"Whirlybird," one of tonight's featured films during Female Filmmakers Night.
(photo via Cinebugfilms.com)
Midwest Independent Film Festival
6 p.m. at Landmark Century Centre Cinema; $10
The monthly festival returns with its first Female Filmmakers Night. The lineup of short films includes the Chicago premiere of "575 Castro Street," Jenni Olson's tribute to Harvey Milk, "Bring It In," Dina Facklis' portrait of a middle school girls basketball team and "Race You," a music video for Elizabeth & the Catapult (plus eight other pieces). The fun starts with a cocktail reception, followed by the Producers Panel at 6:30 p.m. All filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, with the after-party to take place at Forno Diablo.
An Evening With Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin
8 p.m. at Cadillac Palace Theatre; $18-$120
The Broadway-geek concert event of the year (which runs through Sunday) features Mandy Patinkin (aka Inigo Montoya from "The Princess Bride") who has a legendary stage career and a tenor voice so high it'll make your balls retract. He's joined by Patti Lupone, who originated roles like Evan Person and Fantine, and recently headlined a string of Broadway revivals. In other words, total show-biz royalty.
Andreas Kapsalis Trio
9:30 p.m. at The Whistler; free
Technical guitar warrior Andreas Kapsalis closes with two cohorts, Jamie Gallagher (drums) and Darren Garvey (guitar), experienced in everything from jazz to African drum circles. The trio's been known to lend its sonic talents to Sundance-featured movie scores as well as albums like 2005's "Black Gold," an in-depth look at the world of coffee and global trade.