The Chicago Foodways Roundtable sponsors a lecture at 10am today on the origins and significance of the taco in eating culture. Historian Jeffery Pilcher will be at the helm. Event is at Kendall College, 900 North Branch; free parking. Admission $3; RSVP via email.
The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival runs Oct. 5-7 at the Showplace Icon Theater, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. Screenings begin at 10am today, with the last one at 7:15pm. See the schedule for details. Tickets range from $15 for individual screenings to $100 for 10 screenings, as well as several full-festival pass options.
The Chicago Black Authors Network presents its second annual Urban Arts Expo today from 11am-6pm. Held at the Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Ave., and hosted by WYCA's Darryll King, this event will feature book publishing workshops, performances by local Chicago dancers, singers and spoken word artists, and a special journalism workshop led by Radio Hall of Famer, WVAZ's Herb Kent. Admission to the event is free; the book publishing workshop is $10. For more information, call 312-786-6986.
The Big Draw Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events host Big Draw Day at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., from 1pm to 4pm today. Drawers and non-drawers of all ages are invited to create individual works on cardboard and build a collaborative sculpture. Free.
The Chicago Beer Festival takes place in Union Station, 225 . Canal St., today. Sample beers from more than 50 breweries from Chicagoland and around the country. Two sessions run from 1 to 4pm and 6 to 9pm. Tickets are $40. 21+
The Greek Film Fest Chicago runs Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 10 at multiple locations. A full day's worth of films screen at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., starting at 6pm and the Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect Ave. in Park Ridge starting at 2:30pm; see the festival schedule for times and locations.
The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show pulls into Logan Square today, setting up its stage on the Logan Centennial Monument in the square. A sideshow featuring local vendors and performers begins at 4pm, with the main stage acts beginning at 5pm. Free. More details here.
The Neo-Futurists present the premiere show of their 2012-13 season, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Applying the "keep it short" principle to the lives of the 44 US Presidents, the company gives a quick history lesson from the 18th to the 21st century. The show opens tonight a 7:30pm, and runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through November 10. Full details and advance tickets available at the Neo-Futurists Website. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 North Ashland (at Foster). (773) 878-4557.
Ringo Deathstarr headlines tonight at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave. Secret Colours, Lightfoils and Drone Wolves open. Doors are at 8:30pm, show starts at 9pm. $10 at the door. 21+
Tonight Facets Cinematheque continues Facets Night School, their series of cult film screenings paired with lectures and discussions, with a midnight screening of Jon Mikl Thor's heavy metal horror film Rock'n'Roll Nightmare. Tonight's screening will be accompanied by a lecture and Q&A session by FilmMonthly.com editor-in-chief Jef Burnham. Facets Night School runs Saturday nights at midnight through October 27. Full schedule and advance tickets available through the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton. Inquiries about Facets Night School can be directed to nightschool at facets dot org.