The topic for this week's Lunch Talks @ CAF, the Chicago Architecture Foundation's weekly free discussion series, is "Ecology and the Urban Landscape for Social Change." Landscape Architect Terry Guen shares her philosophy of design and discusses how the urban landscape can be a proponent for social change. The talk is from 12:15pm to 1pm in CAF's Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., holds its Soup and Bread weekly fundraiser tonight from 5:30 to 8pm (or until the soup runs out). Local chefs and foodies prepare a selection of soups for your casual slurping from the bar's crock pots, with (encouraged) donations going to a local food-related charity; tonight's is the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. This year each week has a theme, and this one is "our neighbors to the North." Event is 21+, but children can be admitted if accompanied by an adult.
Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta have teamed up to create Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Neo-Futurist Dina Marie Walters; Solo in the 2nd City producer Carly Oishi; Comedian and actor Whit Nelson; Performer Jeff Miller; and Writer Jill Neumann. Starts at 7p.m. at Powell's Bookstore (2850 N. Lincoln Ave.) Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI. Future shows will take place on the third Wednesday of every month.
Celebrate the 2 year anniversary of Story Lab, the live lit series that stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. This month's readers include: David Boyle, Charlotte Hamilton, Glenn Jeffers, Ellen Lakostaj, Holly McDowell, Jim Padar, and Laura Stark. Hosted by Scott Whitehair of the reading series This Much is True. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. Get there early for a seat and to take advantage of the $5 burger and $3.50 Chicago microbrew specials. For more information, visit Story Lab Chicago.
The Tomorrow Never Knows music festival runs Jan. 16-20 at several venues around town. Tonight's shows are listed below. Shows are ticketed individually, but you can also purchase a five-day pass for $100. 18-and-over unless otherwise noted.
Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.
Bear In Heaven
Hooray For Earth
9pm doors; $15
Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
9pm doors; $15
Tonight, your brain a workout at Automatic Writing: A Surreal Spin on Poetry at Spudnik Press (1821 W. Hubbard St.). Eric Unger will provide students with writing exercises inspired by poet Jack Spicer, the idea of "poet as a spirit medium" and channeling the outside world into their own poetry. Class is 6:30-9:30pm, $10 suggested donation.