mackin. The event is free and open to the public.

Onion City Film Festival @ Columbia College

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. Columbia College will host a plethora of films Jan 29-31 in Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave., beginning at 7:30pm. See the festival website for full schedule. Tickets are $8.

Gallery Talk & Opening Reception @ MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave., hosts a gallery talk and opening reception this afternoon for "What Remains and You and Me," an exhibition of work by artists Barbara Diener, Pao Houa Her, and Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber. The gallery talk begins at 4pm and the reception at 5pm. Free.

Onion City Film Festival Opening Night @ Siskel Center

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. Tonight at 7:45pm, the Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., hosts the opening night program of short films; the rest of the festival will take place at Columbia College's Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Jan 29-31. Tickets for tonight's program are $11, $6 for students and members.

Alyssa Greenberg & Curtis Miller @ Mutual Interpretation

Alyssa Greenberg and Curtis Miller will be presenting and sharing their research at Mutual Interpretation this evening from 6:30-8PM. Greenberg will analyze art museum education from the 70s, which includes the Met and their Arts Awareness program, which was intended for youth, people of color, and others absent in traditional art settings. Moreover, Miller will discuss his research with working with items and images in rural and Midwestern settings. Pizza and refreshments will be served; free. The talk will be held at 935 W Harrison, Henry Hall Rm 106.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM this evening at 8pm. A group of randomly selected audience volunteers will have a chance to tell a 5-minute story on the evening's theme, "Cold." The winner of tonight's StorySLAM advances to the Grandslam Championships. More details at The Moth. Admission is $8 at the door; plan on arriving early, as this is a very popular event.

Third Coast Podcast Therapy @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., and The Third Coast International Audio Festival present Podcast Therapy, an evening where podcast fans can come to learn about new podcasts, get recommendations, and in general get their podcast problems solved by Third Coast's trained Podcast Therapists™. Doors open at 5pm, and the show starts at 6pm. Tickets are $10. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout's site.

Transforming Accessory Group Exhibition @ LVL3

Ben Barretto, Clare Grill, and Spencer Stucky are three artists participating in the group exhibition Transforming Accessory at LVL3 located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. The opening reception is tonight starting 6PM and continues until 10PM. Free.

Peanut Colada @ Roman Susan Annex

The Peanut Gallery is joining with Roman Susan Gallery in a site-specific, one-night-only exhibition featuring performances, sculptures, paintings, drawings and a plethora of other works by Ryan Burns, Brandon Howe, Charlie Megna, Jessi Meliza and Kelly Reaves. The Roman Susan Annex is located at 1637 W. Howard St. The evening kicks off at 4pm and lasts until 8pm.


Out of Site Mini Series @ The Chicago Cultural Center

Out of Site Chicago is a curatorial project that focuses on art in public spaces, public performance art and the publics perception. Today at noon in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., there will be a continuation of the mini-series, "On Occasion," which welcomes guest speaker Robin Deacon, artist, writer and filmmaker. Free.

Late-Night Party @ Art Institute

The Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave., is hosting Late-Night Party: After Dark, an event in celebration of "Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor," from 9pm to midnight tonight The party will include live music, after-hour tours of the exhibition, and refreshments. Tickets can be purchased online, at the museum, or by phone at 877-307-4AIC. Evening associates $15, Members $20, Nonmembers $30.

Richard Williamson's Good Times Waiting Room @ The Honey Hole

The Honey Hole, a temporary art gallery located at 1656 S. Throop St., will be hosting an opening night with works by Zachary Cahill, Great Northern Labs, David Lloyd and DJ Phoenix. The event takes place this evening from 7-10PM. DJ Phoenix begins at 9PM; Free.


Jesse Malmed Film Screening @ The Film Studies Center

Experimental filmmaker, video artist, performer and curator Jesse Malmed will be screening several pieces at University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., room 201, as part of the show Untitled (Just Kidding). Malmed will be in attendance to discuss his work during the screening, which begins at 6:30pm. Free.

Mathias Poledna Artist Talk @ The Renaissance Society

LA-based, Austrian-born artist Mathias Poledna gives talk this evening at the Renaissance Society pertaining to his current exhibition and film display. The event is free and will take place at the Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis Ave, in Cobb Hall on the third floor.

B-Fest 2015

Northwestern's A&O Productions presents B-Fest 2015, the annual 24-hour B-movie film festival happening on the Northwestern campus in Evanston. From 6:00pm tonight until 6:00pm Saturday, a couple hundred film fans will hole up in the McCormick Auditorium to test their endurance of the cheesiest films mankind has to offer. Expect action flicks, blaxploitation, monster movies, and Plan 9 from Outer Space screening at midnight. Please see the B-Fest Website for full details and a link to purchase tickets.

John Gossage Conversation @ Art Institute

John Gossage, whose work is currently being exhibited in the Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave., will be visiting Chicago for a conversation with Matthew S. Witkovsky and Richard and Ellen Sandor to discuss the retrospective tonight in Fullerton Hall at 6pm. Free with museum ticket.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of minds known as Write Club. A group of Chicago writers and performers go head-to-head, each taking up a contrary position for the amusement of the audience. A group of judges determine the winner in each bout, with the winner getting a donation to his or her selected charity. The show starts at 7:00pm, and tickets are $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Mary Louise Reynolds: Book Bindings @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Today the Art Institute will open the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries where the book bindings of Mary Louise Reynolds, an American influence to the Parisian Surrealist movement, will be on exhibition until March 23rd.

Document Discussion @ Woman Made Gallery

Today at 1pm, Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., presents Chicago-based curator Jessica Cochran and juror of the recent exhibition, Document, in a discussion about the featured artists in the show. Details on Facebook Free.

Libby Chaney @ The Rockefeller Chapel

Artist Libby Chaney presents her large-scale fiber pieces at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The exhibition, Seasons, will have an opening reception today at 12:15pm and Jan. 22 at 4pm. Refreshments will be served; free.

The Peasant and the Priest @ The Film Studies Center

The Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall 306, is kicking off their new series for the quarter with a free screening of The Peasant and the Priest (2010, 47min, DVD), with director Esther Podemski present for a Q&A session after the film. The screening begins at 7pm, but arrive early as seating is first come-first serve.

Stephanie Serpick and Christopher Ottinger @ Bert Green Fine Art

This evening at Bert Green Fine Art, the works of Stephanie Serpick and Christopher Ottinger will be featured in an opening reception event. In addition to the opening reception, at the closing reception on February 28th at 4pm, Ottinger will be having an Artist's Talk. Bert Green Fine Art is located at 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 620.

House of Wax in 3D @ Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., kicks off a month-long showcase of classic 3D films this afternoon with a 4:45pm screening of the 1953 Vincent Price classic House of Wax. The 3D film series runs through February 5; see the Film Center website for a full schedule of films and advance tickets. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Ensor in Context Lecture @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Today at 2pm in Fullerton Hall, the AIC will be hosting a lecture about James Ensor's art and Les XX, an avant-garde group whom he was in affiliation with during his lifetime. This lecture is open to the public. The AIC is located at 111 S. Michigan Avenue.

Curator Talk: Matt Morris @ Western Exhibitions

Western Exhibitions is hosting a guided tour of the recent exhibition "Effeminaries" with curator Matt Morris today at 12:30PM. The tour is free and open to the public. Western Exhibitions is located at 845 W. Washington.

Alberto Aguilar: Celebratory System Exhibition at Kitchen Space

Kitchen Space, an alternative art gallery located in a kitchen, will be featuring the work of Alberto Aguilar, who will present several celebratory dinners during his solo exhibition in the gallery. Kitchen Space is located on 2716 N. Monticello Ave., 1F. Free and open to the public.

Exodus Exhibition @ Arts Incubator

Arts Incubator, located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. in Washington Park, holds an opening reception for the exhibition Exodus, featuring works by Alexandria Eregbu and Alfredo Salazar-Caro, this evening at 6pm.

Harun Farocki & Trevor Paglen: Visibility Machines @ Gallery 400

UIC's Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., features photography, film, and new media by the late artist Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen, in the two person exhibition Visibility Machines. The opening reception is from 4 to 6pm today. Free.

Oscar Nominations Discussion @ Siskel Film Center

Today from 4:30 to 5:30pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Illinois Film Office Deputy Director Betsy Steinberg moderates a panel discussion about this year's Academy Award nominees with Chicago film critics J.R. Jones (Reader), Michael Phillips (Tribune), Steve Prokopy (Gapers Block and Ain't It Cool News), Tasha Robinson (The Dissolve) and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (MUBI and The A.V. Club). The panel will be followed by a reception featuring wine by City Winery. Admission is free.

Compass Cabaret 55 @ Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a screening of Compass Cabaret 55, a documentary about the famous Compass Players (forerunners of Second City). The director will be in attendance for the screening at 8pm. Advance tickets are $11 ($6 for members) and are available at the Film Center website or by calling the box office at 312-846-2085.

Andreas Siqueland Talk @ The Logan Art Center

Oslo-based artist Andreas Siqueland will be giving an artist talk today at 6pm at The Logan Art Center, 915 E. 60th St., in room 802. Free.


Larry Cutler Solo Exhibition: Faces on Fire @ The Art House

Today from 2 to 6pm, The Art House, 3453 N. Albany Ave., hosts an opening reception for Larry Cutler's new solo exhibition with champagne, a silent auction, and hors d'oeuvres. Additionally, at 3pm there will be an artist talk in the gallery space. RSVP at facesonfire@thearthouse.us.

Compass Cabaret 55 @ Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a screening of Compass Cabaret 55, a documentary about the famous Compass Players (forerunners of Second City). The director will be in attendance for the screening at 8pm. Advance tickets are $11 ($6 for members) and are available at the Film Center website or by calling the box office at 312-846-2085.

Alex Bradley Cohen & Marissa Neuman @ Roman Susan Gallery

Roman Susan, located at 1224 West Loyola Avenue, will be featuring the works of Alex Bradley Cohen and Marissa Neuman this evening from 6-9PM. The exhibition, "Living to Work Together" will be on view until January 23rd.

Boys Will Be Boys Exhibition @ Mana Contemporary

From 6 to 9pm tonight, Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St.,5th floor, and Ordinary Projects host an opening reception for the Polish American artist, Kasia Ozga, and her solo show "Boys Will Be Boys."

Living to Work Together Exhibition @ Roman Susan

Roman Susan, 1224 W. Loyola Ave., celebrates the opening of an exhibition of work by the artists Marissa Neuman and Alex Bradley Cohen tonight at 6pm. The show will be up for viewing until the 23rd of January.

Open Studios @ Fine Arts Building

Every second Friday of each month, the Fine Arts Building, located at 410 S. Michigan Ave., opens their doors and studios to the public for a free evening event. Starting from 5pm and ending at 9pm, the event will include fiber artists, musicians, yoga, and tap dancing lessons.

The Shining @ Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave. hosts a screening of The Shining tonight at 6pm in the Price Auditorium, in conjunction with the exhibition focus: Lucy McKenzie. Registration is not required for this event, however, basic AIC entrance fees are required.

Our Living Room Show @ UP Comedy Club

Second City alums (such as TJ Jagadowski and current SNL performers Aidy Bryant and Mike O'Brien) join forces with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy for an evening of comedy and song tonight at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave. (doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm). Tickets $75-150; event benefits Letters to Santa, a nonprofit that supports needy local families.

Too Much Light New Year's Eve @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists ring in the new year in their usual tradition of performing their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind so that it finishes exactly at 12 midnight. Ring in the new year with "30 Plays in 60 Minutes," and enjoy pre-show refreshments before the countdown starts. Doors open at 9:30pm, and the show begins promptly at 11:00pm. Full details at the Neo-Futurist Website.

10th Annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., kicks off their 10th annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash this evening at 8pm. A host of local bands will be playing Chilton songs, including Ego & the Soul, Allegra Malone, the Injured Parties, Michael Heaton, Food and Drug, and the Van Goghs. Tickets are $10. 21+

Al Scorch's Feast of Friendship @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., continues the Christmas holiday spirit with Al Scorch and friends headlining a long Feast of Friendship, running from 5 to 11pm. Scheduled to appear: Kory Quinn; Baby Money; and the boys and girls of Everything Is Terrible! who will be debuting a new video piece they're calling "History of Country Music." Admission is a paltry $5, and doors open at 4pm. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout website.

A Kubrick Christmas @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a year-end Kubrick festival, kicking off this evening with screenings of Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining. The festival runs through January 3rd; a complete listing of films is available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport Avenue. (773) 871-6604.

Third Annual Woman Power Holiday Show @ Schubas

Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., presents the Woman Power Holiday Show, featuring female-fronted bands Diana & the Dishes, Everybody Says Yes and Birdie Wing. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $15, and it's a 21+ show. Proceeds go to benefit Global Girls, an education organization for girls in the South Shore neighborhood.

Bluegrass Jam @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music holds a bluegrass jam this afternoon starting at 1:00pm at their main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. All players and singers are invited to attend this free event. Full details at the school Website, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

No Media Performance Event @ High Concept Laboratories

No Media is a realtime performance, media, and improvisational art event held at High Concept Laboratories in Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., tonight at 8pm. The event consists of matching random artists who are registered on the No Media website and given ten minutes to perform. Sign up is free and open to all artists.

Group Exhibition @ The Art House

The Art House gallery, located at 3446 N Albany is a studio and workshop center where exhibitions are held monthly. Today from 2-6pm and tomorrow, December 21st, from 2-6pm, opening and closing receptions will be featuring the works of Beth Borum, Christine Connor, Michael Coon, Timothy Curtin, Barbara Hopkins, Faun Manne and Ginny Voedisch in a group exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Open Studio Holiday Sale @ Amanda Gentry Studio

Mana Contemporary artist Amanda Gentry will be opening up her studio to the public eye today at noon until 4pm. Gentry will be inviting visitors for wine, conversation, and most importantly, a variety of bakeware, mugs and cups and an assortment of other pieces at 2233 S. Throop St., fourth floor.

Last Dash Xmas Bash @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle presents the second pop-up store event organized by Logan Square boutique The Bus Shop. Over 20 local vendors will be selling their wares starting at noon. Admission is free; full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Botte: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

3rd Fridays Open Studios @ Zhou B Art Center

Tonight from 7 to 10pm, the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., hosts its 3rd Friday Open Studios. Free and open to the public.

Danica Favorito: Old Work-About Face Opening Reception @ Domus

This evening from 6 to 9pm, Domus, 653 W. 28th St., hosts an opening reception for the artist Danica Favorito. Further details on Facebook.

Richard Hunt Exhibition @ The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is celebrating the art of Richard Hunt, an eighty year old sculptor who is a local resident and great contributor to Chicago arts. The MCA will be featuring Hunt's sculptures and drawings which span from the 1950s to the 1990's. The exhibition will be run until May 17th. The MCA is located at 220 E. Chicago Ave. $12 general, $7 students, free kids 12 and under. Free admission for Illinois residents on Tuesdays.


Hoop Dreams @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a special screenings of the 1994 Kartemquin film Hoop Dreams tonight at 6:30pm. The filmmakers will be in attendance: Steve James, Peter Gilbert, Gordon Quinn, Adam Singer, and film subject Arthur Agee will participate in a discussion of the film. See the Film Center Website to purchase advance tickets. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

The Second City That Never Sleeps @ Second City e.t.c.

This 24-hour marathon of some of the biggest names in music and/or comedy, which begins at 6pm tonight at Second City's e.t.c. Theater (1616 N. Wells), is a benefit for Letters to Santa, a nonprofit organization that helps local families in need. The $20 ticket price gets you in-and-out privileges (if some of you have to go to, say, work), but the whole event will be streaming online. Among some of the names scheduled to appear are Kim Deal (Pixies), J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound with Ian Rubbish (aka Portlandia's Fred Armisen), Robbie Fulks, Steve Albini, Jeff Tweedy, Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, and James McCartney (his dad is kind of famous). Local improvisers appear throughout the night as well.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar, 4736-28 N. Lincoln Ave, hosts the monthly Essay Fiesta live reading series, featuring local authors reading first-person, nonfiction essays. The event starts at 7pm. All donations at the event go to 826 Chicago, the nonprofit writing & tutoring center.

Alex Chitty Opening Reception @ Adds Donna

Located at 4223 W. Lake, Adds Donna, is an experimental collective which will be hosting and featuring the work of Alex Chitty, a Chicago based artist. The opening reception is held from 2-5PM today and the show will be on view until January 18th.

Windy City Soul Club Six Year Anniversary Show

Chicago's finest monthly dance party, Windy City Soul Club, celebrates six years of spinning the finest Northern Soul records with this party at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Happiness abounds, with DJs spinning only original 45rpm records of forgotten soul gems, with the occasional mainstream hit peppered in the mix. Get there early if you don't fancy waiting outside, as the show always sells out. $5 cover at the door. 21+

Burning Bluebeard @ Theater Wit

Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., presents a remount of the highly acclaimed 2011 Neo-Futurist show Burning Bluebeard, telling the tale of the Iroquois Theater fire of 1903. The show plays Fridays through Sundays at the theater through January 4; see the theater's website or call (773) 975-8150 for advance tickets.

Hoop Dreams @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents two very special screenings of the 1994 Kartemquin film Hoop Dreams, tonight at 7pm and again on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30pm. At both screenings the filmmakers will be present: Steve James, Peter Gilbert, Gordon Quinn, Adam Singer, and film subject Arthur Agee will participate in a discussion of the film. See the Film Center website to purchase advance tickets. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

A. Laurie Palmer's Book Release @ Threewalls Gallery

A. Laurie Palmer, a sculpture professor at SAIC, is hosting her new book launch, "In the Aura of a Hole: Exploring Sites of Material Extraction," published by Black Dog Publishing. Palmer will speak with Rebecca Zorach, an art history professor at the University of Chicago, today starting at 4 until 6pm at Threewalls Gallery, located at 119 N. Peoria #2C.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Still have holiday shopping to do? Buy local at Handmade Market at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., this afternoon from noon to 4pm. More than 30 local crafters, artists and food-makers will be selling their handmade wares! Admission is free. 21+, with the exception of kids accompanied by a parent.

Best of TML @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present the best of the plays they wrote in 2014 for their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. The best-of show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 11:30pm, and Sunday at 7pm. All shows happen at The Neo-Futurarim, 5153 N. Ashland Ave.

Go Go Holiday Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a holiday music show with go-go dancers from the school's dance classes. The show starts at 8:30pm in Szold Hall, located in the school's newest building at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's website, or call for more info: (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Arts District Second Fridays

The September edition of 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in Pilsen will feature work by multi-disciplinary artists in 30-plus galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District. You'll find all manner of art and artists, as well as explore the gorgeous architecture and courtyards on Halsted Street between 16th and Cermak. Plan your stroll by picking up a map at the info center at 1821 S. Halsted St., or check out the event calendar. 6pm-10pm.

Candlelight Tour @ Museum of Surgical Science

An assortment of wines, holiday cookies, a candlelight tour and a historic mansion are what the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., has in store for this evening from 6 to 8:30pm. A slideshow of photographs which feature the home in the 1940s will follow the candlelight tour. Admission is $10 or $5 with a IMSS membership. Details on Facebook.

CFA Crashers: Mimi Nguyen @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., and Chicago Film Archives present CFA Crashers, a continuing series of non-CFA members putting together a program of films with no rules or restrictions. Tonight's Crasher is UIUC professor and author Mimi Nguyen. The show runs from 6 to 8pm, and admission is $5.

Upcycled Holiday Card Making Workshop @ The WasteShed

The WasteShed, located at 914 N California 1F, offers repurposed art, craft, and school supplies in order to promote an affordable and sustainable environment. The Upcycled Holiday Card Making Workshop today from 6:30-9:30PM, will provide materials for holiday card making as well as a how-to for creating gift bags from maps and calendars. The workshop costs $10 and includes all materials. Kids are welcome! Registration is required.

Mathias Poledna Opening Reception & Discussion @ Renaissance Society

The Renaissance Society, located at 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418 on the University of Chicago's campus, will be presenting the work of Mathias Poledna, an LA based artist. The reception will begin at 4pm with a screening of a 35mm film. Solveig Øvstebø, the director of the Renaissance Society, will lead a discussion with Andrew Weiner at 5pm in Kent Hall, Room 120. Talk and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Bjork: Biophilia Live @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a return engagement of the 2014 Bjork performance film Biophilia Live. The film will only have three screenings over the following week, so check the Film Center's Website for a schedule and to purchase advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Type Sets Lecture by Claire Keys @ A + D Gallery

Claire Keys, a writer originally from the Midwest, visits Columbia College's A + D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash Ave., to discuss typography and text in conjunction with their current exhibition, TYPES, today at 2pm. Free.

Sistah Sinema Chicago Film Screening: Thick Relations @ Gallery 400

Today from 2pm-4pm, Gallery 400 will be teaming up with the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center and the organization Sistah Sinema to launch a monthly event which features queer women of color. The December film is titled, "Thick Relations" and will follow with a discussion expanding on the topics presented in the film and elsewhere. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for those with a UIC card. Snack and beverages will be provided. Gallery 400 is located on 400 S. Peoria St.

Best of TML @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present the best of the plays they wrote in 2014 for their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. The best-of show runs this and next weekend; Friday and Saturday night performances at 11:30pm, and Sundays at 7pm. All shows happen at The Neo-Futurarim (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster).

Krampusnacht @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Tonight from 8pm until midnight, the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., hosts Krampusnact, which features artwork, treats and an all-around Krampus theme. Wear your favorite Krampus costume, or simply attend the event. $10 admission includes drink ticket, $5 with Krampus related costume (includes drink ticket). Must be 21 to enter.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents the latest film from Japan's legendary animation house Studio Ghibli, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which will be running at the theater for the entire month of December. Along with the film, there is a companion behind-the-scenes doc that will be playing Saturday afternoons; see the Film Center's website for a complete schedule and advance tickets. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Media Futures Opening Reception @ Sullivan Galleries

This afternoon, from 4:3 to 7pm, the Sullivan Galleries will be hosting an opening reception for their new exhibition, Media Futures. The exhibition will focus on the intersection between fine art and media. The Sullivan Galleries are located at 33 S. State St., 7th floor; the show will run until Feb. 14. The opening reception is free and open to the public.


Holiday Sale @ the Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., presents a large selection of paintings, pottery, prints, photographs and much more in their holiday sale today from noon to 5pm. The artworks are made from Oakman-Clinton School & Studio artists. Admission is free.

Chicago Filmmakers @ Comfort Station

Tonight at 7pm, Chicago Filmmakers host "From the Archive of..." is a series which features the work of collectors, curators, archivists, etc. from the Chicago area, at the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Ron Slattery is one of the two individuals to discover Vivian Maier's work in an old storage unit and will screen films from his archive tonight in the series' series first night. Free.


Deathscribe 2014 @ Mayne Stage

Wildclaw Theatre presents Deathscribe, their annual showcase of short horror fiction written to be performed radio drama style! Come see and hear some of the scariest stories of the year tonight at 8:00pm at Mayne Stage (1328 West Morse Avenue); full details at the Wildclaw Website.

The Dinner Party @ City Winery

Chris Pandel of Balena cooks a multi-course meal; you enjoy the eats while a panel of guests (author Rebecca Skloot, Trib theater critic Chris Jones, and comedian/actor Dave Pasquesi) chat with the chef. Event takes place at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. Doors 6:30pm, event begins at 7pm. Tickets $45.

Amanda Gutierrez Talk @ Mana Contemporary

GRIDS artist, Amanda Gutierrez, will be giving an artist talk today at Mana Contemporary in the Radius Space. The talk will begin at 3pm and is located at 2233 S. Throop St in Pilsen. Gutierrez's work focuses on performance and sound, which she fuses together in her projects and pieces. In addition, the talk will broadcast live on NUMBERS.FM at the Comfort Station in Logan Square. The event is free and open to the public.

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hungry Brain

Brandon Wetherbee and Esmerelda Leon host the fifth anniversary of You, Me, Them, Everybody Live tonight at Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., from 7 to 9:30pm. The show features Deadbeat Beat, Goodrich Gevaart, Michael Pritchard, Al Scorch, The Puterbaugh Sisterz, Dmitry Samarov, Ernest Wilkins and more. Details on Facebook. No cover, 21+

Sing-Along Sound of Music @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts the annual Sing-Along Sound of Music screening this weekend, with two screenings today at 4:00pm and 8:30pm. Attendees will be given props to be used at different points in the film, and the lyrics will be shown on the screen for everyone to sing along. And don't forget the costume contest! A full schedule and advance tickets are available through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Michael Milano Solo Exhibition for Trunk Show

Located at "a friend's garage" on 427 N. Albany, the mobile exhibition space Trunk Show will be hosting an opening reception today from 11am to 1pm for Chicago-based artist and writer, Michael Milano. The show features bumper stickers and will benefit Trunk Show's purchase of a new tape deck for the venue/car.

23rd Annual Wreathing of the Lions @ Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., officially place the evergreen wreaths on their lion statues this morning at 10:30am. Following the ceremony there will be some family holiday crafts to participate in; see the Art Institute's website for details.

Robyn Hitchcock @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of music from Robyn Hitchcock. The concert starts at 7:00pm, and happens in the concert hall in the school's main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

The Social @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts their monthly "Social," an evening of music and teaching. Tonight's programs: 80s songs to sing and play at 7:00pm; and music & lyrics of the Indigo Girls at 7:30pm. Both events happen in the schools new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue, and seats are available through the school's Website. For more information, call the school at (773) 728-6000.

Nicholas Rigger & Steve Ruiz Opening Reception @ FLATspace Mana Contemporary

Mana Contemporary located at 2233 S. Throop St., 4th floor, will be hosting an opening reception tonight from 6-10pm, featuring work by artists Nicholas Rigger and Steve Ruiz.


Traci Fowler Opening Reception @ C33 Gallery

The Love That Let Us Share Our Name is Traci Fowler's first solo exhibition, and it opens at C33 Gallery, 33 E. Congress Pkwy, 1st floor, at 5pm tonight. The show will feature sculptural pieces, domestic objects and foliage that "pump up the tackiness" of traditional materials. The exhibition will be on view until Dec. 5.

ART21 Screening and Conversation with Jennifer Reeder @ Gallery 400

Today at 12pm, Chicago-based filmmaker and artist, Jennifer Reeder and UIC MA candidate, Andie Kimura will be holding a conversation and leading a viewing of ART21's Episode 4. Katharina Grosse, Joan Jonas, and Omer Fast are the artists featured in the episode tonight. Event is free, snacks will be provided and Gallery 400 is located on 400 S. Peoria St.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts the monthly gathering known as Write Club. Host Ian Belknap oversees a series of three literary bouts, in which Chicago actors and authors take up opposing views to win bragging rights (and donations for their favorite charities). Admission is $10 at the door; show starts at 7pm. 21+

Matinee @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a screening of Joe Dante's 1993 film Matinee as part of its series The Unquiet American: Transgressive Comedies from the U.S. Tonight's screening is at 6pm, and includes a lecture on the film by former Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Project Compass presents: Write Club @ Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf's Project Compass presents a special exhibition match of the long-running live lit show Write Club. In tonight's match, Write Club founder Ian Belknap goes up against long-running Write Club fave (and creator of the Drunk J.Crew Tumblr site) Jen Ellison. Tonight's event happens at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre (1624 N. Halsted), starts at 6:00pm, and is free! Full details at the event's Facebook page.

School of Rock @ Beat Kitchen

The Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., hosts a performance of the latest graduates from Chicago's School of Rock. Doors open at 5pm, show is at 6pm, and tickets are $7 (kids under 10 free!). Advance tickets available through the Beat Kitchen website.

Happy To See Me: The "Fall-iday" Spectacular @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., presents a combination performance by BoyGirlBoyGirl and The Naomi Ashley Band, presenting a multi-holiday celebration they're calling the "Fall-iday" Spectacular. Expect music, readings, and combinations of the two. Show starts at 5pm, tickets are $12. See the Hideout's Website for details and advance tickets. 21+

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar, 4736-28 N. Lincoln Ave, hosts the monthly Essay Fiesta live reading series, featuring local authors reading first-person, nonfiction essays. The event starts at 7pm. All donations at the event go to 826 Chicago, the nonprofit writing & tutoring center.

Streetlight 2.0 Video Screenings @ Roman Susan Gallery

Roman Susan Gallery ANNEX, 1637-1643 W. Howard St. will be hosting a video screening tonight at 6pm. Twenty-one artists will be featured at the screening, which is free and open to the public.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat @ Hideout

Spellcasters arrive! The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., plays host to wildly popular former Chicagoans Quintron and Miss Pussycat, with loads of special guests. Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm, tickets are $13. 21+

Burroughs: the Movie @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a week-long run of the newly-restored 1983 documentary Burroughs: the Movie, featuring William S. Burroughs discussing his long writing and performing career. For a list of showtimes see the Film Center's website. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Medium Cool @ Art Institute

The Art Institute hosts a screening of Medium Cool, a 1969 film by Haskell Wexler shot during the 1968 Democratic Convention, tonight at 6:30pm in Fullerton Hall. Free; enter at the 111 S. Michigan Ave. entrance.

Blue November Opening Reception @ NYCH Gallery

Tonight at 6pm, NYCH Gallery, 643 W. 18th St., will feature 10 artists who express personal emotions, social relevance and craft in their work. The artists exhibited are: Abraham Brand, Cesar Conde, Jaime Foster, Michael William Foster, Nasim Hantehzadeh, Lexygius Calip, Phillip Scott, Chantala Kommanivanh, Christie Chew-Wallace, Shana Zentner. Free.

GRAVY @ Berlin

GRAVY is a benefit dance party starting tonight at 10pm and going until 4am every second Thursday at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave. GRAVY will feature a great list of DJs as well as special performances throughout the night. RSVP for a reduced cover till 11pm. This month all proceeds go to West Town Bikes, which promotes biking in Chicago.

Weather Warlock @ Reckless Records

The former Chicagoan Mr. Quintron, inventor of the analog drum machine The Drum Buddy, has an exciting new electronic project: the Weather Warlock, a synth that plays different tones depending on the current weather conditions. This device is currently broadcasting at Weather for the Blind, but makes a rare live appearance tonight at Reckless Records at 1532 N. Milwaukee to broadcast its "sunset ritual," accompanied by other guest musicians TBA. Sunset is scheduled to happen at 4:32pm today, but you better show up early to make sure you get a spot to watch.

Brock Clarke & Miriam Toews @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar hosts a conversation with authors Brock Clarke and Miriam Toews as they discuss their latest books. The discusion begins at 7:00pm. Full details at the Book Cellar Website. Book Cellar: 4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 293-2665.

CFA Crashers: Christen Carter @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., and Chicago Film Archives presents CFA Crashers, a continuing series of non-CFA members putting together a program of films with no rules or restrictions. Tonight's crasher is none other than Christen Carter, head of Busy Beaver Button Company. The show runs from 6 to 8pm, and admission is $5.

Sound Opinions at the Movies: Pink Floyd - The Wall

The Music Box and Sound Opinions present the latest in their ongoing series of music-related films, the 1982 film Pink Floyd - The Wall. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the film screens at 7:30pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Eventbrite page. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Mel Phongsavath: DIN-DIN Opening Reception @ Outhouse Gallery

Outhouse Gallery, a visual art exhibition space located in the West Loop will be exhibiting a one night event for the artist Mel Phongsavath. Outhouse will be transformed into a south eastern Asian domestic dining space through installation work and the participation of the public. Outhouse Gallery is located at 212 N. Sangamon St., Apt 3B. Free.

Pop Up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle and Curbside Splendor Publishing present an afternoon book fair, starting at 1pm in the friendly confines of the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Over 30 independent publishers and booksellers will be here selling all kinds of books, from small to large! Admission is $8, or free is you RSVP through Ticketweb. See the Empty Bottle website for full details.

SOFA Chicago @ Navy Pier

The 21st annual SOFA Chicago, the expo of sculptural objects and functional art and design, runs Nov. 7-9 in Festival Hall on Navy Pier. More than 70 galleries from around the world exhibit the works of hundreds of artists. There are also lectures given by artists and gallery owners throughout Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20, or get a three-day pass for $30; children under 12 admitted free with an adult. The festival is open from noon to 6pm today. Read our preview in A/C.

The Tiger Lillies @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., welcomes The Tiger Lillies, the "avant garde cabaret band" who notably wrote the music for the macabre stage hit Shockheaded Peter. The band will be playing two shows, Friday and tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Full details at the theater's website.

Perceptual Motion's A Taste of Wine & Chocolate Benefit

Join the party with dance company Perceptual Motion's Win and Chocolate Benefit tonight from 7 to 10pm, at the St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd. Sample chocolate and wine, watch dance performances and demonstrations, and bid in a silent auction. Doors open at 6:45pm. Tickets are $45 in advance and $60 at the door. Individuals who purchase their tickets in advance will also receive a pass for two people to the ONE-Of-A-KIND Show at the Merchandise Mart in December.

Noelle Allen's "GRAFT" Opening Reception @ Comfort Station

Opening tonight, "Graft", a new exhibition will be featured at the Comfort Station located on 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square. The reception is from 4pm-8pm and is free and open to the public. The show features the work of Noelle Allen, alongside several other artists that inspire or are influential to Allen's practice.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Handmade Market is back at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., this afternoon from noon to 4pm. Come view plenty of local crafters selling their handmade wares! Admission is free. 21+, with the exception of kids accompanied by a parent.

SOFA Chicago @ Navy Pier

The 21st annual SOFA Chicago, the expo of sculptural objects and functional art and design, runs Nov. 7-9 in Festival Hall on Navy Pier. More than 70 galleries from around the world exhibit the works of hundreds of artists. There are also lectures given by artists and gallery owners throughout Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20, or get a three-day pass for $30; children under 12 admitted free with an adult. The festival is open from 11am to 7pm today. Read our preview in A/C.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Confession" from Brooke Allen, Eileen Dougharty, Karen Genelly, Samantha Irby, Jeremy Owens, Jeremy Schaefer, and Michael Van Kerckhove. Stories start at 8pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs @ Renaissance Society

At 8pm tonight, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will bring words, sounds, and video in her performance at the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave. in Hyde Park. The event is associated and programmed through the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago. Free.

The Tiger Lillies @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., welcomes The Tiger Lillies, the "avant garde cabaret band" who notably wrote the music for the macabre stage hit Shockheaded Peter. The band will be playing two shows, tonight at 8pm and Saturday. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Full details at the theater's website.

Alivia Zivich Opening Reception @ Night Club

Night Club, 2017 W. Moffat St. #1, will be featuring the show Bottomless, exhibiting work by Alivia Zivich tonight from 7 to 9pm. The work will remain up until Dec. 5. Free.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists Screening & Discussion @ U of C Film Studies Center

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists will be screened this evening at University of Chicago's Logan Arts Center, 915 E. 60th St., followed by a panel including Rebecca Zorach, professor of Art History, University of Chicago; Richard Born, senior curator, Smart Museum of Art; Allison Peters Quinn, director of exhibitions and residency programs at the Hyde Park Art Center; Jim Falconer [pdf], member of the original Hairy Who exhibition group. Additional details on the Film Studies Center website.

26th Annual Polish Film Festival

The Polish Film Festival in America begins tonight with a pair of screenings at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., and runs through Nov. 23 at various venues. For more details and advance tickets please see the Facets website.

Mint & Serf Graffiti Artists @ Maxwell Colette Gallery

Opening tonight at the Maxwell Colette Gallery at 908 N. Ashland Ave., the two graffiti artists Mint & Serf will be premiering their large scale canvas paintings. The opening reception starts at 6pm and lasts until 9pm. The show will be up until Dec. 31. Read our preview in A/C.

Venus Flytraps, Bugs & People Doing Things Around the House: A Show of Drawings by Zach B (Age 30) & AJ Holub (Age 7)

The Beat Kitchen, located at 2100 W Belmont, will be hosting a lovely show featuring Zach B, an outsider artist, and a "young art prodigy," AJ Holub. The opening night begins tonight at 6pm until midnight. Free and open to the public.


Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich @ Catherine Edelman Gallery

Perhaps you've seen the photos online of John Malkovich re-creating historic images? Tonight from 5 to 8pm, you get a chance to see them in person, as the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., presents a selection of these photos taken by photographer Sandro Miller. The exhibit will be at the gallery through January 31.

SOFA Chicago @ Navy Pier

The 21st annual SOFA Chicago, the expo of sculptural objects and functional art and design, runs Nov. 7-9 in Festival Hall on Navy Pier. More than 70 galleries from around the world exhibit the works of hundreds of artists. There are also lectures given by artists and gallery owners throughout Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20, or get a three-day pass for $30; children under 12 admitted free with an adult. The festival is open from 11am to 7pm today. Read our preview in A/C.

SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Lewis Hyde

Tonight from 6 to 7:30pm, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosts their visiting artists program in the Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr. Lewis Hyde is a critic, poet and translator who will be discussing his recent publications and their relations to the arts. SAIC's Visiting Art Program lectures are always free and open to the public, however, seating is first come first serve.

Sound Opinions: The Beatles vs. The Stones @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Sound Opinions co-hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, hosting a discussion of the two most popular British bands of all time. The event begins tonight at 8:00pm in the Szold Music & Dance Hall in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Tickets may be purchased online at the Old Town School Website, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

Lorelei Stewart Lecture @ Columbia College

Through Columbia College's A+D Lecture Series, Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400 will be giving a talk titled, "Let Me Tell You a Story". Located at 623 S. Wabash, Room 203, the lecture series is FREE and open to the public. The talk will begin at 6pm.

Central Manufacturing District Walking Tour

Join Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Illinois on a walking tour of the Central Manufacturing District from 1pm-3pm this afternoon. The Central Manufacturing District was founded in 1902 by F. H. Prince and A.G. Leonard, making it one of the -- if not the first -- full service industrial real estate developments in the United States. It remained in operation as late as the 1980s. Get $5 tickets and the full details on Facebook.

Closing Reception: Soul Kitchen @ Kitchen Space

Kitchen Space, the alternative art space located in Logan Square, is hosting a closing reception for Karolina Gnatowski's show "Soul Kitchen". Starting at 9am today and ending at noon, Kitchen Space invites viewers for morning beers, fantastic fiber art and a silent wind chime. Kitchen Space is located at 2716 N. Monticello Ave., #1F. Free.


Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's

Silvie's Lounge hosts the Halloween / Day of the Dead edition of Chicago Ukulele Cabaret. Musicians are invited to play a 15-minute set that must include an 'ukulele, and must be on the theme of the evening. Show starts at 8:00pm, and continues until there are no other performers. Admission is free. For more info see the Facebook group. Silvie's 1902 W. Irving Park Road.

Dan Harmon & Harmontown @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents a screening of the new documentary Harmontown along with a special appearance by the film's subject, "Community" creator and podcaster Dan Harmon. Two screenings are happening today, one at 2:30pm and one at 7pm. Tickets are going fast, so head on over to the Music Box website to buy advance tickets.

Halloween Party @ Flats Studio

Looking for an open bar, photo booth pictures and devilish tunes on your Halloween night? Flats Studio is hosting a party with Hello Mr., a magazine that discusses men who date men, and the celebration of their bi-annual publication. The party takes place at 1050 W Wilson Avenue from 10pm-2am. RSVP here for $30.


Boneshaker @ Redmoon Theater

Celebrate Halloween with Redmoon Theater's annual costume party Boneshaker , which begins at 9pm tonight at Redmoon's Pilsen headquarters, 2120 S. Jefferson St. Redmoon has had some bad luck these days, but this event will surely redeem them. DJs, cocktails, food and the wondrous contraptions and theatrics that Redmoon is well known for are on the bill. Come in costume. Tickets are $100.

Moonlight Manor @ Moonlight Studios

Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie) hosts the Reader's Halloween party Moonlight Manor tonight (8pm-Midnight). Cocktails created by folks from Longman & Eagle and the Drawing Room, food from the Chop Shop, Katherine Anne Confections and El Ranchito, DJs, and frivolity. Tickets $50.

The Trip to Italy @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run of the Michael Winterbottom 2013 film The Trip to Italy, featuring the brillitan team of Rob Byrdon and Steve Coogan eating and arguing their way through a tour of Italy. For a list of showtimes see the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Aaron Draplin Lecture @ Film Row Cinema

The A+D Lecture Series presents designer Aaron James Draplin tonight at 6pm.The Draplin Design Co. provides a number of projects which include print, identity and illustration. The talk will be in the Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, 8th floor. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

Anda Korsts: Video Metropolis @ Gene Siskel Film Center

Anda Korsts, a Chicago artist and video creator, will show work from 1972-82, with a discussion following the screening. The Gene Siskel Film Center is located on 164 N. State St. The event starts at 6pm; tickets are $11, $6 for film center members and $7 for students.

11th Annual New Stages Festival

The 11th Annual New Stages Festival begins tonight at 7:30pm with Feathers and Teeth and will be followed by a book party for director Henry Godinez at the Goodman Theatre. The festival is free and will continue until Nov. 16. The complete calendar can be found here.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' presents the monthly meeting of The Moth StorySLAM. Audience members are chosen at random to deliver a five-minute monologue, and the winner (as judged by a panel of audience members) moves on to the championships. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission is $8. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Robin Dluzen Artist Talk @ Lillstreet Loft

The Lillstreet Lecture Series located at the Loft on 4437 N Ravenswood Ave. is presenting the artist and art critic, Robin Dluzen. This is the tenth and final speaker for the artist lecture series. The talk begins at 7pm and ends at 8pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Adventures of Danny & Mike @ Lincoln Hall

Former "Adventures of Pete & Pete" co-stars Danny Tamberelli and Mike Maronna bring their podcast to Lincoln Hall (2424 North Lincoln Avenue) this evening at 6pm. Tickets are $10, or if you pay $25 you can attend the later concert featuring "Pete & Pete" band Polaris. UPDATE: The show has sold out.

Opening Reception: Nicole Dyer & Matt Hilvers @ South of the Tracks

Open Mic Night, a two person show presenting the works of Baltimore artist, Nicole Dyer and Chicago based artist, Matt Hilvers, opens this afternoon at 4pm. South of the Tracks is an art gallery located on 319 N. Albany Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM

The show Flamingo Clouds and Blue is opening today from 1pm to 4pm and will be on view until Nov. 23 at PERIGRINEPROGRAM, 3311 W. Carroll Ave. #119. The two artists, Sara Tabatabaie-Raissi and Trace Krug, are both painters who attended SAIC. The event is free.


Beat Swap Meet @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts Beat Swap Meet Chicago, a chance to buy & trade vinyl with local collectors and dealers. The event runs from noon to 5:00pm, and admission is $5 for free with a canned good. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website, or RSVP at the Facebook event page. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. WEstern. (773) 276-3600.

Chicago Humanities Festival

The 25th annual Chicago Humanities Festival runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 9 in locations all over the city and suburbs. Events today include a Gary Shteyngart reading, a lecture on astrophysics, and a conversation with singer Renee Fleming. See the schedule for full details. Ticket prices vary.

Opening Reception: Thresh/hold @ Roman Susan ANNEX

Megan Sterling's exhibition at the Roman Susan Annex, located in the Howard Theatre at 1637-1643 W. Howard St., is a compilation of work that focuses on hands and feet and the physical and psychological tension that follows. This afternoon at 5pm, the ANNEX will be hosting the opening reception until 8pm. The exhibition is on view until October 29th. The Roman Susan Annex is the gallery's space's off-site program which explores alternative spaces in Rogers Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Chicago Humanities Festival

The 25th annual Chicago Humanities Festival opens today and runs through Nov. 9. Events today include a conversation with Wallace Shawn, a screening of the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself followed by a Q&A with Chaz Ebert and Steve James, and a discussion of black theater. See the schedule for full details. Ticket prices vary.

Project Recall: HCL @ Mana Contemporary

Utilizing sound and visual components, Project Recall aims to achieve a sense of nostalgia, memory and perception through a set of three live performances at High Concept Laboratories. HCL has a beautiful studio space on the fourth floor of Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St. The artists include Anthony Janas /Amanda Gutierrez, Nick Briz, The Fortieth Day + Noise Crush. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8 and goes on until 10pm. $5 admission.

Opening Reception: Andrew Barco & Eddie Breitweiser @ ThreeWalls

ThreeWalls, 119 N. Peoria St., Suite 2C, is hosting an opening reception of the work by Andrew Barco and Eddie Breitweiser this evening from 6 to 9pm. Barco's work, large-scale kinetic sculptures, in comparison to Breitweiser's, LED's and symphony of light are both meditative and conversational. The opening is free and open to the public.

The City Lost & Found @ Art Institute

Opening tonight from 6 to 8pm, The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting The City Lost & Found, a series of photographs and works capturing New York, Chicago and Los Angeles from 1960-1980. The exhibition will be on view until Jan. 11. The opening reception requests an RSVP which can be done at jvilla2@artic.edu or 312-443-3631. Enter through the Modern Wing at 159 E. Monroe St. for this event.

Opening Reception @ Aspect / Ratio

Aspect/Ratio is a contemporary art gallery that exhibits upcoming video artists. Located on 119 N. Peoria St. #3D, the gallery will have their opening reception for A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose this evening from 5 to 8pm. That's right, the fabulous line from Gertrude Stein's 1913 poem, Sacred Emily, is the title for the current exhibition. Through exploration of identity and meaning, Marcos Balter, Edmund Chia, Rebekah Heller and Casilda Sánchez present their works through video and performance in the space. The show will be up until Nov. 29. Free.

Cao Fei: Haze & Fog @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, located on 164 N. State St. is hosting Cao Fei, a video and installation artist whose work mixes fantasy and documentary in order to present China's economy. Haze and Fog will be showing at the film center at 6pm. Following Haze and Fog will be a discussion. $11 general public, $6 film center members, $7 students.

Panel Discussion with Photography Susan Meiselas

The Logan Center located in Hyde Park is hosting a panel discussion with the Award winning Magnum photographer, Susan Meiselas. The discussion will be geared toward human rights and Meiselas' photographic project, "El Mozote". The event is free and open to the public. The Logan Center is located 915 E 60th St. and the discussion will be held in Seminar Terrace 801. For more information call 773-834-0957 or email human-rights@uchicago.edu


Pechakucha @ Martyrs'

Pechakucha returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight. Featured this month are Peter Exley, Meida McNeal, Matthew Silva, Emmanuel Pratt, Carlos Matallana, Jorge Felix, Holly Chernobyl, Nick Fury, Chatherine Schwalbe, Yuri Lane, Jonald Jude Reyes, Sandra Leonard, Noelle Krimm, Leah Gipson and Jaclyn Jacunski. Each will do a presentation consisting of 20 slides, each of which appears for just 20 seconds. Chicago Artists Month Commissioner Michelle Boone and Coordinator Barbara Koenen host, along with Peter Exley. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7, show's at 7:30pm.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly literary sporting event known as Write Club. Local author Ian Belknap presides over a series of literary bouts featuring the finest Chicago authors and playwrights, each one going to bat for an opposing view (PAPER vs. PLASTIC, WAR vs. PEACE, etc.). The audience chooses the winner of each bout, with the prize being a donation to the winning author's charity. Show starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $10 at the door. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta, a monthly literary reading series that benefits 826 CHI, happens this evening at 7:00pm at The Book Cellar (4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue) with readings from David Boyle, Scott Stealey, M. Molly Backes, and Diana Slickman. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Essay Fiesta Website.

