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Friday 8/6 – Thursday 8/12 AUGUST 6 FRIDAY If the domestic job market’s got you down, don’t despair–you can always leave the country. In addition to workshops on jobs with the foreign service and resume writing, this weekend’s International Marketplace and Career Fair will have reps on hand from a wide range of employers, including […]

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On Film: horror under the stars

Movie buff Mike Kerz, the force behind Flashback Weekend’s Horro’Rama Drive-In and Convention, is setting up a full-size, 20-by-40-foot drive-in screen in the west parking lot of the Holiday Inn O’Hare for this weekend’s festival of outdoor movies. The only hitch is that the drive-in is actually a walk-in–bring your own lawn chair. On the […]

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Friday 7/30 – Thursday 8/5 JULY 30 FRIDAY Chicago Critical Mass is hoping to break its attendance record today by drawing more than 3,000 bike riders for the group’s monthly pedal through the city. Cyclists will meet at Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn, at 5:30 PM, vote on a route, and take off on a […]

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In Business: move over Barney, here come the Bzots

We interrupt this entertainment product for an important public announcement: Spotted making music in Lakeview last Saturday, the Bzots–three assembly-line robots recently escaped from Globocrud LLC’s local plant–remain at large. Says Globocrud’s CEO, the Exalted Sir Cleve Crud, PhD, Esq.: “While these robots are in no way dangerous, they cost me a lot to build. […]

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Friday 7/23 – Thursday 7/29 JULY 23 FRIDAY Back in March, when Lisa Lynch and Elena Razlogova came up with the idea for the Guantanamobile, the plight of the almost 600 “enemy combatants” held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base seemed, says Lynch, “like an issue that could disappear in an election summer.” But as […]

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Active Cultures: the hottest basketball ticket in town this summer is free

It began as idle conversation between Vince Carter and Michael “Skeet” Horton, a couple of basketball aficionados from the near north side. “We were talking about how there is no really strong college summer tournament in the city,” says Carter, the boys’ basketball coach at Von Steuben high school. “We thought we’d start one.” Finding […]

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Friday 7/16 – Thursday 7/22 JULY 16 FRIDAY You can get ice cream cones for a buck today at Atwood Cafe–and that’s a steal, since they’re filled with Ciao Bella gelato and sorbet. Proceeds benefit the Fairygodmother Foundation, a charitable organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults. The cones are for sale at 1 […]

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On Exhibit: century-old movie machines

Carey Williams owns an old warehouse on the south side. There, on an upper floor, he maintains a vast collection of film equipment dating back to the 1890s. In addition to hundreds of cameras and projectors, the space is packed with posters, gigantic television cameras, studio lights, and a fleet of antique high-wheeled bicycles. “Look […]

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Friday 7/9 – Thursday 7/15 JULY 9 FRIDAY It’s Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, and fans of the Big G and other kaiju, or movie monsters, can celebrate at this weekend’s G-Fest XI, a convention with panel discussions (“Godzilla’s Best and Worst Foes,” “G’s Dead! Now What?”) and screenings of Godzilla films in versions rarely shown stateside. […]