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When was the last time you got excited about the future? Well, OK: Barack's election. But that was months ago and a special case. Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was hot for the whole thing. The past was a dead letter as far as he was concerned. Whatever was young, fast, and on its way was for him--especially if it had sleek lines and a big engine. In 1909, he published the Futurist Manifesto, and set his movement-in-love-with-movement in motion. The result was an outpouring of Futurist experimentation in design and the arts.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago honors the centenary of Futurism--if that's not too much of a contradiction--with an evening that includes Massimiliano Finazzer Flory--"playwright, actor, writer, and the current Councillor for Cultural Affairs for the City of Milan"--reading various Futurist texts in the original Italian (printed translations will be provided). Also on the bill: saxophonist Riccardo Bianco playing "original futuristic music improvisations," and Futurism-inspired dance by Michela Lucenti. Fri 6/26 6 PM, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N. Michigan, 312-822-9545 to RSVP, www.iicchicago.esteri.it, free.