Lebowski Fest @ Diversey Rock 'n Bowl

Lebowski Fest goes bowling at Diversey Rock 'n Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey Pkwy., from 8pm to midnight tonight. There'll be costume contests, trivia contests, and of course bowling -- plus the debut of the new Big Lebowski pinball game. Tickets are $25. All ages, man.

Chicago Artist Month 3rd Friday @ Zhou B Art Center

The Zhou B Art Center is celebrating 10 years this 3rd Friday! The art center will be hosting an exhibition art, music, food and entertainment for the night from 7-10PM. The location of the event is 1029 W. 35th St. Contact 773-523-0200 or info@zhoubartcenter.com for more information. FREE!

Meghan Grubb + Peter Hammar @ Heaven Gallery

Tonight from 7-11 PM Heaven Gallery, located in Wicker Park, will be hosting an opening reception for the two artists, Meghan Grubb and Peter Hammar. Grubb focuses on installation, photo and video while Hammar explores performance and video. Heaven Gallery is located at 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. The reception is free; refreshments and snacks will be served (usually delicious bread).


Jordan Martins Artist Talk @ Chicago Artists Coalition

Tonight from 6-9PM, Jordan Martins will be bringing selections of his work as well as conversation to the Chicago Room & Board Showroom located on 217 N. Carpenter St. Jordan is also the program director at the Comfort Station, a creative space located in Logan Square. The event will include wine and snacks and is open to the public.

BOO HAHA Beer Tasting at Chicago Truborn

Are you a beer lovin', snack tasting, art lover? Then come to the BOO HAHA event at Chicago Truborn located at 1418 W. Division St. to view "Chicago's Best New Art Gallery". Tickets are $10, event starts at 6pm and ends at 10pm. Call 773-420-9764 for more information regarding the event.

Baudelaire in a Box @ Charnel House

Theater Oobleck presents the latest in their ongoing series Baudelaire in a Box, "Episode 7: King of Rain." Part of an ongoing attempt to translate the French poet's works, the show features performances and music accompanying the translations. The performance runs through October 18 at Charnel House, 3241 W. Fullerton Ave.; full details and advance tickets at the Theater Oobleck site.

Rene Hell @ Lampo

Lampo presents Rene Hell, the latest project of Jeff Witscher, at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl., tonight at 8pm. Read our preview in Transmission. Free with RSVP.

Paul McCartney tribute @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music pays tribute to Sir Paul McCartney with an evening of music performed by school faculty and students. The concert starts at 8:00pm and happens in Szold Hall in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details available at the school's Website, or call for more information: (773) 728-6000.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Handmade Market is back at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., this afternoon from noon to 4pm. Come view plenty of local crafters selling their handmade wares! Admission is free. 21+, with the exception of kids accompanied by a parent.

Bjork: Biophilia Live @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center begins a one-week screening of the Bjork live concert documentary Bjork: Biophilia Live. A full schedule of showtimes is available at the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Meet Your Maker @ Links Hall

Chicago Artists Month and Links Hall to host a Creative Conversation in Chicago. This Creative Conversation, titled "Meet your Maker" is envisioned as an opportunity for local arts leaders to engage and meet face-to-face - bridging the divide between artists and arts administrators. Creative types, at any stage in their professional career, are encouraged to join us for an evening of exploration among arts-passionate people.

"Meet your Maker" is produced in the spirit of relationship and community building in the arts. Rather than a panel discussion or facilitated conversation about a particular topic, attendees 'come-as-they-are'. This smorgasbord of backgrounds, experiences and knowledge will provide a framework for interdisciplinary networking. Attendees are encouraged to break away from the comfort of the known and enter an unfamiliar space. Through informal round-table discussion "Meet your Maker" aims to foster new relationships and introduce arts professional to resources they may never have known existed!

Special guests include: • Chris Barrett, visual artist • Marie Casimir, Links Hall• Jeanelle Chang, Chicago Sinfonietta• Martin Garcia, Surmount Studio • Nikki Jolly, Chicago Park Chicago Arts District • Jessica Kaswiner, Artists Mean Business podcast • Merideth Lacina, Illinois Artisans Program, Illinois State Museum • Jenny Lam, Sixty Inches From Center • Jennifer Jansen, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni • Marivi Ortiz-Shoda, photographer • Meida Teresa McNeal, Changing Worlds • Eva Silverman, Arts Alliance Illinois

Sunday, October 19, 2014
5:30pm-7:30pm
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave | Chicago, Illinois
Suggested donation of $5 to cover food and refreshments.

Open to the public. RSVP here:

www.fanfueled.com/Event/Details/3773-meet-your-maker-where-chicago-creatives-connect

American Ballet Theatre @ Auditorium

The American Ballet Theatre performs Oct. 3-5 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Today's performance is at 2pm. Tickets are $34-129.

7th Annual Spudnik Press Benefit

Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St, Suite 302, has been providing artists with studio resources, book publishing, public exhibitions and residency programs for seven years now. Through tonight's benefit, Spudnik Press hopes to raise $10,000 to support the 2,500 visitors who have come to the cooperative. Starting at 5pm, a silent auction will feature studio sketches, visual brainstorms, artist proofs, draft, studies, notes and ephemera. General admission ($15) includes one complimentary drink and popcorn.


American Ballet Theatre @ Auditorium

The American Ballet Theatre performs Oct. 3-5 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. There are two performances today, at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $34-129. Buy an adult ticket to the matinee and bring a kid under 12 free.

American Ballet Theatre @ Auditorium

The American Ballet Theatre performs Oct. 3-5 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tonight's performance is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $34-129.

Fantasy Zone: K-9 ISLAND Opening Reception @ Hidden Dog

Tonight from 6 to 10pm, Hidden Dog, 2151 W. 21st St., hosts an opening reception for Fantasy Zone: K-9 ISLAND, a show that focuses on the relationship between abstraction and figuration. Artists Karolina Gnatowski, Sharmila Banerjee and Andrew Holmquist are featured in the show, and their work aims to create a conversation between the abstract and figurative aesthetics of their art. The exhibition will be on view until Oct. 24.

SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Claire Bishop & Claire Doherty

The SAIC Visiting Artists Program offers creatives around the city a chance to participate and listen to lectures by artists and historians around the globe. This evening in the Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr., Claire Bishop and Claire Doherty will be having a dialogue starting from 6pm to 7:30pm. Free. For more information, contact events@saic.edu or 312-899-5185.

500 Clown at the Threshold @ Smart Museum

What happens when you begin as an observer and then transition into a participant when viewing artwork in a museum? The Smart Museum in Hyde Park is seeking out the answer to this question in their event this afternoon/evening titled, "500 Clown at the Threshold." Starting at 5pm, the event will feature live performances and conversations inspired by the sculptures that are on view currently from the show, Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways. The Smart Museum is located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. and is free to the public.


Video Playlist @ MoCP

Interested in video screenings and installation artwork? The Museum of Contemporary Photography is hosting an event titled, "Video Playlist" today at 6PM in the main gallery. The event is made up of of a one-night public screening by artists whose work is related to MoCP. Contact (312) 663-5554 for more information. MoCP is located at Columbia College at 600 South Michigan Avenue.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Most StorySLAM this evening at 8:00pm. Audience members are invited to bring a five-minute story on the evening's theme (see The Moth Website for details). A group of audience members will judge the stories, and the winner of tonight's event goes on to the semifinals. Admission is $8, but a limited amount of advance tickets will be available through The Moth Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Andersonville Alice

Upended Productions presents a remount of the 2004 show Alice, inspired by the Lewis Carroll books. A series of performances and installations around the Andersonville neighborhood will allow the attendees to feel what it's like to actually be Alice. The show runs Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm through November 2; full details and tickets available at the Upended Productions website.

BoyGirlBoyGirl: The Bible @ Stage 773

The theater collective BoyGirlBoyGirl presents The Bible, a series of monologues about the Good Book. The show runs tonight at 8:00pm at Stage 773 (1225 West Belmont). Full details at the BoyGirlBoyGirl Website.

White Mystery @ MCA

White Mystery covers the music of David Bowie tonight at the ">Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., at 6pm, in association with the exhibition David Bowie Is. Free with museum admission.

David Bowie Is @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents David Bowie Is, a collection of album artwork, photographs, handwritten notes, and much more for an exhibit opening today and running through the New Year. Full details at the MCA Website. MCA: 220 East Chicago Avenue. Box office: (312) 397-4010.

City Made Festival

Andersonville turns into a gigantic beer garden, music fest and market full of locally made suds (Begyle, Lake Effect, etc.) today and Sunday from noon to 9pm on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen Avenues. Suggested donation $5; event benefits the Andersonville Development Corporation.

BoyGirlBoyGirl: The Bible @ Stage 773

The theater collective BoyGirlBoyGirl presents The Bible, a series of monologues about the Good Book. The show runs tonight and next Saturday evening at 8:00pm at Stage 773 (1225 West Belmont). Full details at the BoyGirlBoyGirl Website.

Marlene Dietrich's Morocco @ Music Box

Marlene Dietrich's first US film, Morocco from 1930, screens this weekend at the Music Box Theatre as part of their weekend matinee series. Showtimes are Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Last Days of Danger Release Party @ Challengers

Sean Dove celebrates the release of his Kickstarter-funded James Bond tribute book, Last Days of Danger, tonight from 7 to 10pm at Challengers Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave. Pick up a signed copy of the book, meet Sean and talk 007. Free. Details on Facebook.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the 10-year anniversary show for the literary series Funny Ha-Ha, hosted by Claire Zulkey and John Green. Tonight's show will feature performances and readings from the very first Funny Ha-Ha show. The show starts at 6:30pm, and tickets are $10. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Diplomats of Drum, Hawaiian Music Masters @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music has a great-looking concert this evening at 8:00pm, as part of their World Music Wednesday series of concerts. On the bill: the Malaysian band Diplomats of Drum; and The Masters of Hawaiian Music: Ledward Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr, & "Uncle" Richard Ho'opi'i. The concert happens in the school's main auditorium at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue, and admission is free! Make your reservations at the Old Town School Website, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

Fifth Star Awards @ Millennium Park

Tonight at 7pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., the City of Chicago honors Hubbard Street Dance founder Lou Conte, sculptor Richard Hunt; jazz pianist and DJ Ramsey Lewis, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre as recipients of the first Fifth Star Awards for "significant contributions in arts and culture." Free.

Luftwerk @ Chicago's Couch Place alley

The collaborative art duo, Luftwerk, will be showcasing a light and water installation titled, "FLOW/Im Fluss" from September 17th until the 20th from 5 PM - 12 AM on State St. between Lake and Randolph Streets. The opening night of FLOW/Im Fluss will be Sept. 17th and will include a complimentary drink ticket for those who RSVP. The location of the installation is 190 North State Street. More information will be updated on ACTIVATE

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes back Write Club, the literary sporting event that pits local authors and playwrights against each other in battles for charity. Overlord Ian Belknap presides over three matches this evening, each one being decided by a panel of seasoned judges who are only slightly influenced by audience opinion. The show starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $10, with all proceeds going to the charities of the winning parties. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Irene Hofmann Visiting Artist @ SAIC

Irene Hofmann (MFA 1994) is giving a talk and lecture at Columbus Auditorium located at 280 S. Columbus Dr. for the SAIC Visiting Artists Program. The event will take place today, September 16th from 6-7:30 PM. It is free and open to the creative public. Contact 312.899.5185 or events@saic.edu for more information.

Front & Center Exhibit and BBQ @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Center Program is presenting the work of its 2014 students at the Hyde Park Art Center, September 13th from 5-8 PM. During this exhibition, the art center will also be celebrating it's 75th Anniversary BBQ from 12-9 PM which will include bouncy houses, a petting zoo, food trucks and three bands/DJ's playing throughout the day. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. To contact the center, email generalinfo@hydeparkart.org. The event and exhibition is free and open to the public (food is not free).

Jason Soliday Opening Reception @ Mana Contemporary

The Propeller Fund Pilot Program Fellow Radius is exhibiting their first public exhibition at Mana Contemporary located at 2233 S. Throop St in Pilsen. Jason Soliday will be presenting his work, "Infinite Radius" which will be on view until September 30th. The opening reception is on September 12th from 7-9 PM.


Katharine Schutta Opening Reception @ Dreambox Gallery

The conceptual collage artist, Katharine Schutta, has an opening reception at Dreambox Gallery located at 2415 W. North Ave, on Friday September 12th from 6-10 PM. Her work will be up in the gallery until September 27th. The gallery's regular hours are Saturday from 1-5 PM or by appointment. You can contact the gallery at 773 292 0419 or dreamboxgallery@gmail.com. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Simpsons Trivia Night @ The Atlantic

So you watched the recent Simpsons marathon? Okay, then put your new knowledge to good use at Simpsons Trivia Night, tonight at The Atlantic (5062 North Lincoln Avenue) from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The event is produced by Project 891 Theatre; see their Website for more details.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly book club, happening as always at Filter Cafe (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Andy Weir's The Martian. The event runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, and is free and open to the public.

Filipino Cinema series @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a series of films by Filipino directors, starting this afternoon with the Chicago premiere of Norte, The End of History at 3:00pm. A total of five films will be screened throughout the month at the Film Center: see the Film Center Website for details. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Life Itself @ Film Center

If you missed the recent run of the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, it starts playing for one week at, appropriately enough, The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. A schedule is available at the Film Center website. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Recombinant Stare Opening @ Spudnik Press

Recombinant Stare, a retrospective of the influential Stare Magazine, opens in the Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St., tonight from 6 to 9pm. Read John Wawrzaszek's preview in Book Club.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Most StorySLAM this evening at 8:00pm. Audience members are invited to bring a five-minute story on the evening's theme (see The Moth Website for details). A group of audience members will judge the stories, and the winner of tonight's event goes on to the semifinals. Admission is $8, but a limited amount of advance tickets will be available through The Moth Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont, Aug. 21-24. Meet artists and celebrities; attend panels on your favorite pop culture, TV and film; watch movies; marvel at the cosplayers and check out the comics. The festival is open from 11am to 5pm today. Admission are $50 for today; tickets for autographs, photo ops and VIP experiences are extra. Four-day passes are sold out.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont, Aug. 21-24. Meet artists and celebrities; attend panels on your favorite pop culture, TV and film; watch movies; marvel at the cosplayers and check out the comics. The festival is open from 10am to 8pm today. Admission are $60 for today; tickets for autographs, photo ops and VIP experiences are extra. Four-day passes are sold out.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont, Aug. 21-24. Meet artists and celebrities; attend panels on your favorite pop culture, TV and film; watch movies; marvel at the cosplayers and check out the comics. The festival is open from noon to 7pm today. Admission are $50 for today; tickets for autographs, photo ops and VIP experiences are extra. Four-day passes are sold out.

Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont, Aug. 21-24. Meet artists and celebrities; attend panels on your favorite pop culture, TV and film; watch movies; marvel at the cosplayers and check out the comics. The festival is open from 3 to 8pm today. Admission are $40 for today; tickets for autographs, photo ops and VIP experiences are extra. Four-day passes are sold out.

The Room w/ Tommy Wiseau @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents a two-night appearance by Tommy Wiseau, director/star/writer of The Room. Wiseau will be of course screening The Room, and doing a Q&A session following the film. The screenings happen tonight and tomorrow night at 7pm; full details and advance tickets at the Music Box website.

Evil Dead trilogy @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., presents the latest in their occasional series of film screenings. Tonight's show is a doozy: all three Evil Dead films, starting at 7pm and screening through midnight! Admission is free, though you can RSVP at the Empty Bottle website.

Barefoot Ball @ Berlin

Adam Guerino hosts the Barefoot Ball, a "Southern style variety show," tonight at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., at 10pm. Patsy Cline cover band the Weepin' Willows headlines, along with drag performances by Ruby Dee and Dixie Lynne Cartwright, burlesque by Ben D. Mann, "Southern ruminations" by Joseph William Reese, an appearance by Tom Fell and more. $7 cover, 21+

Summer Music Film Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Sound Opinions present their annual Summer Music Film Festival, starting this evening and running through Wednesday, August 20. The lineup includes rock film classics as A Hard Day's Night, Purple Rain, and Stop Making Sense, along with the new 2014 film Got Help The Girl, directed by Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian. A full schedule and admission passes available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Tequila Tales @ Nouveau Tavern

The Tequila Tales, a monthly online webseries focused on "adventures in love and lust," holds a live taping at Nouveau Tavern, 358 W. Ontario St., tonight from 6 to 10pm. Tickets are free, but you can reserve a table for $20. Two drink minimum. 21+

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly science fiction & fantasy book club this evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee). This month's book for discussion is Blindsight by Peter Watts. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Tron: End of Line @ Victory Gardens Theater

Victory Gardens Theater hosts the world premiere of the new show by Chicago Dance Crash, Tron: End of Line, based on the series of films. Full details and advance tickets at the Victory Gardens Website. Victory Gardens: 2433 North Lincoln Avenue. Box office: (773) 871-3000.

Brain Frame Finale @ Thalia Hall

Brain Frame hosts its third anniversary and final show tonight at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Ave. Doors open at 6pm for a gallery of screen printed Brain Frame posters, live experimental ambient music sets and interactive art installations, then at 8pm founder Lyra Hill hosts collaborative performances by Anya Davidson and Carrie Vinarsky, Aaron Renier and Jessica Campbell, Ian McDuffie and Emily Hutchings, the Rough House puppetry collective, Nick Jackson, and Gina Wynbrandt, and Hill performs a piece of her own. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 21+

My Big Fat Greek Grand Opening @ Corks & Brushes

Corks and Brushes is an alternative art space located in Greektown. The space offers BYOB painting classes as well as kids painting and craft classes. Tonight from 7pm to 11pm is the grand opening celebration of their second location, at 770 W. Gladys Ave., which will feature meet and greets, artwork, Greek food and plenty of wine. RSVP online or choose to make a small donation to the art space.

David Schalliol @ Washington Park Arts Incubator

This evening David Schalliol will be presenting his work on his Isolated Building Studies, along with two projects that started on Gapers Block, "To be Demolished" and "The Area." The conversation will be hosted by Andres L. Hernandez, who is repurposing an underutilized space behind the Arts Incubator into "Hush Harbor," a pop-­up, open-air forum inspired by historical accounts of bush arbors or hush harbors, which were covert outdoor spaces created by African-Americans for sacred and secular cultural activities. The event is free, but RSVP and get additional details on Facebook. The University of Chicago Arts Incubator is located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd, just off the Green Line.

Monty Python Live @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a screening of the Monty Python live show that happened last month in London. Full details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Great Midwest Uke Fest @ Chief O'Neill's

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, the local open-mic night devoted to the ukulele, holds its fifth Great Midwest Uke Fest this afternoon & evening at Chief O'Neills, 3471 N. Elston Ave. The afternoon from 3 to 6:30pm is reserved for open mic performances, and 7 to 11pm is reserved for headlining performances by local groups Heavy Boxes, Lanialoha & Aloha Lives, Seeso, Vic Miguel, and others. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Comfort Station Potluck: Autotelic Studios

Stop by the Comfort Station, located in Logan Square at 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, and visit the artists from Autotelic Studios for homemade pickles, vegan black bean brownies and conversations with friends and neighbors. The event is held today, August 3rd from 11AM-1PM. Please bring food that is ready to serve and all utensils which accompany your treat. Plates, bowls and towels will be provided. Free; donations welcomed.


Amber Ginsburg & Katie Hargrave @ Roman Susan Gallery

"How to un-make an American Quilt" is an interactive performance between Ginsberg and Hargrave where they will deconstruct a hand-made quilt in the Roman Susan gallery space. The piece begins tonight, August 1st, from 6PM-9PM and will be on view through August 17th. There are several more un-make sessions which include: Sundays--August 3, August 10, August 17 11AM-2PM. Roman Susan is located on 1224 West Loyola Avenue. The sessions are free and open to the public. Participation is welcome!

School of Rock Allstars @ Beat Kitchen

The Beat Kitchen hosts two evenings of School of Rock graduates, featuring some of the most talented students of the school. Doors open at 4:00pm, show starts at 5:00pm. Full details and advance tickets at the Beat Kitchen site. Beat Kitchen: 2100 West Belmont Avenue. (773) 281-4444.

WBEZ presents After Water @ Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage presents a panel discussion hosted by WBEZ editors and reports, who will discuss what our planet will look like in the future, when drinkable water will be in short supply. Doors open at 5:00pm, and the show starts at 6:00pm. The event is free, but you should claim your tickets at the Mayne Stage site to guarantee admission. Mayne Stage: 1328 West Morse Avenue. Box office: (773) 381-4554.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Most StorySLAM this evening at 8:00pm. Audience members are invited to bring a five-minute story on the subject "Altered". A group of audience members will judge the stories, and the winner of tonight's event goes on to the semifinals. Admission is $8, but a limited amount of advance tickets will be available through The Moth Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Word Weekend @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, 200 E. Chicago Ave., hosts Word Weekend Saturday and today, featuring a variety of performances, installations and readings -- see the schedule for details. Activities run from noon to 5pm today; admission is free.

Filmspotting Episode #500 @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts the WBEZ podcast Filmspotting as they tape their 500th show this evening at 9:30pm. Surprises, special guests, and top 5 lists are all on the schedule for the evening. Full details and advance tickets at the WBEZ Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Word Weekend @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, 200 E. Chicago Ave., hosts Word Weekend today and Sunday, featuring a variety of performances, installations and readings -- see the schedule for details. Activities run from noon to 10:30pm today; admission is free after 5pm.

Big Trouble In Little China @ Music Box

The Music Box presents midnight screenings of John Carpenter's 1986 film Big Trouble In Little China on Friday and Saturday nights. Bring a Six-Demon Bag! Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago Reader B-Side Booze Cruise @ Navy Pier

The Chicago Reader and the Empty Bottle present the B-Side Booze Cruise, happening tonight at Navy Pier from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The Empty Bottle provides the live music, with plenty of bands including White Mystery, Flesh Panthers, and DJ sets from Bric-A-Brac Records. Tickets are $40; full details and advance tickets available at the Empty Bottle Website.

The Mapping Sessions Finale @ Mana Contemporary

A must-see event is happening at Mana Contemporary tonight on the fourth floor featuring the Honey Pot Performance. An interactive, DJ hosting, dance party will be occurring from 7:30-11 PM. Mana Contemporary is a studio space for artists located in Pilsen at 2233 S. Throop St. The event is free and open to the public, however, it is suggested that you RSVP.

Pamela Staker Open Studio

A creator of abstract paintings and works of paper, Pamela Staker, has a studio located on 1830 South Canalport Avenue (East Pilsen). July 25th, 26th and 27th mark the time slots that Staker will open her studio from the public.
Here is the schedule for the three days:

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run of Michel Gondry's 2013 film Mood Indigo, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tatou. A complete schedule of screenings and advance tickets is available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Phantoms in the Dirt @ MOCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography is hosting an opening reception tonight, July 24th starting at 5 PM. Several of the exhibiting artists will be there to discuss their photographic works. MOCP is located at 600 S. Michigan Avenue and is free to the public.

Cultural Conversations with Caroline Picard @ Mana Contemporary

High Concept Laboratories, an interdisciplinary platform and non profits organization, is hosting a lecture in their location at Mana Contemporary. Caroline Picard, a Chicago artist, curator and writer, will be having a conversation and discussion regarding her curatorial work abroad and her future practices here in Chicago. The event is free, however HCL urges those interested to RSVP. Mana Contemporary is located at 2233 S Throop St. in Pilsen. The event starts at 7PM today, July 22nd.


Official Pitchfork Aftershow @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts the Pitchfork aftershow this evening at 9pm, featuring DIIV, Lodro, and Regal Degal. Admission is $15. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website.

Labyrinth @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the 1986 David Bowie-Jennifer Connelly-Jim Henson film Labyrinth, screening Friday and Saturday nights at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sound Opinions Live with Jeff Tweedy @ Lincoln Hall

Sound Opinions presents an evening with Jeff Tweedy and his band at Lincoln Hall (2424 North Lincoln Avenue). Doors at 6:00pm, show runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Tickets are free, but you need to pick them up at the Eventbrite page.

Is This a Thing? @ O'Shaughnessy's

Reading series Is This a Thing? tackles the topic "I Was Wrong" at its latest edition tonight at 7pm at O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave. Readers include Mare Swallow, Elena Colas, Ines Bellina, Karen Genelly, Kirk Kicklighter, Kendra Stevens and Jill Howe. Suzy Kahn Weinberg hosts. Free

"Two Rocks Do Not Make a Duck" Opening Reception @ Lvl3

Milano Chow, Sofia Leiby, and Malin Gabriella Nordin will be the artists exhibited at the Lvl3 gallery space located at 1542 N. Mikwaukee Ave on the 3rd floor. The show explores layering and the conceptual notion of surface. Tonight's reception beings at 6pm and is free and open to the public; the show will run until Aug. 17.

Sexcula @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the 1974 skin flick Sexcula, almost never seen since its original release. The film plays tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

70mm Film Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents the return of their two-week 70mm Film Festival, featuring a host of classic movies in the 70mm format. Among the films scheduled to screen: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Doctor Dolittle, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and The Master. It all begins tonight with Lawrence of Arabia at 7pm tonight. Full schedule and advance tickets available online.

Contained and TextTextText Opening Receptions @ Woman Made Gallery

Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., is hosting two opening receptions tonight, starting at 6pm. The exhibitions are entitled, "texttexttext" and "Contained". Woman Made Gallery is free and open to the public.

Open Studios @ Fine Arts Building

The Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., holds an open studio night from 5 to 9pm tonight, as part of the Chicago Cultural Mile Second Fridays event. Free.

Mike Nudelman & Sarah Hicks @ Hyde Park Art Center

The educational establishment and exhibition space Hyde Park Art Center is holding two opening receptions tonight starting at 5pm. Nudelman, working with ballpoint pens, and Hicks, which will be displaying her ceramics pieces, are both exhibiting together at the art center. In addition to this event there is another opening reception, entitled "Figurative vs. Abstract" which will also begin at 5pm. Both events are free and open to the public. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Ave., next to Bridgeport Coffee.


Testimony Art Opening @ Logan Center for the Arts

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, located in Hyde Park has a new exhibition entitled, Testimony, opening tonight at 6 PM until August 30th. David Boykin, Krista Franklin, and Andres L. Hernandez are the three artists featured in the show. The Logan Center is located 915 E 60th Street and is open Monday-Sunday.

BoyGirlBoyGirl and Naomi Ashley Band Save America!

The Hideout presents the spoken word ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl and singer/songwriter Naomi Ashley in an evening of music and spoken word that may (or may not) save America. Doors open at 8:00, show begins at 9:00, and tickets are $12. Full details and advance tickets at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Alec Guinness retrospective @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., kicks off a month-long retrospective on the early comedy work of Alec Guinness by featuring the Ealing comedies his acted in during the 1950s. The retrospective kicks off this afternoon with the double feature of The Lavender Hill Moband Last Holiday, and continues through July 29. A complete schedule and advance tickets are available at the Film Center Website. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

John Hubley cartoons @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a program of cartoons by unconventional animator and Academy Award winner John Hubley. The program shows at 3:00pm this afternoon, with other showing scheduled the following Sunday and Tuesday. A complete schedule and advance tickets are available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival runs June 27-29 on Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Diversey. The festival features live music on two stages, pop-up galleries, performance art, family activities and food from local bars and restaurants. The festival runs from noon to 10pm tonight. $5 donation requested.

Beat Swap Meet Chicago @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts Beat Swap Meet, an afternoon of vinyl collectors & dealers selling their wares. The event happens from noon to 5:00pm, and admission is $5 or free with a canned good. Details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Degenerate Art Gallery : 1 Year Anniversary Show

The Degenerate Art Gallery, 5554 N. Winthrop Ave., is celebrating their first year operating as a creative space tonight from 7 to 11pm. The event will be filled with several artists and celebrations. Free.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival runs June 27-29 on Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Diversey. The festival features live music on two stages, pop-up galleries, performance art, family activities and food from local bars and restaurants. The festival runs from noon to 10pm tonight. $5 donation requested.

Pink Floyd's The Wall @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a midnight screening of a 35mm print of Pink Floyd's The Wall. The film screens Friday and Saturday nights at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Version Festival 14

The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today's event is ArchiGO: 50 Years Later, an exhibition of works by the 1960s avant-garde architectural group based at IIT, at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 7pm to midnight. Free till 9, $5 after.

TML Pride Week Shows

The Neo-Futurists present their annual Pride Week series of shows, based on their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. The weekend's "30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes" are presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 11:30pm, and Sunday evening at 7:00pm. The shows happen at the Neo-Futurarium at 5153 N. Ashland, and proceeds from these performances will go to Project Fierce, helping reduce homelessness for LGBTQ youth in Chicago. Full details and advance tickets available at the Neo-Futurists' Website, or call their hotline at (773) 878-4557.

Version Festival 14

The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today from 1pm to 4pm, go on a special tour of The 606, aka the Bloomingdale Trail. $20 advance tickets required.

Theater Oobleck @ Hideout

Every Tuesday in June, Theater Oobleck presents an evening of performance and music at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Tonight's program is "This Land That I Love," featuring works from the book of the same name written by Oobleck founding member John Shaw. The program begins tonight at 9pm, and admission is a suggested $5 at the door.

Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM tonight at 8:00pm. Ten audience members are selected to tell a five-minute story on the evening's topic, and the winner (as judged by a panel of audience members) goes on the the Moth Grandslam Championships. Admission is $8 at the door; plan on arriving early to make sure you can get in. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Mindy Rose Schwartz Artist Talk @ The Lillstreet Art Center

The Lillstreet Art Center is hosting a lecture series located at the Lillstreet Loft at 4437 Ravenswood Avenue. Tonight from 7 PM - 8 PM, Mindy Rose Schwartz, a Chicago sculptor will be giving an artist talk at the loft. All lectures are free and open to the public!

A Day in the Country @ Hideout

The Hideout presents A Day in the Country, an entire day of country music with food provided by Country Barbecue, pies by Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, and the beers of Lagunitas Brewing. Doors open at 1:00pm, show begins at 2:00pm, and the performances run late through the evening. Full details and advance tickets available at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Version Festival 14

The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today's festivities include the Mini-Market craft fair from noon to 6pm at Mana Contemporary Chicago (2233 S. Throop St.), curated by Renegade; the Placemakers Summit, featuring discussions of creative placemaking, urban innovation and more, also at Mana Contemporary from 12:30 to 6pm; and the Never the Same Artists' Congress Potluck in Palmisano Park, 2700 S. Halsted St., at 5:30pm. All of today's events are free.

Version Festival 14

The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today's festivities include the Mini-Market craft fair from noon to 6pm at Mana Contemporary Chicago (2233 S. Throop St.), curated by Renegade; the Placemakers Summit, featuring discussions of creative placemaking, urban innovation and more, also at Mana Contemporary from 12:30 to 6pm; and the Version Music Showcase at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 8pm to midnight. All of today's events are free.

Chicago Film Archives Media Mixer @ Hideout

The Chicago Film Archives celebrates its 10th anniversary with its third annual Media Mixer at the Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 8pm. The evening features collaborations between filmmakers and musicians, plus a raffle and silent auction, DJs and more. Alison Cuddy emcees. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7pm.

Theater Oobleck @ Hideout

Every Tuesday in June, Theater Oobleck presents an evening of performance and music at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Tonight's program is "The Jewboy Cain Interview", a special presentation of a fictional syndicated talk show devoted to the fictional American singer Jewboy Cain. The program begins tonight at 9pm, and admission is a suggested $5 at the door.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary competition featuring local authors and performers taking up opposing viewpoints for the pleasure of the audience. Write Club starts at 7:00pm tonight; admission is $10, and proceeds will go to the charities chosen by the participants. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Our Public Space: Who Owns It, Who Shapes It & Who Benefits From It @ Lathrop Homes

The second day of Our Public Space brings together designer Quilian Riano and artist John Preus for a workshop engaging the site at Lathrop Homes, 2000 W. Diversey Ave. The event runs from 10am to 4pm, with a lunch break at noon. Free.

Comedy Festival After-Party @ Schubas

The after-party for the 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival happens tonight at Schubas at 10:30pm. The show will feature AV Club staffers discussing the festival, doing a Q&A session, and much more! Special guest Todd Barry will be making comments on the commenters, which should be very meta. Admission to the after-party is FREE with an RSVP at the Eventbrite page.. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival @ Athenaeum

The Onion and The AV Club present their first annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, running for three nights at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Tonight's closing show features Marc Maron. The show starts at 7:30pm; full details on the festival available at 26comedy.com.

Our Public Space: Who Owns It, Who Shapes It, and Who Benefits From It @ Hyde Park Art Center

Dilettante Studios, MAS Context, and the Hyde Park Art Center present Our Public Space, a two-day program of lectures and a workshop presented by national and international architects, designers, and artists addressing public space and the built environment. Today's events will run from 1pm-5pm at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

Schubas Bike Bash & BBQ

Schubas holds a bike clinic today from noon to 4:00pm in their parking lot. Local bike shops will be on hand to give tune-ups, workshops and general advice to bike owners. Schubas will have plenty of BBQ and discounted beer from Revolution Brewing on hand. A raffle during the event will benefit the Working Bikes Cooperative. Admission to the Bike Bash is free! Full details at Schubas' Website. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival @ Athenaeum

The Onion and The AV Club present their first annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, running for three nights at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Tonight's comedians are Tig Notaro and Kyle Kinane, performing two shows at 7:00pm and 10:00pm. Full details on the festival available at 26comedy.com.

Applied Words: Black Vernacular

The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Black Vernacular tonight from 7:30 to 9pm at the University of Chicago's Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Randall Horton, Nate Marshall, Kristiana Rae Colón and Toni Asantelightfoot perform and read work, and Holly Bass and others show short video pieces. Curated by Toni Asante Lightfoot. Free.

1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival @ Athenaeum

The Onion and The AV Club present their first annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, running for three nights at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Tonight's opening night features a live performance of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. The show starts at 7:30pm; full details on the festival available at 26comedy.com.

Procreativity 101: Making Art Babies @ Hungry Brain

Homeroom presents Procreativity 101: Making Art Babies tonight at 9pm at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave. Visual artists Alberto Aguilar and Lise Haller Baggesen, curator Allison Grant, poet Jennifer Steele and artist Tselanie Townsend discuss "ways to imagine motherhood, imitate art and how to live and die with art and one another." Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek host. $5 suggested donation. 21+

Theater Oobleck @ Hideout

Every Tuesday in June, Theater Oobleck presents an evening of performance and music at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Tonight's program is "Row, Voyager", based on Schoen's song cycle "The Voyage". The program begins tonight at 9pm, and admission is a suggested $5 at the door.

Guerilla Truck Show

The 10th annual Guerrilla Truck Show returns tonight from 5:30 to 9:30pm, centered on the corner of Aberdeen and Fulton Market. Check out the latest product design, furniture concepts and art by dozens of designers, shown in the backs of moving trucks and in area galleries and businesses. Free.

Jen Kirkman "I Seem Fun" Live Podcast @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., welcomes comedienne Jen Kirkman, who will be taping a live episode of her podcast I Seem Fun tonight. There are actually two tapings this evening, one at 7pm and one at 10pm; doors open an hour before showtime. Admission to either show is $15. 21+

57th Street Art Fair @ Hyde Park

Saturday, June 7th 11 AM-6 PM and Sunday June 8th 10AM-5PM, Hyde Park is hosting their annual 57th Street Art Fair. This will mark the 67th year that Hyde Park has been hosting this event. The fair is located between Kenwood and Woodlawn. Admission is free!

Josef Koudelka @ Art Institute of Chicago

Josef Koudelka, a world-renowned photographer, will be filling the galleries of the Art Institute with his exhibition entitled, Nationality Doubtful. Koudelka's black and white photographs will be featured from Saturday, Jun 7th until Sunday, September 14th at 111 South Michigan Avenue. There is a member preview June 5-6.

Theater Oobleck @ Hideout

Every Tuesday in June, Theater Oobleck presents an evening of performance and music at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Tonight's program is "One Up," a collection of short solo works by Oobleck regulars and associates. The program begins tonight at 9pm, and admission is a suggested $5 at the door. Full details and a complete program at

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo runs Saturday and today from 11am to 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attend a full day of panels, check out the vendor floor, and meet indie comic artists and writers galore. Free.

National Tap Day celebration

The Old Town School of Folk Music celebrates National Tap Day 2014 with an evening of tapping, hosted by the school's own Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin. The performance starts at 7:30pm in the Maurer Concert Hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray Puppet Show

Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula Del Ray is a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story, performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. The event will be held at The Ruth Page Center for Arts, 1015 N. Dearborn St., tonight at 7:30pm.

Everything Is Terrible! @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. hosts another live show by video hoarders Everything Is Terrible! Tonight's show will feature screenings of their recent video releases Comic Relief Zero and Everything Is Terrible! Does the Hip-Hop, along with other video rarities from the EIT! vaults. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 9pm, it's an 18+ show.

Live Comics Reading @ Galerie F

Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a live comics reading as part of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, tonight from 7 to 9:30pm. The event features readings by Sam Alden of It Never Happened Again, Andy Burkholder of Absolute Loneliness, Anna Bongiovanni of Out of Hollow Water, Mark Connery of Rudy, Edie Fake of Memory Palaces, Sarah Ferrick of Rare Creatures, John Holden of Detrimental Information, Scott Longo of Sonatina and Annie Mok of Screen Tests. Free.

Pivot Arts Festival : Art Meets Science

From May 28th until June 14th, the Pivot Arts Festival will be hosting a variety of performances which focus on gender and sexuality, the intersection between art and science, environmental issues and many more themes at various times throughout the day. Check out the calendar for times, locations and pricing.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

The Moth holds their monthly StorySLAM at Martyrs' tonight at 8:00pm. Volunteers from the audience tell a five-minute story on stage, and the stories are judged by a panel of audience members. Admission is a mere $8 at the door. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships

The Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships run Saturday and today at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble St. Read our preview in Tailgate. Today's competition will begin at 7:45am and run until 5:30pm. Tickets are $30 online or at the door.

Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships

The Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships run today and Sunday at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble St. Read our preview in Tailgate. Today's competition will begin on Saturday at 7:15am and run until 9:30pm. Tickets are $30 online or at the door.

53rd Ward: After Dark @ Hideout

Schadenfreude presents 53rd Ward: After Dark, a new talk variety show at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Fifty-third Ward Alderman Ed Bus talks with 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, Mick Dumke of the Reader, Mark Bazer of The Interview Show, and Danielle Colby of "American Pickers." Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. More details on Facebook. 21+

Haymaker @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their latest prime-time offering, Haymaker by ensemble member Trevor Dawkins. Featuring a performance of a movie script Trevor wrote when he was 13, Haymaker features an all-actor cast, several staged fights, and the usual blend of autobiography & audience participation that the Neos are known for. Haymaker runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Full details and advance tickets at the Neo-Futurist website, or call their hotline at (773) 878-4557.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary competition that pits local authors and actors against each other for the amusement of the audience. Show starts at 7pm, admission is $10, and all proceeds go to the charities selected by the participants.

Neighborhood Night @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., celebrates Neighborhood Night tonight by allowing moviegoers to pay a reduced admission to see a handful of screenings happening this evening. The film screenings start at 6pm, and a reception catered by Whole Foods starts at 7pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Film Center website.. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

WZRD 40th Anniversary Show @ Double Door

The Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts the 40th anniversary celebration show for freeform radio station WZRD tonight. The headliners: Acid Mother's Temple, with opening acts Perhaps and Silver Abuse. Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm, and tickets are $18 ($10 for NEIU students). 21+

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's Lounge

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, the city's only uke-themed open mic night, convenes once again this evening at 8pm at Silvie's Lounge, 1902 Irving Park Rd. The theme of the evening is "UKE SOUNTRACKS": songs from movies, TV shows, musicals, etc. Musicans are allowed up to 15 minutes or three songs, and an ukulele must be part of the group. More details at the Chicago Ukulele Cabaret Facebook group.

Mapping Session with Honey Pot Performers @ MANA Contemporary

Are you into Punk & New Wave? Even better, are you into groovin' and dancin'? The wonderful Honey Pot Performance will be hosting a free monthly interactive/music themed event that reflects the Chicago music scene. The month of May is Punk & New Wave and will be hosted at MANA Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., tonight at 7:30pm. You can check out more information on Facebook. The event is free and BYOB. Bring a dancing buddy.

Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray Puppet Show

Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula Del Ray is a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story, performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. The event will be held at The Ruth Page Center for Arts, 1015 N. Dearborn St. tonight and May 30 at 7:30pm.

The Wind Rises @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a two-week-long run of the Studio Ghibli film The Wind Rises, which is supposedly the final film of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. Full details and advance tickets available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which runs Tuesday evenings through June 10. Each screening will feature and appearance by the filmmakers. Full details and advance tickets available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Studs' Place @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts a "live performance/broadcast" of an episode of "Studs' Place," the TV show from the 1950s starring Studs Terkel. The performance will be done by Pocket Guide To Hell. Show starts at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:00, and admission is $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Kieran McGonnell Round Trip Ticket Exhibit

The Ugly Stepsister Gallery, located on 1750 S Union Avenue in Pilsen, will be hosting the first exhibition of Kieran McGonnell since his passing on May 9th from 6-8:30 PM. The exhibition runs through July 6 and is open and free to the public.

SAIC Graduate and Undergraduate Festival

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate and Undergraduate Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival is today, Wednesday May 7th, Thursday May 8th and Friday May 9th. The festival will begin all three days at 4:30PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center located at 164 N. State Street. Admission is free.

2014 MFA Photography Exhibition @ Columbia College

May 6-17 marks the beginning of the MFA Photo exhibition for Columbia College. The Glass Curtain Gallery located at, 1104 S Wabash Avenue, will be featuring six photographers in the Masters program.

One Minute Play Festival @ Victory Gardens Theater

Victory Gardens partners up with the New-York-based One Minute Play Festival to bring an evening of very short performances to the stage. The show runs tonight and tomorrow night at the Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave.) at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18, and can be purchased from the Victory Gardens website.

Randolph St. Market Festival

Today, May 24th and tomorrow, May 25th, the Randolph Street Market Festival will be occurring on 350 Block West Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street. The festival is an urban antique market which features fashion, art, treasures, as well as food, drinks and music. General admission is $8, $10 at the gate.

Masters of Polish Cinema @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a two-month series of screenings by Polish directors, as chosen by director Martin Scorsese. The festival starts this afternoon with screenings of the 1964 film The Saragossa Manuscript, and runs through July 3. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Troll 2 @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the utterly inexplicable 1990 film Troll 2. Don't piss on hospitality and miss this film! Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Kartemquin Spring Showcase @ Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a preview of upcoming films from Kartemquin Films, the local documentary company responsible for such films as Hoop Dreams and The Interruptors. The screening begins at 8:30pm tonight, and includes appearances by the directors. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

Seeger Social Singlong & Celebration @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music holds an evening of singing and music in honor of the late great Pete Seeger. Join original Old Town School instructor Frank Hamilton for a group singalong, and enjoy other related activities happening throughout the building. Full details and advance tickets available at the Old Town School Website, or call the school front desk at (773) 728-6000.

CIMMfest 2014

The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival runs April 30-May 4. Various musical performances, movie screenings, panel discussions, and other events are happening throughout the city; see the schedule for full details. Each show is ticketed separately, or buy a day pass for $35, a festival pass for $75, or a VIP pass for $150.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

C2E2 returns to McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., this weekend, April 25-27.Meet Hulk Hogan, Gene Ha, Brian Posehn, Scott Adsit, Ernie Hudson and Stan Lee (check the guest list for details), attend sessions and walk the floor. The show's open from 11am to 5pm today; tickets are $25 in advance, #35 at the door; $5 for kids 12 and under. Three-day passes are $60 preshow, $70 at the door.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

C2E2 returns to McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., this weekend, April 25-27.Meet Hulk Hogan, Gene Ha, Brian Posehn, Scott Adsit, Ernie Hudson and Stan Lee (check the guest list for details), attend sessions and walk the floor. The show's open from 10am to 7pm today; tickets are $25 in advance, #35 at the door; $5 for kids 12 and under. Three-day passes are $60 preshow, $70 at the door.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

C2E2 returns to McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., this weekend, April 25-27.Meet Hulk Hogan, Gene Ha, Brian Posehn, Scott Adsit, Ernie Hudson and Stan Lee (check the guest list for details), attend sessions and walk the floor. The show's open from 11am to 7pm today; tickets are $25 in advance, #35 at the door; $5 for kids 12 and under. Three-day passes are $60 preshow, $70 at the door.

Chicago Pun Slam @ Door No. 3

The Double Door hosts the Pundamonium: The Chicago Pun Slam tonight at 8:00pm in its Door No. 3 space. Ten contestants have to come up with puns on the spot on a given topic, and as the contestants get whittled down to the punniest, the reaction times get shorter and shorter. It's puns-on-demand! Details on the event at the Double Door Website. Double Door: 1572 N. Milwaukee.

Secret History of Chicago Music Anniversary show @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the 10th anniversary celebration for the Chicago Reader's series The Secret History of Chicago Music. The show will feature a bunch of Chicago bands, but what you really need to know is that the infamous T. Valentine, the man behind the song "Hello Lucille, Are You A Lesbian?", is going to be there, which should be incentive enough to attend. Show starts at 9:00pm, and admission is FREE! Details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Cake Frame 2 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Brain Frame and the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) team up tonight for a fundraiser at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. Bid on original art by local comic artists (including Chris Ware and Nicole Hollander); hear readings by Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert; watch live drawing by Jenna Caravello; and enjoy live music by The El Is A Sound Of Joy. Doors open at 6pm, performances begin at 7. Admission is $5-20 on a sliding scale.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains @ Music Box

"Do you wanna join the PROFESSIONALS?" The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the 1982 cult film Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains this weekend. If you haven't seen Diane Ladd and Laura Dern in a punk band before, this is your chance! Screening details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Steven Szegedi Collage Exhibition @ Harold Washington Library

Long time artist, Steven Szegedi, AKA Vaucanson's Workshop is introducing his work to a wider audience with his exhibition, Sergeant Vaucanson's Raree-Show, at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street (eighth floor), from today until May 30th. Steven has a studio at the Bridgeport Art Center as well and will be having open studios in the near future.

