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Chicago Humanities Festival 

When: Oct. 25-Nov. 9 2014
The Chicago Humanities Festival has made it to the quarter-century mark. Like many 25-year-olds, it's feeling reflective, looking back on where it's been. It also wants to see the world. Hence this year's theme: Journeys. Several events are sold out—like Roxane Gay and Cheryl Strayed—but there are still plenty of adventures to be had. On October 25 at 3 PM, Chaz Ebert and Steve James discuss Life Itself, James's documentary about Roger Ebert. Darlene Love talks about her life and career (and may sing, too) on October 30 at 8 PM. Writers Daniel Woodrell (The Maid's Version) and Jesmyn Ward (Men We Reaped) discuss their work on November 1 at 1:30 and 3:30 PM, respectively. Also on November 1, at 7:30 PM, Co-Prosperity Sphere hosts a 100th birthday party for William S. Burroughs. On November 2 at 4 PM, University of Michigan prof Philip Deloria presents the artwork of Mary Sully, "the next Vivian Maier." Food writer Anya von Bremzen explores Soviet cooking on November 2 at noon, while chef Marcus Samuelsson explores his own kitchen on November 8 at 6 PM. Stephin Merritt reads poetry about his passion for Scrabble on November 7 at 6 PM. Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin explains the financial crisis on November 8 at noon, while high-wire walker Philippe Petit discusses creativity at 2 PM and Anne Rice vampires at 4 PM. At 4:30 PM, UIC prof Johari Jabir tours protest music from the civil rights era, and on November 9 at 6 PM, Daniel Jones tours the human heart in his capacity as editor of the New York Times's Modern Love column. But the ultimate journey may be on November 1 at 1:30 PM, through the manifold worlds of Doctor Who. The program is called, naturally, "Chicks Dig Time Lords." —Aimee Levitt

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