Reader's Agenda Mon 6/23: Paella Cook-Off, Porn and Chicken Player Hater’s Ball, and Swans | Bleader

Reader's Agenda Mon 6/23: Paella Cook-Off, Porn and Chicken Player Hater’s Ball, and Swans

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Paella Cook-Off
  • Anthony Tahlier
  • Paella Cook-Off

Looking for something to do today? Agenda's got you covered.

Hungry? Chicago Gourmet magazine and chef Jose Garces team up for the first annual Paella Cook-Off at Mercat a la Planxa. Refine your paella palette while contestant chefs Zoe Schor (Ada St.), Brian Jupiter (Frontier), and Kevin Hickey (Bottlefork) duke it out for MVP and "People's Paella" honors.

The ever-lewd, ever-crude Porn and Chicken hosts its first annual Player Hater's Ball tonight, promising sick beats and free chicken worth every throb and ache of your Tuesday morning hangover. Guest DJs include Styles & Complete and Papercha$er, with resident DJs like Phives and the Sleepers also making appearances.

No band is perhaps more suited to the shadowy interiors of Lincoln Hall than Swans. Tonight is their second Chicago performance in two days, and if the nearly sold-out tickets are any indication, their U.S. tour in support of the new album To Be Kind is off to a rolling start. "It's hard to imagine a more intense live experience—if you think one could possibly exist, you'll have to work hard to prove it to me," writes Reader contributor Monica Kendrick.

For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.

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