The First Time @ Martyrs'

CHIRP Radio presents the latest edition of its literary series The First Time tonight at 8pm at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. The theme this time is "first move," and includes Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's, Imerman Angels founder Johnny Imerman, writer Cher Vincent, writer Barrie Cole, filmmaker and comedian Michael Sanchez, and Story Club founder Dana Norris -- and as always, the First Time Three performs a song related to each story. Admission is $10, and all proceeds go to CHIRPRadio.org.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club. Founder Ian Belknap presides over a series of literary bouts, as various Chicago actors and authors take up opposing viewpoints and give a rousing speech. The winner, judged by a panel of knowledgeable experts, receives a donation for his or her preferred charity. Write Club starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

75th Birthday @ The Hyde Park Art Center

Today, April 13th, marks the 75th birthday of the Hyde Park Art Center. The art center, located at, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue will be hosting an event from 1:00pm to 5:00pm where visitors can mingle with the artists, explore The Beast and listen to experimental music by New Material.

Kieran McGonnell @ Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery

The late artist, Kieran McGonnell is having a three-month long exhibition entitled, Round Trip Ticket, in Pilsen at the Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery. The opening reception is tonight from 6-10pm at 1750 S. Union Ave. Event is free and open to the public.

Everything Is Terrible! @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., welcomes those VHS hoarders, Everything Is Terrible!, who will regale the audience with some short-length subjects before a screening of their 2012 film Doggie Woggiez! Poochie Woochiez!, a remake of Jodorowski's Holy Mountain ... but with dogs. The screening is tonight at 6pm. Box Office: (312) 846-2085.

Eleventh Dream Day @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., welcomes long-running Chicago band Eleventh Dream Day, as they begin a series of four concerts happening every Sunday in April at the Hideout. Tonight's show is at 8pm, and tickets are $10. Full details and advance ticket purchase available at the Hideout website.

Tropical Depression @ LVL3

Join the contemporary art gallery, LVL3, at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave for their opening reception of Tropical Depression. The event is free and open to the public today from 6-10pm.

Sound Opinions workshop @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a workshop with the co-hosts of Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Their topic will be "Everything You Need to Know About the Music Industry in 2014," and will be geared at bands who are looking for tips to help promote their music. Full details on the workshop at the school's Website, or call the main desk at (773) 728-6000.

Bring Me the Head of James Franco... @ Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf's Late Night at Garage Rep series welcomes Write Club founder Ian Belknap tonight at 11:00pm. Ian will be performing his latest solo show Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare A Savory Goulash In The Narrow And Misshapen Pot Of His Skull. Tickets to the show are $5; see the Steppenwolf site for full details and advance tickets. The show happens in Steppenwolf's Garage space located at 1624 N. Halsted.

Mr. Freedom @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the surreal 1969 film Mr. Freedom as part of its American New Wave series. The film screens at 6:00pm; see the Film Center Website for full details and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 N. State. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

International Vintage Poster Fair

Saturday and today, the International Vintage Poster Fair will be taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. . This year the exhibition will feature posters which present products and technology that emerged far before our present time. The show is open from 11am to 6pm today; admission is $15.

Harts for Arts @ LVL3

LVL3 art gallery in Wicker Park, 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave, will be presenting their 5th annual art auction and benefit raffle today for the non profit Arts of Life. The event runs from 6pm-10pm; bidding ends at 9:30. All of the presented artwork start at $30, raffle tickets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

Women's History Month @ Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library is hosting a Women's History Month art exhibition presenting sisters, Jessie Winslow and Rachel Winslow. Jessie will be giving an artist talk today at 2pm at the Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W Fullerton Ave. Event is free and open to the public.

Beat Swap Meet @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts Beat Swap Meet, a record fair featuring collectors & dealers from Chicagoland. The event starts at noon, and admission is $5 or free with the donation of a canned good. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

International Vintage Poster Fair

Today through Sunday, March 30, the International Vintage Poster Fair will be taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. . This year the exhibition will feature posters which present products and technology that emerged far before our present time. The show is open from 10am to 7pm today; admission is $15.

The Holy Mountain @ Music Box

Inspired by the new documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., is doing a midnight screening of the director's infamous 1973 film The Holy Mountain. The film screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight; details at the Music Box website. (773) 871-6604.

International Vintage Poster Fair

Today through Sunday, March 30, the International Vintage Poster Fair will be taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. . This year the exhibition will feature posters which present products and technology that emerged far before our present time. There's a preview party tonight from 5 to 9pm; admission is $20.

The Jesus Lizard book party @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle celebrates the release of The Jesus Lizard Book from Akashic Books. In attendance will be David Yow, David Sims and Mac McNeilly from the band, who will be participating in a panel discussion about the band & the book. The event starts at 7:00pm; full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM tonight at 8:00pm. Five audience members compete with a five-minute story on a given topic, and the person judged to be the winner of the slam goes on to the Grandslam Championships. Tickets are $8, and no advance tickets are available, so arrive early to make sure you get in. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Visting Artist: Jennifer Doyle @ SAIC

The Art Institute of Chicago has invited Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English and Co-Chair of the LGBIT Studies Minor at University of California to speak about her newest book, "Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art". The event is this evening at 6pm located at 280 S. Columbus Drive at the SAIC Columbus Auditorium. For more information call 312-899-5185 or email events@saic.edu

"M"... is for Murder @ The Peanut Gallery

Artist, Corinne Halbert, will have a solo exhibition at the Peanut Gallery tonight from 5-9pm. The exhibition "M"...is for Murder features a maniacal mouse named "Mikee" and his beloved "Minee". The event, located at, 1000 N. California Ave, is free and open to the public.

Welcome To Night Vale @ Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., welcomes the live touring performance of the wildly popular podcast "Welcome to Night Vale." Tickets are on sale through the Athenaeum box office, as well as through Lincoln Hall's website. There are two all-ages shows, at 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are $25.

Live Music Performance @ Roman Susan Gallery

Tonight the Roman Susan Gallery, located at 1224 W Loyola Avenue, will be featuring the musician and performer Steven Snowden. His performances include the vibraphone and electronic sounds sampled from 1970s pay phones around the US. The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Story Club returns to Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight at 8pm and is hosted by the ever charming Andrew Marikis. The theme this month is "Catch Your Own Tail." That is, stories that begin and end with the same phrase. The show features tales from Seven Deadly Sins producer Angela Vela, New York Times essayist Alan Neff and Storyteller, masseuse, and Quantum Leap aficionado Dennis Frymire. There's also an open mic, signup for which begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation. The show is kinda bad-ass, you should totally go.

Story Week: 2nd Story @ Martyrs

As part of Columbia College's Story Week the event 2nd Story happens tonight at Martyrs, featuring live readings and live music. Show starts at 7:00pm, there's no cover charge, and it's an 18+ show. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Almost Pi(e) Day @ Open Books

The Chicago Nerd Social Club celebrates Pi Day 2014 this afternoon at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl. with their annual pie bake-off, a trivia quiz, and a challenge to see who can recite the most digits of everyone's favorite irrational number! The celebration kicks off at 3pm, and admission is free! Full details at the Chicago Nerds website.

St. Patricks Day Scavenger Hunt @ Lomography Chicago

Calling all film photographers! Today at 12pm the Lomography Embassy Chicago store located at 1422 N. Milwaukee Ave will be hosting a scavenger hunt which includes a 3 hour shooting excursion. 21+ for bar hopping. Prepay $20/ Day of registration $25

Reservoir Dogs @ Music Box

The midnight movie this weekend at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., is Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs from 1992, which will be shown in a 35mm print. Full details at the Music Box website.

St Patrick's Party @ Abbey Pub

The Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St., celebrates its 40th annual St. Patrick's Day part with a three-day music festival starting this afternoon at 1:00pm. If three days of Irish music sounds good to you, check it out! Details at the Abbey Pub website. (773) 478-4408.

Chicago Zine Fest

The Chicago Zine Fest continues today with a zine exhibition, workshops, printing demos, and much more. The fest happens at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., beginning at 11am. See the festival's website for a complete schedule.

Particle Fever @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre starts screening the new documentary Particle Fever this evening, and is celebrating opening night with a Q&A session with the filmmakers. The screening is at 7:10pm; full details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago Zine Fest

The Chicago Zine Fest starts today at 1pm with a series of discussions at the Conaway Center at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The festival continues through tomorrow; see the festival's website for a complete schedule.

HAPA @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening concert by Maui duo HAPA as part of their World Music Wednesdays series. The concert starts at 8:00pm at the school's concert hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details at the school's Website, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Stones Throw Records doc @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle presents a screening of the documentary about Stones Throw Records, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. The screening starts at 6:30pm, and tickets are $15. Full details and advance tickets available at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

I Heart Core! @ Matilda's

Interested in live music, dancing and visual art? The Core Project is an arts company which focuses on the art of storytelling. The event is tonight from 7:30 to 10:30, at 3101 N Sheffield Ave. Light snacks and drinks are provided. Prepay for $8 or pay $10 at the door tonight!

First Friday @ Flat Iron Building

Join the party at the historic Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, for tons of open artist studios and living spaces. The event takes place tonight from 6pm until 10pm. There is a suggested donation of $5.

Opening Reception @ Jackson Junge Gallery

Entitled, A Symphony of Realism and Abstraction, the Jackson Junge Gallery has a free exhibition running from March 7-April 27th. Located at 1389 N Milwaukee Ave, from 6-10pm. General gallery hours are 11-8 and Sundays 12-5.

Bob Mould @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a concert by Bob Mould, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first solo album Workbook. The concert starts at 8pm in the school's concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Full details and advance tickets available online, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Wes Anderson Retrospective @ Music Box

In anticipation of Wes Anderson's new film, the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., is running a week-long retrospective of all of Anderson's previous feature films, from Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom. Visit the Music Box website for a complete schedule and advance tickets.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs hosts the monthly edition of The Moth StorySLAM, wherein five audience members go head-to-head with their best 5-minute story. The winner of tonight's event goes on to the Grandslam Championships at a later date. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission is $8. No advance tickets, so make sure you arrive early. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

The Room @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a midnight screening of that much-loved Valentine's Day classic The Room. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sound Opinions @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening with Sound Opinions co-hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. The topic of the evening is "20 Albums That You Haven't Heard That You Need To Know About", and Jim & Greg will present their list & talk with the audience about their choices. The talk starts at 8:00pm in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school Website, or call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary bout featuring local authors taking up differing positions, and metaphorically duking it out on stage for your entertainment (and for charities of the participants' choice). Write Club starts at 7:00pm, and admission is $5. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport

Story Club returns to Co-Prosperity Sphere , 3219 S Morgan St, tonight at 8pm. The theme this month is "shorts." This month's featured performers will have just 4 minutes to tell their stories. The show features stories from Emmy-award winner, playwright, and 90's comedian Joe Janes, You're Being Ridiculous founder and host Jeremy Owens, Story stylist-- most recently of Vocalo's Music & Stories Xavier Jordan, Actor, teaching artist, and founder of Knife & Fork Theatre Dani Bryant, Actor and story queen Maura Clement and Journalist and Story Club Magazine's web designer -- David Lipowski! There's also an open mic, signup for which begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

Tribute to Punk @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of punk music performed by school faculty & friends. The evening kicks off at 8pm in the school's new building at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's website, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus @ Actors Gymnasium

The Actors Gymnasium presents The Magical Exploding Boy (local clown & mime actor Dean Evans) along with circus performers from the Actors Gym. The show opens this afternoon with performances at 4:30pm and 7:30pm, and runs through March 23. Tickets available online only through Actors Gym Website. Actors Gymnasium: 927 Noyes Street, Evanston. (847) 328-2795.

Gear and Beer Swap @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle holds a gear & beer swap starting at noon. If you have musical gear, or beer, that you'd like to trade, bring it along! Admission is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

The Princess Bride @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special Valentine's Day screening of that romantic film The Princess Bride. Two screenings of the film tonight, one at 6:00pm and one at 9:30pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

George Kahumoku, Jr. & Ledward Kaapana @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music present an evening of Hawaiian music by two living slack-key guitar legends: Grammy-winning artist George Kahumoku, Jr.; and NEA NAtional Heritage Fellowship recipient Ledward Kaapana. The concert starts at 8:00pm in the Maurer Concert Hall in the school's main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, for call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Leslie and the LYs @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle presents a performance by that wholesome Midwestern girl Leslie Hall, with her band Leslie and the LYs tonight at 9:30pm. Expect lots of gem sweaters and gold pants. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM, where audience members are invited to tell a five-minute story on the evening's theme. The winner, as judged by a team of judges also selected from the audience, advance to the Grandslam Championships. The evening starts at 8:00pm, but these shows are usually SRO, so arrive well in advance if you want to get in. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

B-Fest 2014

Northwestern University's student organization A&O Productions presents B-Fest 2014, a 24-hour non-stop B-movie festival beginning Friday night at 6pm, and ending Saturday night at 6pm. B-Fest happens on the campus of Northwestern, in the McKormick Auditorium in Norris University Center. Full details and advance tickets available through the B-Fest website.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly literary bout known as Write Club. Overlord Ian Belknap pits author vs. author, battling it out for bragging writes (and donations to their favored charities). Write Club starts at 7:00pm; admission is a mere $10. Full details at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Performance Anxiety Chicago @ The Pleasure Chest

Do you love to laugh? Do you also love discounts on sex toys? Then Performance Anxiety Chicago is for you! This comedy showcase is a sex-positive, LGBT friendly stand-up show at the Pleasure Chest, 3436 N. Lincoln Ave. The show is FREE, and a $5 suggested donation goes to the performers. Tonight's performance features comedians Goodrich Gevaart, Kristin Clifford, Michael Timlin, Katie McVay, Reena Calm, Stephanie Hasz and Danny Kallas and starts at 8pm. Bonus: 15% discount on store items for any attendees. Stock up!

Global Dance Party @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music present an evening of go-go music and dancing tonight in their new school building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Free lessons, dance performances, and an amateur dancing contest are on the schedule for the evening. Full details at the Old Town School Website, or call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

The First Time @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the CHIRP Radio literary program The First Time tonight at 8:00pm. The series pairs an essay about a first-time event with a song covered by The First Time Three band. Advance tickets available at the Martyrs' Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Filmspotting 2013 Wrap Party @ Mayne Stage

Filmspotting, the Chicago-based film discussion radio show, wraps up 2013 today with a live discussion at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse) featuring Filmspotting co-hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen, along with the Tribune's film critic Michael Phillips. The show starts at noon, doors open at 11:00, and tickets are available in advance through the Mayne Stage Website.

Zoë Keating @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a concert by cellist Zoë Keating, previously heard collaborating with the WNYC show Radiolab and many other artists. The concert happens this evening at 7:00pm in the school's main concert hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets at the school's Website, or call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Our Living Room Show @ UP Comedy Club

This event, an extension of last month's Letters to Santa benefit, is not cheap -- tickets start at $300 -- but it's well worth the money if you love comedy and Jeff Tweedy. You'll get a 90-minute set from the Wilco frontman, as well as the comedy stylings of current "Saturday Night Live" and Second City talent (among them Pat O'Brien, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Beth Melewski, TJ Jagadowski, and Horatio Sanz). Doors open at 6pm, show begins at 7pm; UP Comedy Club is located at 230 W. North Ave.

Too Much Light New Year's @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their annual New Year's Eve performance of their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. The ensemble will kick of the 60-minute show right at 1:00pm, so that when the buzzer sounds at the end of the show, the New Year has arrived. The catered pre-show reception will being at 9:30pm; tickets are $50, and can be purchased through the Neo-Futurists' Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 North Ashland (at Foster). (773) 878-4557.

Roky Erickson @ Beat Kitchen

Beat Kitchen rings in the new year with singer-songwriter Roky Erickson. Doors at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm, 21+ show, tickets are $30. Advance tickets available at the Beat Kitchen Website. Beat Kitchen: 2100 W. Belmont. (773) 281-4444.

Alex Chilton Birthday Bash @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle celebrates the birthday of singe-songwriter Alex Chilton with their ninth annual Birthday Bash, featuring a slate of bands performing his songs all evening. The show starts at 8:00pm, and admission is $9. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg @ Music Box

The Music Box presents the return of the classic 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, starring a 20-year-old Catherine Deneuve in a tragic tale of lost love, all set to a continuous score by Michel Legrand. The film runs through next week; see the Music Box Website for a full schedule. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Last day of Christkindlmarket @ Daley Center

Christkindlmarket closes up at the end of day today, so if you haven't been to get your German gifts for Christmas, better do it today! The market is open from 11:00am to 4:00pm in Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington).

The Party @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of Blake Edwards' film The Party, his Jacques Tati-inspired comedy that was reportedly Elvis Presley's favorite film. The Party screens this afternoon at 3:00pm, and again on December 26 at 6:00pm. Full details at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2600.

The Hideout's Last Chance Holiday Sale

The Hideout hosts their annual holiday craft sale today starting at 11:00am. A list of participating artists, along with further details, is available at the Hideout Website. Admission to the sale is free. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

6 String Social @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the final occurrence of their 6 String Social, in which musicians of all instruments and levels are invited to join to sing and play songs. This evening's event is the final one being held in the school's location at 909 West Armitage Avenue, so expect a festive evening of song and merriment. The event starts at 6:30pm, and admission is $10 ($5 for school members). Full details and online registration available at the school's Website, or call their front desk at (773) 728-6000.

DIY Messiah @ Harris Theatre

Can you Handel it? Join up with musicians and a conductor to churn out a holiday classic tonight at 7pm at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Tickets $15.

DIY Messiah @ Harris Theater

Can you Handel it? Join up with musicians and a conductor to churn out a holiday classic tonight at 7pm at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Tickets $15.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Come to Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Brooke Allen and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Danny Black, Randall Colburn, Eileen Dougharty, Robyn Okrant, Sarah Terez Rosenblum. Free.

Once in a Lifetime @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall and Everything Is Terrible! present their occasional series Once in a Lifetime, best described as an MST3K show focusing on Lifetime dramatic films. Tonight's film: the 1996 Tori Spelling jaw-dropper Co-Ed Call Girl, featuring live commentary by local comedians. The show starts at 8:00pm, it's an 18+ show, and admission is a measly $5. Full details and advance tickets available at the Lincoln Hall calendar. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln. (773) 525-2501.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' hosts the monthly Moth StorySLAM starting tonight at 8:00pm. Ten random people are chosen to deliver a five-minute story on a given topic, and the best story (judged by a panel of audience members) earns its author a spot at the StorySLAM semifinals. Admission is only $8, but the show is very popular, so arrive early. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

The Second City That Never Sleeps/Letters to Santa @ Second City

This 24 hour-long benefit for needy families begins at 6pm at the Second City e.t.c Theater (1608 N. Wells) and is a marathon of music -- among them JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Bob Mould, and Sally Timms (Letters to Santa veteran Jeff Tweedy, as well as St. Vincent, Bush, and a reformed Veruca Salt will play live from other locations), improv from local Second City talent (as well as Fred Armisen) and entertainment (Lil Bub the cat!) that is well worth the $20 admission fee. The event will also auction off items such as a Jeff Tweedy concert in your living room, tickets to a taping of "Saturday Night Live," and a recording session with Steve Albini. If you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen and watch the entire event online; it'll be streaming for free.

Quimby's Holiday Sketch Gift-ravaganza

Quimby's hosts six local comic artists today from 12:30pm to 6:30pm. Come on down and get a hand-drawn gift for your friends or family! Full details, including a list of participating artists, available at the Quimby's Website. Quimby's: 1854 W. North Avenue. (773) 342-0910.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's Lounge

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret presents its annual holiday ukulele open-mic show tonight at Silvie's Lounge (1902 W. Irving Park). The title of the evening is "How the Uke Stole Christmas (and Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, etc.)". Interested performers are requested to prepare up to 3 songs of holiday material for a 15-minute set. The show starts at 8:00pm, and runs until there are no more performers. Further information available at the group's Facebook page.

30th Annual Music Box Christmas Show

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. celebrates its 30th annual holiday special starting today, and running through December 24. The show consists of a double-feature of two holiday classics: It's A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Along with the films you get sing-along Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus. A full schedule and advance tickets are available at the Music Box website.

The Punk Singer @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the 2013 documentary The Punk Singer, a look at the career of singer Kathleen Hanna. The film opens tonight and runs through next week; see the Music Box Website for a complete schedule. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Songs of Good Cheer @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their annual Songs of Good Cheer holiday music concert series, starting tonight at 7:30pm and running through December 15. Full details and advance tickets available through the Old Town School Website, or call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Come to Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue, tonight for Solo in the 2nd City at 8pm to witness a hand full of Chicago's talented writers, comedians and authors tell stories of being single, dating and sex in the Windy City. The show is hosted by Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Tonight's featured performers include Brooke Allen, Patrick Allen Carberry, Neil O'Callaghan, Jeremy Owens and Katie Prout. The event is FREE but donations will be collected to benefit Chicago Women's Health Center. (21 +)

Dredd @ Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2012 reboot of the Judge Dredd film series, starring Karl Urban in the title role. Dredd screens this evening at 6:00pm; see the Film Center's Website for details. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2800.

The Revenge of Radio Goggles @ Oracle Theatre

Oracle Theatre presents the latest in their series of recreations of old-time radio programs, The Revenge of Radio Goggles. Actors lip-sync to vintage radio dramas, to unusual effect (the Reader calls them "eerie, robotic performances"). Tonight's performance is at 8:00pm; the show runs through December 14. Admission is free, so reservations are recommended. Full details at the Oracle Theatre Website. Oracle Theatre: 3809 N. Broadway. (773) 2244-2980.

Plan 9 Burlesque @ Public House Theatre

Plan 9 Burlesque presents a "best-of" show this evening at 6:00pm at Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark), featuring some of their favorite burlesque routines from 2013. Tickets are available through the Public House Website.

Lloyd Kaufman Troma screening @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a very special midnight movie experience this weekend: a live appearance by Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman, who will be introducing the latest Troma film: Return to Nuke'Em High, a sequel of the 1986 Troma film Nuke Em High. This screening and appearance happens both Friday and Saturday night at midnight; full details available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

I Am Divine @ Facets Cinematheque

Facets Cinematheque presents a week-long screening of the new documentary I Am Divine, telling the story of the film icon brought to the public by John Waters' series of films. See a full schedule of showtimes at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. (773) 281-4114.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents its monthly First Friday event, where the public can sample music and dance classes offered through the school. This month's First Friday also features a holiday crafts bazaar, with items made by the school's teachers, students and volunteers. First Friday starts at 6:00pm in the main building of the school, at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. Full details at the Old Town School Website, or call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Disney double feature @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a Disney double feature: Mary Poppins at 5:30pm, and the new film Saving Mr. Banks at 8:00pm. Details on how to attend available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

TML: The Baby Returns To The Cradle @ Chicago Comics

The Neo-Futurists celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special one-time-only performance of their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind at the space where they first debuted: 3244 N. Clark, currently home of Chicago Comics. Tonight's performance will feature a group of performers from the show's run, from founder Greg Allen to current ensemble members, and many in between. The show happens tonight at 8:00pm; full details and advance tickets at the Neo-Futurists Website.

Funny Ha-Ha @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the latest installment of Claire Zulkey's reading series Funny Ha-Ha, tonight at 6:30pm. This time around, the show features Moth GrandSlam champion and Homemade Stories podcast host Shannon Cason, The Encyclopedia Show's Robbie Telfer, The Kates host Amy Sumpter, "SNL" writer Claire Mulaney, Meaty author Samantha Irby and filmmaker Steve Delahoyde. Admission is $5 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia.

Sing-Along Sound of Music @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents their annual sing-along version of The Sound of Music, opening this afternoon at 4pm. Props for audience-participation moments will be provided, and you are encouraged to dress up as your favorite character for the costume contest. The film screens multiple times this weekend; see the Music Box website for a schedule and advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Christkindlmarket @ Daley Center

The annual Christkindlmarket opens today in Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington) and runs through December 24. Hand-crafted holiday goods from Germany, Bavaria, Poland, and many other nations. Oh, and don't forget the German beer!

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "heroes." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark), tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live Show @ Mad River

The Chicago Nerd Social Club hosts a viewing party for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special, running from 11:00am to 2:00pm today. The screening is happening at Mad River (2909 N. Sheffield). The event is free; full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Music Box's 30th Anniversary

The Music Box Theatre celebrates their 30th anniversary as a repertory cinema with two weeks of daily double-features, starting today with a double feature of North by Northwest and The Big Lebowski. A complete schedule is available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Come to Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Ian Belknap, Jen Anne Coffeen, Jeremy Owens, Katie Prout and Diana Slickman. Free.

"Vanishing Neighborhoods" Film Shorts @ Comfort Station

This evening Preservation Chicago, the Chicago Film Archives and Kartemquin Films are screening three short 16mm films documenting Chicago's demolition and change in 1960s and 1970s at Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. For additional details about the films and the event, check out the event's Facebook page.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the monthly literary bout WRITE CLUB, starting at 7:00pm. Emcee/Overlord Ian Belknap presides over three bouts of two authors, each battling it out for their chosen charities. Admission is $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "heroes." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark), tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets.

Jonathan Richman @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall welcomes singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman for an all-ages concert tonight at 9:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Lincoln Hall calendar. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln. (773) 525-2501.

Os Mutantes @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall welcomes the Tropicalia innovators Os Mutantes for a show tonight at 8:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Lincoln Hall calendar. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln. (773) 525-2501.

Studs' Place @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts a "live performance/broadcast" of an episode of "Studs' Place," the TV show from the 1950s starring Studs Terkel. The performance will be done by Pocket Guide To Hell. Show starts at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:00, and admission is $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

You're Being Ridiculous @ Mary's Attic

You're Being Ridiculous is a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "heroes." Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the monthly installment of Handmade Market, a craft show featuring local makers of all kinds. Expect to see handmade jewelry, clothing, bags, paper crafts, and much more. Admission is free, and the event runs from noon to 4pm. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come see Story Club tonight at the Holiday Club, 4000 N Sheridan Ave. The theme this month is "Thanks" and features readings from writer Sarah Hollenbeck, Chicago Writers Conference creator Mare Swallow, filmmaker and advice columnist Jennifer Peepas. Open mic slots are also available for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup starts at 7:30, show beings at 8pm.

Sparks @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., welcomes the legendary electronic duo Sparks for a pair of concerts tonight and Thursday. Tickets are $30 online or at the door, which opens at 8pm. 18+

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their monthly open house, Firdat Friday, starting this evening at 6:00pm in their new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Sample classes, jam sessions, and concerts will happen all evening. Admission is $5, or $10 for families. Full details at the school's Website, or call (773) 728-6000.

War of the Worlds @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a celebration of the infamous Halloween adaptation of H.G. Wells story War of the Worlds, with a screening of the 1953 film version (in a new 35mm print), and excerpts from the original 1939 version written by Orson Welles. The program starts this afternoon at 1:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Spooky Singalong @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a Halloween sing-along this morning at 11:00am in their main concert hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. The concert is $12, or $11 for school members. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, or call (773) 728-6000.

Manos: The Hands of Fate @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts a midnight screening of the legendary bad film Manos: The Hands of Fate. The version screening tonight is a recently restored version, made from an original work print of the film. Full details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Kill All Comedy @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes Kill All Comedy, the local comedy collective, as they present a best-of show starting tonight at 6:30pm (doors at 5:30pm). Admission is $5 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents High Fidelity

The Music Box Theatre and Sound Opnions present the latest screening in their Sound Opinions at the Movies series: the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm, introduced by Sound Opinions co-hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Bring Me The Head of James Franco... @ Den Theatre

The Den Theatre presents the new solo show by Write Club founder Ian Belknap, a show that has the snappy title Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of His Skull. Opening night is tonight at 7:30pm, and the show runs through November 16. See the Den Theatre Website for full details and ticket purchases. Den Theatre: 1333 N. Milwaukee. (773) 569-3454.

Music Box of Horrors

The Music Box Theatre presents their annual Music Box of Horrors film festival, running for 24 hours starting today at noon. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Filmless Festival

The Third Coast International Audio Festival presents their annual Filmless Festival, featuring audio productions from around the world, special guests talking about their works, and much more. The festival happens at the Old Town School of Folk Music today and tomorrow. Tickets to individual screenings and workshops are $12-20; a full festival pass is $75. Full details at the school's website.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Come to Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Megan Stielstra, Suzy Krueckeberg, Josh Zagoren, John Loos and Angela Benander.

Hawkwind @ Logan Square Auditorium

The Empty Bottle presents the space-rock band Hawkwind on their first tour in nearly 20 years. Tonight's show is at the Logan Square Auditorium at 8:30pm. Full details on the show available at the Empty Bottle Website.

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Come see Story Club tonight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St) The theme this month is "Are We Uncomfortable Yet?" and features readings from actor and solo performer Jane deLaubenfels, Writer and Host of The Encyclopedia Show Patrick Allen Carberry and Storyteller Extraordinaire Lara Levitan. Open mic slots are also available for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup starts at 7:30, show beings at 8pm. Entrance is free and a suggested $5 donation is greatly appreciated


Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly meeting of Write Club, the literary boxing match that pits Chicago authors and actors against each other in matches for charity. Write club starts at 7:00pm. Admission is $10 at the door. All proceeds go to the charities chosen by the participants. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Playdate at Old Town @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a tribute to their early days with Playdate at Old Town, a morning concert featuring instructors Mark Dvorak and Jason McInnes, and the Young Stracke All-Stars band. The concert happens in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue this morning at 1:00am. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, or call (773) 728-6000.

Meet Your Maker

Meet your Maker is an opportunity for artists and arts administrators to interact and meet face-to-face bridging the divide between them. Join your colleagues from the creative sector to make a dynamic difference in the community. The event is tonight from 6 to 8pm at Fulton Street Collective, 2000 W. Fulton St. Suggested donation of $5 to cover food and refreshments; register to attend.

Word is Out @ Hideout

The Hideout, OutLoud Chicago, and In Our Words present Word Is Out, the reading series for the LGBTQ community. Doors open at 6:30pm, show is at 7:00pm, and admission is $5. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Found Footage Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents The Found Footage Festival, masters of the found videotape, with a "best of the Midwest" special program tonight at 9:30pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Empty Bottle

Former Chicagoans Quintron & Miss Pussycat bring their Spellcaster Lodge show back to the Empty Bottle tonight, with opening act zZz. Show starts at 9:00pm, admission is $14 at the door. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Docs at the Box

The Music Box Theatre presents its first documentary film festival, Docs at the Box. The festival runs for one week starting this evening, and will include such anticipated films as Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie, the George Plimpton biography Plimpton!, and the new Kartemquin film The Trials of Muhammad Ali. A full schedule and advance tickets for the festival are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Art of Human Rights @ Palette & Chisel

Funds raised through The Art of Human Rights support Heartland Alliance's work to ensure that everyone has a roof over their head, access to health care, the opportunity to earn income to support themselves and their families, and to be treated fairly and with justice.

Reception: Friday, Oct. 4 • 7-10pm
at Palette & Chisel 1012 N Dearborn Chicago, IL 60610

First Fridays @ MCA

Magic is the theme at this month's First Fridays at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., tonight from 6pm to 11pm. See performances by magicians Dennis Watkins, Eugene Burger, David Kovac, Sean Masterson, Alba and Benjamin Barnes, plus short films by Christy LeMaster, psychedelia spun by DJ Plastic Crimewave and live music by Girl Group Chicago. Admission is $14 in advance, $18 at the door; $10 for MCA members.

Nick Offerman @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre welcomes actor Nick Offerman, as he promotes his new book Paddle Your Own Canoe. He will be at the Music Box this evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website.

Spanish Flamenco Guitar

Thiago Vasquez is performing at the Instituto Cervantes tonight Friday, October 4th at 7PM.

Thiago is a world-class guitarist and composer who has worked with some of Spain's most renowned flamenco artists and this is his Chicago debut.

You can find more information here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/461731

Additionally, Thiago will be teaching flamenco guitar group and private lessons throughout the month of October.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come see Story Club tonight at the Holiday Club, 4000 N Sheridan Ave. The theme this month is "Spooky" and features readings from "You're Being Ridiculous" producer Jeremy Owens, performer and dating superstar Ruth McCormack and Actor Maura Clement. Open mic slots are also available for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup starts at 7:30, show beings at 8pm.

Empty Bottle Book Club

The Empty Bottle hosts an afternoon book club meeting starting at 1:00pm. The book up for discussion is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Admission to the event is free. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

The Meat Puppets @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle presents the Meat Puppets this evening at 9:00pm, with special guests Enemy Planes and Vamos! Tickets are $20 ($18 in advance), and may be purchased through the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Beat Swap Meet @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts Beat Swap Meet Chicago, an afternoon of record vendors and DJs playing their rare vinyl. CDs not invited! Beat Swap Meet runs from noon to 6:00pm today, and entrance is $5 or free with a canned good. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Pere Ubu @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the legendary band Pere Ubu this evening at 9:30pm, with special guests Gagarin and Radiant Devices. The show starts at 9:30pm, and tickets are $15. Full details and advance tickets at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Django double feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center offers a double feature Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, and the original 1966 film Django at 6:00pm. The screening is part of the Film Center's Repertory screening series, and tickets for both films may be bought at a discount. See the Film Center's Website for full details. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Come to Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Stephanie Douglass, Mason Johnson, Corrbette Pasko, Arlene Malinowski, and Jeremy Solomon

Ella Jenkins @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music welcomes Ella Jenkins, who has been playing and recording music for children for over 50 years. The family concert starts at 11:00am at the concert hall in the school's main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Tickets and information available at the school's Website, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

UCLA Festival of Preservation @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a month-long series of films being restored and preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The festival kicks off this afternoon with a screening of Robert Altman's seldom-seen 1969 film That Cold Day In The Park, and runs through October 2 with such titles as 1933's madcap comedy International House, the Clara Bow silent film Mantrap, and the legendary 1950 film Gun Crazy. Full details on the festival, along with advance ticket purchases, available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Stree. (312) 846-2085.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8 at several venues in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. More than two dozen performances of theater, sketch comedy, spoken word and other experimental works stage today, beginning at 2:30pm; see the schedule for details. The festival closes tonight with its Anti-Oscars awards ceremony, to be held at Fringe Central (Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 10pm. Admission buttons are $5 (they're required to get into any show); tickets are $10 per show. You can also buy five- and 10-ticket packs for $45 or $80, respectively, or go to everything for $180.

Robyn Hitchcock @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music offers one of the more unusual double-bills in recent history: legendary singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, with special guest Eugene Mirman. Interested in how that's going to work? Me too! The show is tonight at the concert hall in the school's main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Tickets and information available at the school's Website, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

The Shining / Room 237 double feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center offers a double feature of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining at 3:00pm, and the recent documentary about the film Room 237 at 5:45pm. The screening is part of the Film Center's Repertory screening series, and tickets for both films may be bought at a discount. See the Film Center's Website for full details. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8 at several venues in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. More than two dozen performances of theater, sketch comedy, spoken word and other experimental works stage today, beginning at 2:30pm; see the schedule for details. Admission buttons are $5 (they're required to get into any show); tickets are $10 per show. You can also buy five- and 10-ticket packs for $45 or $80, respectively, or go to everything for $180.

Positive Babel Mural Dedication

The Old Irving Park Association will dedicate its latest mural, Positive Babel, at 11am today at the Union Pacific Railroad viaduct at Irving Park Road and Keeler Avenue. The mural, the 11th created in the community since 2003, is subtitled "The world lives, works and plays in Old Irving." The mural features 70 world landmarks that represent the home countries of residents.

OIPA president Marlena Ascher will emcee the event. Speakers will include Tony Sparrow, the lead artist, and public officials such as Congressman Mike Quigley, State Rep. Jaime Andrade Jr., and Aldermen John Arena and Tim Cullerton.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8 at several venues in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. More than a dozen performances of theater, sketch comedy, spoken word and other experimental works stage tonight, beginning at 7pm; see the schedule for details. Admission buttons are $5 (they're required to get into any show); tickets are $10 per show. You can also buy five- and 10-ticket packs for $45 or $80, respectively, or go to everything for $180.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their monthly First Friday, an open house where they invite the community into the school to sample their many classes, play along with the school's instructors and students, and watch an evening of music and dance put on by the school. The evening starts at 6:00pm in the East building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 ($10 for families). Full details available at the school's Website, or call (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Fringe Festival

The Chicago Fringe Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8 at several venues in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. More than a dozen performances of theater, sketch comedy, spoken word and other experimental works stage tonight, beginning at 7pm; see the schedule for details. Admission buttons are $5 (they're required to get into any show); tickets are $10 per show. You can also buy five- and 10-ticket packs for $45 or $80, respectively, or go to everything for $180.

African Festival of the Arts

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove, from 10am to 10pm each day. Browse a marketplace with more than 300 artists and vendors; sample food from local restaurants; visit pavilions organized around topics such as books, spirituality and cyberspace; and enjoy music on two stages -- Brandy is the headliner tonight. Admission is $20 per day at the gate, or $30 for a weekend festival pass. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are $5. Family passes are $30 per day, and include admission for two adults and up to four children.

Empty Bottle Family Friendly Block Party

The Empty Bottle hosts their first every Empty Bottle Family Friendly Block Party, featuring food from chef Dave Cooper from Bite Cafe, music from various bands (including Yakuza, Rabble Rabble, Circles, and more), and family activities inside the Empty Bottle. The party starts at noon today, happens on Cortez, between Western and the alley, and admission is a suggested $5 donation. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website.

African Festival of the Arts

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove, from 10am to 10pm each day. Browse a marketplace with more than 300 artists and vendors; sample food from local restaurants; visit pavilions organized around topics such as books, spirituality and cyberspace; and enjoy music on two stages. Admission is $20 per day at the gate, or $30 for a weekend festival pass. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are $5. Family passes are $30 per day, and include admission for two adults and up to four children.

African Festival of the Arts

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove, from 10am to 10pm each day. Browse a marketplace with more than 300 artists and vendors; sample food from local restaurants; visit pavilions organized around topics such as books, spirituality and cyberspace; and enjoy music on two stages. Admission is $20 per day at the gate, or $30 for a weekend festival pass. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are $5. Family passes are $30 per day, and include admission for two adults and up to four children.

Before Midnight @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center kicks off a week-long screening of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy with a screening of Before Midnight tonight at 6pm. A complete schedule of screenings and advance tickets are available at the Film Center website. Film Center: 164 N. State St. 312-846-2800.

African Festival of the Arts

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove, from 10am to 10pm each day. Browse a marketplace with more than 300 artists and vendors; sample food from local restaurants; visit pavilions organized around topics such as books, spirituality and cyberspace; and enjoy music on two stages. Admission is $20 per day at the gate, or $30 for a weekend festival pass. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are $5. Family passes are $30 per day, and include admission for two adults and up to four children.

Delilah's 20th Anniversary Party

Delilah's celebrates its 20th anniversary this evening starting at 4:00pm. Among the events scheduled: an art opening featuring local artists; a tasting of their 20th anniversary whiskey; DJ-ing by Casino El Camino from Austin, TX; and many more surprises. Delilah's: 2271 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 472-2771.

Negativland @ Empty Bottle

The celebrated noise artists and copyright crusaders Negativland cruise into town this evening to perform at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Opening acts are Illusion of Safety and Good Willsmith. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are $12 in advance $15 at the door. 21+

4th Annual Great Midwest Ukefest

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret presents the annual Great Midwest Ukefest this afternoon at Chief O'Neill's (3471 N. Elston) starting this afternoon at 2:00pm. A kids program at the top of the day will be followed by an extended open-mike session stretching through the evening, followed by a series of evening concerts featuring many Cabaret regulars. More details at the Brown Paper Tickets site, or see the Facebook event page.

Trapped in the Closet @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a midnight screening of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" tonight and tomorrow evening. Advance tickets are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Noir City 5 @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and the Film Noir Foundation present their fifth annual Noir City: Chicago festival, starting this evening at 6:00pm. For the next week the schedule will include noir classics and rarely-seen films, from Sunset Boulevard to the rarely-seen Edward G. Robinson film Night Has A Thousand Eyes. A complete schedule with links for advance ticket purchases is available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Hunx and His Punx @ Subterranean

Subterranean welcomes Hunx and His Punx tonight with opening guests Hunters and Chit Chat. Show starts at 7:30pm, admission is $10, and it's an all-ages show. Subterranean: 2011 W. North Avenue. (773) 278-6600.

Empty Bottle Garage Sale

The Empty Bottle hosts their annual garage sale today starting at 11:00am. Along with whatever might be in the Empty Bottle's garage there will be other vendors selling their treasures. Admission to the sale is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Sound Opinions End of Summer BBQ

WBEZ and Sound Opinions host their end-of-summer BBQ this evening from 7:00 to 10:00pm at the WBEZ Terrace at 848 E. Grand Avenue. Food will be from Smoque BBQ, The Butcher & Larder, Bang Bang Pie Shop & Black Dog Gelato. Tickets are $40 in advance, and may be purchased through Eventbrite.

The Carter Family Family Show @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes Chicago actors Chloe Johnston, Joe Dempsey, and Emmy Bean as they perform their show The Carter Family Family Show tonight at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Queer Literary Showcase @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts the Queer Literary Showcase with readers Michael Garabedian, elle navidson, Sam Lowry, and H Melt. The event starts at 7:00pm at Quimby's (1854 W. North Avenue). Full details at the Quimby's Website.

Snow City Arts Film Festival @ Adventure Stage

Snow City Arts is presenting 2013: A Film Festival, a retrospective of 15 years of productions made by children in Chicago hospitals. The screening runs from 1pm-5pm at the Adventure Stage Chicago at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Tickets are free, but RSVP.

Hitchcock Silent Film Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a week-long festival of Alfred Hitchcock's early silent films, only nine of which have survived. The films will be screening with musical accompaniment by the Music Box's resident organis Dennis Scott, as well as by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. See the Music Box Website for a complete schedule of screenins and links for advance ticket.s Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music holds its monthly First Friday this evening at 6:00pm. Free classes, dance lessons, and evening concerts are offered in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. Full details at the school's Website, or call their front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Wildclaw in the Wild @ 3031

Wildclaw Theatre presents Wildclaw in the Wild: Stories by the Fire, their summer reading series at 3031 N. Honore. Doors open at 7:00pm, the show starts at 7:30pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $5. Details at the Wildclaw Theatre site.

Se7en @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center kicks off a month-long examination of the films of David Fincher with a screening of Se7en from 1995 this afternoon at 3:00pm. Advance tickets are available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2085.

The Princess Show @ Mayne Stage

The Mayne Stage presents the family-friendly show by Chicago Kids Company, The Princess Show. The 50-minute program features Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel as the princesses, and includes audience participation and sing-alongs. The show starts at 1:00pm, and the lobby doors will open at 11:30. Full details on the show at the Mayne Stage Website. Mayne Stage: 1328 West Morse Avenue. (773) 381-4554.

Mark Mulcahy @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts an appearance by Mark Mulcahy, formerly of Miracle Legion and Polaris (a band name that "Pete & Pete" fans know all too well). Opening act is Healing Power. The show starts at 9:00pm, doors open at 8:00pm, and tickets are $12. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Origins and Influences

Anne Mallek, curator of the Gamble House, will speak on "Good Houses and Good Books": The English Arts and Crafts Movement in America, at 6pm at the Pritzker Auditorium in the Monroe Building, 104 S. Michigan Ave. Admission is free; registration is required. The Gamble House in Pasadena, CA is considered an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts architecture. The lecture will explore how the work of British Arts and Crafts designers such as William Morris and Charles Robert Ashbee influenced American design.

Kicking Kevin Kane's Cancer Bills @ Schubas

Schubas hosts a benefit to help Columbia College grad student Kevin Kane pay his bills for leukemia treatment. Music provided by Cloudbirds and DJ Doug Hall, readings by Joe Meno and Lindsay Hunter, and the comedy stylings of Liza Treyger, Kenny Witzgall, and Maggie Ritchie. General admission is $20, or pay $30 for the VIP admission, which gets your complimentary dink and raffle tickets. Event starts at 8:00pm, and it's a 21+ show. Schubas: 3159 North Southport. (773) 525-2508.

This Must Be The Band @ Martyrs

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Talking Heads album Speaking In Tongues the tribute band This Must Be The Band plays the full album at the end of their performance this evening. Show starts at 9:00pm, tickets are $15 at the door, or $13 in advance (see the Martyrs Website to purchase tickets). Martyrs: 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Open Mic Comedy @ Schubas

Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., presents a free Monday night open mic comedy program. Show starts at 9pm, and it's a 21+ event.

Jeff Garlin @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre welcomes comedian Jeff Garlin, who will be presenting a screening of his new film Dealin' With Idiots tonight and tomorrow night at 7:20pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Wright's Search for Innovation in Design

Restoration architect John Eifler will talk about the process of restoring a Frank Lloyd Wright building and how Wright's visionary Prairie style is retained as a building ages. He will also discuss current preservation standards and methods. 12 noon at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St., just off Michigan Avenue next to 4th Presbyterian Church. Admission is free; registration is required.

Eifler's firm, Eifler & Associates, has restored some 20 Wright buildings, which were designed by Wright over a 60-year period. This event is sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

Third Coast Listening Room: Stories of Internetness

Former CTO of Threadless and the Obama campaign, Harper Reed, joins the Third Coast Audio Festival for a special Listening Room event featuring "stories of Internetness" tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+

Broken Windows: Writers on Architecture and the Urban Plan

Readings by Paul Durica, Maribel Mares and Sarah Ross on our relationships with the built environment. Sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex and SOILED Magazine and underwritten by Studio Gang Architects. Part of summer programming by the Polish Triangle Coalition. 6-8pm today at the Polish Triangle (intersection of Ashland, Division and Milwaukee). Free.

More information here or by emailing info@guildcomplex.org.

Broken Windows Placemaking Workshop

The Polish Triangle community and other interested participants will provide input for improving public space and learning how to continue placemaking. The workshop will be led by architect Katherine Darnstadt, founder and principal of Latent Design.

