Thursday, July 29, 2010

7/29 — Free Pizza and Wine at WineStyles

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 05:01 PM

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Tonight from 6 to 8 PM, author and sommelier John Laloganes serves free wine and pizza samples—and offers tips on how to pair the two—at WineStyles (1433 W. Belmont). Sapore di Napoli provides the pies.

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7/29-8/1 — Fiesta del Sol Festival in Pilsen

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 03:58 PM

Admission is free to the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council's 38th annual Fiesta del Sol (1400 W. Cermak, between Loomis and Morgan), an alcohol- and tobacco-free festival that features carnival rides, food vendors, educational booths, and nightly performances. This year's fest includes a children's book giveaway, migajon (cold porcelain) art demonstrations, and free health exams for adults, including BMI, diabetes, hypertension, and STD screenings (eye exams also available Sun 8/1 from 10 AM to 6 PM). Dates and times are today from 5 to 11 PM, tomorrow and Sat 7/31 from 11 AM to 11 PM, and 11 AM to 10 PM on Sun 8/1. Parking is available on Morgan and 21st for $5. Proceeds go towards PNCC's community development, education, and annual scholarship programs.

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"Redneck Sports" . . . for Charity

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 03:43 PM

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Hey, have you ever heard of “redneck” sports? If not, don’t feel bad: life has become an endless blizzard of memes, and you can’t stop and examine every snowflake. I had never heard of them until the other day, when an e-mail arrived from a volunteer with the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society asking if I might be interested in covering their junior board's Redneck Olympics fund-raiser. “There will be beer pong, flip cup, a best mullet contest, a watermelon seed spitting contest, a shopping cart race, draft beer, and good tunes,” he wrote.

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Dinner & a Show: Thursday 7/29

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 02:34 PM


Show: Tortoise 2.0 The group was commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Jazz Institute of Chicago to kick off the series Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz with an original composition incorporating some of the city's most interesting jazz players. Reedists Ed Wilkerson Jr. and Greg Ward, flutist Nicole Mitchell, pianist and ARP wizard Jim Baker, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm won't merely be stepping up in turn to improvise solos—they were invited to rehearsals to develop their own parts and help shape the work.

6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph and Michigan, 312-742-1168.

Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.

24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243,

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7/29 — Free Cheesecake at Eli's

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 02:30 PM

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Today until 6 PM, the Eli's Cheesecake Company (6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.) is giving out free slices of cheesecake—with a different flavor each hour—in honor of National Cheesecake Day. Limit one slice per person per hour (while supplies last). Whole cakes of the flavor of the hour are 20 percent off.

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African Women and Science Fiction

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 02:26 PM

Kudzani Moswela in Pumzi

  • Kudzani Moswela in "Pumzi"

35 years after the "Water War" has wiped out all plant and animal life on Earth, a woman (Kudzani Moswela) ventures out of her technological prison into the barren dessert, following her vision of a lone surviving tree, in Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's (From a Whisper) 23-minute 2010 Sundance Selection Pumzi.

Pumzi screens for free, Sunday at 2 p.m. in the African Women and Science Fiction program at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St.

The screening is part of the Illinois Humanities Council's Public Square Civic Cinema series and the African Jubilee Film Festival, co-presented by portoluz and UIC's African American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies departments.

Nigerian American YA novelist and Chicago State University professor Nnedi Okorafor (Zahrah the Windseeker) reads from her works and hosts a discussion after the screening.

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The End of an Era: No More Extraordinary Popular Delusions on Tuesdays at Hotti Biscotti

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 01:06 PM

Extraordinary Popular Delusions at the Hungry Brain
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For more than five years the quartet that's come to be known as Extraordinary Popular Delusions has held court at Hotti Biscotti every Tuesday night, playing one or two sets free of charge. In fact, for a while the band actually tried enticing listeners by offering to give them money. The quartet—keyboardist Jim Baker, bassist Brian Sandstrom, drummer Steve Hunt, and reedist Mars Williams—is a kind of living link to the 80s free jazz in Chicago, before Ken Vandermark revitalized the scene by ushering in a new generation of players in the early 90s. These four guys helped keep the torch lit during that fallow decade, and all but Baker did meaningful service in Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble.

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Sales Today and Tomorrow

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 11:01 AM

Resin pendant by Madame Platypus, wholl be leading a workshop at Wolfbait & B-Girls on Saturday
  • Resin pendant by Madame Platypus, who'll be leading a workshop at Wolfbait & B-girls on Saturday
Today and Friday local designer Katrin Schnabl offers a chance to buy her work at a discount; the sale runs from 4 to 8 PM today and from noon to 6 PM tomorrow at 524 W. Eugenie. RSVP to

Local line Crescendo Apparel, which designs clothes for women with—gasp!—full hips, holds a lunchtime pop-up shop in the Loop on Friday. Get a discount of 15 percent when you spend $200, 20 percent if you spend $400, and 25 percent if you spend $500 or more. You'll also get 20 percent off when you pre-order from the fall collection. It's at OfficeLinks on the 84th floor of Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker. RSVP to 888-215-0270 or

On Saturday, Logan Square boutique Wolfbait & B-girls hosts a resin-pendant-making workshop led by Madame Platypus. It's from 5 to 8 PM and costs $30; materials and drinks will be provided. Call 312-698-8685 to register.

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Morning Art: Adam Bunsch

Posted By on 07.29.10 at 08:24 AM

Piskleta (Fledgling), a woodcut on paper by Adam Bunsch, part of Hidden Treasures, on display through 8/29 at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee, 773-384-3352.

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