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Sunday, April 5

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Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk is back in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight with guests Christopher Sweet, Robert O'Connor, Mare Swallow, Lori Rader-Day and Chuck Sudo. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm -- no earlier, we're serious. Don't ruin it for everyone else. But do get there as close to 7 as you can, because the room fills up quickly (hence no admittance before 7). The show starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

Stagestruck City @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts Stagestruck City, an exhibit illustrating the “little theatre” movement beginning in the 19th century though posters, programs, scripts, letters, and photographs. Learn about Chicago’s theater history for free during normal hours, 8:15am to 7:30pm!

Stagestruck City @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts Stagestruck City, an exhibit illustrating the “little theatre” movement beginning in the 19th century though posters, programs, scripts, letters, and photographs. Learn about Chicago’s theater history for free during normal hours, 8:15am to 7:30pm!

Movie Trivia Night! @ The Logan Theatre

Tonight at 8:00pm, bring a team of up to five people to show off your totally awesome movie knowledge for Movie Trivia Night at The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Each member of the winning team gets a Logan Theatre gift card! The event is free, but space is limited!

Stagestruck City @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts Stagestruck City, an exhibit illustrating the “little theatre” movement beginning in the 19th century though posters, programs, scripts, letters, and photographs. Learn about Chicago’s theater history for free during normal hours, 8:15am to 7:30pm!

Alex Chilton Birthday Bash @ Empty Bottle

The 11th annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash is tonight at 9pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. See Certain Stars, Cooled Out Babies, Deadly Bungalows, Christopher Elam, Go Time, Michael Heaton, The Injured Parties, Letterbomb, Allegra Malone, Simeon Peebler, Patrick Potts, Rent Party, Tomorrow the Moon, The Tornaparts and the Jamie Wagner Band perform a tribute to the legendary Big Star frontman. No cover, 21+

Extraordinary Popular Delusions @ Beat Kitchen

Come see the Chicago musical group, Extraordinary Popular Delusions, tonight at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. Doors at 8:00pm and show begins at 9:00pm. The show is 21 and over and free, though donations are requested.

Stagestruck City @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts Stagestruck City, an exhibit illustrating the “little theatre” movement beginning in the 19th century though posters, programs, scripts, letters, and photographs. Learn about Chicago’s theater history for free during normal hours, 8:15am to 5:00pm!

Christkindlemarket's Last Day

Today's the last day for the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Shop for Christmas items, get a boot, enjoy live music, etc. It's open from 11am to 8pm tonight.

Wednesday Poemtime

The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., hosts Wednesday Poemtime at 10am open to children ages 2 to 5 for a free storytime event to introduce them to poetry through interactive readings and crafts.

Stagestruck City @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts Stagestruck City, an exhibit illustrating the “little theatre” movement beginning in the 19th century though posters, programs, scripts, letters, and photographs. Learn about Chicago’s theater history for free during normal hours, 8:15am to 7:30pm!

Movie Trivia Night! @ The Logan Theatre

Tonight at 8:00pm, bring a team of up to five people to show off your totally awesome movie knowledge for Movie Trivia Night at The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Each member of the winning team gets a Logan Theatre gift card! The event is free, but space is limited!

Self Publishers of Chicago @ Uncharted Books

Self Publishers of Chicago pay tribute to the Sales Associate with retail-inspired horror stories tonight at Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free jug wine at 7:00pm with the show starting at 7:30pm.

The Hideout's Last Chance Holiday Sale 2015

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts its 17th annual Last Chance Holiday Craft Sale this evening at 6pm. Vendors will include Sew What Sarah, Rhymes With Twee, Videnovich Farms, and Bloodshot Records. Admission to the event is free! 21+

Stagestruck City @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts Stagestruck City, an exhibit illustrating the “little theatre” movement beginning in the 19th century though posters, programs, scripts, letters, and photographs. Learn about Chicago’s theater history for free during normal hours, 8:15am to 7:30pm!

Crown Larks @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., presents Crown Larks, ShowYouSuck, the Cell Phones and Ace Da Vinci in a free show. Doors are at 9pm. 21+

Waiting for the Bus @ Uncharted Books

Tonight Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts monthly poetry open mic from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Poets are invited to read 3 poems or for 5 minutes. The show is free, donations requested to pay the featured poets.

The Marrow @ Whistler

The Marrow returns to The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 6pm with essays by Dave Reidy, Megan Kirby, Ted Wesenberg and Britt Julious. Leah Pickett and Naomi Huffman host. No cover, 21+

Walk with Light on the 606

The 606, aka the Bloomingdale Trail, hosts a family-friendly night walk called A Walk with Light tonight from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Bring a string of lights, glow sticks, LED candles or other non-flame lights, and walk the trail to Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave., where there will be fire pits, warm drinks, s’mores, music and fire dancing. Free.

Made in Chicago Holiday Market @ Plumbers Hall

The Chicago Reader hosts the Made in Chicago Market today at the Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. from 11am to 5pm. Shop local for apparel, housewares, food and drink, and support fellow Chicagoans! This event is free, and free parking is available at the market!

Christmas Evil @ Empty Bottle

Odd Obsession presents a screening of holiday slasher filmChristmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out) today at 2pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Free, 21+

How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass @ Hideout

Belt Magazine celebrates the release of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass, a book by Aaron Foley, tonight at 6pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Free, 21+

Late-er Night Andersonville

Late-er Night Andersonville gives you another opportunity to shop and explore Andersonville. From 4 to 10pm, there will be holiday-themed events at locations throughout the neighborhood; print the coupon or pick up a guide and get discounts at participating shops and restaurants. Free.

Gint Aras @ City Lit

Gint Aras, writer of Finding the Moon in Sugar, will be celebrating the release of his latest book The Fugue at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. He will be discussing the fifteen year journey of writing the novel as well as reading some excepts. Aras will be joined by world-class violinist Maria Storm for a short performance of a fugue. You can read a review of The Fugue over in Book Club and admission is free for this event.

Recommended Reading Night @ Women & Children First

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts Recommeded Reading Night, a new literary series featuring local authors talking about their favorite books, tonight at 7pm. Participants in the inaugural event include Gina Frangello, Aleksander Hemon, Rebecca Makkai, Eric Charles May and Christine Sneed. Snacks, wine and cider will be served, and singer-songwriter Gerald Dowd will perform live. Free.

Ghosts of Chicago Christmas Past @ Bezazian Library

Author and ghost folklorist Ursula Bielski presents a talk on "Ghosts of Chicago Christmas Past" at the Chicago Public Library's Bezazian branch, 1226 W. Ainslie St., tonight at 6:30pm. Come hear holiday ghost stories that'll put a chill down your spine. Free.

The Pungent Parlor

The Pungent Parlor holds its last reading of the year at Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen Ave., at 8:30pm. Hosted by Chicago writers Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon, the show will feature short stories and essays by Jac Jemc, Donny Rodriguez, Tovah Burnstein, Rachel Slotnick, Sam Wilder, Jeremy Solomon and Jeff Phillips. Doors open at 8pm. No cover, 21+

Self-Portrait in a Kanye Mirror @ MCA

Homeroom presents Self-Portrait in a Kanye Mirror," a session reflecting on Kanye West's life and art through a personal lens, tonight from 6 to 7pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Featured readers include Krista Franklin, Allison Glenn, and Lisa Yun Lee with Kevin Coval, J. Johari Palacio and Anthony Stepter; Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek cohost. Free with museum admission.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

The Handmade Market runs from noon to 4pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Shop for locally made crafts, art, food and more. Admission is free; 21 and over unless accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Craft Bazaar @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts a Holiday Craft Bazaar today from 10:30am to 5pm in the East Lobby at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. All the work for sale is made by students, staff and teachers at the school. Admission is free.

Stars Align @ The Whistler

Stars Align, Gapers Block's monthly music series in which two artists who don't normally work together perform a one-night-only collaboration, returns to The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 9:30pm. This month features Yoo Soo Kim of Hemmingbirds and Jesse W. Johnson. Sponsored by Begyle Brewing. RSVP on Facebook. No cover, 21+

Six Points Poetry Reading Series @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Poetry Center of Chicago hosts Six Points Poetry Reading Series featuring Richie Hofmann and Jamila Woods tonight at 6:00pm in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. This event is free!

The Hideout's Last Chance Holiday Sale 2015

The Hideout hosts its 17th annual holiday craft sale this evening at 6:00pm. Vendors will include Sew What Sarah, Rhymes With Twee, Videnovich Farms, and Bloodshot Records. Admission to the event is free, and despite the name, there will be another craft show held on December 22 if you miss tonight's event. Full details available at the Hideout site. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The monthly live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave., for the last show of the year. This month's lineup includes Eileen Tull, Willy Nast, Brenna Kearney and Carla Jay. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

H. Melt Book Release @ Women & Children First

Author H. Melt will read from and sign their new book, The Plural, The Blurring, a collection of poems and essays that critically celebrate Chicago’s queer and trans communities, tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free.

Live Comix @ Cards Against Humanity Theater

Interested in comics? How about performance? Local cartoonists will read aloud from their work accompanied by a projector at Cards Against Humanity Theater, 1917 N. Elston Ave. Come check out work by David Alvarado, Nate Beaty, Corinne Mucha, and Isabella Rotman tonight at 7pm. Event is free and BYOB! Fresh popcorn provided. RSVP on Facebook.

Illinois Playbook Breakfast w/ Mayor Emanuel

Politico Illinois presents Illinois Playbook Breakfast with Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning at 8am at the The Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr., 66th Floor. Mayor Emanuel will discuss "Illinois policy, politics and news of the day" with Politico's Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen and Illinois Playbook Author Natasha Korecki. Free registration required.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The chill is in the air and the holiday season is well under way, but make sure to leave room for Tuesday Funk! We are back in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight with guests Clayton Smith, Gint Aras, James Gordon, Bill Savage and Britt Julious. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm -- NO EARLIER, we're serious. Don't ruin it for everyone else. But do get there as close to 7 as you can, because the room fills up quickly (hence no admittance before 7). The show starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

Winter Ice Skating Disco Party @ Parson's

Cure your mid-week stress and take a load off tonight at Parson's Chicken and Fish, 2952 W. Armitage Ave. Bring your a friend, bring a date and boogie down for Parson's winter ice skating disco party. We know you've been dying to try your hand at the hustle. The event is RSVP only and for those over the age of 21. For more information, visit do312.com/winterdisco.


Chicago Free Store

The Chicago Free Store is open Friday and today at the South Side Hub of Production, 1448 E. 57th St. Everything in the store is free for the taking, and includes books, clothing, food and more. Anything left over will be donated to charity, and visitors are welcome to bring additional items to donate. The store is open from noon to 6pm today. More details on Facebook.

Chicago Free Store

The Chicago Free Store is open today and Saturday at the South Side Hub of Production, 1448 E. 57th St. Everything in the store is free for the taking, and includes books, clothing, food and more. Anything left over will be donated to charity, and visitors are welcome to bring additional items to donate. The store is open from noon to 8pm today. More details on Facebook.

Reggae Gold @ Subterranean

Need to get out of the house post-Thanksgiving dinner? Dance the tryptophan out at the Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., where the Reggae Gold dance party is free and gets started at 10pm. 21+

Thanksgiving Day Parade

The McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade runs from 8 to 11am on State Street from Congress Boulevard to Randolph Street. Arrive early to find a spot with good sight-lines and enjoy the marching bands, floats and balloons!

Bocce ball @ Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall and Wicker Park Bocce invite you to come down for the inaugural Winter Bocce Series. Admission to the games is free. Full details at the Thalia Hall site. Thalia Hall: 1807 S. Allport. (312) 526-3851.

Hideout Pre-holiday Pop-up Book Fair

Belt Publishing presents a Pre-holiday Pop-up Book Fair tonight at 5pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Pick up some books and enjoy free hot cider. 21+

Show of Hands @ Architectural Artifacts

The Show of Hands craft show runs Nov. 20-22 at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. Shop for holiday gifts from dozens of local artists and crafters. The show is open from 10am to 5pm today; admission is free.

Show of Hands @ Architectural Artifacts

The Show of Hands craft show runs Nov. 20-22 at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. Shop for holiday gifts from dozens of local artists and crafters. The show is open from 10am to 5pm today; admission is free.

Third Fridays @ Zhou B Art Center

The Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., Third Fridays open house tonight from 7 to 10pm. Check out the latest art exhibitions, explore the space, and enjoy music and refreshments. Free.

Out in the Open Sleep Out @ Cricket Hill

Chicago's non-profit organizations have joined together to create Out in the Open Sleep Out, an event that aims to raise awareness for the city's youth who face homelessness. Out in the Open invites friends and families to participate in the all-night charity event that will take place at Cricket Hill, in Lincoln Park at Montrose. The event starts tonight at 6pm and will continue until 8am tomorrow. Advance registration is $75; registration on-site is $85.

Holiday Art Sale @ SAIC

It's never too early to look for the perfect gift for your loved ones, and if you're not the type to start your shopping on Black Friday, you should definitely head on over to the School of Art Institute of Chicago, 112 S. Michigan Ave., for their annual holiday art sale. For the last 27 years, the school has provided this opportunity for their students to sell and share pieces of their work from their collection, which includes sculptures, photographs, knitwear, jewelry and paintings. Admission for the sale is free. The students' artwork varies in price range, and all proceeds are placed toward the school's education programs. The sale is open from 11am to 7pm today.

Chicago Book Expo Preview @ City Lit

CCLaP presents a Chicago Book Expo Preview tonight at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., from 6:30 to 8pm. CCLaP authors Ben Tanzer, Joseph G. Peterson and Jason Fisk will read, as will four of the contributors to the recent The View From Here student anthology. Books by all these authors will be for sale, and the organizers of the Chicago Book Expo will share information about the weekend's event. Admission is free.

Poets Look at Paintings @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Poetry Center of Chicago hosts Poets Look at Paintings tonight at 6:00pm in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Hear poems written by Chicago poets responding to visual art. Free!

GIS Day

GIS Day is technically Nov. 18, but Cook County is celebrating with an event today instead. Join guest speaker County Clerk David Orr from 9:30am to noon in the County George Dunne Administrative Building, 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level Conference Room, for a discussion and display of GIS applications and maps from the county, a map contest, geography quiz and more. Free.

Lit/Comedy Roundtable @ The Annoyance

Author Dave Reidy moderates the Lit/Comedy Roundtable: Chicago Edition, tonight at 7pm at the Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Panelists Mark Bazer, Rebecca O'Neal, Megan Stielstra, Mike Thomas and Claire Zulkey will discuss if and how literature and comedy influence each other. Free.

OPEN TV @ Woman Made Gallery

Watch pilot TV shows with OPEN TV, a beta program that features stories by queer, trans, cis-women, and people of color, today from 2 to 5pm at Woman Made Gallery at 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free with refreshments.

ChillFest

The third annual ChillFest returns to Wicker Park and Bucktown today from noon to 5pm. More than 100 musicians perform live at 20 businesses around the neighborhood; see the schedule for details. Free.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the long-running Handmade Market today starting at 12:00pm. Plenty of hand-made crafts will be for sale this afternoon, and admission is free. Details at the Empty Bottle site. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. Tickets: (866) 777-8932.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

The Chicago Arts District's monthly Second Fridays neighborhood-wide open house is tonight, centered around 18th and Halsted streets. Dozens of galleries and studios are open starting at around 6pm, with many artists selling work. Free.

"On Permanent Display" Opening Reception @ Efrain Lopez Gallery

Efrain Lopez Gallery will be presenting Ryan Coffey's solo exhibition,On Permanent Display today from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be held at 1620 W. Chicago Avenue, Suite 304. The show will be on view until December 27th.


Stars Align @ The Whistler

Gapers Block and Begyle Brewing present Stars Align, a one-time-only collaboration between two musicians who don't normally play together, tonight at 9:30pm at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's featured artists are Shane Parish and Makaya McCraven. No cover, 21+

Dave Reidy Book Release @ Hideout

Dave Reidy celebrates the release of his novel The Voiceover Artist tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., at 6:30pm. Riedy will be joined by author Ryan Bartelmay, filmmaker Steve Delahoyde, and fellow Curbside Splendor author Cyn Vargas. Read review in Book Club. Free, 21+

Is This a Thing? @ O'Shaughnessy's

Storytelling show Is This a Thing? is back at O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave., tonight at 7pm. The show will feature Lauren Huffman, Nick Johne, Mare Swallow, Judith Scholes, Isabelle Libmann, Claire Muller and Suzy Weinberg; Damian Raszewski hosts. Free, 21+

Chicago Nerds Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club hosts their monthly science fiction & fantasy book club tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). The book being discussed this evening is David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds site.

Red Scare Acoustic Party @ G'Man Tavern

Notable punk label Red Scare is hosting a free acoustic party tonight at 9 p.m. at The Gingerman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St. The show features a stripped down set from Typesetter and Sincere Engineer. The headliner for the evening has yet to be announced.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The monthly live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave for another show. This month's lineup includes: Amy Bernhard, Byron Roussin, Duke Harrist, and Tricia Miller Hewson. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

"Picture the Cricket's Legs Apart" Opening Reception @ Kavi Gupta Gallery

The group exhibition, "Picture the Cricket's Legs Apart", opens today from 5-7pm at Kavi Gupta Gallery. The show is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd.

Rewritable Wicker Park Library Opening Party

Read/Write Library celebrates the opening of its Rewritable Wicker Park Library Pop-Up in the Boombox, 1260 N. Milwaukee Ave., with a party today from 3 to 5pm. Stop by to check out the library and view performances, readings, storytelling, and interactive neighborhood history discussion. More details on Facebook. Free.

Schubas Gear Swap

Schubas hosts a gear swap this afternoon from noon to 4:00pm. Bring your used instruments and gear for exchange, and bring your cash for new & used gear from several local vendors. Admission is free, and it's an all-age event. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

"The Truth of Masks" Opening Reception @ Richard Gray Gallery

The Richard Gray Gallery is presenting the works of John Stezker in the exhibition, "The Truth of Masks" this evening from 6-8pm. The gallery is located at 875 N. Michigan Avenue on the 38th floor.

"Women Crime Writers" Discussion @ 57th St. Books

Editor Sarah Weinman and author Sarah Paretsky discuss the new collection Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 50s tonight at 6pm at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

POETRY Fall Party @ Poetry Foundation

Tonight at 6:30pm at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., celebrate the September, October, and November 2015 issues of Poetry magazine with performances, readings, music, and refreshments. Magazine issues will be available. This event is free!

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Eclectic reading series Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with guests Sarah Hollenbeck, Nick Disabato, Kyle Thiessen, Elaine Hegwood Bowen and William Shunn. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30pm sharp. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Busy Beaver 20th Anniversary Party

Busy Beaver Button Co., 3279 W. Armitage Ave., is turning 20, and is celebrating with a party tonight from 5 to 8pm. See how buttons are made, explore the button museum, and hob nob with other button fans. RSVP on Facebook.

The Stoop @ Rosa's Lounge

The Stoop storytelling show is back at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Ave., tonight. The theme this month is "Treated," and featured storytellers are Don Hall, Tori Rosin Szekeres, Elizabeth Cambridge and Jennifer Peepas, plus open mic slots from 7:30 to 8:30. Lily Be and Clarence Browley host. Doors open at 7pm. No cover, 21+

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken returns to Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "Sex Ed," and the featured readers are Kelly Connell, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Kristin Mount and Kimberly Duncan. Hosted by Rosamund Lannin and Carly Oishi. $5 suggested donation, with all proceeds going to the readers. 21+

Beat Kitchen 25th Anniversary

The Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., celebrates 25 years with a customer and employee appreciation party tonight. From 7 to 9pm, enjoy a free buffet and drink specials, plus a free show by Extraordinary Popular Delusions at 8pm. 21+

Featherproof Fall Release Party @ Rainbo Club

Featherproof Books throws a release party tonight at 7:30pm at Rainbo Club, 1150 N. Damen Ave., for its fall lineup releases, See You In the Morning by Mairead Case and the poetry collection Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion by Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker. No cover, 21+

Jenny Lawson @ Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Women & Children First Bookstore hosts a reading and book signing with Jenny Lawson at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster) for her new book Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. Doors open at 3:30 pm and the reading begins at 4:00 pm. This is a free event, but the first 100 attendees to purchase Furiously Happy from Women & Children First will receive priority seating and will be the first in line to get their books signed.


Tele-novela HIGHLIGHTS Watching Party @ Mana Contemporary

From 2 to 4pm today, a screening of Tele-novela HIGHLIGHTS Watching Party will be held in the UIC space at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., 5th floor. The series will include some work from the ACRE TV program. Free.

The View From My Summer Home In Space @ saki

Chicago-based artist Max Clarke will reveal his new art work, The View From My Summer Home at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave. The free event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature live music performances from Clarke's band The Cut Worms along with duo Wet Wallet.

"Nostalgia" Opening Reception @ SHoP

Ryan Chambers will be presenting 15 works of art at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) tonight from 6 to 9pm. The exhibition will feature memories and content from the artists children in the form of Digital Minimalism. Refreshments and '90s music will be provided; free, donations accepted. SHoP is located at 1448 E. 57th St.

Empty Bottle Book Club: Modern Romance

The Empty Bottle hosts a discussion of the Aziz Ansari book Modern Romance starting today at noon. Admission to book club is free! Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

The Halloween Gathering @ The Cultural Mile

The Chicago Cultural Mile is filling up the Halloween festivities with an amazing opportunity to experience the art world with your kids from 2pm to 8pm today! Hosting a children's costume parade at Maggie Daley Park, mask-making workshops, free performances and family-friendly activities, the Cultural Mile between Madison and Roosevelt along Michigan Ave is the place to experience everything Halloweeny with friends and family. Family-friendly festivities include theatrical performance, magic, street performers, a kids costume parade at 2pm 2pm-5pm at locations in Millennium and Grant parks, then from 6pm-8pm, a Halloween Parade will travel north on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe. Free.

"What We Don't Know" Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

Anaïs Daly and Andrew Barco will be presented in the two person exhibition, "What We Don't Know" at Heaven Gallery this evening from 7-11pm. The exhibition space is located at 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 2nd.

Graveface Autumn Pop-Up Spectacle @ The Niche Lab

The Graveface Autumn Pop-Up Spectacle will be coming to the multi-purpose science lab The Niche Lab, 3328 W North Ave. This event will be a multimedia experience featuring free tattoos from Chloe Pinnock, spooky stories, and quiet musical sets from Dreamend and The Marshmallow Ghosts. This show starts at 7pm sharp and is free. Listen to the interview Julian Ramirez did with the spectacle's organizer and owner of Graveface Records, Ryan Graveface in Transmission.

The Act of Killing @ Northwestern

Northwestern Equality Development and Globalization Studies presents a screening of the film The Act of Killing, a documentary told from the perspective of the people who perpetrated the 1965-66 genocide in Indonesia, tonight at 6:30pm at Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Rd. in Evanston. Political science professor Jeffrey Winters, author of Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State, will conduct a Q&A after the film. Free and open to the public.

Back to the Future Day @ High Noon Saloon

In honor of Marty McFly's prediction of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2015, High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., is hosting a back-to-back movie special of Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II tonight at 9pm. A live update of the conclusion of game four of the National League Championship Series with the Cubs. Movie-inspired cocktails, along with regular Wednesday drink specials, will be available. No cover and free popcorn sounds like a good deal, right?

Jerome Pohlen @ Women & Children First

Join Jerome Pohlen tonight at 7:30 pm at Women & Children First for a presentation, Q&A and signing of his new book, Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities. His interactive history book for kids age 9 and up offers personal stories and firsthand accounts of key events in the LGBT movement and for this event, the author will share photos and short films that did not appear in the book.

Story Lab @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons Irish Bistro

New voices telling new stories. Join Story Lab for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs. Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers will share their freshest pieces. This month's lineup features Becca Bowlin, Rebecca Duxler, Dan Finnen, Steve Glickman, and Nitsana Lazerus. Doors at 6:30pm, show's at 7pm at Mrs. Murphy's & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. Free, 21+.

Six Points Reading Series @ Cultural Center

The Poetry Center of Chicago hosts the monthly Six Points Reading Series. This month features Hadara Bar-Nadav and Jennifer Moore. Tonight from 6pm to 7pm, hear poets read their work in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Free.

606 Open Mic Hip Hop @ SubT Lounge

Take your mind off Tuesday's stress by bringing a friend or two to SubT Lounge, 2011 W. North Ave., for tonight's 606 Open Mic Hip Hop. The free event will be hosted by Shadow Master along with resident DJs Boy Wonder and Norm Rockwell.

The Marrow @ Whistler

Nonfiction reading series The Marrow returns to the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight with readings by Re'Lynn Hansen, Geoff Hyatt, Dange Russ Price and Coya Paz. Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett host. Doors open at 5:30pm, show's at 6pm. No cover, 21+

Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar @ Promontory

The Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar & Farmers Market returns to the upstairs lounge at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., today from 11am to 4pm. Shop for locally made crafts, art and home grown fruits and veggies. Admission is free.

Open House Chicago

Ever wonder what the inside of those beautiful buildings around the city of Chicago look like? The Chicago Architecture Foundation opens up those buildings for an Open House. Tourists and Chicagoans alike can take a look inside the buildings you couldn't walk into before! From 9am to 5pm today, check out the site map here and go somewhere you've never explored. Free!

Threadless Garage Sale

Threadless is holding a garage sale at its West Loop headquarters, 1260 W. Madison St. from 10am to 4pm today. Hang out with the employees and help them clear out dead stock -- as well as stuff like arcade games, artwork and a charcoal grill -- for as little as $1.

Open House Chicago

Ever wonder what the inside of those beautiful buildings around the city of Chicago look like? The Chicago Architecture Foundation opens up those buildings for an Open House. Tourists and Chicagoans alike can take a look inside the buildings you couldn't walk into before! From 9am to 5pm today and tomorrow, check out the site map here and go somewhere you've never explored. Free!

Dan Kanvis @ Emporium Arcade

Catch Chicago-based rapper Dan Kanvis tonight at 9 p.m. at Emporium Arcade, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. Kanvis will be performing alongside jazz and hip-hop inspired Deep Fayed and singer songwriter Via Rose. The free show is 21 and over.

"Political Clay" Opening Reception @ The Bridgeport Art Center

The Bridgeport Art Center is featuring the juried exhibition, Political Clay, tonight from 6pm-9pm. The show will take place in the Ceramic Center in the BAC located on 1200 W. 35th St.

Eileen Pollack @ Women & Children First

Author Eileen Pollack reads and discusses her new book, The Only Woman in the Room, at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N. Clark) tonight at 7:30pm. The book brings to light the struggles that women in the sciences are often hesitant to admit and provides hope that changing attitudes and behaviors can bring more women into fields in which they remain significantly underrepresented. Admission is Free.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons

Celebrate seven years of storytelling at This Much is True, featuring stories by Debra Ehrhardt, Stephanie Douglass, Diane Kastiel, Todd Kiech, Kohl Miner, Carol Ramsey, and Scott Whitehair. Doors open at 6:45pm, stories at 7:30 at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. Free.

Sappho's Salon @ Women & Children First

Eileen Tull & Liz Baudler co-curate and host this monthly performance salon at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N. Clark), featuring expressions of queerness, gender and feminism. Tonight's show features musical duo Paper Crane Rain and performance artist Katherine Chronis and an open mic. Doors open at 7pm and admission is $7 to $10 which benefits the performers and the Women's Voices Fund. BYOB

Curbside Splendor Publishing @ Poetry Foundation

Tonight at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., Curbside Splendor authors Erika T. Wurth, W. Todd Kaneko, and Dasha Kelly read from their works. The program will be introduced by Curbside Splendor's publishing senior editor, Jacob S. Knabb. This event is free.

Movie Monday @ The Drake

The first Movie Monday hosted by The Drake, 140 E. Walton Pl., features The Gorilla (1939) tonight at 7pm. The themed menu and popcorn are available with the purchase of any beverage. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.

The Gleaners & I @ Black Cinema House

The University of Chicago and Rebuild Foundation present the Gleaners and I: an Evening with Agnès Varda, tonight at Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark Ave. The French filmmaker will be in attendance for a screening of her film, The Gleaners and I, followed by a conversation moderated by Jacqueline Stewart. The screening begins at 7pm. Reservations are now full, but a waiting list will be available at the door beginning at 6:30pm. Free.

That's All She Wrote 3 Year Anniversary Show @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The monthly live lit series That's All She Wrote turns 3 tonight at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's show is part of Chicago Artists Month and includes readings by: Coya Paz, Diane Kastiel, Izzy Libmann, Stephanie Douglass, and a rare reading by AV guy Ray Teresi. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free, BYOB, and there will be cannolis from D'Amatos Bakery!

Fall Adventure Day @ Northerly Island

Family, friends, one and all are invited to have some fall fun in the park at Northerly Island from 12pm to 3pm! Located at 11521 S. Linn White Dr., Fall Adventure Day will have options to kayak, identifying fossils, play in the mud, find frogs and reptiles, watch bird migration, go on a hike and more! Must be 8 or older to kayak. Free!

Andersonville Arts Weekend

The 13th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend runs Oct. 9-11 throughout the neighborhood, showcasing the work of local artists and designers. Today's activities begin at 10am and include art workshops, performances and a self-guided tour of exhibitions at dozens of local businesses and galleries. Free.

The Paper Machete @ Green Mill

The Paper Machete live magazine this week features Brian Babylon, Dominizuelan, Katie McVay, Daniel Sharr and Ike Holder, plus Chad the Bird, burlesque dancing by Sarah O'Dwyer, and musical guests The Wabash Cannonballs. Christopher Piatt hosts. It all goes down at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Chicago Arts District Open House

The Chicago Arts District hosts its 45th annual Open House Friday night and today. Pick up a map at 1821 S. Halsted St. and go on a self-guided tour of more than 30 artist studios and galleries. The open house runs from 11am to 7pm today. Free.

Andersonville Arts Weekend

The 13th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend runs Oct. 9-11 throughout the neighborhood, showcasing the work of local artists and designers. Today's activities begin at 10am and include art workshops, performances and a self-guided tour of exhibitions at dozens of local businesses and galleries. Free.

Kevin Drumm (replaces Florian Hecker) for FREE concert @ Chicago Cultural Center

Due to travel issues and personal reasons, Florian Hecker's performance tonight at the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall (78 E. Washington) had to be cancelled. In its place, Lampo is proud to present Chicago experimental composer and performer Kevin Drumm, with a new multiple-speaker performance called Narrow Territory. Despite calling Chicago home, this is Drumm's first live performance in town in nine years, following from a brilliant and blistering performance opening for Macronympha in 2006 at the Empty Bottle. If you want to hear an immense 18-speaker drone composition while looking at the wonder of the Cultural Center's Tiffany dome, this may be your only chance. FREE concert, RSVP here, 8 p.m.

Jarrett Neal @ Women & Children First

Join Chicago author Jarrett Neal tonight for a book launch party for his new book, What Color is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N. Clark) at 7:30 pm. Admission is Free and refreshments will be served.

Lumpen Release Party @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Lumpen celebrates the release of its special comics issue tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 7 to 11pm. Pick up a copy of the magazine, see comics art from the issue and enjoy music by Wet Wallet and Oscillator Bug. Free.

Chicago Arts District Open House

The Chicago Arts District hosts its 45th annual Open House tonight and Saturday. Pick up a map at 1821 S. Halsted St. and go on a self-guided tour of more than 30 artist studios and galleries. The open house runs from 6 to 10pm tonight. Free.

Andersonville Arts Weekend

The 13th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend runs Oct. 9-11 throughout the neighborhood, showcasing the work of local artists and designers. The event kicks off tonight at 6pm with Night of 100 pARTies, featuring opening receptions at dozens of local businesses and galleries. Free.

Maryrose Carroll @ Chicago Cultural Center

Maryrose Carroll, author of Beats Me: Love, Poetry, Censorship, from Chicago to Appalachia, talks about Chicago's literary history, censorship, and the Beats tonight from 5:30 to 7pm in the Garland Room at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Hosted by Poetry Center of Chicago. Free!

Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Today from noon to 1pm, enjoy free house music from the Chosen Few DJs under the Picasso in Daley Plaza downtown. The "Hot Mix Lunch" will take place once a month this summer by the same awesome collective who bring you The Chosen Few Picnic every year.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The eclectic monthly reading series Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight with guests Jen Masengarb, Coya Paz, Lori Rader-Day, Carly Oishi and Tom Haley. Eden Robins and Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm (no earlier!) and the show starts promptly at 7:30pm. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

James Sie Book Event @ Lifeline Theatre

Jeff Award winning playwright and former Lifeline Theatre Ensemble Member, James Sie talks about his debut novel (with illustrator Sungyoon Choi), Still Life Las Vegas, tonight from 6:30 to 8pm at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. A reception will follow tonight's reading. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP at info@lifelinetheatre.com or call 773-761-4477.

Robot Apocalypse @ Roberts Square Park

Story Luck sponsors Robot Apocalypse: Journey to the End of the Night tonight! Explore forgotten and hidden parts of Chicago for a citywide game of capture the flag to help fight the robot apocalypse. A trophy goes to the fastest human! Meet at Roberts Square Park (north of Jefferson Park Transit Center) tonight at 7:00pm. Free!

Hermant/Butler Opening Reception @ The Franklin

The Franklin will be featuring, Hermant/Butler, this evening from 6-9PM. The exhibition includes a two person show by artists, Emily Hermant and Ben Butler. The Franklin is located at 3528 W. Fulton Blvd.

Stony Island Arts Bank Grand Opening

The Rebuild Foundation celebrates the grand opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave., tonight from 5 to 8pm as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The space will show an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga. Free.

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Lincoln Square Apple Fest runs from 9am to 5pm today on Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Leland (the bit that's semi-cut off from major roads, in other words.) Eat all sorts of apple products, from caramel apples to apple pie, wash it down with cider and enjoy all sorts of family-friendly activities. Free.

BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Biennial kicks off with "BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago," an exhibition of Chicago-based architects showcasing new ideas and alternative development scenarios for Chicago, curated by Iker Gil of MAS Studio. The show opens today at 9am at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Free.

Karen Finley @ Women & Children First

Karen Finley, renowned performance artist and author, reads and discusses the expanded anniversary edition of her 1990 classic Shock Treatment at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N. Clark) tonight at 7:30pm. Admission is Free.

Cornelia Arts Open House

The Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., hosts its quarterly open house tonight from 6 to 9pm. Explore two floors of artist studios, listen to live music and enjoy food from the Pierogi Street food truck outside. Free admission.

Chicago Museum Week

The first annual Chicago Museum Week runs Oct. 1-7. A dozen museums (Adler Planetarium, Art Insitute, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, MCA, Museum of Science & Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Shedd Aquarium) are offering free or discounted admission as well as special events and exhibits. See the Museum Week site for details.

Jessa Crispin Reading

Jessa Crisipin, founder and editor of Bookslut and Spolia, stops in Chicago tonight on the promotional tour for her new book, The Dead Ladies Project. The memoir is the story of Crispin's leaving Chicago and traveling through Europe after a bout of depression. She pieces together her life while telling the stories of past writers and thinkers' existential crises. Crispin describes the event as an "old fashioned house party." The event is at 1926 W. Erie St., beginning at 7pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Barbara Kasten "Stages" @ Graham Foundation

Barbara Kasten will be presenting Stages this evening from 5-8pm at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The exhibition is in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The Graham Foundation is located at 4 W. Burton Pl.

Chicago Museum Week

The first annual Chicago Museum Week runs Oct. 1-7. A dozen museums (Adler Planetarium, Art Insitute, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, MCA, Museum of Science & Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Shedd Aquarium) are offering free or discounted admission as well as special events and exhibits. See the Museum Week site for details.

Expressionist Impulses Opening Reception @ Smart Museum of Art

The exhibition, Expressionist Impulses, opens tonight at the Smart Museum from 7-9pm. The show will focus on German and Central European art between 1890 and 1990 with approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, and drawings. The museum is located at 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue.

The Frunchroom @ O'Rourke's Office

The Frunchroom returns to O'Rourke's Office, 11064 S. Western Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. Readers include Jaime Black of Dynasty Podcasts, writer Lolly Bowean, Beverly Yoga Center owner Carly Carney, writer Erin J. Shea and WHPK radio personality Mario Smith -- plus live music by the Acoustic Mercenaries. Scott Smith hosts. No cover, 21+

Kinosonik @ Black Cinema House

The second edition of Kinosonik, a collaboration between Rebuild Foundation, Experimental Sound Studio, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives, is today from 4 to 6pm at Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark Ave. Musicians will perform live accompaniment to films from the CFA collection. Doors open at 3:30pm; free, but RSVP requested.

Dusek's Blocktoberfest

To celebrate their two-year anniversary this fall, Dusek's is putting its own slant on the traditional Oktoberfest with BLOCKTOBERFEST, a free block party that will include sausages and German-inspired dishes by Chef Jared Wentworth, German beer, face painting for the kids and a set of local DJs. Admission is free and will take over the streets of Pilsen, directly in front of Thalia Hall at 18th Street and Allport Avenue from 2pm to 10pm.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival runs Saturday and today on two stages on the Midway Plaisance, at Woodlawn and Ellis. Performances run from 2 to 7pm today. Admission is free, but $5 donation suggested.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival runs today and Sunday at venues throughout the neighborhood. Performances run from 1pm to midnight today. Admission is free, but $5 donation suggested.

Museum Day Live!

Smithsonian Magazine presents Museum Day Live!, a day where several museums around Chicago (and the rest of the country) are offering free admission for two guests. See the Smithsonian site for the coupon to bring to the museums.

In Search of the Black Knight @ Black Cinema House

The Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark Ave., hosts a screening of In Search of the Black Knight, a documentary about the difficulty single black professional women have finding an eligible black men, tonight at 7pm. Film scholar Sergio Mims introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested.

The View From Here Reading@ City Lit Books

City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie) is hosting a party for the latest release from The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP). Their second annual "student all-star" anthology: The View From Here, Stories From Chicago Neighborhoods, features student writing from all over the city. Doors open at 6pm, readings begin at 6:30. There will be refreshments, readings by contributing writers, and the book will be available for purchase. This is a free event.

The Stoop @ Rosa's Lounge

The Stoop reading series returns to Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "Didn't Have to Use My AK," and featured readers include Samantha Bailey, Kevin D'Ambrosio and Chris Trani, plus several open mic slots. Lily Be and Clarence Browley host. No cover, 21+

Six Points Reading Series @ Cultural Center

The Poetry Center of Chicago hosts the monthly Six Points Reading Series, this month featuring Rachel Mennies and Sara Henning. Tonight from 6pm to 7pm, listen to the writers reading their own work in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Free.

The Marrow @ Whistler

Nonfiction live lit show The Marrow returns to the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight., with featured readers Dipika Mukherjee, Randall Colburn, Jes Skolnik and Mason Johnson. Naomi Hoffman and Leah Pickett host. Doors open at 5:30, readings start at 6pm. No cover, 21+

Ravenswood Art Walk

The Ravenswood Art Walk runs Saturday and today from 11am to 6pm at locations along both sides of Ravenswood Avenue from Waveland to Lawrence. Visit dozens of open studios and see artwork displayed in local businesses, shop in the artist market between Berteau and Belle Plaine, enjoy live music on two stages, and sample locally brewed beer at the Begyle Brewing Urban Beer Garden. The festival is free; $5 suggested donation for admission to the artist market.

DuSable Canoe Experience

Like Chicago's great founder, climb into a canoe, discover how to thrive in the wilderness, and learn Native American customs at The DuSable Experience from the DuSable Museum on the west side of the Washington Park Lagoon at Russell and Best drives from 1 to 5pm today. This day of sensory learning is centered on the adventures of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable who, in the late 18th century, canoed up the Mississippi River, worked closely with the Native Americans, and became Chicago's first non native settler. This free family day includes canoe ride, Native American crafts and games, wilderness survival class, and tours of a mobile museum. For ages 10 and up.

SAIC 150th Anniversary Party

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is 150 years old, and it's celebrating with a series of parties this weekend at 609 S. State St. Most are private, but the Continuing Studies Block Party today from noon to 4pm today is open to the public. It'll feature family-friendly activities, like t-shirt making and mural painting, food trucks, and staffers will be on hand to tell you about the school's continuing ed program. Free.

Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to Division Street between Damen and Paulina today and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Shop more than 350 crafters, get food from food trucks and area restaurants and cafes, participate in workshops and more. Free.

Ravenswood Art Walk

The Ravenswood Art Walk runs today and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at locations along both sides of Ravenswood Avenue from Waveland to Lawrence. Visit dozens of open studios and see artwork displayed in local businesses, shop in the artist market between Berteau and Belle Plaine, enjoy live music on two stages, and sample locally brewed beer at the Begyle Brewing Urban Beer Garden. The festival is free; $5 suggested donation for admission to the artist market.

Café Cabaret @ Café Ballou

The Café Cabaret variety show is tonight at Café Ballou, 939 N Western Ave. Roberta Miles leads Cafe Cabaret, which features a rotating cast of characters. This month's show features music by Clara & the Great Goddamn, storytelling by Holly Beaudry and Don Hall, belly dance by Brywn Johnson, commedia dell'art by Noel Williams, and comedy by Aasia LaShay Bullock, Mona Aburmishan and Allen M. Green. Free. BYOB.

The View From Here: Stories From Chicago Neighborhoods @ StoryStudio

The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) launches The View From Here: Stories From Chicago Neighborhoods, their second annual "student all-star" anthology, tonight at StoryStudio, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., suite 222. Doors open at 6pm, readings begin at 6:30. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be available, and the book will be available for purchase. Readings by contributing writers, including Alecia Dantico, Anna Harnetiaux,Traci Failla, Maria Vorhis, and Esra Tasdelen. This is a free event.

ACTIVATE: The Winner's Circle

The Art Loop Alliance and ACTIVATE present The Winner's Circle, a fashion event in the Sullivan Center alley, on Monroe Street between State and Wabash, tonight from 5 to 10pm. Curated by Cheryl Pope, over 20 Chicago fashion designers and Artists respond to fashion as a membrane through interactive performances, immersive installations, and live styling. Admission is free; RSVP for a free drink ticket.

Story Club Chicago @ Black Rock Pub

Story Lab Chicago celebrates new stories from fresh storytellers. Tonight Story Lab features: Hallie Rosen, Jordan Blythe, Steve Coombs, Paul Conrad, Sean Ewert, and Anna Besmann! Come to Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen, to hear some great stories. Doors open at 6:30pm, stories start at 7:30pm. Free!

Lauren Holmes @ Women & Children First

Lauren Holmes reads from her debut story collection Barbara the Slut and Other People tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. Admission is free, and a book signing follows the reading.

In These Times Release Party

In These Times hosts a release party for its new issue tonight from 6:30 to 9:30pm in its offices at 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave., second floor. The party will feature a panel discussion with ReFund America director Saqib Bhatti speaking on his cover story on a strategy for American cities to stop losing millions to Wall Street. Veteran labor strategist Stephen Lerner, 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, and In These Times Editor Micah Uetricht will also speak. Free copies of the issue as well as drinks and snacks will be available.

Open Door Reading @ Poetry Foundation

The monthly Open Door Reading series presents new and emerging poets from Chicago area's college and graduate writing programs. Tonight at 7pm at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St. Free.

Is This a Thing? @ O'Shaughnessy's

Reading series Is This a Thing? returns to O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "Let's Dance," and features stories by Lindsay Eanet, Karen Genelly, Mary Lorenz, Jo-Elle Munchak, Jocelyn Pinkerton and James Sweeney. Hosted by Ines Bellina. Free.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The monthly live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave for another show. This month's lineup includes: Tim Barnes, Parker Stockman, erin dreisbach, Lori Barrett, and Kim Nelson. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

"Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty" Opening Reception @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center is presenting their newest group exhibition, "Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty" today from 3-5pm. The HPAC is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

German-American Fest

The 95th annual German-American Fest takes over Lincoln Square this weekend, Sept. 11-13, on Lincoln Avenue from Western to Eastwood. Enjoy beer and wine, giant pretzels, German music and dancing. It's open from noon to 10pm today. Admission is free.

"Door Hinges" Jessica Stockholder Opening Reception @ Kavi Gupta Gallery

Jessica Stockholder will be having her first solo show in Chicago in 24 years at Kavi Gupta Gallery. Stockholder's work is colorful and based in mixed media. The opening reception will be held from 6-9pm and is located at 219 N Elizabeth St.

Chelsea Knight "Fall to Earth" Opening Reception @ Aspect/Ratio

Tonight from 5-9pm, Chelsea Knight will be featuring video and performance work at Aspect/Ratio. The gallery is located at 119 N. Peoria St., 3D.

German-American Fest

The 95th annual German-American Fest takes over Lincoln Square this weekend, Sept. 11-13, on Lincoln Avenue from Western to Eastwood. Enjoy beer and wine, giant pretzels, German music and dancing. It's open from noon to 11pm today, and the Von Steuben Parade steps off at 2pm. Admission is free.

Chrome Green Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be featuring 10 artists in the group exhibition, Chrome Green, which opens tonight from 7 to 11pm. The show focuses on nature and environment.


Laura Davis and Seth Kim-Cohen Opening Reception @ Threewalls

Threewalls Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition for Laura Davis entitled, Legacy of Loneliness, as well as Seth Kim-Cohen's, Bars (of Ponge's "SOAP") work in the Project Room. The opening reception is from 6-9 and the location is 119 N. Peoria, 2C.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday

The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night tonight from 6 to 10pm. Check out opening receptions at more than 30 galleries and artists' studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted St. Free.

Irena Haiduk: Opening Reception @ The Renaissance Society

Irena Haiduk's exhibition, "Seductive Exacting Realism", opens today from 6-9pm at the Renaissance Society located at 5811 S Ellis Ave.

German-American Fest

The 95th annual German-American Fest takes over Lincoln Square this weekend, Sept. 11-13, on Lincoln Avenue from Western to Eastwood. Enjoy beer and wine, giant pretzels, German music and dancing. It's open from 5 to 11pm tonight. Admission is free.

Joe Meno Book Release @ Book Cellar

Celebrate the release of Joe Meno's new novel, Marvel and a Wonder tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. The evening will feature readings by Jan-Henry Gray, Amy Giacalone, Jan Bottiglieri, Julia Fine and, of course, Joe Meno. Sponsored by Gapers Block and lit journal Goreyesque. Free.

Reggies 8th Anniversary Bash

Reggies, 2105 S. State St., celebrates its eighth anniversary with shows in both of its concert venues. In the Music Joint beginning at 5pm, see Ralph White, Stevie Tombstone, Mutts, Werewolves at Hour 30 and Mr. Blotto. In the Rock Club starting at 7pm, see Wrong, Ape Machine, Lazer/Wulf, Black Actress, Black Pussy and Black Tusk. Both shows are free. The Music Joint show is 21+, the Rock Club show is 18+.

Empty Bottle Book Club: Go Set A Watchman

The Empty Bottle hosts a book club meeting to discuss the controversial new Harper Lee novel Go Set A Watchman this afternoon at 4:00pm. Admission is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Longman & Eagle Summer Block Party

Longman & Eagle host their annual Summer Block Party today from noon to 10pm at 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. Join the fun with street food, drink specials, and DJs Sensitive Luke, The Craps and Windy City Soul Club spinning music. There'll also be art and craft activities for the kids and vintage shopping from the Bus Shop. Free.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Sept. 3-6 in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., and Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The festival begins at 11:30am today; see the schedule for details. Free.

"A Short and Pleasurable Journey" Opening Reception @ Vertical Gallery

Vertical Gallery will be presenting a group exhibition entitled, "A Short and Pleasurable Journey" tonight from 6-10pm. Vertical Gallery is located at 1016 N. Western Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Sept. 3-6 in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., and Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The festival begins at 11:30am today; see the schedule for details. Free.

¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat @ Emporium Wicker Park

Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., presents a free concert tonight at 8pm featuring ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat, Get Up With the Get Downs and LVDP Sound System. RSVP on Do312 for two free game tokens and a mystery shot. 21+

Book Cellar Spelling Bee

The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts its annual adult spelling bee tonight at 7pm. Celebrity host Kelsie Huff and literary judges James Kennendy and Robbie Q Telfer preside over a battle of the word warriors as they go for prizes. Call 773-293-2665 to get involved.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Sept. 3-6 in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., and Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The festival begins at noon; see the schedule for details. Free.

Chris Ware Lecture @ AIC

Located at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Rubloff Auditorium, Chris Ware will be in discussion with Hamza Walker from 6-8pm. Ware is an award winning cartoonist and author. The auditorium is located at 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Sept. 3-6 in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., and Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The festival begins at 12:15pm today; see the schedule for details. Free.

The Street Arcade @ Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., presents The Street Arcade from 7 to 9:30pm tonight. Artists Steve Ciampaglia and Kerry Richardson are collaborating with 13 teen artists to create original, retro-style videogames. Each teen chooses an issue as the theme, then designs the gameplay, creates the 8-bit artwork and programs the game. The Plug-In Studio will feature the games in an outdoor videogame arcade with old school console controllers and large-scale video projection. The public is invited to play the games, meet the teen artists, and discuss the issues that inspired their games.

Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Today from noon-1pm, enjoy free house music from the Chosen Few DJs under the Picasso in Daley Plaza downtown. The "Hot Mix Lunch" will take place once a month this summer by the same awesome collective who bring you The Chosen Few Picnic every year.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Join us in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., for Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series. This month's readers are Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing and David Daskal. Doors open at 7pm -- and no earlier, seriously -- and the show begins at 7:30pm. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Bucktown Arts Fest

The 30th annual Bucktown Arts Fest is Saturday and today from 11am to 7pm in Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley Ave. View and purchase work by more than 200 artists, listen to live music on two stages, and enjoy food and craft beer. Admission is free.

"Ripe Leeks" Film Screening @ Filmfront

Filmfront is presenting, "Ripe Leeks: forces adrift", a new quarterly screening series, tonight at 7pm on 1740 W 18th St. "Forces Adrift" will feature work by Alejandro Jimenez, Fern Silva, Jason Ogawa, Traci Hercher, and Ian Curry.

Rogers Pork @ Jarvis Square

The second annual Rogers Pork barbecue festival runs from noon to 10pm at Jarvis Square, 1508 W Jarvis Ave. Enjoy barbecue (including veggie options from Kale Burger), live music, art vendors and more. Admission is free.

Bucktown Arts Fest

The 30th annual Bucktown Arts Fest is today and Sunday from 11am to 7pm in Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley Ave. View and purchase work by more than 200 artists, listen to live music on two stages, and enjoy food and craft beer. Admission is free.

Jessica Hopper & Suzanne Scanlon @ Women & Children First

Authors Jessica Hopper and Suzanne Scanlon read from their books, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic and Her 37th Year: An Index, respectively, and do a Q&A with Naomi Huffman tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Admission is free.

ACTIVATE @ Haddock Place Alley

The Loop Alliance presents ACTIVATE tonight from 5 to 10pm in Haddock Place Alley, Enter on State Street just north of theWit Hotel. Curated by Missy Perkins, Stuart Hall and Keith Brownlee, ACTIVATE presents Steampunk Journey through Time and Space, featuring fire installations and fire spinners, aerial acrobatics, live body painting, tarot cards, a steampunk-inspired fashion show featuring Iridium Clothing Co., and art by more than two dozen artists. There's an afterparty on the roof of theWit, 201 N. State St., beginning at 10pm. Admission is free; RSVP on Do312 for a free drink ticket.

Scopitone Party @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., screens Scopitone films from the collection of Nick Osborn tonight from 8 to 10pm. Scopitone was a 1960s era "music video" machine featuring 16mm film. The Windy City Soul Club will be providing music before and after the screening. The screening is free; more details on Facebook.

Bronzeville Comedy Showcase @ Blanc Gallery

Vocalo presents the Bronzeville Comedy Showcase tonight at 6pm at Blanc Gallery, 4445 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. The lineup this month includes Felonius Munk, Rebecca Oneal and Jay Washington. Tim Barnes hosts, and Ayana Contreras DJs. Free.

Widowspeak @ Hotel Lincoln

Joie de Vivre hotels and BoingBoing present a performance by Widowspeak in the rooftop bar at Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N. Clark St., tonight at 6pm. Free, but RSVP required. 21+

Fernet-Branca's Barback Games @ Thalia Hall

40 of Chicago's best barbacks compete in Fernet-Branca's Barback Games. A gladiator stye battle to crown Chicago's best barback. Featuring DJs: Matt Roan and Dave Mata (of Soul Summit). 21 and over. Free. 8:00 pm. Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport St.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Night @ Geek Bar Beta

Geek Bar Beta is hosting a Virtual and Augmented Reality Night. Exploring the history of virtual reality and some of the newest technologies in that field. Interactive event. 6:00 pm 21+ Free. 1921 W North Avenue

Sinister @ Music Box

The Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., screens the horror flick Sinister for free tonight at 9:30pm ahead of the release of Sinister 2.

Talk By Albert Tanquero: Vicki Star: Transgender Renegade Of The 1960s @ Comfort Station

As part of the Vernacular Photo Festival at Comfort Station, a talk and visual presentation by Albert Tanquero - Vicki Star: Transgender Renegade Of The 1960s. A Photographic Exploration Of The Star's Life In NYC/SF From The 1950s - 1970s. A unique peek into the life of one of the top transgender burlesque stars of the era.

Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee 1:00pm - Free

Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth Artist Lecture @ Comfort Station

The Comfort Station is hosting an artist lecture today from 12-1pm with Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth. The event is located at 2579 N Milwaukee Avenue.

Madhuri Shukla: Dog Days Opening Reception @ Roman Susan Annex

Madhuri Shukla will be exhibited drawings, sculptures, animations, and murals at the Roman Susan Annex tonight from 7-10pm. The Annex is located at West Birchwood Avenue and North Sheridan Road.

Lost And Found: The Search For Harry And Edna @ Comfort Station

As part of The Vernacular Photo Festival, Comfort Station Presents:

A Visual Presentation by Jeff Phillips: Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna. Phillips is the creator of Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna ((harryandedna.com), a viral social media and photography experiment that became a traveling exhibition and subsequently received national media attention for its content and production.

7:00pm at Comfort Station 2579 N. Milwaukee - Free

"Awkward Dimensions" Opening Reception @ LVL3

LVL3, the apartment gallery located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Avenue, will be presenting "Awkward Dimensions" a two-person show tonight from 6-10pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Archie Powell & the Exports / Mutts @ Emporium

Tonight at Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Midwest Action celebrates the release of their first 7-inch record, Side X Side: Vol. 1, a split with Archie Powell & the Exports and Mutts. The Exports and Mutts will both perform, with Freaks for Geeks opening. Doors are at 8pm. Details on Facebook. No cover, 21+

Kate Harding @ Women & Children First

Kate Harding reads from her new book, Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture — and What We Can Do about It, tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. RSVP on Facebook. Free.

The Innocent Eye? (What We Talk About When We Talk About Snapshots) @ Comfort Station

In conjunction with Comfort Station's Vernacular Photo Festival, Nicholas Osborn gives a talk titled The Innocent Eye? (What We Talk About When We Talk About Snapshots) at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 7pm. Osborn has been collecting snapshots for almost twenty years. He is the co-author of Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America and the founder of the late, much-lamented vernacular photography website Square America. Free.

John Conroy @ Uri-Eichen Gallery

Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted St., presents an evening with John Conroy, playwright, journalist and law professor. The discussion is in connection with 40 Acres and a Mule: A Series of Visual Art Shows and Discussions About Reparations for Slavery, an exhibition of activist art. The reception is from 6 to 10pm; Conroy talks at 7pm. Free.

Wine & Cheese Night @ SHoP (Southside Hub of Production)

SHoP, a location in Hyde Park, is inviting individuals for a wine and cheese tasting. SHoP is located at 1448 E 57th St., and is free and open to the public. Visitors are asked to bring a bottle of wine and cheese.

Lies Reading Series @ Cafe Mustache

The Lies Reading Series returns to Cafe Mustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. The all-fiction reading series this month features Juan Martinez, Megan Kirby, Jessica Berger and Chris Bower. Free.

Sarah Paretsky @ Open Books West Loop

Author Sarah Paretsky does a reading and Q&A about her latest VI Warshawski book, Brush Back, from 12:30 to 1:30pm today at Open Books, 651 W. Lake St. Free.

C2ST Speakeasy @ Geek Bar Beta

The Chicago Council on Science & Technology (C2ST) hosts its monthly Speakeasy event tonight at 7pm at Geek Bar Beta, 1941 W. North Ave. Guest speaker this time is nutritionist and registered dietitian Dr. Kristina Martinez, who will give a talk titled "Diet, Gut Bacteria, and Metabolic Disease: Strategies to Promote Healthy Microbial Communities." Admission is free, but registration is requested. 21+

Broadway in Chicago Concert @ Pritzker Pavilion

Broadway in Chicago will host a free concert of Broadway show performances tonight at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The concert will feature cast members from 10 Broadway shows, celebrating 15 years of Broadway in Chicago, including Gotta Dance, 42nd Street, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, If/Then, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Dirty Dancing.

CHIRP Broadcast Kickoff Party @ Lagunitas

The Chicago Independent Radio Project will soon begin broadcasting its low-power FM signal at 107.1, and to celebrate they're throwing a kickoff party tonight in the tap room at Lagunitas Brewery, 2607 W. 17th St., at 5:30pm. Modern Vices will perform live, and there will be free appetizers and $5 Lagunitas drafts -- plus door prizes galore. Free, 21+

The Marrow @ Whistler

The Marrow nonfiction reading series returns to the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 5:30pm. This month's lineup features Rebecca Makkai, Alba Machado, Martha Bayne and Rosamund Lannin. Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett host. Free, 21+

Bill Savage Gallery Talk @ Firecat Projects

Writer and Northwestern professor Bill Savage gives a gallery talk titled "Accidental Beauties: the Aesthetics and Symbolism of Water Tanks (and Other Antiquated Infrastructure)" during the closing reception for This Must Be the Place, an exhibition of paintings by Kevin Swallow, tonight at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Ave. The reception is from 3 to 5pm today. Free.

Air & Water Show

Get ready for your pets to go nuts: the Chicago Air & Water Show is Saturday and today, centered on North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr. The show will feature the Blue Angels, Golden Knights and Leap Frogs parachute teams, the Breitling Jet Team and more, from 10am to 3pm both days. Admission is free.

Ma(s)king Her Performance and Screening @ Reva and David Logan Center

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, in conjunction with Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, will be hosting an event tonight entitled, "Ma(s)king Her" from 7-10pm. The event includes the Honey Pot Performance and a special screening of "Futurewoman". Free and open to the public. The Logan Center is located at 915 E. 60th St.

Air & Water Show

Get ready for your pets to go nuts: the Chicago Air & Water Show is today and Sunday, centered on North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr. The show will feature the Blue Angels, Golden Knights and Leap Frogs parachute teams, the Breitling Jet Team and more, from 10am to 3pm both days. Admission is free.

Kevin Schulz @ In These Times

Join In These Times at ther Logan Square office at 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave. for a discussion with historian Kevin Schultz on his new book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties, tonight at 7:30pm. Schulz will discuss the book with In These Times Associate Editor Micah Uetricht, and video clips from Mailer and Buckley's various encounters with each other and others will also be shown. Free drinks will be available. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

Stevie Hanley: "Synaesthetica" Opening Reception @ International Museum of Surgical Science

From 6-9pm, "Synaesthetica", will open at the International Museum of Surgical Science and feature the work of Chicago-based artist Stevie Hanley. The museum is located at 1524 N Lake Shore Drive.


Splice Series @ Beat Kitchen

The Splice Series, a biweekly night of improvised music hosted by Peter Maunu and Albert Wildeman, is at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 8pm. Damon Locks of the Eternals is the featured guest. Free, 21+

Gallery Talk about Archibald Motley Exhibition @ Chicago Cultural Center

Join Daniel Schulman at the Chicago Cultural Center for a discussion about Archibald Motley's exhibition, "Jazz Age Modernist" which is on view until August 31st. The talk will be on the 4th floor, North, in the Sidney Yates Gallery. The talk is free and open to the public.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club holds their monthly sci fi and fantasy book club meeting this evenign between 6:30pm and 7:30pm at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). Today's book for discussion is Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman. The event is free. Please RSVP through the Facebook event page.

Stars Align w/ Jennifer Hall & Gabe Lebowitz

Gapers Block's Stars Align brings together Gabe Liebowitz (Dastardly) and Jennifer Hall for a night of collaboration that you don't want to miss. Hall and Liebowitz are both talented singers and songwriters, and anything can happen when they get together and strip their work down to the bare essentials. Sponsored by Begyle Brewing, Stars Align is moving to its new home at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Doors open at 9pm and the show is free. Let us know you're coming (and tell your friends!) on Facebook. 21+

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's lineup includes Britt Julious, David Barish, Carly Oishi, and Tess Lennon-Dorn. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This time around, readers Eric Ruelle, Matt Pavich, Kate McIIvan, Greg Ledger, Will Petty and Kendra Stevens will start their stories with the sentence, "Trust no bitch." Maggie Jenkins hosts. No cover, but donations will be collected for the Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki Book Release @ Murasaki Sake Lounge

Robert O'Connor and Magnus Bartlett celebrate the release of their book Hiroshima, Nagasaki tonight at 7pm at Murasaki Sake Lounge, 311 E. Ontario St. Free.

Claire Arctander Exhibition @ Trunk Show

Tonight from 7-9, Trunk Show will be featuring Claire Arctander in her solo exhibition of "tender" but "both messy and incisive" series of work. The exhibition will be located in a backyard located at 2535 N. Willetts Ct.

Artflicks Screening @ Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center is hosting a one night only event where the garage doors will be opened in Gallery 1 and transformed into a movie theater. From 4:30-5:45 "Style Wars" will be shown, from 6-6:45 an artist talk and film discussion will occur and at 7:30-8:55pm, "Cutie and the Boxer" will end the event. The HPAC is located at 5020 S Cornell Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Bring snacks and blankets/chairs!

