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These days, there's a Whole Foods on New York's Bowery, but 50 years ago, it was skid row. Lionel Rogosin's 1957 quasi-documentary On the Bowery follows three days in the lives of a group of homeless alcoholics. Shown with In the Street, a short by writer James Agee, photographer Helen Levitt, and director Janice Loeb. See it all at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Yasmin Nair recommends checking out "Strange Bedfellows," a collection of artwork by queer artists currently on display at Columbia College's Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts "Stress/De-Stress," a three-projector film screening featuring works selected from the Chicago Film Archives by Christy LeMaster, accompanied by live readings from Mairead Case and Ed Crouse, and music by Joshua Dumas.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.