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WHAT A DRAG!
The reunion seems to be sticking for Superdrag, an alt-rock band with roots in Knoxville, Tenn. After a five-year hiatus, Superdrag has a new album, "Industry Giants," and a tour that will bring them to the Metro, 3730 N. Clark, for an 18+over show at Saturday at 9 p.m. Van Ghost and the Nicholis Tremulis Orchestra are also on the bill. Tickets are $20. Call (773) 549-0203 or visit www.metrochicago.com.

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SON OF A PREACHER MAN
Comedian Daniel Tosh may be a preacher's kid, but he is also funny, smart, and not afraid to call 'em the way he sees 'em. A big hit on cable TV and on college campuses, Tosh will appear at 7 tonight at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $28.50 to $30. Call (888) 512-7469 or visit www.frontgatetickets.com.

DANCIN', YEAH!
Barbara Eden, best known as the genie from the long-running TV show "I Dream of Jeannie," will be the celebrity host when "Ballroom with a Twist" comes to the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora, for two performances, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. This vivid dancefest is a production of Louis van Amstel, choreographer for the "Dancing with the Stars Tour." Tickets are $45.50 to $65.50. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit www.ParamountAurora.com.

EYE ON AMERICA
Seventy-three photographs by the late Gordon Parks, depicting America over the past 60 years are featured in Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Parks was the first African-American hired by Life magazine; he went on to direct films including "Shaft." He saw his camera as "a weapon against poverty..., racism ... and all sorts of social wrongs." Admission is free. For guided tours and general information, call (847) 491-4000; www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu.

THE SILVER SCREEN
Some tough issues will get an airing during the 25th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival, through April 30 at half a dozen venues around town. More than 100 short, animated, documentary and feature films from the United States, Argentina, Portugal, Spain and Mexico will explore politics, sex, race and social issues. Tickets are $8 to $10 per screening; passes are $70 to $100. Call (312) 431-1330 or visit www.latinoculturalcenter.org.

DRESSING UP
The 75th annual SAIC Fashion Show will take place in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's new Sullivan Galleries, 36 S. Wabash, where more than 200 student-made garments will make their debut on a catwalk set among the works of the school's Graduate Exhibition, making for a true "multimedia" event. Shows are Friday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $75. Call (312) 899-5168 or visit www.saic.edu.

PLENTY OF ATTITUDE
The 9th annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival kicks off Friday at the Jane Adams Hull House Annex, 800 S. Halsted. The fest celebrates the works of filmmakers engaged in all topics of social change, counter-culture and revolutionary vision. A sliding scale donation of $5-$10 per day (the fest runs through Sunday) is requested. For more info, and a complete schedule of films, visit here.

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