Thelma Golden joins Theaster Gates in conversation during the Black Scholars Salon. Credit: Provided by LACMA

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

Mon 4/17: Mixologists from Sable Kitchen & Bar, Bad Hunter, and Broken Shaker create specialty whiskey cocktails at the WhiskyFest Chicago kick-off at Sable Kitchen & Bar (505 N. State). Guests can enjoy a tasting and a snack menu that includes pimento cheese fritters and chicken liver mousse crostini. 5-8 PM

Diamanda Galás performs at Thalia Hall on Mon 4/17.
Diamanda Galás performs at Thalia Hall on Mon 4/17.Credit: Carl Guderian

Mon 4/17:
Post­apocalyptic Greek-American mourning diva Diamanda Galás performs at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport). Monica Kendrick calls her voice a “once-in-a-­generation instrument that’s only grown darker and wilder since her electrifying 1982 debut, The Litanies of Satan.” 8:30 PM

Tue 4/18: Deb Olin Unferth discusses her book Wait Till You See Me Dance with Eula Biss (On Immunity) at Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn). 6 PM

Kelsie Huff hosts Open Books and Laugh on Tue 4/18.
Kelsie Huff hosts Open Books and Laugh on Tue 4/18.Credit: Johnny Knight

Tue 4/18:
Kelsie Huff hosts Open Books and Laugh at the Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway), a fund-raiser for Open Books featuring stand-up from Reena Calm, Lainie Lenertz, Tom Wisdom, Rebecca V. O’Neal, and more. 8 PM

Wed 4/19: The Second City executive director Kelly Leonard discusses his book Yes, And: Lessons From the Second City at General Assembly (444 N. Wabash, level B). 6 PM

Wed 4/19: Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark) invites guests to sing their hearts out at Karaoke Night. Signature cocktails are available if you need some liquid courage. 6-8 PM

Myq Kaplan performs at Schubas on Wed 4/19.
Myq Kaplan performs at Schubas on Wed 4/19.Credit: Mindy Tucker

Wed 4/19: Myq Kaplan
, the comedian behind the Netflix special Small, Dork, and Handsome, performs his stand-up at Schubas (3159 N. Southport). 8 PM

Thu 4/20: Former HIV/AIDS nurse MK Czerwiec stops by the Illinois Masonic Medical Center (836 W. Wellington) to discuss Taking Turns, a graphic novel about her experiences. Noon

Thu 4/20: During the Black Scholars Salon at Rebuild Foundation (6760 S. Stony Island) Theaster Gates hosts Thelma Golden of Harlem’s Studio Museum for a discussion of her experience growing a black museum and the challenge of institutionality in black cultural spaces. RSVP to required. 6 PM

4/20-6/10: “The Earth Will Not Abide” at Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria), a group show featuring video, creative mapping, paintings, and installations explores the effects of industrial agriculture and extractive land use. Opening reception Thu 4/20, 5-8 PM.

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