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Pencil This In

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on May 10, 2011 5:20PM

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Put your funny shoes on, because Claire Zulkey’s Funny Ha-Ha Reading Series is tonight! This month’s “What Dreams May Come” series will feature ComedySportz's Natalie Kossar, comedian Ever Mainard, Second City's Homer Marrs and Time Out Chicago and Featherproof Books Editor Jonathan Messinger. Things get rolling at 7 p.m. at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Entry is $5 and goes towards the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.

CHIRP Radio's The First Time reading series celebrates its first anniversary with guest readers and musicians looking back at their first concerts. Guests for the May 18 show include Matt Priest of Canasta; musicians Zapruder Point, Gerald Dowd, and Dag Juhlin; writers/bloggers Leah Jones, Amy Hayden and our very own Karl Klockars. [May 18, 8 p.m., Beat Kitchen(2100 W. Belmont). Tickets available here. ]


Join Chef Meg Colleran (of Terzo Piano) for a “Dine Around the Market” at the Chicago French Market on May 17. Meg will demonstrate how to cook a “signature dish” from Terzo Piano featuring ingredients bought at the market. You’ll get to watch her cook and taste the finished product, and you’ll get a copy of the recipe to take home. Best of all, it’s totally free. It doesn’t get much better than that. The event starts at noon - what a way to spend your lunch hour. (131 N. Clinton)

Culture and Religion

For 1,000 years, Poland was the cradle of Jewish civilization, and even today, the majority of world Jewry can trace their roots there. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Jewish culture in Poland is experiencing a remarkable revitalization. Spotlight on Poland's Jewish Revival, sponsored by the Chicago International Sister Cities Program, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and KFAR Jewish Arts Center, looks at the many ways this renaissance is taking place through panel discussions and performance. (5-9 p.m. Thursday, Chicago Cultural Center, free.)

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