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May 14, 2010

STD—05/14 to 5/20

Friday, May 14

Endless Bummer, the third studio album by Chicago-based band Haymarket Riot, seems to characterize the band’s lament of the recent decline of post-punk rock music as an “endless bummer.” Haymarket Riot will be bringing back the glory days of Chicago punk rock this Friday evening, along with local bands Knife the Symphony, Cinco de Gatos, and Hawkbit. (2101 North California Avenue, 8 p.m., $5)

Saturday, May 15

Before you start drinking on the quad at Summer Breeze, learn about the biodiversity of wetland plants in Washington Park at the Spring Planting Day. There will be a talk on how wetland plants attract beneficial wildlife. (Washington Park Fountain of Time, 9 a.m., free)

Sunday, May 16

Get another stamp for your Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture Passport to Jazz when Eric Schneider’s Hot Dixieland Quartet performs at the Oriental Institute. The performance will be held in conjunction with the exhibit Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920. A coffee reception with the musicians will follow the concert. (Oriental Institute, 2 p.m., free)

Monday, May 17

While dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend,” the Asian elephant has maintained a diverse relationship with humans in Asian cultures and religions. Scholar Raman Sukumar of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science will be exploring these complex relationships in his lecture, “Elephants, Gods, and People: The Cultural History of the Asian Elephant.” (Classics 110, 6 p.m., free)

Tuesday, May 18

An international panel of speakers will be discussing the status of post-quake Haiti as part of the Haitian Flag Day Symposium. Topics to be touched upon include the role of governments and NGOs in the reconstruction process, the role and legacy of race, and the challenges behind democratic participation, among others. A question and answer session will follow the general discussion. (International House, 5 p.m., free)

A pickle may be able to get more Facebook fans than Nickelback, but the Canadian band is still managing to sell tickets for its North American tour. The “worst band in the world,” as voted by “The Word” readers, will be appearing with Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and Sick Puppies. (Allstate Arena, 6:15 p.m., $46.50)

Wednesday, May 19

CSRPC Artist-in-Residence Bill Gaskins will be giving a lunchtime talk on his career as a photographer. Gaskin is known for Good and Bad Hair, a collection of portraits exploring the role of hairstyles in African American culture. His current work-in-progress, The Cadillac Chronicles, examines the relationship between black men and their vintage Cadillacs as a symbol of American power and pride. (5733 South University, 12 p.m., free)

Conan O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour is everything you ever imagined and yet somehow manages to be so much more. For his Chicago stop, O’Brien promises a night of “music, comedy, hugging, and the occasional awkward silence.” Of course, former “Late Night” characters such as the Masturbating Bear (now known as the Self-Pleasuring Panda due to contractual issues) make cameos too. (175 North State Street, 7:30 p.m., $36.50)

Thursday, May 20

While few have gotten their hands on the cassette tape EP “Raw Romance,” Nobunny’s live performance has definitely caught the attention of the public. As Nobunny, garage punk musician Justin Champlin dons a ragged bunny mask that gives him the appearance of a crazed vampire rabbit. The part-man-part-bunny will be playing at the Bottom Lounge with The Spits and Mickey. (1035 North Western Avenue, 9:30 p.m., $10)

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