The University of Chicago presents Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a festival of the city's legendary storyteller, May 9-11 at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., and other locations. Attend workshops, panel discussions and a variety of other events each day; see the schedule for details. Attendance is free.
The Chicago Art Girls craft collective hosts a Spring Pop-Up at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N. Ravenswood Ave., from 11am to 5pm today. Shop for locally made art and crafts from more than 35 vendors. Free admission.
Beer festival American Beer Classic returns for its second year of workshops, tastings, and pretzel necklaces! Step out onto the grass of Chicago's very own Soldier Field and see what this year's exciting lineup of breweries has to offer. Ticket prices range depending on date of purchase and package chosen.
From noon to 4pm today, come by Schubas (3159 N. Southport) for their now annual Gear Swap. Beer will flow for $3 from Revolution Brewing taps, lots of music gear will be around for your purchase, and raffle tickets will be available for your winning (proceeds benefit Rock for Kids). All ages. Admission is free.
The Chicago Critics Film Festival returns for its second year at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., May 9-15. Tonight's schedule is below. Tickets are $12-15 per screening, or $75 for a weekday pass, $100 for a weekend pass or $150 for a full festival pass.
- 1:50pm: Shorts Program 1
- 3:45pm: Copenhagen
- 5:45pm: The One I Love
- 7:45pm: Calvary
- 9:45pm: Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (w/stars Martin Starr & Jocelyn DeBoer Q&A)
- midnight: The Congress
This week's Paper Machete features stories from Adam Burke, Peter-John Byrnes, Colleen Doyle and Alison Gates, Lindsay Harrington and Katie Watson, and Ben Johnson. Plus music by Jessie Fisher and Max Clarke and the Cut Worms. Christopher Piatt hosts, as always. It's free at 3pm today at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. 21+
The Chicago Composers Orchestra closes its fourth season of Deep Listening tonight at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron, with music by some of the top female American composers of our time. In Four Meditations for Orchestra, Pauline Oliveros focuses on heightened awareness of sound and silence as the musicians of the orchestra improvise without a conductor. Olivia Block's Voyager Golden Record explores the world of sound design — white noise, indecipherable voices, and tape loops. Marita Bolles incorporates varying and overlapping tempos in In Due Time from individual pulses to expanded rhythms. Composer/performer Nicole Mitchell's Flight for Freedom weaves jazz, pop, and African elements into a work that celebrates African American figures. Tickets are $15 general, $8 student. Doors open at 8pm.
Afro-Latino funk night ¿Qué Horas Son? at Harbee's Liquors, 1345 W. 18th St., this month doubles as a fundraiser for the Friends of Whittier School. The lineup features resident DJ AfroQBano, Charly García of (((SONORAMA))) and FMEL, David Chavez of Sound Culture and more, plus artwork from the BARRIO TO BARRIO Community Art Show. 21+