Famed dance company Alvin Ailey performs at the Auditorium Theatre 3/22-3/36. Credit: Sun-Times Media

It’s officially spring, and there’s plenty to do to celebrate. Here’s some of  what we recommend:

Dmitry Samarov presents his paintings from bars across the city.
Dmitry Samarov presents his paintings from bars across the city.Credit: Dmitry Samarov

Through 4/16:
Hume Chicago (3242 W. Armitage) hosts “In Taverns,” a collection of Reader contributor Dmitry Samarov’s paintings from nights out at Rainbo Club, Skylark, and Bernice’s Tavern.

Mon 3/20: Astronomy on Tap Chicago presents a Survival Guide to the Galaxy, a night of beer and science at the Half Acre Tap Room (4255 N. Lincoln) featuring discussions from guest speakers on the life and death of stars, the stability of our solar system, and lithopanspermia, all paired with Half Acre brews. 6 PM

Mon 3/20: Radio personality and journalist Rick Kogan joins forces with musician Michael Miles to host Panorama with Rick Kogan and Michael Miles at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), a show covering history, music, politics, humor, and more. 6:30 PM

Tue 3/21: IRE Chicago and City Bureau host Journalism in the Age of Trump, a discussion at Univision News Studios (541 N. Fairbanks, #1100) about journalists’ legal rights and how to protect sources in the age of Trump. Guests include Ed Yohnka from the American Civil Liberties Union, Mason Donahue of Lucy Parsons Labs, and activist attorney Dan Massoglia. 6 PM

Ausar Bradley performs at Wire on Tue 3/21.
Ausar Bradley performs at Wire on Tue 3/21.Credit: WILLIAM H. GOFF

Tue 3/21:
Rapper-producer Ausar Bradley performs tonight at Wire (6815 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn). Leor Galil writes, “His unassuming personality and expert flow allow him to vacillate between believing in his ambitions and scrutinizing his faults, and he does so with a relatable charm. Bradley dropped The 6 Page Letter at the very end of 2016 and will finally celebrate its release with tonight’s headlining set.” 8 PM

Wed 3/22: During Women Behind Bars: An Illicit History of Women and Bartending at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark), Jeanette Hurt (Drink Like a Woman) discusses the history of women in bartending and what a feminist cocktail looks like. The evening includes a Q&A and complimentary drinks. 7:30 PM

Wed 3/22: The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) hosts Chicago Gives Back: An Intersectional Social Justice Benefit, a variety show featuring Alicia Swiz, Morimoto, NK Gutierrez, and more benefiting Chicago Women’s Health Center, Howard Brown Health, and After School Matters. 8 PM

3/22-3/26: Legendary dance company Alvin Ailey presents three new works at Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress): Deep, r-Evolution, Dream, and Untitled America, the last a piece choreographed by MacArthur fellow Kyle Abraham that examines the impact of incarceration on black families. Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM

The DuSable Museum of African American History hosts a panel discussion inspired by the film <i>Hidden Figures</i>.
The DuSable Museum of African American History hosts a panel discussion inspired by the film Hidden Figures.

Thu 3/23:
Hidden Figures Revealed at the DuSable Museum of African American History features a panel discussion with computer scientist Andrea Berry and astrophysicist Jedidah Isler inspired by the film Hidden Figures. 7:30 PM

Thu 3/23: Drunk [Redacted] Talks at the Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee), a series of impassioned and possibly inebriated PowerPoint presentations—that are definitely not related to TED Talks—features speakers Kyle Ryan, ShowYouSuck, and the Reader‘s own Leor Galil. 8 PM

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