South Side Mini Maker Faire

The South Side Mini Maker Faire runs from 11am to 5pm today at Ford City Mall, 7601 S. Cicero Ave. Check out projects and demos from more than three dozen organizations. Many of the demos are hands-on and interactive. Free. Register to attend.

"Ask the Oracle" Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

"Ask the Oracle" will be opening tonight from 7-11pm at Heaven Gallery located at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. The group exhibition includes painting, sculpture, performance, and video to reference the process of creation and assemblage. The reception is open and free to the public.


Crow Requiem: A Screening and Discussion @ Gallery 400

Gallery 400, located at 400 S. Peoria St., will be presenting the film "Crow Requiem" (2015) in conjunction with the exhibition "After Today". After the screening, Cauleen Smith, Ian Curry, and Krista Franklin will lead a discussion. The screening will be from 6-7:30pm.

Film Delights @ Comfort Station

As part of the Vernacular Photo Festival at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., curator Ron Slattery will screen Film Delights, a collection of 8mm and 16mm films found over Slattery's years of visiting flea markets, estate sales and auctions. The screening will run from 8:30 to 10pm. Free.

Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Today from noon-1pm, enjoy free house music from the Chosen Few DJs under the Picasso in Daley Plaza downtown. The "Hot Mix Lunch" will take place once a month this summer by the same awesome collective who bring you The Chosen Few Picnic every year.

Steve Coleman Farewell Concert @ The Logan Center for the Arts

The Logan Center for the Arts will be presenting a farewell jazz concert by Steve Coleman and Five Elements this evening at 7:30pm. The event takes place at 915 E. 60th St. in the Performance Penthouse. Free, $10 suggested donation.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, your favorite eclectic monthly reading series, returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., with guests Henri Harps, Robert McDonald, Ryan DiGiorgi, Hallie Palladino and Daniel Kraus. Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, please, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins promptly at 7:30. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

Community Discussion @ Arts Incubator

Artist and Arts + Public Life Director Theaster Gates leads a community discussion at Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Ave., tonight from 6 to 7pm. Area residents are invited to talk about upcoming events, plans and future community arts initiatives. Free.

More Clowns in Cemetery @ Woodlawn Cemetery

As International Clown Week approaches, Chicagoland has it covered. Come celebrate the 16th anniversary of clown week at Showmen's Rest burial site in Woodlawn Cemetery, located at 7750 Cermak Avenue in Forest park. It is the resting place of many clowns and circus performers since the Hammond train wreck that claimed their lives in 1918. For several years, clowns and circus folk have been gathering there to honor their graves, and simultaneously put on a classic clown heavy circus event, complete with juggling, acrobatics, clowning and magic as well as free food and games for all. The event starts Sunday August 2nd from 1 to 3pm.

Fiesta del Sol

Pilsen's Fiesta del Sol, the largest Latino culture festival in the Midwest, runs July 30 to Aug. 2 on Cermak Roadd from Morgan to Loomis. The festival features live music on two stages, an arts and culture pavilion, kids' area, a soccer tournament, food vendors, carnival rides and more. Admission is free; buy a "megapass" for unlimited carnival rides. The festival runs from 11am to 10pm today.

Open screening @ Chicago Filmmakers

Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark) holds their regular "open screening" tonight at 8:00pm. Local filmmakers are invited to bring their works (maximum time allowed is 20 minutes); all works will be screened. Admission is free.

Tony Fitzpatrick @ Book Cellar

Artist and writer Tony Fitzpatrick discusses Dime Stories, his recent collection of essays and artwork, tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Free.

Peter Skvara: "Approaches" Opening Reception @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Andrew Rafacz Gallery, located at 835 W. Washington Blvd., will be presenting a solo exhibition of Peter Skvara's paintings and installations today from 4-7pm at an opening reception event. Many of the works in "Approaches" reference shipwrecks, Lake Michigan, and exploration. The works will on view until September 5th, 2015. The event is free and open to the public.

Fiesta del Sol

Pilsen's Fiesta del Sol, the largest Latino culture festival in the Midwest, runs July 30 to Aug. 2 on Cermak Roadd from Morgan to Loomis. The festival features live music on two stages, an arts and culture pavilion, kids' area, a soccer tournament, food vendors, carnival rides and more. Admission is free; buy a "megapass" for unlimited carnival rides. The festival runs from 11am to 11pm today.

Sarah Paretsky @ Women & Children First

Sarah Paretsky, author of the VI Warshawski mystery series, reads and signs her latest book, Brush Back, tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free.

Fiesta del Sol

Pilsen's Fiesta del Sol, the largest Latino culture festival in the Midwest, runs July 30 to Aug. 2 on Cermak Roadd from Morgan to Loomis. The festival features live music on two stages, an arts and culture pavilion, kids' area, a soccer tournament, food vendors, carnival rides and more. Admission is free; buy a "megapass" for unlimited carnival rides. The festival runs from 11am to 11pm today.

Hook @ Wicker Park

Watch this 90s-classic take on Peter Pan at 8:30pm as part of the Chicago Park District's 2015 Movies in the Park schedule. Hook is part of Wicker Park's (1425 N. Damen) "Summer of Robin Williams," featuring several films starring the late actor. This movie is free, and bug spray is encouraged!

The Stoop @ Rosa's Lounge

The Stoop is back at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Ave., tonight at 7pm, with stories on the theme of "What Has Happened Was..." Featured readers include Mike Gifford, Eva Green and Simeon Norfleet Sr., aka SHADOWMASTER. Lily Be and Clarence Browley host. No cover, 21+

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me @ Millennium Park

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me tapes a free show tonight at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Show time is at 7:00pm.

"A House Dance Class" @ The Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center will be hosting "A House Dance Class" event which is apart of the House Music Summer series developed by The City of Chicago. The class is open to all levels and instructs the basic foundational movements and footwork in House dancing. The CCC is located at 78 E. Washington St. The event begins at 6:00 and lasts until 7:30pm.


Fiesta del Sol

Pilsen's Fiesta del Sol, the largest Latino culture festival in the Midwest, runs July 30 to Aug. 2 on Cermak Roadd from Morgan to Loomis. The festival features live music on two stages, an arts and culture pavilion, kids' area, a soccer tournament, food vendors, carnival rides and more. Admission is free; buy a "megapass" for unlimited carnival rides. The festival runs from 5 to 10pm tonight.

Just Eat It!: A Food Waste Story @ The Comfort Station

The Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a film screening of Just Eat It!: A Food Waste Story from 8 to 10pm. The film focuses on the millions of food that North Americans toss and trash without any further thought. The event is free and open to the public.


Andersonville Sidewalk Sale

The annual Andersonville Sidewalk Sale runs July 24-26 on Clark Street from Argyle to Edgewater. More than two dozen shops and restaurants will have sales both on the sidewalk and inside; see the website for a list of participating businesses.

31st Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

Book lovers, line up to get your hands on more than 120,000 books in 70 different categories, including cookbooks, literature, children's series, biographies and foreign language this weekend. Pop over to the annual Newberry Library Book Fair for $2 or less books and plenty of extras like music, movies, sports memorabilia and rare collectibles. Entry is free! July 23-26 at The Newberry, located at 60 W. Walton St. The sale is from noon to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

31st Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

Book lovers, line up to get your hands on more than 120,000 books in 70 different categories, including cookbooks, literature, children's series, biographies and foreign language this weekend. Pop over to the annual Newberry Library Book Fair for $2 or less books and plenty of extras like music, movies, sports memorabilia and rare collectibles. Entry is free! July 23-26 at The Newberry, located at 60 W. Walton St. The sale is from noon to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Andersonville Sidewalk Sale

The annual Andersonville Sidewalk Sale runs July 24-26 on Clark Street from Argyle to Edgewater. More than two dozen shops and restaurants will have sales both on the sidewalk and inside; see the website for a list of participating businesses.

"NO SAD STUFF" Opening Reception @ FLATSstudio

Tonight from 6-10pm, FLATSstudio will be presenting their July exhibition, "No Sad Stuff", which will feature pop art, nostalgia, and vibrancy. Beverages will be provided by KOVAL Distillery, music by Wild Skies and Indisposed, and live drawings by Grant Goodwine and Landon Perkins. RSVP to rsvp@flatschicago.com with the number of attendees. FLATSstudio is located at 1050 W. Wilson Avenue.

Opening Reception: Rodrigo Lara "Deportable Aliens" @ The National Museum of Mexican Art

The National Museum of Mexican Art will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibition, "Deportable Aliens" this evening from 6-8pm. In conjunction with the show, the artist, Rodrigo Lara, will be giving a talk on August 19th at 6pm.

Artist Talk with Susan Giles @ The Arts Club of Chicago

The Jackman Goldwasser Resident artist, Susan Giles, will be discussing her work and process with Tony Macaluso at the Arts Club of Chicago. The talk will begin at 12pm. Please RSVP to Arielle Ismail at ariellei@carolfoxassociates.com by July 24. The talk is located at 201 E Ontario.

Jimmy Carter @ Seminary Co-op Bookstores

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics presents former President Jimmy Carter at a book signing for his memoir, A Full Life, at the Seminary Co-op in Hyde Park. The event begins at noon and ends at 2pm. Customers can have up to five books signed, one of which must be A Full Life -- no additional memorabilia will be signed. The bookstore is located at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

31st Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

Book lovers, line up to get your hands on more than 120,000 books in 70 different categories, including cookbooks, literature, children's series, biographies and foreign language this weekend. Pop over to the annual Newberry Library Book Fair for $2 or less books and plenty of extras like music, movies, sports memorabilia and rare collectibles. Entry is free! July 23-26 at The Newberry, located at 60 W. Walton St. The sale is from noon to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Andersonville Sidewalk Sale

The annual Andersonville Sidewalk Sale runs July 24-26 on Clark Street from Argyle to Edgewater. More than two dozen shops and restaurants will have sales both on the sidewalk and inside; see the website for a list of participating businesses.

Los Cojolites @ Pritzker Pavilion

Los Cojolites play for free at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., as the final show of the Downtown Sound concert series. David Wax Museum opens. Show's at 6:30pm.

North Korean Perspectives @ Museum of Contemporary Photography

The group show North Korean Perspectives opens today at 5pm with a brief discussion at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. MoCP is located at Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan Ave. Free.

31st Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

Book lovers, line up to get your hands on more than 120,000 books in 70 different categories, including cookbooks, literature, children's series, biographies and foreign language this weekend. Pop over to the annual Newberry Library Book Fair for $2 or less books and plenty of extras like music, movies, sports memorabilia and rare collectibles. Entry is free! July 23-26 at The Newberry, located at 60 W. Walton St. The sale is from noon to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Essay Fiesta! @ The Book Cellar

Starting at 7pm, Essay Fiesta! will commandeer The Book Cellar (4736-38 N Lincoln) for an evening of live lit from some of Chicago's finest storytellers, including Erin Diamond, Katie Pecho, Jac Jemc, Katie Prout, and James Gordan. This event is free, but donations are accepted on behalf of 826Chicago.

Murder by Death @ Pritzker Pavilion

Murder by Death plays for free at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., as part of the Downtown Sound concert series. Banditos open. Show's at 6:30pm.

Bob Suren/Crate Digger @ Quimby's

Quimby's presents a reading by Bob Suren, author of Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Rock Records. The reading happens at the Quimby's store (1854 W. North Ave.) tonight at 7:00pm. Further details at Quimby's site.

Mom & Pop: Family Business in Art & Life @ Arts Incubator

The Arts Incubator in Washington Park is featuring an opening reception for the group exhibition, "Mom & Pop: Family Business in Art & Life" tonight at 6pm. The show will focus on community, capitalism, and the complications of family.

Belt Magazine Happy Hour @ Hideout

Belt Magazine holds its first-ever happy hour tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Bobby Conn DJs while fans of the magazine and the Rust Belt chat and enjoy drinks. Doors open at 5pm. Free, 21+

The Frunchroom @ O'Rourke's Office

The Frunchroom reading series returns to O'Rourke's Office, 11064 S. Western Ave., tonight at 7:30pm with readings by Jeff Dana, Shay DeGrandis, Mikki Kendall, Evan F. Moore and Scott Smith. Free, RSVP on Facebook.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

New voices telling new stories. Join Story Lab for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs. Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers will share their freshest pieces. This month's lineup features Amelia Aldred, Elizabeth Cambridge, Lena Krause, Drew Love, Enid Munoz, Wesley Ringfelt, and Jen Roehm. Doors at 6:30pm, show's at 7pm at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave. Free, 21+.

Two Cookie Minimum @ Comfort Station

Two Cookie Minimum celebrates its five year anniversary tonight at 8pm at the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Featured readers include comics artist and illustrator Leslie Perrine, Zine publisher and writer Ben Spies, and Independent author and zine publisher Jonas. Hosted by Johnny Misfit. No cover, free cookies.

This Much is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

An evening of storytelling that offers an intimate peek into each of our writer's lives, revealing the humorous, embarrassing and poignant moments that make up a life remembered. This Much is True this month features stories by Jamie Campbell, Stephanie Douglass, Gwen Hilary, Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, Roberta Miles, Ric Walker, and Scott Whitehair. Doors open at 6:45, stories at 7:30 at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. Free.

Is This a Thing? @ O'Shaughnessy's

Is This a Thing? returns to O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave., tonight at 7pm with the theme "Your Song." Readers include David Barish, Julie Marchiano, Carrie McDonald, Stephen Kummer, Jeremy Schaefer, Allison Shoemaker and Michael Van Kerckhove. Hosted by Suzy Weinberg. Free, 21+

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's lineup includes Nestor Gomez, Rebecca Keller, Kim Schultz, and Jenn Sodini. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

"Wherever" Opening Reception @ LVL3

LVL3 and CHGO DSGN are hosting an exhibition this evening from 6-10pm entitled, "Wherever". LVL3 is located at 1542 N Milwaukee Avenue on the 3rd Floor. The exhibition will be on view until August 16th. Additionally, there will be a lecture on July 19th at 2pm by Bryce Wilner.


You Are Beautiful @ Galerie F

Matthew Hoffman and You Are Beautiful help Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee Ave., celebrate its third anniversary with a show of 100 artist-decorated wooden You Are Beautiful signs, tonight from 6 to 10pm. "Superfluous amounts of beer" from SweetWater and Revolution Brewing will be served to those 21+. Free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Cool yourself with a beer and Tuesday Funk in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight. Featured readers are Erin Watson, Fred Sasaki, Norman Doucet and Lily Be -- plus cohost Eden Robins with a full-length piece. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, please, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins promptly at 7:30pm. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

FIFA Women's World Cup Championship Viewing Party

US Soccer hosts a viewing party to watch Team USA face Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Championship today from 3 to 8pm in Lincoln Park near the South Fieldhouse, 1800 N. Stockton Dr. The game starts at 6pm and will be shown on a 19-by-33-foot HD projection screen. Free.

Independence Day & The Burbs @ Empty Bottle

If you don't have plans to hang out in someone's backyard, the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., is screening Independence Day and The Burbs today. Doors open at 11am. Free. 21+

Congrats on Your Success @ Uncharted Books

Comedy, books and beer. What more could you ask for? Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., presents Congrats on Your Success, the bookstore's monthly comedy show.The event will be going on today from 7 to 9pm and will feature some of Logan Square's hottest comedians. Along with the entertainment, the free event will also provide free, yes free, beer from Powell Brew House.

Bill Hillman Reading @ Whistler

Author and adventurer Bill Hillman reads from his book Mozos: A Decade Running with the Bulls of Spain tonight at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 6:30pm tonight. Free, 21+

History Meets Theater @ Oriental Institute

"When History Meets Theater" is the title of a free lunchtime gallery tour on Mesopotamian art and archeology today at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. Maren Robinson, dramaturg for Timeline Theatre's current production of inana, and Kiersten Neumann, Ph.D. in Mesopotamian art and archaeology, will share their reflections on items located in the Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery.

Nerd Nite @ Bottom Lounge

The Chicago chapter of Nerd Nite presents DIY Plutonium, How To Music, and The Booty (Coconut), tonight at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St. Speakers will be Darryl Suskin, Nick Gibson and Seth Harper, respectively. Doors open at 7pm, first talk's at 8pm. Free, but RSVP. 21+

What We Can't Wait to Read this Summer @ Open Books

Open Books, 451 W. Lake St., presents "What We Can't Wait to Read this Summer," a discussion featuring authors Sara Connell, James Kennedy, Ross Ritchell, and Suzanne Brazil talking about what's on their summer reading to-do list, tonight from 6 to 8pm. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

Night Out: Strangers No More @ Douglas Park

2nd Story presents Night Out: Strangers No More at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr., from 6 to 8pm tonight, featuring readings by Melissa DuPrey, Jasmin Cardenas, Earliana McLaurin and Annette Britton. Curated by Jessica Young. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Today from noon-1pm, enjoy free house music from the Chosen Few DJs under the Picasso in Daley Plaza downtown. The "Hot Mix Lunch" will take place once a month this summer by the same awesome collective who bring you The Chosen Few Picnic on July 4 in Jackson Park.

Poi Dog Pondering @ Downtown Sound

Poi Dog Pondering does a free show in the Pritzker Pavilion, 205 E. Randolp St., tonight at 6:30pm as part of the Downtown Sound music series. Caroline Smith opens.

Quimby's Night at LiveWire Lounge

It's Quimby's Night at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., and so the indie bookstore presents "3 Songs, 3 Writers Reading About Those Songs" tonight at 6pm, featuring Ben Tanzer reading about "The World's a Mess" by X, Shay DeGrandis, reading about "Ever Fallen In Love" by the Buzzcocks, and Paul Durica reading about "Children of the Revolution" by T. Rex. The Blue Ribbon Glee Club will perform each song live. Free, 21+

Made-Up with Danny Volk @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is hosting Danny Volk's on-going project, "Made-Up with Danny Volk" today at 3pm. While interviewing artists, Danny simultaneously allows them to do his makeup. For this particular interview, Faheem Majeed will discuss his life and art while applying makeup to the host. The event is free.


Chicago Food Truck Fest @ South Loop Green Space

Mmmmm, I can taste all the delicious Chicago dogs already. The second annual Chicago Food Truck Festival is being held Saturday and today at the South Loop Green Space, 2400 S. Dearborn St. With a host a food trucks and free admission (and smells), the event is sure to be a triumph for tastebuds everywhere. The festival runs from noon to 7pm. Admission is free, or pay $5 to get in an hour earlier or $10 for early access plus a drink.

Chicago Pride Parade

The 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade starts at noon today at Broadway and Montrose and runs south on Broadway, onto Halsted, then east on Belmont, then south on Broadway again, then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. (Got all that?) Be warned, police will be watching for alcohol and doling out $1,000 tickets. Otherwise, free.

Renegade Craft Fair Pop-Up @ Hideout

The Renegade Craft Fair is doing a pop-up show outside the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., this weekend from 11am to 6pm. Shop for local handmade goods while listening to live music by the Tiny Clover Band and Black Bear Combo. Admission is free.

Aesthetic Disorder Opening Reception @ The Archer Beach Haus

Archer Beach Haus, in collaboration with S+S Project, will be featuring a group exhibition entitled, Aesthetic Disorder, tonight from 6-10pm. The space is located at 10pm at 3012 S. Archer Avenue.


Renegade Craft Fair Pop-Up @ Hideout

The Renegade Craft Fair is doing a pop-up show outside the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., this weekend from 11am to 6pm. Shop for local handmade goods while listening to live music by the Hat Stretchers and Rorey Carroll. Admission is free.

Marriage Equality Victory Rally

There's a marriage equality victory rally tonight at 7pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Free.

Signs of the Times Opening Reception @ Johalla Projects

Johalla Projects, 1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 209, hosts an opening reception for Signs of the Times, a new exhibition of work by street artist Dont Fret, tonight from 6 to 10pm. Wheat pastings and stylized characters that project humor, neighborhood culture, and charm, will be exhibited in the show which is on view until July 31.

"Pot Shop Pop Up" Opening Reception @ Tusk

A pop-up exhibition located at Tusk will feature 30+ artists tonight at an opening reception from 7-9pm. Tusk is located at 3205 W Armitage Avenue. Pot Shop Pop Up is free and open to the public.


The Stoop @ Rosa's Lounge

The Stoop reading series is back at Rosa's, 3420 W. Armitage Ave., tonight at 7pm. Hosts Lily Be and Clarence Browley welcome featured readers Janeida Rivera, Cesar Zamudio and Melissa DuPrey, along with a couple open mic readers. The theme this month is "Word." 21+

The Marrow @ Whistler

The Marrow reading series returns to The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 6pm. Featured readers include Samantha Bailey, Carly Oishi, Ines Bellina and Molly Each. Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett host. No cover, 21+

Make Music Chicago

Rush Hour Concerts presents Make Music Chicago, an all-day, citywide music-making festival as a part of the world holiday Fete de la Musique, annually held on the summer solstice. The free music celebration will cover the city with live performances and audience engagement events. Music makers of all skill levels, ages, and musical styling will gather in Chicago's public spaces to perform music of all genres. The festival will feature 200 performances and events across 80 locations in 20 of the city's neighborhoods. Performances start at 10am and run though 10pm or later; see the schedule for shows near you. Free.

Ivan Lozano: Suffocated From the Inside Opening Reception @ Andrew Rafacz

Today from 4-7pm, Andrew Rafacz Gallery will be opening the exhibition, Suffocated From the Inside, featuring works from the artist Ivan Lozano. The gallery space is located on 835 W. Washington Blvd.

Not to Be Taken @ Sector 2337

Today at 3pm, Terri Kapsalis and Anne Elizabeth Moore perform Not to Be Taken, a work of artistic action as part of Ellen Rothenberg's exhibition elsetime at Sector 2337, 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave. Admission is free.

Loose Canon: Scenes and Monologues from the Edge of the Cliff

The Illinois Humanities Council presents Loose Canon: Scenes and Monologues from the Edge of the Cliff, a staged reading of a work in progress by playwright Ike Holter featuring actors Tony Santiago, Syndey Charles, Tony Balbot and Lauren Sivak, followed by a Q&A with the artists, today from 2 to 5pm at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Alice Tippit: La Force Opening Reception @ Paris London Hong Kong

Opening tonight from 5-8pm, Paris London Hong Kong, will be presenting the works of Alice Tippit in the exhibition, "La Force". PLJK is located on 845 W. Washington Blvd., 2nd Floor.

John Himmelfarb Opening Reception: "No Exit" @ McCormick Gallery

Thirty years of "trucks, icons, and weird drawings", will be presented at McCormick gallery in the solo exhibition, "No Exit" tonight from 5-7PM. The work of John Himmelfarb will be on view until August 15th. McCormick Gallery is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd.


Taco vs. Pizza @ Empty Bottle

It's the battle of the munchies tonight at 9pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., as The Morons represent tacos and ShowYouSuck champions pizza on stage, while tables of each food (and plenty of PBR, the show's sponsor) are consumed by the audience. The food is free, the beer is not. RSVP on Facebook. 21+

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

TThe Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival kicks off its truly international festival with the Magmanus Show, a couple of guys from Sweden doing street circus in style. They promise some Bollywood juggling, teeterboard stunts, dancing, comedy, interacting with the crowd and even a g-string finale. You can see it all for free at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park today from 1 to 2pm. Pray for good weather! Free.

Pungent Parlor @ Black Rock

The Pungent Parlor, a new reading series hosted by Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon on the third Thursday of the month, makes its debut tonight in the back room at Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen Ave., at 8pm. Featured readers are Ricky Swift, Sondra Morin, Michael Dewar, Bradley Bischoff, Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon. No cover, 21+

Napoleon Dynamite @ Millennium Park

There's a free screening of Napoleon Dynamite at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6:30pm as part of Bike Week.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta returns to the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. The featured readers this mont h include Ali Kelley, Meryl Williams, Nestor Gomez, Tania Richard and Tom Wolferman; Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast host. No cover, but donations are accepted for 826CHI.

Ladies Night at That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's all-lady lineup includes Eileen Dougharty, Sheila Quirke, Mary Lorenz, and Gina Watters. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

Orange You Glad! Opening Reception @ Ballroom Projects

From 7-10pm, Ballroom Projects is hosting an opening reception for the exhibition, "Orange You Glad!". The group show features artists Dan Mrva, Claire Ashley, and Matt Mancini. The event is location at 3012 S. Archer Avenue #3.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday

The June edition of 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in East Pilsen will feature work by multi-disciplinary artists in 30-plus galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District. You'll find all manner of art and artists, as well as explore the gorgeous architecture and courtyards on Halsted Street between 16th and Cermak. Plan your stroll by picking up a map at the info center at 1821 S. Halsted St., or check out the calendar. 6pm-10pm.

Chantala Kommanivanh "Sabai, Sabai" Opening Reception @ NYCH Gallery

NYCH Gallery is presenting the new paintings of Chantala Kommanivanh during an opening reception tonight from 6-10pm. The gallery is free and open to the public. Located at 643 W 18th St.


Two Cookie Minimum @ Comfort Station

The Two Cookie Minimum reading series is back at the Comfort Station in Logan Square, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. The lineup this month features writer/performer Annabel Lang, and comics artists Cathy Hannah and Jon Drawdoer. Johnny Misfit hosts. Free, and cookies will be served.

Victoria Martinez "Eleven Eleven" @ Elastic Arts

From 8pm until 12am, Elastic Arts, is inviting the public to view Victoria Martinez's evolving installation. Following this exhibition, Martinez will exhibit at the Comfort Station in July and create site-specific sculptures with teenagers from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Elastic Arts in located at 3429 W Diversey Ave #208. The exhibition is on view until August 30th.

Hebru Brantley "Memoirs of the Minimum Wage" Opening Reception @ Vertical Gallery

Beginning at 6pm, Vertical Gallery will be opening the new exhibition, "Memoirs of the Minimum Wage" which features a survey of middle-class America. The artist, Hebru Brantley displays this topic through sketches, watercolors, paintings and sculptures. Vertical Gallery is located at 1016 N Western Ave. Free and open to the public.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

CAKE 2015, the celebration and marketplace for independent comics, runs today and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attend panel discussions and workshops, meet comics artists, and buy cool stuff. See the schedule for a list of ancillary events. Admission is free.

The Barack Obama Presidential Library Opening Reception @ Hyde Park Free Theater

The Hyde Park Free Theater, located at 1448 East 57th St., hosts an opening reception tonight from 5 to 9pm for The Barack Obama Presidential Library. Free.

Art Paul "Hard Heads, Sweet Knees, Forked Tongues" Opening Reception @ Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Opening today from 6-9PM, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is presenting artist, Art Paul, in his new exhibition, "Hard Heads, Sweet Knees, Forked Tongues". Paul served as the art director for Playboy for 30 years and also designed the rabbit head logo. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is located at 2320 W Chicago Ave Chicago. Open and free to the public.


How to Draw Comics The Ladydrawers' Way

Tonight at 6pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., the Ladydrawers Comics Collective and Femicomix Finland present "a series of performances, readings, games, and possibly interpretive dances from international comics creators that will show you how to make comics The Ladydrawers Way™" in celebration of the release of the Ladydrawers' new anthology, How To Draw Comics The Ladydrawers Way™!. Admission is free.

Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Today from noon-1pm, enjoy free house music from the Chosen Few DJs under the Picasso in Daley Plaza downtown. The "Hot Mix Lunch" will take place once a month this summer by the same awesome collective who bring you The Chosen Few Picnic on July 4 in Jackson Park.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series, gives a warm June welcome to guests Emily Nordling, Hannah Gamble, Christa Desir, Mary Lorenz and Kirsten Jensen tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, alas, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins promptly at 7:30pm. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

The Burden @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosts a free screening of The Burden, a documentary about America's dependence on oil and its threat to national security, tonight at 7:30pm. The film will be followed by a discussion hosted by Henry Henderson, midwest director of the National Resource Defense Council; filmmaker Roger Sorkin; Kevin Johnson, Iraq War veteran and director of federal business development for Canadian Solar (USA) Inc.; and Michael Breen, Iraq War veteran and executive director of the Center for National Policy. RSVP here.

Madeleine Aguilar @ The Hyde Park Free Theater

Seventeen-year-old Madeleine Aguilar performs a concert today from 2 to 3pm at the Hyde Park Free Theater, 1448 E. 57th St., to celebrate the release of her new album, Made In. Her album will be given away free of charge during the concert. More details on Facebook.

Jessica Hopper Reading @ Quimby's

Pitchfork Senior Editor Jessica Hopper reads from her new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, tonight at 7pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. Read our review of The First Collection... in Transmission.

Danny Floyd & Jeff Prokash Opening Reception @ Cornerstone

Cornerstone, 1701 W. Division St. #2E, is presenting the works of Danny Floyd and Jeff Prokash in the exhibition 2 Tambours tonight from 7-9pm. Free.

Jaime Foster Solo Exhibition "Biophilia" @ Elephant Room Gallery

Tonight from 6:30-9:30PM, Jaime Foster will be exhibiting her smaller scale abstract paintings in her solo exhibition, "Biophilia", at the Elephant Room Gallery. Jamie's work is ethereal, nature inspired, and rich with neutral hues and movement. The work will be on view until July 3rd, 2015. The Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S. Wabash Avenue.

Kori Newkirk Artist Talk @ Logan Center for the Arts

From 6:30pm-8pm, Kori Newkirk will be giving an artist talk at the Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park. Newkirk creates paintings, multimedia work, installations, sculptures, and photographs that focus on cultural identity and his personal history. The Logan Center is located at 915 E 60th St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Trade Plants for Poems @ The University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts

Cream Co.'s ongoing project, General Economy, Exquisite Exchange (G.E.E.E.) will be located in the Logan Center's courtyard from today, May 26th until May 27th from noon until dusk. The courtyard is located on the U of C campus at 915 E 60th St. 2000 seedlings of fourteen variations of tomato's will be available for trading: for a word, a poem, or for free.


Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. Go outside and grill something.

Kirsten Leenaars' Notes on Empty Chairs @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Notes on Empty Chairs, a series of interactive performances by Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars exploring themes of empathy, loss, and remembrance. Tonight's performance is from 6 to 7pm in the MCA Studio, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Free with museum admission.

Mole de Mayo

The sixth annual Mole de Mayo, a mole festival and cooking competition, takes over 18th Street in Pilsen from Ashland to Blue Island Avenue Saturday and today from noon to 9pm. Chefs will be serving their own homemade mole dishes, and the festival will have two stages of musical entertainment, visual artists, traditional Azteca danza and lucha libre. Admission is free. More details on Facebook.

Mole de Mayo

The sixth annual Mole de Mayo, a mole festival and cooking competition, takes over 18th Street in Pilsen from Ashland to Blue Island Avenue today and Sunday from noon to 9pm. Chefs will be serving their own homemade mole dishes, and the festival will have two stages of musical entertainment, visual artists, traditional Azteca danza and lucha libre. Admission is free. More details on Facebook.

Chicago Combustion Rugby Tournament

The Chicago Combustion 15s rugby tournament begins at 9am today at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park near Montrose Beach, 4400 N. Lake Shore Dr. Hosted by the Chicago Dragons, the tournament brings together teams from across the country. Free.

Stars Align @ GMan Tavern

Gapers Block and Begyle Brewing are proud to present Stars Align, a monthly concert series featuring two artists in a one-night-only collaboration at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St. This month we feature Gina Bloom and Donnie Biggins Paul Gulyas. You may recognize Gina from her band The Congregation, or possibly her new joint, The Need and The Night featuring Gina Bloom. And Donnie is well known as singer and guitarist of The Shams Band and organizer of Dunn Dunn Fest. They'll do an hour set full of each other's songs, some favorite covers and maybe even an original. As an added bonus, Begyle is doing a tap takeover at GMan as part of Chicago Craft Beer Week. Come taste some of the freshest beer you can get while you enjoy the great music! Doors are at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm. Free, 21+ UPDATE: Due to a family emergency, The Shams Band's other singer and guitarist, Paul Gulyas, will be filling in for Donnie Biggins. It's still going to be awesome.

Oran Etkin Trio @ Pritzker Pavilion

As a part of the Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival, the Oran Etkin Trio will be performing tonight at 6:30pm with the Chicago Children's Choir. Oran Etkin's music has earned snaps from the likes of New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and musician Yusef Lateef. The performance will be held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, located at 201 E. Randolph. Admission is free.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Popular live lit series Guts & Glory is coming to an end. Tonight's final show will feature readings by Dana Norris, Ian Belknap, JW Basilo, Jen Bosworth and Samantha Bailey. Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby cohost one last time. The show is at 7pm in the upstairs lounge at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Free, 21-and-over, get there early if you hope to get in.

The Marrow @ Whistler

Nonfiction storytelling show The Marrow returns to the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 5:30pm. Featured readers include Genevieve Diesing, Megan Kirby, Noah Cruickshank and Kathleen Rooney. Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett host. Doors open at 5pm. No cover, 21+

Open screening @ Chicago Filmmakers

Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark) offers an Open Screening evening starting at 8:00pm tonight. Anyone who shows up with original work less than 20 minutes long on a DVD will have a chance to show their film. See the Chicago Filmmakers site for full details. Admission to this event is free.

Hellman's Another Part of the Forest, @ Goodman Theatre

A special reading of Lillian Hellman's play, Another Part of the Forest, will be performed today at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. The play is a prequel to Goodman's current production of Hellman's The Little Foxes, which opened May 11. Admission is free but reservations are required. The event is sold out.

Hot Doug's Appreciation Day @ Paulina Meat Market

If you've been missing Hot Doug's, today's your lucky day: the Paulina Meat Market (3501 N. Lincoln Avenue) hosts a Hot Doug's Appreciation Day today, and will be selling the sausages that were produced for the much-beloved hot dog emporium. A grill will be outside, cooking up some of the sausages, and yes, Hot Doug himself will make an appearance!

Jeffly Gabriela Molina Opening Reception @ Kruger Gallery Chicago

Jeffly Gabriela Molina will be presenting her new work at Kruger Gallery Chicago tonight in an opening reception from 6-9PM. The work will be on view until June 27th. Kruger Gallery is located at 3709 N Southport Avenue.

Opening Reception for Feminism (n.): Plural and The Gallery Tally Poster Project @ Woman Made Gallery

Woman Made Gallery will be hosting an opening reception tonight from 6-8pm for their new exhibition, "Feminism (n.) Plural". Additionally, Gallery Tally is a social art project where 300+ artists from around the globe collected and visualized statistical data in regards to the ratios of male and female artists in the top contemporary art galleries. The event will be held at 685 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


Josep Lluís Sert: A Nomadic Dream Screening @ Graham Foundation

This evening MAS Context and the Graham Foundation are screening the film Josep Lluís Sert: A Nomadic Dream. The documentary, written and directed by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez, tells the story of the architect, city planner, and contemporary of Miró, Calder, and Picasso, and his indelible impact on the course of American architecture. The event begins at 6pm at the Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place. Space is limited, so RSVP.

ACTIVATE @ Chicago Loop

The Chicago Loop Alliance is bringing back interactive artwork, music, and culture with ACTIVATE, an alley-based pop-up experience in downtown Chicago. On May 15th, June 12th, July 30th, August 27th, September 18th, and October 16th, the event will be held from 5-10PM. Specific locations will be announced a month prior. RSVP in advance for a complimentary drink ticket for beer or wine.

Manifest Urban Arts Festival @ South Loop

Manifest Urban Art Festival is an all-day event (noon to 9pm) hosted by Columbia College and its students. With live performances, gallery exhibitions, fashion shows, original game design and literary readings, it's a don't-miss event. If you can't make the free event in the South Loop, log into FrequencyTV for exciting all day coverage!

Aleksandar Hemon @ Hideout

Aleksandar Hemon celebrates the release of his new book, The Making of Zombie Wars, with a party tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. In addition to the typical reading and Q&A, there will be actors portraying characters from the book. Doors open at 5pm, stuff starts happening at 6pm. Free, 21+

Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Starting today from noon-1pm, enjoy free house music from the Chosen Few DJs under the Picasso in Daley Plaza downtown. The "Hot Mix Lunch" will take place once a month this summer by the same awesome collective who bring you The Chosen Few Picnic on July 4 in Jackson Park.

On the Table: Sister Neighborhoods @ Hideout

Gapers Block is proud to join the organizers of the Sister Neighborhoods initiative for an On the Table event at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., from 6 to 9pm. There will be soup served, Soup & Bread-style, in the back room of the Hideout, followed by a presentation about Sister Neighborhoods -- an initiative to foster hospitality across communities in the city and suburbs by facilitating an exchange of cultural awareness and barrier breaking activities -- and conversation about how to make the idea a reality. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Chicago Help Initiative, a nonprofit providing meals to the homeless. Register here to attend.

CIADC Opening Day Celebration

The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center will be hosting their ribbon cutting ceremony and open house today from 10am to noon at 6433 N Ravenswood. You'll be able to tour their facilities, meet some of their instructors, learn about becoming a member, and more. There will be light refreshments and the event is free and open to the public.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's lineup includes Eric May, Dina Elenbogen, bokeen, Katie Liesener, and Eileen Tull. Co-hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Opening Reception @ Peregrineprogram

Peregrineprogram, located at 3311 W. Carroll Ave. #119, is featuring a new exhibition entitled, Oh! Oh! Oh!. The photographs by Kelly Kaczynski are reenactments of the eight positions of the body in the Charles Ray sculpture, "Oh! Charley Charley Charley". The opening reception is from 1 to 4pm, and is free and open to the public.


Elaine Hegwood Bowen @ Woodson Regional Library

Author Elaine Hegwood Bowen she reads from her book Old School Adventures From Englewood -- South Side of Chicago today from 2 to 4pm at Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St. Free.

Chicago River Day

Metropolitan Planning Council and Friends of the Chicago River present Chicago River Day, a festival on an old railroad bridge, featuring music by Windy City Soul Club, food trucks, drinks and family-friendly activities, from 1 to 4pm today on Bridge #Z-2 -- better known as the old railroad bridge connecting the northernmost tip of Goose Island with North Avenue. Free.

Screening of Missing @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music present a free screening of the 1982 film Missing, about the disappearance of an American journalist in the 1973 Chilean coup. The screening happens at 1:00pm in the concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln, and is followed by a discussion of recent developments in the case. Please RSVP by going to the Old Town School site, or calling (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Zine Fest

Day two of the Chicago Zine Festival runs from 11am to 6pm at the Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. In addition to the exhibition floor featuring zine publishers from across the country, there will be workshops and discussions throughout the day; see the festival site for details. Free.

Test/Move/Play Ability Opening Reception @ Arts + Public Life

Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture are featuring resident artist, Alberto Aguilar, and his culminating exhibition. The exhibition will take place at several locations which include: Logan Center, Harold Washington College, Arts Incubator, Arts Club of Chicago and 4th Ward Project Space. The opening reception will be tonight from 6-9PM at 301 East Garfield Blvd.

Opening Reception: "Can I See Your ID?" @ Cultura

amfm, a creative hub for local artists will be presenting, "Can I See Your ID?", an exhibition centered on identity this evening at the 2nd Friday Pilsen Art Walk from 6-9PM. The event will be held at Cultura, located at 1900 S. Carpenter Street in Pilsen.

Chicago Zine Fest

The Chicago Zine Festival kicks off today at 5pm at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave., with a panel discussion which focuses on zines and independent publishing. Readings continue throughout the evening and at 7pm, the annual youth reading will be presented as well as a reading by festival exhibitors at 8pm. Free and open to the public.


Pitchfork Studio Visit

Visit the Pitchfork studio, 3317 W. Fullerton Ave., with MAS Context and sit down with designer and creative director Michael Renaud and art director Molly Butterfoss. The duo will discuss the ideas behind The Pitchfork Review and experience working on the first four issues of the magazine. Free registration is required. Donations to support MAS Context's public programs are welcome.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some live lit at Tuesday Funk! The eclectic monthly reading series returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., with guests Wesley Chu, Jenny Drai, Melissa Franic, Maggie Kast and Jack Silverstein. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, alas, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins promptly at 7:30. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

Cosmosis Opening Reception @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center will be hosting the group exhibition, Cosmosis, today from 2-5PM with refreshments and a live DJ set in collaboration with the experimental sound station. The exhibition is on view until August 23rd. The HPAC is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Tonight's events include a variety show at Law of Ice, 1011 W. 31st St., at 8pm. Admission is free. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring DJ Sonorama. No cover, 21+.

Audrey Niffenegger @ Powell's Books

Author and artist Audrey Niffenegger, author of the international bestsellers The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, will read and sign copies of her books tonight at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted St. Free.

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire

Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a kid-oriented Mini Maker Faire today from 10am to 4pm. Build a robot, learn how to make anime, meet some reptiles, play with 3D printers and more! Admission is free, but donations of $10 for adults and $5 for kids are encouraged.

Independent Bookstore Day

Slip between the stacks and find your new favorite book at Chicago Independent Bookstore Day today. Twelve bookstores across the city will have special sales, author events and other fun stuff -- and shoppers can try collecting pages of a limited edition Stuart Dybek story illustrated by Dmitry Samarov.

Society of Midland Authors Centennial

The Society of Midland Authors marks its 100th birthday with a free public literary celebration today at University Center, 525 S. State St. From 10am 5pm, there will be readings and panel discussions featuring nearly two dozen authors, from Rick Kogan to June Sawyers, Ald. Ed Burke to Jonathan Eig. Full details here. Admission is free.

Free Comic Book Day

Today is Free Comic Book Day! Find a local comics shop and see what special events they have going on. And, of course, pick up free comics.

Luftwerk Refractions Opening Reception @ Silent Funny

Luftwerk, the experimental light and installation duo, will be featuring, Refractions, at Silent Funny this evening from 6-10PM. A mid-month concert will be held May 9th from 7:30-10PM and the closing reception will include a live concert on May 29th from 6-8PM. The event is located at 4106 W Chicago Ave.

The Stoop @ Rosa's Lounge

The Stoop storytelling series returns to Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Ave., tonight with the theme "I got the hookup." Readers include Andrew Marikis, Elizabeth Gomez, Amy Sumpter and Richard Aspell. Lily Be and Clarence Browley host. Doors open at 7pm, open mic begins at 7:30pm and the featured readers go on at 8:30pm. No cover, 21+.

Daniel Clowes @ Quimby's

Former Chicago artist Daniel Clowes returns to the city tonight to appear at Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave.) to sign a new reprint of the complete 18-issue run of Eightball. The event happens tonight at 7:00pm, and is free & open to the public. Full details at Quimby's site.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists​ Screening & Discussion @ UIC

This evening the film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists will be screened at Gallery 400 with a panel discussion addressing gender equality in the visual arts. The schedule for the free evening begins with a reception with refreshments at 5:30pm, followed by a 6pm screening and an 8pm discussion with Claudine Isé, Barbara Rossi, Sue Williams, and moderator Judith Russi Kirshner. The event is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and is co­sponsored by Gallery 400 and the Jane Addams Hull­ House Museum. Gallery 400 is located at 400 S. Peoria St. More information about the event is available on Facebook.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken, the female-centric reading series, returns to Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month's theme is "BFF," and readers include Lauren Hooberman, Naomi Huffman, Catherine Eves, Tori Rosin Szekeres and Danette Chavez. Carly Oishi and Rosamund Lannin host. No cover, 21+

Mega Trends in Food & Tech

General Assembly hosts Mega Trends in Food & Tech tonight from 6:30 to 8pm at After-Words Books, 23 E. Illinois St. The panel discussion will feature Justin Massa, cofounder and president of FoodGenius; Mike Lee, founder and CEO of Studio Industries; Beth Robertson, organic, natural and non-GMO sourcing lead at General Mills; and Ryan Osero of IDEO. Free, but registration requested. BYOB.

Archie Powell & the Exports / BUHU / Mutts @ Empty Bottle

Midwest Action presents a free concert tonight at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., in celebration of the release of a split 7-inch featuring Archie Powell & the Exports, BUHU and Mutts. Doors open at 8pm. 21+

Version Festival 15

Version Festival 15 runs April 23 to May 3. The theme this year is "100 Watts" in honor of organizer Public Media Institute's newly licensed low-power radio station. Toight's events include a release party for the latest issue of Lumpen Magazine, titled "Why here? Why now?," from 6 to 8pm at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. Admission is free. Then from 9pm to 2am, WLPN broadcasts live from Maria's, 960 W. 31st St., featuring DJ Catieo and Paul Nixon. No cover, 21+.

S+S Project Video & Performance: Currency Exchange

The S+S Project presents Currency Exchange, an evening of video, performance and hustlin'. RSVP for the address at withinthebody@gmail.com. Video works by Jaycee Conaway, Ben McCoy, Sofia Moreno, Project Rage Queen and many more. Performances by Kiam Marcelo Juno, Isabelle Mcguire, La Spacer and many more as well. The evening begins at 7pm.

Sensing and Sensibility Panel Discussion @ SAIC

This afternoon MAS Context and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago present a panel discussion entitled "Sensing and Sensibility: Politics and Technology in the Contemporary City," featuring Javier Arbona, Ingrid Burrington, Laura Forlano, and Douglas Pancoast. The free event will be moderated by Iker Gil. The event runs from 4:30-6:30pm at the Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 203.

Data, Democracy & the Human Story: A Conversation w/Christian Rudder

The Illinois Humanities Council presents Data, Democracy and the Human Story: A Conversation with Christian Rudder tonight at 6:30pm in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. Rudder, OKCupid co-founder and author of the best-selling Dataclysm, discusses how the information explosion influences the way we understand our culture with Northwestern lecturer Jillana Enteen. The talk is free, but registration is required.

Lasers + Fast + Shit @ Empty Bottle

Lasers + Fast + Shit celebrate the release of their first album, Third: Munch, with a free show at the Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave., tonight at 9pm. Fake Limbs and Velocicopter open. 21+

"Cooking with Drag Queens" Premier @ Sidetrack

Feast of Fun celebrates the launch of their new web series "Cooking with Drag Queens" with a premier party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. The first episode, featuring Dixie Lynne Cartwright with hosts Marc Felion and Fausto Fernós, will be streamed at 7pm. No cover, 21+

That's All She Wrote, April - the Two Erics show @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's lineup includes two Erics: Eric Stassen and Eric Kenron, hence the name of the show. Also reading are Jennifer Peepas, Julie Marchiano, and co-hosts J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB. Check out their new chairs.

Spring Exhibitions @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center will be presenting new exhibitions for the spring today from 3-5PM. HPAC is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

Outpost by Lou Mallozzi @ The Hyde Park Art Center

From 3-4PM today, Lou Mallozzi, Chicago-based sound and installation artist, will be surveilling audience members at the Hyde Park Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.

SSII: Post-Butoh Festival @ Outerspace

This weekend, April 18-19, the Post-Butoh Festival will be held at Outerspace, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., with performances on both nights at 6:30pm and workshops on both days from 1 to 4pm. RSVP for the event on the Butoh website. Free!

Empty Bottle Book Club

The Empty Bottle Book Club meets today at the Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., at 4:30pm to discuss Kim Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band. Free, 21+

Lake FX Summit + Expo: Culinary @ Macy's State Street

Learn more about Chicago's restaurant scene and the industry in general at today's Lake FX Summit + Expo: Culinary today at Macy's on State Street (events throughout the day). Sustainability, business development, and farm-to-table cooking demos are among the many offerings over today. Free.

SSII: Post-Butoh Festival @ Outerspace

This weekend, April 18-19, the Post-Butoh Festival will be held at Outerspace, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., with performances on both nights at 6:30pm and workshops on both days from 1 to 4pm. RSVP for the event on the Butoh website. Free!

The State of Reproductive Freedom in America

The Illinois Humanities Council presents "The State of Reproductive Freedom in America: A Conversation With Katha Pollitt" tonight from 6 to 8pm in the Thorne Auditorium at the Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave. Pollitt, author of the "Subject to Debate" column for The Nation and the book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, will be interviewed by WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore on issues of reproductive justice, personal freedoms, gender and culture. Admission is free, but registration is required.

The Frunchroom @ O'Rourke's Office

The Frunchroom, a new quarterly reading series produced by Scott Smith in partnership with the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, debuts tonight at 7:30pm at O'Rourke's Office, 11064 S. Western Ave. Featured will be Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, arts and entertainment writer; Natalie Y. Moore, WBEZ reporter and author; Jen Sabella, director of social media and engagement for DNAInfo Chicago; Dmitry Samarov, painter and writer; and Chuck Sudo, writer and former Chicagoist editor. Admission is free. 21+

Stars Align @ GMan Tavern

Cameron McGill and Angela Mullenhour of coins come together for a one-night-only collaboration at Stars Align, Gapers Block's monthly music series at the GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St. They'll play each other's songs as well as a couple originals and a favorite cover or two. Sponsored by Begyle Brewing. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8pm. Free, 21+

Under 30 / Over 60: What I Wish I Knew

The Chicago Writers Conference presents Under 30 / Over 60: What I Wish I Knew tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Three writers under the age of 30 and three writers over the age of 60 attempt to answer the question "What I Wish I Knew." Readers include Samantha Hoffman, Eric Charles May, Jim Padar, Molly Sprayregen, Kayla Schwalbe, and Ted Wesenberg. Amanda Claire Buckley hosts. Admission is free.

Chicago Reader's Book Swap @ The Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Music will be hosting an evening of live music and a book swap today from 6-9PM. Participants can take and bring as many as 15 books to the event. The event is located at 4544 N Lincoln Ave.


Michael Kubo Lecture @ SAIC

MAS Context and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago present a lecture at 6pm by architect and author Michael Kubo at the School of the Art Institute's LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave. Details via MAS Context.

Shooting Star Screening and Discussion @ Harold Washington College

William Cordova, a resident at Harold Washington College, will screen, Shooting Star, a documentary about Jean Michel Basquiat today at 10:30 AM. A panel discussion will follow the film. The location is 30 E. Lake Street.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club holds their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting this evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). This month's book is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Full details at the Chicago Nerds site.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This time around, readers Ines Bellina, Heather Corallo, Jamie Holesha, Maggie Jenkins, Jeremy Owens and Kris Simmons will start their stories with the sentence, "I knew I should have hidden it better." Kendra Stevens hosts. No cover, but donations will be collected for the Willye White Park Advisory Council.

The Best of: A Student Showcase

Paola Coletto presents an evening of: Storytelling, Melodrama, Tragedy, Bouffon, Grotesque character & Clowning featuring her second year students (from 5 nations) at the School for Theater Creators this coming Saturday at MSA & Circus Arts at 1934 N. Campbell Avenue. The will be a Q&A session with the students and faculty about The School and its new nine month program which will start in September 2015. TO RSVP and reserve tickets email rsvptheschool@paolacoletto.com. Space is limited.

Coming Through @ Defibrillator Gallery

Defibrillator Gallery is presenting, a performance convergence tonight from 7-10PM. Five performance artists will be featured this evening at 1463 W. Chicago Ave. *Please bring an object that reminds you of your mother.

Schubas Gear Swap

Schubas, 3159 N. Clark St., hosts its periodical Gear Swap today from 11am to 4pm. Bring your used musical equipment and trade it for something different. The event is free and all ages, and coincides with a Revolution Brewing tap takeover in the bar (which is 21+).

Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday

2nd Fridays Gallery Night is a monthly showcase of 30+ creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District (formerly known as Pilsen East). You'll find all manner of art and artists, as well as explore the gorgeous architecture and courtyards on Halsted St., between 16th St. and Cermak Rd. Plan your stroll by picking up a map at the info center at 1821 S. Halsted St., or check out the event calendar. 6pm-10pm.

OUTspoken! LGBTQ stories @ Sidetrack

OUTspoken! holds performances the first Tuesday every month and that tell LGBTQ stories. With no cover, there is no excuse why you shouldn't come! Doors open at 6 p.m., but the performances don't start until 7. Sidetrack is located at 3349 N. Halsted. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

On April 7, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host the 80th edition of Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, featuring Mikki Kendall, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Parker Molloy, Christian Picciolini and Sara Ross Witt. The reading gets underway at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Doors open at 7pm sharp. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

Deniz Gül: Experimental Music Performance @ The Hyde Park Art Center

Turkish artist, Deniz Gül, is presenting 5 Person Bufet this evening at 6:30 PM. The event is a collaborative experimental music performance which is free and open to the public. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue.

The Alphabet of Distant Harbours @ Cultural Center

The Guild Literary Complex presents "The Alphabet of Distant Harbours," a new reading platform to foreground Asian-American authors and themes, tonight at 6:30pm in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Curated by Dipika Mukherjee, tonight's program features Toni Nealie, Zhou Sivan and Angela Narciso Torres. Admission is free.

Imaginary Landscapes Opening Reception @ Chicago Urban Art Society

Lisa Alvarado, Robert Burnier, Assaf Evron and Caroline Kent are the featured artists in the exhibition, Imaginary Landscapes opening at the Chicago Urban Art Society, Satellite Space. Curated by Allison Glenn, the exhibition raises questions concerning physical space, time and memory. The opening reception begins at 6 PM and is located at 2233 S. Throop St., 4th floor.

Soloists from Fonema Series II: Kathryn Schulmeister

Kathryn Schulmeister will be playing the double bass tonight at High Concept Labs at 2233 S. Throop St., on the 4th floor of Mana Contemporary. This is the second component of Fonema Consort's HCL residency program. The event begins at 8pm and is free and open to the public.

Do Not Submit @ First Unitarian Church

Do Not Submit, the open mic storytelling series, is at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., the first Friday of every month. Hosts Andrea Freerksen and Dhamana Shauri oversee things as folks from all walks of life tell seven-minute stories from 7 to 9:30pm. Admission is free.

DarkMatter: #ItGetsBitter @ Arts Incubator

DarkMatter, a trans south asian performance art duo, will be inviting the public for an evening of poetry, discussion, and healing, over the topic of new queer futures. The show will be followed by a Q&A at the Arts Incubator location at 301 E Garfield Blvd. Doors open at 5PM. Free and open to the public.

Greek Independence Day Parade @ Greektown

Celebrate the 194th Anniversary of Greek Declaration of Independence in style! The Hellenic Heritage Parade will march on Halsted Street in Greektown starting at 2:30pm. Make sure to catch a good view and bring the whole family to this free event.

Bangladesh Independence Day Parade @ West Ridge

Witness the spectacular, colorful floats that will crawl west on Devon Avenue from Ridge and then up Western to Warren Park as the Bangladeshi community celebrates its 44th anniversary of independence today. The official kickoff time for the Bangladesh Independence Day Parade is 2:30pm, so don't be late!

Dance Anywhere Event

Dance Anywhere is a party where everyone is invited. Today at 2pm marks the worldwide public art performance where everyone is a performer. Wherever you are at 2pm today, whether it's your work place, school, a street corner or museum, you are encouraged to dance. The event marks the 10th year anniversary of Dance Anywhere.

Night of Cartoonists @ Quimby's

Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., hosts a Night of Cartoonists tonight at 7pm. Reading and discussing work will be three cartoonists: Nicole J. Georges, Keiler Roberts and Gina Wynbrandt. Read our preview in Book Club. Free.

BoneLang @ Schubas Tavern

Tonight at 9pm, Bonelang plays a free show at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Doors open at 8pm. 21+

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "booty call," and the readers include Cara Brigandi, Tamara Matthews, Leah Pickett, Kelly Bolton and Meryl Williams. Rosamund Lannin and Jasmine Davila cohost. No cover, 21+

Soup & Bread @ the Hideout

Soup & Bread, the weekly wintertime soup-eating party benefiting a local food-related charity, is tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Volunteer cooks make the soup; you show up between 5:30 and 8pm to eat, enjoy and kick in a few bucks for the cause. Kids welcome with parents.

Chicago Indie Labels Pop-Up Shop @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts the Chicago Independent Labels Pop Up Shop today from noon to 5pm. Shop for local vinyl, CDs, tapes and other merch. No cover, 21+

Oyez Review Release Party @ Quimby's

Oyez Review, the literary magazine of the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University, will release their newest issue with a reading at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., tonight at 7pm. Free. Preview in Book Club.

The Paper Machete @ Green Mill

The Paper Machete at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, this week features readings by Sara Benincasa, Ryan Bennett and Virginia Muller, Chandler Goodman, Bill Larkin and Robyn Scott, Niccole Thurman and "SNL's" Katie Rich. Plus Chad the Bird and musical guests The French Goodbye. Christpher Piatt hosts. 3pm. Free, 21+

My Kind of Town Opening Reception @ FLATSstudio

FLATSstudio is celebrating Chicago's 178th birthday with the event and exhibition, My Kind of Town. The work in the show will exemplify the architecture, history and culture which thrives in Chicago. The opening is from 6-10PM at 1050 W Wilson Avenue. Beverages will be provides by KOVAL Distillery and music by The Luke Saladin Jazz Trio. The event is free but please RSVP to rsvp@flatschicago.com.

William Schweigert "Our Debt, Your Debt" Opening Reception@ FLATspace

"Our Debt, Your Debt" is the solo exhibition at FLATspace featuring the works of William Schweigert, a painter located in Chicago. The opening reception is from 6-10PM and is located at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St, 4th floor. The event is free but please RSVP.


The Dark Knight @ The Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will become a "batcave" with themed cocktails and a superhero photo booth preceding the showing of Christopher Nolan's 2007 film The Dark Knight, which was made in Chicago. Doors open at 6pm and the free screening will be at 7pm in the theater. The event is part of the "Made in Chicago" Movie Series and is tied to the theater's 125th anniversary celebration. Reserve tickets here.

James Welling @ Art Institute of Chicago

James Welling will be speaking at the Art Institute of Chicago tonight from 6-7pm in Fullerton Hall. The event is offered on the occasion of the launch of the new University of Chicago Press monograph, James Welling: Diary/Landscape and the Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition of the same name. Free with museum admission. More information about the event is available from the Art Institute.

Vara Caivano Gallery Walk Through @ The Renaissance Society

Join the Renaissance Society in this evenings gallery walk-through of Vara Caivano's The Density of the Actions exhibition. The walk begins at 6PM at 5811 S. Ellis Ave. Free and open to the public.

Soup & Bread @ the Hideout

Soup & Bread, the weekly wintertime soup-eating party benefiting a local food-related charity, is tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Volunteer cooks make the soup; you show up between 5:30 and 8pm to eat, enjoy and kick in a few bucks for the cause. Kids welcome with parents.

Story Week Festival of Writers

Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers runs March 15-21 at various locations throughout the city. See the schedule for details. All events are free and open to the public.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

That's All She Wrote returns to Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave., tonight at 8pm. The lineup this month features Lily Be, Archy Arch J, Shay DeGrandis and MT Cozzola. Angela Benander and J.H. Palmer cohost. Free.

South Side Irish Parade

Bring your family and friends to the annual South Side Irish Parade! The parade, which began in 1979, has keep itself alive, even reviving from the dead after a two-year hiatus because of rowdy parade-goers. Come early for a good spot along the route (on Western from 103rd to 115th St.) and parking! But remember, this is a family event, and there is a zero tolerance for open alcohol containers along the parade route. The parade steps off at noon. The Emerald Isle Mile , sponsored by Running Excels, will kick off at 11am from 112th and Western, finishing at 104th. Pre-registration is $20 or $25 on the day of the race.

Matthew Metzger Opening Reception @ Regards Gallery

Regards is featuring the artist Matthew Metzger this afternoon in his opening reception from 4-7PM. The exhibition will be up until April 25th and is located at 2216 West Chicago Avenue.

SAIC Undergraduate Exhibition @ The Sullivan Galleries

The SAIC spring undergraduate exhibition is having its opening reception today from 12-6PM at the Sullivan Galleries. More than 300 students will be completing their degrees this spring and this exhibition will illustrate their impressive and innovative work. The Sullivan Galleries are located on 33 S. State St.,7th floor. The opening reception is free and the show will be on view until April 1st.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the monthly Handmade Market today starting at noon. Jewelry, clothing, bags, paper goods, and much more. Admission is free, so come on down! Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Mariana Sissia @ THE MISSION

THE MISSION, 1431 W. Chicago Ave., opens an exhibition of the landscape drawings of Argentine artist Mariana Sissia tonight from 6 to 8pm. The show will be on view until April 25.

18th International Opening Reception @ Woman Made Gallery

Tonight from 6-8PM, Woman Made Gallery will be presenting their 18th International Open which will feature the works of 37 female artists. The gallery is located at 685 N Milwaukee Ave. Free and open to the public.


Voices of Protest: Home Edition @ 826CHI

The Guild Literary Complex presents Voices of Protest: Home Edition tonight from 7 to 9pm at 826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. Adam Gottlieb, L’Oréal Patrice Jackson, Sahar Mustafah, Erika L. Sánchez, and M. Quinn Stifler will read creative pieces inspired by their September 2014 trip to the Kapittel International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech in Stavanger, Norway. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Encounters: Experimental Film and Animation @ Conversations at the Edge

Zagreb, Croatia has been an important location for animation, experimental film, and the avant-garde. SAIC's Conversations at the Edge will be presenting the work of filmmaker Alexander Stewart who produced works in Croatia from the 1960s through today. The event will take place tonight at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., and is free and open to the public.

Belfast, Northern Ireland Photography Exhibition Opening @ Art Works Projects

Tonight "Bonfires and Effigies: The Contested Territories of Belfast, Northern Ireland" opens at Art Works Projects, 625 N. Kingsbury St. The free opening runs from 6:25 to 9pm, with a conversation between sociologist and photographer David Schalliol and playwright Terry Boyle taking place from 6:45 to 7:30pm.

Soup & Bread @ the Hideout

Soup & Bread, the weekly wintertime soup-eating party benefiting a local food-related charity, is tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Volunteer cooks make the soup; you show up between 5:30 and 8pm to eat, enjoy and kick in a few bucks for the cause. Kids welcome with parents.

