A Garfield-themed Essay Fiesta, Slushies and Science, and more things to do in Chicago this week

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Try for a bullseye during Axe Throw on Thu 6/22. - COURTESY THUNDERBOLT CHICAGO AXE
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  • Try for a bullseye during Axe Throw on Thu 6/22.

There's plenty to do this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

Mon 6/19:
The Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt Presentation, the work of Melissa Blount, MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together), and countless volunteers, can be found at the Evanston Art Center (2603 N. Sheridan Rd., Evanston), showcasing the lives of black women and girls that have been taken by violence. 6 PM, free

This fine feline is the inspiration for Essay Fiesta on Mon 6/19 at the Book Cellar. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • This fine feline is the inspiration for Essay Fiesta on Mon 6/19 at the Book Cellar.

Mon 6/19:
Celebrate 39 years of Garfield during Essay Fiesta at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln) with readings honoring the lasagna-loving, Monday-hating, original grumpy cat himself. Performers includes author David Stuart MacLean, comedian Sameena Mustafa, and speechwriter William Horstman. Odie and Jon (who has nothing better to do, ever) will not be present. 7 PM, free

Tue 6/20: At Dance Divas, male dancers portray some of Chicago's most renowned female dancers at Baton Show Lounge (436 N. Clark). Audience members can "bid" on a diva; if that person wins, supporters get invited onstage to join the movement pieces. This fund-raiser benefits Chicago Dancers United, an organization providing a spectrum of services from dance lessons to STD testing. 8 PM, $50

Tue 6/20: Paula Scaggs and Megan Stalter host the weekly show Talk Show Presents at Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark) featuring performances by comedians, drag artists, musicians, and more, plus a "wildcard" guest every month. 8 PM, $12

Tue 6/20:
Ever wonder how mushrooms have sex? Now you do! Attend Slushies and Science at Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted) to drink cocktails and learn from Field Museum scientists about how different organisms get down. The event benefits Project Fierce, which advocates for transitional spaces for homeless LGBTQ youth. 6 PM, $20

Wed 6/21:
The American premiere of the Danish play Hitler on the Roof, at Strawdog Theatre (1802 W. Berenice) flips the script of Fiddler on the Roof, throwing two Nazi propagandists into an afterlife of dark, dark reflection. Costarring Jay Torrence, a versatile and compelling Neo-Futurist. 7:30 PM, $10

The Chicago Literary Hall of fame celebrates Eugene Field on Wed 6/21. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • The Chicago Literary Hall of fame celebrates Eugene Field on Wed 6/21.

Wed 6/21:
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame honors Eugene Field, the 19th-century author and humorist, best known for his prolific children's poetry. Head to the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior) to read them all. 7 PM, free

Thu 6/22: Axe Throw at Thunderbolt Chicago Axe (4842 W. Irving Park) is exactly what it sounds like. Axe + your hand = "I'm Gimli, son of Gloin!" The benefit for Alive Rescue Chicago includes team competitions, food, and the chance to hang out with adoptable dogs. 7-8:30 PM and 8:30-10 PM, $45



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