The Chicago Humanities Festival continues, exploring the theme "Animal" and grappling with the question of what makes us human. Tonight Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) discusses his new book, When Did You See Her Last?, at 6 PM at Francis W. Parker School (2233 N. Clark, $20). The festival runs through November 10; get a rundown and the full schedule at chicagohumanities.org.
It's time to head down to SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design), the Navy Pier art fair where you may be able to justify purchasing something expensive because all the stuff's useful. Not that you'd actually eat cereal from that $1,000 bowl, but you could in theory.
Dream Theatre Company's Anna, in the Darkness is set deep down in a dark basement, where special education teacher Anna takes refuge as throngs of Bible beaters congregate outside, plotting to kill her under the impression that she worships Satan. "As Anna, Megan Merrill contributes an absorbing and destabilizing sense of ambiguity," writes Zac Thompson. "It's never entirely clear whether she's telling us the truth or having a massive paranoid delusion."
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.