Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
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Want to impress your friends and scare your neighbors (yes, YOU, crazy naked couple in the window across the street.) Bet you haven’t tried the Afro-Brazilian martial art combining dance, fighting, gymnastics and live instruments. No, I’m not making this up. It’s called Capoeira, and classes are held at Gingarte Capoeira on Milwaukee Ave. If you’re not all that confident about your fighting/gymnastic skills, you can always try some belly dancing at Sweet Magic Studio or the ever-intriguing cardio striptease at All About Dance.
Feeling subversive? Celebrate The 26th Annual Banned Books Week (well, maybe “celebrate” isn’t quite the right sentiment, but you get it) by attending the Banned Books Read Out at Pioneer Plaza, free from 1-4pm. Then load up on hilariously inappropriate greeting cards from Chicago designers’ newly-launched Naughty Betty line at Paper Boy on Belmont & Southport. (And to think that I was just lamenting that Hallmark doesn’t make an “I’m sorry your house is sinking into the ground and it will cost you $8,000” card…) Maybe I still won’t find one quite that specialized, but Naughty Betty does have cards for both breakups and “Chrismukkah”.
Continuing north on your provocative journey, check out Next Theatre’s Chicago area premiere of The Busy World is Hushed, a drama about an Episcopal minister who hires a gay academic to ghostwrite her controversial book on the Gnostic Gospels, but instead must face the questions that arise when the academic and her son fall in love.
For the obscure: The Emergency Chicagoland Commodore Convention happens Saturday at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Lombard. In case you’re wondering, the Commodore 64 is (according to Wikipedia), “the best-selling single personal computer model of all time.” Probably because it was the one of the only ones that existed then, but whatever. Who am I to spoil the hardware and hacking fun.
If you think I’m crazy and you just want to drink beer at an Oktoberfest (the two are certainly not mutually exclusive), there’s always LakeView Neighbor’s Oktoberfest, the Lincoln Park Fall Festival, and the St. Alphonsus Sixth Annual Oktoberfest. So there.