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Friday, November 11, 2016

Chicago Book Expo, Pop-Up Magazine, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

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click to enlarge The Chicago Book Expo features a full day of books from local presses, programs, readings, workshops, panels, and more. - SEDONA BARNEY
  • Sedona Barney
  • The Chicago Book Expo features a full day of books from local presses, programs, readings, workshops, panels, and more.

Despite everything, the sun still rises, and as always, there is plenty to do this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

Through 11/13: The musical created from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home, heads into its closing weekend at the Ford Center for Performing Arts (24 W. Randolph). Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 2 and 7:30 PM
click to enlarge Fun Home ends its Chicago run this weekend. - JOAN MARCUS
  • JOAN MARCUS
  • Fun Home ends its Chicago run this weekend.

Fri 11/11:
National Museum of Mexican Art's (1852 W. 19th) youth initiative Yollocalli presents Chill Set, a night for teens to explore the museum's permanent collection and Day of the Dead exhibit while dancing to DJ Chris Banks and eating pizza, tamales, and Eli's Cheesecake Company's cheesecakes. Activities include DIY video games, fortune telling, a photobooth, and a Snapchat scavenger hunt. 6-10 PM

Fri 11/11: Grammy award-winning duo Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov perform three of Beethoven's violin and piano sonatas in their Chicago debut at Mandel Hall (1131 E. 57th). 7:30 PM
click to enlarge Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov make their Chicago debut on Fri 11/11. - FELIX BROEDE
  • Felix Broede
  • Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov make their Chicago debut on Fri 11/11.

Sat 11/12:
The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) hosts the Handmade Market Chicago, where with mimosas in one hand and herbed biscuits from Bite Café in the other, shoppers can browse locally-made jewelry, clothing, crafts. Noon-4 PM

Sat 11/12:
Economist at Northwestern University Robert J. Gordon says we can't make America great again. As part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, he visits Venue Six10 (610 S. Michigan) to discuss his book The Rise and Fall of American Growth. 2 PM

Sat 11/12: The California Sunday Magazine comes to the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph) to bring their publication to life in their Pop-Up Magazine show. Artists create a live magazine featuring true stories, films, photography, and radio from writers, performers, and musicians including Alex Kotlowitz, Jessica Hopper, Britt Julious, and Gwen Macsai. 7:30 PM

Sat 11/12: Nerd Alert with Jonathan Giles at the Revival (1160 E. 55th) pits comedians and educators against each other in a competition of "wit versus wisdom." 9:30 PM
click to enlarge Jonathan Giles pits comedians against educators at the Revival (1160 E. 55th). - COURTESY BRAND ONE AGENCY
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  • Jonathan Giles pits comedians against educators at the Revival (1160 E. 55th).

Sun 11/13: The fifth annual Chicago Book Expo at Columbia College Chicago (1104 S. Wabash) features panels with Angela Jackson, Bill Ayers, and Marnie Galloway, as well as books from local presses, programs, readings, workshops, and an all-day "So You Want to Be an Author" seminar hosted by Myth-Ink. Noon-5 PM

Sun 11/13: Comedy collective Actual Murderers mix live and pretaped elements for an "absurdist exploration into our darker natures" at Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont) tonight. 8:30 PM

For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.

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