In case you weren't aware, today is Curious George Day, because of course it is. Fans of the classic children's series are encouraged to stop by Open Books in River North to celebrate.
This year's edition of Haymarket Pub & Brewery's Drinking and Writing Festival is dedicated to the Beats. Planned activities include readings of notable works by Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, a panel discussion featuring various literary experts, and a keynote address by Northwestern University senior lecturer Bill Savage.
Indie-pop outfit the XX stop by the Congress Theater in support of their latest LP, Coexist. John Talbot and 2:54 open.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.