3-5pm today at the Polish Triangle (the intersection of Ashland, Division and Milwaukee). Free.

The "broken windows" theory states that when community problems such as trash, graffiti and loitering are addressed, the community will prosper and become a better place to live. When the broken windows are not fixed, larger crime problems can result.

Wet Hot American Summer @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the 2001 cult film Wet Hot American Summer. Well, let's say 11:30pm, that way you can be here at midnight. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Studio Ghibli festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents a month-long retrospective of Studio Ghibli Films. The fun starts today with a screening of Spirited Away at 3pm, and runs through August 1. See the Film Center website for a complete schedule and to purchase advance tickets. Call the box office at 312-846-2085.

Footloose @ Gene Siskel Film Center

As part of their Date with the 80s film series, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents an evening screening of the 1984 film Footloose at 6:00pm. See the Film Center's Website for a complete list of screening films in the series, and to purchase advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.

The Audience @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., screens a National Theatre Live broadcast of the West End production of the play The Audience, with Helen Mirren reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II. The screening starts at 1:30pm. Tickets are $15. Full details on the event are at the Music Box website.

80s Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a double feature of two iconic 80s films: Dirty Dancing at 3:00pm, and Footloose at 5:00pm. You may purchase tickets for both films at a discount, or purchase a ticket for just one film. Full details at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Summer Music Film Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Sound Opinions present the third annual Summer Music Film Festival. Eight films will be screened over the next week, ranging from the classic 1983 hip hop film Wild Style to the Chicago premiere of the documentary Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm. The premiere happens this evening at 7:00pm, and includes an introduction by Sound Opinions co-hosts Jim DeRogatins and Greg Kot. Full details and a complete schedule of films available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Illustrated Press Gallery Discussion @ Harold Washington Library

Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez of The Illustrated Press discuss their exhibition in the Congress Corridor of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., tonight from 6 to 8pm. Several subjects of the comics will be in attendance. Free. RSVP on Facebook.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

Martyrs hosts the monthly StorySLAM from The Moth. Ten audience volunteers are randomly selected to tell a five-minute story on the evening's theme, and a panel of judges decides the winner, who will go on to the Grandslam Championships. The show begins at 8:00pm tonight, but you'll definitely want to get in line early, because these events usually sell out. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

MusicEmotion @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts MusicEmotion, a digital screening of classical music performed at Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. Today's screening is a program of Verdi compositions, including Nabucco, staged at the St. Margarethen opera festival in Austria. The program begins at 11:30am. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

John Reilly & Friends @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts a performance by actor John C. Reilly, along with a group of musicians including Tom Brosseau and Becky Stark, this evening at 8:00pm. Tickets are $28 and may be purchased in advance from the school's Website. Full details at the Webiste, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

80s Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a double feature of two iconic 80s films: They Live at 3:00pm, and Repo Man at 5:00pm. You may purchase tickets for both films at a discount, or purchase a ticket for just one film. Full details at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Kill All Comedy @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts a comedy showbase by local comedy collective Kill All Comedy. Doors at 5:30pm, show at 6:30pm, and admission is a measly $5. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Etsy Craft Party 2013

Etsy is throwing a worldwide Craft Party today, and the Chicago party is happening at Mignonette Bridal (1747 W. Belmont) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The beneficiary of all proceeds from the party will be the Human Society of the US Pets For Life program. A certified therapy dog will be in attendance, in case you want to shake his paw. Admission is $5, or a donated bag of dog or cat food. For more details and to RSVP see the Facebook event page.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the monthly literary pugilistic bout known as Write Club. Host Ian Belknap presides over bouts of authors taking up opposing concepts, and presenting their arguments for their sides. A panel of judges decides the winners, who get a donation to the chairty of their choice. Doors open tonight at 7:00pm, and admission is $10. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

80s Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a double feature of two iconic 80s films: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 3:00pm, and Back to the Future at 5:15pm. You may purchase tickets for both films at a discount, or purchase a ticket for just one film. Full details at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Caddyshack @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre presents the latest in Trib Nation's screenings of classic sports films, the 1980 film Caddyshack,, with discussion of the film by the Tribune's film critic Michael Phillips and sports columnist Steve Rosenbloom. The film screens at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Peter Tork @Old Town School of Folk Music

Hey hey, it's a Monkee! The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts an evening concert by musician Peter Tork, with an opening act consisting of the Monkees Ensemble band from the school, along with dancers from the Psychedelic Go-Go class. The show starts at 7:00pm at the school's main concert hall (at 4544 N. Lincoln). Tickets are $30 and may be purchased from the school's Website, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

80s Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a double feature of two iconic 80s films: The Terminator at 3:00pm, and Conan the Barbarian at 5:15pm. You may purchase tickets for both films at a discount, or purchase a ticket for just one film. Full details at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

ActYourAge! @ Intuit

Following its inspirational and critically acclaimed sell-out run at Chicago Dramatists this April, Beth Urech will perform her one-woman show, ActYourAge!, tonight and Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Arts, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $20 (includes post-show reception). (312) 243-9088.

3rd anniversary party @ Inkling

Inkling, the craft boutique that sells locally produced artwork and goods, celebrates its 3rd year of business with a party this evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The party will feature a raffle, button making, and free drinks. See the shop's Website for full details. Inkling: 2917 1/2 N. Broadway. (773) 248-8004.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts their monthly First Friday evening of performances and workshops this evening. The public is invited to come to the school and sample some of the many music & dance classes the school has to offer. The evening takes place at the Szold Music & Dance Hall in the school's east building (4545 N. Lincoln), and admission is a $5 donation. See the school's Website for details on the evening, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000 for more information.

Pivot Arts Festival

Pivot Arts presents their inaugural Multi-Arts Festival starting tonight and running through June 22. Taking place in multiple venues in Edgewater and Uptown, the festival brings together many different performing groups, from the Neo-Futurists to Theater Oobleck to RE | Dance Group and many others. Full details of the festival at the Pivot Arts Website.

80s Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a double feature of two iconic 80s films: The Breakfast Club at 3:15pm, and Ferris Beuller's Day Off at 5:15pm. You may purchase tickets for both films at a discount, or purchase a ticket for just one film. Full details at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Wikileaks documentary @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. The film starts screening tonight at the theater; see the Music Box Website for a complete showtime schedule. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Portrait of Jason @ The Music Box *New Location*

The Music Box Theatre and the Northwest Chicago Film Society present a screening of the 1967 Shirley Clarke film Portrait of Jason, a film featuring a conversation with cabaret performer Jason Holliday. Portrait of Jason screens tonight at 7:00pm, and tickets are just $5. Full details and a complete schedule of society screenings at the society's Website. The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Ave.

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole @ Old Town School of Folk Music

As part of the Festival of Aloha happening this weekend the Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening concert by dancer and musician Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole in their main concert hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Mr. Kanaka'ole is a five-time winner of the prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award, and comes from a distinguished family of practitioners of hula. Fans of Pacific Island music will definitely want to attend this concert! The show starts at 8:00pm; tickets are $22, and can be purchased through the Old Town School Website, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

Harold Lloyd's Safety Last @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of Harold Lloyd's classic film Safety Last. Along with the screening there will be a reception with live music, live vaudeville acts, and a special sneak peek at the renovations going on inside the theater's smaller screening room. The evening starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Cannibal Holocaust @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre
presents the infamous 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust in a restored, uncensored print. Definitely not for the squeamish. The film screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. See the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Festival of Aloha @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts the second annual Festival of Aloha, which begins this evening at 8:30pm. For their Global Dance Party series the festival is presenting a kanikapila (Hawaiian jam session) featuring some of the artists that are performing and teaching during the festival: Grammy-winnin artist Daniel Ho; hula instructor Sylvia Puanani Edgar; and Tahitian dance instructor Moeata Tehani. Admission is $10 to the event; see the Old Town School Website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Old Town School: 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Zardoz @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater and the Northwest Chicago Film Society present a screening of John Boorman's weird post-apocalyptic 1974 film Zardoz, with Sean Connery in a red bikini. The screenin starts at 7:30pm, and admission is a measly $5. Full details and a complete schedule of screenings at the society's Website. Portage Theater: 4050 N. Milwaukee. (773) 736-4050.

The Miss Neo Pageant @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their latest prime-time show, The Miss Neo Pageant, opening this evening and running through June 22. The play, described as "a feminist play for accidental feminists," is directed by Neo veteran Stephanie Shaw and features the stories of five female Neo ensemble members and collaborators. Performances are Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm; tickets are $20, $10 for seniors/students, and pay what you can on Thursdays. Full details and advance tickets available at the Neo-Futurists Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 848-4557.

Kartemquin Spring Showcase @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a preview of four upcoming movies by Kartemquin Films. The directors of the films will be in attendance for Q&A and feedback, and a post-screening reception for ticketholders is also scheduled. The screenings begin at 5:00pm. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2800.

The Room @ Music Box

"What kind of money? What kind of drugs?" The Music Box Theatre presents another midnight screening of the 2003 cult classic The Room. See the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Asian American Showcase @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 18th annual Asian American Showcase, starting tonight and running through May 30. The kick-off film, Quentin Lee's 2012 film White Frog, screens tonight at 8:00pm. A complete schedule, and advance tickets, are available through the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 246-2800.

Everything Is Terrible! @ UP Comedy Club

The keepers of made-for-VHS films Everything Is Terrible! present Comic Relief Zero: an EIT! stand-up special tonight at UP Comedy Club at Piper's Alley (230 W. North Avenue, 3rd floor). The 60-minute show starts at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:15pm). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the UP Comedy Club Website.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The chicago Nerds Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting, tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). The book for discussion tonight is Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Mommie Dearest @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents their annual Mother's Day screening of the 1981 camp classic Mommie Dearest, hosted by Dick O'Day and the Hell in a Handbag players. Join Dick for a pre-screening show at 2:00pm, and expect a running commentary throughout the film by members of Camp Midnight. The first 100 attendees receive a commemorative wire hanger! Full details and advance tickets available through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Facets Night School: Ben & Athur

Facets Cinematheque concludes its Facets Night School,a cult film paired with a discussion of the film, tonight at midnight. Tonight's final film is the cult film Ben & Athur, paired with a lecture by Facets Night School regular Lew Ojeda. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Michael Kenna @ Catherine Edelman Gallery

The powerful black and white landscapes of world-reknowned photographer Michael Kenna are returning to the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior St. Kenna's fine-art prints use line and blur to capture the emotion and essence of cities and countries around the world. The images will be on display until July 6.

SAIC projects @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the thesis projects of the undergrad and graduate classes of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The presentations happen today through Friday at the Film Center (164 North State Street) at 4:30pm. Admission is free, and tickets are available at the box office. Full details at the Film Center's Website.

Ian Svenonius @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts Ian Svenonius, former singer for Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up, tonight at 7:00pm. Ian will be reading from his book Supernatural Strategies For Making A Rock'n'Roll Group. Full details at the Quimby's site. Quimby's: 1854 W. North Avenue. (773) 342-0910.

Touch of Evil @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a screening of Orson Welles' classic film Touch of Evil today at 11:30am as part of its weekly matinee series. A complete matinee schedule is available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Facets Night School: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School,a cult film paired with a discussion of the film, tonight at midnight. Tonight's film is the mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous, paired with a lecture by Facets Night School regular Lauren Whalen. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

The Cremaster Cycle @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center begins screening one of the most highly divisive film series in recent memory: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle. Cremaster 1 and Cremaster 2 begin the series tonight at 7:45pm. Full details, as well as advance tickets, are available through the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2800.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts their monthly First Friday, in which the community is invited to sample music & dance classes, see student ensemble performances, and to gather together with like-minded people. First Friday starts at 6:00pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $5. Old Town School: 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Richard Hell @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar hosts writer and musician Richard Hell, reading from and signing copies of his book I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, tonight at 7:00pm. Full details at the Book Cellar Website. Book Cellar: 4736-38 N. Lincoln. (773) 293-2665.

Sound Opinions at the Movies: Wattstax @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Sound Opinions present the 1972 documentary Wattstax tonight at 7:30pm. Complete details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

The Moth's monthly Chicago StorySLAM is tonight at Martyers', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. Come hear true stories told without a script, and vote for your favorite. The theme tonight is "mystery." Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 8pm. Get there early and you might even be able to sign up to tell a story yourself! Admission is $8. 21+

Open house @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, presents an open house tonight starting at 6:00pm. The public is invited to come learn about the space, what the group does, and how you can join them. The event is free and open to the public. Pumping Station: One is located at 3519 N. Elston.

Facets Night School: The Cannibals

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School,a cult film paired with a discussion of the film, tonight at midnight. Tonight's film is the rare Portuguese horror film the Cannibals (Os Canibais), paired with a lecture by independent filmmaker Michael Smith. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Desperate Living @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the John Waters classic Desperate Living tonight at midnight. Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Liz Renay, and Susan Lowe star in this tale of Mortville, the town full of criminals and sexual deviants. See the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Stuck @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a special screening of the documentary Stuck, which takes a look at the process of adoption from the point of view of both the parents and the children. The film's director, Craig Juntunen, will be at the 7:00pm screening for a Q&A following the film. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Birdemic 2 @ Patio Theater

The Patio Theater and the Chicago Cinema Society presents a one-night-only screening of Birdemic 2: The Resurrection. The very special guests at the screening will be the film's director James Nguyen and producer Jeff Gross, which will be abailable for Q&A after the movie. (And there WILL be many questions.) The screening starts at 9:00pm. Advance tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Convoy @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater and the Northwest Chicago Film Society present a screening of Sam Peckinpah's film Convoy, based on the hit song based on the CB radio. Convoy screens tonight at 7:30pm. Admission is a supercheap $5. Full details and a complete schedule of Northwest Chicago Film Society screenings available at the society's Website. Portage Theater: 4050 N. Milwaukee. (773) 736-4050.

The Moth GrandSLAM @ Park West

The Moth holds its annual Chicago GrandSLAM, featuring winners of its monthly StorySLAM storytelling series, tonight at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. 21+

Open house @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, presents an open house tonight starting at 6:00pm. The public is invited to come learn about the space, what the group does, and how you can join them. The event is free and open to the public. Pumping Station: One is located at 3519 N. Elston.

Facets Night School: She Shoulda Said "No"!

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School,a cult film paired with a discussion of the film, tonight at midnight. Tonight's film is a typical drugs exploitation film, She Shoulda Said "No"!, starring the actress Lila Leeds, who was arrested with Robert Mitchum for smoking marijuana and was forced to make this film. The program will also include a lecture by Facets Night School regular Chris Damen. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Michelle L'Amour's Old Time Strip Show @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' presents Michelle L'Amour's Old time Strip Show, with a cavalcade of burlesque talent taking the stage tonight starting at 9:00pm. Advance tickets available at the Martyrs' Website. Martyrs': 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

One-Night-Only Performance: Jay Chandrasekhar @Laugh Factory

Laugh Factory Chicago will host a one-night-only comedy performance by Jay Chandrasekhar, known for his role as Thorny in Super Troopers and Barry in Beerfest.

Friday April 19. Show begins at 8pm. Laugh factory is located at 3175 N. Broadway at Broadway and Belmont. 18+ show. $20-$30 tickets. For more info or to make reservations visit www.LaughFactory.com or call (773) 327-3175 x1.

Third Fridays @ Zhou B Art Center

Every third Friday of the month, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Zhou B Art Center,1029 W. 35th Street, a multi-floor, multi-discliplinary art and culture venue composed of artist's studios, art galleries, gathering spaces and the Zhou B Café & Art Lounge opens its doors to the public. On Third Fridays, resident and international artists exhibit their newest works in various media for the consumption of collectors, artists, and anyone else with an interest in art. The event also offers the opportunity for the public to interact with the artists who created the exhibited works. The event is free to attend, and free refreshments are provided.

#DocYourWorld @ Columbia's Film Row Cinema

Today Columbia College continues its free #DocYourWorld documentary panels and screenings from noon until 9:30pm in their Film Row Cinema on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

#DocYourWorld @ Columbia's Film Row Cinema

Today Columbia College continues its free #DocYourWorld documentary panels and screenings from noon until 9pm in their Film Row Cinema on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts Write Club, the monthly literary boxing match where writers & performers take up opposing concepts. The bouts are judged by a panel of literary experts, and the winners get donations for their chosen charities. This month, it's Scott Whitehair (allow) vs. Jen Bosworth (deny), Bobby Biedrzycki (trash) vs. Jessica Palmer (treasure), and James Finn Garner (liquid) vs. Ian Belknap (solid). The show starts at 7pm, and admission is $10 at the door. Full details at the Hideout Website. 21+

Facets Night School: Night of A Thousand Cats

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School,a cult film paired with a discussion of the film, tonight at midnight. Tonight's film is a "Mexploitation" title from 1972, Night of A Thousand Cats, paired with a lecture by Facets Night School regular Dominick Mayer. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Redd Kross @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle presents the LA punk band Redd Kross, touring on their highly acclaimed Merge Records album Researching the Blues. The show is tonight at 9:30pm; tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets available at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Shane Carruth double feature @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and The AV Club present a double feature of Shane Carruth's two films, Upstream Color and Primer. Shane Carruth will be in attendance, interviewed by The AV Club's Scott Tobias. Upstream Color screens at 7:30pm; Primer screens at 9:45pm. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

CAKE FRAME (Fundraiser / Silent Auction) @ Peanut Gallery

The fabulous, annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is coming up again this summer, and to prepare for it, they've organized a big fundraising event at Peanut Gallery (1000 N. California Ave.) tonight from 7 to 11pm. There will be a rowdy live auction featuring a whole lot of work by talented local artists (some big names) and live performances by Paul Nudd, Jeremy Pettis, Alyssa Herlocher and Andy Burkholder. Facebook invite here. Free admission.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

On the second Friday of every month, the thirty-or-so galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at S. Halsted and 18th Streets open their doors to showcase art and artists from Chicago and the world. The opening receptions begin at 6pm and last officially until 10pm, letting viewers get up close with the art and artists for free. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted.

ASMP/APA Bar Night @ DeLux Bar and Grill

The American Photographic Artists and the American Society of Media Photographers put on a monthly bar night every second Wednesday of the month. This is a chance for photographers, producers, models, printmakers, and anyone else connected with photography to network in a laid back environment. This month's event is sponsored by Calumet Photographic and is free to attend at Delux Bar & Grill, 669 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club has their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting tonight at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The book for discussion tonight is Accelerando by Charles Stross. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Facets Night School: Hercules, Samson & Ulysses

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School,a cult film paired with a discussion of the film, tonight at midnight. Tonight's film is the 1963 sword-and-sandal epic Hercules, Samson & Ulysses, paired with a lecture by film critic Jef Burnham. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Art Reception @ Art on Armitage

A reception featuring artists Stacy Peterson, Pei San Ng, and Amie Sell will be held tonight from 6pm-8pm at Art on Armitage, 4125 W. Armitage. Stop by to check out their new nebulous work/ window exhibit inspired by a trip to Creative Reuse Warehouse. The cloud of up-cycled industrial hardware and metal wires plays on modern communication and acts as a visual representation of how people work together to create communities, social networks, and how molecular structures build. Meet these artists and better understand their new installation's subject and inspiration.

Room 237 @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the documentary Room 237, which presents several unusual theories and interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. The film begins screening tonight; see the Music Box Website for a complete schedule. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special Easter screening of the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this afternoon at 2:00pm. The screening will include a costume contest for the audience, goodie bags, and a pre-show sing-along. Advance tickets and full details available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Facets Night School: Carnival Magic

Facets Cinematheque kicks off another session of Facets Night School tonight at midnight. The first film in the series is the long-forgotten chimpsploitation flick Carnival Magic, presented with a lecture by Jason Coffman of the Chicago Cinema Society. Facets Night School screenings run Saturdays at midnight through May 11, and admission is $5. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Tom Billings @ Grand Bizzare

Tom Billings Currently has new sculptural pieces up at the Grand Bizzare Gallery and before it comes down there will be a bash of Music and typical Billings Mayhem.

Performances by:
Rik and Deuce
Riders of the Apocalypse

DJs
Rik Shaw and Le Deuce

9 - midnight 1418 W Division
http://www.grandbizzare.com

Sing-Along Sound of Music @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special Easter weekend screening of The Sound of Music along with sing-along lyrics for all of the songs in the film, packs of audience participation items, and of course a costume contest for the audience. The film screens this afternoon at 2:00pm. Advance tickets and full details available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Hitchcock, Psycho double feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., presents week-long runs of the 2012 film Hitchcock and the classic 1960 film Psycho. The films will often be screening back-to-back throughout the week, and you may purchase discount tickets for both films. Full details and advance tickets available at the Film Center's website., or call 312-846-2085.

Tommy Wiseau @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a return appearance by Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, who will of course be presenting screenings of the cult classic film The Room this weekend. Three screenings will be happening for the next three days, each one at 10:30pm. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Mitch O'Connell book signing @ Quimby's

Quimby's presents a book signing and slideshow by local artist Mitch O'Connell, promoting his new book Mitch O'Connell: The World's Best Artist. The event starts at 7pm at Quimby's (1854 West North Avenue), and is free and open to the public. Full details at the Quimby's Website.

South Pacific @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special free screening of the 1958 classic South Pacific as part of Turner Classic Movies' celebration of their Classic Film Festival. In attendance will be film critic and author Leonard Maltin and original star of the film Mitzi Gaynor. The screening is tonight at 7:30pm; tickets are free and can be reserved through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts the latest edition of Write Club, the literary equivalent of a boxing match. Two authors spar on opposing concepts, a winner is determined by the audience, and prize money is awarded to the winners' charities. Tonight's bouts:Carly Oishi (WATER) vs. Patrick Gill (WINE), Joe Janes (DRUNK) vs. Janna Sobel (SOBER), Ian Belknap (SHAKEN) vs. Jennifer Coffeen (STIRRED). Show starts at 7pm, and admission is $10. 21+

Eddie Pepitone @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of the documentary film The Bitter Buddha, with the documentary's subject, comedian Eddie Pepitone, in attendance with the film's director Steven Feinartz. The film screens at 9:30pm; full details and advance tickets are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Hoosiers @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of Hoosiers tonight at 7:00pm. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film by film critic Michael Phillips and Tribune sports columnist David Haugh. Advance tickets and full details are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Nick Offerman @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents an appearance by Nick Offerman, who will be screening his new film Somebody Up There Likes Me tonight at two times, 7:30pm and 9:45pm. Advance tickets for these screenings are available at the Music Box Website; the film continues to screen at the Music Box through the following week. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Open House @ U of C's New Arts Incubator

The U of C's new Arts Incubator in Washington Park is having its first big open house from 3pm-6pm at 301 E. Garfield. There will be free tours of the new space, music and a new exhibition, "Feedback." See more on Facebook.

Chicago Zine Fest

The 2013 Chicago Zine Fest kicks off today with a panel discussion at Columbia College, readings at 826 CHI, and a zine-related game show happening tonight at Quimby's. Full details of the two-day event available at the Chicago Zine Fest Website.

Analog @ The Neo-Futurarium

Starting Friday, March 1st, The Neo-Futurists will be debuting they newest production- Analog. Analog is an experimental play following Kurt Chiang's real-life process of transcribing Lord of The Flies is collaged with the personal narratives of five different writer-performers in this visceral exploration of the concept of "Fate."

Playing at The Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland)
7:30PM Thurs-Sat.
March 1- April 6 2013
Order Tickets: $20 ($10 for students/ seniors with ID)

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., presents the monthly Moth StorySLAM. Storytelling audience members are judged by a panel of their peers, and the winner of tonight's event goes to the storytelling finals. Show starts at 8pm, and admission is $8. 21+

Fourplay @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2012 film Fourplay as part of Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival. Kyle Henry, the film's director, will in in attendance for a Q&A session. The screening begins at 8:00pm. Full details on the screening available at the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's

Silvie's Lounge hosts the latest Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, a regular open-mike evening for 'ukulele players. Tonight's theme is "Sorry I Forgot About Valentine's Day", and players are invited to perform up to 15 minutes, or up to three songs, whichever comes first, on the theme of love, forgiveness, break-ups, etc., etc., etc. The evening begins at 8pm, and admission is free. Silvie's: 1902 West Irving Park Road. For more information please see the group's Facebook page.

Kung Fu Triple Feature @ Portage Theater

The Chicago Cinema Society presents a triple-feature of three kung fu films this evening at the Portage Theater (4050 N Milwaukee). The films are: The 36th Chamber of the Shoalin; The Kid With The Golden Arm; and the Chicago premiere of Cold Steel from last year. All three films will be screened in 35mm prints starting tonight at 6:30pm. Details and advance tickets available at the Society's Eventbrite page.

Funny Ha Ha @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the triumphant return of Funny Ha Ha, Claire Zulkey's reading series. Tonight's event features: Robbie Telfer from The Encyclopedia Show; Write Club's Ian Belknap; author Wendy McClure; sketch comedy from Schadenfreude; and many more exciting people you will enjoy. Admission is a paltry $5 at the door; the show starts at 6:30pm. Full details at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Adler Planetarium After Dark

The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., presents their monthly Adler After Dark event tonight from 6pm to 10pm. An evening for adults that includes a rare chance to look through the planetarium's Doane Observatory telescope, the largest publicly accessible telescope in the Midwest. Full details on the event at the Planetarium's website or call all 312-922-7827 for more info.

Michael Salvatore @ Heritage Bicycles

MAS Context and Heritage Bicycles present a conversation with Michael Salvatore, CEO and owner of Heritage, who will discuss the company's bicycle production process, bicycle styles and how Heritage brings bicycles and coffee together. Free and BYOB at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave. 7pm.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes Write Club, the monthly literary slugfest featuring Chicago's finest authors duking it out verbally for cash prizes (for charities of their choosing). Sparring tonight: Scott Whitehair (ALLOW) vs. Jen Bosworth (DENY); Bobby Biedrzycki (TRASH) vs. Jessica Palmer (TREASURE); and James Finn Garner (LIQUID) vs. Ian Belknap (SOLID). The fight begins at 7:00pm; admission is $10 at the door. Details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Holy Motors @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2012 film Holy Motors, which confounded and excited audiences last year. The film screens tonight at 6:00pm; see the Film Center Website for details and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Performance Anxiety @ The Pleasure Chest

Caitlin Bergh hosts this Chicago spin-off of TJ Miller's LA show at The Pleasure Chest (3436 N Lincoln Ave). In a sex-positive atmosphere, Performance Anxiety provides a room for the city's top comics and hardworking up-and-comers. This month's lineup includes Natalie Jose, Saurin Choksi, Andrew Smreker, The Puterbaugh Sisters and show co-producer Goodrich Gevaart. The show starts at 8pm. It is free, 18+ and BYOB. Audience members receive a 15% discount on store merchandise after the show.

Holy Motors @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a repeat engagement for the highly acclaimed 2012 film Holy Motors as part of a retrospective look at the work of the director Leos Carax. Holy Motors screens this afternoon at 5:15pm, and again tomorrow night at 6pm. See the Film Center's Website for a complete schedule and to purchase advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2800.

Susanin's February Auction

Today at 9am, Susanin's Auctions (900 S. Clinton) is holding its February auction, which includes antique and mid-century furniture, paintings, prints, sculpture, chocolate molds, porcelain, glass, silver, rugs and carpets, Inuit and Native American pottery and carvings, Asian art, as well as some decorative art. Preview runs all week long (Monday, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 15) from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. Visit susanins.com or call 312-832-9800 for more information. Admission is free.

Music Box Theatre 70mm Festival

The Music Box presents a two week festival of 70mm movies. Titles range from the classic (2001: A Space Odyssey) to the modern (P.T. Anderson's The Master) to the trashy (Lifeforce). The full schedule of films has been posted at the Music Box Website; tickets are available for individual movies, or you may purchase a full festival pass for $70. Music Box: 3753 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sound Opinions at the Movies: The Graduate @ Music Box

The Music Box and Sound Opinions present the latest in their series of film screenings, The Graduate from 1967. The film screens this evenin at 7:30pm; full details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club this evening at Filter (1373-75 N Milwaukee) tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The book for discussion this evening is William Goldman's The Princess Bride. Full details of the event available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Don Coscarelli double feature @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a double feature of two Don Coscarelli films, to celebrate his new film John Dies At The End. That film will screen tonight at 7:20pm, and will be followed by the film Phantasm II at 9:45pm. Mr. Coscarelli will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the first film. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Room @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a midnight screening of The Room, the instant cult classic featuring the odd Tommy Wiseau. "Hi, doggy!" Full details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Don Coscarelli double feature @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a double feature of two Don Coscarelli films, to celebrate his new film John Dies At The End. That film will screen tonight at 7:20pm, and will be followed by the film Bubba Ho-Tep at 9:45pm. Mr. Coscarelli will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the first film. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. There will be a second double feature tomorrow night, so look there also. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Spacewarming Party

Jackalope Theater Company is celebrating the grand opening of their new multi-use rehearsal and educational space at 8 p.m. in the north-side neighborhood of Edgewater. The party will feature visual art by Mikey Rioux, a performance in the spoken word by Shannon Matesky, live jazz by Blue Whale, and a performance by Brandon Moorehead and Rhapsody Snyder.

If you'd like to go to the event, you can simply rsvp on the event's Facebook page. The party is at 1106 W. Thorndale Ave, just steps from the Thorndale Red Line stop. The show is at 9, and last call is at midnight.

Wednesday Rewind @ Logan Theatre

The Logan Theatre kicks off Wednesday Rewind, a weekly late-night screening series for people who enjoy cheezy & weird films, with a screening of the Mexican punksploitation film Intrepidos Punks! The screening starts at 10:30pm, and is a steal at a mere $3 admission. Full details at the Logan Theatre's Website. Logan Theatre: 2464 North Milwaukee. (773) 342-5555.

Ginger Baker doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 2012 documentary Beware of Mr. Baker, a film about the legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker. The film screens tonight at 8:00pm, and again this Thuesday at 8:30pm. See the Film Center Website for a complete schedule and to purchase advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Network @ Music Box

The Music Box presents Network from 1976 as part of their Oscar Winning Films matinee series. The film screens Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am. See the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

artEdge at the MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art is throwing its annual fundraising benefit, artEdge, on Feb. 2 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event offers guests a decadent evening filled with the romance of the Industrial Age and features a concert by the critically-acclaimed indie pop band, Fitz and the Tantrums.

Attendees will begin their evening with hors d'oeuvres in the Chain-Link Room. They'll then make their way through the Automation Room, Corrugated Room and Chain Room, sampling food from an automated conveyor belt and experiencing live performances curated by Peter Taub, the MCA's Director of Performance Programs.

The event takes place at the MCA Warehouse, 1747 W. Hubbard St. Individual tickets are available for $1,000, which includes the cocktail reception, dinner, dessert reception and concert performance. Table packages begin at $15,000. Concert tickets are available for $150 and include the dessert reception, open bar and concert performance. To purchase tickets, table packages, make reservations, or to inquire about sponsorship, email hhanas@mcachicago.org or call (312) 397-3868.

The Dinner Party @ Mayne Stage

Food and culture intersect tonight at Mayne Stage (1328 West Morse) for The Dinner Party. Michael and Patrick Sheerin of the Trencherman will be serving hors d'oeuvres, Vin Divino beings the wine and Vosges the chocolate; a jazz duo opens the evening, followed by art collector Howard Tullman, musician Kelly Hogan and Black Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Jackie Taylor. They may talk, perform, or just sit there; you'll have to find out yourself. Cocktails at 6:30pm, event begins at 7pm. Tickets $30.

80s Icons: A Tribute to Prince & Madonna @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening tribute to the music of Prince and Madonna, featuring faculty, staff and students of the school. The concert begins at 8pm in the Maurer Concert Hall in the school's main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details at the school Website, or call (773) 728-6000 for more information.

Mummenschanz @ Harris Theater

The Swiss mime company Mummenschanz comes through Chicago this weekend on their 40th anniversary tour. Fans of "The Muppet Show" may remember this innovative troupe from one of the original series' episodes. YouTube may also be of help here. Mummenshanz performs tonight at 7:30pm at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park; see the theater's Website for details and tickets. Harris Theater: 205 East Randolph Drive. (312) 334-7777.

Italian Cultural Institute Open House/Celebration

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago offer Chicagoans the chance to join in the celebration by learning to speak Italian through their new official language school, ItalCultura, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1405. A free open house tonight from 5:30 to 8pm includes the opportunity for attendees to take an Italian language skills evaluation test; mix and mingle with others interested in Italian language and culture; enjoy Italian delicacies, wine and music; meet the staff and professional teachers for a trial class; and register for the upcoming class series.

A Personal Project Show at Defibrillator Gallery

A Personal Project Show gives audiences the opportunity to peek into the personal worlds of 13 Chicago artists. The show features photography and paintings completed by artists for their own personal purposes, and not for commercial use. The event offers fine art, music, and drinks, and it's FREE tonight from 6-11 p.m. at Defibrillator Gallery, 1136 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 60642.

Italian Cultural Institute Open House

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago offer Chicagoans the chance to join in the celebration by learning to speak Italian through their new official language school, ItalCultura, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1405. A free open house tonight from 5:30 to 8pm includes the opportunity for attendees to take an Italian language skills evaluation test; mix and mingle with others interested in Italian language and culture; enjoy Italian delicacies, wine and music; meet the staff and professional teachers for a trial class; and register for the upcoming class series.

Stranger Than Fiction documentary series @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Stranger Than Fiction, a month-long series of new documentary screenings. The series begins tonight with the 2012 film Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor, a documentary about the former University of Michigan football star. Dr. Taylor and the film's directors will be in attendance at the screening, so make sure you get advance tickets. A full schedule of the series is available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2800.

Too Much Light New Year's Eve @ The Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists continue their tradition of hosting a special New Year's Eve edition of their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. The hour-long play kicks off at 11pm sharp, and when the buzzer sounds at midnight the audience toasts the new year! The doors open at 9:30pm for pre-show refreshments. Reservations are $50, and can be made through the Neo-Futurists' Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 North Ashland, at Foster. (773) 878-4557.

Fun-A-Day Kickoff @ Mess Hall

Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave., launches its new Fun-A-Day project with a kickoff event from 2 to 5pm today. Learn how to make all sorts of things, from zines to yo-yos to embroidery, all for free.

FW Murnau's Sunrise @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents the latest in its weekend silent film matinees this morning at 11:30am. Today's film is FW Murnau's Sunrise from 1927, and features (according to the Music Box website) "the most arodable drunk pig you'll ever see on film." Well, you've GOT to go see that!

Searching For Sugar Man @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run of the 2012 documentary Searching For Sugar Man, about the search for a long-lost Detroit singer-songwriter. Nightly screenings run through Thursday, January 3; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule and to purchase advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein @ Film Center

As part of their celebration of Universal Pictures the Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 1948 film Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, also featuring the classic horror film monsters Dracula and the Wolf Man. The film screens this afternoon at 4:30pm, and again on Wednesday the 26th at 6:00pm. See the Film Center Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2800.

Rock For Kids benefit @ Subterranean

Subterranean hosts a benefit for Rock For Kids tonight, featuring the bands Coping, CSTVT, Noumenon, and Dowsing. Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30, 17+, and tickets are $8 (purchase in advance). Subterranean: 2011 w. North Avenue. (773) 278-6600.

Die Hard vs. Gremlins @ Lincoln Hall

As part of their 3 Penny Was Here series Lincoln Hall is hosting a special movie event this evening: a double feature of Die Hard and Gremlins, along with local comedians Joe McAdam, the Puterbaugh Sisters, Matt Drufke and Joe Fernandez. More details and RSVP at Do312. Lincoln Hall: 2424 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 525-2501.

Windy City Artist Alley

The Chicago Urban Art Society holds its annual Windy City Artist Alley today from noon to 6pm at 1664 S. Blue Island Ave. Shop for art, craft, vintage furniture, records and more while listening to music spun by Dj Trew and DJ Select Inverse. Admission is free.

Facets Warehouse Sale

Facets Multimedia holds their annual warehouse sale today and tomorrow in their lobby. From 10am to 4pm today, and from noon to 4pm on Sunday, you'll be able to buy DVDs and VHS tapes at deep discounts. For more details please see the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. (773) 281-9075.

Sita Ram @ Harris Theater

The Lookingglass Theatre presents a remount of their 2006 show Sita Ram, appearing for only three shows at the Harris Theater (205 East Randolph Drive). Full details on the shows at the Sita Ram Website.

Music Box Christmas Show

The Music Box Theatre presents their 29th annual Christmas show, with showings of the Christmas classics It's A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. You can see just one film, or purchase tickets for both films at a discount. Each screening features an appearance by Santa Claus, and the singing of Christmas carols accompanied by the Music Box organist. The double feature starts tonight, and runs through December 24. Tickets are available online starting October 31; see the Music Box Website for links to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Burlesque-A-Pades @ Martyrs

Martyrs presents Burlesque-A-Pades, an evening of burlesque and entertainment from NYC. Featured act in the show: the World Famous Pontani Sisters! Burlesque-A-Pades starts tonight at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Check the Martyrs Website to purchase advance tickets. Martyrs: 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Songs of Good Cheer @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their 14th annual holiday show Songs of Good Cheer, hosted by Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich. Evening concerts run at the school's main performance space at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. today through Sunday, Dec.16. Tickets available from the school's website, or call (773) 728-6000.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club hosts their monthly sci fi and fantasy book club this evening at Filter Cafe (1373 North Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tonight's book for discussion is Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds Website, or at the event's Facebook page.

Universal Pictures celebration @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a celebration of Universal Pictures starting today and running through January 3. This afternoon's kick-off film will be Blind Husbands from 1919 at 3pm. See the Film Center's Website for a full schedule of films and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Pop-Up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle

Quimby's presents a one-day-only book fair today at the Empty Bottle (1035 North Western Avenue) from 2pm to 7pm. Plenty of local publishers and distributors will be here all afternoon selling their books. It's a 21+ event, and it's free if you RSVP at the Empty Bottle Website; otherwise the admission is $5. More details at the Facebook event page.

Too Much Light best-of shows @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists continue the tradition of showcasing the best plays from the previous calendar year by having a best-of weekend at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 North Ashland, at Foster). This weekend you'll see some of the best plays written for their flagship show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, with a huge cast of ensemble members performing their best work of 2012. Tickets are available in advance if you don't want to take the chance of a show bein sold out; see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details on the shows.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents this month's First Friday, an evening of sample classes, sing-alongs, and performances by dance & music classes at the school. Doors open at 5pm, and admission is $5. Full details and a schedule available at the school's Website. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Energy BBDO Creative Salon

Energy BBDO's last Creative Salon of the year features Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, today at 4pm in the agency's offices, 410 N. Michigan Ave. Free.

Deathscribe 2012 @ Mayne Stage

WildClaw Theatre presents Deathscribe 2012, the winners of their annual horror radio play contest. The show starts tonight at Mayne Stage (1328 West Morse) at 8pm. Tickets available through the Mayne Stage Website.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

Martyrs and The Moth present the monthly StorySLAM tonight at 8pm. Ten storytellers are chosen from the attendees to tell their story. The winners go to the Grandslam Championships! Tickets are $8 at the door, and you definitely want to be there way before showtime. Martyrs: 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Sound Opinions at the Movies: The Blues Brothers @ Music Box

Sound Opinions presents the latest of their regular series of music film screenings at the Music Box Theatre. Tonight's film is not only a music classic, but a Chicago classic as well: the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. The screening is tonight only at 7:30pm. Tickets are $9 in advance, and $10 at the door; see the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

You, Me, Them, Everybody @ Hungry Brain

You, Me, Them, Everybody celebrates its third anniversary at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight starting at 8pm. Hosts Brendon Wetherbee and Esmerelda DeLeon welcome Brian Babylon, Katie McVay and musical guest Deadbeat. $5 suggested donation. 21+

Monty Python and the Holy Grail @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents the classic 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in a newly remastered print. Coconuts optional. For a schedule of showtimes please see the Music Box website.

Tron @ Music Box

The Music Box presents midnight screenings of a 70mm print of the 1982 Disney movie Tron tonight and tomorrow night, to celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary. Full details at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Miami Connection @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Drafthouse Films present a very special midnight movie this weekend: Miami Connection, a 1987 motorcycle ninja rock drugs film that appears as amazing as it sounds. Miami Connection screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. See the Music Box Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sing-Along Sound of Music @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a new classic Thanksgiving tradition; the sing-along version of The Sound of Music, this afternoon at 4pm. If you've been here before, you know the drill: various props to help you participate in the film, on-screen captions to help you sing along, warming up before the film with additional sing-along songs, and a costume contest (most likely to be won by the cutest kid dressed as one of the Von Trapp children). Tickets are available in advance at a discount through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sing-Along Trapped In The Closet @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents what must be the ultimate sing-along experience: R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet", in a special midnight screening tonight only. Full details and advance tickets available at the Music Box website.

Miami Connection @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Drafthouse Films present a very special midnight movie this weekend: Miami Connection, a 1987 motorcycle ninja rock drugs film that appears as amazing as it sounds. Miami Connection screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. See the Music Box Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Henry Rollins @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Henry Rollins in a three-night "The Long March" tour series of spoken word shows. The shows take place each night at 8pm in the school's main performance hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $26, $24 for members and $22 for seniors and children, available in advance from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.

Vivian Maier Book Discussion @ DePaul Art Museum

Co-authors Michael Williams and Rich Cahan will discuss their newest book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, this evening from 6-8PM.

Chicago Nerds Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club, meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Ben H. Winters' The Last Policeman. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Studs' Place @ The Hideout

The Hideout presents a tribute to "Studs' Place", the 1950s TV show starring Studs Terkel. The main event of the tribute is a live performance of a new episode of the series, which will be followed by clips from the original series and a conversation with Mark Dvorak from the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show starts tonight at 7pm. Admission is a suggested donation of $7 to $10. Full details at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

The Cameraman @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents the latest in their Second Saturday Silent Cinema series. Today's film is the 1928 Buster Keaton film The Cameraman, which will be shown at noon with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott. Full information on the screening and advance tickets are available at the Music Box website.

Snoozapalooza @ Women and Children First

Women and Children First present Snoozapalooza, an early morning celebration of Dr. Seuss's book the Sleep Book for children ages 3 and up. Bring your kids to a Saturday morning pajama party with games, snacks, and readings of Dr. Seuss books. Snoozapalooza starts at 9:30am; see the Women and Children First Website for details. Women and Children First: 5233 North Clark Street. (773) 769-9299.

The Room @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the 2003 cult classic The Room. What kind of money? What kind of drugs? Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Bhangra Night @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of Bhangra dance featuring local area dance troupes, as well as an introductory class to learn the dance. Dance class is at 8:30pm, and the concert is at 9pm. Tickets are $10, and the event happens in Szold Hall in the school's newest building at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Full details and advance tickets available from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.

AMERICA/N @ Defibrillator Gallery

Art collective Lucky Pierre presents AMERICA/N, a 13-hour discussion and performance of the US Constitution at the Defibrillator Gallery (1136 N. Milwaukee). Starting at 6am a slate of performers and authors will discuss each article of the Constitution, each performance followed by a discussion. See the Lucky Pierre Website for a full schedule of performers. The event is free and open to the public.

Fall French Market

The eighth annual Fall French Market runs Nov. 2-4 at Lycée Français de Chicago, 613 W. Bittersweet Pl. Browse arts, crafts and gourmet foods from around 100 vendors and enjoy French food and music from 11am to 4pm today. Admission is $5.

Sing-Along Xanadu @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a sing-along midnight screening of the 1980 roller disco classic Xanadu, with Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and an ELO soundtrack. Full details and advance tickets are at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Fall French Market

The eighth annual Fall French Market runs Nov. 2-4 at Lycée Français de Chicago, 613 W. Bittersweet Pl. Browse arts, crafts and gourmet foods from around 100 vendors and enjoy French food and music from 10am to 5pm today. Admission is $5.

Fall French Market

The eighth annual Fall French Market runs Nov. 2-4 at Lycée Français de Chicago, 613 W. Bittersweet Pl. Browse arts, crafts and gourmet foods from around 100 vendors and enjoy French food and music. Tonight's opening party, from 7pm to 10pm, includes dinner by Vietnamese restaurant Hai Yen and a dance performance by the Vietnamese Student Association of UIC. Admission is $35 in advance, $45 at the door.

The Whisperer in Darkness @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State St., presents a screening of The Whisperer in Darkness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft film done in the style of classic 1930s monster movies. The film screens tonight at 8pm. Full details at the Film Center website or call the box office at 312-846-2085.

Spooky Singalong @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a family concert this morning at 11am in their main concert hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. The Wiggleworms faculty will be leading a singalong of songs about ghosts, witches, and other spooky (but not scary) creatures. Tickets are $12, or $11 for school members. More details at the school Website, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

Facets Night School: America's Deadliest Home Video

Tonight Facets Cinematheque concludes Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of America's Deadliest Home Video, starring Danny Bonaduce as a "home video enthusiast" kidnapped & forced to film his captors. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion by Facets Night School regular Chris Damen. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

Facets Cinematheque presents the 29th annual International Children's Film Festival, running from today through November 4. The festival will feature plenty of screenings in Chicago film venues, as well as workshops for kids interested in the film making process. For full details please see the festival website.

Facets Night School: Psycho Sleepover

Tonight Facets Cinematheque continues Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of the 2008 film Psycho Sleepover. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion by Facets Night School regular Joseph R. Lewis. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.

The Whisperer in Darkness @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State St., presents a screening of The Whisperer in Darkness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft film done in the style of classic 1930s monster movies. The film screens tonight at 8pm. Full details at the Film Center website or call the box office at 312-846-2085.

Xtro + Trick or Treat @ Portage Theater

The Chicago Cinema Society has a very special Halloween feature for horror movie fans: 35mm prints of the bizarre 1982 British film Xtro and the 1986 heavy metal Satan-worship classic Trick or Treat. The double feature starts tonight at 7:30pm at the Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee), and tickets are only $5. Full details at the Facebook event page.

Facets Night School: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

Tonight Facets Cinematheque continues Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of the no-budget film Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion by Facets Night School regular Dominic Mayer. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.

El Vez @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents El Vez, the Mexican Elvis impersonator, in his "El Vez 4 Prez" show tonight at 8pm. The concert happens in the concert hall in the school's main building at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets available through the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.

Open House Chicago

Today go behind the scenes at more than 150 area buildings with Open House Chicago. Use their handy map or site list to see what's open and for how long.

Facets Night School: The Slumber Party Massacre

Tonight Facets Cinematheque continues Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of the 1981 film The Slumber Party Massacre. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion by independent filmmaker Michael Smith. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.

