Abra Berens's Homegrown Cookbook dinner, the Reader's Book Swap, and more things to do in Chicago this week

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Abra Berens hosts a dinner celebrating the release of The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook on Thu 4/14. - NICK MURWAY
  • Nick Murway
  • Abra Berens hosts a dinner celebrating the release of The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook on Thu 4/14.

Time to plan the week. Here's some of what we recommend:

Mon 4/11: Peep Show at Links Hall (3111 N. Western) gives audiences an inside look at the creative process behind choreographing. Each performance features two choreographers who are given 45 minutes to create pieces that include audience suggestions and custom music. This edition features work by ABC Project. 7 PM

A new set of phony stamps by Michael Hernandez de Luna on display through 5/14. - COURTESY THE ARTIST/CARL HAMMER GALLERY
  • Courtesy the Artist/Carl Hammer Gallery
  • A new set of phony stamps by Michael Hernandez de Luna on display through 5/14.

Through 5/14:
Michael Hernandez de Luna has been designing phony stamps and sticking them on envelopes for more than 20 years. His current exhibit at Carl Hammer Gallery (740 N. Wells), "Philatelic Adventures," features new sheets of stamps displayed with the envelope that Hernandez de Luna mailed.

Thomas Frank celebrates the release of his new book on Wed 4/13.
  • Thomas Frank celebrates the release of his new book on Wed 4/13.
Tue 4/12: Schubas Tavern (3159 N. Southport) partners with New Belgium Brewing to host the New Belgium Beer Dinner, a five-course dinner featuring beet salad, beef sliders, and poached scallops, all with beer pairings. 6 PM

Tue 4/12: It's about drinking and spelling at the Slurring Bee at Quenchers Saloon (2401 N. Western). For every word you spell right, take a shot and see if you come out the Queen Bee. 7 PM

Wed 4/13: Thomas Frank, a former Reader contributor, stops by the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) to promote his new book, Listen Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? 6 PM

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Wed 4/13:
 Yours truly and Open Books invite you to bring your old books to trade for a batch of new ones while enjoying music by Old Town School (4545 N. Lincoln) performers during the Chicago Reader Book Swap. The first 100 guests get a free tote bag. 6-9 PM

Thu 4/14: Abra Berens, executive chef at Stock Cafe, hosts a dinner celebrating the release of The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook, which features favorite dishes from some of Chicago's most popular restaurants. The event at Read It and Eat (2142 N. Halsted) is BYOB. 6:30 PM

Thu 4/14: The Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph) hosts a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale, the popular podcast that provides community updates for the fictional town of Night Vale. 8 PM

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


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