The annual Columbus Day Parade kicks off at Balbo Ave. at 12:30pm today and travels north to Monroe St. The parade celebrates Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas in 1492, as well as Italian-American heritage and culture.
Alan Krueger, labor economist and chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers will deliver the 2012 Institute for Policy Research's Distinguished Policy Lecture at 4pm today in the McCormick Auditorium of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Dr. on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Admission is free, but registration is required.
The Greek Film Fest Chicago runs Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 10 at multiple locations. Tonight's screening is Kisses to the Children at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., at 7pm, with a reception beforehand at 6:15pm. A Q&A with director Vassilis Loules follows the film, cosponsored by the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece. See the festival schedule for other dates.
Lizz Winstead, co-creator of "The Daily Show" and author of Lizz Free or Die: Essays, brings her political humor to town for a book reading and signing tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, as are the cocktails and light appetizers. The signing will be in the FoodEase Party Room at 835 N. Michigan Ave. Send an RSVP to NARAL Pro-Choice America to get in on the wit and wise-cracking for the night.
Section 8 and other Chicago Fire soccer fans host a 15th anniversary celebration at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., tonight from 7pm to 11pm. Mingle with Fire players and management, enjoy drinks and a buffet, bid in a silent auction and view team memorabilia. Tickets are $97.
The Music Box Theatre presents a one-night-only screening of The Beatles' film The Magical Mystery Tour, newly restored and on the big screen for the first time. The main feature will screen with additional footage and interviews from the time the film was being made. The film screens tonight at 7:30pm; tickets are $11 and can be purchased through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.
The Barrel of Monkeys theater group presents a special run of their "That's Weird, Grandma" show called "Chicago's Weird, Grandma". They've taken their tried-and-true formula of adapting stories written by Chicago public school kids and asked a bunch of other Chicago theater groups and performers to do the same! Scheduled to perform throughout the next few weeks are: House Theatre; The Hypocrites; Steppenwolf; WildClaw Theatre; Dean Avans; and many more! Chicago's Weird, Grandma runs Monday evenings at 8pm through December 17 at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Full details at the Barrel of Monkeys page, or call (312) 409-1954.