Love Battles @ Doc Films

The University of Chicago's Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., presents the Chicago premiere of Love Battles tonight at 7pm. Director Jacques Doillon will introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward. Admission is free.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. Alexandra Tsarpalas, Melinda McIntire, Debbi Welch, Carrie MacDonald and Erin Lane will start their stories with the sentence, "The last time this happened I swore, 'Never again;' but here we are." Maggie Tempkins hosts. Free.

Intolerance @ Logan Center for the Arts

The University of Chicago presents a screening of Intolerance, DW Griffith's 1916 film about intolerance through the ages, tonight at 7pm in the Performance Hall at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Tickets are free but required; doors open at 6:30pm.

Saving Mes Aynak @ Block Museum of Art

Tonight at 7pm, The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art will be hosting an event for the screening of the documentary Saving Mes Anynak. The film focuses on an Afghan archaeologist who is trying to save a 5,000 year old archaeological site from a Chinese mining company. General admission is free and the director, Brent Huffman, will be in attendance. The museum is located at 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston.

Art Shay, Tony Fitzpatrick & Dmitry Samarov @ Hideout

Art Shay, Tony Fitzpatrick and Dmitry Samarov talk about Chicago's influence on their art tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., with Chicagoist editor Chuck Sudo moderating. Doors open at 7:30, show's at 8:30pm. Free, 21+

Chicago Urbanists @ Green Door Tavern

The Chicago Urbanists meetup celebrate Chicago's birthday with a party at Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans St., tonight at 6pm. There will be a birthday cake, as well as drinks and conversation about urban issues. No cover, RSVP on Anyvite. 21+

Soup & Bread @ the Hideout

Soup & Bread, the weekly wintertime soup-eating party benefiting a local food-related charity, is tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Volunteer cooks make the soup; you show up between 5:30 and 8pm to eat, enjoy and kick in a few bucks for the cause. Kids welcome with parents.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The 79th edition of Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, is tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Featured readers will be Keidra Chaney, Mare Swallow, Genevieve Waller, Danielle Susi and Tom Underberg. Should I Worry About This? Podcast co-host Eden Robins and Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins at 7:30. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

Race, Ethics and Politics in Chicago Media: A Panel Discussion

Chicago Headline Club and Positive Vision Communications present a panel discussion on race, ethics and politics in journalism tonight from 6 to 8pm at Columbia College, 33 E. Congress, Room 219. Panelists include Mark Brown, Sun-Times columnist; Delmarie Cobb, media and political consultant; Hermene Hartman, CEO of Hartman Publishing Group; Esther Cepeda, columnist; and Charles Thomas, ABC 7 News political reporter. The Reader's Mick Dumke will moderate. Free and open to the public.

Winter Block Party @ Empty Bottle

Goose Island Beer Co. & Empty Bottle present Music Frozen Dancing: A Winter Block Party today outside the Bottle at 1035 N. Western Ave., beginning at 1pm. The lineup features Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, Oozing Wound and NE-HI, and is hosted by the Puterbaugh Sisters. Admission is free, and kids are welcome. There will be Goose Island beer, hot apple cider and Dark Matter coffee available to help keep warm (or too drunk to notice).

Shakespeare Project: Macbeth @ Newberry Library

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago performs a staged reading of Macbeth today at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Ave., from 10am to 12:30pm. Free.

An Evening with Ernie Gehr @ Logan Center for the Arts

The avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr will be in person during the screening of several of his films at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., tonight at 7pm. Presented by the Film Studies Center at University of Chicago. Free.

Heather Gabel Artist Lecture @ Columbia College

Heather Gabel, visual artist and the badass front woman of HIDE, will be having an artist lecture tonight at Columbia College's Hokin Hall. Gabel's artistic practice includes collage, neon, and the themes of death and rituals. The talk is located at 623 S Wabash, Room 109, and begins tonight at 6pm. Free and open to the public.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken is back at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "Penis," and featured readers include Jennifer Peepas, Michelle Yacht, Eden Robins and Carly Oishi. Hosted by Rosamund Lannin and Jasmine Davila. Free, 21+

Varda Caivano "The Density of Actions" Opening Reception @ The Renaissance Society

Tonight is the opening reception of The Density of the Actions, a collection of paintings created by Varda Caivano, at the Renaissance Society. Located at 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, the opening will begin a 4PM and will follow with a discussion led by Solveig Øvstebø in the Film Studies Center directly below the gallery.


Women & Children First Grand Re-Opening

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a grand re-opening open house today from 10am to 7pm. Check out the renovated store and live music and light refreshments. Free.

Underground Unseen Opening Reception Exhibition @ FLATSstudio

Tonight at 6PM, FLATSstudio located at 1050 West Wilson Avenue, will be presenting their first exhibition of 2015 with Underground and Unseen. The launch of VAM, a Chicago based magazine, is celebrating the night in conjunction with FLATS. Beverages will be provided by KOVAL Distillery and Lakeshore Beverage. Artists include: Krista O'Meara, Todd Diederich, Alison Van Pelt, Misha Khokhlov, Ali6, AntiBodyCorp, and Owen Bones. Don't forget to RSVP by Thursday, February 19th to rsvp@flatschicago.com; free and open to the public.

THE SUB-MISSION: Artist Talk with Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado

The Mission presents the latest in its SUB-MISSION artist talk series today at 6pm, featuring Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado. Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado's site-specific exhibition, Selvanáutica is currently being displayed at The Mission, 1431 W. Chicago Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.

Cheryl Pope Opening Reception @ Harold Washington College

Cheryl Pope, a Chicago participant as a resident artist for the Pedestrian Project, celebrates the opening of her show Just Yell: Unfolding the Folds, today from noon to 2pm in the President's Gallery at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St. Pope will be collaborating with students from the college's Department of Art and Architecture and bring forth conversations about social and relevant issues in today's society. Free.

Lucy Knisley @ Challengers Comics

Chicago expat graphic novelist Lucy Knisley is at Challenger Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave., tonight from 7 to 9pm to sign her new graphic memoir, Displacement.

Artists' Talk: Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost & Dan Peterman @ Logan Center

This evening at 6pm, The Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., will be hosting an artists' talk with Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost and Dan Peterman. The event will involve a discussion about the current exhibition at the Logan Center, Lands End, and the notion of landscape in an artistic practice.


Films by Lyra Hill & Daviel Shy @ Roots & Culture

Lyra Hill and Daviel Shy, Chicago filmmakers and visual artists, will be sharing and discussing their research, experiments and reactions this evening at Roots & Culture, 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., beginning at 7pm. The night will focus on the work that both filmmakers have created in the past seven years. Free.

The Marrow @ Whistler

Curbside Splendor presents the latest edition of its reading series, The Marrow, tonight at 6pm at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup includes Claire Zulkey, Lisa White and Rebecca Vipond Brink. Leah Pickett and Naomi Huffman host. No cover, 21+

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Handmade Market is back at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. A full list of crafters selling items at this event can be found at the Handmade site. Free admission; 21+ except for kids with their parents.

COSMOS Cabinet @ Logan Center for the Arts

The Arts, Science and Culture Initiative at the University of Chicago presents a night of far away worlds in the Cosmos Cabinet tonight at 7pm. Scientists and artists will engage and perform in this evenings event in relation to cosmology, scale, and limitlessness. Angela Olinto from U of C will present a conversation, Artemis Willis and Terri Kapsalis will visually display a magic lantern performance, and "Sun Ra" will be featured by David Boykin on tenor and saxophone. The free event will take place in the Performance Penthouse at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St.

Typeforce Six @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

The sixth annual Typeforce exhibition of typographic art and design opens tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., with a reception from 6 to 11pm. See works by more than 20 artists and designers. Free.

Interactions with Light Opening Reception @ Chicago Art Department

Tonight is the opening reception for Interactions with Light, which will transform the Chicago Art Department gallery space in an interactive piece by Connie Wolfe and Galina Shevchenko. The opening reception begins at 6pm tonight, and the closing reception is Feb. 28 at 6pm. CAD is located at 1932 S. Halsted St, #100.


Try Youth as Youth @ David Weinberg Photography

David Weinberg's new exhibition, Try Youth as Youth, examines the juvenile justice system in America through the medium of photography, sculpture and video installation. Four artists will have their work featured in the gallery, located at 300 W. Superior St., Suite 203, from Feb. 13 to May 9. The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8pm; free.

Simultaneous: Seripop + Sonnenzimmer @ Center for Book and Paper Arts

Chicago-based artists, Sonnenzimmer and the Montreal-based artists, Seripop, are both exhibiting their work today from 5-8PM at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. The reception is located at 104 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor. The event is free and open to the public.

Dance Craze @ Reggies

Two Brothers Brewing presents a screening of Dance Craze, a documentary about the English ska scene and the 2 Tone record label, tonight at 7pm at Reggies, 2105 S. State St., in celebration of the launch of Night Cat hoppy wheat ale. FCS Soundsystem, Windy City Soul Club and Chuck Wren will spin ska and more. No cover, and every Two Brothers beer purchased gets you a ticket for a raffle. 21+

Table Talks: Chi-chi Nwanoku @ The Currency Exchange Cafe

The Currency Exchange Cafe in Washington park is hosting Table Talks, which are intimate lunches with visiting artists, and will be inviting Chi--chi Nwanoku today from 1-3PM. The event is free but RSVP is required. Email artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu with "Table Talk: Chi-chi Nwanoku in the subject line, and include name and email address for anyone you are having as a plus one.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's lineup includes Kevin Gladish, Sheri Reda, Claire Zulkey, and Sarah Hollenbeck. Hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB. Check out their new chairs.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to the Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. Readers David Lipowski, Sara Weidemann, Aimee Perkins, Tori Szekeres, Roberta Miles, Eric Ruelle and Maggie Jenkins will all start their stories with the sentence, "April may be the cruelest month, but February is the bitchiest." Kendra Stevens hosts. Free, but donations will be collected for the Adam Yauch Foundation.

Footwork Workshop @ High Concept Labs

Today, from 1-4PM, Mana Contemporary is hosting an opening house at 2233 S. Throop St. During the open house, High Concept Labs will adjunctly invite visitors to learn from THE ERA, a footwork dance crew. The event is free and located on the 4th floor.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists @ the Chicago Cultural Center

Pentimenti Productions and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events present a free screening of the film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, followed by a special panel discussion with Chris Ware, Karl Wirsum, Dan Nadel, and Robert Cozzolino on comics and humor in art. The screening will start at 3pm, with the panel discussion beginning at 5pm, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor North. Visit the Pentimenti website for more information.

2nd Floor Rear 24 Hour Art Festival

2nd Floor Rear is a 24-hour arts festival featuring apartment galleries, migrant projects, experimental spaces, and Chicago's DIY art community. The festival will take place at various locations near the Blue Line. The contributors make the festival free so check out 2nd Floor Rear's Indiegogo for support.

The Height Below Opening Reception @ Heaven Gallery

Heaven Gallery is featuring a two-person exhibition entitled The Height Below, with Chicago-based artists Elizabeth McCarthy and Soo Shin. Heaven Gallery is located in Wicker Park at 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the 2nd floor. The opening reception begins at 7pm and will include lots of bread!


Short Films by Shirley Clarke @ Film Studies Center

In celebration of dancing and life, Shirley Clarke (1919-1997), created short films that focused on these jovial themes. The program begins at 7pm at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St and will feature the films Dance in the Sun, In Paris Parks, Bullfight, A Moment in Love, Bridges Go Round, Skyscraper, and A Scary Time. The screening is free and open to the public.

Mossy Cloak Opening Reception @ Roots & Culture

Curated by the collective Third Object, Roots & Culture is opening Mossy Cloak tonight at 6pm. The group exhibition will feature photography, painting, sound and sculptural work of six artists. Roots & Culture is located at 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., and is free and open to the public.

Chicago Bike Winter Art Show

The 18th annual Chicago Bike Winter Art Show opens tonight at Genesis Art Supply, 2525 N. Elston Ave., from 6 to 11pm. Check out the art inside and enjoy a cash bar, food trucks outside and the soothing sounds of DJ Larry Sellars. RSVP on Facebook.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk is back in February to warm your heart if not your feet. Join us in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, when our guests are Alan DeNiro, Cameron McGill, Patty Templeton, Christa Desir and H.Melt. Gapers Block's Andrew Huff and Eden Robins host. Doors open at 7pm -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins at 7:30pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. RSVP on Facebook.

Yonatan Gat @ Empty Bottle

Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat returns to Chicago to bust out some amazing punk infused psychedelia that is often improvised with furious intensity. He will be joined by a rare collaboration between Andrew Cohen and Light Coma, post-punk group The Avantist, and more improvisation from Stirrup. Tickets for this show are FREE so show up early to the Empty Bottle,1035 N. Western Ave. Show starts at 9pm.

"And sometimes gravity" Opening Reception @ Adds Donna

Join Adds Donna today from 1-4PM for the opening reception of the group exhibition featuring Chris Duncan, Assaf Evron, Alina Tenser, and Radius. Adds Donna is located at 4223 W. Lake St. The exhibition will on view until March 8th.


Bric-A-Brunch Day Party @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., and Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles team up to present Bric-A-Brunch, a chance for people to browse the the amassed collection of collectibles and curiosities from Bric-A-Brac's shelves, while enjoying brunch food from Bite Cafe next door. The party starts at noon, and admission is free! Details at the Empty Bottle site.

The Paper Machete @ Green Mill

The Paper Machete live magazine is back at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, today at 3pm. Guests this week include Adam Burke, Lindsay Harrington and Katie Watson, Alan Neff, Matt Sadler, Vienna Juvenile, and Chad the Bird. Music by the Blue Ribbon Glee Club and the Kickback. Christopher Piatt hosts. Free, 21+

Mary Dorrell and Thomas King Exhibition @ Arts on Elston

The Art House is sponsoring a two person exhibition for Mary Dorrell and Thomas King today at Arts on Elston. The opening reception begins today from 3-6PM for the two artists whose work is made up of photography and painting. The event is located on 3446 N Albany Ave. RSVP to Exposed@TheArtHouse.us

Build Presence: Public Interactive Art Project @ Chicago Cultural Center

The growing movement in support for racial justice and an end to police brutality is the core of "Build Presence". The interactive art project will encompass this social movement and create a space for the public to meditate, cultivate, and embody knowledge. The event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, today from noon-5:30 and Sunday February 1st, noon-4:00. Alexandria Eregbu will be opening up her studio on the first floor for this public installation.


Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip Hop Arts @ Metro

The 6th annual Vocalo Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip Hop Arts is today at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., beginning at noon. The fun is free and all-ages until 6pm, with a film screening, b-boy/b-girl dance battle, street gear fashion show and a performance by DLOW, plus DJ sets by Shazam Bangles, Pumpin Pete, Shred One and Jesse De La Pena. There will also be a hip hop art gallery and boutique, and much more. Starting at 7pm, there's a ticketed show featuring the b-boy/b-girl dance battle finals, a Louder than a Bomb mixtape release concert with Mick Jenkins, Show You Suck, Saba, NoName and Daryn Alexus. Tickets are $10/$6 for students.

The Art of Connection Exhibition @ The Sullivan Galleries

Tonight from 7 to 9pm, the Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor, presents The Art of Connection, an exhibition featuring the work of art therapy students at SAIC. The opening reception is free, and the exhibition will be on view until Feb. 14.

The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious @ Western Exhibitions

Western Exhibitions, 845 W. Washington St., 2nd floor, holds an opening reception from 5 to 8pm this evening for their newest exhibition, The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious. The group exhibition features artists Elijah Burgher, Pamela Fraser, Dana Carter and Leah Mackin. The event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk & Opening Reception @ MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave., hosts a gallery talk and opening reception this afternoon for "What Remains and You and Me," an exhibition of work by artists Barbara Diener, Pao Houa Her, and Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber. The gallery talk begins at 4pm and the reception at 5pm. Free.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm for another woman-centric live lit show. The theme this month is "Worst New Year's Eve," and the readers will be Jac Jemc, Fruzsina Eordogh, Sarah Joyce, Liz McArthur and Erin Watson. Rosamund Lannin and Jasmine Davila host. No cover, 21+. RSVP on Facebook.

Alyssa Greenberg & Curtis Miller @ Mutual Interpretation

Alyssa Greenberg and Curtis Miller will be presenting and sharing their research at Mutual Interpretation this evening from 6:30-8PM. Greenberg will analyze art museum education from the 70s, which includes the Met and their Arts Awareness program, which was intended for youth, people of color, and others absent in traditional art settings. Moreover, Miller will discuss his research with working with items and images in rural and Midwestern settings. Pizza and refreshments will be served; free. The talk will be held at 935 W Harrison, Henry Hall Rm 106.

The Impossible Maze Unveiling @ Block Thirty Seven

Today at 3pm on the second floor of Block Thirty Seven, maze maker Matthew Haussler will unveil a record-breaking 73.5-foot-long maze illustrating scenes from around Chicago. Leave your pencil at home. Free.

90-Second Newberry Film Festival

James Kennedy's 90 Second Newberry Film Festival, featuring kid-made films about Newberry Award-winning books, is back in town this Sunday at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N Noble St., at 3pm. Tickets are free, but get one anyway because it'll be a packed house.

Transforming Accessory Group Exhibition @ LVL3

Ben Barretto, Clare Grill, and Spencer Stucky are three artists participating in the group exhibition Transforming Accessory at LVL3 located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. The opening reception is tonight starting 6PM and continues until 10PM. Free.

Peanut Colada @ Roman Susan Annex

The Peanut Gallery is joining with Roman Susan Gallery in a site-specific, one-night-only exhibition featuring performances, sculptures, paintings, drawings and a plethora of other works by Ryan Burns, Brandon Howe, Charlie Megna, Jessi Meliza and Kelly Reaves. The Roman Susan Annex is located at 1637 W. Howard St. The evening kicks off at 4pm and lasts until 8pm.


The Paper Machete @ Green Mill

The Paper Machete, Chicago's "live magazine," celebrates its fifth anniversary today at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Featured guests include Kim Bellware; Bran Einstein and Gary Pascal; Ike Holter; Samantha Irby; Natalie Jose; Ali Klinger; Patrick Rowland; and Chad the Bird -- plus musical comedy by Bill Larkin and musical guests Jonas Friddle and the Majority. Christopher Piatt hosts. Free, 21+

Out of Site Mini Series @ The Chicago Cultural Center

Out of Site Chicago is a curatorial project that focuses on art in public spaces, public performance art and the publics perception. Today at noon in the Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., there will be a continuation of the mini-series, "On Occasion," which welcomes guest speaker Robin Deacon, artist, writer and filmmaker. Free.

Richard Williamson's Good Times Waiting Room @ The Honey Hole

The Honey Hole, a temporary art gallery located at 1656 S. Throop St., will be hosting an opening night with works by Zachary Cahill, Great Northern Labs, David Lloyd and DJ Phoenix. The event takes place this evening from 7-10PM. DJ Phoenix begins at 9PM; Free.


Jesse Malmed Film Screening @ The Film Studies Center

Experimental filmmaker, video artist, performer and curator Jesse Malmed will be screening several pieces at University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., room 201, as part of the show Untitled (Just Kidding). Malmed will be in attendance to discuss his work during the screening, which begins at 6:30pm. Free.

Mathias Poledna Artist Talk @ The Renaissance Society

LA-based, Austrian-born artist Mathias Poledna gives talk this evening at the Renaissance Society pertaining to his current exhibition and film display. The event is free and will take place at the Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis Ave, in Cobb Hall on the third floor.

Palabra Pura: One Poet / One Poem @ La Bruquena

The Guild Literary Complex kicks off the 10th season of its Palabra Pura reading series tonight at 7:30pm at La Bruquena, 2626 W. Division St. The theme is "One Poet / One Poem," and features readings by Eduardo Arocho, Emmanuel Ayala, Beatriz Badikian, Alex Bonner, Marta Collazo, Jan Peña Davis, Raúl Dorantes, Rafael Franco-Steeves, Stephanie Gentry-Fernández, Juana Goergen, Nora León, Mark Litwicki, Miguel López Lemus, Olivia Maciel, Elizabeth Marino, Miguel Marzana, Yolanda Nieves, Coya Paz, Mike Puican, Martha Cecilia Rivera, Luis Tubens, Febronio Zatarain and more. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Guts & Glory returns to the upstairs lounge at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 7pm. Hosts Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker welcome readers Kelsie Huff, Andrew Marikis, Jake Cowan, Claire Zulkey and Mary Lorenz. No cover, 21+

The MLK Project @ History Museum

Writers Theatre continues its annual tour of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights for the ninth year with a special free performance at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., this morning at 10:30am. Read our preview in A/C.

Document Discussion @ Woman Made Gallery

Today at 1pm, Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., presents Chicago-based curator Jessica Cochran and juror of the recent exhibition, Document, in a discussion about the featured artists in the show. Details on Facebook Free.

Libby Chaney @ The Rockefeller Chapel

Artist Libby Chaney presents her large-scale fiber pieces at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The exhibition, Seasons, will have an opening reception today at 12:15pm and Jan. 22 at 4pm. Refreshments will be served; free.

The Peasant and the Priest @ The Film Studies Center

The Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall 306, is kicking off their new series for the quarter with a free screening of The Peasant and the Priest (2010, 47min, DVD), with director Esther Podemski present for a Q&A session after the film. The screening begins at 7pm, but arrive early as seating is first come-first serve.

Stephanie Serpick and Christopher Ottinger @ Bert Green Fine Art

This evening at Bert Green Fine Art, the works of Stephanie Serpick and Christopher Ottinger will be featured in an opening reception event. In addition to the opening reception, at the closing reception on February 28th at 4pm, Ottinger will be having an Artist's Talk. Bert Green Fine Art is located at 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 620.

Alberto Aguilar: Celebratory System Exhibition at Kitchen Space

Kitchen Space, an alternative art gallery located in a kitchen, will be featuring the work of Alberto Aguilar, who will present several celebratory dinners during his solo exhibition in the gallery. Kitchen Space is located on 2716 N. Monticello Ave., 1F. Free and open to the public.

Exodus Exhibition @ Arts Incubator

Arts Incubator, located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. in Washington Park, holds an opening reception for the exhibition Exodus, featuring works by Alexandria Eregbu and Alfredo Salazar-Caro, this evening at 6pm.

Harun Farocki & Trevor Paglen: Visibility Machines @ Gallery 400

UIC's Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., features photography, film, and new media by the late artist Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen, in the two person exhibition Visibility Machines. The opening reception is from 4 to 6pm today. Free.

Stars Align @ GMan Tavern

Join Gapers Block at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., for Stars Align, our monthly music series showcasing collaborations between two artists! This month we've got Brad Sawicki of Ancient Friends and Bryan Kveton of Sunjacket teaming up to play each other's songs, some covers and who knows what else. Doors open at 7:30, show's at 8pm. It's free, and the show is sponsored by Begyle Brewing, who'll have at least one of their beers fresh on tap. See you there! 21+

The Dark Crystal @ Art Institute

The Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave., screens the Jim Henson classic The Dark Crystal tonight at 6pm in Fullerton Hall, in connection with the current exhibition Puppets!. Free with museum admission. Details here. Free.

David Lynch: Meditation, Creativity, Peace @ Vittum Theater

David Lynch: Meditation, Creativity, Peace, a documentary of the filmmaker's creative process and his interest in and practice of Transcendental Meditation, screens tonight at 7:30pm at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Tickets are free but required.

Scott Turow @ Harold Washington Library

Lawyer and best-selling author Scott Turow speaks on authors' rights in the digital age tonight at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. He'll sign books afterward. The free talk is presented by the Society of Midland Authors.

Andreas Siqueland Talk @ The Logan Art Center

Oslo-based artist Andreas Siqueland will be giving an artist talk today at 6pm at The Logan Art Center, 915 E. 60th St., in room 802. Free.


That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. This month's lineup includes Dana Norris, Allen Green, Alexandra Tsarpalas, Valentine Soposky, and Alyson Lyon. Hosted by J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm. Free and BYOB.

No Pants Subway Ride

The Chicago edition of the No Pants Subway Ride is today at around 12:30 on the Red Line. Meet at 11:55am at the parking garage at 1210 W. Arthur Ave. before heading to the Loyola Red Line stop. Dress for the weather on the outside, and wait till you're on the train to doff your pants and reveal your awesome undies.

Larry Cutler Solo Exhibition: Faces on Fire @ The Art House

Today from 2 to 6pm, The Art House, 3453 N. Albany Ave., hosts an opening reception for Larry Cutler's new solo exhibition with champagne, a silent auction, and hors d'oeuvres. Additionally, at 3pm there will be an artist talk in the gallery space. RSVP at facesonfire@thearthouse.us.

Alex Bradley Cohen & Marissa Neuman @ Roman Susan Gallery

Roman Susan, located at 1224 West Loyola Avenue, will be featuring the works of Alex Bradley Cohen and Marissa Neuman this evening from 6-9PM. The exhibition, "Living to Work Together" will be on view until January 23rd.

Boys Will Be Boys Exhibition @ Mana Contemporary

From 6 to 9pm tonight, Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St.,5th floor, and Ordinary Projects host an opening reception for the Polish American artist, Kasia Ozga, and her solo show "Boys Will Be Boys."

Living to Work Together Exhibition @ Roman Susan

Roman Susan, 1224 W. Loyola Ave., celebrates the opening of an exhibition of work by the artists Marissa Neuman and Alex Bradley Cohen tonight at 6pm. The show will be up for viewing until the 23rd of January.

Open Studios @ Fine Arts Building

Every second Friday of each month, the Fine Arts Building, located at 410 S. Michigan Ave., opens their doors and studios to the public for a free evening event. Starting from 5pm and ending at 9pm, the event will include fiber artists, musicians, yoga, and tap dancing lessons.

The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour @ Schubas

The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour returns tonight to the upstairs bar at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. This month's show features comedian Tyler Snodgrass talking about his high school Christian metal band, an interview with Melissa Richelle on virginity, and a story by Robert O'Connor about death. Angela Vela, Daniel Shapiro, Lily Be and Danny Black host. Doors open at 7:15pm, show's at 8pm. Free, 21+

Absolutely Not @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle's last free Monday of 2014 is set to be a barnburner with a hot bill of local bands Absolutely Not, Bring Your Ray Gun, Moritat and Vaya. It's 21+, starts at 9PM and it's free. The Empty Bottle's at 1035 N Western.

Bluegrass Jam @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music holds a bluegrass jam this afternoon starting at 1:00pm at their main building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. All players and singers are invited to attend this free event. Full details at the school Website, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Thalia Hall Holiday Haul and Toy Drive

Buy your holiday gifts straight outta Pilsen at today's Holiday Haul and Toy Drive at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, 11am-5pm. Local crafters and vendors will be on hand for your shopping needs; donate an unwrapped toy and get free beer for your charity. Free admission.

Hyde Park Handmade Holiday Bazaar @ the Promontory

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park West, hosts the Hyde Park Handmade Holiday Bazaar & Farmers Market today from 11am to 4pm. Shop for handmade gifts, local produce and prepared foods, and more.

No Media Performance Event @ High Concept Laboratories

No Media is a realtime performance, media, and improvisational art event held at High Concept Laboratories in Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., tonight at 8pm. The event consists of matching random artists who are registered on the No Media website and given ten minutes to perform. Sign up is free and open to all artists.

Group Exhibition @ The Art House

The Art House gallery, located at 3446 N Albany is a studio and workshop center where exhibitions are held monthly. Today from 2-6pm and tomorrow, December 21st, from 2-6pm, opening and closing receptions will be featuring the works of Beth Borum, Christine Connor, Michael Coon, Timothy Curtin, Barbara Hopkins, Faun Manne and Ginny Voedisch in a group exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Open Studio Holiday Sale @ Amanda Gentry Studio

Mana Contemporary artist Amanda Gentry will be opening up her studio to the public eye today at noon until 4pm. Gentry will be inviting visitors for wine, conversation, and most importantly, a variety of bakeware, mugs and cups and an assortment of other pieces at 2233 S. Throop St., fourth floor.

Last Dash Xmas Bash @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle presents the second pop-up store event organized by Logan Square boutique The Bus Shop. Over 20 local vendors will be selling their wares starting at noon. Admission is free; full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Botte: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

3rd Fridays Open Studios @ Zhou B Art Center

Tonight from 7 to 10pm, the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., hosts its 3rd Friday Open Studios. Free and open to the public.

Danica Favorito: Old Work-About Face Opening Reception @ Domus

This evening from 6 to 9pm, Domus, 653 W. 28th St., hosts an opening reception for the artist Danica Favorito. Further details on Facebook.

Alex Chitty Opening Reception @ Adds Donna

Located at 4223 W. Lake, Adds Donna, is an experimental collective which will be hosting and featuring the work of Alex Chitty, a Chicago based artist. The opening reception is held from 2-5PM today and the show will be on view until January 18th.

One-Bit composer Tristan Perich at Hyde Park's Logan Center for the Arts

In 2010, Lampo brought composer and installation artist Tristan Perich to the Graham Foundation's Madlener House for a performance of his "1-Bit Symphony." Tonight, The Logan Center for the Arts (915 East 60th Street, performance penthouse 901) will present "Noise Patterns," the next development in his one-bit music. Admission is free with RSVP. More information at Transmission.

A. Laurie Palmer's Book Release @ Threewalls Gallery

A. Laurie Palmer, a sculpture professor at SAIC, is hosting her new book launch, "In the Aura of a Hole: Exploring Sites of Material Extraction," published by Black Dog Publishing. Palmer will speak with Rebecca Zorach, an art history professor at the University of Chicago, today starting at 4 until 6pm at Threewalls Gallery, located at 119 N. Peoria #2C.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Still have holiday shopping to do? Buy local at Handmade Market at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., this afternoon from noon to 4pm. More than 30 local crafters, artists and food-makers will be selling their handmade wares! Admission is free. 21+, with the exception of kids accompanied by a parent.

Chicago Arts District Second Fridays

The September edition of 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in Pilsen will feature work by multi-disciplinary artists in 30-plus galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District. You'll find all manner of art and artists, as well as explore the gorgeous architecture and courtyards on Halsted Street between 16th and Cermak. Plan your stroll by picking up a map at the info center at 1821 S. Halsted St., or check out the event calendar. 6pm-10pm.

Mathias Poledna Opening Reception & Discussion @ Renaissance Society

The Renaissance Society, located at 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418 on the University of Chicago's campus, will be presenting the work of Mathias Poledna, an LA based artist. The reception will begin at 4pm with a screening of a 35mm film. Solveig Øvstebø, the director of the Renaissance Society, will lead a discussion with Andrew Weiner at 5pm in Kent Hall, Room 120. Talk and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Krampus Fest @ Martyrs'

Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts its second annual Krampus Fest holiday market from 11am to 4pm today. Shop for handmade and homemade gifts from local artisans, crafters, bakers and makers. Admission is free.

Illinois State Cyclocross Championships

The Illinois State Cyclocross Championships, the culmination of the Chicago Cross Cup season, runs today in Montrose Harbor. Watch one of the most exciting forms of bike racing as cyclists navigate a variety of terrains on and off their bikes. Races begin at 8:30am and continue till 5pm. Free.

He Qi Opening Reception and Artist Talk

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Ave., holds an opening reception for the artist He Qi today from 2 to 6pm. Make sure to attend the gallery talk at 3pm and a "meet the artist" session at 4:30pm.

Type Sets Lecture by Claire Keys @ A + D Gallery

Claire Keys, a writer originally from the Midwest, visits Columbia College's A + D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash Ave., to discuss typography and text in conjunction with their current exhibition, TYPES, today at 2pm. Free.

Afraid of Dark @ Cultural Center

ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premier of Afraid of Dark, a film exploring the historical context and present implications of the most prevalent black male stereotype, today at 1pm at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St. A panel discussion featuring director Mya B., Vocalo's "Barbershop Show" host Richard Steele and NEIU Professor Sunni Ali follows the screening. Free; RSVP online.

The Last Ones Screening & Talk @ Film Studies Center

The Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., screens the Italian film The Last Ones this evening at 7pm. The event will follow with a discussion led by archivist Luca Giuliani. The 92-minute film, made in 1963, displays Italy's tension between traditional life and progression.

Media Futures Opening Reception @ Sullivan Galleries

This afternoon, from 4:3 to 7pm, the Sullivan Galleries will be hosting an opening reception for their new exhibition, Media Futures. The exhibition will focus on the intersection between fine art and media. The Sullivan Galleries are located at 33 S. State St., 7th floor; the show will run until Feb. 14. The opening reception is free and open to the public.


Holiday Sale @ the Hyde Park Art Center

The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., presents a large selection of paintings, pottery, prints, photographs and much more in their holiday sale today from noon to 5pm. The artworks are made from Oakman-Clinton School & Studio artists. Admission is free.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

The Holiday Club (4000 N. Sheridan Rd.) hosts monthly Live Lit show Story Club tonight with featured performers Jen Bosworth, Jared Crum, and James Gordon. This month's theme is Happy Frickin' Holidays. Doors and open-mic sign up are at 7:30 p.m.; the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Though there is no cost to attend, a $10 donation is suggested.

Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture Reading @ Women & Children First

Author Judith Paine McBrien and illustrator John DeSalvo read from and discuss their Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture, tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Several of DeSalvo's original illustrations will be on display, and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Chicago Filmmakers @ Comfort Station

Tonight at 7pm, Chicago Filmmakers host "From the Archive of..." is a series which features the work of collectors, curators, archivists, etc. from the Chicago area, at the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Ron Slattery is one of the two individuals to discover Vivian Maier's work in an old storage unit and will screen films from his archive tonight in the series' series first night. Free.


Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series, returns to the Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm, with guests Jac Jemc, Clayton Smith, Karen Genelly, James Gordon, and Jonathan Eig. Eden Robins and Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Amanda Gutierrez Talk @ Mana Contemporary

GRIDS artist, Amanda Gutierrez, will be giving an artist talk today at Mana Contemporary in the Radius Space. The talk will begin at 3pm and is located at 2233 S. Throop St in Pilsen. Gutierrez's work focuses on performance and sound, which she fuses together in her projects and pieces. In addition, the talk will broadcast live on NUMBERS.FM at the Comfort Station in Logan Square. The event is free and open to the public.

Chicago Indie Artisan Holiday Market

The 606 Project is a group of artists who advocate the support of independent artists and handmade items. The Chicago Indie Artisan Holiday Market will be in full swing today and Sunday from noon to 5pm at 2042 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago Indie Artisan Holiday Market

The 606 Project is a group of artists who advocate the support of independent artists and handmade items. The Chicago Indie Artisan Holiday Market will be in full swing today and Sunday from noon to 5pm at 2042 N. Milwaukee Ave.


You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hungry Brain

Brandon Wetherbee and Esmerelda Leon host the fifth anniversary of You, Me, Them, Everybody Live tonight at Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., from 7 to 9:30pm. The show features Deadbeat Beat, Goodrich Gevaart, Michael Pritchard, Al Scorch, The Puterbaugh Sisterz, Dmitry Samarov, Ernest Wilkins and more. Details on Facebook. No cover, 21+

23rd Annual Wreathing of the Lions @ Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., officially place the evergreen wreaths on their lion statues this morning at 10:30am. Following the ceremony there will be some family holiday crafts to participate in; see the Art Institute's website for details.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade on State St.

Want to see the parade in person rather than on TV? Go to State Street (between Congress Parkway and Randolph) and watch the bigger than life floats, cartoon characters and marching bands as they come through our city today starting at 8 AM.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken, the female-centered reading series, returns to Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "Body Hair," and the featured readers are Alyssa Sorresso, Lillia Rissman, Maya Marshall, Samantha Irby, Lisa White and Jessica DiMaio. Carly Oishi and Rosamund Lannin cohost. No cover, 21+

CCLaP Showcase at @ City Lit Books

The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography presents its CCLaP Showcase tonight at 6:30pm at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. The reading will feature author Patricia Ann McNair, plus six open mic slots.

Show of Hands @ Ravenswood Event Center

The Show of Hands craft show runs Saturday and today at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., from 10am to 5pm. Shop for hand-made wares from 60 independent artists and designers. Admission is free.

DIY Trunk Show @ Broadway Armory

Forget Black Friday. Kick off holiday shopping today while supporting local with the eleventh annual DIY Trunk Show, Chicago's largest one-day indie craft fair, featuring more than 130 local vendors selling handmade, one-of-a-kind items. Unique jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, bags and purses and even pet accessories are among the many items available in addition to free hands-on workshops and "make and take" jewelry projects. The show opens at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m. at Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Stop by the Gapers Block table for swag and free stickers.

Show of Hands @ Ravenswood Event Center

The Show of Hands craft show runs today and Sunday at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., from 10am to 5pm. Shop for hand-made wares from 60 independent artists and designers. Admission is free.

Traci Fowler Opening Reception @ C33 Gallery

The Love That Let Us Share Our Name is Traci Fowler's first solo exhibition, and it opens at C33 Gallery, 33 E. Congress Pkwy, 1st floor, at 5pm tonight. The show will feature sculptural pieces, domestic objects and foliage that "pump up the tackiness" of traditional materials. The exhibition will be on view until Dec. 5.

I Learn America @ AMC River East

Facing History presents a screening of I Learn America: One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans, a documentary following five immigrant teens as they learn to navigate their new school and new country, tonight at 6pm at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. A conversation with filmmaker Jean-Michel Dissard and the students featured in the film will follow the screening. Register online to attend.

ART21 Screening and Conversation with Jennifer Reeder @ Gallery 400

Today at 12pm, Chicago-based filmmaker and artist, Jennifer Reeder and UIC MA candidate, Andie Kimura will be holding a conversation and leading a viewing of ART21's Episode 4. Katharina Grosse, Joan Jonas, and Omer Fast are the artists featured in the episode tonight. Event is free, snacks will be provided and Gallery 400 is located on 400 S. Peoria St.

Project Compass presents: Write Club @ Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf's Project Compass presents a special exhibition match of the long-running live lit show Write Club. In tonight's match, Write Club founder Ian Belknap goes up against long-running Write Club fave (and creator of the Drunk J.Crew Tumblr site) Jen Ellison. Tonight's event happens at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre (1624 N. Halsted), starts at 6:00pm, and is free! Full details at the event's Facebook page.

Streetlight 2.0 Video Screenings @ Roman Susan Gallery

Roman Susan Gallery ANNEX, 1637-1643 W. Howard St. will be hosting a video screening tonight at 6pm. Twenty-one artists will be featured at the screening, which is free and open to the public.

Ancient Game Day @ Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute at U of C hosts an Ancient Game Day today from 2 to 5pm at the museum, 1155 W. 58th St. Kids 8 and older and their parents can learn about games from ancient Egypt, Persia and Assyria, and play them within the galleries. Admission is free, but RSVP required.

ChillFest

ChillFest returns to Wicker Park and Bucktown today. From noon to 5pm today, catch free concerts by local musicians at unconventional venues throughout the neighborhoods, all for free. Then at 6:30pm, the Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., hosts the closing concert featuring the Soil & the Sun, Mike Golden & Friends, Safe Haven, Brother StarRace and The Root Cause. Admission is $15.

Medium Cool @ Art Institute

The Art Institute hosts a screening of Medium Cool, a 1969 film by Haskell Wexler shot during the 1968 Democratic Convention, tonight at 6:30pm in Fullerton Hall. Free; enter at the 111 S. Michigan Ave. entrance.

Blue November Opening Reception @ NYCH Gallery

Tonight at 6pm, NYCH Gallery, 643 W. 18th St., will feature 10 artists who express personal emotions, social relevance and craft in their work. The artists exhibited are: Abraham Brand, Cesar Conde, Jaime Foster, Michael William Foster, Nasim Hantehzadeh, Lexygius Calip, Phillip Scott, Chantala Kommanivanh, Christie Chew-Wallace, Shana Zentner. Free.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday

On the second Friday of every month, the 30-or-so galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at Halsted and 18th streets open their doors to showcase art and artists from Chicago and the world. The opening receptions begin at 6pm and last officially until 10pm, letting viewers get up close with the art and artists for free. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted St.

The Fall of the American Movie Palace @ Portage Theater

The Theatre Historical Society of America presents architecture photographer Matt Lambros lecturing on the Fall of the American Movie Palace tonight at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free.

Weather Warlock @ Reckless Records

The former Chicagoan Mr. Quintron, inventor of the analog drum machine The Drum Buddy, has an exciting new electronic project: the Weather Warlock, a synth that plays different tones depending on the current weather conditions. This device is currently broadcasting at Weather for the Blind, but makes a rare live appearance tonight at Reckless Records at 1532 N. Milwaukee to broadcast its "sunset ritual," accompanied by other guest musicians TBA. Sunset is scheduled to happen at 4:32pm today, but you better show up early to make sure you get a spot to watch.

Brock Clarke & Miriam Toews @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar hosts a conversation with authors Brock Clarke and Miriam Toews as they discuss their latest books. The discusion begins at 7:00pm. Full details at the Book Cellar Website. Book Cellar: 4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 293-2665.

The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal

MAS Context presents The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal, a lecture by Alison Fisher, assistant curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, tonight at 6:30pm at the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. Doors open at 6pm. Admission is free, but RSVP required.

Maximum Pelt @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts a Maximum Pelt record show, with three local bands celebrating record releases: E | G | O; Foul Tip; and Lil Tits. Opening act is local band Perfume. Show starts at 9pm, is free, and you can RSVP online. 21+

Mel Phongsavath: DIN-DIN Opening Reception @ Outhouse Gallery

Outhouse Gallery, a visual art exhibition space located in the West Loop will be exhibiting a one night event for the artist Mel Phongsavath. Outhouse will be transformed into a south eastern Asian domestic dining space through installation work and the participation of the public. Outhouse Gallery is located at 212 N. Sangamon St., Apt 3B. Free.

Hannah Givler: Affects Illustrated @ 4th Ward Project Space

Hannah Givler presents her work at the 4th Ward Project Space, 5338 S. Kimbark Ave. in Hyde Park. The exhibition, Affects Illustrated, explores architecture and site specific installation. The event will begin at 3pm today. Free.

Noelle Allen's "GRAFT" Opening Reception @ Comfort Station

Opening tonight, "Graft", a new exhibition will be featured at the Comfort Station located on 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square. The reception is from 4pm-8pm and is free and open to the public. The show features the work of Noelle Allen, alongside several other artists that inspire or are influential to Allen's practice.

Schubas Gear Swap

Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., hosts a gear swap this afternoon for musicians who want to clear out their music gear. Local vendors will be around to buy and sell used & vintage gear. The gear swap runs today from 11am to 3pm, and admission is free.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs @ Renaissance Society

At 8pm tonight, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will bring words, sounds, and video in her performance at the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave. in Hyde Park. The event is associated and programmed through the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago. Free.

Alivia Zivich Opening Reception @ Night Club

Night Club, 2017 W. Moffat St. #1, will be featuring the show Bottomless, exhibiting work by Alivia Zivich tonight from 7 to 9pm. The work will remain up until Dec. 5. Free.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists Screening & Discussion @ U of C Film Studies Center

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists will be screened this evening at University of Chicago's Logan Arts Center, 915 E. 60th St., followed by a panel including Rebecca Zorach, professor of Art History, University of Chicago; Richard Born, senior curator, Smart Museum of Art; Allison Peters Quinn, director of exhibitions and residency programs at the Hyde Park Art Center; Jim Falconer [pdf], member of the original Hairy Who exhibition group. Additional details on the Film Studies Center website.

Mint & Serf Graffiti Artists @ Maxwell Colette Gallery

Opening tonight at the Maxwell Colette Gallery at 908 N. Ashland Ave., the two graffiti artists Mint & Serf will be premiering their large scale canvas paintings. The opening reception starts at 6pm and lasts until 9pm. The show will be up until Dec. 31. Read our preview in A/C.

Venus Flytraps, Bugs & People Doing Things Around the House: A Show of Drawings by Zach B (Age 30) & AJ Holub (Age 7)

The Beat Kitchen, located at 2100 W Belmont, will be hosting a lovely show featuring Zach B, an outsider artist, and a "young art prodigy," AJ Holub. The opening night begins tonight at 6pm until midnight. Free and open to the public.


Solidarity & Struggle for the Rights of Domestic Workers @ Gallery 400

Arise Chicago, In These Times and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum present Solidarity & Struggle for the Rights of Domestic Workers, a panel discussion featuring attorney Sheila Bapat, author of the new book Part of the Family? Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers' Rights, as well as ​domestic workers and organizers from Arise Chicago. The discussion is tonight at 6pm at UIC's Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. Admission is free.

SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Lewis Hyde

Tonight from 6 to 7:30pm, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosts their visiting artists program in the Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr. Lewis Hyde is a critic, poet and translator who will be discussing his recent publications and their relations to the arts. SAIC's Visiting Art Program lectures are always free and open to the public, however, seating is first come first serve.

Lorelei Stewart Lecture @ Columbia College

Through Columbia College's A+D Lecture Series, Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400 will be giving a talk titled, "Let Me Tell You a Story". Located at 623 S. Wabash, Room 203, the lecture series is FREE and open to the public. The talk will begin at 6pm.

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum is back at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 9pm for a special "Toast to Hosts" episode, featuring readings by hosts of other reading series. Carly Oishi of Miss Spoken, Robbie Q. Telfer of The Encyclopedia Show, Elizabeth Harper of Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing, Behnam Riahi of Reading Under the Influence and Leah Pickett of The Marrow will read, and John Wawrzaszek hosts. No cover, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, tonight at 7:30pm in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. This month's edition featuresreadings by Tom Haley, Maggie Jenkins, Melinda McIntire, Keesha Beckford and former co-host William Shunn. Current co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will, er, co-host. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Nik Wallenda Tightrope Walk

Nik Wallenda will walk a tightrope from the west tower of Marina City, 300 N. State St., to the Leo Burnett Building, over the Chicago River, at 6pm tonight. He'll then walk a tightrope between the two Marina City towers while blindfolded. Watch it in person, online or on Discovery Channel.

Closing Reception: Soul Kitchen @ Kitchen Space

Kitchen Space, the alternative art space located in Logan Square, is hosting a closing reception for Karolina Gnatowski's show "Soul Kitchen". Starting at 9am today and ending at noon, Kitchen Space invites viewers for morning beers, fantastic fiber art and a silent wind chime. Kitchen Space is located at 2716 N. Monticello Ave., #1F. Free.


Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's

Silvie's Lounge hosts the Halloween / Day of the Dead edition of Chicago Ukulele Cabaret. Musicians are invited to play a 15-minute set that must include an 'ukulele, and must be on the theme of the evening. Show starts at 8:00pm, and continues until there are no other performers. Admission is free. For more info see the Facebook group. Silvie's 1902 W. Irving Park Road.

Northalsted Halloween Parade

The 17th annual Northalsted Halloween Parade -- the only Halloween costume parade where anyone can march -- is tonight on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. Registration begins at 6:30pm at Belmont and Halsted; the parade begins at 8pm. The theme this year is "Twisted Circus," and there are prizes for the best costumes in several categories. Or just hang out and watch!

Sing-A-Long Chicago @ Auditorium

The Auditorium launches its new "Made in Chicago" movie screening with a Sing-A-Long screening of Chicago and jazz-style cocktail party tonight. Dress up and enter the costume contest. Doors open at 6pm, screening is at 7pm, and admission is free.

Aaron Draplin Lecture @ Film Row Cinema

The A+D Lecture Series presents designer Aaron James Draplin tonight at 6pm.The Draplin Design Co. provides a number of projects which include print, identity and illustration. The talk will be in the Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, 8th floor. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

11th Annual New Stages Festival

The 11th Annual New Stages Festival begins tonight at 7:30pm with Feathers and Teeth and will be followed by a book party for director Henry Godinez at the Goodman Theatre. The festival is free and will continue until Nov. 16. The complete calendar can be found here.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm with a Halloween themed show. Featured readers are Britt Julious, Kelsie Huff, Amy Sumpter, Claire Zulkey and Nathalie Lagerfeld; Rosamund Lannin and Carly Oishi host. No cover, 21+

Robin Dluzen Artist Talk @ Lillstreet Loft

The Lillstreet Lecture Series located at the Loft on 4437 N Ravenswood Ave. is presenting the artist and art critic, Robin Dluzen. This is the tenth and final speaker for the artist lecture series. The talk begins at 7pm and ends at 8pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Nicole Dyer & Matt Hilvers @ South of the Tracks

Open Mic Night, a two person show presenting the works of Baltimore artist, Nicole Dyer and Chicago based artist, Matt Hilvers, opens this afternoon at 4pm. South of the Tracks is an art gallery located on 319 N. Albany Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception @ PEREGRINEPROGRAM

The show Flamingo Clouds and Blue is opening today from 1pm to 4pm and will be on view until Nov. 23 at PERIGRINEPROGRAM, 3311 W. Carroll Ave. #119. The two artists, Sara Tabatabaie-Raissi and Trace Krug, are both painters who attended SAIC. The event is free.


Opening Reception: Thresh/hold @ Roman Susan ANNEX

Megan Sterling's exhibition at the Roman Susan Annex, located in the Howard Theatre at 1637-1643 W. Howard St., is a compilation of work that focuses on hands and feet and the physical and psychological tension that follows. This afternoon at 5pm, the ANNEX will be hosting the opening reception until 8pm. The exhibition is on view until October 29th. The Roman Susan Annex is the gallery's space's off-site program which explores alternative spaces in Rogers Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Andrew Barco & Eddie Breitweiser @ ThreeWalls

ThreeWalls, 119 N. Peoria St., Suite 2C, is hosting an opening reception of the work by Andrew Barco and Eddie Breitweiser this evening from 6 to 9pm. Barco's work, large-scale kinetic sculptures, in comparison to Breitweiser's, LED's and symphony of light are both meditative and conversational. The opening is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception @ Aspect / Ratio

Aspect/Ratio is a contemporary art gallery that exhibits upcoming video artists. Located on 119 N. Peoria St. #3D, the gallery will have their opening reception for A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose this evening from 5 to 8pm. That's right, the fabulous line from Gertrude Stein's 1913 poem, Sacred Emily, is the title for the current exhibition. Through exploration of identity and meaning, Marcos Balter, Edmund Chia, Rebekah Heller and Casilda Sánchez present their works through video and performance in the space. The show will be up until Nov. 29. Free.

Stars Align @ GMan Tavern

Gapers Block and Begyle Brewing present Stars Align, a new music series that brings together two local artists for a unique collaboration for one night only, tonight at the GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St. The inaugural show features Stanton McConnell of Santah and Jim Drake of Jaime Rojo. Each musician will play re-imagined, stripped-down versions of the other's songs. And we're sure they'll throw in some classic covers, and maybe even a duet or two for good measure. The result will be a unique experience you won't want to miss. Doors open at 7pm, show's at 7:30pm. No cover, 21+

Panel Discussion with Photography Susan Meiselas

The Logan Center located in Hyde Park is hosting a panel discussion with the Award winning Magnum photographer, Susan Meiselas. The discussion will be geared toward human rights and Meiselas' photographic project, "El Mozote". The event is free and open to the public. The Logan Center is located 915 E 60th St. and the discussion will be held in Seminar Terrace 801. For more information call 773-834-0957 or email human-rights@uchicago.edu


Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta, a monthly literary reading series that benefits 826 CHI, happens this evening at 7:00pm at The Book Cellar (4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue) with readings from David Boyle, Scott Stealey, M. Molly Backes, and Diana Slickman. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Essay Fiesta Website.

Northern Grade @ Millennium Park

Northern Grade, a "roving market of USA made goods," is on the South Promenade of Millennium Park today and Sunday. Shop for neat stuff from around two dozen companies, from 11am to 5pm today.

Northern Grade @ Millennium Park

Northern Grade, a "roving market of USA made goods," is on the South Promenade of Millennium Park today and Sunday. Shop for neat stuff from around two dozen companies, from 11am to 7pm today.

Chicago Artist Month 3rd Friday @ Zhou B Art Center

The Zhou B Art Center is celebrating 10 years this 3rd Friday! The art center will be hosting an exhibition art, music, food and entertainment for the night from 7-10PM. The location of the event is 1029 W. 35th St. Contact 773-523-0200 or info@zhoubartcenter.com for more information. FREE!

Meghan Grubb + Peter Hammar @ Heaven Gallery

Tonight from 7-11 PM Heaven Gallery, located in Wicker Park, will be hosting an opening reception for the two artists, Meghan Grubb and Peter Hammar. Grubb focuses on installation, photo and video while Hammar explores performance and video. Heaven Gallery is located at 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. The reception is free; refreshments and snacks will be served (usually delicious bread).


Jordan Martins Artist Talk @ Chicago Artists Coalition

Tonight from 6-9PM, Jordan Martins will be bringing selections of his work as well as conversation to the Chicago Room & Board Showroom located on 217 N. Carpenter St. Jordan is also the program director at the Comfort Station, a creative space located in Logan Square. The event will include wine and snacks and is open to the public.

Chicago Made Fall Music Showcase

Chicago Made presents the Fall Music Showcase at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. The lineup includes The O'My's, Alex Wiley and Paper Thick Walls; Hologram Kizzie (aka Psalm One) hosts. Doors open at 8pm. Free with RSVP

Álvaro Enrigue @ Crowe Hall

As part of the inaugural Lit & Luz festival, award-winning author Álvaro Enrigue will be reading from his latest short story collection, Hypothermia. After the reading there will be a discussion with Director of the Center of Writing Arts at Northwestern, Reginald Gibbons. The event is free and goes from 12:00 pm to 2:30 at Crowe Hall (1860 Campus Drive).

That's All She Wrote 2 Year Anniversary @ Great Lakes Tattoo

That's All She Wrote celebrates two years at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with a food truck full of savory meat pies, BYOB. This month's spectacular anniversary lineup includes: host of You're Being Ridiculous Jeremy Owens; storyteller extraordinaire Erin Diamond; one-woman show Jen Bosworth; and live lit legend Tom Wolferman. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event.

Handmade Market @ Empty Bottle

Handmade Market is back at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., this afternoon from noon to 4pm. Come view plenty of local crafters selling their handmade wares! Admission is free. 21+, with the exception of kids accompanied by a parent.

Too Much Light @ Pritzker Pavilion

The Neo-Futurists bring their hit show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., tonight at 7pm in honor of its 25th anniversary. As always, it's 30 plays in 60 minutes, but this time it's free.

Steven Pinker @ Loyola Crown Hall

Steven Pinker, New York Times best-selling author, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, will read from and discuss his new book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, at Loyola University's Crown Center for the Humanities, 1001 W. Loyola Ave., from 7pm to 9:30pm. The book applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose.

Michael Chabon @ Harold Washington Library

At 6pm tonight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon helps launch the One Book, One Chicago program with a conversation about his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, this year's selection. Angel Ysaguirre, executive director of the Illinois Humanities Council, sits down with him in the Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Admission is free and large crowd is expected, so get there early.

Ta-Nehisi Coates @ Roosevelt University

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor and writer for The Atlantic and journalist-in-residence at City University of New York, earlier this year wrote the controversial story "The Case for Reparations," which examined the cultural and economic issues surrounding violence in Chicago's majority-black neighborhoods. He'll discuss the article and the issue as a whole at 5pm tonight in Roosevelt University's 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Admission is free.

James Finn Garner @ Book Cellar

James Finn Garner celebrates the release of the latest books in his Rex Koko circus noir series, Double Indignity and The Wet Nose of Danger, at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. The event begins with circus performers and music in Giddings Plaza across from the store, then moves inside for readings and more. Free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, returns tonight to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. This month the readers are poet Mark Turcotte, author Lori Rader-Day, poet Noel Jones, author Dmitry Samarov and writer-musicians Paul McComas and Maya Kuper -- plus your regular cohosts, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, -- and the reading begins at 7:30pn. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

House on Haunted Hill @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a free screening of the Vincent Price horror classic House on Haunted Hill tonight at 6:30pm. Price's daughter, Victoria Price, will be in attendance.

Salonathon @ Beauty Bar

Salonathon is back at the Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., tonight at 8pm, showcasing art and performances of all types. No cover, 21+.

Great Chicago Fire Festival

The City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Redmoon present The Great Chicago Fire Festival, a spectacle honoring "Chicago's grit, greatness and renewal following the fire of 1871," tonight beginning at 8pm on the Chicago River. Watch as fiery cauldrons drop from the bridges, kayakers pull flaming buoys, and floating sculptures of pre-1871 homes go up in flames. The finale will be a fireworks display and tribute to the city's neighborhoods. Free.

Robot Apocalypse: Journey to the End of the Night

Story Luck presents Robot Apocalypse: Journey to the End of the Night, a free street game that brings together elements of tag, capture the flag and LARPing, tonight at 7pm beginning on Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Dr. near the Adler Planetarium.

Fantasy Zone: K-9 ISLAND Opening Reception @ Hidden Dog

Tonight from 6 to 10pm, Hidden Dog, 2151 W. 21st St., hosts an opening reception for Fantasy Zone: K-9 ISLAND, a show that focuses on the relationship between abstraction and figuration. Artists Karolina Gnatowski, Sharmila Banerjee and Andrew Holmquist are featured in the show, and their work aims to create a conversation between the abstract and figurative aesthetics of their art. The exhibition will be on view until Oct. 24.

Cornelia Arts Building Open Studios

Cornelia Arts Building holds its monthly Open Studios night tonight from 6 to 10pm. Visit artists' studios and see artwork from more than 40 artists, plus special hallway guest artist exhibitions, complimentary refreshments, live jazz music by the Swingline Quintet, and a food truck.

FOUND: PS Page Me Later Opening @ Intuit

FOUND: P.S. Page Me Later, an exhibition of some of the best items to appear in FOUND magazine, opens at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., with a reception tonight from 5 to 8pm. Free.

SAIC Visiting Artists Program: Claire Bishop & Claire Doherty

The SAIC Visiting Artists Program offers creatives around the city a chance to participate and listen to lectures by artists and historians around the globe. This evening in the Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr., Claire Bishop and Claire Doherty will be having a dialogue starting from 6pm to 7:30pm. Free. For more information, contact events@saic.edu or 312-899-5185.

500 Clown at the Threshold @ Smart Museum

What happens when you begin as an observer and then transition into a participant when viewing artwork in a museum? The Smart Museum in Hyde Park is seeking out the answer to this question in their event this afternoon/evening titled, "500 Clown at the Threshold." Starting at 5pm, the event will feature live performances and conversations inspired by the sculptures that are on view currently from the show, Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways. The Smart Museum is located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. and is free to the public.


That Belongs in a Museum @ Gallery Cabaret

That Belongs in a Museum, a show-and-tell storytelling show, is tonight at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., from 6:30 to 9pm. Bring an item and sign up to tell the story behind it in five minutes or less. No cover, 21+

Chicago Urbanists

The Chicago Urbanists get-together is tonight at Ay Chihuahua, 311 W. Chicago Ave., at 6pm. It's a casual event open to all urban-oriented fields and industries, and is free to attend with drinks and snacks available at the bar. 21+

Video Playlist @ MoCP

Interested in video screenings and installation artwork? The Museum of Contemporary Photography is hosting an event titled, "Video Playlist" today at 6PM in the main gallery. The event is made up of of a one-night public screening by artists whose work is related to MoCP. Contact (312) 663-5554 for more information. MoCP is located at Columbia College at 600 South Michigan Avenue.

Museum Day Live!

Twelve Chicago museums and several in the suburbs are participating in Smithsonian's annual Museum Day Live this Saturday, Sept. 27. Register online for two free tickets to the museum of your choice.

CHVRCHES @ Cubby Bear

CHVRCHES headline a free "WKQX No Dough Show" tonight at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 9pm. It's first come, first served, so be prepared to wait in line. 21+

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town. Today's shows include the One World Under One Roof closing party at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., from 2:30 to 9pm. see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

The Hoods Chicago: Pilsen

The Hoods Chicago, a new reading series centered around neighborhoods, debuts tonight at 8pm at Modern Cooperative, 1215 W. 18th St. Featured readers include Liz Baudler, Charlotte Hamilton, Tony Castellon and Jaime de Leon; Melinda McIntire hosts. Free; donations will be collected for ElevArte Community Studio.

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

Green City Market Cookbook Release @ Jayson Home

Chefs Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian and Bruce Sherman will be at Jayson Home, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., tonight from 5 to 8pm to sign copies of The Green City Market Cookbook and serve dishes from the book. Complimentary wine will also be served. As a bonus, Jayson Home is donating 10 percent of the night's sales to the Green City Market.

Diplomats of Drum, Hawaiian Music Masters @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music has a great-looking concert this evening at 8:00pm, as part of their World Music Wednesday series of concerts. On the bill: the Malaysian band Diplomats of Drum; and The Masters of Hawaiian Music: Ledward Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr, & "Uncle" Richard Ho'opi'i. The concert happens in the school's main auditorium at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue, and admission is free! Make your reservations at the Old Town School Website, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

Fifth Star Awards @ Millennium Park

Tonight at 7pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., the City of Chicago honors Hubbard Street Dance founder Lou Conte, sculptor Richard Hunt; jazz pianist and DJ Ramsey Lewis, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre as recipients of the first Fifth Star Awards for "significant contributions in arts and culture." Free.

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

Luftwerk @ Chicago's Couch Place alley

The collaborative art duo, Luftwerk, will be showcasing a light and water installation titled, "FLOW/Im Fluss" from September 17th until the 20th from 5 PM - 12 AM on State St. between Lake and Randolph Streets. The opening night of FLOW/Im Fluss will be Sept. 17th and will include a complimentary drink ticket for those who RSVP. The location of the installation is 190 North State Street. More information will be updated on ACTIVATE

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

Irene Hofmann Visiting Artist @ SAIC

Irene Hofmann (MFA 1994) is giving a talk and lecture at Columbus Auditorium located at 280 S. Columbus Dr. for the SAIC Visiting Artists Program. The event will take place today, September 16th from 6-7:30 PM. It is free and open to the creative public. Contact 312.899.5185 or events@saic.edu for more information.

