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The Chicago Traveler

Weekend Quickies

by Matt B on January 17th, 2008

' If you're a fan of all things dark and gruesome, check out the artwork of author, film director, and artist Clive Barker at the Packer Schopf Gallery, showing Tuesdays through Saturdays and free to the public. (runs through February 16)

' The 24th Annual Playdough Palooza is the Wish List Auxiliary Board's annual fundraising event to support the Child Life Department. This year's fundraiser will be at Rockit Bar and Grill. All of the proceeds will fund new supplies for the Children's Memorial Hospital. Tickets are $50-$60 via childrenswishlist.org (Jan 18)

' Ladies, spend A Night in Paradise. This girls' night out at Climax Lounge includes wine, champagne, martinis, chocolates, tarot readings, manicures, makeovers, massages, and more. (Jan 18)

' The Greyboy Allstars, a San Diego funk and jazz group created in the early '90s, will be performing at the House of Blues. (Jan 18)

' Thanks to Charter One Discount Days, you can take advantage of free general admission to the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum on select days. Check the website for discount days scheduled throughout the year. (Jan 12-18, 21-22, 28-29)

' Museums and exhibits don't build themselves. Learn how to identify and preserve items of historical significance during the daylong program, Save Our African American Treasures. Free and open to the public, the program will include films, hands-on workshops, lectures, and tips. While you are welcome to bring your own personal 'treasures' and mementos, please note that monetary appraisals will not be provided. (Jan 19)

' As part of its One-Year Anniversary Party, Vitner's will release two new vintages which you can have a chance to name as part of their contest. Stop by, sample the new wines, and then create your own, which you can purchase a bottle of at a 15 percent discount. (Jan 19)

' Directed by Jim Carlson, Between Barack and a New Show presents the best of The Second City's hit satire Between Barack and a Hard Place and adds new original scenes and songs based on current happenings in American politics. Tickets for $19-$25 are available through secondcity.com (open-ended)

' Riding your bike in Chicago winter is no ride in the park. At the Winter Cycle Workshop with Brooklyn Fowler, learn how to service your bicycle for winter riding. Class will be held at West Town Bikes, and space is limited. Register online. Proceeds will be donated to World Bicycle Relief. (Jan 19)

' Think theatre is boring? Check out Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play. Grab a $3 well drink or an $8 bucket of domestic beers, and get ready for booze-themed sketch comedy and interactive drinking games.

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