Ai Weiwei’s solo Chicago debut, the Reader’s Book Swap, and more things to do this week | Bleader

Ai Weiwei’s solo Chicago debut, the Reader’s Book Swap, and more things to do this week

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Work by controversial photographer Ai Weiwei is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Photography this week. - AI WEIWEI
  • Ai Weiwei
  • Work by controversial photographer Ai Weiwei is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Photography this week.

There's plenty to do this week that has nothing to do with the Cubs (almost). Here's some of what we recommend:

Mon 4/10: Author Anne Lamott reads from and discusses her book Hallelujah Anyway, an exploration of "radical kindness," at Peoples Church (941 W. Lawrence). 7 PM

Mon 4/10-Tue 4/11: Baskets actress Martha Kelly performs stand-up at North Bar (1637 W. North). 8 PM

Tue 4/11: Four restaurants at the Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark)—Antique Taco Chiquito, Smoque BBQ, Aloha Poke, and the Budlong—make specialty tacos for guests to enjoy during the Taco Tuesday Mashup. Tickets include four tacos, chips and salsa, and either a beer or a margarita. 6 PM

Jesse Malmed presents a collection of his films at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tue 4/11. - COURTESY THE ARTIST
  • Courtesy the artist
  • Jesse Malmed presents a collection of his films at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tue 4/11.

Tue 4/11:
The Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago) presents Untitled (Just Kidding), a screening of five new works from performance artist Jesse Malmed. 6 PM

Tue 4/11: Weekend Edition host Scott Simon discusses his book My Cubs: A Love Story at Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn). 6 PM

Wed 4/12: Poets Patricia Smith and Terrance Hayes read their work at the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior) in celebration of the release of the book The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. 7 PM

W. Kamau Bell joins the Pop Culture Happy Hour crew during their midwest debut on Wed 4/12. - SUN-TIMES MEDIA
  • Sun-Times Media
  • W. Kamau Bell joins the Pop Culture Happy Hour crew during their midwest debut on Wed 4/12.

Wed 4/12:
NPR's entertainment podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour comes to the midwest for the first time with guest W. Kamau Bell to discuss the latest in—yep—pop culture at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph). 8 PM

Stock up on new reads at the Chicago Reader Book Swap. - PARKER BRIGHT
  • Parker Bright
  • Stock up on new reads at the Chicago Reader Book Swap.

Thu 4/13:
It's the perfect time to get a head start on your summer reading. The Reader and Open Books host the Chicago Reader Book Swap at the Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln). The rules are simple: bring and take as many as 15 books—but nothing musty, dirty, torn, or in poor condition, and nothing boring! No encyclopedias, periodicals, or technical, legal, or medical information books. The evening features live music from Old Town School performers. 6-9 PM

Thu 4/13:
Chimera Ensemble presents Spread, a sex-positive variety show at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) featuring performances by Ariel Atkins, Nicole Fabbri, Sarah Sherman, Sherlock Ziauddin, and more with live painting from Zach Bartz and music from Chauncy and the Beast. 9 PM

4/13-7/2: "#AiWeiwei" at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (600 S. Michigan) is the first exhibit from the activist, artist, architect, curator, and filmmaker who was detained for his views in 2011. This exhibit highlights the artist's professional photographs paired with his personal Instagram feed.

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



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