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So Many Fixtures, So Little Time

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The Skokie Public Library is bustling this weekend. On Saturday, August 17, the library, which has just added a third floor and is in the midst of a major renovation, will auction off desks, shelves, light fixtures, file cabinets, and other furnishings and fixtures that won't be used in the new quarters. The goodies include 26 Mies van der Rohe-designed steel-and-leather chairs and several huge oak-and-marble service desks, but no books. It's all on view on the second floor, where the pieces will be auctioned beginning at 10 AM (doors open for a preview at 9). Then, on Sunday, August 18, actress Mary Anne Burkhalter will bring her one-woman Mae West show to the library's Petty Auditorium. Burkhalter, who does all the cleavage queens (Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth II), has been playing West for 12 years. She says she got started by accident, "because I had a dance hall dress," then found herself in sync with West's brand of bawdy humor. The show draws on stories from West's autobiography and songs from her movies, and includes a liberal amount of give-and-take with audience members who are sometimes surprised to learn that the icon who spouted lines like "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?" and "So many men, so little time" also wrote them. A Tribute to Mae West begins at 3; it's free. The library is located at 5215 Oakton in Skokie. Call 847-673-7774 for more information.

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