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Monday, January 23
GQ deputy editor Michael Hainey talks with Northwestern professor Bill Savage about his new memoir, After Visiting Friends, tonight at 6pm in the Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Free.
No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Powell's Book Store, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.
Last chance tonight to catch Cigarette Sandwich and The Housecats improv run at Upstairs Gallery (5219 N. Clark.). Up All Night and Hailey's Comets open! 8pm, Free (Donations Accepted), BYOB.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2012 film Fourplay as part of Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival. Kyle Henry, the film's director, will in in attendance for a Q&A session. The screening begins at 8:00pm. Full details on the screening available at the Film Center's Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.