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

That's All She Wrote returns to Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with a food truck full of savory meat pies, and Revolution Brewing has donated beer. This month's lineup includes: Essay Fiesta co-host Karen Shimmin; 1,001 Chicago Afternoons blogger Paul Dailing; author Mary Wagner; and storyteller Karen Genelly. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month each story begins with the sentence "Hunger is a funny thing." See what Jeremy Owens, Jake Cowan, Erin Lane, Adrienne Gunn and host Maggie Jenkins do with it. No cover; donations will be collected for Girls on the Run.

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

Front & Center Exhibit and BBQ @ The Hyde Park Art Center

The Center Program is presenting the work of its 2014 students at the Hyde Park Art Center, September 13th from 5-8 PM. During this exhibition, the art center will also be celebrating it's 75th Anniversary BBQ from 12-9 PM which will include bouncy houses, a petting zoo, food trucks and three bands/DJ's playing throughout the day. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. To contact the center, email generalinfo@hydeparkart.org. The event and exhibition is free and open to the public (food is not free).

World Music Festival

The World Music Festival runs Sept. 11-21 in a variety of locations around town; see the full schedule for details. All festival events are free.

Jason Soliday Opening Reception @ Mana Contemporary

The Propeller Fund Pilot Program Fellow Radius is exhibiting their first public exhibition at Mana Contemporary located at 2233 S. Throop St in Pilsen. Jason Soliday will be presenting his work, "Infinite Radius" which will be on view until September 30th. The opening reception is on September 12th from 7-9 PM.


Tribute to Larry Santoro @ The Coffee Shop

Friends memorialize writer Larry Santoro, who passed away last month, with a reading tonight at the Coffee Shop, 1135 W. Sheridan Ave., from 6 to 10pm. Chris Bell, Mike Penkas, John Everson, Rich Chwedyk, Sally Duros, Tycelia Santoro, Gary Houston, Richard Engling, Martin Mundt and Deb Miller will read selections of Santoro's work. No cover, BYOB. Details on Facebook.

Boycott! Opening Reception & Discussion @ Uri-Eichen Gallery

Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted St., hosts a panel discussion of boycotts and activist art tonight at 8pm as part of the opening reception for BOYCOTT! The Art of Economic Activism, an exhibition of signs and artwork related to political activism campaigns. Moderated by Bob Bruno, director of the Labor Studies Program at the University of Illinois, the panel will include Emily Twarog, assistant professor of history and labor studies at UIUC, and Anne Carlson, a teacher and CTU delegate. After the panel, there will be a screening of a work-in-progress documentary by Kartemquin Films on the 1963 CPS boycott. The opening reception runs 6pm to 10pm. Admission is free.

Berghoff Oktoberfest @ Federal Plaza

The Berghoff hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 10-12 in Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., from 11am to 9pm each day. Enjoy beer, brats and live music. Admission is free.

Berghoff Oktoberfest @ Federal Plaza

The Berghoff hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 10-12 in Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., from 11am to 9pm each day. Enjoy beer, brats and live music. Admission is free.

Berghoff Oktoberfest @ Federal Plaza

The Berghoff hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 10-12 in Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., from 11am to 9pm each day. Enjoy beer, brats and live music. Admission is free.

Goose Island Lilith Release @ Kaiser Tiger

Goose Island taps Lilith, their new Pomegranate Berliner Weisse, tonight at Kaiser Tiger. Stop by for beer, commemorative Lilith glassware, posters, and more from 7-9pm. Fulton & Wood. Free.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly book club, happening as always at Filter Cafe (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Andy Weir's The Martian. The event runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, and is free and open to the public.

Marz Community Brewing Company Launch Party @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Marz Community Brewing launches tonight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan, 6-10pm), offering bus tours of Bridgeport, music by Bobby Conn, food by Publican Quality Meats and Honey Butter Fried Chicken, and of course--beer. Free but RSVP required.

Dmitry Samarov Book Release @ Whistler

Dmitry Samarov celebrates the release of Where To?, the followup to his taxi-driving memoir Hack, tonight at 9pm at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Samarov will read from Where To? with live accompaniment by Bill MacKay on guitar and Matt Lux on bass. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. No cover, 21+

Strictly Ballroom @ Millennium Park

Strictly Ballroom screens at the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6:30pm as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Free.

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum returns to the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 9pm. The theme this month is "Hidden Treasures" and the lineup includes writer Scott Miles, poet Anthony Madrid, comics artist Zelda Galeswsky, writer at Forgotten Chicago Dan "Pogo" Pogorzelski and Gapers Block literary editor Miden Wood. John "Johnny Misfit" Wawrzaszek hosts. Free, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Join Tuesday Funk the day after Labor Day for an evening of readings in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. This month's guests include Scott Smith, Ryan DiGiorgi, Anne Holub, Jasmine Davila and Holly McDowell; Eden Robins and Andrew Huff co-host as usual. Doors open at 7pm (and no earlier -- really), and it's probably a good idea to get there early if you want to sit. The reading starts promptly at 7:30pm. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 36th annual Jazz Fest runs Aug. 28-31 in Millennium Park. Today's programming runs from 11:30am to 9:30pm, culminating with the Sun Ra Arkestra at 8:30pm. Free.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 36th annual Jazz Fest runs Aug. 28-31 in Millennium Park. Today's programming runs from 11:30am to 9:30pm, culminating with PRISM, featuring Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland, at 8:30pm. Free.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 36th annual Jazz Fest runs Aug. 28-31 in Millennium Park. Today's programming runs from noon to 9:30pm on three stages, culminating with Terence Blanchard with Ravi Coltrane & Lionel in the Pritzker Pavilion at 8:30pm. Free.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 36th annual Jazz Fest runs Aug. 28-31. Most of the festival is in Millennium Park, but today's programming includes several live performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, 87 E. Washington St., from noon to 3pm, followed a tribute to Nelson Mandela by the Afro Jazz Orchestra in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., at 6:30pm. All the performances are free.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this month is "summer love," and guests include Cinnamon Cooper, Elizabeth Gomez, Corrine Mucha, Lily Be and Karen Shimmin. Carly Oishi and Rosamund Lannin host. No cover, 21+

Avatar @ Millennium Park

Avatar screens at the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6:30pm as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Free.

The Wizard of Oz @ Millennium Park

The Wizard of Oz screens at the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6:30pm as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Free.

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone @ Lincoln Park Zoo

Movie night takes a wild twist with Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. The park is open after hours for screenings on the South Lawn. Tonight's feature is one that isn't shy to the world of magic: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Admission is free. Movies start at dusk. Seating is general admission on the South Lawn grass and Park Place Café patio. Low chairs and blankets (no larger than 5 feet by 5 feet) permitted. 2200 N Cannon Dr.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Guts and Glory is back at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 7pm. Hosts Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby welcome playwright Chris Bower, performer Jen Bosworth, playwright Randall Colburn, storyteller Andrew Reilly, writer Katie Prout and poet James Gordon this month. No cover, 21+

Dreamgirls @ Millennium Park

Dreamgirls, starring Jennifer Hudson, screens at the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6:30pm as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Free.

The Marrow @ Punch House

Curbside Splendor's reading series The Marrow is at Punch House, 1227 W. 18th St., tonight at 7:30pm, featuring readings by Darryl Holliday, Tim Kinsella, Dana Norris and Karen Shimmin, plus co-hosts Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett. Free, 21+

Evil Dead trilogy @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., presents the latest in their occasional series of film screenings. Tonight's show is a doozy: all three Evil Dead films, starting at 7pm and screening through midnight! Admission is free, though you can RSVP at the Empty Bottle website.

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Air & Water Show runs Saturday and today from 10am to 3pm, centered on North Avenue Beach. The Blue Angels are back this year, along with a wide variety of professional and amateur aerial teams. Free.

Albany Park World Fest @ Lawrence & Kimball

The Albany Park neighborhood represents a very diverse area in the city, so what better event to host than World Fest at its doorstep! The entertainment starts Saturday at 12:30pm with Tsukasa Taiko (Asian drumming) and continues with many other acts through the evening Saturday and Sunday.

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Air & Water Show runs today and Sunday from 10am to 3pm, centered on North Avenue Beach. The Blue Angels are back this year, along with a wide variety of professional and amateur aerial teams. Free.

American Graffiti @ Millennium Park

George Lucas's American Graffiti screens at the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6:30pm as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. There will be a special pre-screening performance by the cast of Million Dollar Quartet. Free.

Russian Circles @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, comes to an end this week with Russian Circles and Colin Stetson. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Free.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly science fiction & fantasy book club this evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee). This month's book for discussion is Blindsight by Peter Watts. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

The seemingly forever wandering live lit series That's All She Wrote has pulled up stakes from the now defunct Savoy and moved addresses (for now) to Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Pleasant House Bakery will be on hand with a food truck full of savory meat pies, and there are rumors of free beer and donuts on a first come, first served basis. This month's lineup includes: Essay Fiesta co-host Willy Nast; contributor at Gapers Block and 8Asians Jasmine Davila; In Our Words founder Patrick Gill; and co-producer of Miss-Spoken Rosamund Lannin. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; this is a free event.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest @ Chicago History Museum

Relish your weekend at the Chicago History Museum's second annual hot dog fest. Grab a sausage from one of eight Chicago vendors and check out 90s tribute bands like Hello Weekend and Don't Speak. 1601 N Clark St., 11am-7pm. Free.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

On the second Friday of every month, the 30-or-so galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at Halsted and 18th streets open their doors to showcase art and artists from Chicago and the world. The opening receptions begin at 6pm and last officially until 10pm, letting viewers get up close with the art and artists for free. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted St.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest @ Chicago History Museum

Relish your weekend at the Chicago History Museum's second annual hot dog fest. Beginning today, you can grab a sausage from one of eight Chicago vendors while checking out tribute bands like Who's Who and Kashmir. 1601 N Clark St., 10am-5pm. Free.

David Schalliol @ Washington Park Arts Incubator

This evening David Schalliol will be presenting his work on his Isolated Building Studies, along with two projects that started on Gapers Block, "To be Demolished" and "The Area." The conversation will be hosted by Andres L. Hernandez, who is repurposing an underutilized space behind the Arts Incubator into "Hush Harbor," a pop-­up, open-air forum inspired by historical accounts of bush arbors or hush harbors, which were covert outdoor spaces created by African-Americans for sacred and secular cultural activities. The event is free, but RSVP and get additional details on Facebook. The University of Chicago Arts Incubator is located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd, just off the Green Line.

God, Sex & Death Variety Hour @ Schubas

The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour moves from the Hideout to the upstairs bar at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 8pm. Host Danny Black welcomes writer Micki LeSueur, escort Lola Luscious, storyteller Xavier Jordan and comedian Cameron Gillette. The Miracle Workers provide musical accompaniment. Doors open at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum kicks off its fourth year tonight at 9pm at Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave. This month's lineup features writer Franki Jo Beckwith, sketch comedy performer Tom Simmons, indie comic artist Ian McDuffie, writer John Wilmes, and zinester Josh Piotrowski (aka GAS MASK HORSE). John Wawrzaszek hosts. No cover, and there will of course be cookies. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. tonight with guests Hannah Gamble, David Daskal, Christine Simokaitis, Britt Julious and Leah Thomas. Eden Robins and Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm (no earlier; we're serious), and the reading begins at 7:30pm. Free, but you must be 21.

Maps & Atlases and Wooden Shjips @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features Maps & Atlases and Wooden Shjips. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Free.

The Stylish Sip & Swap Soiree

The launch of the Stylish Sip & Swap Soiree, the ultimate gathering where Chicago's finest fashionistas swap their previously coveted items for other like items and sip on refreshing summertime cocktails without spending a dime, launches today to benefit the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. All items not traded will be donated to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls resale shop, Mercy Beaucoup! The soiree runs from 2 to 5pm (Item drop-off begins at 1pm). RSVP on Facebook.

Comfort Station Potluck: Autotelic Studios

Stop by the Comfort Station, located in Logan Square at 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, and visit the artists from Autotelic Studios for homemade pickles, vegan black bean brownies and conversations with friends and neighbors. The event is held today, August 3rd from 11AM-1PM. Please bring food that is ready to serve and all utensils which accompany your treat. Plates, bowls and towels will be provided. Free; donations welcomed.


Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival showcases fine art by over 100 artists in 11 categories. While browsing and buying the artwork, you can listen to live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque and indie pop music. Be sure to make a bid or two at the silent art auction, and bring your children or grandchidren to the popular Children's Craft Tent. The festival hosts 11 restaurateurs serving a variety of culinary delights. Admission is free. This year, the festival will take place in Centennial Park (directions). For more information, please call 847-448-8264.

Fiesta Del Sol

Fiesta del Sol, an annual fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, runs this weekend from July 31 to Aug. 3 at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. The biggest Latino festival in the Midwest, activities include futbol, Latino art, carnival rides, rollercoasters, and food from dozens of taquerias, hurache vendors, and more. The festival is open from 11am to 10pm today. Free.

Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival showcases fine art by over 100 artists in 11 categories. While browsing and buying the artwork, you can listen to live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque and indie pop music. Be sure to make a bid or two at the silent art auction, and bring your children or grandchidren to the popular Children's Craft Tent. The festival hosts 11 restaurateurs serving a variety of culinary delights. Admission is free. This year, the festival will take place in Centennial Park (directions). For more information, please call 847-448-8264.

Fiesta Del Sol

Fiesta del Sol, an annual fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, runs this weekend from July 31 to Aug. 3 at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. The biggest Latino festival in the Midwest, activities include futbol, Latino art, carnival rides, rollercoasters, and food from dozens of taquerias, hurache vendors, and more. The festival is open 11am to 11pm today. Free.

Amber Ginsburg & Katie Hargrave @ Roman Susan Gallery

"How to un-make an American Quilt" is an interactive performance between Ginsberg and Hargrave where they will deconstruct a hand-made quilt in the Roman Susan gallery space. The piece begins tonight, August 1st, from 6PM-9PM and will be on view through August 17th. There are several more un-make sessions which include: Sundays--August 3, August 10, August 17 11AM-2PM. Roman Susan is located on 1224 West Loyola Avenue. The sessions are free and open to the public. Participation is welcome!

Fiesta Del Sol

Fiesta del Sol, an annual fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, runs this weekend from July 31 to Aug. 3 at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. The biggest Latino festival in the Midwest, activities include futbol, Latino art, carnival rides, rollercoasters, and food from dozens of taquerias, hurache vendors, and more. The festival is open from 11am to 11pm today. Free.

Spin's Lollapalooza Kick Off Party w/Interpol, Gemini Club & Wildcat! Wildcat!

The beautiful Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., will be hosting Spin's Lollapalooza Kick Off Party. This is a perfect opportunity to start the music filled weekend right with a lineup including dreamy pop from Wildcat! Wildcat!, local electronic indie rockers Gemini Club, and the always amazing Interpol. This 21+ show starts at 9pm and is free with RSVP.

Fiesta Del Sol @ Pilsen Neighborhood

Fiesta del Sol, an annual fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, runs this weekend from July 31 to Aug. 3 at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. The biggest Latino festival in the Midwest, activities include futbol, Latino art, carnival rides, rollercoasters, and food from dozens of taquerias, hurache vendors, and more. The festival is open from 5 to 10pm tonight. Free.

This is Spinal Tap @ Millennium Park

WBEZ's "Sound Opinions" presents a screening of the rock mockumentary classic This is Spinal Tap at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., tonight at 6:30pm. Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis host. Free.

Artist Talk @ Comfort Station

Today is the last day of the exhibition Cool and Dark, featuring the work of Eleanor Ray, Greta Waller and Gwendolyn Zabicki, at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., and Waller and Zabicki discuss their work and the exhibition at 2pm. Free.

Word Weekend @ MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, 200 E. Chicago Ave., hosts Word Weekend Saturday and today, featuring a variety of performances, installations and readings -- see the schedule for details. Activities run from noon to 5pm today; admission is free.

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

Chicago Summerdance: Chicago House Party! @ Spirit of Music Garden

If you missed this year's Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, jack your body with your fellow house heads at Chicago House Party! in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden. Chosen Few DJ Alan King gets things going at 6:00pm with a 90 minute set, followed by DJ Gene Hunt spinning until 9:00pm. The Spirit of Music Garden is located at 601 S. Michigan Avenue. This event is free.

2014 Bughouse Square Debates @ Washington Square Park

On Saturday, July 26, The Newberry Library and Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan host the 2014 Bughouse Square Debates at Washington Square Park, 901 N Clark St (across from the Newberry). There will be musical performances at noon, and the debates will begin at 1pm.

The program includes performances by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago and the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band; and lending their voices to the public discourse are 2014 John Peter Altgeld Award for Freedom of Speech winners Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke. Soapbox Speakers will include candidate for 2nd Ward Alderman, Enrique G. Perez; author Mike Flores; and Brian Terrell of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

The Mapping Sessions Finale @ Mana Contemporary

A must-see event is happening at Mana Contemporary tonight on the fourth floor featuring the Honey Pot Performance. An interactive, DJ hosting, dance party will be occurring from 7:30-11 PM. Mana Contemporary is a studio space for artists located in Pilsen at 2233 S. Throop St. The event is free and open to the public, however, it is suggested that you RSVP.

Pamela Staker Open Studio

A creator of abstract paintings and works of paper, Pamela Staker, has a studio located on 1830 South Canalport Avenue (East Pilsen). July 25th, 26th and 27th mark the time slots that Staker will open her studio from the public.
Here is the schedule for the three days:

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Sam Adams Brew & View

Sam Adams Beer brings its Brew & View tour to Montrose Beach, 601 W. Montrose Ave., today from 6 to 10:30pm. Enjoy beer, games, food trucks and live music, followed by a screening of Wedding Crashers at 8pm. Free, but RSVP required. Strictly 21+

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

Phantoms in the Dirt @ MOCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography is hosting an opening reception tonight, July 24th starting at 5 PM. Several of the exhibiting artists will be there to discuss their photographic works. MOCP is located at 600 S. Michigan Avenue and is free to the public.

30th Annual Book Fair @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, celebrates the 30th year of its Book Fair on July 24 through July 27. Everything for sale at the Book Fair has been generously donated, and this year's items include books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer (all Nobel Peace Prize winners); a large offering of 17th and 18th century French literature (in French); many books of Japanese and Chinese poetry (translated); and much more.

Hours are Thursday-Friday, noon to 8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds help further the mission of the Newberry.

10 X 9 @ Uncommon Ground

The series 10 x 9 comes to Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark) as 9 readers take on the theme of "love." Readers include: Mary Novak, Marya Spont- Lemus, James Gordon, Erica Dreisbach, Linda Montgomery, Melissa Tatro, Michael A. Van Kerckhove, JH Palmer, and Michael MacRay. This is a free event, for more info visit the Facebook event page. Starts at 7pm.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta returns to the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. The lineup features 2nd Story podcaster Ozzie Totten, writer and Young Chicago Authors board president Debbi Welch, writer Sarah Michael Hollenbeck, Inland Mag founder and journalist Britt Julious, and "Our Man In Chicago" Scott Smith. Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast cohost. Free, but donations for 826CHI will be collected.

The Both @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features The Both (aka Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), with Pillars & Tongues opening. Seating begins at 5:30pm -- and you're probably going to want to get there early.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

For the first time ever, the live lit series That's All She Wrote has four male guests for their "All Dude Revue" at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. The testosterone charged lineup includes: Stoop Style Stories co-host Clarence Browley; Chicagoist editor Chuck Sudo; Story Club intern Jared Crum; and the Savoy's very own Paco Zamora. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Pilsen Flea Market

The Chicago Urban Arts Society presents the Pilsen Flea Market today from 9am to 3pm inside and outside of Cafe Jumping Bean, 1439 W. 18th St. Free to browse; never know what you might find!

Solaire @ Federal Plaza

Fire-dance troupe Solaire performs a free show from noon to 1pm today in Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St., as part of The Living Loop performing arts festival.

Sound Opinions Live with Jeff Tweedy @ Lincoln Hall

Sound Opinions presents an evening with Jeff Tweedy and his band at Lincoln Hall (2424 North Lincoln Avenue). Doors at 6:00pm, show runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Tickets are free, but you need to pick them up at the Eventbrite page.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Come to Schubas (upstairs), 3159 N. Southport, tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include JW Basilo, Shannon Cason, David Fink, Brenna Kearney, and Jeremy Owens. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Free, 21+

Is This a Thing? @ O'Shaughnessy's

Reading series Is This a Thing? tackles the topic "I Was Wrong" at its latest edition tonight at 7pm at O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave. Readers include Mare Swallow, Elena Colas, Ines Bellina, Karen Genelly, Kirk Kicklighter, Kendra Stevens and Jill Howe. Suzy Kahn Weinberg hosts. Free

Noura Mint Seymali @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali, with Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub opening. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Free.

Free Flamenco Class @ Clinard Dance Theatre

In conjunction with 2nd Fridays, Clinard Dance Theatre hosts two free flamenco dance classes at 7:30pm and 8pm. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at Clinard Dance's latest original work, Chicago's Watershed: A 156-Mile Choreography. Clinard Dance Theatre, 1747 S. Halsted St, Rear House.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to the Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. Readers David Barish, Denise Santomauro, David Lipowski, Maggie Jenkins and Monte LaMonte all start their stories with the same sentence; show up to find out where they take it from there. Kendra Stevens hosts. No cover, but donations will be collected for Girls on the Run Chicago. 21+

Edgewater Workbench Grand Opening

Edgewater Workbench, a new maker space at 1130 W. Thorndale Ave., celebrates its grand opening tonight at 6pm. Enjoy laser cutting and 3D printing demos, eat laser etched pizza, and check out the space. Free; RSVP requested.

"Two Rocks Do Not Make a Duck" Opening Reception @ Lvl3

Milano Chow, Sofia Leiby, and Malin Gabriella Nordin will be the artists exhibited at the Lvl3 gallery space located at 1542 N. Mikwaukee Ave on the 3rd floor. The show explores layering and the conceptual notion of surface. Tonight's reception beings at 6pm and is free and open to the public; the show will run until Aug. 17.

Triple Crown of YoYo

The Triple Crown of YoYo happens at the east end of Navy Pier today from 10am to 3pm. Go see crazy talented yo-yo masters compete on tricks and feats of skill, with three champions crowned. Free.

Independent Bookstore Day

Today is Chicago Independent Bookstore Day! Visit the nine participating bookstores for special events, giveaways and raffles -- and visit all of them to collect pieces of a limited edition puzzle designed by Lillie Carré. Free.

Contained and TextTextText Opening Receptions @ Woman Made Gallery

Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., is hosting two opening receptions tonight, starting at 6pm. The exhibitions are entitled, "texttexttext" and "Contained". Woman Made Gallery is free and open to the public.

2nd Fridays @ Chicago Arts District

The July edition of 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in Pilsen will feature work by multi-discipline artists in 30+ creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District (formerly known as PilsenEast). You'll find all manner of art and artists, as well as explore the gorgeous architecture and courtyards on Halsted Street between 16th and Cermak. Plan your stroll by picking up a map at the info center at 1821 S. Halsted St., or check out the event calendar. 6pm-10pm.

Open Studios @ Fine Arts Building

The Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., holds an open studio night from 5 to 9pm tonight, as part of the Chicago Cultural Mile Second Fridays event. Free.

Mike Nudelman & Sarah Hicks @ Hyde Park Art Center

The educational establishment and exhibition space Hyde Park Art Center is holding two opening receptions tonight starting at 5pm. Nudelman, working with ballpoint pens, and Hicks, which will be displaying her ceramics pieces, are both exhibiting together at the art center. In addition to this event there is another opening reception, entitled "Figurative vs. Abstract" which will also begin at 5pm. Both events are free and open to the public. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Ave., next to Bridgeport Coffee.


Napkin Poetry @ Comfort Station

Napkin Poetry, a new reading series featuring young(ish) poets, is tonight at 7pm at Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Readers this month include Gene Tanta, Daniel Borzutzki and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas. Preview in Book Club.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons

This Much Is True is tonight at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., and features Khanisha Foster, Art Johnson, Achy Obejas, Scott Whitehair and Stephanie Douglass, plus musical guest Mike Maimone. Doors open at 6:45, show's at 730pm. Free.

SOS: A Summer Clown Cruise

El Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico and Theater Oobleck perform SOS: A Summer Clown Cruise Sunday and tonight in the Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1440 N. Sacramento Ave., at 7pm. Bring a blanket or chair and watch juggling, fire work, clowning and acrobatics performed out on the lagoon, accompanied by a nine-piece band and bilingual narration. Free.

Joe Pug & Hooray for the Riff Raff @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features Joe Pug and Hooray for the Riff Raff. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Free.

SOS: A Summer Clown Cruise

El Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico and Theater Oobleck perform SOS: A Summer Clown Cruise tonight and Monday in the Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1440 N. Sacramento Ave., at 7pm. Bring a blanket or chair and watch juggling, fire work, clowning and acrobatics performed out on the lagoon, accompanied by a nine-piece band and bilingual narration. Free.

Fireworks @ Navy Pier

Navy Pier's fireworks are pretty good all summer, but they're particularly great on the Fourth. The show starts at 9:30pm, and can be seen from vantage points all along the lake shore, from Oak Street Beach to the Adler Planetarium. Free.

Two Cookie Minimum @ Hungry Brain

Two Cookie Minimum celebrates its fourth anniversary tonight at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., starting at 9pm. Performance-oriented poet Kevin Kern holds down the more traditionally writerly end of things, and from there the event takes a more visual turn. Leslie Perrine and Keiler Roberts present comics, zine publisher Eric Bartholomew invites the audience to join an interactive game, and sister duo Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood put on one of the spooky, literary-minded shadow-puppet shows that have become their trademark. The (vegan) cookies are free, as is admission. 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents the 71st edition of Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. The evening will feature readings by Norman Doucet, Lisa Kirchner, Evan Okun, Sheri Reda and Lisa White. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins cohost. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- but not earlier, as much as we'd like to l et you in -- and the reading begins at 7:30pm. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. Arrive even earlier or stay afterwards for a full meal downstairs. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+

First Tuesdays w/Mick & Ben @ Hideout

The Reader's Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky host First Tuesdays, a political talk show, tonight at 6:30pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. This month's guests are aldermen Rick Munoz (22nd Ward) and Danny Solis (25th). $5 at the door. 21+

USA vs. Belgium Viewing Party @ Soldier Field

US Soccer hosts a free World Cup viewing party for the team USA match versus Belgium today at Soldier Field. Doors open at 1:30pm, and the game begins at 3pm. Regular parking rates apply, so take public transportation.

My Brightest Diamond & White Mystery @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features My Brightest Diamond and White Mystery. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Free.

Equanimity: Writing & Exile

The Guild Literary Complex hosts Equanimity: Writing & Exile, a conversation with writers exploring first-hand narratives of exile and political activism, today from 1:30 to 3pm at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. The discussion is moderated by John Rich, executive directory of the guild. Free.

Version Festival 14

The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today from 1 to 6pm, Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., hosts the Above the Pavement city market, featuring locally made goods and food.

Degenerate Art Gallery : 1 Year Anniversary Show

The Degenerate Art Gallery, 5554 N. Winthrop Ave., is celebrating their first year operating as a creative space tonight from 7 to 11pm. The event will be filled with several artists and celebrations. Free.

The Blues Brothers @ Portage Theater

The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a free screening of The Blues Brothers tonight at 7pm, followed by live music by BlackJackBlue and Kevan Eftekhari of Robot Lounge.

USA vs. Germany Viewing Party @ Grant Park

US Soccer hosts a viewing party for the USA vs. Portugal World Cup match tonight at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, 235 S Columbus Dr. Watch the ESPN broadcast of the match on a huge screen with a hundreds of other soccer fans. Festivities begin at 10am, with kick-off at 11am. Free.

Mindy Rose Schwartz Artist Talk @ The Lillstreet Art Center

The Lillstreet Art Center is hosting a lecture series located at the Lillstreet Loft at 4437 Ravenswood Avenue. Tonight from 7 PM - 8 PM, Mindy Rose Schwartz, a Chicago sculptor will be giving an artist talk at the loft. All lectures are free and open to the public!

Courtney Barnett @ Schubas

Courtney Barnett plays an XRT Free Sample show at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. 21+

Bob Mould @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü and Sugar, with Split Single opening. Seating begins at 5:30pm.

Version Festival 14

The 14th annual Version Festival runs June 21-29 with the theme "the Placemakers." Today's festivities include the Mini-Market craft fair from noon to 6pm at Mana Contemporary Chicago (2233 S. Throop St.), curated by Renegade; the Placemakers Summit, featuring discussions of creative placemaking, urban innovation and more, also at Mana Contemporary from 12:30 to 6pm; and the Never the Same Artists' Congress Potluck in Palmisano Park, 2700 S. Halsted St., at 5:30pm. All of today's events are free.

USA vs. Portugal Viewing Party @ Grant Park

US Soccer hosts a viewing party for the USA vs. Portugal World Cup match tonight at Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, 800 S. Columbus Dr. Watch the ESPN broadcast of the match on a huge screen with a hundreds of other soccer fans. Festivities begin at noon, with kick-off at 5pm. Free.

Robert Beatty & Takeshi Murata: sound and image @ Lampo

Lampo presents a hybrid night of music and image, featuring electronic music performer Robert Beatty and the computer/animated films of Takeshi Murata at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl. The event is free with RSVP, and will contain both live performances and film screenings. The program will begin with the Chicago premiere of several of Murata's films, including I, Popeye (2010), Night Moves (2012) and Problem Areas (2013), a music video for Oneohtrix Point Never. In addition, Lampo will be hosting the world premiere of Murata's very latest film, Colorado (2014) with soundtrack by Beatty. Following the screenings, Beatty will perform a selection of his most recent work for synths and other devices.

More information (including clips) at Transmission.

Bike to Work Rally @ Daley Plaza

Chicago Bike Week wraps up Friday morning with the annual Bike to Work Rally in Daley Plaza (50 W Washington St). This free event includes live music and continental breakfast provided by 7-Eleven and Door-To-Door Organics. Cyclists will receive a free t-shirt and use of the valet bike parking complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew. Runs from 7 AM to 9 AM.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

Miss Spoken, the new female-focused reading series hosted by Rose Lannin and Carly Oishi, returns to Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight from 7 to 9pm. The topic this time is "Debt," and the lineup features Rachel Collins, Gwynn Fulcher, Anne Holub and Natasha Mulholland. Free. 21+

Shakespeare Performance @ Logan Square Library

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday the Chicago Public Library will host a free performance of some of his works at the Logan Square branch. Actor Mark J. Shallow will perform some of Shakespeare's soliloquies and audience members can volunteer to participate in the scenes silently with him. The event begins at at 6 p.m. and the library is located at 3030 W. Fullerton Ave..

Richard Thompson @ Downtown Sound

Richard Thompson may be best known for his '70s/'80s output with his then-wife, which include the terrific I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and Shoot Out the Lights albums, but his career before that with Fairport Convention and after then stand on their own, as well. The British guitar wizard will command Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., for a Downtown Sound show tonight at 6:30pm; seating opens at 5:30pm. Free.

USA vs. Ghana Viewing Party @ Grant Park

US Soccer hosts a viewing party for the USA vs. Ghana World Cup match tonight at Arvey Field in Grant Park, 1100 S Columbus Dr. Watch the ESPN broadcast of the match on a huge screen with a hundreds of other soccer fans. Festivities begin at noon, with kick-off at 5pm. Lupe Fiasco and Futura perform as well. Free.

The Marrow @ Punch House

Curbside Splendor launches The Marrow, a new monthly non-fiction reading series, tonight at 7:30pm at Punch House, 1227 W. 18th St. Hosted by Leah Pickett, the first edition features readings by Samantha Irby, Nico Lang, Jeff Miller and Jen Richards. No cover, 21+.

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest runs June 13-15 in Grant Park. There's music from 11am to 9:30pm today on six stages Tonight's headliners in the Petrillo Music Shell are the Nikki Hill at 5:30pm, Aaron Neville at 6:45pm, and Dr. John at 8:15pm. Free.

Old Town Art Fair

The 65th annual Old Town Art Fair runs from 10am to 6pm Saturday and today in the Old Town Triangle (Wisconsin Avenue on the north, Orleans Street and Lincoln Park West, Menomonee Avenue on the south, plus a little bit of North Park Avenue north of Willow -- here's a PDF map). View and purchase the work of more than 250 artists, enjoy live music and food, and maybe go on the neighborhood garden walk. $7 donation requested.

Our Public Space: Who Owns It, Who Shapes It & Who Benefits From It @ Lathrop Homes

The second day of Our Public Space brings together designer Quilian Riano and artist John Preus for a workshop engaging the site at Lathrop Homes, 2000 W. Diversey Ave. The event runs from 10am to 4pm, with a lunch break at noon. Free.

Comedy Festival After-Party @ Schubas

The after-party for the 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival happens tonight at Schubas at 10:30pm. The show will feature AV Club staffers discussing the festival, doing a Q&A session, and much more! Special guest Todd Barry will be making comments on the commenters, which should be very meta. Admission to the after-party is FREE with an RSVP at the Eventbrite page.. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Our Public Space: Who Owns It, Who Shapes It, and Who Benefits From It @ Hyde Park Art Center

Dilettante Studios, MAS Context, and the Hyde Park Art Center present Our Public Space, a two-day program of lectures and a workshop presented by national and international architects, designers, and artists addressing public space and the built environment. Today's events will run from 1pm-5pm at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

Schubas Bike Bash & BBQ

Schubas holds a bike clinic today from noon to 4:00pm in their parking lot. Local bike shops will be on hand to give tune-ups, workshops and general advice to bike owners. Schubas will have plenty of BBQ and discounted beer from Revolution Brewing on hand. A raffle during the event will benefit the Working Bikes Cooperative. Admission to the Bike Bash is free! Full details at Schubas' Website. Schubas: 3159 N. Southport (at Belmont). (773) 525-2508.

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest runs June 13-15 in Grant Park. There's music from 11am to 9:30pm today on six stages Tonight's headliners in the Petrillo Music Shell are the Theo Huff at 6pm, Willie Clayton at 6:55pm, and Bettye LaVette at 8:15pm. Free.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market

The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market debuts today from 10am to 1pm at 151 N. Kedzie Ave. The market combines a farmers market with live music and spoken word performances, cooking demos, craft vendors and activities for the kids. The market runs the second Saturday of the month through October. Free.

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest runs June 13-15 in Grant Park. There's music from 11am to 9:30pm today on six stages Tonight's headliners in the Petrillo Music Shell are the Carolina Chocolate Drops at 6pm, the Otis Taylor Band at 7:05pm and a centennial tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson at 8:25pm. Free.

Guerilla Truck Show

The 10th annual Guerrilla Truck Show returns tonight from 5:30 to 9:30pm, centered on the corner of Aberdeen and Fulton Market. Check out the latest product design, furniture concepts and art by dozens of designers, shown in the backs of moving trucks and in area galleries and businesses. Free.

Omar Souleyman @ Downtown Sound

The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, with Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society opening. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Free.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup features Deanna Moffitt, Britt Juloius, Nannette George, Ben Harpe and Stephanie Sack. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Doors open at 7:30, stories begin at 8pm; make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Printer's Row Lit Fest

Printer's Row Lit Fest celebrates 30 years this weekend. Browse booksellers' stalls, attend author readings and discussions, and more. All outdoor events are free, but indoor talks and sessions are individually ticketed. See the festival schedule for details, and buy a $30 Fest Pass and get two tickets to up to five events, and download the TribBooks app for festival info and exclusives. Gates open at 10am.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete is back at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, today at 3pm. This week's guests are JC Aevaliotis, Ali Barthwell, Chris Hauser, Ike Holter and Mary Williamson, and Jacob Williams, along with Chad the Bird and funny musical guest Laura McKenzie. Christopher Piatt hosts. Free, 21+

57th Street Art Fair @ Hyde Park

Saturday, June 7th 11 AM-6 PM and Sunday June 8th 10AM-5PM, Hyde Park is hosting their annual 57th Street Art Fair. This will mark the 67th year that Hyde Park has been hosting this event. The fair is located between Kenwood and Woodlawn. Admission is free!

Printer's Row Lit Fest

Printer's Row Lit Fest celebrates 30 years this weekend. Browse booksellers' stalls, attend author readings and discussions, and more. All outdoor events are free, but indoor talks and sessions are individually ticketed. See the festival schedule for details, and buy a $30 Fest Pass and get two tickets to up to five events, and download the TribBooks app for festival info and exclusives. Gates open at 10am.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The June edition of Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., features readings by Claire Zulkey, Patricia Skalka, Sara Ross Witt, Theodore Goeglein and Ted McLelland. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff co-host.Doors open at 7pm sharp, no earlier -- arrive early for a table and grab a beer from the bar. Show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Maifest

Maifest returns to Lincoln Square May 29-June 1, taking over Lincoln Avenue from Leland to Western next to the Brown Line tracks. The festival runs from noon to 10pm tonight, with live music and plenty of German beer and food. Admission is free.

Do-Division Street Fest

Do-Division takes over Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt with music on two stages, shopping and family fun May 30-June 1. The festival runs from noon to 10pm today.

There's also Family Fun Fest, filled with kid-friendly music and activities, running on Hoyne from Crystal to Potomac, and Crystal from Hoyne to Damen, noon to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

East Stage
1:15pm - Ne-Hi
2:30pm - Curtis Harvey
4pm - Milagres
5:30pm - GoldLink
7pm - Slow Magic
8:30pm - People Under The Stairs

West Stage
2pm - Secret Service
3:15pm - Muscle Worship
4:30pm - Velocirapter
6pm - Barber Green
7:30pm - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
9pm - J Mascis

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo runs Saturday and today from 11am to 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attend a full day of panels, check out the vendor floor, and meet indie comic artists and writers galore. Free.

Maifest

Maifest returns to Lincoln Square May 29-June 1, taking over Lincoln Avenue from Leland to Western next to the Brown Line tracks. The festival runs from noon to 11pm tonight, with live music and plenty of German beer and food. Admission is free.

Do-Division Street Fest

Do-Division takes over Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt with music on two stages, shopping and family fun May 30-June 1. The festival runs from noon to 10pm today.

There's also Family Fun Fest, filled with kid-friendly music and activities, running on Hoyne from Crystal to Potomac, and Crystal from Hoyne to Damen, noon to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

East Stage
1:30pm - The Arts of Life Band
2:30 - Jimmy Whispers
4pm - Radar Eyes
5:30pm - Make-Overs
7pm - Screaming Females
8:30pm - Bass Drum of Death

West Stage
2pm - The Welcome
3:15 - The Island of Misfit Toys
4:30pm - Elephant Gun
6pm - Martin Van Ruin
7:30pm - The Weeks
9pm - JD McPherson

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo runs today and Sunday from 11am to 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Attend a full day of panels, check out the vendor floor, and meet indie comic artists and writers galore. Free.

Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray Puppet Show

Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula Del Ray is a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story, performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. The event will be held at The Ruth Page Center for Arts, 1015 N. Dearborn St., tonight at 7:30pm.

Adventure Time Story Artists @ DePaul School of Cinema

"Adventure Time" story artists Jesse Moynihan, Michael DeForge and Sam Alden talk about their creative process at DePaul CDM Theatre, 14 E. Jackson St., lower level room 105, tonight at 6pm as part of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. Free.

CHGO DSGN @ Cultural Center

CHGO DSGN, an exhibition of recent object and graphic design from Chicago, opens tonight at the Cultural Center, 78 W. Washington St., with a reception from 6 to 10pm. Admission is free.

Maifest

Maifest returns to Lincoln Square May 29-June 1, taking over Lincoln Avenue from Leland to Western next to the Brown Line tracks. The festival runs from 5 to 11pm tonight, with live music and plenty of German beer and food. Admission is free.

Live Comics Reading @ Galerie F

Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a live comics reading as part of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, tonight from 7 to 9:30pm. The event features readings by Sam Alden of It Never Happened Again, Andy Burkholder of Absolute Loneliness, Anna Bongiovanni of Out of Hollow Water, Mark Connery of Rudy, Edie Fake of Memory Palaces, Sarah Ferrick of Rare Creatures, John Holden of Detrimental Information, Scott Longo of Sonatina and Annie Mok of Screen Tests. Free.

Miss Spoken @ Gallery Cabaret

New female-focused live lit series Miss Spoken debuts at the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme is "Boobs," and readers include Samantha Irby, Natasha Samreny, Melane LaForce, Jasmine Davila and Alicia Swiz. Rosamund Lannin
and Carly Oishi host. Free, 21+

Johanna Stein @ Women & Children First

Comedy writer Johanna Stein, whose book: How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane, was released last month, talks with local writer and curator of The Funny Ha-Ha Show Claire Zulkey tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark Street.) This is a free event.

The Art of Craft Beer @ Village Tap

The Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe Ave., hosts The Art of Craft Beer, a showcase of art by local beer label designers, tonight from 5 to 10pm. Check out the art, meet the artists and sample beers from their respective breweries. 21+

King Britt: The Beautiful Noise - A Sun Ra Tribute @ Constellation

The Chicago Jazz Festival and Dark Matter Coffee present The Beautiful Noise, a tribute to Sun Ra by DJ/producer King Britt, tonight at 9:30pm at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. The performance serves as the launch of Jazz Fest's celebration of the Sun Ra's 100th birthday, and Dark Matter is launching its new limited edition, Sun Ra-inspired coffee blend, Astro-Black. Admission is free. 18+

Vocalo Music & Stories: Balls of Confusion

Tonight at 7pm, Vocalo.org presents Vocalo Music & Stories: Balls of Confusion at The Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd. Hosted by Vocalo host and producer, Luis Perez, with music by Ayana Contreras, Music & Stories combines a lineup of live lit vets with an open mic for novices, and offers a chance for all to be heard on the radio. Featured readers include Natasha Samreny and Drew Anderson, and there will be six open mic slots. Free, all-ages. Preview in Book Club.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Come to Schubas (upstairs), 3159 N. Southport, tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Dana Norris, Johanna Stein, Jason Economus, Deanna Moffitt and Lisa Mrock. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Free, 21+

Dave Eggers Book Signing @ 826CHI

Tonight from 6:30-7:30pm, award-winning author Dave Eggers will be signing books at 826CHI's Boring Store, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park. 826CHI is one of eight educational nonprofits co-founded by Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari. Eggers' works will be available for purchase inside the Boring Store during this time. This event is free and open to the public.

Nate Wooley @ Lampo

This Saturday, Lampo will host Nate Wooley's latest composition, For Kenneth Gaburo, tonight at 8pm at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl. Using text from Gaburo's works, the piece will combine "synthesized tones on tape with manipulated trumpet techniques to create shadings of the phonetic sounds inherent in the text." Read Chris Sienko's preview in Transmission. The event is free, but RSVP is required. Reserve your ticket here.

Mapping Session with Honey Pot Performers @ MANA Contemporary

Are you into Punk & New Wave? Even better, are you into groovin' and dancin'? The wonderful Honey Pot Performance will be hosting a free monthly interactive/music themed event that reflects the Chicago music scene. The month of May is Punk & New Wave and will be hosted at MANA Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St., tonight at 7:30pm. You can check out more information on Facebook. The event is free and BYOB. Bring a dancing buddy.

Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray Puppet Show

Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula Del Ray is a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story, performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. The event will be held at The Ruth Page Center for Arts, 1015 N. Dearborn St. tonight and May 30 at 7:30pm.

Gapers Block #OnTheTable @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block hosts one of the Chicago Community Trust's On the Table discussions to explore, in particular, the needs for community journalism and citizen reporting. We'll be meeting at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., at 7:30pm tonight. Dinner and drinks are Dutch; the discussion is free. Join us by RSVPing here.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup features: GPA, Carey Friedman, Suzy Krueckeberg, and Luke Babb. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Stories begin at 8pm, make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month, Dana Norris, Julie Marchiano, Kim Morris, Carma Nibarger and Maggie Jenkins read stories that all start with the sentence: "Yeah, I'm sure ... I think." Kendra Stevens hosts. No cover; donations will be collected for DetermiNation Illinois - American Cancer Society.

Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel

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.

Dose Market @ 1st Ward

Dose Market returns for a new season at 1st Ward in the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave. Shop for handmade fashion and accessories and artisanal foods from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

The Paper Machete @ Green Mill

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+

Schubas Gear Swap

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.

Chicago Art Girls Spring Pop-Up

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.

Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel

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.

Kieran McGonnell Round Trip Ticket Exhibit

The Ugly Stepsister Gallery, located on 1750 S Union Avenue in Pilsen, will be hosting the first exhibition of Kieran McGonnell since his passing on May 9th from 6-8:30 PM. The exhibition runs through July 6 and is open and free to the public.

Let's Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel

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.

Megan Milks & Cris Mazza @ Women & Children First

Megan Milks and Cris Mazza read from their latest books (Kill Marguerite and Other Stories for the former, Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls and Something Wrong with Her for Mazza) tonight at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., at 7:30pm. Free.

SAIC Graduate and Undergraduate Festival

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate and Undergraduate Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival is today, Wednesday May 7th, Thursday May 8th and Friday May 9th. The festival will begin all three days at 4:30PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center located at 164 N. State Street. Admission is free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. This month readers include James Finn Garner, Melissa Wiley, Gint Aras, Jeremy Owens and Dustin Monk, with co-host Andrew Huff and Eden Robins. Doors open precisely at 7pm -- get there on the early side as seats fill up fast. Free, 21+ RSVP on Facebook.

2014 MFA Photography Exhibition @ Columbia College

May 6-17 marks the beginning of the MFA Photo exhibition for Columbia College. The Glass Curtain Gallery located at, 1104 S Wabash Avenue, will be featuring six photographers in the Masters program.

Revolution Craft Show @ Salvage One

Revolution Craft Show will hold its first event at Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard St., from 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Locally organized and curated by two artists, Revolution Craft Show is on a "mission is to give artists and the public a fun and affordable way to interact and hopefully sell their work." There will be music, food trucks, and great art for sale. Free and open to the public.

Joss Whedon: A Celebration

DePaul University's Department of Media & Cinema Studies hosts Joss Whedon: A Celebration today from 9am to 6pm at the College of Communication, 14 E. Jackson Blvd. Discussions will explore Whedon's many projects for film, television and comics, and special guests include screenwriter Cheryl Cain, who was assistant production coordinator on the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series and a writer on "Firefly." Attendance is free; see the Facebook page for more details.

Free Comic Book Day

It's Free Comic Book Day! Comics shops across Chicagoland and the world are giving away free comic books and hosting events; find a store near you and go! We've got not one but two previews of local events in Book Club.

Encounters at the Edge of the Forest @ Gallery 400

Encounters at the Edge of the Forest, and exhibition curated by the Exhibition Practices class of the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the UIC School of Art and Art History, opens tonight at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., with a reception from 5:30 to 8pm. More details on Facebook.

Breaking the Bread Divide

Guild Literary Complex andGraze magazine host Breaking the Bread Divide, a live Guild podcast at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., tonight from 7 to 9pm. Hosted by journalist Debbie Carlson, the live podcast taping will feature a discussion of food policy with guests Robert Nevel, urban farmer and founder of KAMII; Dave Snyder, poet, writer and member of Chicago Rarities Orchard Project; and Angela Taylor, founder of Fulton Street Flower & Vegetable Garden. Soup and bread from the Jane Addams Hull House Kitchen will be served. Admission is free. Read our preview in Book Club.

Sister Helen Prejean @ Harold Washington Library

Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," will be at the Harold Washington Library to discuss social justice and the death penalty. It will also feature a performance from Looped Together, a DePaul University student performance group focusing on social justice. The event is free and will be held in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at 6 p.m..

Shelter/Chicago @ Cultural Center

The Living News Project presents Shelter/Chicago, a play written and performed by homeless people, homeless shelter staff, students and journalists, tonight at 5:30pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Free but registration required.

Shelter/Chicago @ Cornerstone Community Outreach

The Living News Project presents Shelter/Chicago, a play written and performed by homeless people, homeless shelter staff, students and journalists, at Cornerstone Community Outreach, 4628 N. Clifton Ave., tonight at 5pm. Free.

Green Metropolis Fair

The Green Metropolis Fair runs from 10am to 5pm today at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. The festival features more than 100 sustainable, free trade and organic exhibitors; family-friendly entertainment and activities; and discussions and workshops on topics ranging from yoga to gardening. Admission is free.

Applied Words: Voices of Protest

The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Voices of Protest tonight at 8pm at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Two short documentaries from Al Jazeera's "Poets of Protest" series will be screened, followed by readings by exiled poets Manal Al-Sheikh (Iraq) and Mazen Maarouf (Palestine). Tickets are $5.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features Rob Anderson, Sam Bailey, Lisa Buscani, Jon Forsythe, Natalie Jose, Alex Moffat and Steve Waltein, plus music by Bill Larkin and Mister Suit. Christopher Piatt hosts at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, today at 3pm. Free, 21+

Tour South Shore's Historic 71st Street

Join five community organizations for a free walking tour of South Shore's historic 71st Street. Highlights will include President Obama's first campaign office, the Jeffery Theater and the thoroughfare's early 20th century streetscape. Meet at Give Me Some Sugah bakery at 1pm. Visit the tour's Facebook page for more information.

Tim Kinsella @ Nightingale Cinema

Musician and author Tim Kinsella marks the release of his new book, Let Go and Go On and On, with a film collage at Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. There will also be readings by Kinsella, Brittany LaFlamme, Heather Gabel, Naomi Huffman, Melina Ausikaitis and Joe Proulx. Free.

Applied Words: Voices of Protest

The Guild Literary Complex presents Applied Words: Voices of Protest tonight at 7pm at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Two short documentaries from Al Jazeera's "Poets of Protest" series will be screened, followed by readings by exiled poets Manal Al-Sheikh (Iraq) and Mazen Maarouf (Palestine). Tickets are $5.

World Book Night @ W&CF

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

Secret History of Chicago Music Anniversary show @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the 10th anniversary celebration for the Chicago Reader's series The Secret History of Chicago Music. The show will feature a bunch of Chicago bands, but what you really need to know is that the infamous T. Valentine, the man behind the song "Hello Lucille, Are You A Lesbian?", is going to be there, which should be incentive enough to attend. Show starts at 9:00pm, and admission is FREE! Details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Dark Matter Devil's Lettuce Release Party

Dark Matter celebrates the release of its Devil's Lettuce coffee at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 6pm with performances by the Drastics, Wild Jesus and the Devil's Lettuce, Impala Sound Champions and Jason Brammer. Doors open at 6pm. Free.

Bulgarian Writers and Their Translators Talk @ Seminary Co-op Bookstore

This evening at 6pm, Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.) and the University of Chicago's Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies bring together two prominent Bulgarian authors with their translators. In addition to reading from their novels, Virginia Zaharieva and Albena Stambolova will discuss what it was like to collaborate on their translations with Angela Rodel and Olga Nikolova, respectively. Preview in Book Club. Free.

Open Door Reading Series @ Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., hosts its monthly Open Door reading series tonight at 7pm, featuring CM Burroughs, Andre Price, Ruben Quesada and Tanya Young. Free.

Sister Spit @ University of Chicago

This year's Sister Spit tour lands at The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 5801 S. Ellis, this evening at 7pm. Admission is free.

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This month's lineup features Emmy Bean, Megan Stielstra, Ira Murfin, Tess Lennon-Dorn and Dwight Wilson. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Stories begin at 8pm, make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Baconfest Sampling Events @ Whole Foods

Five area Whole Foods Markets will host a free store-wide bacon party today as part of Bacon Month from 12 noon to 3:00 PM. Stop by one of the locations listed below to taste complementary samples of their natural, organic bacon.

* Gold Coast: 30 West Huron St.
* South Loop: 1101 S. Canal St.
* Lincoln Park: 1550 N. Kingsbury St.
* Lakeview: 3300 N. Ashland Ave.
* Halstead & Waveland: 3640 N. Halstead St.

Kieran McGonnell @ Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery

The late artist, Kieran McGonnell is having a three-month long exhibition entitled, Round Trip Ticket, in Pilsen at the Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery. The opening reception is tonight from 6-10pm at 1750 S. Union Ave. Event is free and open to the public.

Puzzled Pint

Puzzled Pint is a game night for those tired of pub trivia. On Monday night, a puzzle revealing the location is posted on PuzzledPint.com; figure it out and show up (alone or with a team) at 6pm to solve puzzles while you eat and drink. More details on Facebook. Free, 21+.

Tropical Depression @ LVL3

Join the contemporary art gallery, LVL3, at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave for their opening reception of Tropical Depression. The event is free and open to the public today from 6-10pm.

Dayo Olopade @ Harold Washington Library Center

This evening at 6pm, Dayo Olopade will visit the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, to discuss her book The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa. Admission's free, and books will be available for signing afterward.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk is back in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with readings by Letitia Moffitt, Brooke Wonders, Cesar Torres, Amy Sumpter and Jill Howe. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff cohost. Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm. As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Harts for Arts @ LVL3

LVL3 art gallery in Wicker Park, 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave, will be presenting their 5th annual art auction and benefit raffle today for the non profit Arts of Life. The event runs from 6pm-10pm; bidding ends at 9:30. All of the presented artwork start at $30, raffle tickets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

Women's History Month @ Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library is hosting a Women's History Month art exhibition presenting sisters, Jessie Winslow and Rachel Winslow. Jessie will be giving an artist talk today at 2pm at the Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W Fullerton Ave. Event is free and open to the public.

StoryStudio Open House

StoryStudio holds an open house and free class tonight from 6 to 8pm at its space at 4043 N. Ravenswood, Suite #222. Free, but RSVP to attend. Preview in Book Club.

Visting Artist: Jennifer Doyle @ SAIC

The Art Institute of Chicago has invited Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English and Co-Chair of the LGBIT Studies Minor at University of California to speak about her newest book, "Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art". The event is this evening at 6pm located at 280 S. Columbus Drive at the SAIC Columbus Auditorium. For more information call 312-899-5185 or email events@saic.edu

"M"... is for Murder @ The Peanut Gallery

Artist, Corinne Halbert, will have a solo exhibition at the Peanut Gallery tonight from 5-9pm. The exhibition "M"...is for Murder features a maniacal mouse named "Mikee" and his beloved "Minee". The event, located at, 1000 N. California Ave, is free and open to the public.

Literary Rock'n'Roll @ Metro

The Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., hosts Literary Rock'n'Roll, as part of Columbia College's Story Week Festival of Writers. The event features readings by Preston L. Allen, Christine Sneed and Eric May, plus a tribute to David Hernandez featuring Achy Obejas and music by Street Sounds. Doors open at 5:30pm, show's at 6pm. Free, all ages.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Come to Schubas (upstairs), 3159 N. Southport, tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Melinda McIntire, Greg Morelli, Chloe Johnston, Naomi Huffman, and Bob Stockfish. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Free, 21+

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Story Club returns to Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., tonight at 8pm and is hosted by the ever charming Andrew Marikis. The theme this month is "Catch Your Own Tail." That is, stories that begin and end with the same phrase. The show features tales from Seven Deadly Sins producer Angela Vela, New York Times essayist Alan Neff and Storyteller, masseuse, and Quantum Leap aficionado Dennis Frymire. There's also an open mic, signup for which begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation. The show is kinda bad-ass, you should totally go.

Almost Pi(e) Day @ Open Books

The Chicago Nerd Social Club celebrates Pi Day 2014 this afternoon at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl. with their annual pie bake-off, a trivia quiz, and a challenge to see who can recite the most digits of everyone's favorite irrational number! The celebration kicks off at 3pm, and admission is free! Full details at the Chicago Nerds website.

South Side Irish Parade

The annual South Side Irish Parade starts at noon today down in Beverly. The parade marches down Western Avenue from 103rd to 115th Street. Free.

Stormy, Husky, and Brawling for 100 Years @ Newberry

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., celebrates the centennial of Carl Sandberg's poem Chicago with an event today from 5 to 7pm. Enjoy cake from the Swedish Bakery and free beer from Haymarket Pub & Brewery, as well as readings, musical performances, and talks and discussions by poets Erica Bernheim, Robert Polito and Marc Smith; reporters Alison Cuddy and Kari Lydersen; musician and librarian Marten Stromberg; and professor and writer Bill Savage. Free.

The Hudson Branch @ Whistler

The Hudson Branch play a set at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 9:30pm in support of their new album, Yesterday, which is the first portion of a planned trilogy. No cover, 21+

That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote is back at The Savoy (1408 N. Milwaukee). This month's lineup features Diana Slickman, James Finn Garner, Edward Thomas-Herrera, and David Kodeski. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Stories begin at 8pm, make a dinner reservation to guarantee a seat. This is a free event.

Wicker Collective Warehouse Sale

The 12 boutiques making up the Wicker Collective -- Trillium, Penelope’s, Study Hall, Kokorokoko, Moon Voyage, Mulberry & Me, Anastasia, Emma, Beyond Boutique, Milk Handmade, Stock Mfg, Madein Jewelry, Zora Jewelry and Shades of Grey Jewelry -- are holding a "warehouse sale" Saturday and today from 11am to 5pm at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave. Shop for last season's clothes, jewelry and accessories for men and women at deep discounts. Admission is free.

Peace on Earth Film Festival

The Peace on Earth Film Festival runs March 6-9 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and features films about peace, nonviolence, social justice and ecology. The festival runs from 11am to 8pm today; see the schedule for films and times. Free.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features stories by Ian Abramson, Ian Belknap, Brent Morin, Dana Norris, the Puterbaugh Sisters and Tanner Tanenbaum, plus Chad the Bird and musical guests Brother George. Christopher Piatt hosts. It's at 3pm at Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Wicker Collective Warehouse Sale

The 12 boutiques making up the Wicker Collective -- Trillium, Penelope’s, Study Hall, Kokorokoko, Moon Voyage, Mulberry & Me, Anastasia, Emma, Beyond Boutique, Milk Handmade, Stock Mfg, Madein Jewelry, Zora Jewelry and Shades of Grey Jewelry -- are holding a "warehouse sale" today and Sunday from 11am to 5pm at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave. Shop for last season's clothes, jewelry and accessories for men and women at deep discounts. Admission is free.

Peace on Earth Film Festival

The Peace on Earth Film Festival runs March 6-9 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and features films about peace, nonviolence, social justice and ecology. The festival runs from 10am to 10:30pm today; see the schedule for films and times. Free.

Peace on Earth Film Festival

The Peace on Earth Film Festival runs March 6-9 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and features films about peace, nonviolence, social justice and ecology. The festival runs from 6 to 11pm tonight; see the schedule for films and times. Free.

Opening Reception @ Jackson Junge Gallery

Entitled, A Symphony of Realism and Abstraction, the Jackson Junge Gallery has a free exhibition running from March 7-April 27th. Located at 1389 N Milwaukee Ave, from 6-10pm. General gallery hours are 11-8 and Sundays 12-5.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Story Club is back at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan tonight at 8pm tonight. The theme this month is, "What I Should Have Said" and will feature stories from Tamale Sepp and Lawrence Binkey Tolefree. This show also hosts an excellent open mic and the sign up for that begins at 7:30pm. $10 suggested donation. 21+

Peace on Earth Film Festival

The Peace on Earth Film Festival runs March 6-9 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and features films about peace, nonviolence, social justice and ecology. The festival runs from 6 to 11pm tonight; see the schedule for films and times. Free.

"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" @ Adler Planetarium

Fox and National Geographic present a preview screening of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" and live global Q&A with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and the producers at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., tonight at 8pm. Attendance is free and on a first-come, first-served basis; RSVP here.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents a special Mardi Gras edition of Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. While we won't have any floats, we will have readings by Wendy McClure, Joe O'Sullivan, Naomi Buck Palagi, Laura Adamczyk and Eden Robins. Eden also co-hosts with with your hosts Andrew Huff. Doors open at 7pm sharp, no earlier -- arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. Show starts at 7:30pm. As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Chicago's 177th Birthday Party @ Daley Plaza

The City of Chicago and Goose Island Beer are throwing a Mardi Gras-themed birthday party and food truck rally today to celebrate Chicago's 177th birthday on Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.). Starting with a short program at 10:30am to kick-off the event, free cake will be available (while supplies last) along with packzis, music and much more from 11am to 7pm. Free.

Music Frozen Dancing: A Winter Block Party @ Empty Bottle

Looking for a block party in the middle of a freezing Chicago winter to go to? Then Empty Bottle will abide along with a slew of amazing artists including guitar goddess Marnie Stern, the quizzically named rockers Diarrhea Planet, noise poppers Heavy Times, and Rabble Rabble doing DJ sets in between. Join in on the FREE (!) festivities which start at 1pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Avenue.

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Alex Kotlowitz @ Northwestern

Northwestern's Center for the Writing Arts presents a conversation between The Atlantic senior editor and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and author Alex Kotlowitz tonight at 6pm in the Peggy Dow Helmerich Auditorium in Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Dr. on Northwestern's Evanston campus. A book-signing will follow. Free and open to the public.

Northalsted Winter Fest

The Northalsted Winter Fest begins today from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m with various events such as a live ice sculpting display. Between 2 - 4 p.m., Soup Walk will pair restaurants with retailers. Some pairings include The Chicago Diner at Paired Wine, Taverna 750 at Lighting by Fox, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club at NoteworthyNotes and more. Admission is free.

Day Job @ LivingRoom

The painter Dmitry Samarov, who chronicled his experience driving cabs for a living in Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab, has an exhibit titled "Living in Chicago" on display at LivingRoom, 1530 W. Superior St. In conjunction with the exhibit, he is curating an event called: Day Job, a night of stories about the places we go whether we want to or not. Featuring Melina Ausikaitis, Martha Bayne, Mairead Case, Robin Cline, Sarah Frier, Kevin McDonnough, Chris Schoen and Levi Stahl. This event is free, and starts at 8:30pm. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Luis Gutierrez talk @ Harold Washington Library

The congressman will discuss his latest memoir--Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrioto Capitol Hill. 6pm at Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free.