Robyn Hitchcock @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of performance by Robyn Hitchcock. There will be two concerts: the 7pm show will be a performance of the album Eye in its entirety; and the 10pm show will be all requests. The shows take place in the main concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets for both shows are available at the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.

Music Box of Horrors @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents Music Box of Horrors, a 24-hour marathon of horror movies running from tonight through tomorrow. Eight feature films are scheduled for screening, and the event's special guests are director Jeff Lieberman and B-film star Sybil Danning. For full details and advance tickets please see the Music Box website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Open House Chicago

Today and tomorrow go behind the scenes at more than 150 area buildings with Open House Chicago. Use their handy map or site list to see what's open and for how long.

Facets Night School: The Sleeper

Tonight Facets Cinematheque continues Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of the 1980s slasher film tribute The Sleepr. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion by FilmMonthly.com writer Jason Coffman. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.

Chained Heat @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of the women-in-prison classic Chained Heat tonight at 9:30pm. Sybil Danning, B-movie actress and co-star of this film, will be in attendance for the screening. For full details and advance tickets see the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Nosferatu @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the latest in its silent film series with a screening of the 1922 classic Nosferatu. The film will screen tonight at 7:30pm with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago's Weird, Grandma @ Neo-Futurarium

The Barrel of Monkeys theater group presents a special run of their "That's Weird, Grandma" show called "Chicago's Weird, Grandma". They've taken their tried-and-true formula of adapting stories written by Chicago public school kids and asked a bunch of other Chicago theater groups and performers to do the same! Scheduled to perform throughout the next few weeks are: House Theatre; The Hypocrites; Steppenwolf; WildClaw Theatre; Dean Avans; and many more! Chicago's Weird, Grandma runs Monday evenings at 8pm through December 17 at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Full details at the Barrel of Monkeys page, or call (312) 409-1954.

The Magical Mystery Tour @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a one-night-only screening of The Beatles' film The Magical Mystery Tour, newly restored and on the big screen for the first time. The main feature will screen with additional footage and interviews from the time the film was being made. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm; tickets are $11 and can be purchased through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Third Coast Audio Festival Awards

The Third Coast Audio Festival awards ceremony and Champagne reception is tonight from 6:30 to 9:30pm at Northwestern's Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Dr. in Evanston. Tickets are $75.

Facets Night School: Rock'n'Roll Nightmare

Tonight Facets Cinematheque continues Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of Jon Mikl Thor's heavy metal horror film Rock'n'Roll Nightmare. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and Q&A session by FilmMonthly.com editor-in-chief Jef Burnham. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present the premiere show of their 2012-13 season, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Applying the "keep it short" principle to the lives of the 44 US Presidents, the company gives a quick history lesson from the 18th to the 21st century. The show opens tonight a 7:30pm, and runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through November 10. Full details and advance tickets available at the Neo-Futurists Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 North Ashland (at Foster). (773) 878-4557.

The Life of Death @ Storefront Theater

WildClaw Theatre presents an adaptation of Clive Barker's story "The Life of Death", which opens tonight at the DCA Storefront Theater at 66 East Randolph in the Loop. The show runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 4. Full details at the WildClaw website. Advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Adventures in Modern Music Festival @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle and The Wire present the annual Adventures in Modern Music festival, starting tonight at the Empty Bottle and running through October 7. This year's theme is "A Celebration of Outsider Sounds," so you can expect the greatest in unusual musicans. Among the scheduled artists: R. Stevie Moore, Andy Stott, Biosphere, Sao Paulo Underground, Supreme Cuts, and many many more. Full schedule at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1025 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

LCD Soundsystem: The Final Concert @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre celebrates the DVD release of the LCD Soundsystem final concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits by screening the complete concert (nearly four hours long!) tonight starting at 7:30pm. The Music Box will have advance copies of Shut Up and Play the Hits for sale at the screenin tonight. See the Music Box Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Facets Night School: Turkish Exploitation

Tonight Facets Cinematheque kicks off yet another session of Facets Night School, their long-running series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of Seytan, aka "Turkish Exorcist". Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and Q&A session by Facets Night School regular Lew Ojeda. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Chief O'Neill's

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, the regular series of open-mike ukulele performances, happens this evening at Chief O'Neill's (3471 N. Elston Avenue) starting at 9pm. Tonight's theme is "Uke Soundtracks". Participants are invited to being up to three songs from (or based on) movies, TV, or theatrical productions. An advance sign-up list is available at the event's Facebook page. The event is free & open to the public.

Radiolab Live @ Chicago Theatre

NPR's "Radiolab" takes to the stage at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., tonight at 8pm. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich will explore the theme of "In the Dark" with athletic dance troupe Pilobolus and composer Thao Nguyen. Tickets are $28-78.

Superstars of Burlesque @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents an evening of burlesque tonight at 7:30pm and 10pm. Both shows will feature Burlesque Hall of Famers Michelle L'amour, Imogen Kelly, Dirty Martini and many more. Also in attendance as the guest of honor, burlesque legend (and Russ Meyer film star) Kitten Natividad. For full details and to purchase tickets please see the Music Box website. Call 773-871-6604 for more info.

Brink of Survival @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center presents a free screening of the new documentary Brink of Survival, about a small hospital in Malawi that serves a community of 120,000 people. The screening happens this evening at 6:30pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Cultural Center, followed by a discussion with Salome Chasnoff, the director of the film, and Dr. Martha Sommers, the doctor featured in the film. The screening is free and open to the public. Full details at the Center's Website. Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington. (312) 744-6630.

Vertigo @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo, recently voted as the best film of all time by Sight & Sound. Come see what all the fuss is about this evening at 6pm. If you can't make the screening, Vertigo will also be screened on Tuesday the 25th at 6pm. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the latest in the "Write Club" series, where local performers and authors take up differing sides of a literary conflict and battle it out for charity. Tonight's bouts: FIGHT (Christian Stolte) vs. FLIGHT (David Pasquesi); THEORY (Mare Swallow) vs. PRACTICE (Michael Patrick Thornton); and LOST (Dave Snyder) vs. FOUND (Ian Belknap). The bouts start at 7pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Full details at the Hideout's website. Hideout: 1354 West Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Muppets Tribute @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a Muppets tribute this afternoon at 3:30pm. Join the teachers, staff, students and friends of the school for a family-friendly concert celebrating the music of the Muppets. The concert takes place in the main building of the school at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. See the Old Town School Website for details and to purchase advance tickets.

Bike-In Movie Theater: The Last Waltz @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the latest screening in their Bike-In Movie Theater series. Tonight's film is Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, which screens at 7:30pm on the Hideout's patio. Admission is free, and you can bring your own snacks. Just don't bring your own drinks, because the Hideout has you covered. Hideout: 1354 West Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Theater Oobleck Book Release Party @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts a book release party by local theater group Theater Oobleck. The newly published book More If You've Got It contains five Oobleck plays, and tonight's party will feature scenes from Oobleck plays, live music, and a sneak preview of the next Oobleck production. The party starts at 7pm, and admission is free. Full details at the Hideout website. Hideout: 1354 West Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Bernie @ Gene Siskel Film Center

If you missed the Richard Linklater film Bernie when it was in theaters earlier in the year, you've got another chance to see it as the Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run for the film. For showtimes and to purchase advance tickets see the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.

Sleepwalk With Me screening with Ira Glass @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre begins screening the new film Sleepwalk With Me tonight, and they're hosting appearances by the film's co-writer, Ira Glass, tonight and tomorrow. Mr. Glass will be introducing the film and participating in a Q&A session after the screenings. See the Music Box website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Touch of Evil @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center kick off a four-month retrospective of 1950s American cinema tonight with a screening of Orson Welles' Touch of Evil. The film screens tonight at 6pm, and again on Tuesday, September 4th at 6pm. The Film Center offers lectures by Chicago Reader film critic Fred Camper with the Tuesday evening screenings in this series. See the Film Center website for full details on the program. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Facets Night School: Scumbabies

Facets Cinematheque concludes its summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's film is the award-winning horror movie musical Scumbabies. There will be an 11pm reception before the screening, and the film's director, Facets Night School regular Joseph R. Lewis, will be in attendance. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

Frank Rosaly's Todos de Pie! @ Millennium Park

As part of 175 Days to Love Chicago, Millennium Park presents a performance by Todos de Pie, featuring drummer Frank Rosaly & vocalist Jaap Blonk. The opening act for the performance will be a group of musicians from Chicago-area high schools. The concert starts tonight at 6:30pm at Millennium Park, and admission is free.

Chicago Opera Theater Booze Cruise

The Chicago Opera Theater's first annual Booze Cruise is tonight, and the theme is "I'm On a Boat!" Join opera lovers for a two-hour cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan with wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres -- and selections from the theater's upcoming production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Boarding begins at 6:15pm at the dock at 330 N. Wabash Ave. The boat pushes off at 6:30pm. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the dock.

Facets Night School: Pulgasari

Facets Cinematheque continues its summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's film is a 1985 film from North Korea, Pulgasari. Tonight's lecturer is Night School regular Chris Damen. Facets Night School runs through August 25. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

Beyond the Myth: a Story of Breed Discrimination in America @ Instituto Cervantes

One Tail at a Time animal rescue hosts a screening of Beyond the Myth, a documentary about the stigma and reality of pit bulls. By the end, you'll want your own! Fifty the two-legged pit bull will be on hand for pictures and chin-scratches. Event runs 6-9pm at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio Ave. Tickets $10.

The Room @ Music Box

The Music Box hosts another screening of the 2003 instant cult classic The Room. What kind of money? What kind of drugs? The Room screens tonight at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Noir City: Chicago @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents Noir City: Chicago, a week-long festival of film noir. The festival organizers have planned a dozen films to be screened during the week; see the Music Box Website for a complete schedule. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sebadoh @ Schubas

Schubas welcomes Sebadoh tonight at 8pm. Opening acts: Lou Barlow and Cirlce of Buzzards. It's a 21+ show, and tickets are $20. See the Schubas Website for advance tickets. Schubas: 3159 North Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly book club meeting tonight at Filter, 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tonight's book is the collected Wool omnibus by Hugh Howey. The book club meeting runs from 6:30pm to 8pm, and admission is free. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Facets Night School: Please Don't Touch Me!

Facets Cinematheque continues its summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's film is a 1959 film from Ron Ormond, Please Don't Touch Me! Tonight's lecturer is Night School regular and founding member of Everything Is Terrible! Katie Rife. Facets Night School runs through August 25. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

Joe Dante's Movie Orgy @ Nightengale

The AV Club presents director Joe Dante, who will be screening his 1968 project The Movie Orgy, a 240-minute compilation of commercials, trailers, and film scenes. The show starts at 8pm at The Nightengale (1084 North Milwaukee). Admission is $7.

Battle Royale @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents midnight screenings of the infamous Japanese film Battle Royale tonight and tomorrow night. For a primer of the film please see the AV Club's New Cult Canon essay. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The New Cult Canon presents: Joe Dante double feature @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and The AV Club present an evening with director Joe Dante. Tonight's double feature: a 9:30 screening of Dante's 2009 film The Hole, followed by a midnight screening of Gremlins 2: The Next Batch. Joe Dante will be present at the screenings, and will participate in a Q&A session in between the films. Tickets are $15; see the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Forgotten Chicago's "The Bloomingdale Line" Discussion @ Comfort Station

This evening Terence Banich of Forgotten Chicago will present a lecture and discussion entitled "The Bloomingdale Line, a study of a former link to interstate commerce." The event runs from 7pm-9pm at the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Also on view will be David Schalliol's photographs of The Bloomingdale. Free.

Corruption is Funny @ Paris Club

The Onion teams up with the Better Government Association for a night of poking fun at local politics, with Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten of WGN in attendance. Event takes place at Paris Club, 59 W. Hubbard St., from 6 to 9pm; tickets are $50.

Music Box Summer Music Film Festival

The Music Box Theatre and Sound Opinions present four evenings of music films starting tonight, with the double feature Monterey Pop and Gimme Shelter. The other films that will be shown are the Paul Simon documentary Under African Skies, the Andrew Bird documentary Fever Year, and the LCD Soundsystem doc Shut Up and Play The Hits. See the Music Box Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Facets Night School: Yor, the Hunter From the Future

Facets Cinematheque continues its summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's film is the bizarre 1983 film Yor, The Hunter from the Future, with plenty of sci-fi, mummies, robots, and who knows what else. Tonight's lecturer is Jef Burnham, editor of FilmMonthly.com. Facets Night School runs through August 25. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

The Bloomingdale Exhibition Opening @ Comfort Station

David Schalliol is exhibiting photographs from his project about The Bloomingdale, a near northwest side former rail line that is being converted into a park and trail. The opening is from 7pm-10pm at the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. The exhibition runs from July 20-August 26.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival continues three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Events run from 11am-10pm today on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Facets Night School: Myra Beckenridge

Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., continues its summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's film is the notoriously bad 1970 film Myra Beckenridge, with Night School regular Dominick Mayer lecturing. Facets Night School runs through August 25. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets website. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

Sing-Along Mary Poppins @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre present a screening of the classic Disney Film Mary Poppins, with audience participation including sing-along opportunities, a chimney sweep costume contest, and much more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids. The film screens today and tomorrow at 2pm; see the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival continues three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Today events run from 11am-10pm on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Cinemapocalypse @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents Cinemapocalypse, a selection of films curated by the programmers for Austin's famed Alamo Draft House. The films screen tonight and tomorrow night, and the program will include a selection of trailers from the collection of the Draft House, and an appearance by film-maker Gary Sherman, who will be presenting a screening of his film Vice Squad tonight at 9pm. And if that wasn't enough, there's a special midnight screening tomorrow evening that's a special surprise! For the full details of Cinemapocalypse, and to purchase advance tickets, please see the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival kicks off three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Events start this afternoon at 4pm and run all weekend on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Like a Secondhand Sea

A gigantic cast of characters (including Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore and WBEZ's Allison Cuddy) perform a three-part Historical Reenactment that tells the story of "how human contact has altered Lake Michigan and the Chicago River." Event takes place in a few different places: 11am at Chicago and Fairbanks for a small play about Marquette and Joliet; a play about the origins of Streeterville from noon to 2pm at the park space located across the street from 435 E. Illinois Ave. Free bowler hats, tintype pictures, Streeterville Currency, and squirt guns (limited supply); and a river reversal rededication ceremony at 2pm at Centennial Fountain, East River Drive and McClurg Ct. All events are free.

Woody Guthrie 100th birthday tribute @ Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground hosts a 100th birthday tribute to Woody Guthrie this evening from 9pm to 11pm. The featured performer will be musician and songwriter Bucky Halker, with special guest Lanialoha Lee from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Ticket price is $15. Uncommon Ground: 3800 North Clark Street. (773) 929-3680.

Metrospective Opening Reception

The Metro celebrates 30 years as one of Chicago's best rock clubs with a retrospective exhibition of photography and memorabilia at the Inland Steel Building downtown at 77 S. Dearborn. It opens with a reception tonight from 5pm to 8pm, featuring DJ sets by Mister Wolf, Mother Hubbard, Greg Corner and Zebo.

Jaws @ Film Center

As part of a Universal Pictures retrospective the Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of Jaws this afternoon at 5:15pm. If you miss today's screening you can also catch the movie tomorrow evening at 7:30pm. See the Film Center Website for showtimes and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Beer Church @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One presents Beer Church, an afternoon of beer tasting and discussion of the science of brewing. Attendees are invited to bring beer for a "potluck beer tasting," and also any homebrewing equipment you might have and perhaps are willing to let others use. Beer Church begins today at noon. Full details at the Pumping Station: One site. Needless to say, this is a 21+ event. Pumping Station: One: 3517 North Elston.

3rd Annual Great Midwest Ukefest @ Chief O'Neill's

The third annual Great Midwest Ukefest happens today at Chief O'Neill's, 3471 N. Elston Ave. The day kicks off with a 11:00am workshop by Lanialoha Lee from the Old Town School of Folk Music, followed by an extended open-mike session from 1pm to 6pm, and concludes with an evening concert featuring many regulars from Ukulele Cabaret evenings. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the Intonation Music Workshop. Details available at the event's Facebook page.

Facets Night School: Bettie Page, Alucarda, Normal Love

Facets Cinematheque continues its summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's program consists of Bettie Page short films, the 1963 film Normal Love, and the 1977 nunsploitation classic Alucarda. Tonight's lecturer is Night School regular Bruce Neal. Facets Night School runs through August 25. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

Paul Williams: Still Alive @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run for the 2011 documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive, featuring a look at the career of the singer, songwriter, and actor. Paul Williams will be at tonight's screening of the documentary for a discussion of the film, moderated by GB's own Steve Prokopy. The film screens tonight at 7:45pm, and runs at the Film Center through July 5. See the Film Center's Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

...and the whole train was like... @ Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens Theater and the VG Poets Conservatory present ...and the whole train was like..., a play about seven poets on a Chicago train. The show runs this weekend only, June 28 through July 1, at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the Victory Gardens website. More information: (773) 871-3000.

Facets Night School: Wonder Women

Facets Cinematheque kicks off a summer session of Facets Night School, a series of midnight screenings paired with lectures and conversations about cult films. Tonight's film is the 1973 Filipino action flick Wonder Women, screened tonight in a rare 35mm print. Tonight's lecturer is Facets Night School Lew Ojeda, who will also be taping a live episode of the Cinematrocities podcast as part of the event. Facets Night School runs through August 25. Tickets are $5, and you can find a complete schedule and advance tickets at the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, email nightschool at facets dot org.

Beyond the Black Rainbow @ Logan Theatre

The Logan Theatre and The Chicago Cinema Society present the Chicago premiere of Beyond the Black Rainbow, the 2010 Canadian film/acid trip that's starting to get distributed around the US. The film screens tonight and tomorrow night at 11pm. Tickets are available in advance at the Chicago Cinema Society Website. Logan Theatre: 2646 N. Milwaukee. (773) 342-5555.

30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their annual Pride Show this weekend with three special prime-time performances of their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8pm. The ensemble will present a program of GLBTQ-themed plays, with proceeds from the show going to UCAN's Host Home Program. Tickets are $19.99 each, and can be purchased through the Neo-Futurists' Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Wet Hot American Summer, Dazed and Confused @ Lincoln Hall

Tonight Lincoln Hall reverts back to its 3 Penny cinema roots, as they offer a great double bill: Wet Hot American Summer at 7pm; and Dazed and Confused at 9pm. Even better, the evening is free! Details at the Lincoln Hall Website. Lincoln Hall: 2424 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 525-2501.

Found Footage Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts The Found Footage Festival, in town to record footage for their all-new DVD collection of random video footage that has to be seen to be believed. In addition to the array of VHS clips, the event will feature an opening program of educational school films from the 1960s and 1970s, curated by Skip Elsheimer of The AV Geeks. The show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are on sale, and can be purchased in advance through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

James Bond 50th anniversary celebration @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a weekend Father's Day program of classic James Bond films. Today and tomorrow the theater will screen four films: Dr. No; From Russia With Love; Live And Let Die; and Octopussy. See the Music Box Website for a full schedule of films. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (733) 871-6604.

Just For Laughs: Eddie Pepitone & Patton Oswalt @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts a series of screenings as part of this year's Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival. Tonight's program is the world premiere screening of the 2012 documentary The Bitter Buddha, featuring comedian Eddie Pepitone. The director of the film, Steven Feinartz, will be at tonight's screening, along with Pepitone and Patton Oswalt, for audience discussion after the film. The Bitter Buddha screens tonight at the Film Center at 8pm. See the Film Center Website for a full schedule of the films that will be screened. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

The New Cult Canon presents: Black Dynamite @ Music Box

The AV Club and the Music Box Theatre team up for another New Cult Canon screening. Tonight's film: the righteous blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite from 2009. Fiendish Doctor Wu, you done f'ed up now! The film screens tonight at 8pm; visit the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

100 Days of Chicago Opening @ Chicago Photography Center

The winners of The Local Tourist's 100 Days of Chicago photo contest will be on display at a reception tonight at the 3301 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight from 7pm to 9pm. Free, but RSVP requested.

Just For Laughs: Pulp @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts a series of screenings as part of this year's Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival. Tonight's film is the 2011 film Pulp from the UK, which features a discussion of Star Wars that you may have seen on YouTube. Pulp screens tonight at the Film Center at 8:15pm. See the Film Center Website for a full schedule of the films that will be screened. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Just For Laughs: Short Films @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts a series of screenings as part of this year's Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival. Tonight's program is a series of short comedy films from foreign and domestic directors. The program screens tonight at the Film Center at 8:15pm. See the Film Center Website for a full schedule of the films that will be screened. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure @ Millennium Park

As part of Bike to Work Week, Bike Chicago is presenting a free screening of the classic bike movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure tonight at Millennium Park. The event is free, and the screening begins at dusk.

Chicago Design Museum Opening Reception

The Chicago Design Museum celebrates its opening with a reception tonight from 7pm to 11pm at the museum, 700 N. Sacramento Ave. Explore the inaugural exhibitions, including Debbie Millman: Look Both Ways, Ed Fella: More Into Less, IBM100: Icons of Progress, Fresh Produced: Exploring the Craft of Hand-Painted Signage, and Rodchenko 120; and check out the gift shop. $10 suggested donation.

Experimental Garage Sale

The electronics designers at GetLoFi.com present their 5th annual Experimental Garage Sale today from noon to 6pm at Experimental Sound Studio (5925 N. Ravenswood). A group of about 10 vendors will be selling experimental electronic sound equipment, effects pedals, spare parts, microphones, DIY electronic kits, and much more. More information on the event is available at the GetLoFi Website. The event is free and open to the public.

Studio Ghibli film festival @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts a two-month-long retrospective of the animated films of Studio Ghibli. Fifteen films will be screened through August, including two that have not been screened in North America before. Tonight's film is Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, at 6pm. A full schedule of films is available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Andrew Bird doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2011 documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year, documenting the artist's 2009 tour schedule. The film plays tonight at 8pm, and the director Xan Aranda will be at the screening. See the Film Center Website for full details and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Filmspotting live show @ Lincoln Hall

Filmspotting, the local movie review podcast, celebrates its 400th show with a live taping tonight at Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Avenue). The show starts tonight at 7:30pm, and features special guests Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and Dana Stevens from Slate. It's a 21+ show, and tickets are $10. More information and a link to purchase tickets at the Lincoln Hall Website.

Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence is back tonight at 7pm in the back room of Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., with an appropriate theme for a Wrigleyville area bar: "Pain (The Baseball Edition)." Join readers Ben Tanzer (This Zine Will Change Your Life), April Newman, writer-zinestress Liz Baudler (The Toucan magazine) and Windy City Story Slam All-City Champion Alex Bonner. $3 admission. 21+

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts the 19th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, which starts tonight and runs through June 7. The opening film tonight is The Fourth Dimension, featuring work by three directors (Alexsei Fedorchenko,
Harmony Korine, and Jan Kwiecinski). See the Film Center Website or cuff.org for full details on the festival and to purchase tickets and passes. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts the latest edition of Write Club, a literary joust between local authors. On tonight's card: DAMNED (Ian Belknap) vs. EXALTED (Jeff Miller); LOCK (Lindsay Muscato) vs. KEY (Noelle Krimm); and REVOLUTION (Jim DeWan) vs. EMPIRE (Chris Schoen). The show starts at 7pm; admission is $8, and proceeds go to charities picked by the authors. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Maria McCullogh & Yahvi Pichardo @ Schubas

Instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music, Maria McCulloch & Yahvi Pichardo, play a program of free music today at noon at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport.

Guinness Ukulele Lesson Attempt @ Welles Park

As part of the ongoing Festival of Aloha at the Old Town School of Folk Music, the organizers invite anyone and everyone who can play an 'ukulele to stop by the bandshell at Welles Park (near Western and Montrose) this afternoon to participate in an attempt to beat the Guinness record for largest 'ukulele lesson. The record is 1,378 people, so if you can help out you're definitely invited to attend! The lesson kicks off at 2:30pm sharp, so make sure you're at the park well before that time. Admission is free, so bring your uke and be a part of history!

Dead Alive @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents a 20th anniversary screening of the Peter Jackson film Dead Alive. For a refresher, please see the AV Club's New Cult Canon article about the film. The film screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight.

THE MALL Launch Event @ ZaZaZoo Nail Salon

Matt Kasin (The Gaudy God) and Alysse Dalessandro (Ready-to-Stare) officially launch THE MALL, an Etsy-based concept store comprised of vintage and handmade jewelry inspired by cult '90s teen films such as Clueless and Spice World. Tonight's launch party includes complimentary nail services, drinks, and baked goods from Delectables. The full collection will be available for purchase and guests may RSVP here. ZaZaZoo Nail Salon is located at 1842 N. Damen Ave. and the party starts at 7pm. An after party at Local Option, 1102 W. Webster St., starts at 10pm.

Festival of Aloha @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music plays host to the first Festival of Aloha, a four-day series of workshops and performances by several Asian and Pacific Island musicians, artists and teachers. Every day will feature workshops for musicians and dancers, and the evening concerts will feature Daniel Ho, Darlene Ahuna, Jason Arimoto, and many more. See the festival's Website for full details. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Theatre of War @ Chopin Theatre

Spektral Quartet and High Concept Laboratories present Theatre of War, an evening of music, film, performance and poetry on the subject of war. The event happens tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the Chopin Theatre building (1543 W. Division). Tickets are $30, or $20 for students with ID, and can be purchased through the Spektral Quartet's Website.

Daniel Clowes signing @ Quimby's

Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., welcomes back renowned artist Daniel Clowes, subject of the new book The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, for a book signing tonight at 7pm.

Fictlicious @ Hideout

The Hideout welcomes Fictlicious for an evening of stories and songs. For a full list of scheduled artists please see the Hideout Website. The evening starts at 7pm, and admission is $7 at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Killer Moon CD release @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts Killer Moon tonight, celebrating the release of their new self-titled CD. Opening band: Creepy Band. Show starts at 9:30pm; admission is free.

The T.A.M.I. Show @ Hideout

The Hideout presents a special "bike-in" screening of the 1964 film The T.A.M.I. Show, featuring performances by James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Jan and Dean, and many more. The film will be screened at 8pm on the Hideout's patio, and admission will be free. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia Avenue. (773) 227-4433.

Klute @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a matinee screening of the 1971 movie Klute, featuring Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda in one of her best roles. The screening is part of the Music Box Neo-Noir series, and starts at 11:30am. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Empty Bottle

Some things are eternal, and this is one of them: Quintron & Miss Pussycat emerge from their New Orleans lair and make what must be the 90,000th appearance at the Empty Bottle. Things to expect: killer organ sounds by Quintron, a puppet show by Miss Pussycat, and dancing dancing dancing. Also on the bill: Pierced Arrows; Don't; and Sir DJ. The fun cavalcade starts at 10pm, so don't be late. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance at the Empty Bottle Website.

Arcade Brewery Fundraising Event @ Threadless Headquarters

New local brewery Arcade Brewery hosts their first fundraising event tonight at the Threadless Headquarters (1260 West Madison). Running in conjunction with their Kickstarter campaign, this fundraiser includes a dj set by Martin Atkins; performances by Ones Bent to Zero, Prom Band, and sketch comedy group Comedy Think Tank; and haircuts from Rock Razors Scissors. Guests may bring their own beer for a "beer potluck." A suggested donation of $20 goes toward startup costs for the brewery and the event runs from 7 to 11pm. 21+.

Rushmore @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents midnight screenings of the 1998 Wes Anderson film Rushmore this weekend. Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray; what more do you need in a movie? Rushmore screens Friday and Saturday night at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Sea and Cake @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle welcomes The Sea And Cake tonight at 9:30pm. Opening act: Golden Retriever. Tickets are $18, and advance tickets are available at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-2600.

Mexican Music & Theater @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a day of event celebrating Mexican culture. Art classes, music workshops, and an evening pot luck & jam session are all scheduled at the school's 909 W. Armitage location. For full information see the school's Website, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

Coffy @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a midnight screening of Pam Grier's Coffy ("She'll CREAM you!"). The film screens tonight and tomorrow night. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Songwriting Workshop @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a songwriting workshop headed by Adrianne Gonzalez and Natalia Zukerman, co-creators of the art is song music & painting project. The workshop happens in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue, runs from 7pm to 9pm, and costs $20. Full details at the Old Town School's Website, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

The Unstable Object @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a one-time screening of the 2010 documentary The Unstable Object, an look at unusual production models (including a German Volkswagen plant, a Chicago clock factory staffed by blind workers, and a Turkish cymbal factory). The director, Daniel Eisenberg, is scheduled to appear at the screening tonight at 6pm. See the Film Center Website for a full description and to purchase advance tickets. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Student Academy Awards @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center hosts the 39th annual Student Academy Awards, honoring the regional film-makers who represent the best college-level film making. The winners of tonight's awards will advance to the national finals in Los Angeles next month. The event starts tonight at 6:30pm, and ticketholders are invited to a pre-screening reception in the lobby at 5:45pm, with Thai food from Sonny's Deli. See the Film Center Website for full details and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Timtacular @ Goose Island

Local author and fan of nonprofits Tim Sarrantonio is celebrating his birthday today at Goose Island, and YOU'RE invited! He's raising money for 4 separate local nonprofits (Reading With Pictures, The Art of Life, the Neo-Futurists, and ARISE Chicago), and the admission price of $60 will get you food and drinks, a tour of the Goose Island brewery, live entertainment by the Neo-Futurists, a live auction, and much more. Details at the event's Facebook page.

An Actor Prepares @ Logan Center for the Arts

The University of Chicago presents the new Mickle Maher play An Actor Prepares, which premieres tonight at the university's Theater East at the Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th Street). Taking the classic Stanislavsky text as its inspiration, the play finds the author confronted with a group of characters, all named Stanislavsky. The play premieres tonight at 8pm and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 5. Full details at the U Chicago Website.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs plays host to the monthly Moth StorySLAM. Willing audience members are randomly chosen to deliver a short story based upon the agreed-upon topic (tonight's topic: "Competition"), and a panel of judges picks the winner, who advances to the semifinals held later this year. The show starts tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8 at the door, but some advance tickets will be available for $16 at The Moth Website. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Write Club @ The Hideout

The Hideout once again plays hosts for Write Club, the literary bouts between writers taking up opposing opinions. Tonight's bouts: FIGHT (Christian Stolte) vs. FLIGHT (David Pasquesi); THEORY (Mare Swallow) vs. PRACTICE (Michael Patrick Thornton); and LOST (Dave Snyder) vs. FOUND (Ian Belknap). Write Club starts at 7pm, and admission is $8. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

All In: The Poker Movie @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a one-time screening of the 2011 documentary All In: The Poker Movie tonight at 8:15pm. The film traces the history of the game from its origins on steamboats to the recent popularity of televised & online versions of the game. Scheduled to appear at tonight's screening is James McManus, world class poker player and SAIC professor. See the Film Center Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Ralph's World @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music welcomes former OTS teacher Ralph Covert, also known as Ralph's World, for two kids concerts today at the school's main concert hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. The shows are at 11am and 3pm, and tickets are available either online at the school's Website or by calling the school at (773) 728-6000.

Facets Night School: Head

Facets Cinematheque concludes its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films tonight, with the infamous 1968 Monkees film Head. Discussion of the film will be led by writer and film critic Joel Wicklund. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Record Store Day

Yes, today's the day where you show your appreciation for your local independent record store by going there and buying stuff! Many local stores will have special releases available only today; go to the Record Store Day Website for a complete list of releases and the shops where you can find them around the city. Read about what your local Chicago record store has planned in our lengthy preview in Transmission.

Numero Group Pop-Up Record Store Day Shop @ Empty Bottle

As part of Record Store Day celebrations the local label Numero Group will be opening up a pop-up record store at the Empty Bottle today from 9am to 6pm. Come down to the store to buy Numero Group titles, including some special-edition CDs and 45s available only today. Numero Group will also set up their low-power radio station WTNG with guest DJs, live auctions, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Fritz The Cat @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a one-time screening of Ralph Bakshi's X-rated Fritz the Cat tonight at midnight. It's an animated film, but don't bring the kids. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Battle Royale @ Logan Theatre

The recently re-opened Logan Theatre, along with the Chicago Cinema Society, presents two screenings of the infamous Japanese film Battle Royale, a vision of a dystopian future where teenagers battle to the death. Not quite like The Hunger Games, though. Have a look at the AV Club essay on the film for some background of the film. Battle Royale screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. Logan Theatre: 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue. (773) 342-5555.

Chicago Palestine Film Festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 11th annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival, running from today through May 3. The opening night film, Man Without A Cell Phone, screens tonight at 8:15pm. For a complete list of films and to purchase tickets in advance please see the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Haymarket Pub and Brewery

The Haymarket Pub and Brewery hosts a special mid-month instance of the Moth StorySLAM. Willing audience members are randomly selected to deliver a story on the agreed-upon topic (tonight's topic: "Silver Lining"), and a winner is chosen by a panel of judges and invited to appear at the storySLAM finals, happening later in the year. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $8 at the door, but advance tickets are available for $16 through The Moth Website. Haymarket Pub and Brewery: 737 W. Randolph (at Halsted). (312) 638-0700.

Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival runs April 12-16 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Today's schedule is below. Tickets can be purchased online from the ADFF website or in person at the Music Box Theatre box office.
• 7pm: Robert A.M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House, Up to the Sky - Hearst Tower, Public Farm 1 & High Line Phase 2
• 7:15pm: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth & Mudgee Tower
• 9pm: Lioness Among Lions - The Architect Zaha Hadid, School #9 Coop Himmelb(l)au & Studio Gang Architects
• 9:15pm: The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and the Shopping Mall & Three Walls

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo

C2E2, the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, runs April 13-15 in the North Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Browse the show floor, hit panel discussions and get autographs from your favorite comic book artists, authors, and film and TV stars. The expo is open to the public from 10am to 5pm today. Tickets are $25 for a one-day pass, $50 for a weekend pass in advance, $35 and $65 at the door.

Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival runs April 12-16 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Today's schedule is below. Tickets can be purchased online from the ADFF website or in person at the Music Box Theatre box office.
• 3pm: ARCHITECT: A Chamber Opera in Six Scenes
• 3:15pm: The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and the Shopping Mall & Three Walls
• 5pm: Mission Statements & American Homes plus Q&A with director/architect Jord den Hollander
• 5:15pm: Robert A.M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House, Up to the Sky - Hearst Tower, Public Farm 1 &High Line Phase 2
• 7pm: Unfinished Spaces plus Q&A with filmmaker Ben Murray
• 9pm: Volume Zero: The Work of Charles Correa & Concrete Coast
• 9:15pm: Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life & Minka

Facets Night School: The King of Kong

Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., presents its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films. Tonight's film is the 2007 documentary The King of Kong, about one man's epic quest to get the best score on the old-school Donkey Kong arcade game. Discussion of the film will be led by film critic and Facets Night School regular Dominick Mayer. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at 800-331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival runs April 12-16 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Today's schedule is below. Tickets can be purchased online from the ADFF website or in person at the Music Box Theatre box office.
• 3pm: Architect of Dreams, Passive Passion & The Man Who Built My Childhood
• 3:15pm: John Portman: A Life of Building, Louis LeRoy - Endless Work in Time and Space & Into the Garden of Glass and Steel
• 5pm: ARCHITECT: A Chamber Opera in Six Scenes w/Q&A with composer Jenny Kallick and musician Michiko Theurer
• 5:15pm: Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life & Minka
• 7pm: EAMES: The Architect and the Painter & Elephants on Safari
• 7:15pm: Mendelsohn's Incessant Visions & South Pond
• 9pm: Pool Party & Gather Give Grow
• 9:15pm: Detroit Wild City & The Landfill

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's Lounge

The Chicago Ukulele Cabaret returns to Silvie's Lounge (1902 W. Irving Park Road) tonight starting at 8pm. Interested performers are invited to bring up to 3 songs adhering to the evening's chosen theme. Tonight's theme: "Uke In The Family," which means songs about moms & dads, sons & daughters, aunts & uncles, and cousins by the dozens. Full details at the Facebook page for the event.

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo

C2E2, the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, runs April 13-15 in the North Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Browse the show floor, hit panel discussions and get autographs from your favorite comic book artists, authors, and film and TV stars. The expo is open to the public from 10am to 7pm today. Tickets are $25 for a one-day pass, $50 for a weekend pass in advance, $35 and $65 at the door.

Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival runs April 12-16 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Today's schedule is below. Tickets can be purchased online from the ADFF website or in person at the Music Box Theatre box office.
• 5pm: Detroit Wild City & The Landfill
• 5:15pm: Architect of Dreams, Passive Passion & The Man Who Built My Childhood
• 7pm: EAMES: The Architect and the Painter & Elephants on Safari
• 7:15pm: Mission Statements & American Homes, w/ Q&A with director/architect Jord den Hollander.
• 9pm: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth & Mudgee Tower
• 9:15pm: Pool Party & Gather Give Grow

This Is Not A Film @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center begins a weeklong run of This Is Not A Film, the 2011 non-film featuring Iranian director Jafar Panahi, under house arrest and forbidden from making films, outlining the details of the project that he would be working on, if he were allowed to make films. This Is Not A Film screens through Thursday, April 19; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo

C2E2, the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, runs April 13-15 in the North Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Browse the show floor, hit panel discussions and get autographs from your favorite comic book artists, authors, and film and TV stars. The expo is open to the public from 1pm to 7pm today. Tickets are $25 for a one-day pass, $50 for a weekend pass in advance, $35 and $65 at the door.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Opening Night

The Architecture & Design Film Festival opens the five-day event at 6pm with the Chicago premieres of feature-length film Mendelsohn's Incessant Visions and short film, South Pond. Then at 8pm, there's a screening of Unfinished Spaces, and a Q&A with filmmaker Ben Murray. The festival is being held at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tickets can be purchased online from the ADFF website or in person at the box office.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book up for discussion: Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Facets Night School: The Beaver Trilogy

Facets Cinemathequepresents its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films. Tonight's film is the indescribable 2001 film by Trent Harris The Beaver Trilogy, about which the less you know the better. Discussion of the film will be led by film-maker and Facets Night School regular Joseph R. Lewis. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Asian American Showcase @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents their 17th annual Asian American Showcase, running from today through April 19. The opening night film, Daylight Savings, screens tonight at 8:15pm. For a complete list of films and to purchase tickets in advance please see the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Melies' A Trip to the Moon @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center begins weeklong run of A Trip to the Moon, the Georges Melies film from 1902 (!), seen here in a newly restored color version. Accompanying the film is the 2011 documentary The Extraordinary Voyage. See the Film Center's Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Rock for Kids charity art exhibit @ Hinge Gallery

Rock For Kids will be hosting Shifting Focus, a fine arts exhibit held one night only &mdsah; tonight — at the emerging contemporary art gallery Hinge from 6-9:30pm. The event is free to attend and will exhibit various works from seven different contemporary artists: Zack Balber, Tim Buwalda, Typoe, Debbie Carlos, Alex Colindres, Sarah Newby, and Lucia Palmarini, all at various stages in their careers. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Rock for Kids as well as further arts education. Hinge Gallery is located at 1955 W. Chicago Ave. More on Facebook.

The Interview Show @ Hideout

Mark Bazer's The Interview Show returns to The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., from 6:30pm to 8pm tonight. Guests this time around are actor Brian Dennehy, rapper King Louie and Chicago Opera General Director Brian Dickie. Adam Hendrickson and Louise Rogan also perform. Admission is $8. 21+

Time Fite @ Subterranean

Subterranean welcomes Tim Fite, touring to promote his new studio album Aint Aint Aint. Opening act: Band Called Catch. Doors open at 7:30, show's at 8pm, tickets are $10, and it's 18+. Advance tickets available at the Subterranean Website. Subterranean: 2011 W. North Avenue. (773) 278-6600.

ICE Chicago Benefit @ Longman and Eagle

The International Contemporary Ensemble holds a benefit for its programs in music education and performance tonight at Longman and Eagle, 2657 N Kedzie. Tasting menu from chef Jared Wentworth, drinks, a silent auction and performances by ICE artists is on the bill. Event starts with a champagne reception at 4pm; dinner 5-7:30pm.Tickets $150-300.

Facets Night School: The Bengali Detective

Facets Cinemathequepresents its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films. Tonight's film is the 2011 fantasy detective story The Bengali Detective, making its Chicago premiere tonight. Discussion of the film will be led by Neil Calderone, director of The Chicago Cinema Society. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Everything Is Terrible! Presents Bulletproof @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Everything Is Terrible! present a one-time screening of the 1988 Gary Busey film Bulletproof, aka your worst nightmare, butthorn. Bulletproof screens tonight at midnight, so don't be late. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Anoushka Shankar @ Pick-Staiger

Grammy-nominated sitar player Anoushka Shankar leads a performance of Traveler, a blending of traditional Spanish and Indian music, at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Dr. in Evanston, at 7:30pm tonight. Tickets are $26, $10 for students.

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs plays host to this month's Moth StorySLAM, starting tonight at 8pm. Willing participants are picked from the audience to deliver a story on the evening's topic (tonight's topic: "Kiss of Death"). The winner is selected by a panel of judges and invited to return to the Moth's finals, happening later in the year. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Facets Night School: Shadow of the Vampire

Facets Cinemathequepresents its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films. Tonight's film is the 2000 horror film Shadow of the Vampire. Discussion of the film will be led by Facets Night School regular Cary Elza. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

The Room with Tommy Wiseau @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents a return by the director of The Room, Tommy Wiseau, for a special screening of Wiseau's cult classic. For this screening Wiseau will also be joined by cast member Greg Sestero. The film will be screened tonight at 10:30pm; ticket are available in advance at the Music Box website or by calling the box office at 773-871-6604.

CARMEN.maquia @ Harris Theater

Luna Negra Dance Theater's CARMEN.maquia runs for one night only, tonight at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.. The performance begins at 8pm and tickets are $25 to $65. Tickets are available by calling the Harris Theater box office at 312-334-7777 or online. See our review in A/C.

The Room with Tommy Wiseau @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., presents a return by the director of The Room, Tommy Wiseau, for a special screening of Wiseau's cult classic. For this screening Wiseau will also be joined by cast member Greg Sestero. The film will be screened tonight and tomorrow evening at 10:30pm; ticket are available in advance at the Music Box website or by calling the box office at 773-871-6604.

Capone's Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye @ Mayne Stage

If you like whiskey, you'll love Templeton Rye, the legendary export of a small community in Iowa whose residents illegally made the drink in their sheds (when farming wasn't paying the bills) during the Depression. Al Capone, who loved Templeton Rye, influenced the whiskey's popularity and frequent availability in speakeasies all over the Midwest. Filmmaker Kristian Day tells the tale of Templeton Rye and its place in Midwest culture in his recent film Capone's Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye, which will be shown tonight at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse. Doors open at 6:30pm; film starts at 8pm, followed by a Q&A with Day. Tickets $10-15. Templeton Rye, which began commercial, above-board sales in 2006, hosts a post-film reception. Event sponsored by Gapers Block.

Mortified @ Lincoln Hall

Mortified holds a special edition of its show about embarrassing stories at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. The show will be filmed for a documentary about the reading series, and Blue Ribbon Glee Club will perform. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 21+

Facets Night School: Three Came Home

Facets Cinemathequepresents its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films. Tonight's film is the 1950 biopic Three Came Home, based on the experiences of Oak Park native Agnes Newton Keith, who was imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II. Discussion of the film will be led by author and Facets Night School regular Stephen Reginald. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Stuart Davis @ Schubas

Schubas plays host to the Twisted Mystic, Stuart Davis. Show starts tonight at 10pm, tickets are $14, and it's a 21+ show. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Live Band Karaoke @ Schubas

Schubas invites you to enjoy your post-St. Patrick's Day parade afternoon with live band karaoke starting at 5pm. Classics and recent hits will be available for singing, and yes, lyric sheets will be available. Admission is $5, and it's a 21+ event. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Pray For Japan Charity Screening

Tonight at 7pm, the documentary Pray For Japan will be screened at AMC River East 20. Filmed in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the documentary shows victims of the disaster, and their attempts to overcome their hardships. Tonight's screening is a charity event, with proceeds going to benefit the tsunami victims. Full information at the film's Website.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their latest sfi fi & fantasy book club meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Kraken by China Miéville. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Facets Night School: Barfly

Facets Cinemathequepresents its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films. Tonight's film is Barbet Schroeder's 1987 film Barfly, based on the writings of Charles Bukowski. Discussion of the film will be led by Facets Night School regular Chris Damen. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Stars! Wars! The Musical! @ Mercury Theater

Chicago-based improv group Octavarius is performing a one-night showing of Stars! Wars! The Musical! tonight at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N Southport Ave. The musical will be followed by a bonus improv set. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10. Discounted tickets of $7 are offered to attendees who dress in Star Wars attire or bring a light saber.

Facets Night School: I'm Not There

Facets Cinemathequepresents its 10th session of Facets Night School screenings paired with lectures & discussions about the films. Tonight's film is Todd Haynes' 2007 "anti-biopic" of Bob Dylan, I'm Not There. The discussion will be led by film-maker and instructor Michael Smith. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Chiditarod

The seventh annual Chiditarod shopping cart race begins today at noon at the corner of Wolcott and Hubbard. Watch teams in crazy costumes pilot their shopping carts around the city. Check the site or Facebook for course details. If you're going to watch, bring along a canned good to give to your favorite team; donations go to the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository.

An Evening With Don Hertzfeldt @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre welcomes animator Don Hertzfeldt tonight for the Chicago premiere of his latest film It's such a beautiful day. The screening happens tonight at 7:30pm; tickets are available in advance, and can be purchased at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Ben Lee @ Martyrs

Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee plays Martyrs tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $16 and are available through the Martyrs Website. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Evening of inaugural performances @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of three performances commissioned by the school to celebrate the opening of their new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Presented tonight will be: "Shuffling Through Snapshots" by Jennifer Guglielmi; Tom Stevens' "String Quartet Number Four"; and Anne-Marie Akin's "Call and Response: Voices from the Old Town School." The performances start at 7pm in Szold Hall in the new building; admission is $20, or $18 for school members. For reservations please call (773) 728-6000.

