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The theme for the 21st annual Chicago Humanities Festival is “The Body,” and per usual CHF fashion there are dozens of programs exploring its chosen topic through talks, panel discussions. performances, film screenings, and exhibits. Such as:

Savage Love columnist Dan Savage presents a live version of his podcast, the Savage Lovecast; his brother Bill Savage, an English lecturer at Northwestern, moderates (Fri 11/2, 8 PM, $15).

Playwright-actor Sam Shepard receives the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize (Sat 11/13, 10 AM, $15). See Tony Adler’s Best Bet from the Reader‘s Fall Arts Guide.

Cultural critic and NU prof Laura Kipnis discusses her new book, How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior, in her talk, “The Public Scandal” (Sat 11/6, 10:30 AM, $5).

NBA Hall of Famer and master of the sky hook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar examines “the transcendence of sport and the body when put to its finest, most beautiful, and in many ways most pure use” in the program “The Body at Its Finest” (Mon 11/8, 6 PM, $15).

WTTW’s Check, Please! host Alpana Singh, pastry chef and Hot Chocolate owner Mindy Segal, and chef Paul Kahan (Blackbird et al) consider “The Perfect Meal” (Sun 11/14, 10 AM, $10).

The festival starts with Festival Day in Hyde Park on October 24, then continues in full November 2 through 14. Order tickets via the festival website or call 312-494-9509.