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SEPTEMBER 10 FRIDAY If a slide lecture on Paris seems a poor substitute for the real thing, how about when it’s combined with a dinner of fine French cuisine at Cyrano’s Bistrot and Wine Bar? After a meal of lobster bisque, braised guinea hen, tagliatelle with summer tomato concasse, wine, and dessert, travel consultant Melanie […]

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SEPTEMBER 3 FRIDAY When the Illinois Storytelling Festival pulled the plug on its fall event this year for lack of funds, Palatine’s plucky Wood Street Theater Company jumped in to fill the void. They’ve set up an ambitious nine-performance schedule for Palatine’s first Storytelling Festival, including workshops, sing-alongs, improv sessions, and open mikes together with […]

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AUGUST 27 FRIDAY Some claim the women’s movement is irrelevant these days, but the ongoing battle over reproductive rights and class-action sex discrimination lawsuits at major financial firms suggest otherwise. This weekend the Veteran Feminists of America take a look at past struggles and plan for the future at a conference cosponsored by UIC’s Center […]

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20 FRIDAY This weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans celebrates the Fab Four’s American conquest. WXRT’s Breakfast With the Beatles host Terri Hemmert emcees, and guests include Pete Best, the drummer famously replaced by Ringo Starr just before the group made it big, and broadcaster Larry Kane, who traveled with the band on its U.S. tours […]

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AUGUST 13 FRIDAY Equestrians aged 16 to 21 will face off this weekend at the 2004 North American Young Riders Championships, at north-suburban Tempel Farms. Riders from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean will put their steeds through the same paces required at the Olympic games, and Tempel’s free manual, A Spectator’s Guide to […]

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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 the State Department, the Centers […]

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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 in Chicago, at 5:30 PM, vote on a route, and take off on a ride that’ll run […]

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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 the Abu Ghraib scandal helped […]

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JULY Friday 16 It’s four years behind schedule and cost a lot more than it was supposed to, but who’s quibbling? The weekend-long Millennium Park Grand Opening kicks off today with music, dance, and performance to celebrate the transformation of a former rail yard into 24.5 acres of landscaping, art, and architecture. From 5 to […]

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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. Special guests include Teruyoshi Nakano, […]

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JULY 2 FRIDAY This weekend’s African/Caribbean International Festival of Life showcases more than 70 reggae, calypso, funk, hip-hop, R & B, and gospel acts on two stages. Today’s performers include Andrew Tosh (son of Peter), White Boy, and Roots Rock Society. The festival also features craft and clothing vendors and a carnival pavilion for kids, […]

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JUNE 25 FRIDAY Fashion designers have long defended the unwearable creations they send down the catwalk by claiming they are art. Now some of the more extreme pieces from over the years are going on display at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit Skin Tight: The Sensibility of the Flesh includes fiberglass dresses by […]

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JUNE 18 FRIDAY The Baffler’s Tom Frank, in town earlier this month to plug his new book, What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, is back-and he’s brought Howard Dean with him. The two appear with Studs Terkel tonight at 5:30 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State […]

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JUNE 11 FRIDAY The U.S. used to lead the world in leisure time, but today the average American works 400 hours more a year-that’s ten full work weeks-than the average German. The Seattle-based organization Take Back Your Time is working to slow us down by lobbying for legislation mandating a minimum paid vacation of three […]

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JUNE 4 FRIDAY Studs Terkel exhorts us not to give up the good fight in Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times, an oral history of social activism that includes interviews with subjects ranging from pardoned Illinois death row inmate Leroy Orange to Latin American immigrants struggling to get by. The nonagenarian will […]