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All Hallow's Eve Eve Variety Hour Featuring shadow puppetry, live music, literary eadings and a raffle, the All Hallow's Eve Eve Variety Show mixes it up. Participants include acclaimed artist/author Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry), filmmaker Chris Hefner (The Pink Hotel), writer/editor Fred Sasaki (Poetry) and more. All proceeds benefit the newly established CHI*PRC (Chicago Publisher's Resource Center). California Clipper. Oct 30 at 8:30pm. $7 suggested donation.

Chicago Humanities Festival: "Animal: What Makes Us Human" The 24th Chicago Humanities Festival asks the deep questions we ask ourselves before we fall asleep at night, or stare out at the grandeur of Lake Michigan on a warm summer's eve, or take a toke of something greenish (legally, that is…in Colorado or Washington). Questions like: What makes us human? How do we make sense of life on this planet? Where can I get a Doritos Locos Taco, stat? (Well, maybe not that.) But whereas our Q's only prompt more Q's, the CHF attempts to answer them—or at least have experts present their research, experiences and creative discoveries. The fall 2013 festival explores the subject "animal" from various angles—through the lens of arts, culture, science and the humanities. Among this year's presenters are Sherman Alexie, David Axelrod, Rick Bayless, Katherine Boo, Anne Carson, Junot Diaz, Atul Gawande, Temple Grandin, Bill T. Jones, Susan Orlean, Neil Shubin, Lemony Snicket, Donna Tartt and others. Various venues. Starts Nov 2. Purchase tickets online or by calling the CHF Box Office at 312-494-9509.

Freakeasy presents Day of the Dead Chicago's Burning Man scene congregates at the Metro for levels of revelry. The DJ lineup is nuts—Phuture, Justin Long, Michael Serafini, Nate Manic & Duke Shin, Gene Hunt, etc., etc. It's wonder other clubs have local house talent to man the decks. Plus, there's burlesque, video projections, live art and pyrotechnics. A lot of fire, folks. Metro/Smart Bar. Oct 31 at 9pm. $20, advance $17.

Bettye Lavette It's so cool when an unsung veteran gets an extra chance to shine. Fifty years into a career that has taken her from the R&B charts to Motown and Broadway, raspy-voiced soul singer Bettye LaVette seems well prepared for her latest close-up: Thankful ’n' Thoughtful, recently released on ANTI- (as well as an autobiography, A Woman Like Me). City Winery. Oct 29 at 8pm. $38–$48.

My Bloody Valentine It only took him 22 years, but Kevin Shields finally finished and released My Bloody Valentine's third record, mbv, earlier this year. The result? Another collection of densely layered guitar symphonies that bring the group's aggressive brand of shoegaze into the 21st century. The Aragon Ballroom—which the band played during its 2008 reunion tour—will once again host the British quartet. Pack some earplugs. Aragon. Nov 3 at 7:30pm. $35.

Northalsted Halloween Parade See some of the city's most outlandish Halloween costumes during Boystown's 17th annual parade down Halsted Street. This year's theme is "twisted circus." Oct 31 at 7pm. Halsted between Belmont Ave and Addison St. Free.

Rosemary's Baby
Dir. Roman Polanski. 1968. 136mins.
Though it's often lumped in with the likes of The Exorcist and The Omen, Polanski's own antichrist thriller has a lot more on its mind than biblical horrors. What could be scarier, this classic argues, than the hijack of one’s own body—the lynchpin in a patriarchal conspiracy? The film is newly restored for its 45th anniversary. Music Box. Oct 28 at 5pm and 9:40pm; Oct 29 at 7pm; Oct 30–31 at 5pm. $9.25.

SOFA As the name suggests, the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art fair brings together the worlds of design, decorative and fine art. Now in its 20th year, the fair features more than 60 exhibitors presenting work in glass, ceramics, textiles, wood and metalwork. With an impressive lecture series and special exhibits added to the mix, including the debut of CONNECT (lounge environments—seating elements, lighting and art—created by art and design students), there's plenty of variety for modern art lovers. Navy Pier. Oct 31 7–9pm; Nov 1–3 11am–7pm. $15, opening night $50.

Tokens & Tankards This is the event you've been waiting for since you were 12 years old—10 local breweries pair their craft brews with your favorite arcade games, including Tron, Mr and Ms. Pac-Man and Frogger. Tickets get you 10 tokens for games and 10 drink tickets. Each ticket is worth 4 oz. of one of the paired beers. Emporium Arcade Bar. Nov 3 2–5pm. $30, $28 advance.  

Trevor A woman resists any suggestion that perhaps she shouldn't keep her beloved pet, an unpredictable 200-pound chimpanzee. Shade Murray directs the dark comedy by Nick Jones, a writer for Orange is the New Black. A Red Orchid Theatre. Oct 31–Nov 2 at 8pm; Nov 3 at 4pm. $25–$30.


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