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Weekend Stuff

by Matt B on December 6th, 2007

' Join the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement at Shikago Restaurant for their 2007 Holiday Party. Enjoy cocktails and modern Asian cuisine, all while taking in the beautiful city views. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. A $5 discount will be given at the door to those who donate professional apparel. (Dec 7)

Barack Obama' Want to support a Democratic candidate? RSVP for Change Rocks, a concert for Senator Barack Obama at the Riviera Theatre. Performers include Jeff Tweedy, Stephan Jenkins, and Jill Sobule. (Dec 7)

' The fifth annual Winter Arts and Crafts Expo at the Evanston Art Center features jewelry, woodworking, metal, leather, clothing, fiber, glass, ceramics, and more. (ends Dec 16)

' Chris Brown, a hip-hop and r&b singer and dancer, performs at the Allstate Arena, and Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger, guitarists from the band Umphrey's McGee, will be at the Vic Theatre. (Dec 7)

' Head over to the Chicago History Museum to check out Chicago at 40: the Band and Its City, an exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of the most successful U.S. pop and rock bands of all time. The display includes lyrics, instruments, and other items drawn from the band's archive. (Dec 7)

' Browse jewelry, incense, tapestries, and more at the Indian Bazaar Fundraiser at Karma Crossing in Bucktown. Kalapriya Dance Company performs, and Bollywood videos play throughout the evening. For more information, call 773-960-7960. (Dec 8)

' Bring your pet to Urban Out Sitters, and have it photographed with Santa as part of their early holiday event 'Paws 4 Santa.' Limit one picture per customer. (through Dec 30)

' Hanson may be best known for their 1997 hit song 'MMMBop,' but they're all grown up (and married!) now. Check out their more mature sound at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. (Dec 8)

' Browse work by more than 100 Midwestern artists in the Holstein Park Fieldhouse at the 9th Annual Bucktown Holiday Artshow, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, and paintings. (Dec 8-9)

' Get out your Santa suit or another festive costume, and join the renegade Santas of SantaCon Chicago as they make their annual pub crawl in the Loop. (Dec 8)

' Learn about the technologies depicted in the 'Star Wars' films and the real science behind them at The Museum of Science and Industry. Their sci-fi exhibit 'Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination' includes video interviews, a full-sized replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit, and more than 80 props, models, and costumes from the movies. (runs through Jan 6)

' View seasonal decorations in the historic Pullman district during the annual Candlelight House Walk. Afterwards, enjoy a holiday buffet and silent auction at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center. Reservations required. (Dec 9)

' The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing and rockabilly band and has often played at the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony. They'll be at the Paramount Arts Centre this weekend in Aurora, IL. Jazz fans will want to check out Dave Koz, an American saxophonist, at The Chicago Theatre. (Dec 9)

' The Goodman Theatre presents Black Nativity, Langston Hughes' story of the birth of Jesus as told through poetry, dance, and song. (runs through Dec 30)

' Dance Dance Party Party is a weekly ladies-only open dance session. At $5 per session, the concept is simple: women dressed in exercise gear get together at the Perceptual Motion Dance Studio and dance the calories away to irresistible jams. (Sundays and Wednesdays)

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