Notable Chicago: 7/4–7/10


Friday 7/4: Happy 4th of July!

Saturday 7/5: The Paper Machete is a live weekly magazine where comedians, journalists, and other performers deliver commentary on current events and American culture. This week features Ryan Duke, Dina Facklis, Jo Feldman, Thom Gaughan & Andrew Knox, Drew Michael, Lily Sullivan, and Sean White. It’s hosted by Christopher Piatt. The Green Mill, 3 p.m.

Head over to Pilsen for “The New Humanities Panel Discussion,” a panel discussion on the implications of technology for the humanities in colleges and universities presented by Chicago-based magazine The Point. Speakers include Robert Pippin, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Lisa Ruddick. High Concept Labratories at Mana Contemporary, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 7/6: The Uptown Poetry Slam is America’s original, and it’s been around for 30 years. Bring in your food from the outside and buy your drinks there. If you sign up for the slam, don’t try and read from a Moleskine or, worse, your cellphone. Come ready to look the audience in the eye, or just sit and watch. Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith. The Green Mill, 7 p.m.

Here, Chicago combines true storytelling with a potluck dinner. Featured performers include Nmandi Ngwe, Christie Grace, a folk duo, and a clown. Five slots are available for open mic. Show up with a dish to share and you’ll get in free. Stage 773, 7:30 p.m.

Monday 7/7: Litmash is an intense slam competition. This month features Joe Hernandez-Kolski, K-Love, Phenom, Frankiem Mitchell, Teagan Walsh-Davis, and Janna Sobel. Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 7/8: People around town keep talking about Stuart Dybek as a Chicago voice, but he’s really one of the best short story writers in the country. He’s at City Lit Books, fresh off the release of two short story collections, to discuss his work. 6:30 p.m.

This Much is True is about welcoming, intimate, empathetic storytelling. Scott Whitehair and Stephanie Douglass host an evening of stories by Khanisha Foster, Art Johnston, Achy Obejas, and Karen O’Donnell. Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N Lincoln, 6:45 p.m.

Seven Deadly Sins is a storytelling series where performers take one of The Seven Deadly Sins and turn it into a performance piece. Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Thursday 7/10: Story Club returns to the Holiday Club with stories on the theme “Ask.” Featured performers include Rob Ruiz, Tori Telfer, and Ray Teresi. Open mic follows. Hosted by Dana Norris. 7:30 p.m.

Frank Tempone writes and teaches on the north side of Chicago. He tweets @tempone and rants at More from this author →