The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "Gallery Talk with Terrence A. Reese," tonight from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Reese will be on hand to discuss "Reflections," his "docu-photography" exhibit that explores "personal living spaces" of renowned figures from the world art, dance, and civil rights. Free. For more information, call 773-947-0600.
Join Gapers Block readers and staff at Clark Street Ale House, 742 N. Clark St., for drinks and conversation from 6:30 to 10pm tonight. This is a casual hangout -- no pressure, no agenda, no big deal. We'll grab a couple tables near the front -- look for the Gapers Block and I ✶ Chi stickers. RSVP on Facebook if you like. 21+
Laydeez Do Comics is a "monthly comics salon" founded by London-based comic ladies Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me, and You) and Sarah Lightman (The Book of Sarah, Graphic Details). Adding on to their other branches in Leeds and San Francisco, Laydeez Do Comics is now establishing a monthly comics forum right here in Chicago! Inaugural speakers include Kris Dresen (Max & Lilly, Manya, She Said), Corinne Mucha (Freshman, My Alaskan Summer, Chicago Magazine), and Rinko Endo (Aggression Management Manga, The Cage). The event is free, and takes place at 7pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. Subsequent Laydeez Do Comics events will be held on the last Thursday of each month.
Tonight at 7pm, the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St.) presents the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Chapbook Series. The prize is a first book award for emerging poets of color, a combined effort of Northwestern's Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Northwestern University Press. Inaugural prize winner Kristiana Rae Colón will be joined by renowned poet Ed Roberson, with vocal performances by Timothy McNair and contemporary dance choreographed by Devin Buchanan and performed by Giordano Dance Chicago.
Saki presents The Punch Up, a new monthly comedy show/film screening at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Two films will screen and be heckled by local comics; in tonight's inaugural edition, it's Robocop razzed by Chad Briggs and the Puterbaugh Sisters, followed by Beverly Hills Cop with Bill Cruz, Mike Sheehan and Chad Briggs. Admission is free; the first film starts at 7pm. 18+
The Center for Book & Paper Arts, 1104 S. Wabash, 2nd Fl., hosts a Party for Obsolete Technology tonight from 7:30pm to 10pm to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: Almost Metal Collective and Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire. Enjoy cake, filmstrip screenings, an obsolete technology petting zoo, and a pop-up library from the Read/Write Library Chicago. Free.
pH brings back their two-person improv show, Duos, starting Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8pm. Six improvisors are randomly coupled by the audience, and each duo creates a two-man comedy show on the fly every Thursday at 8pm. The show is at pH Comedy Theater in Andersonville, 1515 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets are $10/$5 for students. BYOB.