Mike Pence and Tim Kaine go head-to-head during this week's vice-presidential debate. Credit: AP

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

Mon 10/3: Alabama-bred singer Allison Crutchfield plays Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont) tonight. Luca Cimarusti writes of her new album, “Allison steps up her game with sweeping, mature, uplifting indie rock and a two-person backing band (the Fizz) to boot.” 8 PM

Allison Crutchfield plays Beat Kitchen on Mon 10/3.Credit: Jonathan Purvis

Mon 10/3: 
Don’t worry, comedian Adam Conover’s Adam Ruins Everything Live! isn’t “ruining” democracy. He’s just giving it a love tap or two. Tonight he brings the show to Park West (322 W. Armitage), where he’ll attempt to take down the electoral college. 8 PM

Adam Conover brings a live version of his show to Park West.Credit: courtesy TruTV

Tue 10/4: The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) hosts the Vice Presidential Debate Watch, featuring vice-presidential scholar Joel Goldstein leading a discussion about the importance of the White House second banana, followed by a screening of the debate. 6 PM

Tue 10/4: The monthly reading series Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) features eclectic works by local writers. The October outing’s lineup includes Tom Haley, Kevin Smokler, Henri Harps, K.B. Jensen, and Jen Masengarb. 7 PM

10/5-10/16: For the ninth edition of the Baudelaire in a Box series at Links Hall (3111 N. Western), local musicians and performers pair new tunes with new English translations of work from the 19th-­century poet’s The Flowers of EvilWed-Sat 7 PM 

Wed 10/5: This month’s theme for the fiction series Reading Under the Influence at Sheffield’s (3258 N. Sheffield) is “spiced.” Featured readers include Ashley Keenan, Daniel Story, Veronica Popp, and Laura Adamczyk. 7 PM

Thu 10/6: At this edition of The Interview Show, Mark Bazer chats with Easy creator Joe Swanberg, authors Jen Lancaster and Tania Munz, and Stranger Things‘s Joe Keery, all at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia). 7:45 PM

Joe Swanberg guests on this month’s edition of The Interview Show.Credit: Ryan Lowry

Thu 10/6:
 At Taco vs. Pizza, Pabst Blue Ribbon and the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) provide free food to settle the eternal debate—attendees can cast a vote for their favorite. Drinks are available for purchase to wash it all down. 9 PM 

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