Notable Chicago 12/8–12/14


Sunday 12/8: The Uptown Poetry Slam keeps up its weekly schedule. Stop in early for the open mic, and then stay late for the slam itself. 7 p.m., $6, The Green Mill.

Monday 12/9:  It’s a busy week for The Moth. They kick off this week with the usual StorySLAM at Haymarket, with stories on the theme of  “Regrets”. 10 randomly selected attendees will share their five minute true stories on stage without notes. 8 p.m., $8, Haymarket Pub & Brewery.

Tuesday 12/10: Join author Quentin Young as he discusses social justice within the context of his book, Everybody In, Nobody Out: Rebel Without a Pause.  6 p.m., free, Seminary Co-op Bookstore.

Wednesday 12/11: The Moth is pitting ten of their winning storytellers against one another in a battle royale for the title of Grand SLAM champion. The night’s theme is “Old Enough to Know Better”. 8 p.m., $17 (buy tickets at the venue’s box office, or pay an extra $9 in fees), Park West.

Thursday 12/12: Author Kelly Luce discusses her book Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail. Stop by to discuss and grab an autograph! 6:30 p.m., free, City Lit.

Friday 12/13: Chicago publisher Curbside Splendor presents readings from three of The Rumpus’s favorites. Stop by and catch Ben Tanzer, Megan Stielstra, and Samantha Irby reading some of their favorite essays. 6:30 p.m., free, City Lit.

Pie baker, soup maker. Petter of cats, wrestler of dogs. Road trip queen. Pedaler of bicycles. Visiter of grandmothers. Harbinger of cheer. Devourer of books. Ellen Lekostaj aspires to get her motorcycle license, teach her old dog new trick #38, and tell you a story about that one time where everything fell to pieces and all she could do was laugh. More from this author →