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Monday, January 23
The Hideout (1354 West Wabansia) holds its Soup and Bread weekly fundraiser tonight from 5:30-8pm (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. This year each week has a theme, and tonight's is "All things cow-nsidered." Event is age 21+, but children can be admitted if accompanied by an adult.
The Chicago Humanities Festival presents a discussion between artist Kara Walker and Art Institute Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Lisa Dorin, in the Art Institute's Rubloff Auditorium, 111 S. Michigan Ave., today at 6pm. The talk will be followed by an exclusive tour of Walker's new installation, Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!, in the Modern Wing. Tickets are $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students).
MAS Context and Heritage Bicycles present a conversation with Michael Salvatore, CEO and owner of Heritage, who will discuss the company's bicycle production process, bicycle styles and how Heritage brings bicycles and coffee together. Free and BYOB at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave. 7pm.
Fat Tuesday may have come and gone, but tonight's Pitmaster dinner at Barn & Company (950 W. Wrightwood) sounds like an indulgence well worth the weight (see what I did there?). Your $40 admission gets you a three-course meal of New Orleans' best dishes (po boys, gumbo, etouffee, fried green tomatoes and pecan pie to finish) paired with Jack Daniels cocktails (sazerac!). Event runs 7-9pm; reservations accepted.
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 comedian, actress and producer Kelsie Huff; Performance poet Emily Rose; Stand-up comic Adam Guerino, Funny Story Show producer Caitlin Bergh; and Encyclopedia Show regular Patrick Allen Carberry Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. The 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.
Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, and Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik will address the topic "Jews, Catholics and the American Idea" as part of the 18th annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture tonight from 7 to 9pm at DePaul's Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. Free, but reservations required.
The Northwest Chicago Film Society presents a 35mm screening of The Third Degree, the American debut of future Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, at 7:30pm tonight at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $5.
Story Lab stands apart from other live lit 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: Lily Be, Lisa Holmes, Jim Markus, Seth Montague, Erin Robinson, and Rich Wamsley. 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.
pH Comedy Theater's student showcase! Students from pH's pHarmHouse program take the the stage every week at 8pm until April 3 to perform different forms of improv based on what they learned in class. The pHarmHouse Showcase also features performers from pH's cast headlining each show. Tickets are $5. The pH Comedy Theater is located in Andersonville at 1515 W. Berwyn.
Dunn Dunn Fest runs Feb. 20-22 at three different venues, each featuring an excellent lineup of Americana, roots and aligned genres. Tonight's show is at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., featuring The Kicks, Kentucky Knife Fight, Michele McGuire and Ed Anderson of Backyard Tire Fire. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $10, or get a three-day festival pass for $25. 21+