Bounce back from the weekend of family time by going out into the world. There’s plenty to do this weekend, here’s some of what we recommend:
Mon 11/28: First Defense Legal Aid hosts Stand Up for Your Rights, a night of comedy at Lagunitas Tap Room (2607 W. 17th)—including Erica Nicole Clark, Abi Sanchez, and Marty DeRosa—raise funds for 1-800-LAW-REP4, a 24-hour hotline providing legal counsel for anyone in Chicago Police custody. 5 PM
Mon 11/28: During Decoding 2016 at Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th), David Axelrod discusses the postelection climate with Joel Benenson, chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, and Sean Spicer, chief strategist and communications director for the Republican National Committee. 5:15 PM
Tue 11/29: Drag artist Ginger Forest hosts Rabbit Fest!, a fund-raiser for Red Door Animal Shelter, a local no-kill facility for cats, rabbits, and dogs. Featured performers at Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee) include DJ Michael Serafini, Young $ilky, WAGE, and more. Bunny-related costume encouraged. 7 PM
Tue 11/29: Filmmaker and author John Waters brings his sacrilegious one-man show, A John Water Christmas, to Thalia Hall (1227 W. 18th). 9 PM
Wed 11/30: Zadie Smith comes to the DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th) to talk about her latest novel, Swing Time, the story of two brown girls who want to be dancers. Only one has talent; the other has plenty of thoughts. 6:30 PM
11/30-12/11: The British group Spymonkey performs all 74 of the Bard’s onstage deaths in the canon in a single show, one right after the other, in The Complete Deaths at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand). Part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago.
Thu 12/1: The annual holiday light display at Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon), ZooLights, is already blazing, but tonight’s a chance to enjoy the show with beer at BrewLights. Local distributor Louis Glunz offers 12 seasonal samplings, including Anchor Christmas Ale, Delirium Noël, and Stiegl Goldbräu. Please don’t serve the lions. 5:30-9:30 PM
Thu 12/1: Reader contributor Ted McClelland stops by the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln) to discuss his book How to Speak Midwestern, which focuses on the accents, turns of phrase, and speech patterns of middle America. (He wrote an essay about the Chicago accent for the Reader‘s Best of Chicago issue in June.) 7 PM
For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.