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Were you disappointed with yourself this past holiday season? Did pressure from the crappy economy make you maybe a little stingier than you wanted to be? Do you not feel like you really gave enough back to the community? Well, luckily for you, there's a pair of worthy benefit shows this Friday that might help improve your opinion of yourself.
Girls Rock! Chicago—a nonprofit music-education program for girls ages 9 through 16 that focuses on providing paths for "creative expression, positive self-esteem, and community awareness through rock music"—is hosting a fund-raising concert at the Empty Bottle with a solid lineup of local garage rock: Maximum Wage, Tiger Bones, and Tyler Jon Tyler. The show gets going around 10 PM, and tickets cost a measly eight bucks. Applications for February's Ladies Rock Camp (basically a weekend-long Girls Rock! camp for adults) will be available as well—and every lady camper's tuition provides a scholarship for a girl who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend the actual Girls Rock! camp this summer.
Martyrs' hosts Bands for Bell 7 the same night, in support of the Alexander Graham Bell School's programs for gifted and hearing-impaired students. Proceeds for the evening will be donated to Friends of Bell, the fund-raising arm of the Wrigleyville school. The lineup of bands, headliner first, is the Waco Brothers, Eric Howell's Greatest Hitch, and Punch. Tickets are $25.