Once you've gone to the trouble of writing and publishing a book, wouldn't it be great to go work in a bookstore for a few hours to make sure people buy it? Christine Sneed, author of the critically-acclaimed novel Little Known Facts, will be doing just that at City Lit Books today. Bryan Gruley, who wrote the mystery Starvation Lake, will be on the job Monday.
A comedy variety show hosted Flabby Hoffman.
Francis O'Neill, who served as Chicago's chief of police from 1901 to 1905, was a bit obsessed with the music of his native Ireland. He once disappeared, prompting assassination rumors and a police manhunt, only to turn up at the house of a friend—where he was busy playing duets. But in the latest version of Adam Whiteman's musical tribute, which Stefan Brun returns to direct, this fascinating character gets a lackluster dramatization. Though Tom Cassidy portrays O'Neill with genial confidence, the stilted script bends more toward hagiography than genuine storytelling. The show's stellar music—selected from O'Neill's own published collections of traditional Irish tunes, and played by a talented trio—remains the true star of this quirky jaunt. —Keith Griffith $25
A vintage clothing and craft fair. Items for sale include furniture, jewelry, records, and all sorts of antique goodness.
Local comedians and monologists share personal stories of inadvertent defecation. Michael Sanchez and Monte LeMonte host. $5