Cider Battle @ Pizza Rustica

A Cider Battle will be hosted by Pizza Rustica, 3908 North Sheridan Road. The competition will feature three small-batch flavors from Sonoma Cider. The battle will conclude with a winner and gives all participants complimentary samples of Sonoma's apple, pear and bourbon ciders. The battle begins at 6 p.m. and free, (but the average pizza is $12).

Story Lab @ Black Rock

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: Jenn Barthold, Sarah Bunger, Michael Cullinane, Buddy King
Maureen Muldoon, and Ellen Weisel. 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.

Guts & Glory @ Schubas

Guts & Glory returns to Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight in the upstairs bar. Hosts Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker welcome Ozzie Totten, Cara Brigandi, Monte LaMonte and Katy Maher. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Free, 21+

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport

Story Club returns to Co-Prosperity Sphere , 3219 S Morgan St, tonight at 8pm. The theme this month is "shorts." This month's featured performers will have just 4 minutes to tell their stories. The show features stories from Emmy-award winner, playwright, and 90's comedian Joe Janes, You're Being Ridiculous founder and host Jeremy Owens, Story stylist-- most recently of Vocalo's Music & Stories Xavier Jordan, Actor, teaching artist, and founder of Knife & Fork Theatre Dani Bryant, Actor and story queen Maura Clement and Journalist and Story Club Magazine's web designer -- David Lipowski! There's also an open mic, signup for which begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

Excited Utterance @ Uncommon Ground

Excited Utterance, a new quarterly reading series, makes its debut tonight at 7pm at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St. Featured readers include Kyle Churne, Larry O. Dean and Sara Tracey. Free, but reservations recommended.

Gear and Beer Swap @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle holds a gear & beer swap starting at noon. If you have musical gear, or beer, that you'd like to trade, bring it along! Admission is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Final Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Solo in the 2nd City holds its final show tonight at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. Join hosts Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi for a party at 7pm, followed by a reading at 8pm featuring Dana Norris, Isaac Paul, Barrie Cole, JW Reese, Jasmine Davila, Blake Dinwiddie and Charlotte Hamilton. Free, 21+

Danny's Reading Series

The Danny's Reading Series features readings by Barry Schwabsky, Virginia Konchan and Mark Yakich. It's at, of course, Danny's Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens St., beginning at 7:30pm sharp. Free, 21+.

Soup & Bread @ Hideout

Volunteer chefs serve up soup tonight from 5:30-8pm at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) at this weekly benefit for food pantries/hunger relief organizations in the area (a different one is selected each week). Show up, eat, and donate what you can. Free.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, Stephanie Douglass, Molly Each, Joe Janes, Larry Kerns, Syd Lieberman and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Indie Publishers' Panel @ The Cliff Dwellers Club

The Society of Midland Authors brings representatives of four indie publishers to the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan, for a discussion of their work. A reception with snacks and a cash bar starts at 6pm, with the discussion itself at 7pm; admission's free.

Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show, "Soul Train" @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents "Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show, 'Soul Train'," tonight at 6pm. This free event features author Ericka Blount Danois discussing writing and creating her book that captures the essence of the "Soul Train," the "hippest trip in America." For more information, call 312-747-4817.


That's All She Wrote @ The Savoy

The live lit series That's All She Wrote celebrates their re-launch in a new venue, The Savoy (1408 N. Milwaukee). The debut show, dubbed "That's All She Wrote Part Deux: Oysters and Absinthe," features the host of You're Being Ridiculous, Jeremy Owens; author and Chicago Sun-Times journalist Robert K Elder; award-winning poet, writer, and teacher Sage Morgan-Hubbard; and host of Story Club South Side Andrew Marikis. Hosted as always by JH Palmer and Angela Benander. Make dinner reservations at The Savoy to make a night of it, or just show up at 8m for the stories. This is a free event.

Hearts Alive @ Jefferson Memorial Park

Make a valentine for a heart patient at Children's Hospital today at noon at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., and enjoy treats and music. Free.

Gina Frangello @ Women & Children First

Author Gina Frangello celebrates the release of A Life in Men, a book that explores love, sex and illness through the lens of best friends Mary and Nix, tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Refreshments will be served. Preview in Book Club. Free.

The Syria Dilemma @ Book Cellar

Syria scholars and activists read from and discuss the new book The Syria Dilemma tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. The panel will include Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, Danny Postel, associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. Hashemi and Postel are co-editors of The Syria Dilemma. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, fills the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight for readings by Mare Swallow, Cameron McGill, Tom Underberg, Amelia Beamer and Chuck Sudo. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins cohost. Doors open at 7pm sharp, and the show begins at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

China Town Lunar New Year Parade

Marching bands, lions, dragons and more. Celebrate the Year of the Horse at China Town's official Lunar New Year parade from 1pm to 3pm. More information here. Free.

90-Second Newberry Film Festival

James Kennedy's 90-Second Newberry Film Festival is back, showcasing short films made by kids about Newberry Award-winning books, today at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., from 3 to 5pm. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.

Chinese New Year Parade @ Argyle Street

Floats, music and more. From Argyle to Sheridan, Sheridan to Lawrence to Broadway and back to Argyle. The parade steps off at 1pm. More information here. Free.

"How the Great Migration Influenced Music" @ Woodson Regional Library

Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, presents "African American History Month Opening Program: How the Great Migration Influenced Music," today from 1pm-3pm. This free event features music by jazz great Maggie Brown, spoken word by Keith Myles and a dance performance by M.A.D.D. Rhythms. For more information call 312-747-6921.

Chinese New Year Celebration @ Daley Center

Kickoff celebration for Chinese New Year, featuring food, dance and more. Happening at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington. Beginning at 12 pm.

Affordable Care Act information session @ Bezazian Library

Representatives from Heartland Health Outreach on hand to answer questions about the Act. Beginning at 10:30am at Bezazian: 1226 W. Ainslie Street

Social Media Panel @ Next Door Chicago

Social media pros will be on hand to talk about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the next big thing at Next Door Chicago, 659 W. Diversey at 6:30 pm. Learn about online marketing and creating your own brand. Hosted by Chris Brohead, founder of SuitSocialMedia.com. RSVP here. Free.

Busy Beavers @ I Am Logan Square Gallery

Busy Beaver Button Co. presents the exhibition Busy Beavers, featuring artwork by the button company's staff, tonight from 6 to 9pm at the I Am Logan Square Gallery, 2644½ N. Milwaukee Ave. More details on Facebook. Free.

Applied Words: Notes from the Mainframe

Gapers Block and FreeGeek Chicago co-sponsor Notes from the Mainframe, the latest in the Guild Literary Compex's Applied Words series, tonight from 7:30 to 9pm at FreeGeek, 3411 W. Diversey Ave. The evening will include poetry about technology by Catherine Halley, director of digital programs at the Poetry Foundation; Daniel X. O’Neil, executive director of Smart Chicago Collaborative; Stephanie Plenner, founder of Chicago Literary Map; and Andrew Huff, editor of Gapers Block, and there will also be an open mic. Admission is free.

Movie Monday: The Lady Vanishes @ The Palm Court

Movie Mondays continues tonight at 7pm with Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes. Enjoy free admission and complimentary popcorn with a classic cocktail. Movie Mondays takes place the second and fourth Monday of the month. Click here to see the complete schedule. The Drake Hotel is located at 140 E. Walton Place.

Junk Food & Wine Pairing @ Volo

Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar (2008 W Roscoe) is pairing a selection of eight wines with housemade junk food today from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Last year's menu included chocolate truffles and moon pies. Tickets are $30 in advance.

The Lakeview Polar Bear Club Polar Bear Plunge

At exactly noon today, dozens of brave and hearty souls will strip to their bathing suits and dive into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. In addition to being fun it is a fundraising effort for two are families with ill children need expensive treatment. Each swimmer has to pay at least $30 ($40 the day of the event) to participate (and sign a legal waiver), but if you raise more you can receive a t-shirt, drinks at the afterparty at Fatpour Tap Works, and if you raise the most, you can lead the charge. Arrive by 11am if you want to swim, and celebrate shrinkage at noon.

Lawrence J. Vale on Public Housing @ Harold Washington Library

Author Lawrence J. Vale appears at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at 6pm this evening to discuss his recent book Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities and talk more generally about "transforming public housing." Free.

Ishmael Beah @ Harold Washington Library Center

In the intro to new novel Radiance of Tomorrow, Beah mentions being inspired by his homeland's oral tradition--making the public reading a natural form for him. He'll talk about the book this evening at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library Center's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State. Admission is free, and Beah will stick around to sign books afterward.

Black Creativity Family Day @ Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.) commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Black Creativity Family Day. The annual celebration explores the legacy, contributions and achievements made by African Americans while engaging children with science and technology. This year's programming focuses on inspiring today's youth to become innovators of tomorrow. The event runs from 10am to 2pm today and is free with museum entry (Museum admission is free for Illinois residents today).

Diarrhea Planet @ Sakie

Diarrhea Planet plays a free all-ages show at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave., today at 4pm, before their show with Yuck at Lincoln Hall tonight. Free, but space is clearly limited; first come, first served. All ages.

CWA Book of the Year Awards

The Chicago Writers Association presents its third annual Book of the Year Awards tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. The winning books of 2013 are Susan Nussbaum's Good Kings Bad Kings, Jay C. Rehak's 30 Days to Empathy, Bree Housley's We Hope You Like This Song and David W. Berner's Any Road Will Take You There. All winning authors will read selections from their books. The event will be emceed by Tori Collins, President of Chicago Writers Association. Free.

Superchunk @ Saki

Superchunk does an all-acoustic in-store performance at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave., today at 3pm, before their show at the Metro tonight. Free, but space is clearly limited; first come, first served. All ages.

Office Pizza Party/Reading @ Chicago Publisher's Resource Center

The Chicago Publisher's Resource Center, 858 N. Ashland Ave., hosts a pizza party and reading tonight at 8pm, featuring Mason Johnson, Thrillary T. Cat, Cean Gamalinda and Susan Lanier, among others. Free.

Volunteer Mechanic Session @ Working Bikes Cooperative

Come on down to Working Bikes Cooperative, 2434 S. Western Ave., tonight from 5 to 9pm, where you can learn about bicycle maintenance while helping rebuild and refurbish bikes to be sold in the store or given to local charities. All skill levels are welcome at this volunteer session.

Movie Monday: His Girl Friday @ The Palm Court

Movie Mondays kicks off tonight at 7pm with the Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell classic His Girl Friday in the Drake's Palm Court. Enjoy free admission (and complimentary popcorn) with your cocktail. Movie Mondays takes place the second and fourth Monday of the month. Click here to see the complete schedule. The Drake Hotel is located at 140 E. Walton Place.

Snowday Portraits: Chicagoans Found in the Polar Vortex @ The Defibrillator Gallery

The Defibrillator Gallery, 1136 N. Milwaukee, presents Saverio Truglia's Snowday Portraits: Chicagoans Found in the Polar Vortex, tonight from 6pm-11:30pm. Curated by Scott Thompson, the exhibit, part of "A Personal Project Show," features 16 diverse artists, including Thompson, Flint Chaney, and others, all "baring their souls" via photography and visual art. Free. For more information, visit Facebook.

Volunteer Mechanic Session @ Working Bikes Cooperative

Come on down to Working Bikes Cooperative, 2434 S. Western Ave., tonight from 5 to 9pm, where you can learn about bicycle maintenance while helping rebuild and refurbish bikes to be sold in the store or given to local charities. All skill levels are welcome at this volunteer session.

Holiday Double Feature @ Double Door

The Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., screens a holiday double feature of Bad Santa and Die Hard tonight starting at 7pm. $4 Sailor Jerry egg nog will be served. Free, 21+

It's a Wonderful Life @ Patio Theater

The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd., hosts its second annual free screening of the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life, today at 1pm and 5pm.

The Hideout's Last Chance Holiday Sale

The Hideout hosts their annual holiday craft sale today starting at 11:00am. A list of participating artists, along with further details, is available at the Hideout Website. Admission to the sale is free. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Come to Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Brooke Allen and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Danny Black, Randall Colburn, Eileen Dougharty, Robyn Okrant, Sarah Terez Rosenblum. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

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: Craig Fitzgerald, Eleanor Hyde, Kelley Johnson, Jillian Lohndorf, Andi Nelson, and Kelly Swails. 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.

Quimby's Holiday Sketch Gift-ravaganza

Quimby's hosts six local comic artists today from 12:30pm to 6:30pm. Come on down and get a hand-drawn gift for your friends or family! Full details, including a list of participating artists, available at the Quimby's Website. Quimby's: 1854 W. North Avenue. (773) 342-0910.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's Lounge

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret presents its annual holiday ukulele open-mic show tonight at Silvie's Lounge (1902 W. Irving Park). The title of the evening is "How the Uke Stole Christmas (and Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, etc.)". Interested performers are requested to prepare up to 3 songs of holiday material for a 15-minute set. The show starts at 8:00pm, and runs until there are no more performers. Further information available at the group's Facebook page.

Ravenswood Holiday Walk

Brave the cold for the Ravenswood Holiday Walk from 3:30 to 8pm today. Stores, restaurants and businesses on Montrose from Ravenswood to Damen and Damen from Leland to Argyle will hold open houses with specials, live music and storytelling, charity drives, refreshments and more -- even Santa on a pedicab. The event is free; see the website for details.

A Month Of Storytelling Open Mic

A Month Of is a monthly open-mic storytelling series where the audience selects the event's theme online before the show starts. Open mic slots are 5-7 minutes long, all story types and forms are welcome. The show is every second Wednesday at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and runs from 7:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 for audience members, free for storytellers (or with a food donation). Help select a topic by visiting heresthestory.org.

Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Come to Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue, tonight for Solo in the 2nd City at 8pm to witness a hand full of Chicago's talented writers, comedians and authors tell stories of being single, dating and sex in the Windy City. The show is hosted by Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Tonight's featured performers include Brooke Allen, Patrick Allen Carberry, Neil O'Callaghan, Jeremy Owens and Katie Prout. The event is FREE but donations will be collected to benefit Chicago Women's Health Center. (21 +)

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Mama Edie Armstrong, Stephanie Douglass, LeVan D. Hawkins, Tekki Lomnicki, Amy Rood
Ozzie Totten, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

The Revenge of Radio Goggles @ Oracle Theatre

Oracle Theatre presents the latest in their series of recreations of old-time radio programs, The Revenge of Radio Goggles. Actors lip-sync to vintage radio dramas, to unusual effect (the Reader calls them "eerie, robotic performances"). Tonight's performance is at 8:00pm; the show runs through December 14. Admission is free, so reservations are recommended. Full details at the Oracle Theatre Website. Oracle Theatre: 3809 N. Broadway. (773) 2244-2980.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by JH Palmer and Angela Benander, is back at Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from co-producers J.H. and Angela, the lineup includes: Whit Nelson, Wendy McClure, Jen Bosworth, and Rebecca Keller. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Roosevelt University

Tonight at 7pm in Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall (430 S. Michigan), The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will honor six historical writers inducted this year. The program will also explore the ways that the honorees' visions of the city reverberate with its current writers and other assorted arts-adjacent figures--presenters range from Joe Meno and Thomas Dyja to Sex and the City actor David Eigenberg.

Enhancing the sense of eras colliding, the awards themselves will be accepted by relatives, descendants, and friends of the inductees, including Baum's grandson and Wilder's nephew. Guests can reserve a seat at the strange and wondrous festivities for free online.

Birkensnake 6 Participatory Release Party @ Uncharted Books

Chicagoans get their sole chance to snag a copy of one of the six concurrent versions of Birkensnake 6 tonight at Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee, at 7pm. Under the guidance of guest editor Megan Milks (who helped put together a volume of "Neverending Tales"), audience members choose the version they'd like to take home and then are assigned to read a piece from it. They--and you?--will also be joined by contributors James Tadd Adcox (The Map of the System of Human Knowledge) and Wyatt Sparks. Free.

Hash & Thrash @ Star Lounge

Dark Matter Coffee and Bombshell Skateboards present Hash & Thrash, a party celebrating the release of new custom skate decks, tonight at Star Lounge, 2521 W. Chicago Ave., from 7 to 11pm tonight. Check out the decks and other limited edition gear, enjoy free adult beverages (if you're over 21) and food, and listen to music spun by DJ PPBE. Free.

PriMary Tribute to the Cure @ Mayne Stage

PriMary does a tribute to the Cure and Soundtrack Serenade performs the entire Valley Girl soundtrack in a free show at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., tonight at 9pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. 18+

Christkindlmarket @ Daley Center

The annual Christkindlmarket opens today in Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington) and runs through December 24. Hand-crafted holiday goods from Germany, Bavaria, Poland, and many other nations. Oh, and don't forget the German beer!

Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 80th annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade steps off at 8am this morning on State Street from Congress to Randolph. Enjoy classic balloons, marching bands, floats, incredible performance groups, celebrities and, of course, Santa Claus. Attendance is free, but VIP seating is available for $50.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live Show @ Mad River

The Chicago Nerd Social Club hosts a viewing party for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special, running from 11:00am to 2:00pm today. The screening is happening at Mad River (2909 N. Sheffield). The event is free; full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

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: Kelly Butler, Jake Cowan, Amy Dittmeier, Misty Emmons, and Amy Krzyzek. 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.

Buyographics Book Release @ O'Callaghan's

Journalist Matt Carmichael celebrates the release of his book Buyographics tonight at O'Callaghan's, 29 W. Hubbard St., from 6 to 9pm. Free, 21+

"Vanishing Neighborhoods" Film Shorts @ Comfort Station

This evening Preservation Chicago, the Chicago Film Archives and Kartemquin Films are screening three short 16mm films documenting Chicago's demolition and change in 1960s and 1970s at Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. For additional details about the films and the event, check out the event's Facebook page.

A Month Of Storytelling Open Mic

A Month Of is a monthly open-mic storytelling series where the audience selects the event's theme online before the show starts. Open mic slots are 5-7 minutes long, all story types and forms are welcome. The show is every second Wednesday at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and runs from 7:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 for audience members, free for storytellers (or with a food donation). Help select a topic by visiting heresthestory.org.

Diane Ravitch @ Women and Children First

Women and Children First welcomes influential education policy analyst Diane Ravitch for a reading from her latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to American's Public Schools. Reading begins at 7:30pm at First Free Church (5255 N. Ashland Ave.). Free event. No ticket required.

Every Click Leaves a Clue

The Chicago chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery, the Loyola University Computer Science Department and Chicago Council on Science & Technology present "Every Click Leaves a Clue," a presentation on the technology and tactics of the FBI's cyber crime division, in the Beane Ballroom on the 13th floor of Pearson Towers, 111 E. Pearson St. A light reception begins at 5:45pm; the presentation by FBI Special Agent Patrick Geahan begins at 6:30pm. Free.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Stephanie Douglass, Larry Kerns,Scott Whitehair, Ian Belknap, Rachel Bertsche, Judith Heineman, and Avery R. Young. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Anya Davidson @ Quimby's

Anya Davidson reads from and signs her new graphic novel, School Spirits, tonight at 7pm at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by JH Palmer and Angela Benander, is back at Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from co-producers J.H. and Angela, the lineup includes: live lit legacy Xavier Retana; funny lady and GB contributor Jasmine Davila; storytelling force of nature Angelina Marie; and social worker/ballroom dancer Marta Johnson. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come see Story Club tonight at the Holiday Club, 4000 N Sheridan Ave. The theme this month is "Thanks" and features readings from writer Sarah Hollenbeck, Chicago Writers Conference creator Mare Swallow, filmmaker and advice columnist Jennifer Peepas. Open mic slots are also available for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup starts at 7:30, show beings at 8pm.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the monthly eclectic reading series, is back in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Tonight's lineup features Paul McComas & Greg Starrett, Gapers Block alumna Rosamund Lannin, GB contributor J.H. Palmer, Vojislav Pejović and John Rich. William Shunn and GB editor Andrew Huff co-host. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm sharp. No cover. 21+

Chicago River Bridges Talk @ Irving Park-Austin Library

Author Patrick T. McBriarty will give a slide show and talk about his new book, Chicago River Bridges, today at 2pm at the Irving Park-Austin branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Rd. The book and accompanying DVD will be available for purchase; the talk is free.

Pickle Night @ CH Distillery

Recently opened CH Distillery hosts Pickle Night tonight at 5:00 p.m. in their West Loop bar/distillery (564 W Randolph). Pickletinis, Bloody Mary shots, and pickle-themed hors d'oeuvres will be on hand as well as New York City-based pickle producer Rick's Picks and a sample of his products. Make-Your-Own-Pickletini kits (Rick's Classic Sour Pickles, CH Vodka, and pickletini recipe) will be available while supplies last for $45. Event is from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free.

Laydeez Do Comics @ Quimby's

Laydeez Do Comics, a reading and discussion series that celebrates graphic work from local female artists and writers, returns to Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., tonight at 7pm. This installment features cartoonist Beth Hetland and Jacyln Miller, cartoonist and Chicago Zine Fest organizer. Read our preview in Book Club. Free.

Reza Aslan @ Harold Washington Library

Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, reads from and talks about his book, which garnered attention when a Fox News host attacked him for writing about Jesus as a Muslim, tonight at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at 6pm. Read our preview in Book Club. Free.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl. presents a pre-screening of The Trials of Muhammad Ali, today at 6:30pm. The documentary, produced by Academy Award winner Leon Gast, features interviews and commentary by family members, friends, and journalists, who share stories about the revered legendary boxer's personal, professional and political life. This screening is free and open to the public; for questions and more information, visit the museum's website or call 773-947-0600 ext. 255.

Nathan Hoks @ Salon Splendor

Salon Splendor dissects brains with Chicago authors Nathan Hoks, Rachel DeWoskin and Laura Krughoff at Hungry Brain (2319 W Belmont Ave) tonight. This month's guests will share original work on the theme "brains." Literary discussion hosted by Senior Editor Jacob Knabb. Doors at 8pm, readings at 9pm. For more details, check out Curbside Splendor.

Lincoln Park Zoo Photo Scavenger Hunt

OffKilter Events' 2013 Lincoln Park Zoo Photo Scavenger Hunt is today from 1 to 4:30pm in, you guessed it, the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. Put together a team and search for things on the list to photograph, and compete for fun prizes. Advance registration is free and required.

Shit Show @ The Shambles

The Shit Show is back at the Shambles, 2050 W. Division St., tonight at 8pm. This month's featured comedians include Kristen Toomey, Megan Gailey, Amy Sumpter, Josh Johnson, Andy Fleming and Danny Kallas, plus host Rasa Gierstikas, special guest host Corey Calvert, and The Hot Dog Man. Free. 21+

Critical Mass

Tonight's Critical Mass is, of course, Halloween themed. Get on your bike-friendly costume and ride, starting from Daley Plaza at 5:30pm. The ride will finish at The Chainlink's Halloween Party at Bottom Lounge.

1963 CPS Boycott Documentary Screening and Panel @ DuSable Museum

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott, The DuSable Museum of African-American History (740 E. 56th Place) is hosting a screening of Kartemquin Films' in-progress documentary '63 Boycott and a panel discussion with CTU President Karen Lewis, Fannie Rushing, Rosie Simpson, Elizabeth Todd and the Chicago Student Union. This free event runs from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP here

The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

The 9th annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest returns to the Holstein Park Field House, 2200 N. Oakley Ave., from 2 to 5pm today. Come sample the contestants' pies for a couple bucks a slice, and enjoy live music and activities for the kids. Don't forget to stick around to find out who the judges deem the winner. Proceeds benefit Holstein Park.

Northern Grade

Northern Grade, a US-made pop-up market, will be in Millennium Park on the South Promenade Saturday and today. Shop among more than 30 fashion, accessory and product brands from Chicago and elsewhere in the nation. The tent is open from 11am to 5pm today.

Open House Chicago

Dozens of architecturally significant buildings, architecture firms and studios throughout the city will be open for tours this weekend during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual Open House Chicago. See a list of locations here. All are free, but some require CAF membership for access. The event runs from 9am to 5pm each day.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features special guest Janeane Garofalo, as well as Bill Cochran, Ike Holter, Samantha Irby, Julia Weiss, and Katie Rich and Steve Waltien, plus Chad the Bird, Bill Larkin and musical guests Bailiff. Christopher Piatt hosts. The show is at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, and is free. For obvious reasons, you'll want to arrive early for this one. 21+

MakeItFor.Us Open House

MakeItFor.Us holds an open house today as part of Chicago Ideas Week. Stop by 401 N. Michigan Ave. between 2 and 5pm today for a tour and to see what cool things people are making. Free, but ticket required.

Northern Grade

Northern Grade, a US-made pop-up market, will be in Millennium Park on the South Promenade today and Sunday. Shop among more than 30 fashion, accessory and product brands from Chicago and elsewhere in the nation. The tent is open from 11am to 7pm today.

Home Movie Day

The annual Chicago Home Movie Day, presented by the Chicago Film Archives and Northwest Chicago Film Society, runs from 11am to 3pm at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. Bring your 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm home movies to share with the audience. Or just come to watch Admission is free, and you can enter to win various film-related prizes.

Open House Chicago

Dozens of architecturally significant buildings, architecture firms and studios throughout the city will be open for tours this weekend during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual Open House Chicago. See a list of locations here. All are free, but some require CAF membership for access. The event runs from 9am to 5pm each day.

"Hot Seat: Spoken Word (Re)Generations" @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., presents "Hot Seat: Spoken Word (Re) Generations," from 6pm-7:30pm tonight. This event, partnered by Young Chicago Authors and in conjunction with the Illinois Humanities Council, will feature performances of original works on race, culture, and society by spoken word artists including Kevin Coval, Kelly Zen-Yie, Tsai, and more. After each performance, the artists will engage in a "hot seat" session, with interviews by fellow artists. Admission is free; online or email registration is required. For more information, call 312-422-5580.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Come to Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm for Chicago's boldest and most bad-ass storytelling event. This brave and bold live-lit show is hosted by Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker. Tonight's featured performers include Megan Stielstra, Suzy Krueckeberg, Josh Zagoren, John Loos and Angela Benander.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

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: Bethany Hubbard, Mark Child, Stephanie Chavara, Clarence Browley, and Nicole Matos. 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.

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page Book Signing @ Spice House

Two-time James Beard Award-winning authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page will sign copies of their celebrated books, "The Flavor Bible" and "What to Drink with What You Eat," at The Spice House (1512 North Wells) in Chicago from 6:00 to 7:00. The evening is a celebration of the five-year anniversary of "The Flavor Bible" (Fall 2008), which was named by Forbes as one of the 10 best cookbooks in the world of the past century. The Spice House will serve complimentary refreshments. Event is free; RSVP to 312-274-0378 or spices@thespicehouse.com.

Story Club South Side @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Come see Story Club tonight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St) The theme this month is "Are We Uncomfortable Yet?" and features readings from actor and solo performer Jane deLaubenfels, Writer and Host of The Encyclopedia Show Patrick Allen Carberry and Storyteller Extraordinaire Lara Levitan. Open mic slots are also available for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup starts at 7:30, show beings at 8pm. Entrance is free and a suggested $5 donation is greatly appreciated


The Button Down: Monsters @ Gorilla Tango Theater

The Button Down storytelling series presents stories about monsters tonight from 7 to 9pm at Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., featuring readings by Claire Meyer, Caitlin Wilson, Ryan Peters, Amy A. Dittmeier, Ross Middleton, Meredith Stockton, Kelsie Milligan, Peter Papachronopoulos and Sean Cooley. Hosted by Dee Fabbricatore and Meredith Stockton. Admission is free.

That's All She Wrote Anniversary Show @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, celebrates its one-year anniversary at Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to a tandem story that will be told by J.H. and Angela, the lineup includes: WRITE CLUB! Timekeeper Lindsay Muscato; Soup & Bread founder Martha Bayne; writer extraordinaire Sarah Hollenbeck; and master storyteller Byron Roussin. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Ben Vida @ Graham Foundation (Lampo event)

Electronic music composer (and former Chicagoan) Ben Vida will perform two compositions as part of Lampo's Fall 2013 season at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl. The event is free with RSVP. More information in Transmission.

12 Weeks of Quimbas: A Christmas Story

Author Caseen Gaines discusses and signs his new book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic tonight at Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., at 7pm, with special guest Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie's little brother Randy in the film. Free.

Recess @ South Side Community Art Center

Recess, a group exhibition that uses images associated with youth and play, opens with a reception this evening from 6 to 9pm at the South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave. Curated by Tempestt Hazel, the show features works by Caitlin Cherry, Krista Franklin, James T. Green, David Leggett, Christina A. Long, Cecil McDonald Jr. and avery r. young, paired with works from the Center's collection by Archibald Motley Jr., Al Price, Charles Davis, Rosalie Davis, Jon Jones, William McBride, Eric W. Anderson, Maurice Benson and Ben Bey. The show runs through Nov. 9.

PoemJazz @ Harold Washington Library

in conjunction with The Poetry Foundation, the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., celebrates the 59th annual Poetry Day, at 6pm tonight with a performance of Robert Pinksy's "PoemJazz," a fusion of poetry and music, with an emphasis on jazz. A book and CD signing follows. Free. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

A Month Of Storytelling Open Mic

A Month Of is a monthly open-mic storytelling series where the audience selects the event's theme online before the show starts. Open mic slots are 5-7 minutes long, all story types and forms are welcome. The show is every second Wednesday at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and runs from 7:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 for audience members, free for storytellers (or with a food donation). Help select a topic by visiting heresthestory.org.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Musical Guest Duck and Goose, and readers Stephanie Douglass, Beth Horner, Larry Kerns, Tania Richard, Megan Stielstra, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design

ArchiTech Gallery owner David Jameson discusses his book, Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, and Iannelli's iconic sculptures and influence over modern design in Chicago and beyond, today at 2pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Details on Facebook.

Ravenswood Art Walk & Detour

The Ravenswood Art Walk runs Saturday and today along the Ravenswood Avenue corridor from Irving Park to Lawrence. Tour artists' studios, galleries, shops and industrial businesses along the route, and enjoy live music on the main stage at Ravenswood and Wilson. The festival is open from 11am to 6pm today. Free.

In addition to the Art Walk, there's also Detour, a craft beer garden and food truck court, open from noon to 7pm today at Ravenswood and Berteau.

Blue Buddha Boutique Grand Opening

Blue Buddha Boutique holds an grand opening party for its new location at 1127 W. Granville Ave., tonight from 5 to 8pm. Enjoy wine, coffee, cake pops and veggies while touring the new space. Free.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features readings by Brian Costello, The History Girls, Scott Smith, Jill Summers, Ernest Wilkins and Maria Wojciechowski, plus Chad the Bird and music by the Claudettes and Warm Ones. Christopher Piatt hosts. The show starts at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Ravenswood Art Walk & Detour

The Ravenswood Art Walk runs today and Sunday along the Ravenswood Avenue corridor from Irving Park to Lawrence. Tour artists' studios, galleries, shops and industrial businesses along the route, and enjoy live music on the main stage at Ravenswood and Wilson. The festival is open from 11am to 7pm today. Free.

In addition to the Art Walk, there's also Detour, a craft beer garden and food truck court, open from noon to 9pm today at Ravenswood and Berteau.

Danny Bland @ Quimby's Bookstore

Currently based in Seattle, Danny Bland once played in groups such as the Dwarves and was road manager for bands including the Knitters, among a wealth of other musical entanglements. Decades of hard, loud living have informed his debut novel, In Case We Die, which Bland reads from tonight at 7pm at Quimby's Bookstore. Free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk, the eclectic monthly reading series in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., this month celebrates the release of Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology, with readings by authors and editors from the book including Maurice Broaddus, Kyle S. Johnson, William Shunn, Laura Chavoen and John Klima. Also appearing are Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, and Order of Odd-Fish author James Kennedy. Andrew Huff and William Shunn host. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Bill Berkson & Jennifer Karmin @ Glass Curtain Gallery

Bill Berkson joins Jennifer Karmin for a poetry reading tonight at 6pm at Glass Curtain Gallery (1104 S. Wabash). A founder of the experimentally minded Red Rover Reading Series, Karmin often writes for multiple voices and tonight will bring up collaborators Stephanie Anderson, Bryan Mornar, Laura Goldstein, and Kenyatta Rogers to share the stage with her. Free. UPDATE: Bill Berkson has had to cancel due to health issues. The organizers hope to schedule another performance soon.

Do Not Submit @ Powell's North

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.

Fernet-Branca Barback Games @ Concord

The Fernet-Branca Barback Games tonight at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., pit barbacks from some of the city's best bars against each other in challenges that test their physical endurance and agility as well as their mental stability -- as judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts. Team Bayside High, Robots on the Run and other special musical guests provide the soundtrack. Doors open at 8pm. Free with RSVP. 21+

Empty Bottle Book Club

The Empty Bottle hosts an afternoon book club meeting starting at 1:00pm. The book up for discussion is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Admission to the event is free. Full details at the Empty Bottle Website. Empty Bottle: 1035 North Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

The Shit Show @ the Shambles

The Shit Show comedy showcase is back at the Shambles, 2050 W. Division St., at 8pm tonight. This month's features Sam Norton, Jeanie Doogan
Mike Lebovitz, Katie McVay, Jason Earl Folks and Keith Paesel. Hosted by Rasa Gierstikas, with special guest host Corey Calver. No cover.

Critical Mass Bike Ride

Critical Mass is a global movement promoting the use of bicycles as a feasible means of transportation in response to a cultural over-dependence on automobiles. The bike ride is a reclamation of public space, demonstrating that the streets belong to people and not machines. Chicago Critical Mass bike rides take place on the last Friday of each month. The free ride starts from Daley Plaza (Dearborn & Washington) at 5:30 pm and runs for about three hours.


"Gallery Talk with Charly Palmer" @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "Gallery Talk with Charly Palmer," today from 3pm-5pm. Palmer will discuss "Charly Palmer: The Dream Lives On," his visual art exhibition that was inspired by the 1963 March on Washington. Admission is free; reservations are required. For more information, call 773-947-0600, ext. 255.

Free Yoga and Meditation Classes @ Meditate in Northcenter

What a better way to bring in the fall season than with free yoga and meditation classes at Meditate Yoga & Meditation Center's Grand Opening celebration today from 9:00 am -- 5:00 pm. Take part in all level yoga classes and guided meditation courses, all at no cost. Register here for classes.

Wicker Park After Dark @ Jackson Junge

Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., opens Wicker Park After Dark, an exhibition of photography by David Szpunar, with a reception tonight from 6 to 9pm. Szpunar will be there, and refreshments will be served. Free.

Steppin' Under the Stars @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "Steppin' Under the Stars," tonight from 6pm-9pm. This free event, the final one in the series, will feature the best in Chicago "steppin'" dance moves and music by V103's Herb Kent and others. For more information, please call 773-955-5610.

Park(ing) Day

The annual Park(ing) Day festivities happen today from 8am to 9pm in parking spaces outside Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. Help Architecture for Humanity Chicago turn the parking spaces into temporary public parks, and add your creative touch to a collection of stools that will be auctioned at a later fundraising event. Details on Facebook. Free.

"Reviving the Rust Belt" @ Harold Washington Library Center

A trio of writers affiliated with The Society of Midland Authors--including Edward McClelland, Larry Bennett, and Edward E. Gordon--convene to discuss "the future of the industrial Midwest and Chicago" this evening at 6 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

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: Dacey Arishiba, Josh Berling, Alex Blanchette, Susan Gidel, Anita Mechler, and Kathy O'Neill. 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.

Radley Balko @ Roosevelt University

Huffington Post reporter Radley Balko will discuss his book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces at Roosevelt University Library's Angel Reading Room (430 S. Michigan) tonight at 6:15 p.m., followed by a panel of community activists who work on issues of policing and social justice. Free.

Story Club Southside @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Come to the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "duets," and there will be featured readings in addition to open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm. Free, 21+

Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace @ World Music Festival

As part of World Music Festival Chicago 2013, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba and Chicago Afrobeat Project will perform Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.). Show starts at 6pm. Free, all ages

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, this week features Julia Borcherts, Cayne Collier, Joe Dempsey, Dean Evans, Carly Oishi and Nikki Pierce, along with music by Bill Larkin and special guests Swimsuit Addition. Christopher Piatt hosts. Show's at 3pm. Free, 21+

The Power of Photography @ Woodson Regional Library

The Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Branch, 9525 S. Halsted, hosts "The Power of Photography," today from 12p-2pm. Moderated by Farrad Ali, this free panel discussion, presented by the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP), features Chicago mayoral photographer Brooke Collins, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ovie Carter, Civil Rights photographer Robert Sengstacke and others who will discuss careers in photography, its cultural impact, and its place "as a medium and art form in the present and the future." For more information, visit CAAAP or call 312-747-6900.

Jeni's Scoop Shop Preview Party

Columbus-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' first Chicago scoop shop, at 3404 N. Southport Ave., officially opens at 11am Saturday, but there's a preview party tonight from 7 to 10pm, with free samples for everyone and commemorative posters for the first 50 attendees, and owner Jeni Britton Bauer will be in attendance.

RagaMala: A Celebration of Indian Music @ World Music Festival

As part of World Music Festival Chicago 2013, Amjad Ali Khan with Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan and Debashish Bhattacharya & Family will perform RagaMala: A Celebration of Indian Music at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millenium Park (201 E. Randolph St.). Show starts at 6pm. Free, all ages

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra with Plena Libre & AfriCaribe @ World Music Festival Chicago

World Music Festival Chicago 2013 kicks off this evening with a performance by Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra with Plena Libre & AfriCaribe at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millenium Park (201 E. Randolph St.). The show starts at 6pm. Free, all ages

Solo in the 2nd City: Featuring Curbside Splendor Publishing @ Beauty Bar

The Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series starts on its new night, the 2nd Wednesday of the month, tonight at 8pm at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. A handful of writers, comedians, and authors tell their stories on being single, dating, and sex in Chicago. This month will feature authors from Curbside Splendor Publishing. Authors and readers include Samantha Irby, Meaty, Chris Terry, Zero Fade, Megan Stielstra, Once I Was Cool , Jacob Knabb, Senior Editor at Curbside, and James Tadd Adcox, Editor and Writer, Artifice. Some titles will be available for purchase. Hosts are Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Event is free and 21+.

A Month Of Storytelling Open Mic

A Month Of is a new monthly, open-mic storytelling series where the audience selects the event's theme online before the show starts. Open mic slots are 5-7 minutes long, all story types and forms are welcome. The show is every 2nd Wednesday at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., and runs from 7:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 for audience members, free for storytellers (or with a food donation). Help select a topic by visiting heresthestory.org.

After the Fires: A 9/11 Musical Tribute @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., presents "After the Fires: A 9/11 Musical Tribute," tonight at 6pm. In conjunction with Chicago's Congo Square Theatre, this free performance, held in the library's Pritzker Auditorium and created by actor and songwriter Anthony Irons, will pay tribute to the "stories of characters affected by 9/11" through R&B and new age musical theater. For more information, call 312- 747-4300.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from Bron Batten, Stephanie Douglass, Ken Krimstein, Jeff Miller, Natasha Tsoutsouris, and Megan Wells. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., tonight. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include Jennifer Ann Coffeen, Roger Bonair-Agard, Stephanie Douglass and Erin Diamond. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair runs Saturday and today on Division Street from Damen to Paulina from 11am to 7pm. Shop among more than 300 of artists and crafters, check out the pop-up vintage market by the Vintage Bazaar, and take part in workshops by Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago School of Shoemaking and the ReBuilding Exchange. Admission is free.

German Fest

The annual German Day Festival takes over Lincoln Square, on Leland from Western to Lincoln and Lincoln to Eastwood, Sept. 6-8. The festival runs from 10am to 9pm today, with music, beer and German food. Admission is free.

Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair runs today and Sunday on Division Street from Damen to Paulina from 11am to 7pm. Shop among more than 300 of artists and crafters, check out the pop-up vintage market by the Vintage Bazaar, and take part in workshops by Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago School of Shoemaking and the ReBuilding Exchange. Admission is free.

German Fest

The annual German Day Festival takes over Lincoln Square, on Leland from Western to Lincoln and Lincoln to Eastwood, Sept. 6-8. The festival runs from 10am to 11pm today, with music, beer and German food. The annual Von Steuben Parade is at 2pm. Admission is free.

German Fest

The annual German Day Festival takes over Lincoln Square, on Leland from Western to Lincoln and Lincoln to Eastwood, Sept. 6-8. The festival kicks off from 6pm to 11pm tonight, with music, beer and German food. Admission is free.

Curbside Splendor: Words+Music @ Empty Bottle

Curbside Splendor celebrates its fall releases with Words+Music, an evening of readings and music tonight at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., at 9pm. Readers include Samantha Irby, Joseph Bates, Daniela Olszewska and Chris Terry; music is by Al Scorch, Tomorrow Kings and DJ Nagasaki. Read our preview in Book Club. $8 or free with RSVP. 21+

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "addiction," and features readings by the author of "Wasted" and "Waiting", Marya Hornbacher, a man who's constantly learning, Dennis Frymire, and author Fabrice Lubin. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 8pm. Free, 21+

Singin' in the Rain @ Berger Park

The Chicago Park District continues this summer's Movies in the Park with a screening of the 1952 singing and dancing extravaganza Singin' in the Rain. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Stanley Donen star as friends and co-conspirators in 1927 Hollywood, who try to save their silent film by turning it into a musical. Just one problem: their lead actress, a great silent film star, can't sing. Antics and a little bit of romance ensue in bright, bold technicolor. The film begins at 7:30 at Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd. The event is free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

MacArthur Genius Aleksandar Hemon, acclaimed author of The Book of My Lives, headlines September's edition of Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St.. Also featuring Virginia Konchan, Lania Knight, Norman Doucet and series co-host William Shunn. Hosted by Shunn and Gapers Block's own Andrew Huff. Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Jazz Fest

The Chicago Jazz Festival runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Watch jazz on four stages beginning at 11am, and culminating with the final performance of the festival, Donald Harrison and The Congo Square Nation with special guest Willie Pickens, at 8:45pm. Free.

Jazz Fest

The Chicago Jazz Festival runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Watch jazz on four stages beginning at 11:30am. Free.

Jazz Fest

The Chicago Jazz Festival runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Watch jazz on four stages beginning at 2:30pm today. Free.

Stoop Style Stories @ Rosa's Lounge

Stoop Style Stories, the brainchild of live lit goddess Lily Be and her partner in crime Clarence Browley, takes place monthly at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage. It's laid back, and newcomers are welcome. In addition to open mic slots there will be featured storytellers including Dana Norris, JH Palmer, Lawrence Binkey Tolefree, Carly Oishi, Keenan Camp and Vito Vitxauskas. Doors open at 7pm, no cover.

Jazz Fest

The Chicago Jazz Festival runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Opening day today sees events at the Cultural Center, Roosevelt University and Millennium Park, beginning at noon. Free.

Golden Age of Television @ Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library, Clearing Branch, 6423 W. 63rd Pl., presents "Golden Age of Televsion," tonight at 6pm. Hosted by speaker, humorist, and frequent WGN Radio guest Larry Bergnach, this 'interactive, variety show' will go down memory lane with TV classics including "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners," and more. Free and open to the public; for more information, call 312-747-5657.

Do Not Submit @ Powell's North

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.

Go Topless Day @ North Avenue Beach

Go Topless Day takes place annually, around the world, on the Sunday closest to Women's Equality Day (August 26). Today, Chicagoans will gather at North Avenue Beach, where women will exercise their right to go topless and men will wear bikini tops to symbolize obvious gender-based inequalities and stand up for gender equality. Festivities begin at noon. Admission in free.

Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual

Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., kicks off its celebration of 10 years at its Ravenswood location this weekend with an opening reception for "Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual," its sixth annual juried ceramics exhibition, tonight from 6 to 8pm. On display will be artist-made mugs, brewing vessels, carafes, and cream and sugar sets that celebrate the coffee ritual; Intelligentsia will serve coffee, DJ Bylamplight spins, and Eye Spy Optical runs a pop-up shop. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

WORD Chicago: Women's Equality Day Speak Out and March

Join WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) Chicago at Federal Plaza (50 W. Adams St.) for a speak out and march to defend women's rights and promote women's equality. This action takes place in solidarity with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a historic turning point in the struggle for civil rights. Speak out begins at 5pm. March at 6pm. See Facebook event for more details.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

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: Marta Johnson, Ruth Kaufman, AJ Platt,Wolfgang Stein, Dan Terkall, and Melissa Wood. 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.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's North

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Robyn Okrant, Melinda McIntire, Bill Bullock, M Shelly Conner, and Kim Morris. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta returns to the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast host a reading featuring Scott Whitehair, Rosamund Lannin, Scott Stealey, Carrie McDonald and Jeffrey Miller. Free.

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show will be driving pets crazy Saturday and today from 10am to 3pm. The show takes place along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. See a list of headliners here. Free.

South Shore Summer Festival @ South Shore Cultural Center

The South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., presents the South Shore Summer Festival, today from 10am-8pm. This free festival celebrates the summer with a concert by hit 80s/90s R&B sensations Dru Hill, Guy, SWV, Al B. Sure, as well as a performance by legendary soul singers, The Blue Notes. For more information, visit the group's Facebook page or call 773-955-9508.

The SeXXX Files @ Uncharted Books

Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts the SeXXX Files, a reading of sexy stories featuring Sondra Morin, Elizabeth S. Tieri, Stephen Dvorak and Tyler Bagwell, tonight at 8pm. Free, BYOB.

Free the Tatas @ Foster Beach

Topless Equality holds a Free the Tatas rally at Foster Beach, 5400 N. Lake Shore Dr., from 1 to 3pm today. Email toplessequality@gmail.com for details.

Empty Bottle Garage Sale

The Empty Bottle hosts their annual garage sale today starting at 11:00am. Along with whatever might be in the Empty Bottle's garage there will be other vendors selling their treasures. Admission to the sale is free. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Avenue. (773) 276-3600.

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show will be driving pets crazy today and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. The show takes place along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. See a list of headliners here. Free.

The Guidebook Sessions @ Polish Triangle

Honey Pot Performance presents "The Guidebook Sessions," an interactive performance inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an independently published guidebook for African-American travelers in the 1930s and '40s. Honey Pot Performance is creating a contemporary version of the Green Book as a resource for the unemployed and working poor, and will distribute copies of the chapbook to participants. The performance takes place in the Polish Triangle at Division, Ashland and Milwaukee from 5 to 5:50pm, then move to the Western Blue Line stop from 6 to 7pm. Free.

This Much is True @ Mrs. Murphy's & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Stephanie Douglass, with special guests Lily Be, Don Hall, Gwen Hilary, and Kim Weitkamp. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Chicago Botanical Artists

Chicago Botanical Artists, sponsored by Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, is open to all artists, beginners or advanced, who want to sketch together, share works in progress, and develop a supportive community of fellow artists. The group meets from 3 to 5pm today at 2430 N. Cannon Drive, to sketch native plants in and around the Nature Museum's gardens. Artists are welcome to bring their own botanic specimens for sketching. Registration is free and required. To register, call 773-755-5100 ext. 5028, or email adultprograms@naturemuseum.org

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include: Jennifer Peepas, Andrew Reilly, Linda Montgomery, and Alicia Swiz. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

FIGMENT Festival @ Garfield Park Conservatory

The FIGMENT Festival runs Saturday and today at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., and features dozens of family-friendly projects, performances and workshops. See the schedule for details. It's open from noon to 5pm today. Admission is free.

Queer Literary Showcase @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts the Queer Literary Showcase with readers Michael Garabedian, elle navidson, Sam Lowry, and H Melt. The event starts at 7:00pm at Quimby's (1854 W. North Avenue). Full details at the Quimby's Website.

"Chiditarod" for Kids @ Garfield Park Conservatory

The folks behind the Chitidarod grocery cart race are conducting the kid-friendly Kiditarod to raise funds and collect food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository today and Sunday at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., as part of the FIGMENT Festival. Check-in starts at 1pm on Saturday and the race begins at 3pm. Admission to the event is free; however, all teams must register online to participate. Read our preview in Tailgate.

Snow City Arts Film Festival @ Adventure Stage

Snow City Arts is presenting 2013: A Film Festival, a retrospective of 15 years of productions made by children in Chicago hospitals. The screening runs from 1pm-5pm at the Adventure Stage Chicago at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Tickets are free, but RSVP.

FIGMENT Festival @ Garfield Park Conservatory

The FIGMENT Festival runs today and Sunday at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., and features dozens of family-friendly projects, performances and workshops. See the schedule for details. It's open from noon to 9pm today. Admission is free.

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 8 & 9 featured readers include: SHANNON CASON, Moth Story Slam grand champion, featured on NPR's Snap Judgment, DANA NORRIS, founder of Story Club, and SAMANTHA IRBY, founder of Guts & Glory, blogger at Bitches Gotta Eat, and author of forthcoming collection of essays, Meaty. Begins at 9:25pm and is free.

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 8 & 9 featured readers include Shannon Cason, Moth Story Slam grand champion, featured on NPR's Snap Judgment; Dana Norris, founder of Story Club; and Samantha Irby, founder of Guts & Glory, blogger at Bitches Gotta Eat and author of forthcoming collection of essays, Meaty. Begins at 9:25pm and is free.

North Lake Shore Drive Public Meeting @ Notebaert Nature Museum

Public meetings are being held as part of a study to improve Lake Shore Drive between Hollywood Avenue and Grand Avenue. Anyone who uses the stretch of Lake Shore Drive focused on in the study is encouraged to attend this meeting in the south gallery of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., from 6 to 8pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring feedback on how they use Lake Shore Drive, the Lakefront Trail or the parks and what they'd like to see.

North Lake Shore Drive Public Meeting @ Truman College

Public meetings are being held as part of a study to improve Lake Shore Drive between Hollywood Avenue and Grand Avenue. Anyone who uses the stretch of Lake Shore Drive focused on in the study is encouraged to attend this meeting at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Avenue, atrium at 6-8 p.m.. Attendees are encouraged to bring feedback on how they use Lake Shore Drive, the Lakefront Trail or the parks and what they'd like to see.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents the eclectic reading series Tuesday Funk tonight in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., featuring readings by Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jac Jemc, Steven H Silver, Maggie Jenkins, and Dmitry Samarov. William Shunn and Andrew Huff host. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Get there on the early side to grab a seat! Free, 21+.

North Lake Shore Drive Public Meeting @ Gill Park

Public meetings are being held as part of a study to improve Lake Shore Drive between Hollywood Avenue and Grand Avenue. Anyone who uses the stretch of Lake Shore Drive focused on in the study is encouraged to attend this meeting at Gill Park, 825 W. Sheridan Rd., third floor from 6 to 8pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring feedback on how they use Lake Shore Drive, the Lakefront Trail or the parks and what they'd like to see.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete live magazine this week features special guest Marc Maron as well as special musical guests Bobby Conn and Monica Boubou. Ian Belknap, Chad Briggs, Clark Jones, Al Madrigal, Katie Rich and Julia Weiss fill out the bill, with cabaret music by Justin Hayford. Christopher Piatt hosts. It all happens at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 1 & 2 featured readers include: Lily Be, founder of Stoop Style Stories, Caitlin Bergh, founder of Funny Story Show and Keith Ecker, founder of Essay Fiesta and Guts & Glory. Show starts at 9:25pm and is free.

Legacy Frameworks Pop-Up @ Comfort Station

Legacy Frameworks runs a pop-up shop for its handmade custom bike frames today from 5 to 10pm at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free.

Live Lit on the Lake @ Theater on the Lake

Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 1 & 2 featured readers include: LILY BE, founder of Stoop Style Stories, CAITLIN BERGH, founder of Funny Story Show and KEITH ECKER, founder of Essay Fiesta AND Guts & Glory. Show starts at 9:25pm and is free.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "waiting," and features readings by professor, mongol scholar, and father of our host Robert Norris, author of "Meaty" Samantha Irby, and raconteur Shannon Cason. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Do Not Submit @ Powell's Bookstore

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.

Dowtown Sound: Psalm One

Psalm One performs at the last Downtown Sound of the season tonight at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Dessa opens. Free.

The Paper Machete

This week the Paper Machete at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, features Caitlin Bergh, Steve Delahoyde, Jet Eveleth, TJ Jagadowski and Beth Melewski, Marin Morrow, Claire Mulaney and Lindsay Muscato, plus cabaret music by Bethany and the Two Johns and special musical guests Beware My Lovely. Hosted by Christopher Piatt. The show is at 3pm. Free, 21+

First Annual Hoo Ha Hootenany @ Small Bar

Shop and enjoy fine weather on the patio beer garden at Small Bar Logan Square today for the first annual Hoo Ha Hootenany. The event features eight lady crafter exhibitors, and there'll be a wide range of goods and services. Bonus: the whole event is free, including the raffle, cookies, and cupcakes! Noon-5pm. 2956 N. Albany. Download a flyer (PDF).

Printer's Ball: Trip & Return @ Hubbard Street Lofts

Printer's Ball, Chicago's largest annual celebration of literary and print making culture, runs today from noon to 6pm at the Hubbard Street Lofts, 821 W. Hubbard St. This year's theme is "Trip & Return." See Tony Fitzpatrick in conversation with Fred Sasaki, printshop demos with Brad Vetter & Alex Valentine, free jazz performances curated by Elastic Arts Foundation and much, much more! Free.

Shit Show @ The Shambles

The Shit Show standup comedy showcase says goodbye to cohost Ever Mainard before she moves to LA with a "total liquidation" show tonight at 8:30pm at the Shambles, 2050 W. Division St. Guests this month include Ryan Walker, Danny Kallas, Liza Treger, Brian Henning, Charlie Rohrer, Rasa Gierstikas, Keith Paeseland of course Ever Mainard. Plus free shots of Fireball cinnamon whiskey. Free, 21+

Cal Schenkel @ Firecat Projects

Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Ave., hosts an opening reception for an exhibition of art by Cal Schenkel tonight from 7 to 10pm. Schenkel is best known for his cover art for Frank Zappa and Reprise Records, as well as his iconic cover for Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica. He will be present for the reception. The show will be up through Aug. 20.

The MANual

Mac & Cheese Productions hosts The MANual: An Experiential Toolbelt for the Everyday Guy tonight at Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph St., from 7 to 9pm. The event features TED-like six-minute talks by local experts on a variety of topics, all geared towards guys and enhancing their lives. Food and drink will be provided. Registration is free.

"Love Young People" Book Distribution Tour

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, Acts of Love will kick off its 2nd "Love Young People" Tour distributing books and bookbags to young people in need. Beginning at 6:30pm at Hamilton Park located 513 W. 72nd St. (72nd & Stewart Ave.), Acts of Love, along with local officials, volunteers from across the city, and Englewood residents will walk the streets giving out book donations. Volunteers will give away 1,000(+) books, distribute book bags filled with new books, encourage local residents to build a reading room in their homes, and ask adults in Englewood to take the Acts of Love Pledge to love young people in their homes and on their block. Volunteers should report to Hamilton Play Park at 6:30pm and bring a bookbag or tote. For more information, visit the Acts of Love site.

Celebrating Zelda Fitzgerald @ Women & Children First

It's Zelda Fitzgerald's 113th birthday today! Join Women & Children First and author R. Clifton Spargo in celebration. In his novel Beautiful Fools, Spargo imagines F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's tumultuous, passionate relationship set against the backdrop of their vacation to Cuba in 1939. Event begins at 7:30pm at 5233 N Clark St. Free.

Disability Pride Parade

Chicago's 10th annual Disability Pride Parade, starting from Plymouth Court at 11am, is part of a movement to change the way people think about disabilities and to promote the dignity and worth of every individual, regardless of ability status. The lineup for a post-parade celebration at Daley Plaza includes the likes of dance troupe Collective Sole, Vaughn Demeanor, The Eden Band and more. Visit the Disability Pride Parade website for details. Free.

Reading & Signing with Vickie Matthews

Local author Vickie Matthews will read and sign copies of her new novel 'The Goddess Letters.' Matthews' novel is a thriller that taps on issues of past loves and feminism. Vickie Matthews is a naturopathic physician and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. The reading will start at 7:30 pm at Women & Children First. 5233 N. Clark Street.

Fan Interference Release @ Quimby's

'Tis the season to celebrate America's Pastime, so join Zisk Zine in the release of their anthology Fan Interference: A Collection of Baseball Rants and Reflection tonight at 7pm at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 North Ave. Preview in Book Club. Free.

Reading & Signing with Sam and Peter Stamatis

Local father and son duo Sam and Peter Stamatis will read and sign copies of their book 'Dandelions for Dinner: Greece at War and a Family's Dream of America.' Their book is a hopeful family saga spanning from the late 1800s to the Greek Civil War during the 1940s.
The reading will start at 7 p.m. at the Book Cellar. 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.

Pitchfork Kickoff Party @ Threadless

Threadless hosts its annual Pitchfork Kickoff Party today from noon to 5pm at its headquarters, 1260 W. Madison St. Enjoy live music (schedule below), Finch's beer, a little food and other fun before you head to the festival down the street. Free, 21+.

12:30pm - Football, Etc.
1:15pm - DJ Sean Dorgan
2pm - Braid
3pm - DJ Matt Roan
4pm - Hall & Oates (as performed by Dos Rose Bros)

Grown Folks Stories @ Silver Room

Come to the Silver Room (1442 N. Milwaukee) for this month's Grown Folks Stories, the open-mic storytelling bonanza hosted by Cara Brigandi. Put your name in the jar for the chance to tell a 5 minute off book (no notes) story. BYOB and free, this event runs more like a talk show/comedy showcase/community storytelling night than anything else. Stories start at 8pm.

Blonde Art Books @ Hyde Park Art Center

New York-based Blonde Art Books is sponsoring a summer tour with a stop at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., tonight at 5:30pm. Chicago artists, writers and presses that will be presenting at the event include SHIFTER, Cassandra Troyan, Soberscove, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Lumpen magazine, Green Lantern Press, Temporary Services and Half Letter Press. Read our preview in Book Club. Admission is free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

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: Kevin Dudey, Kaitlyn Grissom, Barry Joe Lorberman, James Rickel, Laura Scruggs, and Melissa Wood. 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.

Kate Christensen @ Women & Children First

Author Kate Christensen reads from and signs her new book, Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites, tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's North

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Patrick Gill, Shantell Jamison, JH Palmer, Nico Lang, and Stephen Markley. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

A Tribute to Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, & Abby Lincoln @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "A Tribute to Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone & Abby Lincoln," today from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Part of the museum's summer "Sounds of History Jazz Series," this free concert will feature Chicago area singers Maggie Brown, Joan Collaso and Bobbi Wilsyn, all paying tribute to jazz legends. For more information, call 773-947-0600.

ACLU Volunteer Night

Join like-minded civil liberties advocates at the American Civil Liberties Union's Chicago July Volunteer Night, tonight from 5:30-8:30 pm at the ACLU of Illinois' Chicago office, 180 N. Michigan Avenue. Activities will include creating posters and signs for the upcoming Disability Pride Parade, July 20th. This event is free, with dinner provided, but RSVP required.

Solo in the 2nd City @ Beauty Bar

Come to Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago) for Solo in the 2nd City: Hot Child in the 2nd City. where storytellers will share moments of being single, sex, and the city. Tonight's lineup includes: Erin Kahoe, Barrie Cole, Lily Be, Danny Black, and DJ Continental. Hosted by Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi. Doors open at 7:30pm, stories at 8pm, free. 21+

Open Mic Comedy @ Schubas

Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., presents a free Monday night open mic comedy program. Show starts at 9pm, and it's a 21+ event.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: Erin Diamond, Ozzie Totten, Rachel Kossy, Sheri Reda and Dana Norris. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., and is free, but get there early -- this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include: Jesse Harper, Janna Sobel, Ray Teresi, and Lily Be. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Sarah Bruni @ Women & Children First

Author Sarah Bruni reads from and signs her new book, The Night Gwen Stacy Died, tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Read our review in Book Club. Free.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "independence," and features readings by super crafty Beth Cummings and author and story goddess Megan Stielstra. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Seven Deadly Sins @ Cafe Mustache

A sin themed live lit show, Seven Deadly Sins meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Cafe Mustache (2313 N. Milwaukee). This months readers/sinners are:
Bill Cruz...LUST
Dan Squander...GREED
Alicia Swiz...ENVY
James Tadd Adcox...WRATH
Barry Graham...SLOTH
Micki LeSuer...GLUTTONY
Lara Levitan...PRIDE
Show starts at 8pm and is free.

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Son's Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Stephanie Douglass, with special guests Kevin Coval, Kucha Brownlee & Baba Tony Brown, Jane Stenson, and Natasha Tsoutsouris. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Chicago Botanical Artists

Chicago Botanical Artists, sponsored by Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, is open to all artists, beginners or advanced, who want to sketch together, share works in progress, and develop a supportive community of fellow artists. The group meets from 3-5 pm at 2430 N. Cannon Dr. to sketch native plants in and around the Nature Museum's gardens, working outdoors when weather permits, or indoors with specimens. Artists are welcome to bring their own botanic specimens for sketching. Registration is free and required. To register call (773)755-5100 ext. 5028, or email adultprograms@naturemuseum.org

Wine Tastings at Provenance Food & Wine

Provenance Food and Wine, 2312 West Leland Avenue in Lincoln Square, will host its weekly *free* wine tasting. The informal, open-house event starts at 6pm and goes until 8pm. While you're there enjoying the fruit of the vine, check out some of the shop's gourmet items, including Gary Poppins Popcorn, Smoke Daddy BBQ sauces and Salted Caramel Sweet & Savory Confections. For any questions, give them a call at 773-784-2314.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns tonight to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., with readings by Daniel Kraus, Bill Breedlove, Kendra Stevens, Eden M. Robins, and our own Andrew Huff. Bill Shunn and Andrew Huff host; presented by Gapers Block. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free; 21+.

Push Beats @ Rodan

Push Beats DJ collective spins tonight at Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 10pm, featuring Raj Mahal, Radius and Phraim. No cover, 21+.

