Voices STD – Stuff to Do 4/1/05

By Libby Pearson and Jenn Barnes

Friday, April 1

The Three Penny Cinema hosts the Chicago Horror Film Festival, and, dude, the original Jason (Ari Lehman) is going to be there. It started Thursday and lasts through Sunday. During tonight’s run, from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m., you can see scary features like Whatever Happened to the Zombie Killers and Zombie Honeymoon, among many others. For more information, check out the website: chicagohorrorfest.com. (Times listed on website, $25 for a 4-day pass, 2121 North Lincoln Avenue.)

If zombies aren’t your thing but documentaries are, stay on campus for tonight’s kickoff of the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival. Tonight is The Real Dirt on Farmer John, a documentary about an Illinois farmer and his ever-evolving farm. The festival runs through Sunday, April 10. For a full schedule, check out chicagodocfestival.org. (8 p.m., Max Palevsky Cinema.)

D.C.’s Dead Meadow play the Empty Bottle. (10 p.m., $10, 21+, 1035 Western Avenue.)

Heaven Gallery hosts the first annual Lumpenthology, an exhibition of work from the artists featured in Lumpen magazine. Next door at Buddy Gallery you can catch Small Bathroom Fire, Safety Pin, and Rotten Milk, along with DJs Logan Bay and Elisa Harkins. When it’s warm out, sometimes shows spill onto the adjacent roof. With the Blue Line train running by and the warm spring breezes, the mood could get quite romantical. (7 p.m., $10 donation, 1550 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor.)

Saturday, April 2

The Argentine Tango Club runs a tango workshop for beginners and intermediate level dancers. (4:30 p.m., free, Ida Noyes West Lounge.)

Raaaaaaaaaaaastafari! Reggae band Toots and the Maytals play the House of Blues. (9 p.m., $19 to 22, 18+, 329 North Dearborn Street.)

Alicia Keys sings her second of three-straight nights at the Chicago Theatre. (8 p.m., $47.50 to $80, 175 North State Street.)

Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme’s side project Eagles of Death Metal hits the Bottom Lounge. (10 p.m., $10, 18+, 3206 North Wilton Avenue.)

Stay in and watch the continuation of March Madness on CBS. At 5:07 p.m., catch Louisville vs. the Illini, and at 7:47 p.m., Michigan State vs. North Carolina.

Sunday, April 3

Claire Dane’s ex-boyfriend Ben Lee and Har Mar Superstar spork the Bottom Lounge. (7 p.m., $12, 3206 North Wilton Avenue.)

Monday, April 4

What is Gnoetry? Think of a computer and human working together somewhat intelligently to poetically jumble Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and other out-of-copyright classics. Eric Elshtain and Jon Trowbridge will provide a demonstration and discussion. (4:30 p.m., Franke Institute for the Humanities.)

The Maroon’s very own Phoebe Maltz, among others, will be speaking tonight at the What is Feminism? Panel. (7 p.m., Stuart 101.)

The Chicago White Sox play the Cleveland Indians in their home opener at U.S. Cellular field. (2:05 p.m., $7-55, 333 West 35th Street.)

Tuesday, April 5

Doc Films screens Sid and Nancy early this evening. Alex Cox’s 1986 film focuses on Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, his relationship with Nancy Spungen, and lots of drugs. (6 p.m., $4, Max Palevsky Cinema.)

What is the New New Journalism? No clue. Find out with authors Robert Beynton, Leon Dash, and Alex Kotlowitz. (7 p.m., International House.)

Wednesday, April 6

In the words of Welcome to the Dollhouse’s Dawn Wiener, “Wanna see my fingers?” Crooked Fingers, that is, with Micah P. Hinson tonight at the Abbey. (9 p.m., doors open at 8, $12 in advance, $14 at door, 18+, 3420 West Grace Street.)

Thursday, April 7

The Feminism and Hip Hop Conference, held by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, continues through Saturday. See a schedule and register at csrpc.uchicago.edu.

Sherwood Conservatory of Music faculty member Tamara Tanner (violin), Ivana Bukvich (piano), and Martine Menmann (cello) perform Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata in D Major and Bach’s Cello Suite in C Major. (12:15 p.m., Fulton Recital Hall.)

The Design Innovation in Manufactured Housing exhibit opened in February at the Field Museum, and, let us tell you, they go way beyond trailer homes. Just pick up the current issue of Dwell magazine for a sneak peak. Runs through next January. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive.)