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By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 3, 2008 4:00PM

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The first Thursday of the month at Martyrs' usually means it's time for the Big "C" Jamboree. Hosted by Ken Mottet, the Big "C" Jamboree is the city's longest rockabilly showcase and one of its best kept secrets, a jam session that runs the gamut from Western swing and jump blues to hillbilly music and early rock and roll. This evening's featured guest, hailing from Germany, is Randy Rich & the Poor Boys. With a concert repertoire of over 300 selections, they'll keep the audience guessing - and dancing - all night long.

3855 N. Lincoln, 9:30 p.m., no cover.

Set in the French Antilles, Once on This Island is based on the novel My Love My Love by Rosa Guy. A twist on "The Little Mermaid" it tells the story of Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel, an upper class boy whose life she saves after a car crash.Set to a musical score of poignant ballads and rousing anthems written with a goal of bringing the audience to the Caribbean if only for a night.

Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., 8 p.m., $22.

Lost among the shuffle of Whisky Week is this appearance by Julian Van Winkle of the Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon line. He'll be at Lush Wine and Spirits Roscoe Village location this evening from 5:30-8 p.m. sampling out everything from the Van Winkle 10-year-old to the rye. If you've never had the chance to sample the Van Winkle line of whiskies, tonight is a golden opportunity to find out why they're so highly regarded. Afterward, head over to the Twisted Spoke, where the party continues.

2232 W. Roscoe

Adam Rifkin's Look is shot entirely from the point of view of surveillance cameras (there are approximately 30 million in the United States, capturing the average citizen on camera as much as 200 times a day). This study in voyeurism is at times equally thrilling and hard to watch as it captures an unvarnished view of everyday American life. The film is screening at Facets.

1517 W. Fullerton, 7 and 9 p.m. screenings.