Button Down Stories @ Uncharted Books

HEAVEmedia.com and The Button Down bring their monthly reading series back to Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm. Readers include Alysse Dalessandro, Carley Moseley, Rosie Moan, Julie Marchiano, Meredith Stockton, Brittany Julious, Kevin Nye, Ross Middleton and Josh Berling. Amy Dittmeier, Dee Fabbricatore and Meredith Stockton host. Free.

TIF Illumination Project

The Reader's Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke and CivicLab's Tom Tresser talk about Tax Increment Financing, aka TIFs, at the Loyola Park fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., tonight at 7pm as part of the TIF Illumination Project neighborhood discussion series. Learn about the six TIFs in the 49th ward and what they're intended to do. Free.

Pride Parade

The 43rd annual Gay Pride Parade kicks off at noon from Montrose and Broadway, ending at Diversey and Sheridan (here's a map). Free.

Hot Doug's Book Release @ Open Books

Doug Sohn, proprietor of sausage superstore Hot Doug's, celebrates the release of his book, Hot Doug's: The Book, with a reading and signing today at 10am at Open Books, 213 W Institute Pl. Admission is free (the book is not), and refreshments will be served.

Chicago Dyke March

The Chicago Dyke March steps off at 3pm from Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr., and travels through the Argyle Street area before returning to the park for a rally from 4 to 6pm. Free.

28th Ward Bike Ride

To celebrate the new protected bike lane on Jackson and Lake St., Alderman Jason Ervin will lead a leisurely bike ride around the 28th ward this Saturday, on the protected lane. Following the ride, organized by Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance, there will be bike games, basic bike repairs, free food, and free raffles of a bike and helmet. The free ride meets at Jackson and Central Park, and goes from 10am- 12pm.

Shit Show @ The Shambles

Comedy showcase The Shit Show is back at The Shambles, 2050 W. Division St., tonight at 8pm. Hosts Ever Mainard and Rasa Gierstikas lead the way, with Hot Dog Man passing out free shots of Fireball whiskey. Free, 21+

Blackhawks Victory Parade & Rally

The Blackhawks will celebrate their Stanley Cup win with a victory parade on Washington Street from the United Center to a rally at Hutchinson Field in Grant Park. The parade will kick off at 10:30am, with the rally start at 11am. The City will begin closing streets beginning at midnight Thursday night, including all streets between Roosevelt on the south, Randolph on the north, Lake Shore Drive on the east and Michigan Avenue on the west. Commuters, plan accordingly.

2nd Story PRIDE Party @ Strawdog Theatre

The 2nd Story reading series celebrates Pride Month with a special Pride show tonight at the Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. Storytellers include Deb Lewis, Dion Walton and Ozzie Totten, and a dance party follows the show. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

Illustrated Press Gallery Discussion @ Harold Washington Library

Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez of The Illustrated Press discuss their exhibition in the Congress Corridor of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., tonight from 6 to 8pm. Several subjects of the comics will be in attendance. Free. RSVP on Facebook.

Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Millennium Park

Bluegrass revivalists, Carolina Chocolate Drops, play tonight at Millennium Park. They won the “Best Traditional Folk Album” Grammy in 2010 for their album Genuine Negro Jig. This is a free, all-ages show. Show starts at 6:30pm. Angela James opens.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Public Art

Author and urbanologist Max Grinnell gives a talk on the role of public art in city life at the the Bezazian branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St., tonight at 6pm. Free.

Oreo Stacking Contest @ Tastee Freez

Tastee-Freez, 2815 W. Armitage Ave., hosts an Oreo stacking contest from 1pm to 5pm today. Sign up at the stand. Free.

Englewood Bike Tour

Fifteenth Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes leads a bike tour of Englewood today from 9am to 1pm, starting and finishing at start and finish at the Bread of Life Missionary Baptist Church, 1924 W. 63rd St., with stops at the local library and firehouse, urban farm Growing Home, and a new water park playlot built last year on Hermitage Avenue. There will be a police escort for the ride. Call the alderman's office at 773-863-0220 for more details. Free.

Make Music Festival

This single-day music festival returns for a third daylong musical jam today at locations around the city Open to all genres, Make Music Chicago features plenty of classical performances throughout the city. If you're a musician, there are several opportunities to participate: bring your instrument to Daley Plaza and join the Rise and Shine Orchestra, the Broadway and Opera Sing-along, or Sousapalooza. In the evening, head to St. James Cathedral for a Grand Finale featuring Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, Fifth House Ensemble, Quintet Attacca, Spektral Quartet, and singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The outdoor Street Party continues into the night with a Harmonica Blowout led by Joe Filisko. The entire day is free for everyone — find some music and dance/sing/play along. Grand finale is tonight at 5pm-9pm at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron.

The God, Sex & Death @ Schubas

The God, Sex & Death is a comedy show hosted by Danny Black upstairs at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 8pm. Free, 21+.

#LadyBros @ Cole's Bar

#LadyBros Comedy presents a free stand-up show tonight at Cole's Bar (2338 N. Milwaukee) at 8pm with headliner Mike Lebovitz.

Guts & Glory @ Powells North

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes: Stephanie Lane Sutton, Claire Zulkey, Ray Teresi, Sarah Hollenbeck, and Nikki Pierce. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

Story Lab @ Black Rock Pub

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: Brittany Bookbinder, Ken Brez, Felissia Cappelletti, Karen Genally, Ben Kass, and Egon Schiele. 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.

Performance Anxiety @ The Pleasure Chest

Caitlin Bergh and Goodrich Gevaart host this Chicago spin-off of TJ Miller's LA show at The Pleasure Chest (3436 N. Lincoln Ave). In a sex-positive atmosphere, Performance Anxiety provides a room for the city's top comics and hardworking up-and-comers. The show starts at 8pm. It is free, 18+ and BYOB. Audience members receive a 15% discount on store merchandise after the show.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, or CAKE, runs Saturday and today at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., from 11am to 6pm. Check out the exhibit floor, attend panels and indie animated film screenings, and much more. Admission is free.

Susan Schorn @ Thousand Waves Spa

This afternoon at 4pm, the Book Cellar hosts an off site event at Thousand Waves Spa (1220 W. Belmont Ave.) for Susan Schorn, reading from her martial arts related memoir Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly. Does the venue change mean there will be karate lessons? Show up and find out. Free.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features Shannon Cason, Jimmy Dore, Ike Holter and Mary Williamson, Kevin Sciretta, Julia Weiss, Chad the Bird and music by Bill Larkin and The Kickbacks. Christopher Piatt hosts at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 3pm. Free.

Kevin Coval @ Chicago Public Library, West Town

Today at noon, the West Town branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., welcomes Kevin Coval, co-founder of Young Chicago Authors and the Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry slam held annually throughout the Chicago area. He'll be reading from his latest poetry collection, Schtick.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, or CAKE, runs today and Sunday at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., from 11am to 6pm. Check out the exhibit floor, attend panels and indie animated film screenings, and much more. Anything that Loves, a bisexual comics event, starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free.

Version Fest

The 13th annual Version arts and culture festival runs June 14-22 at several venues in Bridgeport. Tonight's opening exhibition, An Urban Operating System, is at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., from 6 to 11pm. View art, meet local organizations, and watch A Pocket Guide to Hell's production Snake Oil at 8pm. Admission is free; the exhibit remains on display through June 20. See the program for a full list of Version events.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

On the second Friday of every month, the 30-or-so galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at S. Halsted and 18th streets open their doors to showcase art and artists from Chicago and the world. The opening receptions begin at 6pm and last officially until 10pm, letting viewers get up close with the art and artists for free. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted St.

"Getting back on a bike after a long time or a setback" @ Women & Children First

Women Bike Chicago present a reading at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., by local bicyclists Susan Levin and Leah Jones, who will each share their stories of getting into and recovering from bad crashes. This free event is in honor of Bike To Work Week. Event start time is 7:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

George Pfau & Jason Robert Bell @ Gallery 400

Multimedia artist George Pfau presents a slideshow of diagrams, film stills, videos, and animations about zombies, and artist Jason Robert Bell performs tarot readings with his newly released White Feathered Octopus tarot cards tonight at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., tonight from 7 to 9pm. The performances are part of the closing party for the group exhibition I THINK WE’RE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT SEQUENCE: THE LEGACY OF HALFLIFERS. Free.

Mini-comic Release Party @ Parson's

Busy Beaver Button Company and the Chicago Alternative Comic Expo teamed up to create a limited edition mini-comic, and they're releasing it tonight at Parson's Chicken & Fish, 2952 W. Armitage Ave. Stop by between 6pm and 9pm for free fried chicken and Brooklyn Brewing beer (while supplies last), and grab a copy of the comic.

Grant Park Music Festival

Looking for great symphonic and choral music this summer? Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra kick off the summer tonight with Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. (The Festival continues with Pink Martini on June 19, and Britten's War Requiem on June 28 and 29.) Bring a picnic and a bunch of friends and set up on the Great Lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion. If you can't make it to a performance, the GPMF offers chances to observe the orchestra in rehearsal around midday throughout the summer. Admission is free. June through August, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. 6:30pm - 8:15pm

Sailor Jerry Day @ Cobra Lounge

Sailor Jerry Rum is giving 102 complimentary tattoos to the public in honor of its namesake's birthday Stop by Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., from 5-10pm. tonight and throw a dart at the dartboard to get one of the following tattoo designs from Great Lakes Tattoo: the original Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins anchor, swallow, cherry, shark and swallow. Tattoo recipients will also get a free Sailor Jerry cocktail after their ink. 21+

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, Stephanie Douglass, and Deanna Moffit, with special guests David Berner, Susan O'Halloran, and Paul Whitehouse. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Guerrilla Truck Show

The 9th annual Guerrilla Truck Show fills the streets with design tonight from 5:30 to 9:30pm, centered on Fulton Market and Aberdeen. Check out more than 60 cargo trucks loaded with work by artists and designers. Free.

Downtown Sound: Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard performs a free concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., with Lisa Hannigan and members of The Frames tonight at 6:30pm, as part of the Downtown Sound concert series.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., with an all-lady lineup for the second installment of Ladies Night. In addition to stories from the co-hosts, guest readers include: Carly Oishi, Fallon Masterson, Samantha Irby, and Katie Prout. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

The Black Cinema Is... The Monkey Hustle

Black Cinema House, 6901 S. Dorchester Ave., presents the latest film in its "The Black Cinema Is..." series, 1976's he Monkey Hustle, tonight at 6pm. Free, but Seating is limited; RSVP to blackcinemahouse@rebuild-foundation.org.

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest is back in Grant Park for its 30th year in Chicago. Watch blues legends, including Otis Clay, perform on five stages on the final day of the popular fest. Event runs from 11am-9:30pm. Free admission.

Jason Lescalleet at U of C/Bond Chapel (Lampo)

Tape loop/electronic composer and performer Jason Lescalleet will perform the final concert in Lampo's Winter/Spring season tonight at Bond Chapel (1050 E. 59th St.) on the University of Chicago campus. The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required. The performance begins at 9 p.m. More information at Transmission.

World Naked Bike Ride

The 10th annual Chicago edition of the World Naked Bike Ride rolls out tonight at 6pm tonight from a secret location -- join in to find out the starting point.

Schubas Backyard BBQ & Bike Bash

The Chainlink and Active Transportation Alliance presentSchubass Backyard BBQ & Bike Bash today starting at noon in the parking lot, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Local shops will be on-hand to perform tune-ups, demos and workshops; Working Bikes Cooperative will collect used bikes and bike parts; Schubas holds its bi-annual concert poster sale; Small Room Collective will have an Airstream on hand full of handmade wares; and there'll be a raffle for a variety of cool stuff. Plus there's barbecue and discounted Revolution Brewing beer. Free and open to all ages.

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest is back in Grant Park for its 30th year as one of Chicago's most popular music festivals. Watch blues legends, including Otis Clay, perform on five stages throughout four days. Event runs 11am-9:30pm. Free admission.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Today is the Printers Row Lit Fest, the Midwest's largest outdoor literary festival, at Dearborn from Chicago to Polk (click here for map). This year's highlights include the World's Best Short Story workshop with 826CHI, a cooking demonstration with Oprah's former chef Art Smith, Nathan Rabin reading from You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me, and YA fiction superstar Judy Blume. The festival opens at 10am see the schedule for complete list of events.

3rd anniversary party @ Inkling

Inkling, the craft boutique that sells locally produced artwork and goods, celebrates its 3rd year of business with a party this evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The party will feature a raffle, button making, and free drinks. See the shop's Website for full details. Inkling: 2917 1/2 N. Broadway. (773) 248-8004.

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest is back in Grant Park for its 30th year as one of Chicago's most popular music festivals. Watch blues legends, including Otis Clay, perform on five stages throughout four days. Event runs 11am-9:30pm. Free admission.

Story Club Four Year Anniversary @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for the four year anniversary of Story Club. The theme this month is "vice," and features readings by comedian Mary Lorenz, and writer/performer Lauren Sivak. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

The Sights of Never @ Silo Art Space

Silo Art Space, 5110 W. Irving Park Rd., presents artist and director Joey Garfield's The Sights of Never, a screening of rarities, b-sides and other oddities from his film archives. Come see some rarely seen footage of Style Wars, The Barnstormers Collective, Garfield's film Headrush and more, and browse Garfield's current art exhibit, "The Sounds of Never," curated by Erik DeBat. The event runs from 7 to 10pm. Free.

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest is back in Grant Park for its 30th year as one of Chicago's most popular music festivals. Watch blues legends, including Otis Clay, perform on five stages throughout four days. Event runs 6:30pm-9pm. Free admission.

Low-Line Market

The Low-Line Market, a prepared food and farmers market, opens for the first time today from 4 to 8pm at the Southport Brown Line stop, across the street from the station house. Shop more than a dozen vendors.

Issues Visualized by The Chicago Reporter

Since 1972, The Chicago Reporter has reported on the social, economic and political issues of metropolitan Chicago with a distinct focus on race and poverty.Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, June 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at DreamBox Foto Gallery, 2415 W. North Ave., in Chicago.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with readings by Darwyn Jones, Heather Corallo, Lawrence Santoro, Mare Swallow, and G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive). Gapers Block's Andrew Huff hosts. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Rush Hour Concert Series

Tonight, Rush Hour Concerts opens its fourteenth season presenting free, weekly chamber music in the beautiful St. James Cathedral. Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Brant Taylor joins pianist Kuang-Hao Huang in Rachmaninoff's sensuous Sonata for Cello and Piano. (Other June highlights include a world premiere for organ and trumpet on June 11, lots of Bach on June 18, and the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major on June 25.) The best part: it's all free. The other best part: most concerts are only 30 minutes. Refreshments at 5:15pm, concert at 5:45pm. Tuesdays, June 4 - August 27. Admission is free. St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron.

Brian Case Uncanned @ Trenchermen

Disappears' Brian Case spins vinyl tonight in the latest edition of Uncanned at Trenchermen, 2039 W. North Ave., tonight at 8pm. No cover.

Downtown Sound: Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten performs a free concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., with Speck Mountain tonight at 6:30pm, as part of the Downtown Sound concert series.

Elusive Emporium at Block 37

Come see art, jewelry, accessories, and furniture created by 7 of Chicago's great designers at Elusive Emporium's popup shop today from 11am to 8pm in Block 37 at 108 N. State. Admission is free.

Chicago Flea MKT

Chicago Flea MKT sets up in the parking lot of Pritzker Elementary, 2009 W. Schiller St., today from 10am to 5pm. More than 50 artisans will display their wares, and food trucks will be on hand to feed you. Admission is free.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, this week features JW Basillo, Ross Bennett, Mary Fons, Chris Hauser, Megan Johns, Rachel Mason and Patrick Rowland, as well as Chad the Bird and musical guest The Mutts. Christopher Piatt hosts. Doors open at 3pm. Free.

The Unnatural Natural: 2 Films about Environmental Hazard

The Pullman State Historic Site and South Side Projections present "The Unnatural Natural," a screening of two films concerning memory and time, the politics of landscape, and uncertain and uncontainable environmental risk: Yucca Mtn Tally, about America's first national high-level nuclear waste repository, and Around Crab Orchard, a documentary about the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in southern Illinois, which is also a Superfund clean-up site. The free screening is at 2pm today at the historic Pullman clock tower building, 11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free parking.

Maifest

Lincoln Square's Maifest takes over Lincoln and Leland avenues between Western and Eastwood today through Sunday, May 30 to June 2. Enjoy fresh German beer, soft pretzels and sausage, live music and other fun. Tonight's entertainment includes Phenix, Paloma, Euro Express, the Captain Blood Orchestra and Sound Foundry. Today's hours are noon to 11pm. Admission is free.

Elusive Emporium at Block 37

Come see art, jewelry, accessories, and furniture created by 7 of Chicago's great designers at Elusive Emporium's popup shop today from 11am to 8pm in Block 37 at 108 N. State. Admission is free.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass rolls out tonight at 5:45pm from Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., wending its way to Kedzie and Carroll. Free; bring your own bike.

Maifest

Lincoln Square's Maifest takes over Lincoln and Leland avenues between Western and Eastwood today through Sunday, May 30 to June 2. Enjoy fresh German beer, soft pretzels and sausage, live music and other fun. Tonight's entertainment includes Phenix and the Polkaholics, as well as the traditional barrel tapping and May Queen crowning at 8pm. Tonight's hours are 5 to 11pm. Admission is free.

Elusive Emporium at Block 37

Come see art, jewelry, accessories, and furniture created by 7 of Chicago's great designers at Elusive Emporium's popup shop today from 11am to 8pm in Block 37 at 108 N. State. Admission is free.

Vivian Maier Talk @ Bridgeport Art Center

Author Rich Cahan and master printer Ron Gordon discuss Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, their book about the recently discovered street photographer, at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., from 7 to 9pm in the fourth floor art gallery. Free.

Laydeez Do Comics @ Quimby's

Indie comic artists Sarah Morton and Tyrell Cannon come to Quimby's for the May installment of the Wicker Park bookstore's monthly series Laydeez Do Comics, which features women (and friends of women) discussing their comics, complete with snacks. The event is free and starts at 7:00 p.m. at 1854 W. North Ave.

GB Get-Together @ The Berghoff

Join Gapers Block readers and staff at The Berghoff bar, 17 W. Adams St., from 6 to 9pm for lively conversation and tasty beer and soft pretzels. We'll pass out GB and I ✶ Chi stickers, too. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+.

Maifest

Lincoln Square's Maifest takes over Lincoln and Leland avenues between Western and Eastwood today through Sunday, May 30 to June 2. Enjoy fresh German beer, soft pretzels and sausage, live music and other fun. Tonight's entertainment includes alumni bands from the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Captain Blood Orchestra. Tonight's hours are 5 to 9:30pm. Admission is free.

Entertaining Julia @ Town Hall Pub

Chicago's favorite comedy sister duo act, The Puterbaugh Sisters, host Entertaining Julia, a free comedy, music and variety show every Sunday at Town Hall Pub (3340 N Halsted) at 9:30pm.

Radio One Chicago: The Drop @ Double Door

Radio One Chicago presents The Drop, a showcase of local talent tonight at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Blah Blah Blah, The Bright White, Good Evening Chicago, Paper Thick Walls, God and The Architects perform. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7. No cover, 21+

Annie Mok and Sam Sharpe @ Quimby's

Tonight at 7pm, Annie Mok and Sam Sharpe stop by Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave. Mok (formerly known as Ed Choy) and Sharpe collaborated on the comic "Roosterlegs" that appeared in the anthology Little Heart: A Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality (click here for a sneak peek ). Free.

Heather Terhune @ Green City Market

Chef Heather Terhune of Sable Kitchen & Bar does a cooking demo at the Green City Market, 1790 N. Clark St., at 10:30am. Free.

Performance Anxiety @ The Pleasure Chest

Caitlin Bergh and Goodrich Gevaart host this Chicago spin-off of TJ Miller's LA show at The Pleasure Chest (3436 N. Lincoln Ave). In a sex-positive atmosphere, Performance Anxiety provides a room for the city's top comics and hardworking up-and-comers. The show starts at 8pm. It is free, 18+ and BYOB. Audience members receive a 15% discount on store merchandise after the show.

Entertaining Julia @ Town Hall Pub

Chicago's favorite comedy sister duo act, The Puterbaugh Sisters, host Entertaining Julia, a free comedy, music and variety show every Sunday at Town Hall Pub (3340 N Halsted) at 9:30pm.

Behind the Burly Q Release Party @ Sheffield's

Author Leslie Zemeckis celebrates the release of her book Behind The Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America, tonight at 7pm at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. The event will feature a book signing and Q&A with Zemeckis as well as live burlesque performances by two dancers from the Belmont Burlesque Revue, Kiss Kiss Cabaret and Original Tease. Vander Mill Cider will also release its new Loving Cup cider. No cover, 21+

Community Pet Day @ Mozart Park

One Tail at a Time sponsors this afternoon of excellent resources and support for animal owners who need help with the expense of caring for their pooch and/or kitty today at Mozart Park (2036 N. Avers, 11am-3pm). Free microchipping, leashes, collars, veterinary care vouchers, flea and tick meds, treats, supplies and behavior training advice.

Zoe Schor @ Green City Market

Chef Zoe Schor of Ada Street does a cooking demo at the Green City Market, 1790 N. Clark St., at 10:30am. Free.

Daley Plaza Farmers Market

The Daley Plaza Farmers Market opens for the season today. Shop for fresh produce under the Picasso from 7am to 3pm every Thursday through October 31.

Story Lab @ The Black Rock

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: Alan Brouilette, David Fink, Virginia Fox, Katie Jones, Annette Radziszewski, and Ozzie Totten. 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.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes producer and host of the Paper Machete, Christopher Piatt; Stand-up comic and host of The Kates, Amy Sumpter; Host of Dan Shapiro's Rigged Open Mic, Daniel Shapiro; writer Alicia Swiz; and educator Allen Makere. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

Free Artist Talk with Mequitta Ahuja @ DePaul Art Museum

Tonight from 6-8pm, join the DePaul Art Museum (935 W Fullerton) for a free artist talk with Mequitta Ahuja, whose mixed-media drawings are part of the current exhibition at DPAM, "War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art."

This Much Is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

This Much Is True is back this month at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Listen to stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Deanna Moffit, with special guests Mary Pat Bohan; Jim May; Deborah Pratt; and Robbie Q. Telfer. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The chicago Nerds Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting, tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Filter (1373-75 N. Milwaukee). The book for discussion tonight is Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Still in the Shadows?

The Chicago Reporter presents "Still in the Shadows?", a community forum on immigration, tonight from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Lincoln United Methodist Church, 2242 S. Damen Ave. Representative Luis Gutiérrez will provide an update on immigration reform legislation, and undocumented immigrants will give testimonials as to the challenges they face every day. The event is free, but RSVP is requested.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., with a stunning lineup of guest readers:Sarah Michaelson, Rachael Smith, Paul Whitehouse and Chris Bower. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and is BYOB.

Journey to the End of Night

Journey to the End of Night, a game that's sort of an combination of tag, returns to Chicago tonight. Meet at 6:30pm at at the flagpole by the fieldhouse in River Park, 5100 N. Francisco Ave., to begin. Free.

The Paper Machete

It's a special Mother's Day edition of The Paper Machete this week, featuring special guest Julia Sweeney as well as Brendan Dowling and Tim Sniffen, Brad Einstein and Julia Weiss (as the interrupting assholes), Ike Holter, Ali Klinger, Wendy Matteo and Aemilia Scott. The musical guests are Faces for Radio and Bailiff. Christopher Piatt hosts. The fun starts at 3pm at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Michael Kenna @ Catherine Edelman Gallery

The powerful black and white landscapes of world-reknowned photographer Michael Kenna are returning to the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior St. Kenna's fine-art prints use line and blur to capture the emotion and essence of cities and countries around the world. The images will be on display until July 6.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

On the second Friday of every month, the 30-or-so galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at Halsted and 18th streets open their doors to showcase art and artists from Chicago and the world. The opening receptions begin at 6pm and last officially until 10pm, letting viewers get up close with the art and artists for free. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted St.

Cornelia Arts Building Open Studios

Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., holds its monthly open studio night tonight from 6 to 10pm. See work by more than 40 artists, plus live music by Live Music by Belle Street Trio. The Taquero Fusion food truck will be parked outside if you get hungry. Admission is free.

Paul Leonard, Har-Di-Har @ The Whistler

Paul Leonard celebrates the release of his first solo album, Pacifico, tonight at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Har-Di-Har performs afterward. Doors are at 9pm. No cover; 21+

StreetsBlog Chicago Reader Meetup @ Haymarket

StreetsBlog Chicago holds a reader meetup tonight from 5:30 to 9pm at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St. Talk about transportation issues over a pint of beer with StreetsBlog reporters John Greenfield and Steven Vance. Cash bar, complimentary snacks while they last. 21+

SAIC projects @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the thesis projects of the undergrad and graduate classes of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The presentations happen today through Friday at the Film Center (164 North State Street) at 4:30pm. Admission is free, and tickets are available at the box office. Full details at the Film Center's Website.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Gapers Block presents Tuesday Funk in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, hosted by William Shunn and Andrew Huff. Readers include Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Doors open at 7pm, show's at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Ian Svenonius @ Quimby's

Quimby's hosts Ian Svenonius, former singer for Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up, tonight at 7:00pm. Ian will be reading from his book Supernatural Strategies For Making A Rock'n'Roll Group. Full details at the Quimby's site. Quimby's: 1854 W. North Avenue. (773) 342-0910.

The Great Migration: A Conversation @ Harold Washington Library

The Chicago Public Library presents "The Great Migration: A Conversation with Timuel D. Black, Jr., Linda Johnson Rice and Adam Green," a One Book, One Chicago discussion of The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, tonight at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Free.

John Bischoff @ Lampo/Graham Foundation

Computer music pioneer John Bischoff, founder of The League of Automatic Composers and The Hub, performs four of his works as part of Lampo's Winter/Spring season, taking place at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago. Admission is FREE, but RSVP is required. Click here to reserve your ticket. More information, including sound clips and an interview with the performer, at Transmission.

Angela Davis @ University of Chicago

The University of Chicago presents author and activist Angela Davis as she discusses "Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century," tonight at 7:30pm. This lecture, held at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773-702-8063.

Story Club

Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight, featuring GB contributor Lara Levitan and journalist/blogger Melanie Coffee; there are open mic slots available as well. Sign-up opens at 7:30pm, show starts at 8. Free, 21+

Richard Hell @ Book Cellar

The Book Cellar hosts writer and musician Richard Hell, reading from and signing copies of his book I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, tonight at 7:00pm. Full details at the Book Cellar Website. Book Cellar: 4736-38 N. Lincoln. (773) 293-2665.

Beyond 18 Days: Photojournalism & Egypt

Photojournalist Scout Tufankjian presents "Beyond the 18 Days: Photojournalism and Egypt," a discussion of her work covering the 2011 revolution in Egypt, tonight at 7pm in Northwestern University's McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Dr. in Evanston. Free and open to the public; for more info, email m-graves2@northwestern.edu or call call 847-491-2653.

Open house @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, presents an open house tonight starting at 6:00pm. The public is invited to come learn about the space, what the group does, and how you can join them. The event is free and open to the public. Pumping Station: One is located at 3519 N. Elston.

Keith Koeneman @ Unabridged

Tonight at 7pm, Unabridged Books, 3251 N. Broadway, hosts a talk with Keith Koeneman, author of the forthcoming biography of Chicago Mayor Daley First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley out on the University of Chicago Press. Koeneman is the foremost expert on all things Daley. The book showcases all sides of Daley's life, from growing up in Bridgeport to City Hall. There will be a short reading followed by an insightful discussion. Free; seating is first come, first served.

Entertaining Julia @ Town Hall Pub

Chicago's favorite comedy sister duo act, The Puterbaugh Sisters, host Entertaining Julia, a free comedy, music and variety show every Sunday at Town Hall Pub (3340 N Halsted) at 9:30pm.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, features Ross Bryant, Kevin Sciretta, Mel Evans, Patric Rowland, James Porter, Bess Romano, Chad the Bird and special musical guest My My My. Christopher Piatt hosts, as always. 3pm. Free, 21+

Recipe for Success @ U of C Law School

If you're interested in shutting down your thriving medical practice (or quitting your insurance paperwork-processing gig) and starting your own food truck, the Institute for Justice (which has been a huge advocate for the city's food truck vendor community) is holding a daylong workshop this Saturday at the U of C Law School (1111 E. 60th St.) for newbies to the game. Topics covered are how to navigate licensing, hiring, marketing, and business strategies; meals included. Registration required; event is free to attend.

Sh*t Show @ Shambles

The Shit Show comedy variety show returns to the Shambles, 2050 W. Division St., tonight at 8pm, featuring Drew Frees, Cynthia Levin, Keith Peasel, Shannon Cason, Will Miles, Cullen Crawford, Ever Mainard and Rasa Gierstikas. Free.

CLiC Lady Tales II @ Mullen's

Chicago Ladies in Comedy presents Lady Tales II, a night of storytelling at Mullen's, 3527 N. Clark St., starting at 7pm. Deanna Moffitt hosts. No cover, 21+.

Bike a Bee Fundraiser in Logan Square

Support Bike a Bee at its fundraiser in Logan Square. Everything from bikes to bacon are up for auction. Proceeds will cover the costs of another year of urban beekeeping and earning nonprofit status. Bike a Bee is Chicago's bike-powered beekeeping project, run by nature-lover Jana Kinsman. The fundraiser will be from 5pm to 12am and will be held at a co-working space in Logan Square, 3624 W Wrightwood Ave. ROADIECAB is offering discounted pedicab rides to the fundraiser from the Logan Square blue line stop. Admission to the fundraiser is free. For more details, see the group's event on Facebook.

Laydeez Do Comics @ Quimby's

Quimby's Bookstore is back with its April installment of Laydeez Do Comics, a monthly series of presentations by women in comics, along with men in comics who like women in comics. Comics creators share their experiences, creation processes, and thoughts on the medium in an intimate gathering at the back of Quimby's, and visitors can ask questions and discuss comics while enjoying light snacks and refreshments. The lineup of presenters of TBA, and the event is free, taking place at 7 p.m. at 1854 W. North Ave.

Aleksandar Hemon @ Women & Children First

Author Aleksandar Hamon reads and signs his new memoir The Book of My Lives tonight at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. Free.

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Critics @ Mayne Stage

WBEZ presents "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Critics," a discussion of the role and status of criticism in the modern media landscape, at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., tonight. Jim DeRogatis hosts a panel that includes Fake Shore Drive's Andrew Barber, the Reader's Drew Hunt, Chicagoist's Jim "Tankboy" Kopeny, Bad at Sports' Duncan MacKenzie, WBEZ's Leah Pickett, Booklist's Donna Seaman, Time Out's Kris Vire and Gapers Block's own LaShawn Williams, plus an unnamed food critic. Doors open at 6pm, discussion starts at 7pm. Free, but $5 donation requested.

Open house @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, presents an open house tonight starting at 6:00pm. The public is invited to come learn about the space, what the group does, and how you can join them. The event is free and open to the public. Pumping Station: One is located at 3519 N. Elston.

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is Talk Like Shakespeare Day, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater is the sun.

One Book, One Chicago Discussion @ WBEZ North Side Bureau

WBEZ's North Side bureau, 2913 W. Devon Ave., hosts a One Book, Once Chicago discussion about Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration, tonight at 6pm. Free, but reservations requested.

Entertaining Julia @ Town Hall Pub

Chicago's favorite comedy sister duo act, The Puterbaugh Sisters, host Entertaining Julia, a free comedy, music and variety show every Sunday at Town Hall Pub (3340 N Halsted) at 9:30pm.

"Reflections: Gallery Talk with TAR" @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents artist and photographer Terrence A. Reese in "Reflections: Gallery Talk with TAR," today from 3pm-5pm. Reese will discuss his exhibit, "Reflections," his black-and-white "documentary-style photography series" of personal stories, reflections and experiences with photographing history-making artists including Gordon Parks, The Nicholas Brothers and more. Free. For more information or to RSVP, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.


Gozamos 3rd Bithday Party @ Beauty Bar

Latino culture blog Gozamos celebrates its third anniversary with a party tonight at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., featuring a performance by Brazil's Zuzuka Pondarosa and DJs Soulphonetics and Sonorama. Doors open at 9pm. No cover. 21+

Third Fridays @ Zhou B Art Center

Every third Friday of the month, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Zhou B Art Center,1029 W. 35th Street, a multi-floor, multi-discliplinary art and culture venue composed of artist's studios, art galleries, gathering spaces and the Zhou B Café & Art Lounge opens its doors to the public. On Third Fridays, resident and international artists exhibit their newest works in various media for the consumption of collectors, artists, and anyone else with an interest in art. The event also offers the opportunity for the public to interact with the artists who created the exhibited works. The event is free to attend, and free refreshments are provided.

#DocYourWorld @ Columbia's Film Row Cinema

Today Columbia College continues its free #DocYourWorld documentary panels and screenings from noon until 9:30pm in their Film Row Cinema on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Story Lab @ The Black Rock

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: Hilary Barry, Nancy Hannibal, Patrick Monahan, Kasey O'Brien, Peter Papachronopoulos, and Belinda Woolfson. 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.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

Samantha Irby of Bitches Gotta Eat and Keith Ecker, the producer of Essay Fiesta, return with Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted. This month's lineup includes playwright Chris Bower, Essay Fiesta producer Willy Nast, writer Jill Summers, Stoop-Style Stories producer Lily Be and performer Amanda Glasbrenner. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. Show is free and BYOB, with donations collected and split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.

One Book, One Chicago Discussion @ WBEZ South Side Bureau

WBEZ's South Side bureau, 6957 S. Halsted St., hosts a One Book, Once Chicago discussion about Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration, tonight at 6pm. Free, but reservations requested.

#DocYourWorld @ Columbia's Film Row Cinema

Today Columbia College continues its free #DocYourWorld documentary panels and screenings from noon until 9pm in their Film Row Cinema on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Edible Books Festival @ Columbia College

Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper Arts holds its 14th annual Edible Books Festival and Tea tonight from 6 to 8pm in the Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd Floor. View book-like sculptures made from edible materials reflecting the book or the selected theme (this year it's In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez). After awarding prizes for "Best of Show," "Most Likely to be Devoured," "Best Use of Pun," the entries will be consumed by the guests. Tea will of course also be served. Free.

Entertaining Julia @ Town Hall Pub

Chicago's favorite comedy sister duo act, The Puterbaugh Sisters, host Entertaining Julia, a free comedy, music and variety show every Sunday at Town Hall Pub (3340 N Halsted) at 9:30pm.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

The live lit series That's All She Wrote, co-hosted by GB contributor JH Palmer and Angela Benander, returns to Swim Cafe with a stunning lineup of guest readers: Ian Belknap, Arlene Malinowski, Beth Cummings, and Monte LaMonte. Come out to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

The Chicago Children's TV Show @ Gallery Cabaret

This afternoon, Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley Ave.) hosts Chicago historical reenactment group Pocket Guide to Hell as they put up their second installment of The Chicago Television Project: The Chicago Children’s TV Show. In the style of a variety hour revue, Pocket Guide performers incorporate a Magician, a Clown, the Young Stracke All-Stars, cartoons by local artists, and much more in this celebration of children’s entertainment past and present. There will be two performances: one at 3 pm for kids and family, and one at 5 pm for everybody else. Free! RSVP to pocketguidetohell@gmail.com.

'The Way We Sleep' Reading @ The Book Cellar

Tonight, The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.) presents a reading of recently published anthology The Way We Sleep: a collection of short stories, comics, and interviews all based around the ways in which our sleeping and waking lives collide. The reading will feature contributors Billy Lombardo, Ben Tanzer, Dakota Sexton, and Natalie Edwards, as well as a shadow puppet show presented by Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood. RSVP here. 7 pm, Free!

The Book That Was to Come @ Cultural Center

The Poetry Center of Chicago presents "The Book That Was to Come," a poetry reading, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., today at 1pm. Readers will include Doro Boehme, Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Lindsey French, Ian Hatcher, and Krissy Wilson. The event was curated by Judd Morrissey. Admission is free.

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

CAKE FRAME (Fundraiser / Silent Auction) @ Peanut Gallery

The fabulous, annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is coming up again this summer, and to prepare for it, they've organized a big fundraising event at Peanut Gallery (1000 N. California Ave.) tonight from 7 to 11pm. There will be a rowdy live auction featuring a whole lot of work by talented local artists (some big names) and live performances by Paul Nudd, Jeremy Pettis, Alyssa Herlocher and Andy Burkholder. Facebook invite here. Free admission.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

On the second Friday of every month, the thirty-or-so galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at S. Halsted and 18th Streets open their doors to showcase art and artists from Chicago and the world. The opening receptions begin at 6pm and last officially until 10pm, letting viewers get up close with the art and artists for free. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted.

Cinema Slapdown: Flight

Columbia College's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, hosts Cinema Slapdown, wherein a film is screened and there's a discussion pro and con afterwards.Tonight's film is Flight. The film screens at 7pm. Free.

Chicago Songwriter Alliance @ Tonic Room

The second meeting of the Chicago Songwriter Alliance is at 8pm tonight at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St. The show will feature two rounds of two songs each by Rebecca Rego, Lee Ketch, Kate Quinby, Brian Morrissey, Teddy Grossman, Matt Crews, Julie Jergens, Jarid Rabin and Brittany Moffitt, and finish with a special closing set by Kalamazoo's Graham Parsons & the Go Rounds. Donnie Biggins of The Shams Band hosts. Free, 21+

ASMP/APA Bar Night @ DeLux Bar and Grill

The American Photographic Artists and the American Society of Media Photographers put on a monthly bar night every second Wednesday of the month. This is a chance for photographers, producers, models, printmakers, and anyone else connected with photography to network in a laid back environment. This month's event is sponsored by Calumet Photographic and is free to attend at Delux Bar & Grill, 669 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The Seven Deadly Sins @ Cafe Mustache

The Seven Deadly Sins reading series returns to Cafe Mustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. Readers include Carly Oishi (lust), Nick Jay (gluttony), Robert O'Connor (wrath), Angela Vela (pride), Erin Kahoa (greed), Shannon Cason (sloth) and Jeanette Gomes (envy). Free.

Sweethearts Comedy Duo @ Upstairs Gallery

Comedy Duo Sweethearts returns for their second installment of sketch shows tonight at Upstairs Gallery (5219 N. Clark St.) at 8 pm. As always, the pair will perform a brand new set of sketches, with each show based around a different theme. This week, treat yourself to a night of "Bliss"-themed comedy, brought to you by comedians Adam Schreck and Ben Ryan. BYOB, free.

This Much is True @ Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro *New Venue*

The beloved live lit series This Much Is True debuts in their new home, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) with an outstanding lineup of returning favorites and new faces. Come celebrate the beginning of this exciting new chapter with stories from regulars Scott Whitehair, Larry Kerns, and Deanna Moffit, with special guests Rives Collins, Dana Norris, Oba William King, Jim Padar and Cheryl Trykv. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. For more info visit This Much is True or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club has their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club meeting tonight at Filter Cafe (1373-75 N. Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The book for discussion tonight is Accelerando by Charles Stross. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

PAW Monologues @ The Coffee Shop

LIFT-Chicago presents a monologue reading tonight at 7pm at The Coffee Shop, 1135 W. Sheridan Rd., as part of Poverty Awareness Week. Free.

The Button Down @ Uncharted Books

HEAVEmedia.com and The Button Down present the latest installment of their monthly storytelling series at Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm. The theme this time is "planes," and readers include Eunji Kim, Joe Grazulis, Amy Dittmeier, Dee Fabbricatore, Mike Haverty, Emily Boerner, Brandon Jerger, Maggie Servais and Kyle Kramer. Hosted by Heave's Amy Dittmeier and Button Down's Dee Fabbricatore and Meredith Stockton. Free, BYOB.

Carmen & Geoffrey @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents Carmen & Geoffrey, the story of American dance legends Carmen DeLavallade and Geoffrey Holder, today from 2pm-4pm. The dance footage documentary, in conjunction with the museum's "Geoffrey & Carmen: A Memoir in Four Movements" exhibit, highlights the couple's work with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker and more. Free. For more information and to RSVP, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.

YarnCon

YarnCon, "Chicago's indie fiber fair," runs today and Sunday at the Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington St. Shop for yarn, patterns and accessories, or take a workshop. The show is open today from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free; some workshops have a registration fee.

YarnCon

YarnCon, "Chicago's indie fiber fair," runs today and Sunday at the Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington St. Shop for yarn, patterns and accessories, or take a workshop. The show is open today from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free; some workshops have a registration fee.

Britton Walters Opening @ Inkling

Inkling, 2917-1/2 N. Broadway, celebrates the opening of "The Dog Show," an exhibition of canine portraiture by Britton Walters, tonight from 6 to 10pm. Walters will also be selling dog-themed items from his Nerfect product line. Proceeds from the evening's sales will benefit One Tail at a Time.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for the latest installment of Story Club. The theme this month is "fools," and features readings by Mary Pat Bohan, Amy Supmter, Maggie Jenkins, and Kendra Stevens. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Municipal Flag Day @ Square One

Join Chicago-based Next Star Vodka at Square One, 1400 S. Michigan Ave., tonight in honor of Municipal Flag Day, a long forgotten holiday honoring the four stars and two stripes. Enjoy samples of Next Star Vodka cocktails, drink specials and more from 4pm to close. No cover. 21+

Persepolis Party @ Bridgeport Art Center

Cafe Society hosts a "Persepolis party" tonight at 6pm in the HumanThread Center on the fifth floor of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St. Come talk about the book and Chicago Public Schools' attempt to remove it from schools. Free.

Pink Floyd The Wall @ The Logan

Do312 presents a free screening of Pink Floyd's legendary rock opera film, The Wall, tonight at the Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Doors open at 10pm, film screens at 11pm. Red Bull supplies complimentary Red Bull and vodkas, and free apps will be served in the lounge. Free with RSVP, but subject to capacity limits -- get in line early, in other words.

Sweethearts Comedy Duo @ Upstairs Gallery

Newly-Minted Comedy Duo Sweethearts kicks off a five-week sketch series tonight at Upstairs Gallery (5219 N. Clark St.) at 8 pm. Each week the pair will perform a brand new set of sketches, with each show based around a different theme. This week, comedians Adam Schreck and Ben Ryan debut the series with sketches fittingly based around the theme of "Hello". BYOB, free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight. For its 56th episode, the eclectic monthly reading series showcases new novels by Mary Robinette Kowal (Without a Summer), Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao), and co-founder Reinhardt Suarez (The Green Ray of the Sun), along with featured readers Jeremy Jasper and Regan Keeter. New co-host Andrew Huff of Gapers Block makes his debut, joining William Shunn at the podium. Doors open at 7pm, readings start at 7:30pm. Free, 21+.

Darrick Thompson & Sonoi @ The Whistler

Darrick Thompson and Sonoi play a free show at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 9:30pm. 21+

Valerio Tricoli - Tribute to Luigi Russolo @ Lampo

Composer Valerio Tricoli creates two new compositions exclusively for Lampo and debuts them tonight at 8 p.m. at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago. The pieces are a tribute to Futurist thinker and musician Luigi Russolo, whose manifesto "The Art of Noises" revolutionized the way we hear music both consonant and abstract today. Free concert, RSVP here.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete is at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, today at 3pm. This week's guests include Samantha Abernethy, Randall Colburn, Bilal Dardai, Colleen Doyle, Lugas Neff and Scott Smith, plus music by Bill Larkin and The Jordan Years. Free, 21+

The Shit Show @ The Shambles

The Shit Show is a free comedy show at 8pm on the last Friday of every month at The Shambles (2050 W Division). The show is hosted by Ever Mainard and Rasa Gierstikas and sponsored by Fireball Whiskey and Mingle Around. Audience members get to take part in free shots and calling out "best joke" for their favorite comic. Tonight's lineup includes Caitlin Bergh, Adam Burke, Sonia Denis, Megan Gailey, Goodrich Gevaart, Janna Sobel and Emily Walker.

100 Acts of Sewing @ Lillstreet

Fiber artist Sonya Philip celebrates the opening of her show 100 Acts of Sewing at Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood, with a reception from 6 to 8pm tonight. One hundred dresses made by Philip over the course of a year will be displayed throughout the building. Free.

GB Karaoke Night @ Brando's Speakeasy

Join Gapers Block readers and staff at Brando's Speakeasy, 343 S. Dearborn St., from 7 to 10pm for our annual karaoke Get-Together! We'll enjoy cocktails and the sound of each other's off-key singing while getting to know each other a little better. RSVP on Facebook if you're into that sort of thing. Free, 21+

Comedy Secrets @ Hungry Brain

One of Chicago's best-kept secrets (pun... intended?) happens the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Hungry Brain: Comedy Secrets.It's basically what it sounds like, a bunch of comics getting up and sharing secrets based around a theme. This month's theme is Pride & Prejudice, and will feature Joe McAdam, Jeff Steinbrunner, and Sean White telling stories in front of a panel consisting of creator Stephanie Hasz and guest panelists Bill Cruz and Maggie Ednie.The night always ends with some palate-cleansing stand-up, provided this month by Marty DeRosa.


Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont
9pm, free

Kim Gordon & White/Light @ MCA

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon performs with White/Light at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., tonight at 6pm. The concert is free, and tickets are only available at the box office beginning at 5pm. In other words, get there early if you want to get in.

Saki University

saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave., launches its first Saki University "skill share workshop" series today at 3:30pm. Gaslight Coffee Roasters staff will demo brewing setups and offer tips on brewing and tasting from 3:30 to 5pm, then Froilan Landeros of The Recyclery Collective will give a bicycle 101 tutorial from 5 to 7pm. Free.

Poetry As Comedy @ Poetry Foundation

This afternoon at 3pm, the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St.) presents Poetry As Comedy. This being the Poetry Foundation, don't expect to hear drunkards sharing limericks scribbled on the el that day, but the classics. Under the direction of Second City founder Bernard Sahlins, a trio of actors will bring to life bring the works of W. H. Auden, John Updike and Dorothy Parker, among others. Free.

Empty Bottle Farmers Market

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts a farmers market today from noon to 5pm. Shop more than a dozen local vendors of fresh produce and other goods. Free.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, concluding tonight with "Chicago Classics," an evening of stories by some of Chicago's literary luminaries, hosted by Rick Kogan. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. See the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Mitch O'Connell book signing @ Quimby's

Quimby's presents a book signing and slideshow by local artist Mitch O'Connell, promoting his new book Mitch O'Connell: The World's Best Artist. The event starts at 7pm at Quimby's (1854 West North Avenue), and is free and open to the public. Full details at the Quimby's Website.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am, and include Literary Rock 'n' Roll: Girl Trouble, an event featuring readings by Gillian Flynn, Jane Hamilton and Joe Meno, with music by The Right Now, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 6pm. See the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

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: Sean Cooley, Gregory Ledger, Bailey Pickens, Byron Roussin, Klaudia Siczek, and Tamale. 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.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

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 playwright Chris Bower, Essay Fiesta producer Willy Nast, writer Jill Summers, Stoop-Style Stories producer Lily Be and performer Amanda Glasbrenner. Starts at 7pm at Powell's Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. 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.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am; see the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

South Pacific @ Music Box

The Music Box Theatre presents a special free screening of the 1958 classic South Pacific as part of Turner Classic Movies' celebration of their Classic Film Festival. In attendance will be film critic and author Leonard Maltin and original star of the film Mitzi Gaynor. The screening is tonight at 7:30pm; tickets are free and can be reserved through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 North Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am; see the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, with multiple events each day. Today's activities begin at 11am; see the full schedule and/or Facebook for details.

Story Week

Columbia College's Story Week runs March 17-22, and kicks off today with Story Workshop mini-classes from 2:30 to 5pm at 624 S. Michigan Ave., 12th floor, followed by a kickoff party at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., from 6:30pm till late. The party will feature 2nd Story storytellers Chris DeGuire, Ames Hawkins, Ann Hemenway and Cyn Vargas, and music by DJ White Russian and Seeking Wonderland. 2nd Story's Megan Stielstra hosts. The party is 18+ until 9pm, 21+ after. See the full schedule and Facebook for details.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The City's official St. Patrick's Day Parade marches up Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe beginning at noon. Free.

TIF Forum in Washington Park

"Let's Talk TIFs," a public forum on TIF funding and how it works, takes place today in the Washington Park Field House, 5531 S. King Dr., from 10:30am to noon. Tom Tresser, founder of the Civic Lab and TIF Illumination Project, speaks. Free. More details on Facebook.

Dyeing of the River

The City's official St. Patrick's Day festivities start this morning with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 10am. Get downtown early and line up along Wacker Drive or on one of the bridges to get a good look. Free.

War & Peace: a Public Health Perspective @ UIC

Learn more about war's effects on public health today at UIC's College of Nursing (845 South Damen, Room 158) from 9am-4pm. Speakers on topics such as veterans' health, drones, the faith community and refugee health are part of the event. Free admission--and lunch is included as well. Event sponsored by UIC and Emergency USA.

Cinema Slapdown: Compliance

Columbia College's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, hosts Cinema Slapdown, wherein a film is screened and there's a discussion pro and con afterwards.Tonight's film is Compliance. The film screens at 7pm. Free.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns and special guests Margaret Burk, Samantha Irby, and Stephen Markley, with the music of Naomi Ashley. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Activist Authors Read @ No Nation Gallery

Art and activism converge in a reading by authors Dan P. Moore and Becky Dernbach at 2pm on March 10, at No Nation Gallery (formerly known as Happy Dog Gallery). With his Graphic Novel, Mark Twain Was Right, Moore tells of his experience as a high schooler living through the Cincinnati Riots, and Dernbach lends accessibility to the story of America's housing crisis with her picture book, Fannie and Freddie. Come check out the free show at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park!

Chameleon Street @ The Black House

The Black House, 6901 S. Dorchester, presents a screening of Chameleon Street, tonight at 7pm. The 1989 film, written by and starring William Douglas Street, is the story of a man who re-invents himself in "chameleon-like" ways. A post-discussion about the film's impact on black cinema, led by Michael B. Gillespie, Assistant Professor of Film at Ohio University, follows the screening. Free; RSVP to blackcinemahoue@rebuild-foundation.org is required.

Housing Matters @ DePaul Art Museum

AREA Chicago hosts the discussion "Housing Matters: Gentrification, Detention and the Foreclosure Crisis in Chicago" at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., today from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at the next issue of AREA, which covers housing issues. Free.

TIF Forum in Englewood

Resident Matters presents "Let's Talk TIFs," a public forum on TIF funding and how it works, at Mt. Nebo Church, 354 W. 71st St., today from 1 to 3pm. Tom Tresser, founder of the Civic Lab and TIF Illumination Project, speaks. Free. More details on Facebook.

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

Eye Spy Optical March Madness Makeover Party

Eye Spy Optical, 3350 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts a "March Madness Makeover Party today from noon to 4pm. Get unconventional makeup tips from Sky Cubacub and check out jewelry from Hunter Gatherer. Free.

Francesca Royster @ Women & Children First

DePaul professor and author Francesca T. Royster will read from her new book, Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era, at , 5233 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. Free.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

The Chicago Arts District's monthly Second Fridays neighborhood-wide open house is tonight, centered around 18th and Halsted streets. Dozens of galleries and studios are open starting at around 6pm, with many artists selling work. Free.

Open House @ U of C's New Arts Incubator

The U of C's new Arts Incubator in Washington Park is having its first big open house from 3pm-6pm at 301 E. Garfield. There will be free tours of the new space, music and a new exhibition, "Feedback." See more on Facebook.

Congrats on Your Success @ Uncharted Books

The first Thursday of every month Congrats on Your Success showcases a diverse crowd of comics at Logan Square's Uncharted Books, and this month is no different.
Performers include: CoYS producer Rebecca O'Neal, Ian Abramson (Talk Hard, Talent Scouts Honor), Nicholas Rouley (Kind of Blue Comedy), Davey Boy Helem (Jokes and Notes), and Candy Lawrence (Just for Laughs). Hosted by CoYS producer Bill Bullock. Show starts at 7 and there may or may not be *free* beer courtesy of Powell Brew House. Maybe. Possibly.
Definitely.

Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight, with Mairead Case, Lania Knight Dana Norris, Zoe Zolbrod and CP Chang reading. William Shunn and Sara Ross Witt co-host for the last time; Sara is moving on, and Gapers Block's own Andrew Huff takes over as co-host in April. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free, 21+

Chicago's 176th Birthday Party

Celebrate the city's 176th birthday today at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., from 10am to 1pm. If today happens to be your birthday, too, you'll receive a special certificate and piece of birthday cake.

Chicago's 176th Birthday Party

Celebrate the city's 176th birthday today at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., from 10am to 1pm. If today happens to be your birthday, too, you'll receive a special certificate and piece of birthday cake.

Chiditarod

The Chiditarod shopping cart race runs today beginning at 12:30pm from 1900 W. Hubbard St. Watch teams of flamboyantly dressed folks power their shopping carts around the near West Side in a quest for canned goods and glory. The first teams usually reach the finish line at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., around 2:30pm, where the awards ceremony will be held around 5:30pm. Free.

Creative Chicago Expo

The 10th annual Creative Chicago Expo runs Friday and today from 10am to 4pm in the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Attend workshops and browse vendors all day, and catch a keynote by chefs Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp today at 10:30am. Admission is free.

Creative Chicago Expo

The 10th annual Creative Chicago Expo runs today and Saturday from 10am to 4pm in the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Attend workshops and browse vendors all day, and catch keynotes by Thirst's Rick Valicenti and Pitchfork's Chris Kaskie today at 10:30am and 3pm, respectively. Admission is free.

"5 Different Videos" @ Peanut Gallery

Tonight at 7pm, Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave., hosts a screening of "5 Different Videos," a collection of five short films by Detroit-based female video artists, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Bailey Scieszka, Katie Barkel, Mïïgun-å-rïen and Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen. Admission is free.

An Evening of Speculative Fiction @ Open Books

The Chicago Writers Conference hosts "an Evening of Speculative Fiction" tonight at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., tonight from 6:30 to 9pm. Readers include Mary Anne Mohanraj, Holly McDowell, Richard Chwedyk, William Shunn, Wesley Chu, Jody Lynn Nye and Matthew Darst. Admission is free.

Dr. Bob Wright @ Open Books

Author and educator Dr. Bob Wright discusses and signs his new book, Transform!, at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., tonight from 6 to 8pm. Free.

Soup & Bread @ FitzGerald's

FitzGerald's Nightclub, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., hosts a new monthly edition of Soup & Bread beginning tonight at 6pm in the SideBar. Soup chefs include Bodhi Thai Restaurant, Skrine Chops, Sheila Russell and more. Pay what you can.

Democracy and the Built Environment @ IIT

Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and Marshall Brown, assistant professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology will discuss "How should architects in a modern democracy balance the values of freedom, equality, progress, enlightenment, and beauty?" The event starts at 7pm at McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium. RSVP here.

Do Not Submit @ Powell's Bookstore

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.

Michael Hainey @ Harold Washington Library

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.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Silvie's

Silvie's Lounge hosts the latest Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, a regular open-mike evening for 'ukulele players. Tonight's theme is "Sorry I Forgot About Valentine's Day", and players are invited to perform up to 15 minutes, or up to three songs, whichever comes first, on the theme of love, forgiveness, break-ups, etc., etc., etc. The evening begins at 8pm, and admission is free. Silvie's: 1902 West Irving Park Road. For more information please see the group's Facebook page.

Andrew Bird: Fever Year @ Logan Center for the Arts

The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., hosts a screening of Andrew Bird: Fever Year, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Xan Aranda, at 7pm tonight. Seating is limited; email fecommittee@uchicago.edu with "Fever Year Screening Reservation - [Your Name]" in the subject line to reserve a seat. Free.

Signs of Life staged reading @ Victory Gardens Theater

Come to a free staged concert presentation of Signs of Life, a new drama with music based on the true story of the Czech ghetto, Terezin, tells one of the most fascinating and least known stories of the Holocaust. Originally a military town, Hitler transformed it into a so-called "model city for the Jews" to house prominent European artists and musicians. With favorable reviews from the New York Times and other publications, full production scheduled to open in Chicago September 18, 2013 at the Zacek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens. Admission is free but reservations are requested. There will be a post-performance talkback followed by a reception. RSVP to: Joanliman@hotmail.com. Performance begins at 7pm at Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln).

Twelfth Night Reading @ Newberry Library

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago performs a dramatic reading of Twelfth Night at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., today at 10am. Free.

Sh*t Show @ Shambles

The Shit Show is back tonight at the Shambles, 2050 W. Division St., at 8pm. This free night of comedy features Nate Simmons, Jack Thurston Farrell, Aaron Weaver, Chastity Washington, Mike Lebovitz, Alexandra Tsarpalas, Mike Knish, Peter-john Byrnes, and Tim Paul. Hosted by Rasa Gierstikas, Ever Mainard and Kieth Pasel.

Dmitry Samarov & Shay DeGrandis @ Elastic Vision Gallery

Dmitry Samarov and Shay DeGrandis celebrate the opening of Covers and Crushes, an exhibition of their recent artwork at Elastic Vision Gallery, 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave., with a reception tonight at 7pm. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

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.

"Jews, Catholics and the American Idea"

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.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

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.

Michael Salvatore @ Heritage Bicycles

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.

Re-Thinking Soup Honors Edna Lewis @ Hull House

The chef of the legendary Cafe Nicholson gets props at today's Re-Thinking Soup, which begins at noon at Hull House, 800 S. Halsted. One of her recipes will be simmering on the stove, readings of her cookbooks and music are also on the menu. Free.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: Paul Luikart, Liz Granger, Ken Krimstein, Denis Underwood, and Samantha Irby.The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Emre Kocagil @ Peanut Gallery

Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave., celebrates the opening of Emre Kocagil's new exhibition, Very Solo, with a reception tonight from 5 to 9pm. Free.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade steps off at 1pm today on Wentworth Avenue, starting at 24th Place and ending at Cermak Ave. Free.

Ben Hellwarth @ Book Cellar

Author Ben Hellwarth reads from and discusses his new book, Sealab: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor, tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Free.

Urban Livestock Expo @ Garfield Park Conservatory

If you are part of the masses that have been tempted to go whole hog, (pun intended) on urban agriculture, who have book-marked Williams-Sonoma's entire agrarian section, head over to the Garfield Park Conservatory this Saturday between 10am and 1pm for Chicago's first ever FREE Urban Livestock Expo. Truth be told the folks here have a much more realistic (financially and logistically) way of bringing livestock into your very own back yard.

Check the Advocates for Urban Agriculture's website for more details.

Vintage Bazaar: Love Hangover @ Dank Haus

Shop and shake out the valentine sillies at Dank Haus (4740 N. Western), which hosts the Vintage Bazaar's pop-up market from 10-5 today. Vintage goods, sundries, and fun await you. Free.

Susanin's February Auction

Today at 9am, Susanin's Auctions (900 S. Clinton) is holding its February auction, which includes antique and mid-century furniture, paintings, prints, sculpture, chocolate molds, porcelain, glass, silver, rugs and carpets, Inuit and Native American pottery and carvings, Asian art, as well as some decorative art. Preview runs all week long (Monday, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 15) from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. Visit susanins.com or call 312-832-9800 for more information. Admission is free.

Occupy Art Exhibits @ Art In These Times

AREA Chicago celebrates the opening of two art exhibits at Art In These Times,
2040 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor, from 6 to 9pm tonight Encampments, Occupations and Tent Cities examines historic actions such as the Fayette County Tent City, the occupations of Alcatraz and the Mad Houser hut cities. Espacios Ocupados: Defining 99% features work from contemporary Caribbean, Latin American and Latino artists that explores shifting cultural identities in a post-Occupy world. Free.

Candy Discussion @ Harold Washington Library

Leslie Goddard, author of Chicago's Sweet Candy History: Images of America, leads a discussion of the photography exhibit Sweet Home Chicago currently on display on the 9th floor of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., today at 6pm in the Video Theater, lower level. Free.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns and special guests Julia Borcherts, David Boyle, Linda Gorham, Monte LaMonte, Willy Nast, and Shanna Shrum.. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

The 66th Annual Latke-Hamantash Debate @ UofC

It's normally in November, but the annual Latke-Hamantash Debate sponsored by the University of Chicago has been moved to this evening from 7:30 to 9:30pm at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. on the UC campus. Faculty and scholars will do the honor of debating the merits of both foods; perhaps this year it will be decided. Free to attend, but the post-debate reception (where you'll get to sample some of the material under consideration) is $5.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club this evening at Filter (1373-75 N Milwaukee) tonight from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The book for discussion this evening is William Goldman's The Princess Bride. Full details of the event available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote February Show

Come out to Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., for the February edition of That's All She Wrote, the live lit series co-produced by GB staffer J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. TASW is a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Kate Harding, Kevin Gladish, Melinda McIntire and Scott Whitehair. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

Trouble In Mind Brunch @ saki

Trouble in Mind Records serves up a musical brunch at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave., today starting at 10:30am. Listen to new albums by Maston and Jacco Gardner, enjoy a live set by Mikal Cronin, and snack on treats from Bang Bang Pie Shop and Goose Island. More details on Facebook. Free.

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

Vaudezilla's Lincoln Fair @ Lincoln Tap Room

Vaudezilla's burlesque beauties take to the stage at this free event at Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Ave. Featuring performances by seasoned burlesque dancers as well as newbies to the scene, the show always promises a raunchy good time. The show features two different sets: one at 9pm and one at 11pm. Get there early; the venue fills up fast! 21+

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

The Chicago Arts District's monthly Second Fridays neighborhood-wide open house is tonight, centered around 18th and Halsted streets. Dozens of galleries and studios are open starting at around 6pm, with many artists selling work. Free.

