This year's Chicago Reader Cocktail Challenge theme is "nostalgia." Drink up on Thu 9/15! Credit: Katie Hovland

Fall is in the air, and there’s plenty to do. Here’s some of what we recommend:

Mon 9/12: In All Alone Together, iO (1501 N. Kingsbury) rolls three one-person shows into a single night. Kelly McGuigan reflects upon her emergence from the restaurant industry in Can I Interest You in Me?, James Dugan blends personal experience with fantastical and statistical musings in Something for Everyone, and Brittany Bookbinder presents Trapped, an original dark comedy. 8 PM

Alia Shawat and Natasha Lyonne star along with Adam Green in his spin on Aladdin.Credit: Courtesy the artist

Mon 9/12: Adam Green drops by Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont) for a screening of his latest crowdsourced project, Adam Green’s Aladdin. The film, a modern take on the familiar Arabian folktale, stars Green alongside Macaulay Culkin, Zoe Kravitz, Natasha Lyonne, Alia Shawkat, and others. Following the showing, catch Green perform his own compositions from the score. 9 PM

Colson Whitehead discusses his book The Underground Railroad on Tue 9/13 at the Logan Center for the Arts.Credit: Madeline Whitehead

Tue 9/13:
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad reimagines a historical operation of deliverance and insurrection, following a freedom-bound plantation slave’s miraculous odyssey by means of a literal below-ground train system. Whitehead discusses the novel, selected for Oprah’s Book Club, alongside WBEZ’s Natalie Moore, author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, at the Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th). 6 PM

Tue 9/13: Watch as previous title-holders return to defend their drunken speller glory in the Slurring Bee Chicago Tournament of Champions at Quenchers Saloon (2401 N. Western). 7-10 PM

Wed 9/14: Author Alex Kotlowitz directs a panel entitled Working in America, drawing from themes explored in the concurrent exhibit based on Stud Terkel’s oral history, Working. Sit in on the discussion and visit the exhibit for yourself at the Harold Washington Library  (400 S. State). 6 PM

Wed 9/14: Local artists and artist organizations step up to the spotlight at the annual Fifth Star Awards at Millennium Park (Michigan & Randolph). This year the city honors Buddy Guy, Victor Skrebneski, Jackie Taylor, Carlos Tortolero, and the Second City for their creative work. 7 PM

“Every Building in Baghdad” opens on Thu 9/15 at the Graham Foundation.Credit: RIFAT CHADIRJI

Thu 9/15: 
Photographs and artifacts from or related to Rifat Chadirji’s portfolio illustrate the beautiful and historical documentation the Afghan architect’s work provided in the era leading up to Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. View the collection and learn more about Chadirji’s transcendent work at the opening reception of “Every Building in Baghdad at the Graham Foundation” (4 W. Burton). 6 PM

Thu 9/15: Join the Chicago Reader as it brings together the city’s most daring and skilled mixologists for this year’s Fall Cocktail Challenge. The spirited event takes place at Salvage One (1840 W. Hubbard) and includes cocktail mavens from the the Betty, Punch House, 312, Lost Lake, and more on hand to create a dizzying array of seasonal cocktails inspired by the theme “nostalgia.” Plus, there’s food from Fig Catering. 7-10 PM

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