Reader's Agenda Fri 9/19: Reeling Film Festival, Funny Ha-Ha, and Beak | Bleader

Reader's Agenda Fri 9/19: Reeling Film Festival, Funny Ha-Ha, and Beak

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Boy Meets Girl
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Looking for something to do today? Agenda's got you covered.

The 32nd annual Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, aka Reeling, opens tonight at the Music Box with a screening of Boy Meets Girl, an indie comedy about a transgender girl living in a small town. It'll be a veritable red-carpet event as director Eric Schaeffer and star Michelle Hendley attend a prescreening reception with champagne, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. After the film the party moves to Gingerman Tavern, where there's beer courtesy of Lagunitas.

Ten years ago Claire Zulkey and John Green first brought their humor reading series to the Hideout, and to celebrate its anniversary they're going to reprise that inaugural evening. The original lineup—including Nathan Rabin, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Schadenfreude—reunites tonight for Introducing Funny Ha-Ha. Again. All proceeds benefit literacy group Sit Stay Read.

Members of Chicago instrumental postrock institution the Timeout Drawer play at the Beat Kitchen now as their newly formed metal band, Beak. In Soundboard Kevin Warwick writes, "Beak's new Let Time Begin (Someoddpilot) is still heavy postrock in many respects—the meandering interludes, the omnipresent moodiness, the rapid picking that foreshadows a monstrous crescendo—but when guitarist-vocalist Jon Slusher bellows like he's struggling to expel the bile that’s eating the pit of his stomach, the tracks become crushing."

For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.

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