Spacewarming Party

Jackalope Theater Company is celebrating the grand opening of their new multi-use rehearsal and educational space at 8 p.m. in the north-side neighborhood of Edgewater. The party will feature visual art by Mikey Rioux, a performance in the spoken word by Shannon Matesky, live jazz by Blue Whale, and a performance by Brandon Moorehead and Rhapsody Snyder.

If you'd like to go to the event, you can simply rsvp on the event's Facebook page. The party is at 1106 W. Thorndale Ave, just steps from the Thorndale Red Line stop. The show is at 9, and last call is at midnight.

Story Club @ Holiday Club

Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for the latest installment of Story Club. The theme this month is "bad plan," and features readings by Scott Whitehair and Claire Tibble. In addition there are four open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The Tuesday Funk reading series returns to upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight. It's the "Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day" edition, with readings by Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and Patricia Ann McNair. Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn host. Doors open at 7pm, show's at 7:30pm. No cover. 21+

Groundhog Day @ Ada Street

Ada Street, 1664 N. Ada St., screens Groundhog Day tonight at 9:30pm. Reservations are recommended by not required; contact eboyer@dmkrestaurants.com to make one. 21+

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features readings by Chad Briggs, Dan Granata, Margaret Hicks, Peter Kremidas, Brett Neveu and Christina Slyter, plus music by Abraham Levitan and Todd Hembrook & the Hemispheres. As always, Christopher Piatt hosts. 3pm today at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+

Dave Eggers @ Unabridged

Dave Eggers, author and notable force behind the literary conglomerate McSweeney's and 826 writing and tutoring centers, will be at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, this Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2pm. His appearance is for an in-store signing rather than a reading or discussion. The event is free, but get there early as the bookstore will likely fill up.

Dave Eggers @ Book Cellar

Dave Eggers, author and notable force behind the literary conglomerate McSweeney's and 826 writing and tutoring centers, will be at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., today from 10am to noon for a meet'n'greet and book signing. Free.

Bob Dylan Tribute Night @ Gallery Cabaret

Several of Chicago's finest singer songwriters -- including Julie Jergens, Narciso Lobo, Morgan Haner, Matt Flaherty and Tim Menard -- pay tribute to the songs of Bob Dylan tonight at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., beginning at 9:30pm. The night will end with a performance of the album Love & Theft from beginning to end. Free, 21+

Andrea Everman @ Inkling

Inkling, 2917½ N. Broadway, hosts an opening reception for an exhibition of new work by Andrea Everman, creator of Owly Shadow Puppets, tonight from 6 to 10pm. (It's also a good opportunity to pick up a Valentine's Day card.) Free.

Brian Leli Opening @ Eyeporium

Photographer and former GB staffer Brian Leli opens an exhibition of photos from his time in London at Eyeporium Gallery, 1431 N. Milwaukee Ave., with a reception tonight from 6 to 9pm. Silence Kills includes photos from the London Riots, the Olympics, Occupy London, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Pride London and more. The exhibition will be up through Feb. 25.

Hockey City Classic Winter Festival Opening Ceremony

The OfficeMax Hockey City Classic Winter Festival will officially open today 5:30 p.m. at Soldier Field during a "Light the Lamp" ceremony. Chicago Blackhawk greats Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito will join local youth hockey players to hit the puck into the net and "Light the Lamp," signifying the beginning of the two weeks of winter activities leading up to the college hockey doubleheader on Feb 17.

Party for Obsolete Technology @ Center for Book & Paper Arts

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.

The Punch-Up @ Lincoln Hall

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+

Gallery Talk with Terrence A. Reese @ DuSable Museum

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., hosts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, today at 6pm. Sotomayor will discuss her new memoir, My Beloved World, which details her childhood in New York, career in law, and ascension into her appointment to the nation's highest court. Free. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

Lunch Talks @ CAF

The topic for this week's Lunch Talks @ CAF, the Chicago Architecture Foundation's weekly free discussion series, is "Design Makes Change." Co-Founder Siobhan Gregor discusses the mission, goals, successes and challenges of the Design Makes Change design competition. The talk is from 12:15pm to 1pm in CAF's Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Free book swap @ Murphy's Bleachers

Take a book or leave a book today at Murphy's Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., 5pm to 9pm.

Pride and Prejudice: A Live Reading

The Jane Austen Society of North America - Greater Chicago Region presents Pride and Prejudice: A Live Reading today in the Block 37 pedway at 108 N. State St. from 7am to 7pm. Groups of volunteers will take turns reading Austen's classic novel. Preview in Book Club. Free.

2nd Story @ 57th Street Books

The 2nd Story hosts a reading from their recent anthology, Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-flying Duck, at 6pm tonight at 57th Street Books in their new location, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Enjoy lively performances from 2nd Story's Literary Director Megan Stielstra, Chair of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing program Randy Albers and Columbia College faculty member Lott Hill. Readers are all featured contributors in the anthology. Pick up a copy and hang around after to chat with the readers. Free.

Chicago Cable Cars @ Pritzker Auditorium

Author Greg Borzo discusses his new book, Chicago Cable Cars, tonight in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at 6pm. Borzo will show an illustrated presentation with Jacob Kaplan, editor of ForgottenChicago. Free.

StreetsBlog Chicago Launch Party

StreetsBlog Chicago writers Steve Vance and John Greenfield (formerly of Grid Chicago) host a launch party for the new site tonight from 6 to 9pm at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free apps, cash bar and lots of transportation-interested people. Get GridChicago and StreetsBlog Chicago swag while it lasts. Free, 21+

Solo in the 2nd City: Ladies' Night @ Beauty Bar

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.

Lillstreet Emerging Artists Lecture Series: Stephanie Tisza

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.

Lunch Talks @ CAF

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 Color of Christ @ Newberry Library

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, authors of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, read from and discuss their book at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., tonight at 6pm. Free.

The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights @ Chicago History Museum

The Writers' Theatre, in conjunction with the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., hosts the 7th annual The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights, today at 12pm. Directed by Jimmy McDermott and starring Caren Blackmore, this one-woman show, featuring poetry, music and multimedia, is the story of a Chicago student's experience with studying the events of the Civil Rights Movement. Free. For more information, call 847-242-6000.

Soul Summit Anniversary @ Double Door

Soul Summit celebrates its third anniversary with a free dance party at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight, featuring DJs Dave Mata, Sloppy White and Duke Grip and special guest DJ Chairman Mao of Ego Trip. Doors open at 9pm. 21+

CWA 2012 Book Awards @ The Book Cellar

Tonight, the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.) welcomes the Chicago Writers Association 2012 Book Awards. The awards were divided into four categories (traditionally and non-traditionally published fiction and nonfiction) by a Chicago area author or CWA member. 7pm; free.

Walter Mosley @ Chicago Cultural Center

Tonight from 5pm-8pm, the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, presents a staged reading with bestselling novelist Walter Mosley, featuring selections from his latest works. Free; seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 773-296-1108.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete "live magazine" this week features Nancy Friedrich, Mike Lehrer, Abby McEnany, Gus Menary, Katie Rich and Steve Waltein, and Amelia Scott, plus Chad the Bird and musical guests The Congregation and Justin Hayford. Christopher Piatt hosts at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, at 3pm. Free. 21+

Soul Food Junkies @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., presents a free screening of Soul Food Junkies today from 2pm-4:30pm. The documentary, directed by filmmaker Byron Hurt, examines the history, sociology, culture and health factors associated with African-Americans and soul food. A Q&A with community health activists follows. For more information, call 312-744-6630.

Devil In A Blue Dress @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, presents a free screening of Devil In A Blue Dress, a film adaptation (which starred Academy Award winner Denzel Washington) based on the novel by best-selling author Walter Mosley. The event, held tonight from 7pm-11pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, will be followed by a post Q&A with Mosley. Free; seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 773-296-1108.

Rebekah Heller (ICE) solo @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

Rebekah Heller, bassoonist and keeper of the low reeds for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) today performs two solo pieces for bassoon at art gallery/performance space Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland, upstairs from Dusty Groove Records) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are FREE, but RSVP is required, and space will fill quickly.

Winter Bike to Work Day

Ride your bike to work today and you'll earn free Eli's cheesecake and Caribou coffee, tea and hot chocolate at Winter Bike to Work Day in Daley Plaza from 6:30 to 9am.

Walter Mosley @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., in conjunction with Congo Square Theatre, presents bestselling author Walter Mosley, today at 6pm. Mosley, noted for his crime novels including Devil In A Blue Dress and The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, will be interviewed by Chicago journalist Sylvia Ewing about his latest book, The Tempest Tales; Q&A and book signing follow. Free; seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 773-296-1108.

Italian Cultural Institute Open House/Celebration

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago offer Chicagoans the chance to join in the celebration by learning to speak Italian through their new official language school, ItalCultura, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1405. A free open house tonight from 5:30 to 8pm includes the opportunity for attendees to take an Italian language skills evaluation test; mix and mingle with others interested in Italian language and culture; enjoy Italian delicacies, wine and music; meet the staff and professional teachers for a trial class; and register for the upcoming class series.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Celebrate the 2 year anniversary of Story Lab, the live lit series that stands apart from other 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: David Boyle, Charlotte Hamilton, Glenn Jeffers, Ellen Lakostaj, Holly McDowell, Jim Padar, and Laura Stark. 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.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

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: Neo-Futurist Dina Marie Walters; Solo in the 2nd City producer Carly Oishi; Comedian and actor Whit Nelson; Performer Jeff Miller; and Writer Jill Neumann. Starts at 7p.m. at Powell's Bookstore (2850 N. Lincoln Ave.) 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.

Lunch Talks @ CAF

The topic for this week's Lunch Talks @ CAF, the Chicago Architecture Foundation's weekly free discussion series, is "Ecology and the Urban Landscape for Social Change." Landscape Architect Terry Guen shares her philosophy of design and discusses how the urban landscape can be a proponent for social change. The talk is from 12:15pm to 1pm in CAF's Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

City Lit Books @ Revolution Brewing

City Lit Books hosts a Chicago author night in the upstairs Brewers Lounge at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. Authors Kathryn Born, Joseph G. Raymond and Raymond Richard will read from their books, The Blue Kind, Inside the Whale: A Novel in Verse and Book of Raymond: A Journey from Prison to Praise and Poetry. The event is free; details here. 21+

The Politics of Guns In America

The University of Chicago's new Institute of Politics hosts "The Politics of Guns In America," a panel discussion on gun violence featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel, retired Congressman Steve Latourette (R-Ohio), UChicago Crime Lab Director Jens Ludwig, and Tribune columnist and editorial writer Steve Chapman. Broadcasting legend Tom Brokaw moderates. The event is at 7pm in the Logan Arts Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. It's free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP required.

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club presents their monthly sci fi and fantasy book club meeting tonight at Filter Cafe (1373-75 North Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tonight's book for discussion is the Hugo Award winning Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. The event is free and open to the public. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Free Sailor Jerry Tattoos @ Chicago Tattooing Co.

Sailor Jerry Rum is giving away 102 anchor tattoos today at Chicago Tattooing Co., 1017 W. Belmont Ave., beginning at noon. First-come first-served, 21-and-over and only the anchor tattoo is free. Don't forget to tip your artist. Sailor Jerry will be on hand with giveaways; anyone who gets a tattoo also gets a token for a free rum drink at Trader Todd's.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

Come out to Swim Cafe (1357 W. Chicago Avenue) for the January edition of That's All She Wrote, the live lit series co-produced by GB staffer J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander. TASW is a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Mary Lorenz; Sheri Reda; Dmitry Samarov; Paul Dailing; and Barrie Cole. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

No Pants Subway Ride

The Chicago edition of the annual No Pants Subway Ride hits the CTA today from noon to 3pm. Keep your eye on the Facebook page for more details; it's usually on the Red Line, but you never know. Free.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete "live magazine" this week features comedian Matt Braunger, Neo-Futurist Lisa Buscani, Machete house historian Dan Granata, playwright Ike Holter, iO's Rachel Mason and Second City's Katie Rich and Steve Waltien, plus Chad the Bird and musical guests Reformed Whores and Bethany Thomas. Christopher Piatt hosts at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, at 3pm. Free. 21+

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

The Chicago Arts District's monthly Second Fridays neighborhood-wide open house is tonight, centered around 18th and Halsted streets. Dozens of galleries and studios are open starting at around 6pm, with many artists selling work. Free.

A Personal Project Show at Defibrillator Gallery

A Personal Project Show gives audiences the opportunity to peek into the personal worlds of 13 Chicago artists. The show features photography and paintings completed by artists for their own personal purposes, and not for commercial use. The event offers fine art, music, and drinks, and it's FREE tonight from 6-11 p.m. at Defibrillator Gallery, 1136 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 60642.

Amanda Thomsen Book Reading

Gardening blogger Amanda Thomsen reads from and signs her new book, Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You, tonight at the Barnes & Noble DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., at 6pm. Free.

Oscar Nomination Discussion @ Siskel Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., hosts a panel discussion of the 85th annual Academy Awards nominations today at noon. The panel will feature Janet Davies, ABC-7 Chicago entertainment reporter; Alison Cuddy, Chicago Public Radio arts and culture reporter; Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune film critic; Ben Kenisberg, Time Out Chicago film editor; and Steve Prokopy, Gapers Block film writer and critic for Ain't It Cool News. Betsy Steinberg, the managing director at the Illinois Film Office, moderates. Free.

The Big Lebowski & High Fidelity @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall's "The Three-Penny Was Here" film series continues tonight with a free screening of The Big Lebowski and High Fidelity. White Russians will be $5. The show is free, 18+ and starts at 7pm.

Lunch Talks @ CAF

The topic for this week's Lunch Talks @ CAF, the Chicago Architecture Foundation's weekly free discussion series, is "Historic Preservation, Design, and Cultural Programming for Neighborhood Change." Charles Leeks and Matt Cole from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago discuss how the organization is continuing to incorporate historic preservation, design, and cultural programming into its community development efforts on the West & South Sides of Chicago. The talk is from 12:15pm to 1pm in CAF's Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

If your new year's resolutions include going to see more live lit, come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns with special guests J.W. Basilo, Jason Kelleher, Arlene Malinowski, and the murder ballads of the duo known as Eileen (Becky Poole and Christine Stulik). Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Society of Midland Authors @ Harold Washington Library

The Society of Midland Authors presents a panel discussion of the late Mayor Harold Washington's life and legacy tonight at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., at 6pm. The panel will feature Peter Nolan, Timuel Black, Salim Muwakkil and Robert Starks. Free.

ICE @ Cultural Center

The International Contemporary Ensemble performs Shadowgraph: Octets by Franz Schubert and George Lewis at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., today at 3pm. Free; see our preview in Transmission.

Everyone's Hungover @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts its first annual Everyone's Hungover party, hosted by Jane Beachy, tonight starting at 8pm. Bring a 30-minute playlist on your iPod, sign up and get your slot in the DJ booth. Free, 21+

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

This month's edition of Tuesday Funk features author Julie Ganey, Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff, writer and poet Sondra Morin, and writer Christopher Sweetin. Hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn lead the show, which is at 7:30pm in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Free, 21+

Fun-A-Day Kickoff @ Mess Hall

Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave., launches its new Fun-A-Day project with a kickoff event from 2 to 5pm today. Learn how to make all sorts of things, from zines to yo-yos to embroidery, all for free.

Soul Summit Dance Party @ Double Door

The Soul Summit DJs put on a free dance party at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 9pm, with special guest Esteban LaGroue. 21+

Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary w/ The Sea and Cake, Tortoise @ Empty Bottle

Thrill Jockey celebrates its 20th Anniversary at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, with flagship bands Tortoise and The Sea and Cake performing "weird sets for the hometown weirdos" with Man Forever opening. Label staffers and musicians will be spinning records throughout the night, with complimentary beverages from Goose Island and Virtue Cider from 8pm to 9pm. Tickets are free with RSVP on first come, first serve basis. 21+.

Gapers Block Holiday Party

Gapers Block's annual holiday party is tonight at Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen Ave., from 7pm to 10pm. Join GB readers and staff by the roaring fire in the back room, where we'll have complimentary drinks -- sponsored by Speyburn single malt scotch and Koval Distillery -- and plenty of good cheer. RSVP on Facebook, if you'd like. Free, 21+

Die Hard vs. Gremlins @ Lincoln Hall

As part of their 3 Penny Was Here series Lincoln Hall is hosting a special movie event this evening: a double feature of Die Hard and Gremlins, along with local comedians Joe McAdam, the Puterbaugh Sisters, Matt Drufke and Joe Fernandez. More details and RSVP at Do312. Lincoln Hall: 2424 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 525-2501.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Sarah Goldenberg; Karen O'Donnell; Note Sangern; Paul Teodo; Ray Teresi; and Shawn Wilson 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.

Hideout Holiday Sale

The Hideout's annual holiday sale is tonight at 6pm. Browse the wares from a number of artists and crafters while enjoying drinks and a DJ. Bloodshot Records will also be accepting stuffed toys for their annual gift drive. Free, 21+

Ben Huh @ MCA

Ben Huh, found of the Cheezburger network, gives the talk "Why Bad Art is Beautiful: The Accidental Success of Art from the Masses" at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., tonight at 6pm. Free to Illinois residents or with museum admission.

Windy City Artist Alley

The Chicago Urban Art Society holds its annual Windy City Artist Alley today from noon to 6pm at 1664 S. Blue Island Ave. Shop for art, craft, vintage furniture, records and more while listening to music spun by Dj Trew and DJ Select Inverse. Admission is free.

Chicago Art Girls Pop-up Shop

The Chicago Art Girls Pop-up Shop is open Saturday and today from 11am to 5pm in Helium, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave. Shop among more than two dozen female artists and crafters. Admission is free.

Chicago Art Girls Pop-up Shop

The Chicago Art Girls Pop-up Shop is open today and Sunday from 11am to 5pm in Helium, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave. Shop among more than two dozen female artists and crafters. Admission is free.

Facets Warehouse Sale

Facets Multimedia holds their annual warehouse sale today and tomorrow in their lobby. From 10am to 4pm today, and from noon to 4pm on Sunday, you'll be able to buy DVDs and VHS tapes at deep discounts. For more details please see the Facets Website. Facets: 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue. (773) 281-9075.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

The Chicago Arts District's monthly Second Fridays neighborhood-wide open house is tonight, centered around 18th and Halsted streets. Dozens of galleries and studios are open starting at around 6pm, with many artists selling work. Free.

Saint Lucia Festival of Lights

The Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., celebrates the Saint Lucia Festival of Lights this evening. A procession of St. Lucia carolers leaves the museum at 4:45pm to sing throughout the neighborhood; a program featuring live music and activities for the kids begins at the museum at 5pm. The procession is free; $1 admission or a canned food item is requested for the museum program, to benefit the local food pantry Care for Real.

Bubbles Night @ Galleria Liquors

'Tis the season for bubblers and sparklers -- winewise, that is. Galleria Liquors will be pouring more than 40 sparkling wines at its Bubbles Night. Hors d'oeuvres: complimentary; reservations: recommended. (The best part: you can enter the store via the Southport Brown Line station, so there's absolutely no reason to drive.) 3409 N. Southport, (773) 857-6200.

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series: Home (Alone) for the Holidays

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series: Home (Alone) for the Holidays is tonight at 8pm at Beauty Bar Chicago, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. Solo in the 2nd City is a blog and reading series with stories of what it is to be single, dating, falling in and out of love, sex, and the like in Chicago. Being single is not required to attend nor read, as all have been single at least once. The reading is hosted by Carly Oishi and Melinda McIntire. Featured readers include: Annie Taylor, Bill Bullock, Eileen Dougharty, Reyna Jacqueline Pena, Ian Belknap. Free, 21+

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Arif Choudhury; Jen Ellison; Sean Flannery; Larry Kerns; Paulette McDaniels; Joshua Safford; Rose Laws - AKA the notorious Gold Coast Madam; and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Hideout Holiday Sale

The Hideout's annual holiday sale is tonight at 6pm. Browse the wares from a number of artists and crafters while enjoying drinks and a DJ. Bloodshot Records will also be accepting stuffed toys for their annual gift drive. Free, 21+

Pedaling Poetry Night @ Cole's

Chicago Critical Mass co-founder Jim Redd, visiting from his home in Ecuador,
presents an evening of bicycle-inspired verse tonight from 7 to 9pm at Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. Globetrotting cyclist George Christensen shares stories from his travels, bike writer John Greenfield plays "U-lock rock," and cyclists are welcome to join in with bike-related poetry and stories of their own. Free, 21+

Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club @ Filter Cafe

The Chicago Nerds Social Club hosts their monthly sci fi and fantasy book club this evening at Filter Cafe (1373 North Milwaukee) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tonight's book for discussion is Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. Full details on the event at the Chicago Nerds Website, or at the event's Facebook page.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

Come out to Swim Cafe (1357 W. Chicago Avenue) for the December edition of That's All She Wrote, the new live lit series co-produced by GB staffer J.H. Palmer (hey, that's me!) and Angela Benander. TASW is a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Jill Howe; Eileen Dougharty; Robyn Okrant; and M.T. Cozzola. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

Pop-Up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle

Quimby's presents a one-day-only book fair today at the Empty Bottle (1035 North Western Avenue) from 2pm to 7pm. Plenty of local publishers and distributors will be here all afternoon selling their books. It's a 21+ event, and it's free if you RSVP at the Empty Bottle Website; otherwise the admission is $5. More details at the Facebook event page.

SantaCon

SantaCon 2012 takes to the streets today. Get in your Santa costume and congregate at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., at 1pm. The parade of drunk Santas moves north from bar to bar, taking advantage of drink specials, until finishing at McFadden's at State and Division. Free, 21+

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

Trunk Club Holiday Shopping Event

Trunk Club, the "personalized clothing service for men," hosts a Holiday Shopping Event at its headquarters, 325 W. Ohio St., Thursday from 6 to 9pm and today from 10am to 3pm. Shop for Trunk Club inventory in person, as well items from vendors including Perchance, Dana Rebecca Designs, Shred415, Belly Dance Maternity, Berco's Popcorn and Vosges Haute-Chocolate. Restaurant 25 Degrees will serve snacks. The first 400 customers will receive complimentary gift bags.

Chicago Writers @ Uncharted Books

Uncharted Books, 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a reading on the subject of obsession at 7pm tonight, featuring Robyn Okrant, Scott Onak, Michael McCauley, Chai Wolfman and Micki LeSueur. Hosted by Sarah Terez Rosenblum, who will read from her novel Herself When She's Missing. Free.

4045 Holiday Open Studios

The 4045 Rockwell Artists Community hosts a holiday open house this evening from 6 to 10pm at 4045 N. Rockwell Ave. Browse and purchase prints by Screwball Press, Dan Grzeca, Kathleen Judge, Baker Prints and others, while enjoying Three Floyds beer.

ODLCO Holiday Shop and Open House

ODLCO opens a holiday shop in its studio at 1136 W. Randolph St. with an open house tonight from 6 to 9pm. ODLCO's full line of products and inventory will be available for purchase, plus production samples and one of a kind objects. Fresh-made Food Crypt donuts and cocktails will be served. Free; RSVP requested. The holiday shop will remain open noon to 7pm through the 19th (closed Mondays).

Beauties & Beasties @ Post Family

The Post Family mounts a one-night-only exhibition of Beauties & Beasties, a series of mask-like automatic drawings by Rick Valicenti, tonight from 6 to 9pm in the Post Family Studio, 1821 W. Hubbard St. #202.

Trunk Club Holiday Shopping Event

Trunk Club, the "personalized clothing service for men," hosts a Holiday Shopping Event at its headquarters, 325 W. Ohio St., tonight from 6 to 9pm and Dec. 3 from 10am to 3pm. Shop for Trunk Club inventory in person, as well items from vendors including Perchance, Dana Rebecca Designs, Shred415, Belly Dance Maternity, Berco's Popcorn and Vosges Haute-Chocolate. Restaurant 25 Degrees will serve snacks. The first 400 customers will receive complimentary gift bags.

Energy BBDO Creative Salon

Energy BBDO's last Creative Salon of the year features Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, today at 4pm in the agency's offices, 410 N. Michigan Ave. Free.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tonight at 7:30pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Tuesday Funk features readings by Julia Borcherts, Jodi Eichelberger, Maggie Kast, Stephen Markley, and Andrew Reilly. William Shunn and Sara Ross Witt host. Free, 21+

Wit Rabbit Reading Series @ Quenchers

The Wit Rabbit Reading Series presents Annah Browning, CM Burroughs, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Marcus Wicker at Quenchers, 2401 N. Western Ave., tonight at 7pm. Free, 21+.

A Christmas Story @ Ada Street

Ada Street, 1664 N. Ada St., screens A Christmas Story tonight at 9pm. Reservations are recommended by not required; contact eboyer@dmkrestaurants.com to make one. 21+

Pop-Up Cheese Salon @ Lux Bar

It doesn't get much better than cheese, and it doesn't get much cheaper than free. Drop by Lux Bar, 18 E. Bellevue Place, tonight at 7 p.m. for a free local and artisanal cheese tasting sponsored by Great American Cheese Collection. Rub elbows with heralded cheesemakers like Jon Loomis from Zingerman's Creamery and Fons Smits from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, sip on some discounted drinks, and nibble on cheese-centric apps. The event's free, but reservations are required.

Ms. Mint's Holiday Bazaar

Ms. Mint's Holiday Bazaar runs from 4 to 9:30pm tonight at the Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave. Shop for art and crafts from local artisans, try unique regional foods and spirits, and create custom gift baskets. Admission is free; tasting tickets are $12.

Pastry Chicago Gingerbread House Competition @ Drake

Get in the holiday spirit at Pastry Chicago's Annual Gingerbread House competition this afternoon; the Drake Hotel (140 E Walton) hosts the 2pm judging and viewing ceremony. Snacks and refreshments will be served as you view the competition. Free.

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market @ Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

Put a bird on it at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk. Event runs 11am-6pm; free.

The Sh*t Show @ The Shambles

Wicker Park's Division street knows how to party, and tonight, 8pm at The Shambles, 2050 W. Division St., it's going to be a Sh*t Show. The Sh*t Show is a monthly stand-up comedy showcase that features dynamic lineups of alternative comics, funny storytellers and Chicago's top headliners. It's hosted by comedy Swiss Army knives Ever Mainard and Rasa Gierstikas. The show is free and be sure to check out this hysterical PG-13 promo video to see what's in store for you.

Dan Smyth & Steve McDonagh Book Release

Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, are doing a reading and tasting tonight at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7pm to promote their new cookbook, The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from the Hearty Boys. Free.

Free to Be... You and Me @ Women & Children First

Cultural historian Lori Rotskoff and gender expert Deborah Siegel discuss Free to Be... You and Me in honor of the seminal children's book's 40th anniversary tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free; details here.

This Fragile Life Reading @ DuSable Museum

Author Charlotte Pierce-Baker discusses her book This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son tonight at 6pm at the DuSable Museum, 740 E 56th St. Free.

Odil Decq @ SAIC

Award-winning French architect Odile Decq presents a lecture titled "Horizons" at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago tonight at 6pm in the Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr. Free.

This Fragile Life Reading @ Northwestern

Author Charlotte Pierce-Baker discusses her book This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son tonight at 5pm at Northwestern's University Hall, 1897 Sheridan Rd. Free.

Traditional Irish Session @ Abbey Pub

Larry Nugent, a flute and whistle player, hosts a Traditional Irish Session at Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St., in the Green Room at 6pm. There will be $4 drink specials on Guinness and Bloody Marys. Free, 21+.

Damon Locks @ Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Damon Locks DJs at Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., 3rd floor, today at 3pm as part of the closing reception for an exhibition of Joyce Pensato paintings. Free.

Urban Folk Circuit @ Double Door

Urban Folk Circuit brings its crafty goodness to the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., today from noon to 5pm today. Browse the wares of more than a dozen local artisans, and enjoy live music by Daniel Connolly, Steve Gilpin and Nathaniel Matthew. Free.

Paul Rodriguez @ Laugh Factory

Paul Rodriguez hosts two free Thanksgiving dinners for the needy, followed by comedy shows, today at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, at noon and 3pm. Reservations are recommended; call 773-327-3175, ext. 1. Donations accepted.

Thanksgiving Parade

The 79th annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade travels through downtown Chicago on State Street from Congress to Randolph, from 8am until 11am. It features giant helium balloons, decorative floats, marching bands, celebrities, and even Santa Claus. Free, all ages.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Chicago's 99th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the official holiday season in Daley Plaza tonight. Live performances and festive music begin at 4:30pm, and the tree is illuminated at 5pm. Free, all ages.

Essay Fiesta @ Book Cellar

For Essay Fiesta's third anniversary show at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm, cohosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon say goodbye and hand the reins over to Willy Nast and Karen Shimmin. Readers include David Finch, Dana Norris, Janna Sobel, Adam Guerino and Rachael Kossy. Free, but donations (benefiting 826CHI) are accepted.

Beers O Plenty @ Whole Foods Halsted

Give thanks for beer, and plenty of it. The Boystown outpost of Whole Foods Market, 3640 N. Halsted, is hosting a beer tasting from 12-4 p.m., featuring craft beers from 5 Rabbit, Left Hand, Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Bell's and more. Register in advance and you'll get a free pilsner glass. (773) 472-0400.

Red Door Animal Shelter Bazaar & Cookie Sale

The Red Door Animal Shelter holds its annual winter bazaar and cookie sale at Warren Park Fieldhouse, 6601 N. Western Ave., today from 11am to 4pm. Sample hundreds of homemade cookies and shop for holiday gifts. Free.

Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck Release Party

The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., holds a release party for Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story is tonight at 7pm. Contributors Matt Miller, Julie Ganey and Kim Morris read. Free.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, presented by BMO Harris Bank, brings its annual spectacle back to the city's best stretch of shopping. There are holiday festivities throughout the day, but the real magic happens when 200 trees are illuminated on the Mag Mile as Minnie and Mickey Mouse lead the lighting parade at 5:30pm. More than 40 floats will travel down the parade's route on Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive. Fireworks will be launched over the Chicago River at 6:57pm to end the parade with a bang. Free, all ages.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete "live magazine" holds its last edition at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave., before moving permanently to the Green Mill today at 3pm. Guests include Chad Briggs, Adam Burke, Stephanie Douglass and Joe Janes, Nancy Friedrich, Kyle Kinane, Arnie Niekamp and Whit Nelson. Bethany Thomas and the Two Johns are the musical guest, and Christopher Piatt hosts. Free.

SAIC Student Art Sale

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Holiday Art Sale is today and tomorrow, Nov. 18 & 19, in the MacLean Center Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. Shop for student-made original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, jewelry, fashion and more from 10am to 5pm today. Free.

DIY Trunk Show

The 10th annual DIY Trunk Show is today from 10am to 5pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Shop more than 150 vendors selling handmade art, clothing, jewelry, accessories and more. Wishbone will be on hand to serve food, and CHIRP will spin records. Look for the Gapers Block booth and come say hi! Admission is free.

Cornelia Arts Building Open Studios

Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., hosts its monthly open studio tonight from 6pm to 8pm. View art on two floors by CAB artists; work by guest artists will be shown in the lobby and mid-lobby galleries. The SamichBox food truck will be outside serving up sandwiches. Preview the show on Art Slant.

SAIC Student Art Sale

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Holiday Art Sale is today and tomorrow, Nov. 18 & 19, in the MacLean Center Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. Shop for student-made original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, jewelry, fashion and more from 11am to 7pm today. Free.

Vivian Maier Book Discussion @ DePaul Art Museum

Co-authors Michael Williams and Rich Cahan will discuss their newest book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, this evening from 6-8PM.

Reconsidering an Icon: Future Prentice

The Chicago Architecture Club opens its latest exhibition, "Reconsidering an Icon," tonight at 5:30pm at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave. The show presents the winners of the Future Prentice design competition as well as other submissions from around the world. Studio Gang's proposal and 10 proposals by other local architects will also be on display. Free.

"Don't Shoot, I MUST Grow Up" Town Hall

The Columbia Links journalism and news literacy program holds a town hall tonight at 5:30pm at Columbia College's Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 S. Michigan Ave., to present its findings on violence as a public health problem and how communities such as Chatham, Roseland and Beverly prevent violence. WBEZ's Natalie Moore moderates. Free.

The Opposite of Slick: Chicago's Screen Printers Opening

The exhibition The Opposite of Slick: Chicago's Screen Printers opens tonight at Loyola University's Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, 1131 W. Sheridan Rd., with a reception from 5 to 6:30pm. Free.

Kathryn Born Book Release @ Women and Children First

Journalist and author Kathryn Born celebrates the release of her novel, The Blue Kind, with a reading and book-signing tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Free.

Educators Open House and Artists Showcase @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents its annual Educators Open House and Artists Showcase today from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Educators and instructors are invited to attend this event to learn about the museum's upcoming exhibits and programs, along with tours, demonstrations, and performances showcasing its cultural arts outreach program, "Making History Come Alive Through the Arts." Free; RSVP required. For more information, contact 773-947-0600 x242 or scotton@dusablemuseum.org.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Keith Ecker; Mike Manship; Deanna Moffitt; Lisa Scott; Debbi Welch; and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Chicago Nerds Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Club

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly sci fi & fantasy book club, meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Filter (1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue). Tonight's book is Ben H. Winters' The Last Policeman. The event is free and open to the public. Full details available at the Chicago Nerds Website.

That's All She Wrote @ Swim Cafe

GB Staffer and storyteller J.H. Palmer (hey, that's me!) and Angela Benander have teamed up to bring That's All She Wrote to Swim Cafe (1357 W. Chicago Avenue) on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Billed as a non-competitive live lit venue for storytellers of all stripes, this month's lineup includes: Moth GrandSLAM Champion Shannon Cason; Founder and Producer of Story Club Dana Norris; Storyteller Erin Kahoa; and CHIRP's Jenn Sodini. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. This is a free event, and BYOB.

MDW Fair

The MDW Fair, an exhibition of grassroots and independent art culture, returns this weekend, Nov. 9-11, at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St. From noon to 6pm today, explore the fair's 75-plus artists and watch or participate in events and performances. Admission is free.

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

MDW Fair

The MDW Fair, an exhibition of grassroots and independent art culture, returns this weekend, Nov. 9-11, at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St. From noon to 6pm today, explore the fair's 75-plus artists and watch or participate in events and performances. Admission is free.

MDW Fair

The MDW Fair, an exhibition of grassroots and independent art culture, returns this weekend, Nov. 9-11, at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St. Tonight from 7:30pm to midnight is the Vernissage opening reception; watch the Propeller Fund awards ceremony, then explore the fair's 75-plus artists and performers. Admission is free.

Memories N Time @ LaFollette Park

The Muntu Dance Theatre presents the launch of "Memories N Time" at LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie, tonight at 7pm. This free event, presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, is a dance and music collaboration with noted composer Reginald Robinson, musicians Steve Berry and Ari Brown, and popular Chicago jazz singer, Maggie Brown. For more information, call 773-241-6080.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

It's the second Friday of the month, which means galleries and studios in the Chicago Arts District (aka East Pilsen, centered on Halsted & 18th streets) are open from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Free. Details here.

LeFtO @ the Whistler

Chicago-based cuerators.com presents LeFtO, Shred One, D-Moon and King Hippo for 'Get Some!' at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Last year Gilles Peterson crowned LeFtO as "the best DJ in the world" (an honor shared with former-Chicagoan Jeremy Sole). The Belgian DJ/Producer is widely regarded as one of Europe's most important taste-makers. The show is 21+, free and starts at 9:30 pm.

"Poverty, Power and the Public Airwaves" @ Northwestern Law School

Northwestern Law School's Downtown Campus, 375 E. Chicago Ave., hosts "Poverty, Power and the Public Airwaves: Post Election Analysis and Commentary from Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, and Amy Goodman," from 7pm to 9pm tonight. Held in the school's Thorne Auditorium, this town hall event, co-hosted by Smiley and West, will focus on the post-presidential election, politics, and the role of broadcast media in democracy. Free; RSVP required. Doors open at 6pm. For more information, visit the website.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The Tuesday Funk reading series returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. Readers include Jac Jemc, Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails and Mary Zemaitis. Co-hosted by Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. Doors open at 7pm. Free, 21+

Election night viewing party @ Schubas

Schubas is teaming up with WBEZ and 312 on election night. Come watch the election returns on the big screen and then enjoy a special performance by Chicago's own, The Statutes Of Liberty. Admission is free and WBEZ members get a free round of 312 beer and some cheap eats. Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport Ave.

AMERICA/N @ Defibrillator Gallery

Art collective Lucky Pierre presents AMERICA/N, a 13-hour discussion and performance of the US Constitution at the Defibrillator Gallery (1136 N. Milwaukee). Starting at 6am a slate of performers and authors will discuss each article of the Constitution, each performance followed by a discussion. See the Lucky Pierre Website for a full schedule of performers. The event is free and open to the public.

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the White House @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents comedian Michael Colyar's A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the White House...I Knocked on the Door and a Brother Answered, today from 2pm-4:30pm. Colyar, a Chicago native, hosts the screening of his "docu-comedy" that chronicles events in the Obama presidency. Admission is free with a voter's registration card; $10 without. For more information, call 773-233-8307.


Gozamos Dia de los Muertos Party

Gozamos hosts its second annual Dia de los Muertos party tonight at the Chicago Urban Arts Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd., from 10pm to 2am tonight. ((Sonorama)), Dario Ecks, Soulphonetics and DJ Borderline spin. No cover, but enjoy all-you-can drink 5 Rabbit Vida y Muerte Ale with a wristband $15 in advance, $25 at the door. 21+

Bicycle Film Festival

The Bicycle Film Festival rolls through town this weekend, Nov. 2-4. Tonight's films screen at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., with two shorts programs starting at 7pm and 9pm. Free.

Anne Elizabeth Moore @ Book Cellar

Anne Elizabeth Moore reads and signs her book Hip Hop Apsara tonight at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., at 7pm. Free; more details on Facebook

Halloween on Halsted

Celebrate the most creative holiday of the year in one of Chicago's most colorful neighborhoods. The 16th annual Northalsted Halloween Parade kicks off at 7pm on Halsted St., traveling from Waveland to Belmont. The theme this year is "Apocalypse 2012."

Indie in the Windy City

Indie in the Windy City Handcrafted Market takes up roost in the The Chelsea Hotel, 920 W. Wilson Ave., today from noon to 5pm. Shop art and crafts from more than 30 vendors. The show benefits Cornerstone Community Outreach. Admission is free.

The Honest Truth Party @ Martyrs'

The Reader and WBEZ host The Honest Truth Party, an evening of beer and debates, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight starting at 7pm. WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann moderates a discussion of current political topics with Mick Dumke and other politicos; the Cains and Abels perform later. No cover. 21+

Electoral Dysfunction @ Spertus Institute

The MacArthur Foundation sponsor a free screening of Electoral Dysfunction, a bipartisan documentary about voting in America, tonight at 5:30pm at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave. RSVP to filmscreening@macfound.org to attend.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free. UPDATE: Tonight's event has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

The Big Draw Chicago: Drawing Maps

The Big Draw Chicago concludes with a presentation today at 2-3:30pm at Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., on drawing maps with Dennis McCendon of Chicago Cartographics. Free.

Okkyung Lee & David Behrman @ Lampo

Lampo, in conjunction with the Graham Foundation, presents a duo concert by cellist Okkyung Lee and electronic composer David Behrman tonight at 8pm at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl. Includes an extended cello improvisation from Lee, while Behrman performs his "View Finder" (guitar and electronics) and "Freeze Dip" (violin and electronics). Together, they present "Open Space with Cello / Open Space with Guitar," pieces related to Behrman's "Open Space with Brass" music commissioned for the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Armory in New York in December 2011. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. See also Friday's free workshop featuring Lee and Behrman at the same location. Preview in Transmission.

The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show

The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show pulls into Pilsen today, setting up its stage in the Growing Station Community Garden, 945 W. 21st St. A sideshow featuring local vendors and performers begins at 6pm, with the main stage acts beginning at 7pm. Free. More details here.

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation

DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media and
Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center present the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, which runs today and Sunday. Today at 2pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., watch a free program of 15 short animated works. Then at 7pm at the DePaul School of CIM, 247 S. State St., Lower Level, special guest animator Nancy Andrews will present three of her films: Behind the Eyes; The Haunted Camera; and Hedwig Page, Seaside Librarian. Admission is $10.

Okkyung Lee & David Behrman Workshop

As a prelude to tomorrow's performance, cellist Okkyung Lee and electronic composer David Behrman will conduct a free workshop starting at 3 pm at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl., in collaboration with Lampo. Lee, a cellist working in the territories between classical, improv, jazz, and Korean traditional music, will speak about developing extended techniques for a musical instrument. Behrman, one of the founders of the Sonic Arts Union in 1966, will speak to the audience about flexible scores and methods of using interactive triggers in electronic music. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own instruments to experiment with Mr. Behrman's gear. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Berman and Lee perform Saturday night, also at the Madlener House; preview in Transmission.

Sensitive Thugs Night @ Beauty Bar

The Untouchable Chrysler LeBaron Empire presents "Sensitive Thugs Night," a DJ dance party featuring hip hop with feelings, at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., tonight from 10pm to 2am. No cover, 21+.

True Romance @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens True Romance outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

A Concert of Covers: Songs About Food

The Southside Hub of Production, 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave. hosts "A Concert of Covers," an open-mic concert in which every song performed must be a cover -- with the added theme of "Food." The show starts at 7pm, and SHoP's weekly potluck will be going on at the same time, so bring some food and enjoy the music. Free.

Experimental and improvised music by Chicago Latino composers @ Elastic Arts Foundation

The Latino Music Festival started in late August and runs through December 9 at various venues around Chicago. While the lineup mostly features classical and traditional music from Latin America and Spain, the festival takes a leap towards more unconventional sounds tonight with a showcase of experimental and improvised music from various Chicago Latino composers at the Elastic Arts Foundation in Logan Square. The event begins at 5pm and is open to all ages. The Elastic Arts Foundation is located at 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave., on the second floor. Admission is free.

Malort & Cheap Beer Festival

Paddy Long's, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., hosts a Malort and Cheap Beer Festival tonight at 9pm. Enjoy $2 cheap beers from around the country, $3 shots of Malort, and a variety of games such as a Malort slogan contest and a flavor description contest. The entire Jeppson's Malort team will be on hand to meet the fans and a Malort historian will be presenting the complete oral history of the product as well. No cover, 21+.

The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show

The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show pulls into West Town today, setting up its stage at 1837 W. Hubbard St. A sideshow featuring local vendors and performers begins at 6pm, with the main stage acts beginning at 7pm. Free. More details here.

Home Movie Day

The Chicago Film Archives hosts the 10th annual Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., today from 11am to 3pm. Bring your 16mm, 8mm and Super-8 home movies, and local archivists will hand inspect the films and project them in front of a live audience. Or just come watch these slices of other people's lives. Free.

Matthew Hoffman Opening @ The Coop

The Coop, 230 W. Superior St., 2nd flr., celebrates the opening of We're All In This Together, a new exhibition by Matthew Hoffman, with a reception tonight from 6:30pm to midnight. Free.

Bridgeport Art Walk

The Bridgeport Art Walk includes more than a dozen art shows at seven locations throughout Bridgeport, showcasing more than a hundred artists. See a list of events here, or a href="http://www.community-bar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Bridgeport_Art_Walk_Map.pdf">download a PDF map. Most events begin at 6pm. Free.

Ivan Brunetti @ Energy BBDO

Energy BBDO, 410 N. Michigan Ave., hosts a Creative Salon event with cartoonist and comics scholar Ivan Brunetti today from 4 to 6pm. Brunetti will talk about his influences and evolution as an artist, and preview his upcoming book, Aesthetics: A Memoir. The event is part of the Big Draw Chicago festival, and is free.

Badlands @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens Malick's Badlands outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Johnnie Grozenski, Kelin Hall, Rebecca Marquardt, Jenny Melnick, and Valentine Soposky. 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.

Guts & Glory @ Powell's Bookstore

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. The duo's second show will take place on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Powell's Bookstore (2850 N. Lincoln Ave.) Featured readers include: The Encyclopedia Show's Robbie Q. Telfer; Here's the Story producer Janna Sobel; Author and Quickies! producer Linsday Hunter; Vocalo host and producer Luis Antonio Perez; and Writer and teacher Rachel Collins. Show is free, 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.

From Chicago to Lahore: A Cultural Nexus

Chicago Sister Cities International presents "From Chicago to Lahore: A Cultural Nexus," a showcase of arts and culture from Lahore, Pakistan, in the G.A.R. Hall and Rotunda and the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., tonight from 6 to 9pm. Free.

World of Z @ Forest Park Library

The Forest Park Public Library, 7555 W. Jackson Blvd., hosts a free screening of World of Z, a locally produced documentary about the life of manic-depressive outsider artist Zbigniew Fiks, aka "Z," tonight at 7pm.

One Book, One Chicago: Paul Rusesabagina Q&A

Paul Rusesabagina, activist and subject of the film Hotel Rwanda, does a Q&A with WBEZ's Jerome McDonnell about the Rwandan genocide and The Book Thief, this fall's One Book, One Chicago reading selection, tonight in the Pitzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at 6pm. Free.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: Nationally acclaimed slam poet Roger Bonair-Agard; Moth GrandSlam champion Shannon Cason; Playwright Barrie Cole; Neo-Futurist Malic White; and Comedian Mary Pat Bohan. As always, co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will bring the fiesta. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Dress Code at Fashion Focus Chicago

Dress Code is a student runway show that is part of Chicago's annual Fashion Focus week. The show takes place in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery on the 4th Floor of the Chicago Cultural Center on 78 E. Washington St. The show is free, but tickets are required.

Chris Ware @ Quimby's

Graphic novelist Chris Ware will sign his latest book, Building Stories, at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., today at 5pm. Free.

Bucktown Apple Pie Contest @ Holstein Park

Today's Apple Pie Contest at Holstein Park (2200 N Oakley, 2-5pm) will teleport you back to olden days--live music, games and fun for the kids, and a massive apple pie contest; you can enter your pie ($25 fee), or stick around after the judging to buy individual slices of all the competition.

Logan Launch Festival

The Logan Launch Festival, celebrating the opening of UofC's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, runs Oct. 12-14 at the center, 915 East 60th St. Programming includes musical performances, art exhibits, workshops and lectures; see the event website for a full schedule. The festival runs from noon to 5pm today. Free.

Open House Chicago

Today go behind the scenes at more than 150 area buildings with Open House Chicago. Use their handy map or site list to see what's open and for how long.

Keith Rowe @ Renaissance Society, Hyde Park (Lampo)

Keith Rowe, founding member of English free improvisation elder statesmen AMM, will make a rare Chicago appearance (his last two shows here were in 2005 and before that in 2001) at the Renaissance Society (5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Cobb Hall 418 on the University of Chicago campus) as part of Lampo's Fall 2012 season. His treatments and extended techniques on guitar (played laying flat on a tabletop with various small objects and vibrating devices) influenced a generation of six-string gnarlers from Fred Frith to Borbetomagus' Donald Miller. Here, he performs a composition entitled "City Music," created for him for him by Chicago composer Frank Abbinanti. The performance takes place at 8:30, admission is FREE, and no RSVP is required. More information at Transmission.

MAS Context: Analog

MAS Context presents MAS Context: Analog, a daylong event of presentations and exhibitions intended to be an analog version of the print publication. The event runs from 1pm to 11pm today at New Projects, 3621 S. State St., with the program divided up into the topics of Practice, Visual Communication, Production and Curation. A closing party featuring DJ Dieter Roelstraete begins at 9pm. Free; RSVP to info@mascontext.com.

Handmade Market

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from noon to 4pm. Browse the handiwork of more than two dozen local artisans while enjoying the Bottle's ambiance and perhaps a beer. Free, 21+ except for children accompanying an adult.

Logan Launch Festival

The Logan Launch Festival, celebrating the opening of UofC's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, runs Oct. 12-14 at the center, 915 East 60th St. Programming includes musical performances, art exhibits, workshops and lectures; see the event website for a full schedule. The festival runs from 10 to 11pm today. Free.

Open House Chicago

Today and tomorrow go behind the scenes at more than 150 area buildings with Open House Chicago. Use their handy map or site list to see what's open and for how long.

SMALL is Ordinary Shop opening @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Small Manufacturing Alliance hosts the free "SMALL is Ordinary Shop" opening today from 5:30-7:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington). The shop showcases locally-made goods such as organic soaps and furniture, as well as food and drink tastings from local vendors.

Lecture in Early Modern History @ Newberry

Today at 2pm at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., historian Lee Palmer Wandel presents the lecture "Telling the Story: The Encounter and the Reformation," bringing together the histories of the Columbian Exchange and the Reformation. A reception will follow the lecture. Free, but registration required.

Corey Doctorow @ Evanston Public Library

Author and BoingBoing blogger Corey Doctorow reads from and signs his new young adult novel, Pirate Cinema, at 7:30pm tonight at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. in Evanston. Free, but registration required.

Movember Kickoff

Movember, the mustache-growing fundraiser for prostate cancer research, kicks off in Chicago with a party at Underground, 56 W. Illinois St., from 7pm to 10pm. Free, but registration required.

Career Survival 101

The Chicago Headline Club hosts "Career Survival 101," a panel discussion featuring Robert K. Elder of DNAinfo Chicago, Amy Guth of the Chicago Tribune, Mike Schmiedeler of Towers Productions, and Scott Smith of Social@Ogilvy, tonight at 7pm at Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Rm. 305. Free.

Frankenstein @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens Frankenstein outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

Peter Edelman @ Northwestern University School of Law

Northwestern University School of Law and the National Public Housing Museum presents Georgetown University professor and author Peter Edelman, today from 6:30pm-8pm. Edelman will be on hand to discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty In America, which offers critical analyses on unemployment and the working poor in the United States. Tickets are free; reservations are required. Event will be held in the school's Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave. For more information, call 312- 503-3100.

House of Trends Presents the Ready-to-Stare & VO Jewelry Trunk Show

Local underground "It" jewelry designer Alysse Dalessandro of Ready-to-Stare and celebrity nail artist and designer of VO jewelry, Tacarra "Spifster" Sutton, join forces for this collaborative event tonight at boutique House of Trend celebrating the fall release of their respective lines. Dalessandro unveils her major collection trunk show while Sutton introduces her wares. Complimentary Xante cocktails will be served and guests can receive entry to a raffle for exclusive pieces and services from House of Trend, Ready-to-Stare, and Spifster upon purchase at the event. The event lasts from 6-8pm and designer presentations begin at 6:30. House of Trend is located at 688 N Milwaukee.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Susie Allen, Cody Cranch, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, Jeremy Schaefer, Megan Wells, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Lizz Free or Die Book Reading and Signing

Lizz Winstead, co-creator of "The Daily Show" and author of Lizz Free or Die: Essays, brings her political humor to town for a book reading and signing tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, as are the cocktails and light appetizers. The signing will be in the FoodEase Party Room at 835 N. Michigan Ave. Send an RSVP to NARAL Pro-Choice America to get in on the wit and wise-cracking for the night.

"A Conversation with Alan Krueger" @ Northwestern

Alan Krueger, labor economist and chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers will deliver the 2012 Institute for Policy Research's Distinguished Policy Lecture at 4pm today in the McCormick Auditorium of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Dr. on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Admission is free, but registration is required.

The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show

The Great Fire: a Traveling Truck Show pulls into Logan Square today, setting up its stage on the Logan Centennial Monument in the square. A sideshow featuring local vendors and performers begins at 4pm, with the main stage acts beginning at 5pm. Free. More details here.

Big Draw Day @ Cultural Center

The Big Draw Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events host Big Draw Day at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., from 1pm to 4pm today. Drawers and non-drawers of all ages are invited to create individual works on cardboard and build a collaborative sculpture. Free.

Urban Arts Expo @ Charles Hayes Center

The Chicago Black Authors Network presents its second annual Urban Arts Expo today from 11am-6pm. Held at the Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Ave., and hosted by WYCA's Darryll King, this event will feature book publishing workshops, performances by local Chicago dancers, singers and spoken word artists, and a special journalism workshop led by Radio Hall of Famer, WVAZ's Herb Kent. Admission to the event is free; the book publishing workshop is $10. For more information, call 312-786-6986.

Dreams in Jay-Z Minor Opening @ Blanc Gallery

Blanc Gallery, 4445 S. Martin Luther King Dr., celebrates the opening of Dreams in Jay-Z Minor, an exhibition of new works by artists Amanda Williams and Krista Franklin, with a reception tonight from 6pm to 9pm. DJ Jamal “JayToo” Jefferies spins. The show will be up through Dec. 29.

Poetry Centennial Celebration

The Poetry Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of Poetry Magazine and the release of its new anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, with a party tonight at 61 W. Superior St. Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7pm. Free, but RSVP is required; call 312-787-7070 or email rsvp@poetryfoundation.org.

Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery Walk

Check out the latest pop-up galleries downtown on the Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery Walk tonight from 5pm to 8pm. Start the tour at 108 N. State, 23 E. Madison or 77 S. Dearborn; full map here. Free.

Spirit of the Beehive @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens Spirit of the Beehive outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. The theme this month is "United States of Horror," and featured readers include John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and a special dramatic reading by The Colin & Ishmael Players. Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn host. Free as always; 21+/

The Big Draw: Discover Drawing

The Big Draw Chicago kicks off with a workshop at Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph St., tonight from 6 to 8pm. Brandy Abgerbeck leads "Discover Drawing," aimed at getting you to discover new ways to look at and use drawing in your daily life. Free, but registration required.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

Slug Guts @ Permanent Records

Australian rockers Slug Guts do an in-store performance at Permanent Records, W. Chicago Ave., tonight at 6pm. Free.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival runs Saturday and today in venues throughout Hyde Park. Dozens of artists perform for free, starting at 1pm. Shows are free, but donations are accepted and a $125 festival pass gets you priority seating at all events.

Ravenswood Artwalk

The 11th annual Ravenswood Artwalk, a "tour of arts and industry," runs Saturday and today along Ravenswood Avenue from Irving Park to Lawrence. Explore the many galleries, businesses and art studios in the area, and enjoy live music at Wilson and Ravenswood. The festival runs from 11am to 6pm today. Free.

2pm - Bubbly Creek
3pm - The Moses Gun
4pm - I Kong Kult
5pm - Four Star Brass Band

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert by Tom Schraeder and His Ego, Jonny Rumble, The Canoes, Shelly Miller and the Bcc's, Distant Cities, Dharma Monkey Soundlabs and the Shams Band. Show starts at 8pm. Free, 21+.

Twittamentary @ Social Media Week

Chicago Social Media Week closes tonight with a screening of Twittamentary, a crowd-sourced documentary about Twitter that includes several Chicagoans, at 7pm at Heritage Bicycles & General Store, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave. Free, but registration required.

Vivian Maier Documentaries @ Thomas Masters Gallery

Thomas Masters Gallery, 245 W. North Ave., hosts a free screening of two documentaries about Vivian Maier today at 2pm. Vivian Maier, Photographer was directed by Tom Palazzolo, written by Jack Helbig and edited by Michael Bullis, with Judith Hoppe as the voice of Vivian Maier; The Vivian Maier Photography Project was directed by Aaron Cahan. The gallery is currently exhibiting photographs from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection that appear in the book Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival runs today and Sunday in venues throughout Hyde Park. Dozens of artists perform for free, starting at 1pm. Shows are free, but donations are accepted and a $125 festival pass gets you priority seating at all events.

Schubas' Pig, Swig and Record Dig

Schubas hosts its second annual Pig, Swig and Record Dig, bringing together record collectors, roasted pork enthusiasts and beer drinkers everywhere to 3159 N. Southport Ave. for a midday smorgasbord of music, meat and punker meet-cutes. Show up early for limited edition screen prints, rare 7”, the smell of crackling pig skin, and discounted cans of Goose Island’s finest for $2. Starts at 11am, runs ‘til 4pm. Free admission, all ages.

Ravenswood Artwalk

The 11th annual Ravenswood Artwalk, a "tour of arts and industry," runs today and Sunday along Ravenswood Avenue from Irving Park to Lawrence. Explore the many galleries, businesses and art studios in the area, and enjoy live music at Wilson and Ravenswood. The festival runs from 11am to 7pm today, with an "afterparty" running till 10pm. Free.

1pm – Nana Zabic
2pm – Pamela Richardson
3pm – Amber and Zebulun
4pm – Lawless Brothers
5pm – I Lost Control
6pm – Tri State Blues Band
7pm – DJ BuddhaBean
7:15pm – Geronimo!
8:30pm – Canasta

Chicago Slutwalk

Slutwalk Chicago will conduct a demonstration and march today starting at 11am at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. At 11:15am sex-positive website Get Lusty will lead an electric slide flashmob. The march will leave at noon for the Daley Center, where speakers will include Nico Lang, Tiff Beatty, Clarisse Thorn, Steve Adler, Sandy Gonzalez and the Sex Workers Ourtreach Project. Details on Facebook.

Sherlock Holmes Symposium @ Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts a symposium on Arthur Conan Dole and Sherlock Holmes today beginning at 9am. Topics will include Conan Doyle's Arctic diaries, Essenay Studio's Sherlock Holmes films and Holmes as museum experience. Free.

Museum Day

Smithsonian's annual Museum Day is today. Get free admission to more than a dozen Chicago museums (and more in the suburbs) when you register for a ticket.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with Glad Fanny, Glass Lux, Volcanoes Make Islands and Bob Rok. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret @ Chief O'Neill's

Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, the regular series of open-mike ukulele performances, happens this evening at Chief O'Neill's (3471 N. Elston Avenue) starting at 9pm. Tonight's theme is "Uke Soundtracks". Participants are invited to being up to three songs from (or based on) movies, TV, or theatrical productions. An advance sign-up list is available at the event's Facebook page. The event is free & open to the public.

The Shit Show @ Shambles

Shambles, 2050 W. Division, hosts "The Shit Show" tonight at 8:30pm. This free show, hosted by Rasa Geirstikas and Ever Mainard, is a hybrid of stand-up, storytelling, improv, features Kate Duffy, Brian Babylon, Kristin Clifford, Ted Tremper and more. For more information, call 773-486-0200.

Social Media Week

Chicago Social Media Week runs Monday through Sunday, Sept. 24-29, at various locations. See the schedule for today's events. Free, but registration required.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with music by James Fritz, Caitlin Bergh, Bob Palos, Joe McAdams, Jason Folks and Bumpus. Free, 21+

Blues Traveler @ Navy Pier

Blues-rock band Blues Traveler plays a free show on the patio of Harry Caray's Tavern at Navy Pier tonight. The band will be playing songs from their new album, Suzie Cracks the Whip, as well as some of their most popular songs. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed, starting at 11am. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm.

Social Media Week

Chicago Social Media Week runs Monday through Sunday, Sept. 24-29, at various locations. See the schedule for today's events. Free, but registration required.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a panel discussion led by Marcus Gilmer on "Chicago Arts: Past, Present and Future..." at 8pm, followed by Wednesday night jazz at 10pm with Corbin Andrick. Free, 21+.

Cleo de 5 à 7 @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens Varda's Cleo de 5 à 7 (aka Cleo from 5 to 7) outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

Social Media Week

Chicago Social Media Week runs Monday through Sunday, Sept. 24-29, at various locations. See the schedule for today's events. Free, but registration required.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with an open mic hosted by Earphoria at 7pm and Songwriters in the Round featuring Jeremy David Miller at 9:30pm. Rambos perform at 11:30pm. Free, 21+.

Social Media Week

Chicago Social Media Week runs Monday through Sunday, Sept. 24-29, at various locations. See the schedule for today's events. Free, but registration required.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a tribute to Letterblue Productions featuring Act Naturally, Tom Schraeder and Q and A's. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.

Social Media Week

Chicago Social Media Week runs Monday through Sunday, Sept. 24-29, at various locations. See the schedule for today's events. Free, but registration required.

Windy City Coop Tour

The Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts host their 3rd annual Windy City Coop Tour Sept. 22-23 from 10am-2pm at various locations around the city. Talk with Chicagoland chicken-keepers about their experiences raising chickens in the city. A map of locations and tour guidelines are available on the Windy City Coop Tour website. The event is free and self-guided. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. No dogs or other pets allowed on the tour.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert featuring Ari Levi, Rego, For All The Sweet Children, When Clouds Attack and Moxie Motive. Show starts at 8:30pm. Free, 21+.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert by Will Phalen, Clip Art, Bears of the Blue River and Brighton, Ma. Show starts at 8:30pm. Free, 21+.

CCLaP's "Podcast Dreadful"@ Quimby's

Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., hosts a live-audience installment of the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography's "Podcast Dreadful" serial literary anthology tonight at 7pm. The performance will feature not only readings from local authors Davis Schneiderman, Jacob Knabb, Jason Fisk and CCLaP founder Jason Pettus, augmented by live radio-style sound effects. Complementary refreshments will be served. Free.

Brink of Survival @ Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center presents a free screening of the new documentary Brink of Survival, about a small hospital in Malawi that serves a community of 120,000 people. The screening happens this evening at 6:30pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Cultural Center, followed by a discussion with Salome Chasnoff, the director of the film, and Dr. Martha Sommers, the doctor featured in the film. The screening is free and open to the public. Full details at the Center's Website. Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington. (312) 744-6630.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert featuring Joe Fernandez, Anthony McBrien, Matt Riggs, Charlie Bury, Jason Folks, Natureal and Weeping Willows. Show starts at 8pm. Free, 21+.

Black Art In America @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "Black Art in America: A Conversation for the 21st Century," tonight from 7pm-9pm. Panelists, including Halima Taha, PhD and DuSable curator, Charles Bethea, will discuss the "Post-Black Art" movement as it relates African-American art collections, artists and art dealers. Free. For more information and to RSVP, call 773-947-0600 x290.

