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Friday, January 20
The topic for this week's Lunch Talks @ CAF, the Chicago Architecture Foundation's weekly free discussion series, is "Architecture for Humanity-Chicago: Designing With, By, and For." Katherine Darnstadt, principal of Latent Design and co-director of Architecture for Humanity Chicago, discusses the organization's mission and recent projects. 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 charity is the Marjorie Kovler Center. This year each week has a theme, and tonight's is "the ocean." Event is 21+, but children can be admitted if accompanied by an adult.
Spertus' Executive Chef Laura Frankel will prep you for your next cold at the Everybody Loves Chicken Soup class tonight at the Spertus Institute, 610 S Michigan; class begins at 6:30pm, admission $18-25.
Media artist Stephanie Tisza is the first guest in Lillstreet Art Center's new Emerging Artists Lecture Series, tonight at 7pm. The event takes place in Lillstreet's new event space 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave., 2nd Floor. Free. More details on Facebook.
Ladies' Night, an offshoot of the popular reading series Solo in the 2nd City, features readers Rachael Smith and Mary Pat Bohan, as well as music from Beauty and the Beat DJ's Kinky P & La Perla. Anybody brave enough to take to the stage can participate in the open mic portion of the program. $8 martini and a manicure specials. This event is 21+, and goes from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue.
CHIRP's First Time series returns to the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 8pm. The theme this time is "First Child" -- watch as Susan Messing of Annoyance Theater, Matt Spiegel of Tributosaurus, Megan Stielstra of Second Story, Gerald Dowd of Justin Roberts & the Naptime Players, and Erin Shea read their stories and The First Time Band performs songs of the readers' choosing. Jocelyn Geboy hosts. $10 donation benefits CHIRP Radio. 21+
Chicago-based stand-up comedy collective Comedians You Should Know does its five year anniversary show tonight at Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct. The show will feature standup by past and present members of CYSK, including Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael, Michael Sanchez, Mike Sheehan and Junior Stopka. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. No drink minimum. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+