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Weekend Passport: street art meets gallery show, meet Greek gods and Austria's comedy shepherds

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A masked supporter of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot waves a feminist flag from a balcony of a building at the court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. A Moscow judge has sentenced each of three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison on hooliganism charges following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance to dissent. (AP/Misha Japaridze)

Friday has been designated “Free Pussy Riot Global Day.” Rallies will be taking place across the country in support of the Russian band Pussy Riot. A Moscow judge sentenced the band to two years in prison on hooliganism charges Friday. Igor Golubchik, the host of the Russian-language call-in show Vashe Radio, tells us how the local Russian community is reacting. 

(Zhou B. Art Center)
ZORE by Mario Gonzalez Jr at Zhou B Art Center - Friday, August 17th, 7pm - 10pm / 1029 W. 35th St / free

Chicago artist Mario Gonzalez returns to his native city for his first one-man gallery exhibition, at Bridgeview's Zhou B Art Center. A fusion of street art, graffiti and large-scale abstract painting, Gonzalez's work under the name 'ZORE' has been showcased internationally, with recent shows in Europe and Asian galleries.

The opening reception of the exhibition, curated by Sergio Gomez, is free and open to the public as part of Zhou B's 3rd Friday Openings series. 


(National Hellenic Museum)
Gods, Myths and Mortals at the National Hellenic Museum - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm / 333 S Halsted St / Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $8, Children 3-12: $7, Children under 3: free, members: free

Explore ancient Greek culture and beliefs in this family-focused interactive exhibition from the National Hellenic Museum. Visitors can enter a world populated by figures and landmarks from Homer's epics, from a 12 foot tall Trojan horse, to a kareoke enabled siren's cave. 

Also on display is a replica of the Antikythera Mechanism, a computing machine often referred to as the world's oldest known computer. The event runs through September 21st.

(Moizi & Schwab)
Moizi and Schwab Rock the USA at DANK Haus - Sunday, August 19th, 8:00 pm / 4740 North Western Avenue / $20

If you're already laughing at the idea of an Austrian comedy duo, then Moizi and Schwab's work is halfway done.The duo, who bill themselves as Austria's "comedy shepherds," are making three stops in their US tour, performing English language routines on international news, funny accents and misperceptions of Austria. 

The trip is being filmed for Austrian television, documenting the duo's journey through the country, so spectators might one day see themselves on Moizi and Schwab's Austrian program back home.

DANK Haus will be selling German sausages, pretzels and beer half an hour before the event, free parking at the M&B Bank's parking lot at Western & Gunnison.

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