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SOFA Chicago, Strange Foods Festival, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

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SOFA Chicago—the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair—returns to Navy Pier this weekend. - K JORDAN
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  • SOFA Chicago—the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair—returns to Navy Pier this weekend.

It may be tempting to sink into a post-victory slump, but there's plenty to do this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

Through 11/6: Those are generally excited by the tangibility of objects: rejoice! SOFA Chicago—the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair—returns to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand). This pop-up exhibition produced by Urban Expositions features lectures and discussions on glass, metal, bamboo, and everything in between.

  • Fri 11/4: Cartoonist Jessica Campbell comes to Quimby's (1854 W. North) to read from her book, Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists. In it, she asks the pressing questions: which artists are hot? Which are not? 7 PM
    Jessica Campbell reads from Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists on Fri 11/4. - KOYAMA PRESS
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    • Jessica Campbell reads from Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists on Fri 11/4.

    Fri 11/4: Thalia Hall (1227 W. 18th) hosts a live recording of Criminal, a "truer crime" podcast hosted by Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer. 9 PM

    Fri 11/4: Tonight former Chicagoan Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe plays his strange and hypnotic tones at the University of Chicago's Bond Chapel (1050 E. 59th). The Reader's Peter Margasak notes a moment in one piece where the "floor-rumbling globules dance across the sound field like beads of mercury." 8 PM
    Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe plays at the University of Chicago. - LIZ DELEO
    • LIZ DELEO
    • Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe plays at the University of Chicago.

    Sat 11/5: Find out just how much chili you really can eat at the Arts of Life Charitable Chili Cook-Off (2010 W. Carroll). This contest from the nonprofit arts program for developmentally disabled adults features all-you-can-eat chili, brews from Lagunitas, dessert from Black Dog Gelato, and music from the Arts of Life Band. 5-8 PM

    Sat 11/5: Mystery Science Theater 3000's Mary Jo Pehl visits the North Bar (1637 W. North) to perform her stand-up. 8 PM
    Mary Jo Pehl performs stand-up on Sat 11/5. - COURTESY THE ARTIST
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    • Mary Jo Pehl performs stand-up on Sat 11/5.

    Through 11/5: Choreographer Tere O'Connor and his dancers present two new works, Undersweet and Transcendental Daughter, which explore what defines the human condition. They perform at the Dance Center of Columbia (1306 S. Michigan) this weekend. Fri-Sat 7:30 PM

    Through 11/6: Aaron Posner's newest play, Life Sucks—an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya—closes this weekend at Lookingglass Theater Company (821 N. Michigan). The Reader's Jack Helbig writes that Posner captures Chekhov's core message: "no one is happy with their lives, but it beats the alternative." Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 2 and 7:30 PM

    Sun 11/6: Finally eyeball tacos are getting the recognition they deserve at Strange Foods Festival, a fundraiser for the organization Feed My Starving Children. Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie) hosts this event, which celebrates traditional foods from a dozen restaurants, including Immm Rice and Beyond, KhaoLaam, and Shokran. 1-4 PM

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

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