Facets Night School: Amin: The Rise and Fall

Facets Cinematheque kicks off its 10th session of Facets Night School tonight, with a screening of the 1981 biopic Amin: The Rise and Fall. Night School regular Lew Ojeda will be on hand to discuss the film. Facets Night School runs Saturday evenings through April 21; the lectures begin at midnight with a $5 fee. See the Facets Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. For all inquiries about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Chicago Maritime Festival

The Chicago Maritime Festival takes place today at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. The conference runs from 10am to 3:30pm and features seminars and discussions of maritime history, boat safety and culture. Then from 7pm to 11pm, musicians including Calico Jack, Tom Lewis and Serre l'Écoute perform sea shanties and other maritime music while attendees compete in a silent auction. Tickets are $14 for day activities (kids 12 and under are free), $20 for the evening concert or $25 for an all-day pass.

Chico & Rita @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long run of Chico & Rita, the Spanish film nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The film begins screening tonight at 6pm and 8pm, and shows through Thursday, March 1. See the Film Center's Website for a complete schedule and to purchase advance tickets for screenings. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Guerilla Glee @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening concert at their new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Titled "Guerilla Glee," the event will feature Musical Ensemble instructors leading their students in various music & dance numbers. The show starts at 8pm in the brand-new Szold Hall, and is free & open to the public.

Steve James presents Harlan County USA & The Interrupters @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of the Barbara Kopple documentary Harlan County USA this afternoon at 1:30pm. The screening will be co-hosted by Kartemquin Films director Steve James and author Robert K. Elder. As a bonus, James will also be screening his recent Kartemquin documentary The Interrupters. The screening starts at 1:30pm; tickets are available separately for each screening, or as a discounted ticket for the double feature. See the Music Box Website for details and to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshops @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of classes taught by slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. and his son Keoki. There will be a slack key workshop by George at 7pm tonight, and a ukulele workshop by Keoki at 8:30pm. Both worshops will be held in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. These workshops are held in conjunction with the Wednesday night performance by the artists as part of the school's World Music Wednesdays series. The registration for each class is $20; see the school's Website for details, or call (773) 728-6000.

Latin Dance Night @ Ballroom Dance Chicago

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Ballroom Dance Chicago is offering a special Latin Dance Night event at 6pm. Couples will learn the basics of Latin dance and watch a professional dance demonstration. The event happens at Ballroom Dance Chicago's studios at 4043 N. Ravenswood. Tickets are $70 per couple, and include champagne and appetizers. RSVP required, so please call Ballroom Dance Chicago at (312) 504-5866 to make reservations.

Michelle L'amour's Big SEXY Show @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a Valentine's Day burlesque show hosted by Michelle L'amour. A group of performers, including Toronto comedy duo Parker & Seville, the burlesque group Chicago Starlets, and beatbox artist Yuri Lane, will perform two shows this evening, one at 8:30pm and one at 11pm. Tickets are available in advance; see the Music Box Website for details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Super Button Mashers @ OHNO!DOOM ARCADE

The OhNo!Doom gallery, 1800 N. Milwaukee, becomes the OhNo!Arcade tonight as it hosts it's Super Button Mashers exhibit from 6pm to 10pm. The night will feature an eclectic arsenal of artists from the city and beyond including Jeremiah Ketner, Aya Kakeda, Max Bare and many more. The deal maker may very well be the local eats by Duck N Roll, coffee courtesy of The Wormhole, and brew brought to you by LowDive.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the latest in their Second Saturday Silent Cinema screenings of silent films accompanied by in-house organist Dennis Scott. Today's title is the 1921 Fatty Arbuckle comedy Leap Year. The film screens today at noon. Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors and students with ID). See the Music Box Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Ukulele Workshop @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Ukulele instructor Lanialoha Lee does an in-store appearance at the Different Strummer music store at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, tonight at 7:30pm to give a basic introductory ukulele workshop. The event is free and open to the public.

Shine Box Comedy @ The Burlington

Shine Box Comedy, a new stand-up comedy showcase every first Monday of the month at The Burlington, kicks off with James Fritz, the Puterbaugh Sisters, Nate Simmons, Jason Earl Folks, Stephanie Hasz and Andy Fleming. The show is free (with a $5 suggested donation), 21+. Doors at 8:30, show at 9:00.The Burlington is located at 3425 W. Fullerton Ave.

Super Bowl Party @ Empty Bottle

For those of you not terribly interested in any sporting events that might be happening today, the Empty Bottle has a free Super Bowl party for the music fans! The band scheduled to play is "Football," featuring members of Tight Phantomz, The Pony, Hot Machines and The Guilty Pleasures. The fun starts at 4pm, so come on down! Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. 773-276-3600. 21+

Ti West double feature @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and The AV Club present a double feature by director Ti West. His 2009 horror film House of the Devil will be screened, as well as his latest film The Innkeepers. Tw West will be in attendance, along with The AV Club's Scott Tobias. Tickets are available in advance; see the Music Box's Website for full information. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Schadenfreude Rent Party

Sketch comedy trouple Schadenfreude hosts Rent Party Boogaloo tonight at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 8pm. The variety show includes comedian and Vocalo radio host Brian Babylon, writer/performer Samantha Irby, songwriter Julie Frost, and many of your favorite Schadenfreude characters. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. 21+

The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Martyrs' presents the monthly StorySLAM from The Moth. Ten participants are picked at random to deliver five-minute stories, which are judged by a panel of audience members. The winner gets to move on to the Grandslam Championships, where 10 winners face off to declare a grand champion. Tonight's StorySLAM starts at 8pm. Tickets are $8 and are only available at the door, so get there early! Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Lightness & Darkness Release Party @ Happy Dog

Brand-spankin' new multimedia book project Lightness & Darkness will throw its release party and first performance tonight at Happy Dog Gallery (1542 N. Milwaukee), a Wicker Park apartment gallery and alternative art space. For more information about Lightness & Darkness, and/or to support them on Kickstarter click here. For more information about the release event, visit the FB event page.

B-Fest 2012

A&O Productions of Northwestern University presents B-Fest 2012, the annual 24-hour B-movie film festival taking place on Northwestern's campus. The festivities begin tonight at 6pm, and end on Saturday evening at 6pm. Expect a full roster of bad movies from the past century of film (blaxploitation, cheezy sci-fi, bad action movies from the 80s, big budget flops, etc.) along with various short films, a raffle of various films & memorabilia, and a midnight screening of the classic Plan 9 From Outer Space. Tickets are $35 ($20 for Northwestern students). See the B-Fest Website at www.b-fest.com for full details.

Sundance Film Festival 2012 @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents an advance screening of a feature film from the Sundance Film Festival. Tonight's screening is 2 Days In New York, the new film directed by actress Julie Delpy. See the Music Box Website for full details on this event and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Lightness & Darkness "BABY SHOWER" Fundraiser @ Uncharted Books

Lightness & Darkness is crowning, guys! Shower the baby with your love at Uncharted Books, a brand spanking new book store in the heart of Logan Square. Grant Reynolds will be doing commissioned drawings for donations for the book as well as selling some of his own publications to benefit L & D! There will be snacks, refreshments and other sort of fun stuff available for small donations. The event is today from 3:30 to 7pm at Uncharted Books: 2630 N. Milwaukee. More info here.

Comics Workshop for Adults and Teens @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a workshop on comics -- their history, how they convey meaning, and now you can create your own. The workshop is available to adults and teens, and is free to take. Materials will be provided. The workshop happens this evening at 7:30pm as part of the school's celebration of the opening of their new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. The workshop takes place in the new building.

I Give You All My Money @ Renaissance Society

Cathy Wilkes's new exhibit, I Give You All My Money, opens at The Renaissance Society, a part of the University of Chicago. The exhibit, which was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2008, consists of found, symbolic objects, arranged to create a particular narrative and structure. The objects used range from mannequins and baby strollers to dried food and "soiled dishes." The Renaissance Society is located at 5811 S. Ellis. The opening reception is from 4-7 p.m. and Wilkes will speak from 5-6 p.m. Free.

Complete Beatles @ Old Town School of Folk Music

As part of the celebration of the opening of their new school & performance space, The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a two-day performance of the complete Beatles catalog. Every song from the British releases from 1963 to 1970 will be performed by various Old Town School faculty and students, under the direction of guitar instructor Steve Levitt. The performances run from 3pm to 11pm on both nights in the new performance space at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission for the event is a suggested $10 donation. For details and advance tickets please see the Old Town School Website.

Sound Opinions Movie Night @ Music Box

Sound Opinions and the Music Box Theatre present the latest in their series of Movie Night screenings of rock-related films. Tonight's film is the 2002 Michael Winterbottom film 24 Hour Party People, the dramatization of the Manchester music scene starring Steve Coogan. The film is screening tonight at 7:30pm, and the event is hosted by Sound Opinions co-hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Tickets are available in advance; see the tickets page for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Jaymay @ Schubas

New York singer-songwriter Jaymay will be at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 9pm. Her somber tune, Sea Green, See Blue, made its way to the background of an episode of the CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother and is likely to be a favorite for the night. Tickets are $10. 18+

Pueblo Latino Chicago @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Pueblo Latino Chicago, the inaugural event for a new Pan-Latino initiative at the school. The event will include music, dance and workshops representing the US, Mexico, Central & South America, Spain, and the Carribean. Pueblo Latino Chicago happens this afternoon at 4pm in the school's main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is a suggested $10. Full information and advance tickets are available at the Old Town School Website.

Crispin Hellion Glover @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts a two-night appearance by none other than Crispin Hellion Glover. Tonight he's hosting a screening of his film "What is it?", along with a live dramatic presentation by Mr. Glover accompanied by a slide show. The starting time for both nights is 7:30pm; tickets are available for each event separately, or for both events. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the latest in their Second Saturday Silent Cinema screenings of silent films accompanied by in-house organist Dennis Scott. Today's title is Show People from 1928, starring Marion Davies, with cameos by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and Norma Talmadge. The film screens today at noon. Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors and students with ID). See the Music Box Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Crispin Hellion Glover @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre hosts a two-night appearance by none other than Crispin Hellion Glover. Tonight he's hosting a screening of his film "It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE", along with a live dramatic presentation by Mr. Glover accompanied by a slide show. The starting time for both nights is 7:30pm; tickets are available for each event separately, or for both events. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Tomorrow Never Knows 2012: Glass Candy @ Lincoln Hall

Tomorrow Never Knows, a five-day music festival happening at various Chicago venues, starts tonight with performances by Glass Candy and Chromatics at Lincoln Hall. The show starts at 8pm, tickets are $15, and it's an 18+ show. For online ticket purchasing, please see the Lincoln Hall Website. [See the full TNK 2012 lineup.]

Opening reception: The Posters of American Music @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the opening reception for an exhibit of posters for folk and popular music, from the collection of the school, Ronald Cohen and the Peace Museum. The reception happens tonight at 6:30pm in the brand-new school space at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue, and is free and open to the public.

New Building Opening Ceremony @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music celebrates the opening of their brand new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. This morning at 10:30am there will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the new space. There will be speeches, sing-alongs, building tours, and celebration all throughout the day. The event kicks off a celebration of the new space that runs through March; see the Old Town School Website for full details on events.

Free Scrappers Screening and Q & A @ Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, is hosting a free screening of Scrappers followed by a question and answer session with the co-directors at 6pm tonight. The locally made film was included on Roger Ebert's list of the best documentaries of 2010. Additional information about the film is available in this interview with GB; additional screening details are available on the HPAC website.

Freakers Ball: A Tribute To Shel Silverstein

Jon Langford leads the festivities at the "Freakers Ball: A Tribute To Shel Silverstein" tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., at 8pm. The evening of poetry and song will focus on Silverstein's more adult material from the pages of Playboy and elsewhere. Tickets are $20. 21+

My My My @ Schubas

Local band My My My plays tonight at Schubas. Opening acts: Mr. Russia and The Bright White. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $6, and it's an 18+ show. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound @ Schubas

Schubas hosts a two-night series of concerts by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. Tonight's show is a 21+ show that starts at 10pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. You may also purchase a pass for both evenings for $35. See the Schubas Website for full details and to purchase tickets online. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound @ Schubas

Schubas hosts a two-night series of concerts by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. Tonight's show is an 18+ show that starts at 10pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $30 at the door. You may also purchase a pass for both evenings for $35. See the Schubas Website for full details and to purchase tickets online. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Martha Berner Record Release Party @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall plays host to singer-songwriter Martha Berner, celebrating the release of her new album Fool's Fantasy. She'll be performing this evening with her band the Significant Others, with opening guest Xoe Wise. The show starts at 8pm. It's a 21+ show, and tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door). See the Lincoln Hall website for full details and to purchase tickets online. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 525-2501.

Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs

The Moth presents its monthly StorySLAM tonight at Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln Avenue). Participants will be asked to tell a five-minute story on the chosen topic (tonight's topic: Ancestors), and a panel of judges will pick the night's winner. The StorySLAM happens tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8, and the tickets are only available at the door, so show up early.

Chicago Calling VIII: Clash Christmas @ Schubas

Schubas hosts A Very Special Clash Christmas this evening at 8pm with the Clash tribute band London Calling and the Jam tribute band All Mods Conned (the alter ego of local band Who's This Mary?). The show is 18+; tickets are $12, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society in memory of Egon Martensen. See the Schubas website for full details and to purchase tickets. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

The Lost Panoramas @ Barnes & Noble

Author's Richard Cahan and Michael Williams will be at Barnes & Noble, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., at noon today to discuss their new book, The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond , a "volume chronicling the development of the engineering marvel, its context and its effects."

Winter Ball @ Chicago Children's Museum

The Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier, welcomes kids of all ages to brush up on their three counts and learn to waltz today at its Winter Ball. The dance begins at 2pm and is free with museum admission.

Feminist Book Group @ Women and Children First

Women and Children First host their monthly feminist book group meeting tonight at 6pm. Tonight's book for discussion is Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann. The meeting happens at the bookstore at 5233 N. Clark; the event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the store at (773) 769-9299.

The Interrupters @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center hosts a free screening of the 2011 Kartemquin film The Interrupters this afternoon at 2pm at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the center. Admission to the screening is free.

Santa Sangre, The Last Circus @ Portage Theatre

A rare 35-millimeter print of Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre (1989), as well as The Last Circus (2010) and the short film "Bobby Yeah," (2011) will be screened at the Chicago Cinema Society at 7 p.m. The event is at the Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee, at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, 12/17. You can find more details here and purchase tickets here.

The Interrupters @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a return engagement of the very popular 2011 film The Interrupters, the latest film by Chicago's Kartemquin Films that chronicles the work done by the organization CeaseFire to stop violence on the streets. The film screens through December 22; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Holiday Sing Along @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts one of its regular Six String socials this evening at 6:30pm at their Armitage location (909 W. Armitage Avenue). Tonight's song theme: holiday songs. Attendees are invited to bring their instruments to play along with the group, or just come to sing along. Registration fee is just $5. Please see the Old Town School website to register, or call (773) 728-6000.

28th Annual Music Box Christmas Show

The Music Box Theatre presents their 28th annual Christmas double feature, with screenings of the classics It's A Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn. There will be Christmas carols sung before the films, and an appearance by Santa Claus himself! The double feature runs through Saturday, December 24, and tickets are available for purchase on the Music Box website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Holiday Party / Book Sale @ Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation, a center for avant-garde art and architecture, will be holding a holiday party and book sale. Its collection of books and publications, including Bertrand Goldberg: An Architecture of Invention and Stanley Tigerman's Schlepping Through Ambivalence, will all be discounted by 15%, with greater savings on certain titles. The party runs from 5-8 p.m. at Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. RSVP recommended. Free. Find more information here.

Irish Christmas in America @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Irish Christmas in America, a revue of Irish music, singing, and dancing. The show starts tonight at 9:30pm at their main concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling the school box office at (773) 728-6000.

2nd Story @ Webster's Wine Bar

The performance series, 2nd Story, will take place tonight at 7:30pm at Webster's Wine Bar, 1480 W. Webster Ave. Local writers Andy Bayiates, Molly Each, Richard Leslie, and Ilana Shabanov will share their musically accompanied stories, while guests enjoy the tunes, tales, and complimentary wine tasting. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. 21+

Robin Thicke @ The Mid

Robin Thicke, a R&B crooner with a classic twist, is coming to The Mid, 306 N Halsted, tonight, as he continues his Love After War tour. Doors open at 7:30pm, at which time ticket sales will end. $25 for general admission. 21+

Gustafer's Holiday Yellowsnow Show @ Schubas

Schubas' Family Series presents a Gustafer Yellowgold show this afternoon at 3pm. The show is all-ages; Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and kids under 2 are free. See the Schubas Website for full details and to purchase tickets online. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Holiday Warehouse Sale @ Facets Cinémathèque

Get your fill of rare and out-of-print films at Facets Cinémathèque's holiday warehouse sale. Both DVDs and VHS tapes will be available at up to 90% off their regular price. Highlights include films by Guy Maddin, Charlie Chaplin's Circus and King of New York, and heavily discounted contemporary films like Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation.
Facets is located at 1517 W. Fullerton, and the sale runs Saturday, December 10 through Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. For more information call 773-281-9075 or email elizabeth@facets.org.

The Nutcracker by the Joffrey Ballet @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet presents its opening night of The Nutcracker tonight at 7pm at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway. Tickets to this holiday classic range in price from $30-$115.

Project Onward Holiday Sale @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Project Onward Holiday Sale will be selling original artwork on note cards, book marks, and hand-painted holiday ornaments by local artists in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center today. Featured artists will also take part in painting original portraits for $20 a piece or $100 for six pieces. Sittings for portraits can be reserved at (312) 744-8032 or info@projectonward.org.

Andy Warhol's Empire @ Art Institute

Warhol's massive 1964 film Empire, clocking in at just a little over eight hours and consisting of a single shot of New York City's Empire State Building, will be projected from the Art Institute's Modern Wing onto the 12 upper stories of the Aon Center this Friday. A joint project between the Graham Foundation and the Art Institute, the screening marks the opening of the Institute's new exhibit Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977. The outdoor screening will take place from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Mongolian Music & Throat Singing Workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music plays host to the Mongolian band Boerte this evening for a workshop on Mongolian music & throat singing techniques. The workshop starts at 6pm; registration fee is $20. Please call the school to register for the workshop. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

The Second City 24 hour fundraiser: Letters to Santa

For a decade, The Second City has enlisted Chicago's best improvisers and their musical counterparts in offering twenty-four consecutive hours of the best improvised live art you will see in the city. This unique event raises money and gives hope to disenfranchised Chicago families on Christmas Day. This year's improvisation will be spearheaded by TJ Jagadowski, Tim Baltz, and Brendan Jennings. More information. The event starts at 7pm on 12/6 and runs until 7pm 12/7. RSVP on Facebook.

A Very Carrie Christmas @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Hell In A Handbag Productions present "A Very Carrie Christmas"! A screening of the classic Brian De Palma film Carrie will be enhanced by: a costume contest (think prom dresses and fake blood); a sing-along led by the famous Music Box theater organ; an "Interactive Audience Screening" guide; and an appearance by film star Piper Laurie! Showtime is at 2pm; tickets are $15 at the door ($12 in advance). See the Music Box Website for full information. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Fenn Fair Multiples Sale @ SHOP

Southside Hub of Production (SHOP), 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, is hosting Fenn Fair, a weekend exhibition and art/craft sale of multiples and reproducible objects. It is the kickoff of REPRODUCE+ABILITY. The exhibition will include printmakers, mixtape artists, self-publishers, photocopy artists, object and image-makers, and others. 11am-5pm. Free.

What's Your Art?: Celebrating Chicago's Art Centers @ The Cultural Center

Simultaneously embracing the holiday season and celebrating Chicago's rich landscape devoted to emerging artists and art education, "What's Your Art? Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago" will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center (Yates Hall, 78 East Washington) today from 12 to 5pm. The event is free, but reservations are recommended. Across the city, remarkable places of art exhibition, classes, and public events exist to foster and inspire the development of art and culture. Each unique location has its own style, feel, and expertise and in an effort to share their mission and motivate those outside their regular audience, 12 extraordinary Art Centers from all across Chicago will come together under one roof. Additionally, new this year is the Marketplace where guests can purchase a variety of original artwork from the participating Art Centers perfect for the holiday season! There will also be a unique wrapping station where guests can add their own artistic touch. To RSVP and for more information, visit http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-03/whats-your-art.

Fenn Fair Multiples Sale @ SHOP

Southside Hub of Production (SHOP), 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, is hosting Fenn Fair, a weekend exhibition and art/craft sale of multiples and reproducible objects. It is the kickoff of REPRODUCE+ABILITY. The exhibition will include printmakers, mixtape artists, self-publishers, photocopy artists, object and image-makers, and others. Sales run from 11am-5pm, followed by music and screenings throughout the evening. Free.

Chicago Review release party

Join writers Nathanael & Joshua Baldwin in welcoming issue 56:2/3 of the Chicago Review. Get your discounted issue at 7 p.m. at the Lillie House, 5801 S. Kenwood Ave. Free.

Sound Opinions Film Night: The Last Waltz @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre plays host to Sound Opinions' ongoing series of rock & roll themed film screenings. Tonight's film is The Last Waltz, the documentary of the final performance by The Band. Showtimes is at 7pm; doors open at 6:30. Tickets are available in advance through the Sound Opinions Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Sunday Salon @ Katerina's

The New York-based prose reading series, Sunday Salon, returns to Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., tonight at 6:30pm. Featured this evening, are writers and instructors, M. Molly Backes, Jennifer Ann Coffeen, Kate Harding, and Scott Onak from StoryStudio Chicago.

George Harrison Tribute Concert @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a tribute concert for George Harrison this evening at 7pm. Join the faculty, students and friends of the school for a celebration of the quiet Beatle. The show starts at 7pm; tickets are $12. See the Old Town School Website for full details. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

World of Dance Tour @ Copernicus Theater

The World of Dance Tour, an international urban-dance-competition that's been moving, shaking, and breaking-it-down across the nation, makes its way to the Copernicus Theater, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight. Welcoming some of the most respected names in the industry from within the city and beyond, the performance promises a night of culture and creativity for all those with a craving for the urban arts. Doors open at 4pm and tickets are $25. For other tour dates and ticket purchases visit worldofdance.com.

Vintage Heaven "In the Black" Big Sale @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery is holding its Vintage Heaven "In the Black" Big Sale today and tomorrow from 12pm to 6pm. Located at 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the second floor, the non-profit gallery and art space showcases works from local artists and hosts vintage resellers once a month.

Sing-Along Sound of Music @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the return of that holiday classic, the sing-along Sound of Music! Along with singing along to the film, attendees will get a packet of audience participation props, get to judge a costume contest, and have a sing-along warm-up session before the film. The film plays tonight at 7pm, and has additional screenings through Sunday, November 27. See the Music Box Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago Craft Mafia's DIY Trunk Show @ Broadway Armory

The DIY Trunk Show, featuring 129 area artists, presented by the Chicago Craft Mafia, is one of the longest-running indie, craft shows in Chicago, now in its ninth year. Admission is FREE. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind, handmade, high-quality yet affordable items for all ages and genders, including jewelry of all types, clothing and t-shirts for adults and kids, bags and purses, stationery and paper products, housewares and lamps, ceramics, glassware and enamelware, fiber work and knitwear, photography, pet items, plush toys, candles, woodwork items, pens, wallets, soaps and body care products. Now in a larger location to accommodate more vendors, the DIY Trunk Show has built its reputation by supporting the Chicagoland craft community, encouraging emerging artists and crafters, and helping to promote local nonprofits and small businesses. The DIY Trunk Show will partner with Wishcraft to provide a kids crafting area, from 11am to 3pm for ages 4 and up. Free on-site workshops include Blue Buddha Boutique's earrings or zipper pull decorations. Free goody bags, including vendor products and coupons, will be given to the first 150 shoppers who make a purchase - first come, first served. The trunk show is today from 10am to 5pm at Broadway Armory Park (Edgewater): 5917 N. Broadway. More info here.

Waxing and Waning

Waxing and Waning is an exhibition featuring emerging and established artists demonstrating there given abilities within an exhibited body of work. It will include an extensive group show of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and installation.

Participating artists are Tim Anderson, Robert Billings, Thomas Billings, James Ciccenia, Paul Elledge, Ken Ellis, Oskar Friedl, Andres Garcia Pena, Max Grey, MartinJon Garcia, Chris Hammes, Jenny Hellman, Christine Huck, Micheal krynski, Thomas Masters, Jared Metzner, Kumiko Murakami, Sam Rosby, Paul Sierra, Paul Weston, Glenn Wexler, and Eric Wulkowicz.

Reception is November 19 from 5-11pm.
Chicago - Ashland Office Building
755 Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL

Raiders of the Lost Ark @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a digitally restored copy of Raiders of the Lost Ark for the 30th anniversary of the film. See the Music Box Website for a complete schedule of showtimes. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Craig Thompson reads from Habibi @ Quimby's

Craig Thompson will read from his graphic novel, Habibi, which is already topping some best of 2011 lists. Arabic for beloved, Habibi tells the story of two escaped child slaves in an undisclosed Islamic state. Come see what all the fuss is about at 7 p.m., 1854 W. North Ave. Free.

Covers For Cover III @ Schubas

Schubas plays host to Covers For Cover, an evening of female cover bands. The event will be raising funds for the Primo Center for Women and Children. The evening starts at 8:30pm; tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and it's an 18+ show. Tickets available in advance at the Schubas Website. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Nelson Sosa "Farewell to Chicago" @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening concert by Chilean guitarist Nelson Sosa, who is returning to Chile after spending 30 years in Chicago. The concert starts at 8:30pm; admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. Full details at the Old Town School Website. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Appropriating Art: Art Theft Unveiled @ Chicago Artist's Coalition

This event exposes the depths of the art world rarely discussed: forgery, fraud, and theft. The evening will begin with a presentation and discussion with former FBI agent and art security consultant Robert Spiel. Following this discussion will be a screening of the Don Argott documentary The Art of the Steal, exploring the controversy behind the theft of pieces from the Barnes Collection (Philadelphia). For more information click here or call 312-491-8888. The event will take place tonight at 6:30pm at the Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for everyone else.

Ezio Manzini: Design & Sustainability

Ezio Manzini, professor of design at the Politecnico di Milanogive, lectures design and sustainability tonight at 6pm, in Columbus Auditorium at the School of the Art Institute, 280 S. Columbus Dr. Following the lecture will be a panel discussion moderated by Victor Margolin, professsor emeritus of design history at UIC, featuring Manzini; George Aye, assistant professor of design at SAIC; Gabe Klein, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation; Marisa Novara, project manager for the Metropolitan Planning Council; Dan X. O’Neil, executive director of Smart Chicago; John Tolva, chief technology officer of the City of Chicago; and Karen Weigert, chief sustainability officer of the City of Chicago. The event is hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects as part of the the William H. Bronson & Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series. Doors open at 5:45pm. Free.

Handmade Holidays Craft Fair @ Chicago Urban Art Society

Today's HANDMADE HOLIDAYS CRAFT FAIR features over 30 vendors, selling their hand-made crafts at the fair, including: clothing, jewelry, pottery, leather goods, soaps, paintings, silk-screens, etc. and an additional 15 vendors selling homemade food. The first and second place winners of the Sixth Annual Feria del Mole will be selling their famous mole. This fair takes place today from 11am to 6pm at the Chicago Urban Arts Society at 2229 South Halsted Street. The Second Annual Craft Fair a fundraiser to benefit programs at Universidad Popular and to help support the Students for Students scholarship. More info here.

Peter Pan @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the final film in its Second Saturday Silent Cinema series, a 1924 adaptation of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan with Betty Bronson in the title role. The film screens at noon, and will feature accompaniment by Music Box organist Dennis Scott. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students and seniors. See the Music Box Website for complete details and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Neocassion: 30 Beers for 60 Minutes

The Neo-Futurists present a special fundraising event for their theater: 30 Beers for 60 Minutes. Over 30 local & regional brews will be available for the sampling, along with an evening of live theater and and auction of several beer-themed prizes (tours of breweries, home-brew kits, etc.). Tickets are available at several levels; information available at the Brown Paper Tickets page for the event, or call Dan McArdle at (773) 878-4557 for sponsorship opportunities. Meo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

Art in Motion Gala @ River East Art Center

A&BC's annual benefit gala - Art in Motion - is today from 5:30 to 10pm, at the River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois Street. This event will feature cocktails, exciting silent and live auction packages, a savory dinner and exhilarating performances by local arts ensembles. This year A&BC's featured performers include the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Congo Square Theatre, Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, the People's Music School and Aloft Aerial Dance. For the first time ever, A&BC is offering a special Entertainment Only ticket, for $100, which includes after dinner cocktails and performances. Ticket registration is at http://www.artsbiz-chicago.org/events/ or 312-372-1876 ext. 223.

Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening workshop in conjunction with the Jeff Peterson concert happening this week. OTS instructor Lanialoha Lee offers a workshop in slack key guitar, ukulele and Hawaiian steel guitar. The workshop happens this evening at 6pm; registration is $20, and can be done by calling the school. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

The Good, The Bad and The Monkey @ Stage 773

The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey: Singlehood, Dating, and the Search for Something Real: Amanda Rountree takes a hilarious-and at times, heartbreaking-look at the cycles of relationships and the myths that we tell ourselves about finding a soul mate.....using sock monkeys. Stage 773′s Cabaret Theatre, 1225 W. Belmont. Tonight and the 17th at 8pm.

Click here for tickets.

Powerless Comic Art Opening @ I Am Logan Square

Villains beware... I Am Logan Square is transforming into a comic book gallery! The opening reception is tonight from 6 to 8:30pm at I Am Logan Square's Gallery, located at 2644 N. Milwaukee Ave. Food and drinks will be provided by Rewster's Cafe and IALS's official gallery series sponsor, Revolution Brewing. The first 30 people to come will receive a goody bag filled with comic goodness provided by G-Mart Comics! More info here.

Jeff Peterson @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening concert by slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, considered one of the rising stars of the next generation of Hawaiian slack key guitarists. The concert starts at 8:30pm; admission is a suggested $5 donation. In conjunction with the concert, the school will offer a slack key guitar & ukulele workshop the following evening. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Hypocrisy Now! @ Hamburger Mary's

Democracy Burlesque and Mayoral Tutorial precent Hypocrisy Now! at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark) tonight at 8:30pm. An evening of comedy, politics, and a pop quiz. $15 general admission (cash only at the door), doors open at 7:10pm, and all proceeds go to benefit Chicago Independent Radio Project. RSVP to Democracy Burlesque at tickets (at) democracyburlesque (dot) com.

America: Now and Here @ Dorchester Projects

America: Now and Here, a national project connecting artists and social issues, has its third Chicago event to discuss community engagement and artistic practice as well as The Bloomingdale Trail. Artists and expert presenters include Eric Fischl, Dawoud Bey, Theaster Gates, David Schalliol, Beth White and Rebecca Zorach. The free event runs from 5:30-8pm at the Dorchester Projects, 6918 S. Dorchester. If possible, RSVP to Jessica at 248.770.0260.

America: Now and Here @ 30 East Cedar Street

America: Now and Here, a national project connecting artists and social issues, has its second Chicago event. Artists and expert presenters include Eric Fischl, Michelle Boone, Dawoud Bey, Jan Tichy and Erika Hanner. The free event runs from 2-5pm at the Sandra and Jack Guthman residence, 30 East Cedar Street. RSVP to Jessica at 248.770.0260.

America: Now and Here @ The Hull-House Museum

America: Now and Here, a national project connecting artists and social issues, has its first Chicago event. Artists and expert presenters include Dawoud Bey, Kathy Dickhut, Dorothy Dunn, Indira Johnson, Lisa Yun Lee and Jason Reblando. The free event runs from 5:30-8pm at The Hull-House Museum, 800 S Halsted. If possible, RSVP to Jessica at 248.770.0260.

The Interview Show

The Interview Show returns to The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 6:30pm to 8pm. This month host Mark Bazer talks with pro wrestler Colt Cabana, singer-songwriter Tony Rogers and the editors of Chicago Home magazine. Plus, comedian Kelsie Huff does stand-up and the Wagyu Wagon food truck will be outside waiting for your order. Admission is $8. 21+

Celluloid Salon with DJ Chrissy Murderbot @ The Viaduct Theatre

DJ Chrissy Murderbot creates a live soundtrack to four movies at tonight's Celluloid Salon at The Viaduct Theatre at 7pm. The show is free with RSVP to myopenbar.com/celluloidsalon. The Viaduct Theatre is at 3111 N. Western Ave. Read our preview in Transmission.

Spooky Singalong Kids Concert @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a pair of Spooky Singalong family concerts at their building at 909 W. Armitage. The faculty of the school's Wiggleworms program will lead children in a program of Halloween songs. The shows are at 10am and 3pm; tickets are $9 ($8 for OTS members). For full information and to purchase tickets online, see the OTS Website. Old Town School: 909 W. Armitage. (773) 728-6000.

Facets Fright School: The Frighteners

Facets Multimedia presents the final screening of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: Peter Jackson's The Frighteners from 1996, with Michael J. Fox as an architect who can communicate with the spirit world (yes, really). The accompanying lecture will be from Facets Night School regular Dominick Mayer. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Facets Fright School: The Devil's Rain

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: The Devil's Rain from 1975, with a stellar 1970s cast: Ernest Borgnine, William Shatner, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, Tom Skerritt, and John Travolta in his big-screen debut. Tonight's lecture will be given by longtime Facets Night School regular Chris Damen. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Festival of New Spanish Cinema @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents their fourth annual Festival of New Spanish Cinema, which starts tonight and runs through November 23. Tonight is opening night, and the featured film is the 2010 film With Or Without Love. The director and one of the stars of the film will be in attendance for tonight's screening, and attendees are invited to a 7:00pm opening night reception. For a full list of the films playing in the festival and to purchase tickets in advance please see the schedule at the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Urban Gateways' "Cut a Rug" Fundraiser @ Vecco

Join the New Arts Forum and Vecco Design Studio for this Urban Gateways benefit featuring complimentary appetizers, cocktails, and beer by Goose Island, a special dance performance by the nationally recognized dance crew FootworKINGz, DJ /dancing and the opportunity to bid on an original Chicago-inspired auction item created by Urban Gateways artists. This event begins at 6pm tonight at Vecco (912 W. Armitage). Admission is $10 in advance or $20 at the door. More info here.

M.A.K.U. Sound System @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a concert by Colombian group M.A.K.U. Sound System as part of their World Music Wednesdays series of concerts. The concert begins at 8:30pm. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, and reservations are strongly recommended. Full information available at the OTS Website. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Flying Saucers book launch @ Chicago Cultural Center

Jake Austen, publisher of Roctober, hosts a book release party for his new book Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll tonight at 6:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). In addition to readings from the book, the event will feature a video presentation called "Flying Saucers Rock!", a collection of performances from some of the artists mentioned in Austen's book, and there will be a special performance by Milt Trenier, the last surviving member of the 1950s R&B band The Treniers. The event is free and open to the public.

Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

The Moth StorySLAM returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Watch people tell true stories up on stage -- and possibly even join them. Tickets are $8 at the door. 21+

MDW Fair + Hand in Glove Conference @ The Geolofts

Starting Friday and running through this weekend, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand in Glove Conference and will highlight innovative curatorial and administrative practices happening in independent arts initiatives. The Fall Showcase will focus on the practices of individual artists, offering the opportunity for each artist to mount an ambitious project. The Fall Showcase, like the previous MDW Fair, will also feature an independent arts publisher's forum. The fair is open today from noon to 6pm at The Geolofts (3636 S. Iron St.).

Tea with Bertha Palmer @ Highland Park Community House

If you'd like to be transported back to the late 1800s, go to the Highland Park Community House (1919 Sheridan Road, Highland Park) today at 1pm for high tea with (a reenactor dressed as) socialite Bertha Honore Palmer. Tickets $50; $60 at door. Event organized by the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance.

Facets Fright School: The Old Dark House

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: The Old Dark House, made by Frankenstein director James Whale. Tonight's lecturer is filmmaker and film studies teacher Michael Smith. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret: Uke Horrifica

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, the long-running open-mike night for ukulele players, returns to Silvie's Lounge tonight at 8:30pm. Tonight's theme: Uke Horrifica! Musicians are asked to bring up to 3 songs of horror, darkness, and/or fright to perform tonight. The event is 21+, and is free and open to the public. Silvie's: 1902 W. Irving Park.

Garfield Park Conservatory Plant Rescue Sale

The Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., is holding a "plant rescue sale" today from 9am to 2pm in order to both fundraise and find homes for plants that can't be stored for the winter in the greenhouses damaged by this summer's hailstorm. Tropical trees, plants, succulents, and perennials from the Conservatory and grounds will be for sale for one day only; get there early for the best selection.

MDW Fair + Hand in Glove Conference @ The Geolofts

Starting Friday and running through this weekend, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand in Glove Conference and will highlight innovative curatorial and administrative practices happening in independent arts initiatives. The Fall Showcase will focus on the practices of individual artists, offering the opportunity for each artist to mount an ambitious project. The Fall Showcase, like the previous MDW Fair, will also feature an independent arts publisher's forum. The fair is open today and tomorrow from noon to 6pm at The Geolofts (3636 S. Iron St.).

The Last Pullman Car Screening

South Side Projections, Kartemquin Films, Pullman State Historic Site and the Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society present a free screening of The Last Pullman Car at the Clock Tower Building in the Pullman State Historic Site, 11057-59 S. Cottage Grove Ave., today at 4pm. Kartemquin founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal will lead a discussion of the documentary after the screening. More info on Facebook.

PHONEBOOK 3 Release Party @ threewalls

Fans and newcomers are invited to attend the release party for PHONEBOOK 3 at threewalls. PHONEBOOK 3 includes critical essays, a directory, and practical information on independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the U.S. Essayists include Renny Pritikin, Susan Sakash, Faheem Majed, Chances Dances, Paul Durica, Dara Greenwald, Amy Franceschini, Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner, PLAND, Andy Sturdevant, Robby Herbst and more. The party begins at 8pm and lasts until 11pm. Hosted by and featuring a special edition of Salon Saloon, local artists, writers, designers and musicians are encouraged to share stories, photos, essays, and performances on a theme. Copies of PHONEBOOK 3 will be available for purchase. threewalls is located at 119 North Peoria, #2c.

The Room @ Music Box

The Music Box presents a screening of Tommy Wiseau's The Room. Hi, doggy! The film screens tonight at midnight. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Facets Fright School: Tim Burton's Vincent & Other Shorts

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's program is a series of shorts, including David Lynch's first film The Alphabet, Monte Hellman's Stanley's Girlfriend, and Tim Burton's short film Vincent (narrated by Vincent Price). Tonight's lecture will be given by author and Facets Night School regular Joel Wicklund. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

The Enigma Machine Theater Gala @ Wicker Park Arts Center

Tonight at 8pm, new theater company the Agency hosts their debut gala. "The Enigma Machine," an evening centered around a theme of codes and secrets, will feature drinks, interactive live entertainment, food, prizes and more. Ticket sales and donations benefit the Agency's upcoming docket of shows and events.

$10 tickets can be purchased online, and a ticket also gets you one drink. Wicker Park Arts Center, Acme Art Works, 2215 W. North Ave.

Universal Horror @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a week-long series of screenings of classic Universal Studios monster pictures, including Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and many others. A full schedule is available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Benefit Screening of The Interrupters @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center concludes its two-week run of the 2011 documentary The Interrupters tonight with a benefit screening for CeaseFire, the violence prevention group profiled in the film. All proceeds from the 8:15pm screening of the film will be donated to the organization. See the Film Center Website for full details and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Labyrinth & Stand By Me @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special double feature: Stand By Me and Labyrinth, both films celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Stand By Me screens at 5:30pm, and Labyrinth screens at 7:30pm; both films will be presented in new 35mm prints. See the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Roxana Saberi @ Thorne Auditorium

In 2009, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was arrested in Iran and detained in Evin Prison. She was released 100 days later, after her case captured the world's attention. Her book Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran tells the story of her arrest and captivity, shares the struggles and courage of her cellmates that inspired her along the way, and describes her personal journey as she strives to defy her captors and be true to herself, regardless of the consequences. She is now writing and speaking out for human rights and "prisoners of conscience" in Iran. In a Facing History Community Conversation facilitated by former WBEZ journalist Victoria Lautman, Saberi will speak about her experiences at Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue (on the downtown Northwestern campus). Doors open at 5pm, and seating is limited for this FREE event. RSVP online or by calling (312) 345-3203.

Labyrinth & Stand By Me @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special double feature: Stand By Me and Labyrinth, both films celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Stand By Me screens at 5:30pm, and Labyrinth screens at 7:30pm; both films will be presented in new 35mm prints. See the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Fall French Market @ Lycée Francais de Chicago

Lycée Francais, Chicago's most adorable Madeline-esque elementary school is hosting a fall festival of sorts, complete with vendors selling jewelery, accessories, clothing, home decor and more. Don your beret, check out cooking demos by Chicago's finest french chefs and take a break at the French Bistro with nicoise salad, beef bourguignon and un peu de fromage.

All events take place at the Lycée Francais de Chicago, 615 W. Bittersweet Place (entrance on Irving Park Road and Marine Drive). The market runs today from 11am-4pm. Adult admission is $5, with free admission for children.

Facets Fright School: I Walked With A Zombie

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: the 1943 classic I Walked With A Zombie, one of producer Val Lewton's most famous films. The accompanying lecture will be given by Facets Night School regular Stephen Reginald. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Facets Fright School: The Love Thrill Murders

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: the Manson Family/hippie film The Love Thrill Murders, with a lecture given by writer (and founding member of Everything Is Terrible!) Katie Rife. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

HOMO-COMING @ Beauty Bar

Join DJs Reaganomix of FKA and Black Gold of Queerer Park for this throw-back event at Beauty Bar featuring a photo booth from Glitter Guts. Tickets can be purchased for $5. All proceeds benefit CHIRP, Chicago Independent Radio Project. Beauty Bar is located at 1444 West Chicago and the events starts at 10pm.

Facets Fright School: Bloodsucking Freaks

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: the outrageously gory and campy Bloodsucking Freaks from 1978. Tonight's lecture will be given by author and head writer at Mr. Skin Mike McPadden. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

Facets Fright School: Ginger Snaps

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films).
Tonight's screening: the 2005 film Ginger Snaps, which combines the classic werewolf tale with the relationship of two teen sisters on the verge of womanhood. The accompanying lecture will be given by Facets Night School regular Catherine Clepper, currently a PhD candidate at Northwestern University. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

The Interrupters @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a return engagement for Kartemquin Film's new film The Interrupters, a documentary about former Chicago gang members working in the community to defuse violent situations. The film runs at the Film Center through October 20; see the Film Center's Website for a complete schedule of showtimes and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State Stree. (312) 846-2600.

Tabloid @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the Errol Morris 2011 documentary Tabloid. The film plays tonight at 8:15pm and runs through October 13. See the Film Center Website for a schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Season Opener @The Lincoln Lodge

Located within The Lincoln Restaurant (4008 N. Lincoln Avenue), The Lincoln
Lodge
is entering into it's 12th year: shows are every Friday at 8:30pm and
10:30pm with free parking in the Lincoln Restaurant parking lot. Tickets for the season opener are $15 and doors open at 7:30pm, with pre-show drinks and dining available. The Lincoln Lodge is proud to open it's 12th season with special guest headliner James Adomian (Last Comic Standing, Funny Or Die, Just For Laughs). Tickets and more information available HERE.

All Hands On: The2ndHand After 10, 2000-2011 @ Quimby's

The2ndHand editor Todd Dills and other publication contributors delivery and discuss the anthology All Hands On: The2ndHand After 10, 2000-2011, a Reader. 7pm, 1854 W. North Ave. More info here.

Diane Izzo Memorial Concert @ Hideout

The Hideout presents a memorial concert for singer & songwriter Diane Izzo, who died earlier in the year. Performances by Beau O'Reilly, Jenny Magnus, Cheryl Trykv, Souled American, Califone, and more. Doors open at 5:30. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

50/50 Pilsen

50/50 Pilsen calls itself "the blurring of art & craft." The craft portion occurs this weekend at 1915 S. Halsted St., Sept. 30 to Oct. 2; the art exhibition portion opens Oct. 15. This weekend, peruse crafts from 15 to 20 local artisans. Hours are 6-10pm Friday, noon-7pm Saturday and noon-6pm Sunday. Free.

Facets Fright School: Donnie Darko

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's screening: the Richard Kelly cult classic Donnie Darko, which introduced the world to Jake Gyllenhaal, time travel, and Sparkle Motion. The accompanying lecture will be presented by Facets Night School regular Lauren Whalen. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

50/50 Pilsen

50/50 Pilsen calls itself "the blurring of art & craft." The craft portion occurs this weekend at 1915 S. Halsted St., Sept. 30 to Oct. 2; the art exhibition portion opens Oct. 15. This weekend, peruse crafts from 15 to 20 local artisans. Hours are 6-10pm Friday, noon-7pm Saturday and noon-6pm Sunday. Free.

Facets Fright School: Sisters of No Mercy

Facets Multimedia presents the return of Facets Night School, their semi-regular series of midnight cult movie screenings paired with lectures on the films' subjects (renamed Facets Fright School for this run, due to this series' focus on horror films). Tonight's kick-off screening is a special premiere: two long-time regulars of the Night School series, Lew Ojeda and Joseph Lewis, have made their own cult film (Sisters of No Mercy) and present it tonight along with performances by circus actors, musicians, dancers, etc. Facets Fright School runs Friday and Saturday nights at midnight through October 29. See the schedule on the Facets Website for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. (800) 331-6197.

50/50 Pilsen

50/50 Pilsen calls itself "the blurring of art & craft." The craft portion occurs this weekend at 1915 S. Halsted St., Sept. 30 to Oct. 2; the art exhibition portion opens Oct. 15. This weekend, peruse crafts from 15 to 20 local artisans. Hours are 6-10pm Friday, noon-7pm Saturday and noon-6pm Sunday. Free.

Mortified! @ Martyrs'

Mortified! returns to Chicago with stories of deep humiliation tonight at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7:30pm. More info on Facebook. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 21+

F*cked Up, WAVVES @ Logan Square Auditorium

The Empty Bottle presents Fucked Up and WAVVES at the Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie) tonight at 7pm. It's an all-ages show, and tickets are $18 at the door ($15 in advance, available through Ticketweb).

The Evolution @ Navy Pier

Enjoy a night of fabulous fashion featuring Chicago-based designers at "The Evolution," from 5pm-10pm tonight at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Celebrating "the journey of every woman," the event, held in the Crystal Gardens Ballroom and hosted by WCIU-The U's Art "ChatDaddy" Sims, will showcase designs by The Double Stitch Twins, GOCA Designs Fraley Le and Bouye Designs. Tickets are $35; contact evolution@thebydesignnetwork.com for more information.