DePaul Visiting Writers Reading

DePaul University's English Department is sponsoring a Visiting Writer's Series this fall. The first installment is tonight in the Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 115, at 6pm, and will focus on area writers and is aptly titled "Local Authors: Chicago's Own." There will be readings by Nami Mun, Aaron Baker and Eugene Cross. It is free and open to the public.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a panel discussion at 8pm moderated by Marcus Gilmer on DIY/Innovators, followed by Jazz Night at 10pm hosted Corbin Andrick. Free, 21+.

Seven Samurai @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens Seven Samurai outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Robin Gelfenbien, Carolyn Guido, Jill Howe, Greg Poljacik, Julie Sadowski, Philip Siegel, and Rachael Smith. 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.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with Earphoria open mic at 7pm, followed by "Songwriters in the Round" with Gabe Lebowitz of Dastardly at 9:30pm. Free, 21+.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with music by Todd Tue and Come to Light. Free, 21+

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: WBEZ personality and The Moth host Don Hall; author of Young Mr. Obama Edward McClelland; star of Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche Thea Lux; host of Off the Eatin' Path Monte LaMonte; and Gapers Block contributor Nellie Huggins. As always, co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will bring the fiesta. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with music by Lydia Palazzalo and a DJ set by Ronnie Kwasman of Margo and the Nuclear So and So's. Show starts at 9:30pm. Free, 21+.

SummerDance Closing & Smart Bar 30th Anniversary Event @ Millennium Park

The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance festival comes to a close with live music and dancing at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., in the central promenade. The event also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Smart Bar, one of the city's most popular dance clubs. Resident DJ trio, Orchard Lounge, and Smart Bar music director, Nate Maniac, will perform. The show starts at 4pm, and ends at 7pm. Free. All ages.

Open Streets Chicago

Open Streets Chicago empties Milwaukee Avenue of cars from Ashland to Western today from 10am to 3pm, and fills them with foot-friendly activities such as yoga, relay races and a mobile skate park. Free.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with live music by Little Light, Nick Miller and the Neighbors, Edgas Legsdins, The Canoes and ZiPS; DJ Matt Roan spins from 12:30am till close. Show starts at 8pm. Free, 21+.

Journey to the End of Night

A special "Robot Apocalypse" edition of Journey to the End of Night, an adult game of tag, happens tonight starting at 6pm in Robert's Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle Ave. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

A Day in Avondale

A Day in Avondale is a free street event showcasing dozens of businesses and artists in the Avondale neighborhood. Events run from 1pm to 7pm today along Milwaukee Avenue between Avers and Kimball and on Belmont Avenue between Kedzie and California; see the Facebook page for a full listing. There's an afterpartyfrom 7pm to 10pm at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free.

Chipotle Cultivate Festival

Chipotle Cultivate Festival brings fun and food to Lincoln Park, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. Twelve culinary experts will demonstrate sustainable cooking. Enjoy free music, food, and educational food-related activities. The festival runs from 11am to 7pm. Free.

Chefs' Tent West:
11:30am - Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo
1pm - Zakary Pelaccio
2:30pm - Chipotle Chefs
4pm - Amanda Freitag
5:30 - Richard Blais

Chefs' Tent East
11:30am - Paul Kahan
1pm - Danny Grant
2:30pm - Matthias Merges
4pm - Sarah Grueneberg
5:30pm - Chris Pandel

Music Stage
12:15pm - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
1:45pm - J Roddy Walston & the Business
3:15pm - LP
4:45pm - Allen Stone
6:15pm - G. Love & Special Sauce

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with Shugga, Magicks, Moritat, Ami Saraiya and the Outcome and Gabe Lebowitz of Dastardly. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

It's the second Friday of the month, which means galleries and studios in the Chicago Arts District (aka East Pilsen, centered on Halsted & 18th streets) are open from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Free. Details here.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert featuring Mike Levowitz, Megan Gailey, Jamie Campbell, Liza Treger, Stan Morrow, Jason Folks and the NRG Ensemble. Show starts at 10pm. Free, 21+.

Rap Sessions: Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama/Tea Party Era @ Columbia College

Rap Sessions, a series of community dialogues that is currently touring the country, comes to Chicago with "Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama / Tea Party Era." The panel, which includes Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington and rapper Chuck D, will discuss "the ways the election of Obama, the emergence of the Tea Party and the shifting national political landscape has both strengthened and diminished hip-hop's effectiveness at galvanizing youth." This event is free from 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30pm) at the Conaway Center at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with the Wednesdays Jazz Series featuring Corbin Andrick and guests. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.

Seven Chances @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens Buster Keaton's Seven Chances outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

Danny's Reading Series

The Danny's Reading Series features authors Kathy Park Hong, Richard Meier and Jared Stanley. Tonight at 7:30pm at Danny's Taver, 1951 W. Dickens Ave. 21+

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

It's time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Jamie Buell, James Davisson, Michael Reno Harrell, Arlene Malinowski, Deanna Moffitt, Amanda Rountree, and Scott Whitehair . Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with an open mic hosted by Earphoria. Open mic starting at 7pm, and "Songwriters in The Round" featuring Todd Kessler and Matt Kerstin at 9:30pm. Free, 21+

Dustin Wong @ Empty Bottle

Dustin Wong headlines a free show tonight at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., with Blues Control, Bitchin' Bajas and Axis:sovA opening, starting at 9:30pm. 21+

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a special edition of the Windy City Story Slam hosted by Alex Bonner. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with DJ sets by Pat Sansone of Wilco and Mark Panick. 9pm, free, 21+.

Bike-In Movie Theater: The Last Waltz @ Hideout

The Hideout presents the latest screening in their Bike-In Movie Theater series. Tonight's film is Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, which screens at 7:30pm on the Hideout's patio. Admission is free, and you can bring your own snacks. Just don't bring your own drinks, because the Hideout has you covered. Hideout: 1354 West Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

German American Fest

Lincoln Square's German American Fest runs Sept. 7-9 at the intersection of Lincoln and Leland avenues. Enjoy German draft beer, sausage and pretzels, German music and other cultural programming. Admission is free. The festival runs from noon to 11pm tonight.

Renegade Craft Fair

The 10th annual Renegade Craft Fair fills Division Street from Damen to Paulina Saturday and today from 11am to 7pm. Browse the wares of more than 300 artisans from around the country. Free.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert by Sarah Holtschlag and The Crosscuts, Mike Fleming and the Berwyn All-Stars, and Ty Maxon. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.

German American Fest

Lincoln Square's German American Fest runs Sept. 7-9 at the intersection of Lincoln and Leland avenues. Enjoy German draft beer, sausage and pretzels, German music and other cultural programming -- including the annual Von Steuben Parade at 2pm today. Admission is free. The festival runs from noon to 11pm tonight.

Flugtag @ North Avenue Beach

The Red Bull Flugtag amateur flying machine competition returns to North Avenue Beach today. Watch more than two dozen teams attempt to fly -- but mostly fall -- off a massive platform out into Lake Michigan. Event starts at 11am, first flight is at 1pm. Free.

Renegade Craft Fair

The 10th annual Renegade Craft Fair fills Division Street from Damen to Paulina Saturday and today from 11am to 7pm. Browse the wares of more than 300 artisans from around the country. Free.

Open Streets Chicago

Open Streets Chicago empties State Street from Lake to Van Buren and Monroe Street from State to the lakefront of cars today from 10am to 3pm, and fills them with foot-friendly activities such as yoga, relay races and a mobile skate park. Free.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert featuring Grandkids, The Kickback, Audiences and West Saeed. 10pm, free, 21+

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows Opening

Thomas Masters Gallery, 245 W. North Ave., celebrates the opening of an exhibition of photographs from the book Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, with a reception tonight from 6pm to 9pm. Free.

Button-O-Matic Release Party

Busy Beaver Button Company celebrates the release of its latest Button-O-Matic series tonight from 6pm to 9pm at 3279 W. Armitage Ave. Enjoy complimentary refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery, Paper Moon Pastry and Marble; the first 30 attendees will receive a free limited-edition silkscreened poster by Delicious Design League. Free.

German American Fest

Lincoln Square's German American Fest runs Sept. 7-9 at the intersection of Lincoln and Leland avenues. Enjoy German draft beer, sausage and pretzels, German music and other cultural programming. Admission is free. The festival runs from 5 to 11pm tonight.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Come to Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark St.) for the September installment of Story Club. The theme this month is "falling", and features readings by JT Berg, Nico Lang, Caitlin Bergh, and Alexandra Tsarpalas. In addition there are 4 open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 8pm, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St. The event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating; call 773-929-3680.

Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery Walk

Check out the latest pop-up galleries downtown on the Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery Walk tonight from 5pm to 8pm. Start the tour at 108 N. State, 23 E. Madison or 77 S. Dearborn; full map here. Free.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a comedy night featuring Danny Kallas, Kenny DeForest, Adam Burke, Natalie Joe and Jason Folks. Musical guest the Microphone Misfits. Free. 21+

Cinco Dias Sin Nora @ Comfort Station

The Logan Square International Film Series screens Cinco Dias Sin Nora outside the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm tonight. Free; donations accepted.

"Studs' Place" Screening @ MBC

Tonight from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St, the Media Burn Archive, the MBC and the Studs Terkel Centenary Committee present a screening of four recently rediscovered episodes of Studs Turkel's "Studs' Place," the TV show he starred in back in 1950-51. The episodes were found in the basement of Turkel's home, and restored by the Chicago Film Archives. Journalist Rick Kogan and documentarian Tom Weinberg will lead a discussion of the show and these episodes. More details here. Free, but rsvp to info@mediaburn.org to guarantee a seat.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 9:30pm with Songwriters in the Round featuring Dick Prall, Derek Nelson, Julie Meckler and Gia Margaret, as well as an open mic hosted by Earphoria. Free, 21+.

Tuesday Funk

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. This month's show is a special World Science Fiction Convention edition, featuring readings by Rae Carson, Daryl Gregory, Rajan Khanna, Adam Rakunas and Gregory A. Wilson. Bill Shunn and Sara Ross Witt host. Free. 21+

Theater Oobleck Book Release Party @ Hideout

The Hideout hosts a book release party by local theater group Theater Oobleck. The newly published book More If You've Got It contains five Oobleck plays, and tonight's party will feature scenes from Oobleck plays, live music, and a sneak preview of the next Oobleck production. The party starts at 7pm, and admission is free. Full details at the Hideout website. Hideout: 1354 West Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.

Chicago I Love You @ Lilly's

The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 9pm with a concert by 92 Tales, Bailout Pictures and Y La Bamba. Free, 21+.

Jazz Fest

The 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival continues tonight with performances by Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee at 5pm in Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., and the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park starting at 6:30pm. The festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 2. Free. Here's today's schedule:

Jazz on Jackson Stage:
noon - The Milton Suggs Philosophy
1:10pm - Jeremy Kahn Sextet
2:20pm - Ken Vandermark's Made to Break Quartet
3:30pm - Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts

Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage:
noon - Chi Arts Jazz Combo
12:50pm - Kenwood Academy Jazz Combo
1:40pm - Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble
2:40pm - Downers Grove South Jazz Ensemble
3:40pm - Lincoln Park Jazz Ensemble

Cricket Jazz and Heritage Stage:
12:30pm - Edwin Sanchez Project
2pm - Jeff Newell's New-Trad Octet
3:30pm - Tito Carrillo

Petrillo Music Shell:
5pm - Sarah Marie Young Quartet
6pm - Pierre Dørge and New Jungle Orchestra
7:10pm - Steve Coleman and Five Elements
8:30pm - Allen Toussaint's "The Bright Mississippi" featuring and Marc Ribot and Don Byron

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete, the weekly "live newspaper," is at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave., today at 3pm. Readers include Colleen Doyle and Jason Schotts, Benno Nelson, Dana Quercioli, Chris Redd, Megan Stielstra and Chuck Sudo. Bad Bad Meow perform and Christopher Piatt hosts. Free.

Jazz Fest

The 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival continues today on four stages in Grant Park. The festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 2. Free. Here's today's schedule:

Jazz on Jackson Stage:
noon - Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan
1:10pm - Jason Stein Quartet
2:20pm - Frank D'Rone
3:30pm - Ambrose Akinmusire

Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage:
noon - Lakeview High School Jazz Combo
12:45pm - Saucedo Scholastic Academy Latin Big Band
1:30pm - Curie Metro Jazz Ensemble
2:25pm - Evanston Township High School Jazz Ensemble
3:20pm - Pritzker College Prep Ensemble
4:15pm - NIU Jazz Ensemble

Cricket Jazz and Heritage Stage:
12:30pm - Caroline Davis Quartet
2pm - Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love
3:30pm - Marlene Rosenberg Quartet

Petrillo Music Shell:
5pm - Billy Hart
6pm - Resonance Ensemble
7:10pm - Jerry Gonzalez Y El Commando De La Clave
8:30 - Dianne Reeves

Jazz Fest

The 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival continues tonight with performances by Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee at 5pm in Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., and the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park starting at 6:30pm. The festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 2. Free.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

Jazz Fest

The Chicago Jazz Festival kicks off its 34th year tonight with performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The festival runs Thursday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 2. Free. Here's today's schedule:

Chicago Cultural Center - Randolph Café:
noon - Chris Madsen Bix Quartet
1:30pm - Hyde Park Jazz Society Presents "A Tribute to Jodie Christian" featuring the Ken Chaney

Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater:
12:15pm - Damon Short Quintet
1:45pm - Japonesque with special guest Dee Alexander

Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall:
12:30 - Stu Katz / Willie Pickens Duo
2pm - Jim Gailloreto’s String Quintet

Jay Pritzker Pavilion:
6:30pm - Chicago Jazz Orchestra performs "Exquisitely for Ella," a songbook tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Buddy Guy @ Harold Washington Library

Buddy Guy discusses his autobiography When I Left Home: My Story, co-authored by David Ritz, at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., tonight at 6pm. Free. More details here.

"Get Up and Go!" Humboldt Park Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Humboldt Park. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Humboldt Park's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Free Gyros Day

Today is the fourth annual Kronos Free Gyros Day! Fill out the coupon form, find the closest participating restaurant and collect your free gyros sandwich. (Consider putting a couple bucks in the Fisher House donation box while you're there.)

Bucktown Arts Fest

The 27th annual Bucktown Arts Fest runs 11am to 7pm Saturday and today at Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2228 N. Oakley Ave. Browse the work of several dozen artists, enjoy live music and theatre performances, take a workshop and more. Admission is free; donations accepted.

Lillstreet Fall Open House

Lillstreet Arts Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., holds its fall open house today from noon to 4pm. Explore the center's classroom spaces, artists' studios, gallery and more. Workshops will be given throughout the day; see the event page for a scheduleFree.

Bucktown Arts Fest

The 27th annual Bucktown Arts Fest runs 11am to 7pm today and Sunday at Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2228 N. Oakley Ave. Browse the work of several dozen artists, enjoy live music and theatre performances, take a workshop and more. Admission is free; donations accepted.

Vocalo Presents Music & Stories Live

Vocalo.org presents Music & Stories...Live! tonight at the Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd. The show is part of Chicago Public Media's "Race Out Loud" event series, and is hosted by Luis & Shantell of the Vocalo Overdrive show with music by special guest DJ Ayana Contreras. Ytasha Womack and Sandra Jamison are featured storytellers. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Free. 21+

Frank Rosaly's Todos de Pie! @ Millennium Park

As part of 175 Days to Love Chicago, Millennium Park presents a performance by Todos de Pie, featuring drummer Frank Rosaly & vocalist Jaap Blonk. The opening act for the performance will be a group of musicians from Chicago-area high schools. The concert starts tonight at 6:30pm at Millennium Park, and admission is free.

"Get Up and Go!" Wicker Park and Bucktown Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Wicker Park and Bucktown. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Wicker Park and Bucktown's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Ratchet Series @ Skylark

Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted St., continues its Ratchet Series of improvised music. Tonight at 10pm, the Stine/Summerfield Sextet performs. No cover, 21+

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

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 Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., 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.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes Stand-up comic Kristin Clifford, Neofuturist and BoyGirlBoyGirl member Diana Slickman, Hubris Production's resident director Dennis Frymire, Bust Magazine blogger Samantha Vincenty, and Writer and storyteller Tom Wolferman. As always, co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker will bring the fiesta. The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival runs Aug. 17-19 on Morse Avenue and Glenwood Avenue, with music, theater, art and food from around Rogers Park and the city. The festival runs from noon to 9pm today. Free; donations accepted.

Morse Ave. Main Stage:
noon - Hannah Frank
1pm - Dylan Andrews Trio
2pm - The Chris Green Quartet
3pm - Jonas Friddle & The Majority
4pm - Roostersocks
5pm - Nicholas Barron Band
6pm - The Shadows of Knight
7:30pm - Urban Rhythm

Glenwood North Stage:
noon - In One Ear presents Peter Wolf and Friends
1pm - School of Rock Lakeview
2pm - Miki Croisant
3pm - Theo Ubique Presents
4pm - Kmang Kmang
5pm - The Lauren Wolf Band
6pm - Furious Frank
7:30pm - The Henhouse Prowlers

Glenwood South Stage:
noon - Tambours Sans Frontieres
2pm - Flurbyhoops
2:30pm - Lifeline Theatre kids series
3pm - Northside Dance Theatre
4pm - The Eddie Stevens 3
5pm - DJ Marc Moose Moder
7pm - Straight Ethyl

A 10pm aftershow at Morseland, 1218 W. Morse Ave., features Good Music Sunday with Shawn T.

Empty Bottle Garage Sale

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., holds a garage sale today at noon. Free, 21+ unless accompanied by a parent.

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show runs Saturday and today on the lake and in the air (of course), with the action centered on North Avenue Beach. The show runs from 10am to 3pm both days; see the schedule for specific programming. Free.

Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival runs Aug. 17-19 on Morse Avenue and Glenwood Avenue, with music, theater, art and food from around Rogers Park and the city. The festival runs from noon to 9pm today. Free; donations accepted.

Morse Ave. Main Stage:
noon - Impala Sound System
1pm - Jimmy Bennington
2pm - Soul Foundation
3pm - Room 11
4pm - Ode
5pm - Elephant Gun
6pm - Opposition Party
7:30pm - Environmental Encroachment Magic Circus Band

Glenwood North Stage:
1pm - Lou Shields
2pm - The Twin Peaks
3pm - Crusader
4pm - Black Umbrella Brigade
5pm - The Polkaholics
6pm - The Reunion
7:30pm - Sam Llanas (formerly of the Bo Deans)

Glenwood South Stage:
noon - Mandin West African Drum Ensemble
1:30pm - Peru Profundo Dance Company
2pm - SPACE
3pm - Lifeline Theatre kids series
4pm - Greg Dungan Fusion Five
5pm - The Sun Blisters
6pm - Shuteye
7pm - Ripley Caine and Full Moon
8pm - Hot Mess

A 10pm aftershow at Morseland, 1218 W. Morse Ave., features DJ Chris Underwood.

Mad Decent Block Party

Puma's Mad Decent Block Party rolls into town today, running from noon to 10pm on Fulton Street between Ashland and Justine. Admission is free, but you must RSVP on Facebook.

Chicago Westside Music Festival @ Garfield Park

The Chicago Park District presents the Chicago Westside Music Festival today at 12pm. Held at Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave., this free, all-day festival, the last of a three-part series, features performances by Chicago-area natives and singers Carl Thomas and Grammy-award nominated Syleena Johnson, local jazz band Zzaje, hip-hop tap dance sensation M.A.D.D. Rhythms, and more. Multi-platinum neo-soul and R&B singer Musiq Soulchild headlines. For more information call 312-961-2025.

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show runs today and Sunday on the lake and in the air (of course), with the action centered on North Avenue Beach. The show runs from 10am to 3pm both days; see the schedule for specific programming. Free.

Chicago SandCastle Open

Edgewater's second annual Chicago SandCastle Open begins today at 10am and runs till 3pm at Osterman Beach, 5800 N. Sheridan Rd. There are categories for adults and children, with the overall winner receiving $500. Registration to compete is $25; attendance is free.

South Shore Summer Festival @ 73rd Street

The South Shore Chamber, Inc. presents "South Shore Summer Festival," today from 10am-8pm. This free and family-friendly neighborhood festival will be held on East 73rd Street, between Stony Island and Jeffrey Blvd., and will feature live entertainment with performances by the South Shore Drill Team and music by legendary soul/R&B acts including Cuba Gooding, Sr. and The Main Ingredient, Ray, Goodman & Brown, The Delfonics, and more. Contact 773-955-9508 for more information.

Soul Summit presents Myron & E @ Double Door

Chicago's Soul Summit crew welcomes soul-singing duo Myron & E to Wicker Park's Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave) tonight for a heavy dose of Motown Sound, Northern Soul and funk. The dynamic San Francisco crooners will be backed by Nashville's Magnificent G.E.D. Soul All-Stars and the Soul Summit DJs. The show is free but you gotta be 21+ to get in.

Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival runs Aug. 17-19 on Morse Avenue and Glenwood Avenue, with music, theater, art and food from around Rogers Park and the city. Tonight's kickoff Cobblestone Jam runs from 6pm to 10pm and features Whiskey for Jesus, the Dimestore String Band and the Muddflapps. (No art or vendors exhibiting tonight.) Free.

A 10pm aftershow at Morseland, 1218 W. Morse Ave., features Room 11 & Baby Brutha. 21+

Dancing In The Park: Grupo Cumbé

Start the weekend off early with free dance lessons by Tierra Colombiana Folkloric Dance Ensemble and live music by Grupo Cumbé, performing Colombian music in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave., at 6pm. Free.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Margaret Burk, Paul Dailing, Lindsay Lavine, Debbi Welch, and Ben X. 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.

"A Tribute to Miles Davis" @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "A Tribute to Miles Davis," tonight from 5:30pm-8:30pm. This free, outdoors concert, part of the museum's "The Sounds of History" jazz concert series, will honor the legendary jazz trumpeter and will feature performances by Chicago's Corey Wilkes and The Bobby Irving Quintet. For more information, contact the museum at 773-948-0600.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Bring your ears and something to wipe the sweat off your brow for this month's installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include special guests Jen Bosworth, Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow Mary Fons, Erin Kahoa, and Paul Teodo and regulars Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Dancing In The Park: Carpacho y Su Super Combo

Get your dancing shoes on for free Salsa and Merengue dance lessons, and live music by Carpacho y Su Super Combo at Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave., at 6pm.

"Get Up and Go!" Lincoln Square Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Lincoln Square. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Lincoln Square's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Chicago Nerds Book Club @ Filter

The Chicago Nerd Social Club presents their monthly book club meeting tonight at Filter, 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tonight's book is the collected Wool omnibus by Hugh Howey. The book club meeting runs from 6:30pm to 8pm, and admission is free. Full details at the Chicago Nerds Website.

Windy City Rib Classic

The inaugural Windy City Rib Classic takes place today in the Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr. Watch 20 of Chicagoland's fiercest barbecue teams compete for supremacy in ribs, chicken and sauce categories. Learn how to do it yourself in demos led by barbecue experts, and enjoy barbecue from Rub BBQ while watching live music by the Northside Southpaws, Casa de Soul, the Black Willoughbees and Blue Road. Free to attend. The competition begins at 10am.

Poetry Reading @ Women & Children First

Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a poetry reading tonight at 7:30pm, featuring Chicago poets Daniela Olszewska, Stephanie Anderson and Melissa Severin. Free.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

It's the second Friday of the month, which means galleries and studios in the Chicago Arts District (aka East Pilsen, centered on Halsted & 18th streets) are open from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Free. Details here.

CSA Potluck @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts a CSA Potluck tonight starting at 5:30pm. Bring a dish to share, and meet representatives from nine farms -- Mike and Clare's, Mint Creek, Heritage Prairie, Peasants' Plot, Radical Roots, Harvest Moon, Breslin Farm, Three Plaid Farmers, Earth First, Nisse Farm and Vidonevich Farm -- who will be on hand with samples of locally raised meat and produce. Free, 21+.

Summerparty @ Mildblend Supply Co.

Mildblend Supply Co., 1342 N. Milwaukee Ave., the store that was the target of a "flash mob" robbery during Wicker Park Fest last month, is bouncing back with a party tonight from 7 to 9pm to celebrate the launch of an in-store pop-up shop for Nudie Jeans. The Kickback and DJ Jesse De La Pena perform. Sponsored by Tiger Beer. Free.

Visiting Artists Series @ University of Illinois-Chicago

The University of Illinois-Chicago's African-American Cultural Center (AACC) presents "Visiting Artists Series," today from 4:30pm-6:30pm. This free reception and panel discussion, held at the AACC Gallery, 830 S. Halsted St., will feature exhibits by Chicago artists including Turtel Onli, Donna Radcliffe, Damon Reed, and more. For more information, call 312-996-9549.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7:30pm. This month's featured readers are Stacy Bierlein, Jesse Jordan, Holly McDowell and Scott Smith. Sara Ross Witt hosts. Free. 21+

"Get Up and Go!" Sheffield and DePaul Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Sheffield and DePaul. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Sheffield and DePaul's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 1st Floor Garland Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Forgotten Chicago's "The Bloomingdale Line" Discussion @ Comfort Station

This evening Terence Banich of Forgotten Chicago will present a lecture and discussion entitled "The Bloomingdale Line, a study of a former link to interstate commerce." The event runs from 7pm-9pm at the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Also on view will be David Schalliol's photographs of The Bloomingdale. Free.

Broadway in Chicago @ Millennium Park

Broadway in Chicago presents a free concert in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park tonight at 6:15pm. Hosted by ABC-7's Janet Davies, the concert will feature performances by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Cyndi Lauper with members of the cast from the pre-Broadway world premiere of her new musical Kinky Boots, Joey the horse from War Horse and Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan, as well as castmembers from other current and upcoming Broadway in Chicago plays.

Curiosity Landing Party @ Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium is hosting a free after-hours party for the Mars rover Curiosity's landing tonight from 9pm till around 2am. Watch the Planetarium's "Night Sky Live!" show, listen to astronomers and educators explain Curiosity's mission and Mars exploration in general, try out the new Xbox Kinect Mars Rover Landing game, and watch NASA TV live before and after the landing at 12:31am. Park in the lot south of the museum, accessible off Lynn White Drive.

Youth Arts Showcase @ University of Chicago/Logan Center

The University of Chicago's Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., presents "Youth Arts Showcase," today from 2pm-4pm. This free showcase, designed for ages 12 and up, will feature community youth in an exchange of dance, poetry, music, visual art, and an open mic. Special appearances by Kuumba Lynx, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, University of Hip Hop and more. RSVP to logancenter@uchicago.edu; for more information, call 773-702-ARTS (2787).

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete is at the Green Mill, 4801 N. Broadway, this week, and features Steve Gadlin, Lindsay Harrington and Katie Watson, Ali Klingler, Wendy Mateao, the cast of Pimprov, Katie Rich and special guest Marc Maron, along with music by Sad Brad Smith and The Kickback. Hosted as always by Christopher Piatt. Show starts at 3pm. Free, 21+.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

It's the first Thursday in August, time for a new installment of Story Club. Tonight's lineup includes four open mic slots and readings by featured artists: Clarisse Thorn, author of Confession of a Pickup Artist Chaser; essayist Jen Bosworth; Write Club's Ian Belknap; and Adam Guerino. Open mic signup begins at 8pm, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St. The event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating; call 773-929-3680.

Sabrina Chap @ Women & Children First

Tonight at 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Sabrina Chap (with guests Kate Bornstein and Stephanie Howell) reads from and signs Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction, her anthology of essays, artwork and stories dealing with violence against women. Free.

Sabrina Chap @ Uncommon Ground

Queer neo-vaudevillian Sabrina Chap celebrates the release of her latest album, We Are the Parade, at Uncommon Ground on Devon, 1401 W. Devon Ave., tonight at 8pm. White City Rippers opens. Free.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

"Get Up and Go!" Back of the Yards Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Back of the Yards. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about the Back of the Yards's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Downtown Sound: SMOD & M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

SMOD and M.A.K.U. Soundsystem perform at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for the final show in the Downtown Sound free concert series. Details here.

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from 10am to 6pm today.

Triple Crown of Yo-Yo

The Triple Crown of Yo-Yo holds its finals in Wrigley Square corner of Millennium Park, near Randolph and Michigan, showcasing the top yo-yo masters in the country. The event runs from 10am to 4pm, with free yo-yo lessons from 11am to 2pm. Free.

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from 10am to 6pm today.

The Bloomingdale Exhibition Opening @ Comfort Station

David Schalliol is exhibiting photographs from his project about The Bloomingdale, a near northwest side former rail line that is being converted into a park and trail. The opening is from 7pm-10pm at the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. The exhibition runs from July 20-August 26.

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from noon to 8pm today.

Sundown in K-Town @ ICE Theatres

The Better Boys Foundation and Facets Multimedia screen the new documentary 50 Years@1512: A History of Better Boys Foundation ICE Theatres, 3330 W. Roosevelt Rd., tonight at 7pm as the culmination of the Sundown in K-Town Film Festival. After the film, Mary Visconti, CEO of the Better Boys Foundation, Jack Kellman is the Better Boys Foundation board president, Warren Cockerham, director of the film, and BBF YouthLAB filmmakers will participate in a Q&A. Free; donations accepted.

Newberry Book Fair

The 28th annual Newberry Book Fair runs July 26-29 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Browse more that 120,000 used books for sale, most for under $2. Admission is free. The fair runs from noon to 8pm today.

James Gaffigan @ Pritzker Pavilion

Conductor Guest conductor James Gaffigan leads percussionst Martin Grubinger and the Grant Park Orchestra in Dorman's Frozen in Time and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 tonight in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 6:30pm as part of the Grant Park Music Festival. Free. More details here.

Sundown in K-Town @ Better Boys Foundation

The Better Boys Foundation and Facets Multimedia screen Been Rich All My Life outside in the foundation's courtyard at 1512 S. Pulaski Rd. as part of the Sundown in K-Town Film Festival. M.A.D.D. Rythms tap dancers Starinah Dixon and Bril Barrett and young dancer Dejunique Hearn will do a Q&A after the films. Doors open at 7:45pm, screenings start at sundown (around 8:15pm). Free; donations accepted.

"Get Up and Go!" Logan Square Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Logan Square. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Logan Square's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

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 Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., 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.

Urbanized @ Transistor

Transistor, 3819 N. Lincoln Ave., screens Urbanized, a documentary by Gary Hustwit, for free tonight at 7:30pm.

Downtown Sound: Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux performs at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. Sidi Toure opens. Details here.

#Foodiechats @ Vienna Beef Factory

Twitter discussion group #Foodiechats celebrates National Hot Dog Day at the Vienna Beef Factory Store, 2501 N. Damen Ave., from 6pm to 8:30pm tonight. Tour the factory, enjoy free hot dogs, sausages and special chili-cheese-hot dog pizza from Rosati's, and participate in this week's #foodiechat live on Twitter. RSVP here.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival continues three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Events run from 11am-10pm today on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete this week features Marcus Gilmer, Coya Paz, James Porter, Stephanie Shaw, Dan Telfer, Baron Vaught and Mel Evans, along with host Christophr Piatt. Plus, musical guests will be Drowsy Pills and Hash and My My My. Watch it all for free at 3pm at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago Westside Music Festival @ Douglas Park

The Chicago Park District presents the Chicago Westside Music Festival today at 12pm. Held at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave., this free, all-day festival, the first of a three-part series, features music and dance performances by several local artists including the Douglas Park Dancers, jazz and soul band Sidewalk Chalk, hip-hop tap dance sensation M.A.D.D. Rhythms, the Chris Davis Jazztet and much more. For more information call 312-961-2025.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival continues three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Today events run from 11am-10pm on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Printer's Ball

The eighth annual Printer's Ball is tonight at Columbia College's Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 6pm to 11pm. Join hundreds of literature lovers in a celebration of the printed (and electronic) word. The theme this year is "Time Warp!" Pick up free publications, watch a commencement speech by Max Headroom, and check out workshops, demonstrations and performances all night. Pre-register for a free commemorative poster. Free.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival kicks off three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Events start this afternoon at 4pm and run all weekend on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Sundown in K-Town @ Better Boys Foundation

The Better Boys Foundation and Facets Multimedia screen The Chicago Maternity Center Story outside in the foundation's courtyard at 1512 S. Pulaski Rd. as part of the Sundown in K-Town Film Festival. Sharene Miller, who is featured in the film, co-director Suzanne Davenport and young filmmaker Gabrielle Ivy will do a Q&A after the films. Doors open at 7:45pm, screenings start at sundown (around 8:15pm). Free; donations accepted.

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz

The Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series kicks off in Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion with a performance of Blowin' In from Chicago by tenor saxophonists Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Ari Brown, with Harrison Bankhead on bass, Ken Chaney on piano and Ernie Adams on drums. Members of the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Jazz Links Students Ensembles open. The free show begins at 6:30pm.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Susie Allen, Drew Dorrman, Sheila Gagne, Jesse Harper, Rob Putnam, and Emily Sutherlin . 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.

"A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Williams" @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams," tonight from 5:30pm-8:30pm. This free, outdoors concert, part of the museum's "The Sounds of History" jazz series, will feature performances by vocalists Everette Greene, Frieda Lee, and Chicago's Dee Alexander, with music by Harrison Bankhead, Mike Logan and Ernie Adams. For more information, contact the museum at 773-948-0600.

Sundown in K-Town @ Better Boys Foundation

The Better Boys Foundation and Facets Multimedia screen American Revolution 2 outside in the foundation's courtyard at 1512 S. Pulaski Rd. as part of the Sundown in K-Town Film Festival. Filmmakers Mike James and Stephanie Gipson and gang activist Jose "Cha Cha" Jimenez and will do a Q&A after the films. Doors open at 7:45, screenings start at sundown (around 8:15pm). Free; donations accepted.

"Get Up and Go!" Beverly Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Beverly. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Beverly's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

Cool off at the Book Cellar for this month's installment of Essay Fiesta. In addition to co-hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker, this month's lineup includes: Overlord of Write Club Ian Belknap; Impress These Apes' Paul Luikart; Solo performer Jen Bosworth; In Our Words' Patrick Gill; and Improviser Mary Lorenz. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Downtown Sound: Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires perform at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. Abigail Washburn opens. Details here.

Lindi Ortega and Dierks Bentley @ The Taste

Head over to Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell, 235 S. Columbus Dr., at 5:30pm for a free concert from Lindi Ortega and Dierks Bentley. Read our preview in Transmission.

Bookstore Bike Crawl

Today starting at 1pm at Heritage Bicycles, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., go on a bookstore crawl by bike. The crawl will take you to Powell's North (2850 N. Lincoln Ave.), Bookworks (3444 N. Clark St.), Unabridged (3251 N. Broadway), Quimby's 1852 W. North Ave.) and Open Books 213 W. Institute Pl.), and ends at Powell's University Village, 1218 S. Halsted St., at 7pm, where where there will be a reception for a bikes and books art show featuring work by Kyle Baker, Todd Irwin, Deborah Maris-Lader, Jay Ryan, Maria Sanchez, Shawn Stuckey, Michael Una and Julia Victor. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

Like a Secondhand Sea

A gigantic cast of characters (including Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore and WBEZ's Allison Cuddy) perform a three-part Historical Reenactment that tells the story of "how human contact has altered Lake Michigan and the Chicago River." Event takes place in a few different places: 11am at Chicago and Fairbanks for a small play about Marquette and Joliet; a play about the origins of Streeterville from noon to 2pm at the park space located across the street from 435 E. Illinois Ave. Free bowler hats, tintype pictures, Streeterville Currency, and squirt guns (limited supply); and a river reversal rededication ceremony at 2pm at Centennial Fountain, East River Drive and McClurg Ct. All events are free.

Michael Franti & Spearhead and Fitz & The Tantrums @ The Taste

Head over to Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell, 235 S. Columbus Dr., at 5:30pm for a free performance by Michael Franti & Spearhead and Fitz & The Tantrums. Read our preview in Transmission.

Sundown in K-Town @ Better Boys Foundation

The Better Boys Foundation and Facets Multimedia screen three documentaries about Chicago -- And This Is Free, Jerry's Deli and Moon's -- outside in the foundation's courtyard at 1512 S. Pulaski Rd. as part of the Sundown in K-Town Film Festival. Filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Tom Palazzolo and Angelo Williams will do a Q&A after the films. Doors open at 7:45, screenings start at sundown (around 8:15pm). Free; donations accepted.

Chicago Food Truck Day

Chicago celebrates one small step for man and his stomach with the first annual Chicago Food Truck Day, an event to rally city support for the upcoming July 19th hearing. The first 19 visitors of participating food trucks will receive something free. The day ends with a celebration at Fishman's LIquors.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Bring your ears and something to wipe the sweat off your brow for this month's installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include special guests Alison Cuddy, Mike Speller, Mare Swallow, and Eric Warner, and regulars Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

"Get Up and Go!" Millennium Park Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today Tuesday, July 10th with Millennium Park. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Millennium Park's highlights and history followed by a visit to the attraction. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., at 12:15pm with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Downtown Sound: The Sadies

The Sadies perform at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. James Vincent McMorrow opens. Details here.

Beer Church @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One presents Beer Church, an afternoon of beer tasting and discussion of the science of brewing. Attendees are invited to bring beer for a "potluck beer tasting," and also any homebrewing equipment you might have and perhaps are willing to let others use. Beer Church begins today at noon. Full details at the Pumping Station: One site. Needless to say, this is a 21+ event. Pumping Station: One: 3517 North Elston.

Bowmanville Garden Walk

The neighborhood of Bowmanville holds its annual Garden Walk today from 10am to 4:30pm. Explore gardens, get advice from master gardeners and view a garden photography exhibition. Start at the welcome table at 5384 N. Bowmanville Ave. Free, $3 donation suggested.

Little Friends of Printmaking Opening @ Inkling

Inkling, 2917-1/2 N. Broadway, celebrates the opening of an exhibition of screenprints by Milwaukee's The Little Friends of Printmaking with a reception tonight from 6pm to 10pm. Refreshments will be served, and posters will be viewed and sold.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

This month's theme at Story Club is "Go." Tonight's lineup includes 4 open mic slots and 4 featured readers: Musical comedienne/improv star Sarah Shockey; Stand up comic/PhD student Suzy Krueckeberg; Moth producer Tyler James Greene; and Story Challenge contestant Mimi Nguyen who will tell a story on the audience-assigned topic of: Horse Racing. Open mic signup begins at 8, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club. This event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.

#WaterWar2012 @ Wicker Park

Gapers Block, RedEye and Do312 host #WaterWar2012, an epic water balloon fight, today at noon starting at the fountain in Wicker Park. Free; bring your own water balloons. RSVP on Do312. UPDATE: Due to objections by the Wicker Park gardening club, we're moving the fight to Churchill Park, 1825 N. Damen Ave. Still at noon!

"Get Up and Go!" The Chicago River Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with the Chicago River. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about the Chicago River's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins at 12:15pm in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

Downtown Sound: Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc perform at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. Daniel Knox opens. Details here.

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete is live this week at The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, for a special All-American Holiday Pageant. The show will feature Rob Anderson, Kim Bellware, Lisa Buscani, Colleen Doyle and Nancy Friedrich, Dan Granata, Samantha Irby, Wendy Mateo, Katie Rich and Steve Waltein -- plus puppet Chad the Bird, Patrick Rowland as President Barack Obama, and musical guests The Empty Pockets. Chad Piatt hosts. The show starts at 3pm. Free.

LISA BUSCANI
COLLEEN DOYLE AND NANCY FRIEDRICH
DAN GRANATA
SAMANTHA IRBY
WENDY MATEO
KATIE RICH AND STEVE WALTIEN

Plus CHAD THE BIRD, PATRICK ROWLAND as President Obama and special musical guests THE EMPTY POCKETS!

GB Get-Together @ Gingerman Tavern

Join Gapers Block readers and staff next door at the Gingerman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., at 6pm for a GB Get-Together and US Air Guitar pre-party! We'll enjoy drinks and conversation before heading over to the Metro at around 8:30pm for the big event. 21+

Richard Steele @ Maria's Community Bar

Today at 4:30pm at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., WBEZ's Richard Steele leads a discussion of historical racism in Bridgeport and the transformation of the neighborhood over the years, as part of the station's Race: Out Loud" series. The event is free; details here.

GB Book Club: This Bright River

Join the Gapers Block Book Club for a release party for Patrick Somerville's new book, This Bright River, tonight at 7pm at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Somerville will read from the book and take part in a Q&A with Book Club editor Claire Glass and the audience. We'll also have a couple riddles for you to solve to win a free copy of the book!

"Get Up and Go!" Rogers Park Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with Rogers Park. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Roger Park's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins at 12:15pm in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Downtown Sound: Occidental Brothers

The Occidental Brothers International Dance Band performs at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. Chico Trujilo opens. Details here.

Gogo & Josh Deep @ Danny's

Chicago DJs Gogo and Josh Deep join forces for another installment of their monthly GO, GO DEEP session featuring boogie, funk and deep disco tonight at Danny's (1951 W. Dickens Ave) from 10pm to 2am. There's no cover, but early arrival is suggested as this monthly showcase typically commands a lengthy line at the door. 21+

Chrome Chicago 1 Year Anniversary

Chrome's Chicago store, 1529 N. Milwaukee Ave., is celebrating its first anniversary with a party tonight from 7pm to 10:30pm. Enjoy complementary Goose Island beer and live music by Young Distractions and Contender. Free, 18+.

A Katherine Dunham Tribute @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents "A Katherine Dunham Tribute," today at 12:15pm. Part of the "Dancing in the Library" series, this free dance and musical event will feature Chicago choreographer Laurie Goux's SpiritWing Dance Ensemble, recording artist Max-A-Million and others, celebrating the legendary Dunham and her work as a pioneer of African-American dance and theater. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Eileen Dougharty, Jason Kelleher, Lily Mooney, Luis Perez, and Jack Ryan . 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.

Wet Hot American Summer, Dazed and Confused @ Lincoln Hall

Tonight Lincoln Hall reverts back to its 3 Penny cinema roots, as they offer a great double bill: Wet Hot American Summer at 7pm; and Dazed and Confused at 9pm. Even better, the evening is free! Details at the Lincoln Hall Website. Lincoln Hall: 2424 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 525-2501.

"Get Up and Go!" Loop Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today with the Loop. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about the Loop's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins at 12:15pm in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

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 Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., 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.

Essay Fiesta @ The Book Cellar

In honor of Chicago's 175th birthday, producers and hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker are welcoming a selection of Chicago's top literati to share stories inspired by the Windy City. The lineup includes: Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby, Collaboraction company member John Wilson, Neo-Futurist Dina Walters, Journalist and 826CHI volunteer Lindsay Eanet, and Writer Willy Nast. As always, the show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Show starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.

Downtown Sound: Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult performs at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. Judson Claiborne opens. Details here.

Artists of the Wall

Artists of the Wall, the annual festival during which Rogers Parkers paint murals on the concrete bench along the lakefront in Loyola Park Beach, is this weekend from 9am to dusk. Free to watch; more details here.

Joseph Hammer @ Lampo

LAFMS alumnus and tape-loop master Joseph Hammer returns to Lampo for the first time since 2007, debuting "Dynasty Suites III," a new work in his ongoing series. The event starts at 8 p.m. at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Place, near State and North Ave. Admission is FREE with RSVP, please arrive by 7:45 to claim your ticket as there will be a waitlist. More information and sound samples at Transmission.

Patrick Somerville reading @ Open Books

Award-winning Chicago author Patrick Somerville (author of Trouble, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, The Cradle and This Bright River) will read from his work at Open Books (213 West Institute Place.) Also reading will be Northwestern MA/MFA fiction writers Victoria Bandt Rau, Emily Ayshford, and Schuyler Dickson, who recently were awarded their Master of Fine Arts degree there. The event begins with a free reception at 5 p.m. For more information visit Open Books.

Artists of the Wall

Artists of the Wall, the annual festival during which Rogers Parkers paint murals on the concrete bench along the lakefront in Loyola Park Beach, is this weekend from 9am to dusk. Free to watch; more details here.

100 Days of Chicago Opening @ Chicago Photography Center

The winners of The Local Tourist's 100 Days of Chicago photo contest will be on display at a reception tonight at the 3301 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight from 7pm to 9pm. Free, but RSVP requested.

Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever Book Signing @ After-Words

Frank Sennett will read from and sign his book Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever at After-Words, 32 E. Illinois St., tonight at 7pm.

This Much Is True @ Hopleaf

Another great lineup at This Much Is True, come to the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) to hear stories by Chris Bower, Stephanie Douglass, Robin Gelfenbien, Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt, Jonas Simon, and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure @ Millennium Park

As part of Bike to Work Week, Bike Chicago is presenting a free screening of the classic bike movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure tonight at Millennium Park. The event is free, and the screening begins at dusk.

The Guerrilla Truck Show

The Guerrilla Furniture and Art Truck Show, organized by Morlen Sinoway Atelier, takes over Fulton Market between Morgan and Racine from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, with trucks and stores displaying work by independent designers and artists. There's a full map on Facebook. Free.

"Get Up and Go!" New East Side Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series continues today Tuesday, June 12th with the New East Side. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about the New East Side's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room (78 East Washington Street) with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Downtown Sound: The Eternals

The Eternals and Wild Belle perform at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. Details here.

Many Places, Zapruder Point @ Whistler

Many Places and Zapruder Point play at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 10pm. No cover, 21+

Bike-In Movie Theater: Talking Heads: Chronology

Classic concert film Talking Heads: Chronology screens tonight at 8:30pm outdoors at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, as part of its Bike-In Movie Theater programmed by The Logan Square International Film Series. Free. 21+

Blues Fest

The Chicago Blues Festival runs Jun 8-10 in Grant Park, showcasing dozens of bands on five stages. Today's lineup includes Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Patrice Moncel, Lurrie Bell, Moonlighters, a tribute to Koko Taylor and other women in the blues, and Mavis Staples; see the full schedule here. The music starts at 11am and runs till 9pm. Free.

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago pushes off tonight at 6pm from a location that won't be disclosed online -- you'll have to join the email list to find out details. Keep an eye on the Facebook group, too.

Experimental Garage Sale

The electronics designers at GetLoFi.com present their 5th annual Experimental Garage Sale today from noon to 6pm at Experimental Sound Studio (5925 N. Ravenswood). A group of about 10 vendors will be selling experimental electronic sound equipment, effects pedals, spare parts, microphones, DIY electronic kits, and much more. More information on the event is available at the GetLoFi Website. The event is free and open to the public.

Blues Fest

The Chicago Blues Festival runs Jun 8-10 in Grant Park, showcasing dozens of bands on five stages. Today's lineup includes Billy Branch, Terry "Big T" Williams, Harry Garner Band, a tribute to Muddy Waters' disciples, and Floyd Taylor; see the full schedule here. The music starts at 11am and runs till 9:30pm. Free.

Blues Fest

The Chicago Blues Festival runs Jun 8-10 in Grant Park, showcasing dozens of bands on five stages. Today's lineup includes the Chicago Kingsnakes, Eddie Campbell, Big James & the Chicago Playboys and a centennial tribute to Lightnin' Hopkins; see the full schedule here. The music starts at 11am and runs till 9:30pm. Free.

Story Club @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

Great lineup at Story Club - this month's theme is "Rites of Passage." Tonight's lineup includes 4 open mic slots and 4 featured readers: Essayist Julie Danis, Funny Ha-Ha producer and WBEZ blogger Claire Zulkey, Humor Me podcast producer Nellie Huggins, and Story Challenge contestant Maggie Goodman. She'll tell a story on the audience-assigned topic of: Hedonism. Open mic signup begins at 8, show begins at 8:15 at Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark). For more information visit Uncommon Ground or Story Club. This event is free, and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.

Tuesday Funk @ Hopleaf

The Tuesday Funk reading series returns to the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., tonight at 7pm. Recent LA Times Book Award winner Alex Shakar, Samantha Irby, Kristin Lueke, Jennifer Schaefer and Dion Walton read. Free, 21+.

"Get Up and Go!" Auburn Gresham Tour @ Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago's "Get Up and Go!" neighborhood conversation and tour series kicks off today Tuesday, June 5th with Auburn Gresham. Hosted by Mark Bazer, host of The Hideout's acclaimed Interview Show, the tour begins with a discussion about Auburn Gresham's highlights and history followed by a visit to the borough. The tour is free and begins in the Chicago Cultural Center's 5th Floor Millennium Park Room (78 East Washington Street) with the Q&A session lasting approximately 40 minutes. The tour will last approximately one hour and will depart from and return to the Chicago Cultural Center via public transportation. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online here.

Downtown Sound: Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman performs at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Downtown Sound free concert series. The Deep Blue Organ Trio opens. Details here.

Lincoln Square Mayfest

Mayfest runs May 31 to June 3 in Lincoln Square, clogging the intersection of Leland/Lincoln and Western with people drinking beer, eating sausages and pretzels and generally having a good time. The festival starts at noon today and shuts down at 10pm, with music by Perlen, Paloma, and Dr. Zylo, as well as German and American cultural programming. The Jesse White Tumblers will perform at 3pm. Admission is free.

57th Street Art Fair

The 64th annual 57th Street Art Fair runs Saturday and today, June 2-3, in Hyde Park. More than 250 artist booths run along 57th Street between Woodlawn and Kenwood, and on Kimbark Avenue from 56th to 57th. The fair is open from 10am to 5pm today. Admission is free.

A Gallery Talk with Virgil C. Johnson @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents award-winning costume designer Virgil C. Johnson, renowned for his spectacular drawings of the costumes from the Goodman Theatre's 1994 production of Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music. Held from 2pm to 3pm, this free event and tour are in conjunction with the library's exhibit, A Little Night Music: Costume Designs by Virgil C. Johnson, on display through August 12. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

Lincoln Square Mayfest

Mayfest runs May 31 to June 3 in Lincoln Square, clogging the intersection of Leland/Lincoln and Western with people drinking beer, eating sausages and pretzels and generally having a good time. The festival starts at noon today and runs till 11pm, with music by Phenix, Paloma, Alte Kamaraden, Dr. Zylo and the Captain Blood Orchestra. Admission is free.

57th Street Art Fair

The 64th annual 57th Street Art Fair runs today and Sunday, June 2-3, in Hyde Park. More than 250 artist booths run along 57th Street between Woodlawn and Kenwood, and on Kimbark Avenue from 56th to 57th. The fair is open from 11am to 6pm today. Admission is free.

Premiere VII Film Festival

DePaul's School of Cinema and Interactive Media presents the Premiere VII Film Festival, an evening of the best short films produced by students during the 2011-12 school year, at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Doors open at 7pm, the screening starts at 7:30pm. Free.

Lincoln Square Mayfest

Mayfest runs May 31 to June 3 in Lincoln Square, clogging the intersection of Leland/Lincoln and Western with people drinking beer, eating sausages and pretzels and generally having a good time. The festival starts at 5pm tonight and runs till 11pm, with music by Phenix (not Phoenix) and the Polkaholics. Admission is free.

Lincoln Square Mayfest

Mayfest kicks off tonight from 5:30 to 9pm in Lincoln Square, at Leland/Lincoln and Western, and runs through June 3. Drink beer, eat sausages and pretzels and have a good time. Tonight's entertainment includes the Old Town School Alumni Band and the Captain Blood Orchestra. Admission is free.

Downtown Sound: Kelly Hogan

Kelly Hogan performs for free in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park tonight at 6:30pm. It's the first show in this summer's Downtown Sound concert series. Scott Lucas and the Married Men open.

Honest | Fair @ Stage 773

Shattered Globe's Protégé Ensemble will perform Honest | Fair, an original play inspired by the "nunnery scene" in Shakespeare's Hamlet, for free at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. tonight at 7:30pm. Reserve your seat ahead of time.

Maria McCullogh & Yahvi Pichardo @ Schubas

Instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music, Maria McCulloch & Yahvi Pichardo, play a program of free music today at noon at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport.

Mole de Mayo

The fourth annual Mole de Mayo mole festival and cook-off runs Saturday and today, May 26-27, from 11am to 9pm on Peoria Street between 16th and 18th. Sample many, many moles from local restaurants, browse vendor booths, watch lucha libre wrestling and enjoy a wide variety of Latin-American musical acts, plus DJ sets by DJ Rebel X, Sonorama and DJ Resistol 5000. Suggested donation $1-5.

2pm - Sol Azul
3pm - Caupolican
4pm - Luciano Antonio Trio
6pm - Son del Viento
7pm - Buya
8pm - Cumbia Machin

Guinness Ukulele Lesson Attempt @ Welles Park

As part of the ongoing Festival of Aloha at the Old Town School of Folk Music, the organizers invite anyone and everyone who can play an 'ukulele to stop by the bandshell at Welles Park (near Western and Montrose) this afternoon to participate in an attempt to beat the Guinness record for largest 'ukulele lesson. The record is 1,378 people, so if you can help out you're definitely invited to attend! The lesson kicks off at 2:30pm sharp, so make sure you're at the park well before that time. Admission is free, so bring your uke and be a part of history!

Blues Fest Preview Concert @ Sulzer Library

Barrelhouse Chuck and Katherine Davis perform a free Chicago Blues Festival preview concert at the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., today from 12:15pm to 1:15pm.

THE MALL Launch Event @ ZaZaZoo Nail Salon

Matt Kasin (The Gaudy God) and Alysse Dalessandro (Ready-to-Stare) officially launch THE MALL, an Etsy-based concept store comprised of vintage and handmade jewelry inspired by cult '90s teen films such as Clueless and Spice World. Tonight's launch party includes complimentary nail services, drinks, and baked goods from Delectables. The full collection will be available for purchase and guests may RSVP here. ZaZaZoo Nail Salon is located at 1842 N. Damen Ave. and the party starts at 7pm. An after party at Local Option, 1102 W. Webster St., starts at 10pm.

Baderbrau Release @ Binny's

Baderbrau Pilsner, Chicago's first craft beer, officially announces its relaunch with a press conference and tasting party at Binny's South Loop, 1132 S. Jefferson St., tonight. The press conference begins at 5pm, and the tasting will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Free, 21+.

Blade Runner @ Logan Square

The Logan Square International Film Series continues its spring season with an outdoor presentation of Blade Runner at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. Free, but donations accepted.

Do Not Submit: A Storytelling Open Mic @ Trace

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 Trace, 3714 N. Clark St., 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.

Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and the Mellon Residential Fellowship Program for Arts Practice and Scholarship present the Comics Philosophy & Practice Conference at The University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., May 18-20. Day three features panels with Ben Katchor, Ivan Brunetti, Lynda Barry, Gary Panter and Robert Crumb. More info including a complete schedule can be found here. Registration is free.

Lottie's Pub 78th Anniversary

Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland Ave., celebrates 78 years in business with an all-day and all-night party today, starting at 11am. Enjoy specials including 78-cent draft beers, $4 Jameson and $7.80 homemade 14-inch pizzas. There will be live music all day, and karaoke beginning at 8pm. No cover. 21+

Chicago Kids & Kites Festival

The 14th annual Chicago Kids & Kites Festival is today from 10am to 4pm on Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, near Montrose Avenue. NATO has donated 5,000 children's kite kits, and there will be kids' activities such as facepainting and balloon artists on hand. Free.

8 x 8 @ The Coop

In the spirit of artistic collaboration, The Coop and Gapers Block teamed up to produce 8x8, an experiment in writing and design. Eight Chicagoland designers (Jesse Hora, Andy Luce, Chad Kouri, Ina Weise, Letterform, Ryan Sievert, Paul Octavious and Kyle Fletcher) were paired with eight local writers (Patrick Somerville, Claire Zulkey, Ramsin Canon, Kevin Guilfoile, William Shunn, Veronica Bond, Wendy McClure and Scott Smith) to create collaborative works, with text informing and influencing art and vice versa. The results of this experiment are presented in limited edition poster form, with writing and design back to back. The posters make their debut at a reception tonight at The Coop, 230 W. Superior St., 2nd floor, from 6pm to 10pm. Limited edition sets of the posters will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting Open Books.

Alphaville @ Logan Square

The Logan Square International Film Series continues its spring season with an outdoor presentation of Godard's Alphaville at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. Free, but donations accepted.

Story Lab @ Black Rock

Story Lab stands apart from other series in the city in its accessibility and unmitigated audience support for the performers. Join storytellers and story lovers at the Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave., where each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers share their freshest pieces. This month's readers include: Laura Hawbaker, Cyrus Irani, Emily Johnson, Erin Kahoa, Monte LaMonte, and Sondra Morin. 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.

100 Years of Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel — author, historian, radio host and listener extraordinaire — may be gone, but his legacy of the importance of listening and the power of the human voice has inspired one heck of a party. Today, the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., will host a birthday party to celebrate "one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters." 5:30pm reception; 6pm program. Free.

Ride of Silence

The Ride of Silence honors cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding their bikes. The ride departs from the eternal flame in Daley Plaza at 7pm (begin congregating there at 6pm) and goes past many of the ghosts bikes around the city. Free; more details here.

Jim Abbott Book Reading @ Haymarket Pub

Former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott reads from and signs his autobiography, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, at Haymarket Pub, 737 W. Randolph St., tonight at 7pm. Free.

Killer Moon CD release @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., hosts Killer Moon tonight, celebrating the release of their new self-titled CD. Opening band: Creepy Band. Show starts at 9:30pm; admission is free.

Bag It @ Green Exchange

GreenChoice Bank and The Plastic Bag Solution present a screening of Bag It, a documentary about the proliferation of plastic in our lives, at the Green Exchange Building, 2545 W. Diversey Ave., tonight at 7pm. Free, but registration requested.

The T.A.M.I. Show @ Hideout

The Hideout presents a special "bike-in" screening of the 1964 film The T.A.M.I. Show, featuring performances by James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Jan and Dean, and many more. The film will be screened at 8pm on the Hideout's patio, and admission will be free. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia Avenue. (773) 227-4433.

Chicago Labor History Bike Tour

The Chicago labor history bike tour today will visit important labor history sites in Chicago, including the Cherry Mine Disaster memorial, the Republic Factory, Haymarket Square and the Hull House, ending at the
Haymarket Monument in Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park. Meet up before noon at the Knockbox Cafe, 1001 N. California Ave; the ride will start at noon from the corner of California and Division. The tour should end by 4pm. Free and intended for all levels of riders.

The People's Summit

The People's Summit is a two-day forum for "community groups, labor unions, anti-racist organizers, Occupy activists, environmentalists, faith leaders, immigrant rights activists and anyone else committed to social justice," taking place at Occupy Chicago Headquarters, 500 W. Cermak Rd., from 9am to 9pm May 12-13. Attendance is free, but donations are encouraged. Full schedule here.

Blues Fest Pre-Season Concert @ Woodson Regional Library

The Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, presents a "Blues Fest Pre-Season Concert," today from 12:15pm-1:15pm. Held in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, this free concert, featuring the sounds of Chicago's own Kenny 'Big Eyes' Smith, Lil' Frank, and Mud Morganfield, serves as a prelude to the Chicago Blues Festival, which will be held June 8-10 in Grant Park. For more information, visit Chicago Blues Festival or call 312-747-6900.

John Wiese @ Graham Foundation (Lampo)

LA-based noise musician John Wiese performs a 4-channel stereo composition as part of Lampo's Spring series. The event starts tonight at 8 p.m. at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House (4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago). Admission is FREE, though you will need to RSVP here. More information at Transmission.

The People's Summit

The People's Summit is a two-day forum for "community groups, labor unions, anti-racist organizers, Occupy activists, environmentalists, faith leaders, immigrant rights activists and anyone else committed to social justice," taking place at Occupy Chicago Headquarters, 500 W. Cermak Rd., from 9am to 9pm May 12-13. Attendance is free, but donations are encouraged. Full schedule here.

Lincoln Fair: A Monthly Burlesque Expo @ Lincoln Tap

What's better than one free burlesque show on a Friday night? How about two free burlesque shows? Vaudezilla takes over The Lincoln Tap (3010 N Lincoln Avenue) tonight, Friday May 11th to perform two free shows at 9pm and 11pm. Hosted by Booty Garland, several starlets will be shimmying and shaking for your enjoyment including Jeez Loueez, Trixie Sparx, Po' Chop, and Anita Lilmore. For more information and to see the full line up of burlesque broads, visit Vaudezilla's website.

Manual Labor Opening @ Post Family

The Post Family opens Manual Labor, a group show of art inspired by skilled trades, tonight from 7pm to 10pm, at The Post Family's gallery, The Family Room, 1821 W. Hubbard St., # 202. Check out work by sign painter Jeff Canham, the furniture making of Strand, the re-manufactured wood type of printmaker Don Kilpatrick, small batch brewing by Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, axes by Best Made Co. and more. Free.

Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays

It's the second Friday of the month, which means galleries and studios in the Chicago Arts District (aka East Pilsen, centered on Halsted & 18th streets) are open from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Free. Details here.

gdgt Live

Tech blog gdgt brings gdgt live back to Chicago tonight from 7pm to 10pm at the Tribune Building, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Check out the latest gadgets, apps and gear from Nokia, Speck cases, Cobra, Logitech, SugarSync, Abt Electronics, Gogo, iolo, Kngston, MentoMob, Netgear, Phiaton, Shure, T-Mobile, Western Digital and more. Free, but registration required.

Orphée @ Logan Square

The Logan Square International Film Series kicks off its spring season with an outdoor presentation of Jean Cocteau's Orphée at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. Free, but donations accepted.

Jac Jemc My Only Wife Reading

Jac Jemc will read from her first novel, My Only Wife. The book was released in early April on Dzanc books. Join her to hear from what writer Blake Butler calls, "a novel concerned with timeless dedication, love, and respect." Stick around after the reading to snag a copy (and get her to sign it). The reading is set for 7:30pm at Women & Children First, 5233 N Clark.