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Pencil This In

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 21, 2011 5:20PM

2011_9_21_PTi.jpg Home Brewing Festival

Homebrewer's Pride of the South Side is gearing up for their annual Oktoberfest celebration, 2-7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport VFW Post 5079 (3202 S. May St.). It's an afternoon of home brewed and local craft beer (the latest update has over 70 beers on the docket), food fresh off the grill and lots of Gem├╝tlichkeit. We've attended this in the past and it's a lot of fun. Maria's is only a few blocks away if you want to take your day drinking into the evening. Tickets are available here.


Sip, Savor & Support 2011 is a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for two nonprofits working to provide greater opportunities for youth; Coaches Across Continents and VE Global. The event that will feature top quality wines from Chile and Israel, Chilean pisco, appetizers, Chilean food products, Chilean dancers, Chicago Jazz singers and much more. Advance tickets are $25 and available for purchase here. The event is tomorrow night from 6-8:30 p.m. at Black Cloud Gallery (1909 S. Halsted).


Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. His first novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won six international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book award for Europe and South Asia, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the inaugural Arab American Book Award. It has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Matar will read from his new novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, and discuss the state of Libya and literature at a free event 7 p.m. Friday at 826CHI (1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.). The event is co-presented by 826CHI and the Karam Foundation.

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