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Concert, film and authors' visit on tap tonight

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A full schedule of events at North Central College this evening includes a visit by noted authors Jim Lehrer and Sue Miller, a free screening of a documentary about homelessness and a performance by the Concert Winds ensemble. North Central and Anderson's Bookshop co-host an appearance by Lehrer and Miller, who have each written books about trains with Chicago ties, at 7 tonight in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Lehrer, host of PBS's "NewsHour," presents his 20th novel "SUPER," a tale about the Santa Fe railroad's famous Super Chief in its heyday, heading out from Chicago's Dearborn station on a trip of suspense and intrigue. Miller's book, "The Lake Shore Limited," tells a powerful love story of entanglements, connections and losses. To inquire about free tickets for members of the North Central College community, contact Judith Brodhead, associate professor of English and coordinator of cultural events at At 7 Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St., a new documentary on homelessness, titled "On the Edge," will be shown. The film presents the stories of seven women who lost their housing for a variety of reasons and gives an intimate look at the connection between poverty, housing issues, social problems, addictions, family crises and gender-related injustices. Producer Diane Nilan will discuss the film afterward. Contact Richard Guzman, professor of English, at for details. Read recent local press coverage of the film here. The College's Concert Winds ensemble will present music it performed during its recent spring tour at 8 tonight in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/senior citizens and students; call the Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).