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Did you know there are professors of house music now? At "Out at CHM: The House That Chicago Built," a couple of them will discuss the roles of Chicago and its LGBTQ community in the development of house music. DJs Alan King (Chosen Few) and Derrick Carter, and Robert Williams, founder of the Warehouse nightclub, will be on hand.
You may have missed your chance to come up with a drink good enough to be served at the Whistler, but luckily you can still taste the best of what your fellow nonbartenders concocted. One of Logan Square's favorite craft cocktail joints is hosting a Friends and Family Cocktail Challenge, which features a menu of drinks that were submitted by, well, friends, family, and bar regulars. And 25 percent of the proceeds are being donated to local charities, so you can feel good about drinking excessively.
Poet Rodney Gomez, winner of this year's Drinking Gourd poetry prize, will read from his winning work, Mouth Filled With Night. You'll also hear reading by Ed Roberson with live music from Raúl Fernández and Jarochicanos Xicago.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.