No Place Like Home Opening @ HPAC

This afternoon the Hyde Park Arts Center opens No Place Like Home, a photography exhibition curated by Dawoud Bey that features Chicago-based photographers Lisa Lindvay, John Lowenstein, Jason Reblando, Jessica Rodrigue, David Schalliol and Leilani Wertens. The opening reception runs from 3pm-5pm in Gallery 4 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Ave.

Maxwell Street Walking Tour

Join the Culinary Historians of Chicago on a walking tour of Chicago's classic urban marketplace. Created by historic ordinance in 1912, Maxwell Street was the birth place of Vienna Beef, Nabisco and that fabulous polish we all know and love. Email your RSVP to chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com or call (847) 432-8255. The tour begins at 11am at the Maxwell Street cul-de-sac that is 1/2 block west of Halsted, and will run for 1.5 hours.

Yarncon

YarnCon, Chicago's annual exhibition for yarn and yarn-related crafts, runs from 11am to 6pm today at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. See a list of vendors here. Admission is $3.

Preservation Chicago Benefit @ Logan Square Arts Center

Preservation Chicago's annual benefit, "Le Festival de Preservation," runs this evening from 6pm to 9pm at the Logan Square Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave. Enjoy old world jazz, carnival performances, appetizers, an open bar (including Revolution brew) and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online for $85 in advance or $100 at the door. All proceeds from the tax-deductable tickets benefit the protection of historic architecture.

Polynesian Music & Dance Workshops @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a pair of music & dance workshops tonight headed by members of the Polynesian band Te Vaka. The music workshop runs from 6pm to 7:20, and covers music from Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Samoa; the dance workshop runs from 7pm to 8:20 and will include dance from Tokelau, New Zealand, and Samoa. Workshop seating is limited, so please sign up at the Old Town School's workshops page as early as possible. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Pearl Jam Twenty Advance Screening @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents an advance screening of Cameron Crowe's documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, featuring performance footage and interviews with the band and friends. The film screens tonight at 9:30pm in advance of a week-long run at the Film Center starting on Friday, September 30. Advance tickets are available through the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Deadline for Proposals to MDW Fair

Today is the deadline for proposals to the likable MDW Fair, formed in protest over the treatment of small and not-for-profit art groups in the city by its more commercial brethren, such as Art Chicago. This breakaway-spirited Fair returns in October to Bridgeport's Geolofts.

Schoolhouse Rock tribute @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a tribute concert to Schoolhouse Rock! Fun for children and adults alike. The concert happens this afternoon at 3pm in the concert hall on Lincoln Avenue (4544 N. Lincoln). Tickets are $12, or $11 for OTS members. Make reservations by calli the box office at (773) 728-6000.

Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements @ Eckhart Park

This three-day-long event at Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago Ave.) features music from such acts as Shellac, School of Seven Bells and Sidi Toure, circus and acrobatics performers, a farmers market, the Renegade Craft Fair, and a fun walk/run. I wish more outdoor festivals were like this! Admission to some events is free; others run up to $20.

ART WAR @ Treasure Town

This epic, experimental, two-day art/performance fest in Little Village promises to deliver -- with interactive installations, live murals, combative performance, culinary experiments, sustainable fashion, fire-spitters, a skate park, a tattoo artist & the tamale guy (to skim the surface). If you're looking for a lively, unusual time, look no further. Tonight's event starts at 8:08pm. Treasure Town is located off the Pink Line at 2106 S. Kedzie. More more information, click here and here.

Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements @ Eckhart Park

This three-day-long event at Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago Ave.) features music from such acts as Shellac, School of Seven Bells and Sidi Toure, circus and acrobatics performers, a farmers market, the Renegade Craft Fair, and a fun walk/run. I wish more outdoor festivals were like this! Admission to some events is free; others run up to $20.

Dock 6 Collective Fall Design and Art Series Opening Party

Dock 6 Collective presents Fall Design and Art Series, curated by Hinge Gallery. The opening night party is tonight from 6pm to midnight, followed by Saturday, September 17 viewing hours from 11am to 3pm. Friday night refreshments will be served. Fall Design and Art Series features the work of the seven design companies that comprise Dock 6 Collective along with an exhibition of 13 artists curated by Hinge Gallery. Each artist has created a site specific piece that interacts within Dock 6 Collective's 24,000 sq. ft. raw workshop space. Artwork includes fiber installation, performance, light sculpture, and video. Featured design companies include Carson Maddox Studios, -ism Furniture, Lagomorph Design, Navillus Woodworks, SAP Design, Inc, Thomeworks, and zakrose. Exhibiting artists include Scott Ashley, Jeffrey Forsythe, Chris Lin, Raul Mendez, Rusty Shackleford, Ben Stagl, Russ White, Kayce Bayer, Karolina Gnatowski, Laura Lulu, Matthew Schlagbaum, Rana Siegel, Bill Talsma. Dock 6 is located at 4200 W. Diversey. Details here.

ART WAR @ Treasure Town

This epic, experimental, two-day art/performance fest in Little Village promises to deliver, with interactive installations, live murals, combative performance, culinary experiments, sustainable fashion, fire spitters, a skate park, a tattoo artist & the tamale guy (to skim the surface). If you're looking for a lively, unusual time, look no further. This event starts at 8:08pm tonight and basically continues on until about 3am on Satuday night. Treasure Town is located off the Pink Line at 2106 S. Kedzie. More more information, click here and here.

Comedian/Impressionist Jay Lamont @ Jokes & Notes

Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr. hosts comedian Jay Lamont for one night only, tonight at 8:30pm. Lamont, who has appeared on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" and "Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza," mixes music and comedy along with impressions of everyone from President Barack Obama to singers Michael McDonald and Prince. Tickets are $10 at the box office. For more information, contact (773) 373-3390.

Messing For A Cause @ Mary's Attic

Susan Messing and Tim Baltz will be performing improv a la "Messing with a Friend," to support GLBT youth along with the Alliance, Jeanie Doogan & Adam Guerino and Krystal LaFianza-Pitzen. Show up at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark, at 8pm. $5 suggested donation. More information is available on facebook.

Doctor Who 101 @ Wormhole Coffee

The Chicago Nerds Social Club present the second installment in their Doctor Who 101 series tonight at Wormhole Coffee (1462 N. Milwaukee) from 7 to 9pm. If you're interested in getting up to speed with the Doctor's exploits, then stop by and hear this presentation by Gordon Dymowski, writer, blogger and Doctor Who fan. The event is free and open to the public. Full details for this event available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club Meeting @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club invite you to the latest meeting of their science fiction & fantasy book club. Tonight's book for discussion is Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. The discussion happens tonight from 8:30 to 8pm at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). The event is free and open to the public. For full details please see the Chicago Nerds Website.

Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to its home town this weekend, with more than 300 vendors selling their wares on Division Street between Damen and Paulina from 11am to 7pm Saturday and today. Free.

Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to its home town this weekend, with more than 300 vendors selling their wares on Division Street between Damen and Paulina from 11am to 7pm today and Sunday. Free.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari @ Music Box

The Music Box presents the latest screening in their Second Saturday Silent Cinema series, the 1919 classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The screening begins at noon, and the film will be accompanied by Music Box organist Dennis Scott. Tickets are $10 each, or $8 for students and seniors. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Fourth Annual After-Openings Dance Party @ Phyllis' Musical Inn

Take refuge from the drudgery of making the citywide gallery circuit tonight at the Fourth Annual After-Openings Dance Party at Phyllis' Musical Inn. Hosted by artists and local art world mainstays John Phillips and Nevin Tomlinson, the action starts at 9:30pm and rolls on until 2am.

Hennessey Youngman @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Influential humorist and art commentator Hennessey Youngman visits the Windy City tonight for "The Dialogue," an annual live-chat panel on "museums, diversity, and inclusion" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theater (220 East Chicago Avenue), 6pm. This year's event with Youngman will focus on Millennials and their effect on museum issues, alongside "Chicago's Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Michelle T. Boone, and our newest curator, Naomi Beckwith, formerly of The Studio Museum in Harlem." The MCA's press materials describe Youngman as "You Tube's most followed art theorist," and points out Art in America's description of his satirical Art Thoughtz program performances as "Ali G with an MFA." If you can't make it to the live event, check out the Live Tweet at @mcachicago, using the #thedialogue to participate in the conversation via tweet.

@MayorEmanuel Book Release @ Hideout SOLD OUT

Author Dan Sinker celebrates the release of his book, The F*cking Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel, tonight from 6pm to 9pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. The evening will include readings by Sinker as well as Megan Stielstra and Dmitry Samarov, spoken word by Louder Than a Bomb, and a surprise musical guest performing the music of the Black Eyed Peas. DJ John Tolva spins. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door. All proceeds of the event go to Young Chicago Author's Louder Than a Bomb project. 21+ UPDATE: This event is sold out. Sinker will be doing another reading on Sept. 13 at the MCA.

PechaKucha Night @ Martyrs'

PechaKucha returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight from 8pm to 11pm. This month, Bob Barber & Mark Rubenstein, Jessica Charlesworth, Tim Fawkes, Lucy Hilarides, Chris Neville, RoxAnne Rochester, Stephen Vick, Stephen Yas, Dawn Hancock, Evan Forrest, Amber Hawk Swanson and special guests will get 20 seconds to discuss each of 20 slides on the topic of their choosing. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

Makeover Anniversary @ Maria's Community Bar & Co-Prosperity Sphere

Join the party tonight to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of a makeover that transformed Bridgeport's favorite friendly neighborhood watering hole, located at 960 W 31st St, into the Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar. Craft brew fans will be delighted to know that "Half Acre, Three Floyds, 5 Rabbit and Dogfish Head are bringing a ton of their flagship and rare beers to the party." Events begin at Maria's at 4pm (until 4am), with Co-Prosperity Sphere events from 6-10pm, including an "all you can eat and drink" offer for $15 admission.

Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion @ Old Town School of Folk Music

As part of their regular World Music Wednesdays series of concerts The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a concert by Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion, who are kicking off their record release tour this evening. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. The concert starts tonight at 8:30pm. The concert happens in the school's performance hall on Lincoln Avenue (4544 N. Lincoln). For full details and to make reservations please call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

You, Me, Them, Everybody @ The Hungry Brain

You, Me, Them, Everybody is a live talk show and podcast hosted by Brandon Wetherbee and Esmerelda Leon. The next installment of YMTE will be held tonight at The Hungry Brain (2319 West Belmont), doors are at 8pm, show is at 9. No cover charge, 21 and over. Guests include hip-hop artist Psalm One, comedy group Think Tank, a musical set from Anna Soltys and special appearance by Jeremy Tromburg of The Ragtones.

You, Me, Them, Everybody @ The Whistler

You, Me, Them, Everybody is a live talk show and podcast hosted by Brandon Wetherbee and Esmerelda Leon. The next installment of YMTE will be held tonight at The Whistler (2414 North Milwaukee), doors are at 8 pm, show is at 9. No cover charge, 21 and over. Guests include comic Danny Kallas, Sean Parnell from the Chicago Bar Project, Chicago-based rapper Steinomite and Jeremy Tromburg of The Ragtones.

The Saps @ Empty Bottle

Chicago's very own The Saps play tonight at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western). Opening acts are Kentucky Knife Fight and Rivals of the Peacemaker. The show starts at 9:30pm, and tickets are $8 (free if you RSVP!). See the Empty Bottle Website for full details.

Peter Bjorn and John @ Empty Bottle

Peter Bjorn and John are playing tonight at the Empty Bottle at 9:30pm. Tickets are $20; advance tickets are not currently available. For more details follow the Empty Bottle on Facebook or Twitter. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Kartemquin Films Benefit @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts a benefit to celebrate the 45th birthday of Chicago film-makers Kartemquin Films (currently screening their latest film The Interrupters at the Gene Siskel Film Center). Music will be spun by DJs Numero Group, Naomi Walker, Zak Piper, and Joe Wroblewski. The event starts at 9pm, and admission is $10. See the Hideout Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Robbie Fulks @ Hideout

Chicago musician and Old Town School of Folk Music instructor Robbie Fulks performs tonight at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) with guitarist Jon Spiegel. Show starts at 7pm, and admission is a suggested $10 donation. See the Hideout Website for details.

Ladyfest Midwest 10th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend Ladyfest Midwest celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a weekend of events happening around the city. Today's event: an exhibition of video, photographs, and materials from Ladyfest Midwest 2001. The exhibition is happening at LivingRoom Gallery 1530 W. Superior). The exhibition is open from 2 to 5pm today, and admission is free. Proceeds from the weekend's events will go to benefit the Chicago Women's Health Center. See the Ladyfest Midwest Website for full details.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Midnight Madness present a screening of the classic cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Stop by to see if that man still has no f***king neck. The film screens tonight at midnight (of course), and advance tickets are available through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Ladyfest Midwest 10th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend Ladyfest Midwest celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a weekend of events happening around the city. Tonight there's a music showcase at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) featuring the Wanton Looks, Cathy Santonies, Hollows and DJ Reaganomix. Tickets are $15 at the door, and there will be a raffle with various prizes from Reckless Records, Hanger 18 and Bucket of Blood. Also happening today: an exhibition of video, photographs, and materials from Ladyfest Midwest 2001. The exhibition is happening today and tomorrow at LivingRoom Gallery 1530 W. Superior). Proceeds from these events will go to benefit the Chicago Women's Health Center. See the Ladyfest Midwest Website for full details.

Ladyfest Midwest 10th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend Ladyfest Midwest celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a weekend of events happening around the city. Tonight, the celebration is at Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont), where DJs Sam O'Rama, Emily Augustin and Rebecca Crawford will be playing music from 10pm to 4am. It's a 21+ show, and admission is a suggested $5 donation. Proceeds will go to benefit the Chicago Women's Health Center. See the Ladyfest Midwest Website for full details.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T @ Music Box

"Is it ... is it ATOMIC?" The Music Box Theatre presents a weekend screening of the Dr. Seuss live-action musical The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T as part of their summer children's matinee series. The film screens this afternoon at 3pm, and Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am. For full details see the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: Purple Rain

The Neo-Futurists wind up the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a production of 1984's classic Purple Rain, directed by Mike Przygoda. After the film please join the cast and company for a celebratory party. Please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Soul Train doc @ Chicago Cultural Center

As a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the TV show "Soul Train," the Chicago Cultural Center is screening the documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America this afternoon at 2pm. Chicago Public Radio's Richard Steele will moderate a post-screening discussion featuring local author Jake Austen, Clinton Ghent, George Daniels and others. The event is free and open to the public. Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington. (312) 744-6630.

56th Annual Ginza Holiday @ Midwest Buddhist Temple

The 56th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) Aug. 12 - 14 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Old Town. Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftsmen (Waza) will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. The public will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and purchase their crafts. Several other exhibits and booths will be filled with Japanese dry goods, snacks, kimonos and jewelry. An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, from udon to kintoki. Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming, classical dance, traditional and not-so-traditional music, martial arts and a ukulele group! Aikido, Judo and Karate schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd. The chapel will be open for guests who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Rev Ron Miyamura will deliver short Dharma talks. A benefit donation of $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Details here.

Facets Night School: The Quick and The Dead

Facets Cinematheque presents the final film in Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's concluding movie is Sam Raimi's 1995 Western The Quick and The Dead. The discussion of the film will be headed by Cary Jones Elza, author and Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

56th Annual Ginza Holiday @ Midwest Buddhist Temple

The 56th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) Aug. 12 - 14 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Old Town. Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftsmen (Waza) will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. The public will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and purchase their crafts. Several other exhibits and booths will be filled with Japanese dry goods, snacks, kimonos and jewelry. An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, from udon to kintoki. Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming, classical dance, traditional and not-so-traditional music, martial arts and a ukulele group! Aikido, Judo and Karate schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd. The chapel will be open for guests who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Rev Ron Miyamura will deliver short Dharma talks. A benefit donation of $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Details here.

Summer sale @ Old Town School of Folk Music

This weekend at the Old Town School of Folk Music their music store, the Different Strummer, is having its summer clearance sale. Everything in the store will be on sale, from instruments to books to CDs and much more. The hours this weekend are Saturday & Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents Sunrise @ Portage Theater

The 2011 Silent Summer Film Festival reaches a crescendo tonight with a rare screening of the 1927 F. W. Murnau film Sunrise, starring Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien. What makes tonight especially not-missable is the live photoplay accompaniment by the Month Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Sunrise is considered by some to be one of the top ten films from the silent era. Film starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. The Portage Theater is located at 4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For more info call (773) 205-SFSC or visit The Silent Film Society of Chicago.

Noir City: Chicago 3 @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and the Film Noir Foundation present the third edition of Noir City: Chicago, a festival that presents noir classics and rarities, many of which are currently unavailable on DVD. The festival starts tonight with a double feature of High Wall and The Dark Mirror. The festival runs through Thursday, August 18. Please see the Music Box Website for a full schedule and to purchase advance tickets and festival passes. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

The Interrupters @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the Chicago premiere of Kartemquin Films' new documentary The Interrupters, which takes a look at the workers of the anti-violence group CeaseFire. The film-makers and representatives from CeaseFire will be at screenings this weekend for audience Q&A; see the Film Center's Website for details and to purchase tickets in advance. The Interrupters plays at the Film Center through Thursday, August 25. Film Center: 164 S. State. (312) 846-2600.

56th Annual Ginza Holiday @ Midwest Buddhist Temple

The 56th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) Aug. 12 - 14 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Old Town. Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftsmen (Waza) will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. The public will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and purchase their crafts. Several other exhibits and booths will be filled with Japanese dry goods, snacks, kimonos and jewelry. An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, from udon to kintoki. Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming, classical dance, traditional and not-so-traditional music, martial arts and a ukulele group! Aikido, Judo and Karate schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd. The chapel will be open for guests who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Rev Ron Miyamura will deliver short Dharma talks. A benefit donation of $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Details here.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: Red Dawn

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a remounted show from the 2007 series, Red Dawn (yes, the Cold War relic starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen) directed by Neo-Futurist alumnus Phil Ridarelli. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Jazz Guitar @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening with their jazz guitar instructors, featuring the featuring Tony Do Rosario Quartet, the Mike Allemana Group with Greg Fishman, and Paulinho Garcia. The concert happens this evening at 7pm in the concert hall on Lincoln Avenue (4544 N. Lincoln). Tickets are $15 ($13 for OTS members, $11, for seniors/children). Please call the box office at (773) 728-6000 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Tim Burtonwood Artist Talk @ Hinge Gallery

Tom Burtonwood's exhibition Permutations examines color and shape through a formalistic approach to paper compositions and three-dimensional wall reliefs. Visit Hinge Gallery (1955 W. Chicago Ave.) today at 4pm to hear/take part in a discussion with the artist about his work.

A Sustainable Reality Kickstarter Fundraiser Party 2.0

In order to reach their goal of $11,000 by midnight (central time) on August 12 A Sustainable Reality is hosting one final Kickstarter bonanza tonight from 5pm to 10pm at The New Chicago Brewing Company, 1400 W. 46th St., the soon-to-be sustainable brewery that operates within The Plant located in the Back of the Yards on the South Side. They will be providing live entertainment all evening long via a large eclectic ensemble of local bands and artists. Booze and food will be served all night, complimentary with ticket purchase. Tickets are $20.

Facets Night School: Hal Harley's Amateur

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's movie is Hal Hartley's 1994 film Amateur. The discussion of the film will be headed by Julian Antos, film collector and archivist. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

17th Annual Black Harvest International Festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 17th annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video. Opening night is tonight, and the festival runs through September 1. For tonight's premiere event, the festival presents a program of short films, and also presents the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership to actress and playwright Regina Taylor. See the Film Center Website for full details, a complete schedule, and information on purchasing tickets. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Marc Maron @ Mayne Stage

For more than 15 years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, his two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that allows comics to perform. He will be performing at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave.) tonight, Aug. 4 at 8pm, and shows at 8pm and 10:30pm Friday and Saturday, Aug5 and 6. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: The Flaming Urge

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a production of the the 1953 film The Flaming Urge, about a young man who loves to watch burning buildings. The staged reading is directed by Neo-Futurist alumnus David Kodeski. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest

The stretch of Milwaukee between California and Kimball becomes a network of art galleries, performance spaces, and entertainment venues from Friday to Sunday. Music, food, and art are on the bill. Event runs today from noon-11pm.

Ricky Skaggs @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs performs tonight at the concert hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Avenue). Two concerts tonight, at 5pm and 8pm; tickets are available online at the OTS Website.

Facets Night School: Pusher

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's movie is Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 movie Pusher. The discussion of the film will be headed by Chris Damen, co-manager of Facet's rentals department. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest

The stretch of Milwaukee between California and Kimball becomes a network of art galleries, performance spaces, and entertainment venues from Friday to Sunday. Music, food, and art are on the bill. Event runs today from noon-11pm.

Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest

The stretch of Milwaukee between California and Kimball becomes a network of art galleries, performance spaces, and entertainment venues from Friday to Sunday. Music, food, and art are on the bill. Event runs Friday 4-11pm and Sat-Sun noon-11pm. Admission $10 for all three days; individual day passes available.

Grease Sing-Along @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents weekend sing-along screenings of the 1978 film Grease. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1950s attire for a costume contest. The screenings start tonight at 8pm; see the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Looney Tunes Shorts @ Music Box

As part of their summer children's matinee series the Music Box Theatre presents a program of Looney Tunes cartoons this weekend. Screenings are Friday at 3pm, and Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30am. See the schedule on the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: The Apple

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a remount of last year's production of the very odd Biblical allegory The Apple, as performed by the Barrel of Monkeys theater company. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Sound Opinions Movie Night: Stop Making Sense

Sound Opinions and the Music Box Theatre present the latest in their Movie Night series, Jonathan Demme's concert film of the Talking Heads Stop Making Sense. The movie screens tonight at 7:30pm; advance tickets are available through Ticketweb. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Body Language @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents "Body Language," today at 12:15pm. As part of the "Dancing in the Library" series, dancers from the Chicago-based Leopold Group will perform Lips of Their Fingers, exploring the art of pantomime and its relationship to dance. This free event takes place in the library's Pritzker Auditorium. For more information, call (312) 747-4300.

Music Box Summer Music Film Festival

The Music Box Theatre presents a week-long festival of music movies. Tonight's the opening night, which features a program of musical shorts, and the documentary films The Last Waltz and Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy. See the Music Box Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Facets Night School: Lover Come Back

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's movie is Lover Come Back from 1961, starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson in an overlooked successor to Pillow Talk. The discussion of the film will be headed by Northwestern's Catherine Clepper. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a concert by long-running rock band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes tonight at 8pm at the school's concert hall (4544 N. Lincoln Avenue). Tickets are available for purchase in advance through the school's Website.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a remount of from 2006, the ludicrous TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, directed by John Pierson and Steve Walker and featuring live music! It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Third Coast Listening Room @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music and The Third Coast International Audio Festival present a Listening Room event tonight at the school's concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. The show starts tonight at 7pm; admission is $10, or $8 for seniors, children and OTS members. See the OTS Website for details and to purchase tickets.

Conversation & Cocktails: An Evening with Barbara Hashimoto

Chicago Artists' Coalition presents "Conversation & Cocktails: An evening with acclaimed artist Barbara Hashimoto." This event, taking place from 6pm to 8pm tonight at BauerLatoza Studio: 2241 S. Wabash Ave., will include an artist talk, a tour of the studio and a chance to experience Hashimoto's installations, as well as a cocktail reception. Tickets are on sale now. Space is limited. Tickets are $15 for CAC Collectors Circle Members and $40 for the general public.


Facets Night School: Educational Shorts

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's program is a series of educational short films presented by Facets personal video consultant Lew Ojeda. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

The Room @ Music Box

Hi, doggy! The Music Box presents a midnight screening of the 2003 Tommy Wiseau instant cult classic that introduced the world to spoons, the slow jam "You Are My Rose" and Denny the kidult. Advance tickets are available through the Music Box's Website, in case you're sure you want to attend. Come on! Cheep cheep cheep! Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

6 String Social: Women of Rock @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in their series of 6 String Socials, the weekly Friday night jams at the school's 909 W. Armitage location. Tonight's subject: Women of Rock. Instructor Shelley Miller leads the group through a number of songs written or performed by women. Six String Social starts tonight at 6:30pm; admission is $5. Details at the OTS Website.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: Devil Girl From Mars

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a remount of 2002's production of the sci-fi classic Devil Girl From Mars, directed by Edward Thomas-Herrera. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

King Khan @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle presents a performance by King Khan, featuring Gris Gris. Opening acts: Outer Minds and Shane Shane. Show kicks off at 9:30pm; tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Ticketweb. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club presents the latest in their regular series of science fiction & fantasy bookclub meetings tonight at 6:30pm at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). Tonight's book for discussion: The Adventures of Guy by Norm Cowie. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please see the Chicago Nerds Website.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the 14th annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival at Welles Park (on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose & Sunnyside). Six stages running performances and workshops all day, plenty of food & crafts vendors, and much more. The festival happens today from noon to 9:30pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $10. See the festival's Website for full information.

Facets Night School: The Masque of Red Death

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's movie is the Roger Corman Poe adaptation the Masque of Red Death, with discussion by author Joel Wicklund. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the 14th annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival at Welles Park (on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose & Sunnyside). Six stages running performances and workshops all day, plenty of food & crafts vendors, and much more. The festival happens today and tomorrow from noon to 9:30pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $10. See the festival's Website for full information.

Dollar Disco Presents Skatetown USA @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre and Dollar Disco, the weekly disco party at Smart Bar, present midnight screenings of the 1979 disco skating extravaganza Skatetown USA. The cast list reads like a who's who of late 1970s entertainment: Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick, Flip Wilson, Gary Mule Deer, Bill Kirchenbauer, Ruth Buzzi, Billy Barty, The Unknown Comic, and you can just spy Dorothy Stratten at the snack bar. Skatetown USA screens tonight and tomorrow night; see the Music Box Website for full details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Fear Itself: The Art of Stuart Immonen @ Rogues Gallery

Canadian comic book artist Stuart Immonen brings the art of "Fear Itself", Marvel's miniseries crossover event, to Challengers Comics. Yes, he will be there. 7pm, 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R. Check out his art, and buy a comic while you're there.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: The Care Bears Movie

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a remount of the 2004 production of The Care Bears Movie by the House Theater. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Soup & Bread: GP Conservatory Benefit @ The Hideout

The Hideout is hosting a special Soup and Bread benefit program tonight to help fund the cleanup and repairs of the Garfield Park Conservatory, which was severely damaged by last Thursday's hail. Stop by The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) tonight (5:30 - 8pm) and stuff your face for a good cause. Details here.

Magic Chicago

Tonight at 7:30pm, Magic Chicago's monthly show at the City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., features New York's Ran'D Shine, Danish magician Jan Hellesoe and Chicago's own Tevell Rose. Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door.

Robbie Fulks' Pseudo-Open Stage @ Hideout

The Hideout presents a pre-fireworks cookout and pseudo-open state, hosted by Hideout regular Robbie Fulks. Anyone who has played the Monday night Hideout series is invited to come and play. No donation or charge for the event! The show starts at 7pm. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

transmit/transmute : Adrian Moens @ Comfort Station

Bringing together sound, sculpture, video, writing and painting with a heavy dash of New Age poeticism, Adrian Moens' installation at Comfort Station displays an eye for performance, dabbling in many mediums but retaining a sense of interconnectedness. Opens tonight at 7pm (lasts til 10pm), 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Runs through 7/24.

The 2nd Annual Great Midwest Ukefest

The organizers of Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, the occasional ukulele open-mike night, presents their second annual Great Midwest Ukefest, happening today at Chief O'Neil's (3471 N. Elston). The event kicks off at 11am with a special kids concert featuring music by Little Miss Ann, continues with an open mike section from 1pm to 6pm, and concludes with a series of featured performers starting at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Proceed go to benefit the Intonation Music Workshop, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing music education to Chicago children in under-served neighborhoods. Details at the Facebook page for the fest.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: The Black Hole

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a production of the 1979 Disney film The Black Hole, directed by Jen Ellison and Dave Stinton. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Poetry Foundation Open House

The Poetry Foundation celebrates the completion of its new headquarters with an open house this weekend. Check the schedule for events. Doors open at 10am today. Free.

Luxury Garage Sale @ Sofia

Sofia welcomes Luxury Garage Sale for a pop-up store inside of their boutique. Luxury Garage Sale features new or gently used contemporary and designer clothing, artwork, and other items for the home. Featuring designer clothing, jewelry, and handbags, the sale lasts until 5pm. Sofia is located at 72 East Oak Street. The store is open 11am to 7pm, Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

Facets Night School: Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Facets Cinematheque presents Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's movie is the 1988 clown nightmare Killer Klowns From Outer Space, with discussion by Joseph R. Lewis from the Elephant and Worm Educational Theater Company. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Poetry Foundation Open House

The Poetry Foundation celebrates the completion of its new headquarters with an open house this weekend. Check the schedule for events. Doors open at 10am today. Free.

Piven Theatre Workshop's 40th Anniversary @ MCA Loft

Piven Theatre Workshop will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a red carpet evening of dinner, cocktails and an exciting live auction at the MCA Loft (1747 W. Hubbard) tonight from 6pm to 10pm. For more information and to purchase tickets call (847) 866-8049 or visit Piven's website.

Luxury Garage Sale @ Sofia

Sofia welcomes Luxury Garage Sale for a pop-up store inside of their boutique. Luxury Garage Sale features new or gently used contemporary and designer clothing, artwork, and other items for the home. Featuring designer clothing, jewelry, and handbags, the sale lasts through Sunday at 5pm. Sofia is located at 72 East Oak Street. The store is open 11am to 7pm, Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

Chicago Global Runway

The Chicago Global Runway showcases fashion and jewelry from Southeast Asian designers tonight from 7:30pm to 11pm in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Tickets are $75 to $250. Proceeds benefit Save a Mother, a non-profit organization working to reduce maternal and infant mortality in India.

There will also be a pop-up shop featuring pieces by the designers in the show in the Green Room at Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., tomorrow, June 25, from 11am to 5pm.

Rafaël Rozendaal Artist Talk @ The Nightingale Theatre

Experimental new media artist Rafaël Rozendaal is speaking about his work at The Nightingale Theatre (1048 N Milwaukee Ave.) at 6pm tonight. Admission is free.

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Luxury Garage Sale @ Sofia

Sofia welcomes Luxury Garage Sale for a pop-up store inside of their boutique. Luxury Garage Sale features new or gently used contemporary and designer clothing, artwork, and other items for the home. Featuring designer clothing, jewelry, and handbags, the sale lasts through Sunday at 5pm. Sofia is located at 72 East Oak Street. The store is open 11am to 7pm, Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: Tiptoes

The Neo-Futurists continue the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts, with a production of the infamous 2003 movie Tiptoes, directed by Neo-Futurist alumnus Noelle Krimm. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium runs on Thursday nights through August 18: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

WI Rise Up: An Art In These Times Exhibition

Art In These Times, the community gallery at In These Times' office (2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.), presents a new exhibition of posters and photographs from ongoing labor demonstrations in Wisconsin that began on February 14, 2011. The exhibition is a collaboration with Nicolas Lampert and will feature prints and placards he has collected as an active participant in the labor and community rallies in Madison. An opening party will be held at 7pm tonight, in conjunction with the Working-Class Studies Conference at UIC. "The Hard Times Trio," a jazz group which performs classic labor songs, will perform. The artwork will be on display through the summer and fall. The exhibition features screenprints and off-set posters from rallies in Madison and Milwaukee and features prints by Nicolas Lampert, Colin Matthes, Eric Drooker, Jesus Barraza, Josh MacPhee, Jesse Graves and others. The photography of Lauren Cumbia (who co-organizes the gallery space with Daniel Tucker), Brandon Pittser and the Public Collectors archive will also be exhibited.

Grafitti Zone's Spring Fundraiser @ Chicago Urban Arts Society

Four youth artists -- winners of Graffiti Zone's Next Top Artist Contest will be honored tonight at GZ's Spring Fundraiser. The event will take place at Chicago Urban Arts Society: 2229 S. Halsted from 6 to 9pm. Hosted by Chicago hip hop performer Philip Morris, described as "one of the ultimate word smiths of hip-hop (Skope Magazine)," the evening will feature catering by Green Cuisine, open bar, silent auction and performances by Opera-Matic with sound by Mark Messing. Ample free parking is available behind the building, off of Cermak. Tickets are $35 at the door, or online at graffitizone.org. All proceeds to benefit Graffiti Zone, a non profit arts organization serving the 29th ward.

Luxury Garage Sale @ Sofia

Sofia welcomes Luxury Garage Sale for a pop-up store inside of their boutique. Luxury Garage Sale features new or gently used contemporary and designer clothing, artwork, and other items for the home. Featuring designer clothing, jewelry, and handbags, the sale begins today and lasts through Sunday at 5pm. Sofia is located at 72 East Oak Street. The store is open 11am to 7pm, Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

Cell Camp Performs "Cell Camp After Dark" at Stage 773

Chicago's Cell Camp gets dirty in their latest sketch show inspired by late-night Cinemax movies and the Illicit Dream series. Expect raunchy language, nudity, gay sex, regular sex, cartoon violence and the return of Tifty the Cybercrime and Rape Fighting Mouse.

Cell Camp After Dark will take place at 10:30 p.m. at Stage 773. Stage 773 is located at 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, conveniently situated a short walk from the Belmont Red/Brown/Purple el stop. Tickets are available via the Stage 773 website and in person at the box office.

Make Music Chicago Festival

Make Music Chicago is a live, one-day, completely free music festival on the first day of summer, inspired by France's "Fête de la Musique," a national musical holiday marking its 30th anniversary this year. People of all ages, music of all genres, and musicians of all levels are invited to gather throughout the day in Chicago's public spaces to engage in spontaneous music-making. These events go on all day: 7am to 5pm culminating to a grand finale concert from 5:15 to 9pm at St. James Cathedral Commons. This event takes place at public spaces citywide, including Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington), Alliance Française (810 N. Dearborn) and St. James Cathedral Commons (65 E. Huron). For details, visit makemusicchicago.com.


Minor Art Attack Craft Fair/Benefit @ 2055 W. Erie

This is not your run of the mill craft fair. This is a community gathering together to help a school in need, with local crafters and artists coming together in support of Madero Middle School in Little Village (28th St. and Kedzie), a 90% reduced/free lunch school in need of books. Check out the newest goods from over 20 kick ass local crafters, artists and vintage sellers.

Want to kick it up a notch? Bring books (any subject manner as long as in decent condition) to donate to Open Books Ltd., an organization that helps provide funding for literacy programs right here in Chicago. This event takes place today from 12pm to 6pm at 2055 W. Erie. More details here.

Facets Night School: Black Dynamite

Facets Cinematheque presents the return of Facets Night School, its occasional series of midnight cult film screenings paired with guest lecture/discussion sessions. Tonight's kick-off movie for this session is the superbad 2009 flick Black Dynamite, with discussion by Facets regular Dominick Mayer. The screening starts at midnight; see the Facets Night School page for full details. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School, contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197 or suzi (at) facets (dot) org.

Minor Art Attack Craft Fair/Benefit @ 2055 W. Erie

This is not your run of the mill craft fair. This is a community gathering together to help a school in need, with local crafters and artists coming together in support of Madero Middle School in Little Village (28th St. and Kedzie). They are a 90% reduced/free lunch school, in need of books. Check out the newest goods from over 20 kick ass local crafters, artists and vintage sellers. The first 50 attendees will receive a free Minor Art Attack tote bag. Want to kick it up a notch? Bring books (any subject manner as long as in decent condition) to donate to Open Books Ltd., an organization that helps provide funding for literacy programs right here in Chicago. This event takes place today from 12pm to 8pm and tomorrow from 12pm to 6pm at 2055 W. Erie. Details here.

Bri-Ko @ Stage 773

All silent, all hilarious -- Stage Style Chicago describes Bri-Ko's performance as "...three grown men taking very simple tasks and turning them into exaggerated hysterical mishaps." Like not much else in the Chicago area's theater arena, this is a show not to be missed. Happens today at 2pm at 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets $13. There's a show tomorrow, too!

Free Kids Ceramics Class @ Penguin Foot Pottery

School's out soon -- get a jump start on beating the summer doldrums with Penguin Foot Pottery's free class today from 1pm-6pm, where your kid can learn how to make planter pot in a color of their choice. 2514 W. Armitage Ave. Free seeds and soil too!

It Came From the Neo-Futurarium: Night of the Lepus

The Neo-Futurists kick off the 10th year of It Came From The Neo-Futurarium, their annual series of staged readings of movie scripts. Tonight's premiere "film": Night of the Lepus (gigantic rabbits terrorize cattle ranchers and DeForest "Bones" Kelley), directed by Jason Meyer. It Came From The Neo-Futurarium happens for the next 10 Thursdays in a row: please see the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (near Foster). (773) 275-5255.

The New Cult Canon: Starship Troopers @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents the latest in the AV Club series The New Cult Canon. Tonight's film: Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, hosted by the AV Club's Scott Tobias. The screening starts at 7:30pm this evening; see the Music Box Website for full information and to purchase tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

7th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show

This is a collection of new works by local, independent object and furniture designers. 5:30pm-9:30pm at 1052 W. Fulton Market. For more information, click here.

NeoCon Opening Night

NeoCon is North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with more than 140 CEU-accredited seminars and association forums, top-notch keynote speakers, taking place today through Wednesday, June 15, 9am-5pm at the Merchandise Mart (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza). Even though it's intended for commercial consumption, there are several independent local furniture designers showing, so furniture junkies shouldn't miss it. For more information, visit NeoCon's website.

John Waters Presents Female Trouble @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of John Waters' Female Trouble, introduced by director John Waters. The screening begins tonight at 10:30pm, and advance tickets are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

John Waters presents The Wizard of Oz @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special screening of the classic children's film The Wizard of Oz, as part of a new series of films inspired by Robert K. Elder's book The Film That Changed My Life. Elder will be in attendance, as will the selector of tonight's film, director John Waters. Both men will have a post-film discussion and will sign books after the screening. The show starts at 5:30pm. Tickets are $22 in advance, and $27 at the door. To get more information, or to purchase tickets, please go to the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Harry Shearer introduces Spinal Tap @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre welcomes actor, author & director Harry Shearer. In town to present this film The Big Uneasy (screening at the Music Box earlier in the evening), Shearer will also be on hand to introduce a 10:30pm screening of the classic This Is Spinal Tap. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Harry Shearer Screens The Big Uneasy @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a screening of Harry Shearer's documentary about the 2005 flooding of New Orleans, The Big Uneasy. Mr. Shearer will be in attendance at tonight's screening. The film screens at 7:30pm; full details and advance tickets are available at the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Etsy Birthday Party @ Inkling

Come celebrate the birthday of Etsy.com with a crafting extravaganza at Inkling (2917 1/2 Broadway) from 6:30 to 9pm. Suggested donation to cover your crafting supplies is $2, and benefits Chicago Style Crafters.

Structurally Sound: Pop Up Library @ North Branch Projects

The Chicago Underground Library's latest pop-up library, Structurally Sound, opens at North Branch Projects, 3550 W. Lawrence Ave., with a reception tonight from 7pm to 10pm. Enjoy food and drink, ping pong and the services of a "library database psychic," and peruse the CUL's collection of self-published media. Free, but donations accepted.

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a gift circle works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves, form a circle, then go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for: bodywork, help healing a broken heart, advice on marketing a product, someone to talk to about life goals, help cleaning out files, etc.Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered: a dreamcatcher, a vacuum sealer, shamanic healing, handquilted potholders, research help (from a librarian), help writing a simple will (from a lawyer), etc, etc. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them. (Bring your calendars!) 6:30pm to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7pm to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

WPA Mural Tour @ Lane Tech High School

Tonight Preservation Chicago and portoluz are hosting a tour of the Great Depression-era murals at Lane Tech High School. The tour begins at 5pm at Entrance M of the school, 2501 W. Addison. $10 donation is requested at the door but RSVP to spfingsten@preservationchicago.org.

Pecha-Kucha @ Martyrs'

Pecha-Kucha Night returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door. 21+

Literary Death Match @ Hideout

Literary Death Match returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Four authors -- Samantha Irby, Johanna Stein, Ian Belknap and Amy Guth -- fight for the favor of judges Claire Zulkey, Kate James and Nathan Rabin. Hosted by Todd Zuniga and Dennis DiClaudio. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. 21+

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub @ Noble Tree Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club holds their 21st science fiction & fantasy book club meeting tonight at Noble Tree Cafe (2444 N. Clark). Tonight's book for discussion is Things We Think About Games by Will Hindmarch and Jeff Tidball. The meetings runs from 6:30pm to 8pm, and is free. For full details please see the Chicago Nerds Website.

Printers Row Lit Fest

It's the last day of Printers Row Lit Fest: today, Printers Row (Dearborn Street, Congress to Polk streets) will be filled with literary events, authors/speakers, and of course many, many books. Check out the full event schedule (all free, but you need to reserve your ticket for Harold Washington Library Center and University Center events) and full list of appearing authors. Find out about exact details, contact information, kids' activities and more here.

Experimental Garage Sale

The Experimental Sound Studio, 4925 N. Ravenswood Ave., holds its fourth annual Experimental Garage Sale today from noon to 6pm. Browse and buy experimental musical instruments, circuit-bending supplies, neat art and other fun stuff. Buy a ticket for the 3pm raffle and you might win something strange and wonderful. More details on Facebook. Free.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Today and tomorrow, Printers Row (Dearborn Street, Congress to Polk streets) will be filled with literary events, authors/speakers, and of course many, many books. Check out the full event schedule (all free, but you need to reserve your ticket for Harold Washington Library Center and University Center events) and full list of appearing authors. Find out about exact details, contact information, kids' activities and more here.

Johalla Projects Rager @ Streetside

Kings of Maplewood perform and White Mystery deejays at Streetside Bar, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., tonight from 9pm to 1am. Photos by Brian Sorg hang on the wall, too. More details here. Free, 21+.

Art Futura Opening Night Awards Party

The 9th annual ArtFutura is a juried art exhibition of more than 150 emerging and established artists benefiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Art Therapy program. All events including the Opening Night Awards Party tonight take place at the Ryan Family Atrium of NU Lurie Center (303 E. Superior St.). Proceeds from this event allow the hospital to maintain an Art Therapist at the hospital to work with patients. More information about this event can be found here.

Living Flesh Drawing Pad @ The 1901 Gallery Theatre

Artists aspiring, established, and otherwise, your search for real figure models has ended, at least for tonight (it's a monthly event).. The 1901 Gallery Theatre hosts burlesque dancer JuJu Minxxx tonight from 8pm-10pm. $10. BYOB. 1901 W. Belmont Ave., (773) 281-8670.

Chaplin double feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the kick-off screenings for a Charlie Chaplin festival that will run through June 30. This afternoon you can see City Lights at 3:15pm, and Modern Times at 5pm. You may see either program separately, or purchase tickets for both programs at a discount. Both programs will also be screened separately this weekend; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Wayward Sisters @ Chicago Temple

Baroque chamber group Wayward Sisters perform "The Naughty List: Music By Braggarts, Hotheads, Curmudgeons and Snobs," tonight at 7:30pm at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Admission is $20, $10 for students/seniors.

Family Firsts: 3 Tales of Immigration Film Screenings @ the Cultural Center

Chicago Film Archives presents a rare opportunity to see three newly restored Chicago-centric films that look at personal stories of immigration, acculturation and assimilation in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. This event is free and open to the public at Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater (78 E. Washington St.), and happens at 6:30pm. Details here.

Chaplin Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the kick-off screenings for a Charlie Chaplin festival that will run through June 30. This afternoon you can see The Circus at 3pm, and The Great Dictator at 4:45pm. You may see either program separately, or purchase tickets for both programs at a discount. Both programs will also be screened separately later this week; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Wort Workshop Series #4 @ Spoke

PUBLIC BREWERY is part art installation, part DIY brewery, and completely community oriented. Visitors are invited to bring an ingredient they have grown or purchased locally to be used as part of today's workshop demonstrating home-soda making techniques. Today's drink will be a crabapple blossom soda incorporating crabapple blossom syrup donated by the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP). A representative from CROP will also facilitate discussions about this new project taking place in Logan Square. An exhibition at the end of the month allows today's participants to taste the fruits of their labor. Today's workshop runs from 12pm - 3pm. This event is all ages and families with children are strongly encouraged to attend. All children must be chaperoned by an adult. $5 per family/group. Spoke is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

Nature Strikes Back Saturday @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater presents and afternoon/evening of classic black & white horror films: Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; Tarantula; Beginning of the End; and The Deadly Mantis. In addition to the films, there will be monster collectibles on sale in the lobby, and a coloring contest for the kids. Doors open at 1pm, screenings start at 2pm. See the Portage Theater Website for details. Portage Theater: 4050 N. Milwaukee. For more information: (773) 875-7582 or timetoys [at] rcn [dot] com.

Schizcago @ The Building Stage

The film Schizcago will screen at 10pm tonight at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter Street. $5. As described by the filmmakers: "This bricolage comedy follows Lacey and her friends as they fake their way into clinic trials and peddle their tastes as corporate youth consultants. A surreal portrait of wage relations, Schizcago wryly presents the changing desires of privileged city youth."

The Room @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a midnight screening of Tommy Wiseau's cult classic The Room. Hi, doggie! Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Schizcago @ The Building Stage

The film Schizcago will screen at 10pm tonight at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter Street. $5. As described by the filmmakers: "This bricolage comedy follows Lacey and her friends as they fake their way into clinic trials and peddle their tastes as corporate youth consultants. A surreal portrait of wage relations, Schizcago wryly presents the changing desires of privileged city youth."

Local Craft Beer Parties @ Maria's & Co-Prosperity Sphere

Hey beer lovers, tonight three of the country's most rad craft breweries are hosting a double event in Bridgeport: One at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar (960 W. 31st St.) and a simultaneous event takes place two blocks away at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan St.). These events are being held to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week. Half Acre, Three Floyd's and Dogfish Head will be stocked at Maria's, with some rare beers on draft. 7pm til 2am. No cover.

The event at Co-Prosperity Sphere takes place from 8pm to 11pm. Admission is $10, which entitles you to complimentary craft beers. There are no online or presale admission tickets. Meet the staff of your favorite breweries: Three Floyd's Gregg Alzinga will be on the decks. Lord of the Yum Yum will perform at both venues. Proceeds will go to the non-profit arts organization Public Media Institute.

