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finishedview3.jpgGinkgo Tree mural by Kevin Garbacz, an exhibitor this weekend's smART Show.

1. Wicker Park Bucktown First Friday and smART Show
Friday-Sunday at Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee
On the first Friday of each month, the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods host an artists' open house. This month, the First Friday event coincides with the Winter smART show. For a suggested $5 donation you can explore the historic Flat Iron Arts Building and view the art of over 100 resident, guest and student artists. Many studios offer refreshments, and impromptu performances will occur throughout the evening. Also look for performances and events at neighborhood venues Debonair, the Double Door and Piece.

Basking in the Glow Wine

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Need a winter pick-me-up, but live too far south for the famous glogg at Simon's Tavern? Hyde Park's Park 52 may have the remedy. Sommelier Alain Njike has created a "Glow Wine" (based on the traditional German drink, Gluhwein): a blend of wines, spices and seasonal fruit, warmed up for your imbibing pleasure.

At the high price of $15, or 36 packets of Swiss Miss, it's not an everyday indulgence. But with the days not getting any warmer, it's worth a sip.

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In Frank Capra's civic classic, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) gives us numerous goose-bumpy homilies, like this one:

"You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading 'the land of the free' in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that."

If this has new meaning for you on Tuesday, head to DocFilms at the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, for a screening of that film at 7 p.m. Tuesday — with 2-for-1 $5 admission!

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