Notable Chicago: 6/2–6/8


Friday 6/2: Women & Children First presents a reading by Elise Paschen (The Nightlife). The reading will be held at the Swedish American Museum. 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 6/4: As always, the Uptown Poetry Slam is going down at The Green Mill. Open mic starts at 7 p.m. followed by the slam itself. $7, 21+.

Monday 6/5: Join The Poetry Foundation for the premiere of We Real Cool, Manual Cinema’s video honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, who was born one hundred years ago on June 7. National Museum of Mexican Art, 6:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/6: Join Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of Wendy Pearlman’s We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/7: The University of Chicago Writer’s Studio heads to City Lit Books for its spring Open House/Open Mic with a mini-lecture, faculty performance, and open mic. Featured performers include Hannah Gamble and Stephanie Wilson Medlock, followed by the open mic portion of the evening. 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 6/8: Head back to City Lit Books for an evening of poetry featuring Cynthia Manick, Kristy Bowen, Aricka Foreman, and José Olivarez. 6:30 p.m., free.

Women & Children First presents Samantha Irby for the launch celebration of one of the most anticipated books of the year, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays. Wilson Abbey, 7 p.m., $20 (includes book). Buy tickets here.


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Charles Kruger is a Bay area arts practitioner known as "The Storming Bohemian." He tries to do as much as he can. More from this author →