The Verdict @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a screening of the 1982 Sydney Lumet film The Verdict as part of "Movies On Trial", a series of films worth Continuing Legal Education credit. The screening starts today at noon, and is followed by a panel discussion. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Please see the Music Box Website for full details on how to RSVP. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Meet Your Digital Partners @ The Nightengale

The IFP (Independent Film Project) is pleased to launch a new salon/discussion series for media makers in the Chicagoland and Midwestern region: MEET YOUR DIGITAL PARTNERS. The goal is to bring together people from a broad array of fields related to media making, to exchange ideas and talk about developing visual and aural stories in a variety of cross-platform arenas. With the convergence of technology, there is a lot of talk of making work that can be relevant across a multitude of platforms. Yet media makers may not know where to meet potential collaborators outside their usual circle. Stay relevant and make new connections by attending this open forum, whether you're a game developer, filmmaker, social media producer, advertiser, audio artist, or cross-platform media maker. This event takes place tonight at 7pm at The Nightingale (1084 North Milwaukee Ave.) Suggested donation $10 non-members, $5 members.

ECLIPSE Master Class: Man, Woman, and the Beast Within @ Columbia College

Columbia College Chicago and Fulcrum Point New Music Project, in association with Fujitsu Ten Ltd., will present ECLIPSE Master Class: Man, Woman, and the Beast Within, a free, one-time-only film music screening event with live orchestra, at the sound stage of the Columbia College Media Production Center (1600 S. State St.) today at 7:30pm. This special ECLIPSE Master Class event is free and open to the public but advance registration and ticket reservations are required. For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit www.ccc-emc.org or call 312-726-3846.

The First Time Show @ Beat Kitchen

CHIRP's First Time Show returns with an evening of readings and songs on the theme "First Concert" tonight at 8pm at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave. Readers/perfomers will be Matt Priest of Canasta; musicians Zapruder Point, Gerald Dowd, and Dag Juhlin; writers Leah Jones, Amy Hayden and Karl Klockars; and more. Tickets are $10; 21+.

Write Club @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the latest in the combative writing series, Write Club. Local author, actor and curmudgeon Ian Belknap presides over these literary bouts: Hello vs. Goodbye; Fate vs. Free Will; and Rain vs. Shine. A group of authors will bring their prepared pieces on these topics, and the declared winners of each bout will win a percentage of the door for their chosen charities. The show starts at 7pm, and tickets will be available at the door. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Chaplin Double Feature @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the kick-off screenings for a Charlie Chaplin festival that will run through June 30. This afternoon you can see The Kid at 3pm, and a program of Chaplin shorts at 5pm. You may see either program separately, or purchase tickets for both programs at a discount. Both programs will also be screened separately later this week; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

Cornelia Arts Building Open House

The Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., holds an open house tonight from 6pm to 10pm. Visit the studios and see recent work by Doug Birkenheuer, Anthony Bowers, Jeff Bryner, Nancy Charak, Kelsi Crivaro, Tor Dettwiler, Doug Frohman, Lauren Harlowe, Beth Kamhi, Jeremiah Ketner, Reed Kirst, Alley Maranto, Teresa Matchett, Jason Messinger, Alisa Miller, Greg Milne, Ahavani Mullen, Matt Nichols, James Parenti, Emily Rapport, Judy Schumacher, Susanne Siegel, Scott Simons, Eric Steele, Kevin Swallow, Eric Weinstein and Joey Wozniak. Musical guest North Branch perform. Free.

Ol' Time Mississippi Fish Fry @ Da Sto

Tonight, check out the Ol' Time Mississippi Fish Fry and Hip Hop Storytelling Revival. The night will feature Grammy winning rapper and former 20th Ward alderman candidate Che "Rhymefest" Smith, spoken word by the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, food and cooking demonstrations, a West Woodlawn TIF photo gallery and more. Brought to you by Blacks In Green , a community education and trade association working to foster and sustain green, neighbor-owned businesses in African-American communities. Da Sto, 460 E. 61st, 6-10pm, $35 for dinner, show and festival; click here for tickets

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a gift circle works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves. Then they form a circle. People go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for, and the need is spoken with no expectation of it being fulfilled. People in the circle respond if they feel it. Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them. (Bring your calendars!)

6:30pm to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7 to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

"The Cannon" Performative Reading Series @ Bonny's

"The Cannon," a monthly event starting tonight, (and part of Logan Square's "Strongworks" performance programming) will feature six Chicago actors
performing short stories chosen by Will Litton, fiction editor of the literary magazine
Wag's Revue, and Sam Nyhart, company member of Strong Works. Readings will be "performative, polished and punchy," according to Amanda Rozmiarek, production manager of Strong Works. Tonight's event will be held at Bonny's (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from 9 to 10. Afterward, the Strong Works jazz band will play, followed by DJs, dancing and drinks. A $5 donation will be gently suggested at the door to keep their otherwise entirely unfunded season going.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret: Uke Gastronomica @ Silvie's

The Chicago Ukulele Cabaret presents the latest in its seasonal open mike evenings at Silvie's Lounge (1902 W. Irving Park Road, just west of the Brown Line stop). Tonight's theme: Uke Gastronomica. Musicians are invited to play up to 3 food- or drink-related songs in a 15 minute set; a ukulele must be one of the instruments for all your songs. Apart from that, you're free to do as you wish; costumes, skits and audience participation are encouraged. The evening starts at 8pm, and there's no cover charge. For more information, search for the "Chicago Ukulele Cabaret" group on Facebook.

Wort Workshop Series #3 @ Spoke

PUBLIC BREWERY is part art installation, part DIY brewery, and completely community oriented. Visitors are invited to bring an ingredient they have grown or purchased locally to be used as part of today's workshop demonstrating home-brewing techniques. Today's brew will be a Pilsen Beekeeper's Ale incorporating malted honey and three pounds of local honey from beekeeper Donna Oppolo. Oppolo will also facilitate discussions on local food production. An exhibition at the end of the month allows today's participants to taste the fruits of their labor. Today's workshop runs from 3 - 8pm. Participants must be at least 21 years old. $5 entry fee. Spoke is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

A Lesson Before Dying @ Lincoln Square Theatre

It's opening night for A Lesson Before Dying at Lincoln Square Theatre (4754 N. Leavitt). Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gainesset, the play is set in Bayonne, Louisiana in 1948. Kristina Schramm directs. Shows Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm through June 11. Tickets are $20, $12 for students and seniors. For reservations and info call (773) 275-7930 or visit Lincoln Square Theatre.

Daniel Ho @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a concert by Grammy-Award-winning artist Daniel Ho, as part of their World Music Wednesday evenings. The show starts at 8:30pm, and admission is a suggested $5 donation. For reservations please call the Old Town School box office. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. Box office: (773) 728-6000.

Vintage Heaven @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery continues its popular tradition of monthly group vintage sales at their latest event. Heaven Gallery is located at 1550 North Milwaukee, 2nd floor. Vintage Heaven begins at noon and ends at 6pm.

Wort Workshop Series #2 @ Spoke

PUBLIC BREWERY is part art installation, part DIY brewery, and completely community oriented. Visitors are invited to bring an ingredient they have grown or purchased locally to be used as part of today's workshop demonstrating home-brewing techniques. Today's brew will be a Humboldt Part Cherry Pale Ale incorporating cherries picked from a Humboldt Park resident. Local urban agriculturalists also facilitate discussions on local food production. An exhibition at the end of the month allows today's participants to taste the fruits of their labor. Today's workshop runs from 3 - 8pm. Participants must be at least 21 years old. $5 entry fee. Spoke is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

My Heart is an Idiot Film Screening @ Intuit

My Heart Is An Idiot is a documentary about love that spans more than two years and a hundred cities. The film captures the manic road-tripping lifestyle of Davy Rothbart ("This American Life") as he tours North America in a van promoting his magazine FOUND, a virally popular and iconic printed collection of discarded notes and photographs. Show starts at 7pm. Running time: 95 minutes, tickets: $10. Director David Meiklejohn and subject of the film Davy Rothbart will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.Intuit is located at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Vintage Heaven @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery continues its popular tradition of monthly group vintage sales at their latest event. Heaven Gallery is located at 1550 North Milwaukee, 2nd floor. Vintage Heaven begins at noon and ends at 6pm.

NEXT 2011 @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

LifeSpeak premieres as part of NEXT 2011. Additional performances include a reprise of Shirley Mordine's 2009 work Illuminations, work from guest company RE|Dance featuring Lucy Vurusic Riner and Michael Estanich, as well as work from Alitra Cartman, selected to participate in Mordine & Company Dance Theater's 2011 Emerging Artist Mentoring Program. The performances begin at 8pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 North Dearborn. Tickets ($20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $15 for students and seniors) are available online or by calling (800) 838-2006.

Global Activism Expo @ UIC Forum

Derived from the "Global Activism Series" hosted by "Worldview"'s Jerome McDonnell, the Global Activism Expo has become WBEZ's largest event of the year, happening again today (complete with music & food) and gathering hundreds of Chicago-area global activists, each providing ways you can immediately get involved and join their efforts. Doors open at noon and stay open until 6pm; it's FREE -- so bring your classes, your children, your neighbors, your friends and family. The address is 725 W. Roosevelt. Details here.

American: The Bill Hicks Story @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a week-long screening of the 2011 documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story, which features archival performance footage of the legendary stand-up comedian throughout his short yet illustrious career. The film screens tonight at 6pm and runs through Thursday, may 5; see the Film Center Website for a compete list of showtimes. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

NEXT 2011 @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

LifeSpeak premieres as part of NEXT 2011. Additional performances include a reprise of Shirley Mordine's 2009 work Illuminations, work from guest company RE|Dance featuring Lucy Vurusic Riner and Michael Estanich, as well as work from Alitra Cartman, selected to participate in Mordine & Company Dance Theater's 2011 Emerging Artist Mentoring Program. The performances begin at 8pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 North Dearborn. Tickets ($20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $15 for students and seniors) are available online or by calling 800-838-2006.

CIF: Die Gorillas; ImproTOP @ iO Theater

Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Die Gorillas perform tonight with Mexico City's own ImproTop at the iO Theater (3541 N. Clark) as part of this year's Chicago Improv Festival. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the iO box office, online, or by calling 773-880-0199. For more information visit Chicago Improv Festival.

Performing Tonight: Liza Minnelli's Daughter @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present the final show in their 2010-11 season: Performing Tonight: Liza Minnelli's Daugher, starring ensemble member Mary Fons in the title role. The show is in preview performances tonight and tomorrow night, and opens on Saturday, April 30 at 8pm. For full information and to purchase tickets please see the Neo-Futurists Website. All performances are at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). For more information, please call the Neo-Futurarium at (773) 275-5255.

Perceptual Motion, Inc. @ Hamlin Park Studio Theatre

Preceptual Motion, Inc. presents Through the Window, a dance piece premiering the work of Lin Shook, Chagall's Window, and A Breath in Time, with original music by Andrew Edwards at the Hamlin Park Studio Theatre (3035 N. Hoyne). Featuring dancers Helene Alter-Dyche, Claire Bushey, Cindy Huston, Melanie Windland, Inger Smith, and Colleen Welch, and featuring Guest Artist Harvard Vallance. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors. Ticket price includes a free yoga class on Thursday, April 28th 6:30-7:30pm, and a post-performance discussion. To save $3 on tickets purchased in advance, use paypal at PerceptualMotionDance. Cash or personal check at the door. For more information call (773) 549-3958.

Off Off Broadzway @ Stage 773

A sorta-kinda-sexy, definitely funny mix of burlesque, sketch comedy, and song, Off Off Broadzway opens their new musical revue, "We Changed Our Pannies". Garnering acclaim like "The show's incisive lyrics, easy musicality and well‐choreographed routines are a pleasure to watch" (Centerstage Chicago), ""[Off Off Broadzway's] humor pushes boundaries" (Chicago Tribune), and "Best Bet" (Metromix), it's a show you won't want to miss. 8pm, 1225 W. Belmont. Get your tickets here.

And in case you can't go tonight, the show runs through May 19. Watch a preview here.

How We Got On by Idris Goodwin @ New Leaf Theatre

This is part of the Treehouse Readings Series at New Leaf Theatre. The revamped series, which kicked off last fall, is dedicated to providing an incubator for new play development, specifically for plays that have received an initial reading and are in the more advanced stages of polishing before their premieres. Tonight at 7pm they will be reading How We Got On by Idris Goodwin, a classic American coming-of-age tale with a unique hip-hop treatment: domestic suburban life remixed. The Selector, our DJ/Narrator, samples and loops us through the lives of three Midwestern teen rappers who have yet to discover the power of harmony over discord. This reading will take place at New Leaf Theatre's home at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. Free, For more information, visit newleaftheatre.org.

Danny Boyle's Frankenstein @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre presents Academy-Award winning director Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein. For the first time ever, National Theatre Live will broadcast two separate performances of a production. Throughout the run of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller are alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Audiences in cinemas will have the chance to see both combinations, with two broadcasts a week apart. Purchase advance tickets here. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave, (773) 871-6607.

Rap Sessions @ Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago's Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media hosts "Rap Sessions, From Precious II For Colored Girls: The Black Image in the American Mind," tonight at 6:30pm. This panel discussion, led by acclaimed author and activist Bakari Kitwana, will examine early definitions and perceptions of various aspects of black culture--from both an internal and external standpoint--and how they both have affected the way blacks are perceived today. Other members of the panel include authors Mark Anthony Neal, Joan Morgan, Vijay Prashad and Elizabeth Mendez Berry. This event, held at the college's Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash, is free and open to the public. Call (312) 369-8829 for more information.

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hungry Brain

You, Me, Them, Everybody brings its live show to the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 9pm. Guests include DJ and author James Van Osdol, comedian Dan Ronan, Good Evening and Trevor McSpadden. Hosted as always by Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon. Doors open at 8pm; free. 21+

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ The Whistler

You, Me, Them, Everybody brings its live show to the Whistler, 2124 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 9pm. Guests include Pitchfork news editor Amy Phillips, comedian Prescott Tolk, The Post Honeymoon and Jeremy Tromburg. Hosted as always by Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon. Doors open at 8pm; free. 21+

The MDW Fair @ the Geolofts

Three of Chicago's most celebrated art spaces - threewalls, Roots and Culture, and Public Media Institute - present the MDW Fair, a celebration and gathering of Chicagoland area independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, publishers, and artist groups. Featuring exhibited works, talks, and performances, the fair aims to "demonstrate the diversity, strength, and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region." The MDW Fair takes place at the Geolofts (3636 South Iron Street) on April 23 from 1pm to 10pm and April 24 from 1pm to 6pm. Admission to the fair is $5.

The MDW Fair @ the Geolofts

Three of Chicago's most celebrated art spaces - threewalls, Roots and Culture, and Public Media Institute - present the MDW Fair, a celebration and gathering of Chicagoland area independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, publishers, and artist groups. Featuring exhibited works, talks, and performances, the fair aims to "demonstrate the diversity, strength, and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region." The MDW Fair takes place at the Geolofts (3636 South Iron Street) on April 23 from 1pm to 10pm and April 24 from 1pm to 6pm. Admission to the fair is $5.

Do Something Reel Film Festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, in partnership with Whole Foods, presents the Do Something Reel Film Festival, a series of six documentary films focusing on food-related issues. The opening film, Lunch Line, focuses on a group of Chicago culinary students takin a trip to Washington, DC. The film screens tonight at 6pm. For a complete list of the films in the festival, please see the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

WONKA BALL 2011: A Royal Wedding @ SAIC Ballroom

Polish your tiaras! Before Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot across the pond, About Face Theatre is throwing its own royal wedding at WONKA BALL 2011. AFT's premier fundraising event will be held tonight at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave., at 6:30pm with a VIP reception at 5:30pm. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or 773-784-8565. The evening will include a silent auction, open bar, mouth-watering edibles from some of Chicago's best restaurants including Atwood Café, Garrett Popcorn, J&L Catering, Polo Café, Terry's Toffees and more. WONKA BALL wouldn't be complete without plenty of music, dancing, entertainment and of course lots of surprises--including a "Wonka-style" visit from Queen Elizabeth herself! Tickets are a steep $250/VIP reception or $150/general admission. Details here.

Weightless Film Screening @ Intuit

Women rule the water in Weightless, a short documentary film by Faith Pennick about a scuba diving camp for plus-size women. Weightless depicts larger women as they are rarely seen: 1) as physically active, and 2) not consumed by the need or expectation to be thin. Show starts at 5:30pm. Running time: 39 minutes, tickets: $15. Includes a Q&A with the filmmakers. Intuit is located at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Doctor Who 101 @ Tech Nexus

The Chicago Nerd Social Club present Doctor Who 101, a chance for those fans not completely versed in the Doctor's history to learn all about this sci-fi series. The event will be hosted at Tech Nexus (200 S. Wacker, 15th floor), runs from 7pm to 8pm tonight, and is free. Please go to the Chicago Nerds Website for full information and to RSVP.

Live Taping of "Who Knows Her Better?" @ Mary's Attic

Tellofilms.com announces "Who Knows Her Better?" a new game show hosted by Elizabeth Keener from The L Word that asks the question: who knows a woman better -- her husband or her gay best friend? The premiere episode will be taped in front of a live audience tonight from 6pm to 9pm at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark St.). Tickets include two shows of "Who Knows Her Better?" and can be purchased in advance for $10 at BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15. The minimum age for attendees is 21 years old.

Poetry Off the Shelf @ Curtiss Hall

Curtiss Hall, 410 S. Michigan Ave., presents Poetry Off the Shelf, an "experimental piano series," with a performance inspired by the poetry of Ed Roberson and Christina Pugh, with music provided by Chicago jazz pianist Ari Brown and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The evening will also feature a solo performance by pianist Mabel Kwan, who uses poetry by Rachel Jamison Webster and Reginald Gibbons as her muse. The program starts at 7pm; tickets are $10-$20 and can be purchased online. For more information, call (312) 291-0291.

All-day benefit for Japan @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music is going to be raising money for Japanese earthquake relief pretty much all day today. From 11am to around midnight, the 909 W. Armitage location will play host to various sales (bake sale, art sale, etc.), free yoga classes, and starting in the afternoon performances by a huge number of performers too numerous to mention here. Admission is a suggested $10 donation; 100% of the funds will be matched by an anonymous donor and given to the Japanese Red Cross. For more information on the the event please see the Old Town School Website.

Anniversary Party @ Pumping Station One

Hacker space Pumping Station One, 3354 N. Elston Ave., celebrates its second anniversary and grand reopening tonight starting at 6pm. Drinks and other refreshments will be served, and DJ DSTROY spins. $5-10 donation at the door requested. RSVP on Facebook.

Found Footage Festival @ Music Box

The Music Box plays host to the Found Footage Festival, celebrating 25 years of screening the strangest footage ever found by man. Hosts Joe Pickett & Nick Prueher will present a program of amazing videos starting tonight at 10pm. See the Music Box Website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

10th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 10th annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival, which starts tonight and runs through April 27. Tonight's opening night film is Zahara from 2009, which will be preceded by two short films. For a complete schedule of the festival please see the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

The Illusionist @ Film Center

The Oscar-nominated animated film The Illusionist plays at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a week, starting tonight at 6:15pm. See the Film Center Website for a complete schedule of showtimes. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a gift circle works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves. Then they form a circle. People go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for: bodywork, help healing a broken heart, advice on marketing a product, someone to talk to about life goals, help cleaning out files, etc. The need is spoken with no expectation of it being fulfilled. People in the circle respond if they feel it. Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered: a dreamcatcher, a vacuum sealer, shamanic healing, handquilted potholders, research help (from a librarian), help writing a simple will (from a lawyer), etc, etc. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them (bring your calendars!).

6:30pm to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7pm to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Sound Opinions Movie Night: Fix - The Ministry Movie

The Music Box and Sound Opinions present the latest in their series of Movie Night screenings. Tonight's film is a special co-presentation with the Chicago International Moviesand Music Festival: the world premiere of Fix - The Ministry Movie, a look at the history of the mythic industrial band. In attendance at the screening, along with your Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, will be the director & producer of the film, as well as Ministry bassist Paul Barker. The screening starts at 7:30pm. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Double Feature Lecture Series @ Mess Hall

This lecture series features presentations by Nick Bastis and Andrew Norman Wilson. Bastis will talk about his "Forms of Spectacle and Solutions to Vacancy" project, which sought to challenge construction and distribution hierarchies of destination-object architecture. By building and celebrating the "opening" of a replicated 1:1 scale Frank Gehry structure with students in an underserved neighborhood of Chicago's west side, the installation and performance examined certain architectures as symbols of capital and power, testing the perceived strength of Gehry's aesthetic and its rumored ability to seemingly transform a struggling neighborhood's social and economic infrastructure. The project became a platform to not only test current and historical trends in architecture and planning, but to playfully redistribute such urban renewal methodologies and examine their power structures. Wilson will talk about his "Virtual Assistance" project, which began with research geared towards unpacking the relational system of Get Friday, a virtual personal assistant service based in Bangalore, India, that provides remote executive support to a largely American client base through "virtual" personal assistants. I am a part of that client base, paying monthly fees for a primary assistant who works out of the Get Friday office in India. My "assistant" is a 25-year-old male Bangalore resident named Akhil. In paying for our relationship I am not trying to lighten my work load, but rather to attempt collaborative projects and even reversals of the normative outsourcing flow under a corporate contract arranged for one-way command. These lectures take place tonight from 7 to 9 at Mess Hall: 6932 North Glenwood Ave.

Townhall Hearing to Save Rumble Arts @ The Humboldt Park Fieldhouse

Humboldt Park art and community center Rumble Arts is (once again) in danger of closing its doors because the family-owned pawnshop that provides its primary source of funding is in danger of being replaced by a Cash America. Show your support for Rumble by attending the townhall hearing tonight at 6pm at the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse (1400 N. Sacramento). While you're at it, why not sign this petition?

Windy City Story Slam: Golden Gloves Edition @ Multikulti

This boxing-themed story event is hosted by its founder, Bill Hillmann, who happens to be a former Golden Gloves champion, and freelance writer Julia Borcherts. Starting with short stories from boxing and literary luminaries like one-time NABA regional champ and 2009 Story Slam first runner-up Fernando Hernandez, it moves onto local writers and their tales. 1000 N. Milwaukee, 8pm. Free.

Jessica Baran reading @ Golden Age

St. Louis-based artist Jessica Baran reads from her newest publication of poetry, Remains to be Used, at local artist book shop Golden Age. The poems were written in response to aural, visual, and textual artifacts from notable figures such as Lewis Carroll and Sigmund Freud. A screening of Robert Altman's 1977 film, 3 Women, follows after the reading. The reading begins at 4pm. Golden Age is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

Facets Night School: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Facets Cinematheque concludes its Facets Night School series tonight with a screening of the immortal Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, directed by Russ Meyer and penned by Roger Ebert. Accompanying the film will be a lecture/discussion from Night School regular Dominick Mayer. The film screens tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of films in this current Night School session. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Don't Call Me Joe @ Catalyst Ranch

WBEZ invites you to Don't Call Me Joe, billed as a "traditional coffee cupping" at Catalyst Ranch (656 W. Randolph) featuring people from Intelligentsia Coffee serving coffee, and a slate of authors including Kyle Beachy, Paul Durica, Fred Sasaki, Sam Weller, and others presenting "Readings on Coffee". The event starts at 7pm; tickets are $15, $12 for WBEZ members, and $10 for students with ID. Full information at the WBEZ Website.

Freedom Riders @ DuSable Museum of African-American History

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents a screening of Freedom Riders, today from 2pm-4pm. Directed by Emmy-award winner Stanley Nelson, this documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders and their impact on American culture. A panel discussion featuring former Freedom Riders Genevieve Hughes Houghton, Thomas Armstrong and Dan Stevens follows the screening. This event is free and open to the public; for more information, visit the Freedom Riders or contact the museum at (773) 947-0600.

A Variety of Fits @ Jolhalla Projects

A Variety of Fits opens tonight at Jolhalla Projects (1561 N. Milwaukee Ave.), featuring the image-heavy, convention-configuring, almost watercolor-like drawings of Adam Grossi. 6pm-9pm. Free.

The City in Which @ The Nightingale

Joshua Dumas and Christy LeMaster gave brand-spankin' new rolls of 16mm film to 12 Chicago-based experimental filmmakers, and then asked these filmmakers to respond to Chicago poet Li-Young Lee's "The City in Which I Love You," while adding in their own creative experiences in Chicago. The end result is The City in Which, a Chicago cine-poem, a short film made from splicing all of the filmmakers' work together. The film's premiere is tonight at 8pm, with a second showing tomorrow, April 9, at The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee). Lee's poem will be read live to accompany the film, and a cine-poem program, curated by LeMaster, will follow.

Third Coast Listening Room: The Power of Voice @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Go out for an evening of memorable radio stories teeming with a wide range of voices -- from shrill to soothing, angry to joyful, animal to human. Third Coast directors Johanna Zorn and Julie Shapiro lead, with special guest musician Abraham Levitan (Baby Teeth, Shame That Tune) bringing his trademark razzle dazzle. The event is tonight at 7pm. Admission is $10 / $8 for students, seniors, children and Old Town School members. The Old Town School of Folk Music is located at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue

Facets Night School: Female Prisoner Scorpion #701: Beast Stable

Facets Cinematheque continues its Facets Night School series tonight with a screening of the grindhouse classic Female Prisoner Scorpion #701: Beast Stable from 1973. The screening will be accompanied by a lecture/discussion of the film by writer & film-maker Katherine Rife. The film screens tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of films in this current Night School session. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Jaguar Headband Twins @ Comfort Station

Logan Square artist Jordan Martins presents his contemporary yet Baroque collages at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave) tonight: drawing from sources like old cookbooks, comics, encyclopedias and other castoff texts, he brings this disparate elements together to form two- and three-dimensional compositions. 7-10pm.

Tumblr Reads! @ Street Side Bar

Tumblr continues its city-based readings in Chicago with local writers (and Tumblr fanatics) Joe Erbentraut, Arianna Stern, Katherine Gilhooly, and Britt Julious. The meetup and reading begins at 7pm at Street Side Bar, 3201 West Armitage.

16th Annual Asian American Showcase @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents its 16th annual Asian American Showcase from April 1st through the 14th. Tonight's opening film, Surrogate Valentine, stars songwriter & musician Goh Nakamura as himself. The film's director, Dave Boyle, and Nakamura will be attending tonight's 8pm screening in person. For a full list of playing films please see the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Magnetic Fields doc @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a return engagement of the Magnetic Fields/Stephin Merritt documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. The film starts tonight and runs through April 7; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule of showtimes. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

"Gala Undone" Benefit Art Party & Auction @ Venue One

"Gala Undone" is Urban Gateway's 50th anniversary party, hosted by New Arts Forum. The party will feature an open bar, snacks, and silent art auction. There will also be a performance by UG group, BAM!, live mural art by UG artist James "Casper" Jankowiak and tunes by DJ Mister Wolf (of Only Children). 21+. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. The party is from 9:30pm to midnight tonight at Venue One: 1044 W. Randolph. More information and tickets can be found at urbangateways.org.

Dandelion Momma by Greg Romero @ New Leaf Theatre

This is part of the Treehouse Readings Series at New Leaf Theatre. The revamped series, which kicked off last fall, is dedicated to providing an incubator for new play development, specifically for plays that have received an initial reading and are in the more advanced stages of polishing before their premieres. Tonight they will be reading Dandelion Momma by Greg Romero. Synopsis: A 100-year old woman reflects on her life through broken pieces of memory. An eight-year old girl takes care of wayward dandelions and sees the lights inside of people. A farm girl and a writer search for life while planting seeds in the hardened ground of the Great Depression. The ground becomes harder, the girl becomes tired, the air becomes heavier and something new must be born. This reading will take place at New Leaf Theatre's home at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. The staged readings will be followed by a talk-back. Admission is free to all readings. For more information, visit newleaftheatre.org.

The Moth Storyslam @ Martyrs

Martyrs and The Moth present the monthly story slam tonight at 8pm. Ten people picked from the audience will each tell a 5-minute story, with tonight's winner earning a place in the Grandslam Championships. Tickets are only available at the door, so show up REALLY early for this event. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

"Unschooling Arts Education" SALON @ threewalls

If you've been craving some serious art talk but don't have the loot to go to art school, stop by threewalls tonight (or across the hallway at Western Exhibitions, rather) for their "Unschooling Arts Education" SALON-- part of their monthly, (free!) super-educational and interactive discussion series. This event is from 7 to 9pm tonight at Western Exhibitions: 119 N Peoria St., unit 2A. Admissions is free and open to the public. More info here. Super-specific all-encompassing details with supplementary readings and profiles of the guest speakers here.

UnTill Emmett Till @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "UnTill Emmett Till," today from 4pm to 7pm. Created by jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins, this work, in conjunction with the museum's For All the World to See: Visual Culture and Struggle for Civil Rights exhibit, pays tribute to the anniversary of Till's 1955 murder. Two Chicago artists, spoken-word poet Khari B. and jazz singer Dee Alexander accompany Dawkins in the performance.

Tickets are $25 and are available online. For more information about the performance, contact (773) 947-0600.

Long Lazy Lunch Picnic @ ACRE

ACRE hosts a "Long Lazy Lunch" picnic today from 4-8pm at 1913 W. 17th St.-- an afternoon of treats and libations featuring musical performances by ACRE residents. This is a celebration of the release of KADABRA: Recipes and Miscellany from ACRE 2010-- part cookbook, part scrapbook created by Melissa Damasauskus and Rachel Ettling, who command the kitchen at ACRE's summer residency program. Also available are ACRE's new calendar tea towels designed by Alex Chitty and Jessica Taylor Caponigro. Performances include improvised acoustic melodies by Matt Austin and EJ Hill, noise influenced tunes by Marvin Astorga and Young Joon Kwak, and experimental video djing by John Paul Glover. KADABRA: Recipes and Miscellany from ACRE 2010 contains excerpts from the original overflowing binder of recipes used to feed the residents of ACRE's 2010 summer residency program. This handmade book is documentation of the first ACRE residency kitchen, highlighting favorite recipes and featuring notes, anecdotes, photographs and reflections on learning to cook creatively and resourcefully for a large group of varied eaters. More info can be found at acreresidency.org.

Facets Night School: Hannie Caulder

Facets Cinematheque continues its Facets Night School series tonight with a screening of the 1971 movie Hannie Caulder with Raquel Welch and Robert Culp. The film will be accompanied by a lecture/discussion from author & teacher Michelle Zaladonis. The film screens tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of films in this current Night School session. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Chicago Zine Fest @ Columbia College

A celebration of expression and sharing information through zines, self-publishing and the principles and practice of DIY, the Chicago Zine Fest is happening today at the Conaway Center (1st and 8th floor) of Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash Ave), between 10am and 5pm. There's a zine exhibition with a variety of authors and artists, a DIY film festival, workshops, lectures, and more! Free!

Jon Satrom: Prepared Desktop @ Graham Foundation - WAITLISTED

Brought to you by The Graham Foundation and Lampo, Jon Satrom presents Prepared Desktop as part of the Lampo Performance Series. Turning normal computer applications, programs, and desktop features into a strange(ly awesome) audio/video experience. 8pm, 4 West Burton Place (Madlener House). Get on the waitlist and find out more information here.

John Waters @ Lake Forest College

Missed John Waters in December? Well, now you can see him free (!) at Lake Forest College -- he's the keynote speaker for their Literary Festival. More discussion of camp and film than you can shake a pink flamingo at starts 7:30pm, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045. For more information call (847) 234-3100.

Easy Six Kickoff Party @ Chief O'Neill's Pub

Factory Theater Hosts a Kick-Off Party for Their Newest and Swingiest Rat Pack-Era Production of Easy Six tonight from 6 to 9:30 at Chief O'Neill's Pub (3471 N. Elston Ave.). Featuring live entertainment from cast member, Esteban Cruz (2009 Jeff Award winner for best actor in Jesus Hopped the A Train at Raven and recently seen in the Lyric Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream), a first look at the Easy Six Promo Video Premier, mingling with Factory Theater ensemble and Easy Six cast members, special priced tickets to Easy Six opening night including post-show party and raffles and prizes. This event is free to attend.

Man With A Movie Camera @ Links Hall

Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera screens tonight at Links Hall, with an original score and live performance by Dan Scaff. 3435 N Sheffield Ave, 8pm. Tickets are $8-$10.

Curated by Sarah Best, Dance Films Kino is a celebration of the genre in an atmosphere reminiscent a "kino" or private film club of the 1920s.

Benten Records Japan Nite @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle and Benten Records from Japan present the Japan Nite 2011 starting at 9:30pm. Scheduled to play: Lolita No. 18; Mo'Some Tonebender; Zukunashi; and Hystotic Vein. Tickets are $10. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Chicago Jazz Ensemble

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble's final performance of the season is a tribute to Mahalia Jackson on what would have been her 100th birthday, tonight at 8pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $15 to $45, with discounts for senior citizens and groups. Student tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased at 312-334-7777, at the Harris Theater box office or online.

Facets Night School: The Long Kiss Goodnight

Facets Cinematheque continues its Facets Night School series tonight with a screening of the infamous Renny Harlin film The Long Kiss Goodnight with Geena Davis as an amnesiac hit-woman. The screening will be accompanied by a lecture from Facets video consultant Miguel Martinez. The film screens tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of films in this current Night School session. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Windy City Burlesque Fest @ Greenhouse Theater Center

Windy City Burlesque Fest puts on not one but three showcases of dancers from around the the United States and beyond Saturday and tonight at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features LA's Lux LaCroix, the 10pm show features Chicago's own Michelle L'Amour, and the midnight show features Seattle's Miss Indigo Blue. Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. A $100 festival pass gets you into all six shows.

hArts for Art: 2nd Annual Benefit Auction + Raffle @ LVL3

This is an art auction, with proceeds benefiting arts education at www.associationhouse.org. Contributing artists include Alysia Kaplan, Amy Yao, Andrew Holmquist, Austin Eddy, David Geeting, David Leggett, Easton Miller, Erin Zona, Fraser Taylor, Gary Petersen, Heidi Norton, Jacob Goudreault, James Cooper, Jason Benson, Jason Lazarus, Jenny Kendler, John Campbell, Jon Rafman, Kate Ruggeri, Kate Steciw, Leslie Supnet, Liz Nielsen McKeever Donovan, Michael Hunter, Paul Kenneth, Racer Levan, Richard Galling, Robin Cameron, Ryan Fenchel, Stephen Eichhorn, Timothy Bergstrom, Vanesa Zendejas, Veronica Rafael, WarpWeftWoof and Wyatt Grant. Advanced bids start Saturday, March 12 at www.lvl3auction.info. All bidding ends at 10pm on March 19 (tonighht). Raffle immediately after auction. All artwork starts at $20. Bids can be made in $5 increments. Artwork must be picked up by Sunday, March 20. Cash and check accepted.Raffle tickets: 1 for $3 or 2 for $5. Must be present to win raffle. This event is from 6 to 10pm tonight at LVL3 Gallery: 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Mar(t)ch Madness Art Tournament @ Fulton St. Collective

Mar(t)ch Madness is an art show and event conceived in the spirit of a certain famous collegiate basketball tournament, organized by Lion vs. Gorilla. The show will begin with artwork from 16 established and emerging artists. Over the course of four bracketed rounds, viewers will vote to narrow down the playing field to their two favorite artists, and those artists will then compete for the championship trophy. Artists can (and will!) do whatever they can to court votes from audience members, to increase their odds of victory. There will be a half-time show, featuring Chicago's own cheerleading team, The Chicago Spirit Brigade. After the crowning of the Mar(t)ch Madness Tournament champion, there will be a tailgate reception, with refreshments and live music by Ludus Lovestyle. This is going to be a high-energy, fun event, and it is an opportunity for members of Chicago's arts community to come together and celebrate some of the amazing work being produced in this city. This event begins tonight at 8pm tonight at the Fulton Street Collective: 2000 W. Fulton. $5 suggested donation. Part of the proceeds will go to The Howard Brown Health Center.

Slow Motion Action/Research Collective @ Mess Hall

Join the folks at Mess Hall for this, the third meeting of the Slow-Motion Action/Research Collective (Chicago Branch) w/Brian Holmes. From noon to 2pm today there will be an open meeting & "lunchluck", where proposals morph into action plans. Then from 2pm to 4pm is a "public feelings experiment"-- experiments in data collection to produce knowledge-in-common. Brian Holmes' lecture-workshop at Mess Hall in January, "Four Pathways through Chaos," gave a broad overview of the current economic crisis and its effects -- on our city, region, and country as well as on our ways of living and sense of self. Details at messhall.org. Mess Hall is located at 6932 North Glenwood Ave. All events there are free, all ages and open to the public.

Sci Fi Spectacular 5 @ Music Box

The Music Box presents the fifth annual Sci Fi Spectacular starting today at noon and running until 2am. Scheduled to attend as a special guest: writer and director Mick Garris, who will be presenting his film Critters 2 in the middle of the festival. Along with a full schedule of films there will be short subjects, classic trailers, a live charity auction and much more. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. See the Music Box Website for more details. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Windy City Burlesque Fest @ Greenhouse Theater Center

Windy City Burlesque Fest puts on not one but three showcases of dancers from around the the United States and beyond tonight and tomorrow at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features Seattle's Indigo Blue, the 10pm show features Chicago's own Michelle L'Amour, and the midnight show features LA's Lux LaCroix. Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. A $100 festival pass gets you into all six shows.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

The next meeting of likemind, the monthly gathering of creative people, happens this morning from 8am to 10am at Argo Tea at 140 S Dearborn. The event is free and open to the public. For more information follow @likemindchicago on Twitter, join the likemind Chicago group on Facebook, or see likemindchicago.com.

Next Objectivists Poetry Workshop @ Mess Hall

The Next Objectivists is a free, open-to-the-public poetry & poetics workshop dedicated to the study & reproduction of the outside-real. Mess Hall's Winter/Spring seminar (tonight) focuses on the reproduction of specific aesthetic effects related to objectivism in modern & contemporary short fiction and poetry. We read together, write together & enjoy each others' company. Beginners are always welcome. Feel free to leave your expertise at the door!
Please visit nextobjectivists.blogspot.com for specific information about the workshop. This workshop is from 7 to 10 tonight at Mess Hall: 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Poetry Off the Shelf: Luis J. Rodriguez

A standout figure in the Chicago, Chicano, and national literary scene, award-winning poet Luis J. Rodriguez reads at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted, Residents' Dining Hall). 5:30pm, free.

Michael Showalter @ Schubas

Schubas welcomes stand-up comic, author, film-maker and all-around funny fellow Michael Showalter tonight for two shows, 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are going fast, so buy them NOW if you want to go! Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Story Week: 2nd Story @ Martyrs

Martyrs plays host to the opening night of Columbia College's 15th annual Story Week festival. Tonight's event is 2nd Story, a showcase featuring authors Lott Hill, Eric May, Patricia Ann McNair and April Newman. Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Octavarius: Battle for the Belt @ Stage 773

Critically acclaimed improv comedy troupe Octavarius is premiering a new show series titled "Octavarius: Battle for the Belt," tonight at 7pm at Stage 773: 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Additional performances will take place on March 20 & 27. Colt Cabana, former WWE and current Ring of Honor superstar, is a special guest of the series, making an in-person appearance on night two (the 20th) and video appearances on night one and three. "The Ego" Robert Anthony, CZW Heavyweight Champion, will make a surprise appearance on the final night of the series (the 27th). Tickets are $15 per show, or $25 for a ringside pass to all three nights. Audience members are encouraged to make a sign cheering or jeering their favorite Octavarius superstars, and receive tickets at a discounted rate of $12. For more information, visit Octavarius.com.

Facets Night School: Dance, Girl, Dance

Facets Cinematheque continues its Facets Night School series tonight with a screening of Dance, Girl, Dance from 1940, featuring Lucille Ball and Maureen O'Hara. The film will be accompanied by a lecture/discussion by instructor & film director Michael Smith. The film screens tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of films in this current Night School session. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Creative Chicago Expo @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Creative Chicago Expo is a free, day-long event that connects Chicago's creative community -- including individual artists, businesses, and organizations -- with services, spaces, information, and networks. More than 130 vendors will participate in this year's Expo, including arts services, community organizations, arts educators, space and housing providers, health care and financial consultants, and more. Who should attend? Dancers, writers, musicians, actors, performers, theater professionals, visual artists, fashion designers and marketers, graphic designers, new media and filmmakers...and all other Chicago creatives. This event is today from 10am to 5pm at the Cultural Center:
78 E. Washington. Admission is free. More info here.


Good Evening Poetry Reading @ Mess Hall

The Good Evening Poetry Reading Series features ABI STOKES, TATIANA M. UHOCH, & BRIAN MORNAR. The open mic begins at 7pm and the featured readers at 7:45pm. Free & open to the public! BYOB! Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a Gift Circle Works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves. Then they form a circle. People go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for: bodywork, help healing a broken heart, advice on marketing a product, someone to talk to about life goals, help cleaning out files, etc. The need is spoken with no expectation of it being fulfilled. People in the circle respond if they feel it. Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered: a dreamcatcher, a vacuum sealer, shamanic healing, handquilted potholders, research help (from a librarian), help writing a simple will (from a lawyer), etc, etc. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them. (Bring your calendars!) 6:30 to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7 to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Awe Dub Sessions @ Rodan

AWE DUB SESSIONS is a night of rare and classic sci-fi film & reggae. All vinyl, all night selected by RUFFY, TUFFY, and RAD BRIAN. Special guests include a rotating cast of musicians, selectors, and chanters-- both local and international. Tonight's session: "Give Thanks & Praises Ina Topo Duh Holy Mountain!" features a crucially projected double feature from the great Alejandro Jodorowsky! El Topo (1970) & The Holy Mountain (1973) meet the sweetest in obscure roots, rockers, dub & dancehall vinyl. Awe Dub Sessions takes place every second Thursday of every month from 10pm to 2am. 21+. No Cover. Rodan is located at 1530 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Facets Night School: Mulholland Drive

Facets Cinematheque continues its Facets Night School series tonight with a screening of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, accompanied by a lecture/discussion by Facets' own Lauren Whalen. The film screens tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of films in this current Night School session. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School contact Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

The 14th Annual European Union Film Festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the opening night of its annual European Union Film Festival. The opening night film is Hungary's Academy Award submission Bibliotheque Pascal, and tonight's 6pm screening will include appearances by the director and star. The festival runs through the end of March; go to the Film Center's Website for a complete schedule. Film Center: 164 N. State Street. (312) 846-2600.

The Interview Show @ The Hideout

The Interview Show returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 6:30pm to 8pm. Guests this month are chef Chris Duffy, aldermanic candidate and rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith, The Autumn Defense's Patrick Sansone and John Stirratt, and comedian Beth Stelling. Admission is $5; 21+.

The Alternative History of Chicago Theater (Abridged) @ Chopin Theater

WBEZ presents a panel of Chicago theater experts for an evening of discussion about Chicago's long theatrical history. Along with the discussion there will be short performances from: Robot vs. Dinosaur; BoyGirlBoyGirl; The Plagiarists; RoShamBo Theater; and Tofu Chitlin' Circuit. The event starts at 7pm at the Chopin Theater (1543 W. Division); tickets and more information are available at the WBEZ Website.

Soulico @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle welcomes four-member DJ crew Soulico from Israel tonight at 9:30pm. Also on the bill: Philip Morris and James Dean! Tickets are $8 at the door, or free if you RSVP to rsvp (at) emptybottle (dot) com by 12am on March 1. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

PechaKucha Night @ Martyrs'

PechaKucha Night Chicago returns to Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. The lineup includes activist and education reformer Bill Ayers, human beatbox Yuri Lane, architecture mapper Chris Botham, architects from the Studio Gang, spoken word artist Kevin Coval, journalist Melissa Harris, Pop-Up Loop's Michael Perry, furniture rep John Kim, the Young Architects Forum's Ania Jaworska and artist Dena Lyons each get 20 seconds to talk about 20 slides of their choosing. Architect Peter Exley and artist Andy Hall will emcee. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. More info here. 21+

Facets Night School: Johnny Belinda

Facets Cinematheque continues its current series of Facets Night School tonight with a screening of Johnny Belinda from 1948, with Jane Wyman in the title role. Accompanying the film will be a discussion by film historian Stephen Reginald. Facets Night School begins tonight at midnight; see the Facets Website for a complete schedule of all films in this series. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information about Facets Night School call Susan Doll at (800) 331-6197.

Celebrate Black History Month @ South Shore Cultural Center

The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago honors Black History Month
with "Celebrate Black History Month," tonight at 5:30pm. This free concert, which will pay homage to African-American composers, will consist of a mix of opera and musical theater, along with a performance by the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. The concert takes place at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive. For more information, contact Gary Ossewaarde at opera@southshoreopera.org.

The Power of Glamour @ Near North Library

The Near North Library, 310 W. Division St., presents The Power of Glamour, a tribute to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, today at 2pm. Featuring a performance by solo dramatist Roberta Randall, this program celebrates the "golden era" of Hollywood and five of its legendary actresses: Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich. For more information, contact (312) 744-0991.

PORQUES NO COMES @ Gorilla Tango

Lupe Sanchez performs his "semi-falsified, autobiographical one-man performance", PORQUE NO COMES, tonight at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave). PORQUE NO COMES (Because You Don't Eat) is the comedic story of a Latino boy (Lupe himself) growing up in a white suburb (Schaumburg to be specific), and his journey to find understanding and identity. Show starts at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10.

Psycho @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center continues their series of psychological horror films with the classic 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, about which very little should be said if you are not familiar with the story. The film screens tonight at 6pm, and again on Tuesday, March 1 at 6pm. See the Film Center Website for more details and a complete schedule of the series. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

People's Music School 35th Anniversary Gala

The People's Music School, an Uptown-based organization providing free music education to inner-city children, celebrates its 35th anniversary with a gala event in the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St., tonight from 6pm to 11pm. The evening includes dinner and cocktails, a performance by violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the school's students and alumni, and a silent auction to benefit the school. Tickets are $150.

"Race and Photography in African-American Imagery" @ DuSable Museum

New York's Deborah Willis, Ph.D., presents "Race and Photography in African-American Imagery," tonight at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Willis, also the curator of the museum's exhibit, "Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits," will give a lecture and multimedia presentation, as well as discuss and sign copies of her latest award-winning book, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. The lecture is from 5:30pm to 8:30pm; general admission is $10, $5 for students and museum members. Contact (773) 947