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Pencil This In: Last (Official) Weekend of Summer

By Ana Bolotin on Sep 19, 2008 5:30PM

For $10 dollars, you can see The Atom Smashers tonight and get a peek into Fermilab scientists’ journey to the ultimate understanding of the atom. No lie, this story is full of twists and turns: international competition, diminished support for experimentation, crazy underground facilities. The movie screening takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with scientists from the film.

If you’re feeling kinda melancholy, like maybe you wanna get drunk at a bar whilst mourning the passing of a music legend, you’re in luck! Tonight Davenport’s Piano Bar pays tribute to Jim Croce with a pretty neat hour-long show, starting at 8 p.m. Bounce back into happy partytimes with ensuing karaoke!

Everybody’s favorite child star-cum-indie rocker, Jenny Lewis, plays a show at Epiphany Church tonight at 8 p.m. In today’s tough economy the $20 ticket charge might seem a bit too rich for your blood, but you’re guaranteed quality entertainment, a totally beautiful venue, and -- who knows? You might just luck out with that autograph you’ve always wanted on your copy of Troop Beverly Hills.

Get your urban garden on at the 8th Annual Garfield Park Conservatory County Fair on Saturday. The Conservatory rolls out the “green carpet,” so to speak, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some highlights of the fair include but are not limited to: a petting zoo! live music! harvest competitions! “Fun for the family?” Truer words were never spoken.

Sunday is the last day to check out the extensive Life As a Legend: Marilyn Monroe exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, a pretty hefty display of over 300 artifacts and works by people like Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, and approximately 78 other artists. P.S. The exhibition is FREE!

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