Eddie Izzard performs and reads from his new book Believe Me at the Athenaeum Thursday 10/5. Credit: Courtesy of WestBeth Entertainment

Laugh, cry, and open your ears to this week’s best events. Here’s some of what we recommend:

Mon 10/2: A decade ago, the Violet Hour (1520 N. Damen) opened in Wicker Park, its door disguised by a mural. The first modern Chicago “speakeasy” (today there are . . . too many to count) celebrates ten years of business at Bending the House Rules, inviting old bartenders to serve cocktails they created, including such favorites as Art of Choke and Coffee & Cigarettes. 6 PM-1 AM, free plus cost of cocktails

Mon 10/2: Dewax your ears for major podcasting throughout Chicago at the weeklong Chicago Podcast Festival. Special performances/tapings include Improv4Humans, the creation of Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade), and Up and Vanished, a true-crime ‘cast in the vein of Serial about a missing high school teacher in Georgia. For a full schedule of events, visit chicagopodcastfestival.org. Various times, various prices

Tue 10/3: An associate professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Romi Crawford has written about Chicago’s Wall of Respect and other topics concerning black communities past and present. At Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria), she speaks about socially engaged art and practice. 6 PM, free

Tue 10/3: Fleet Foxes
‘ first album in six years contains the smooth harmonies of its predecessors. The Reader‘s Peter Margasak writes, “There are moments [on Crack-Up] that are so undeniably gorgeous and moving that I don’t care about the passages infected by excess.” See them perform at the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State). 7:30 PM, $36-$50.50

Wed 10/4: Irish comic Dylan Moran can sometimes come off as smug, but that’s just the demeanor he adopts when letting the audience in on a secret. Hear his thoughts on Trump and long-term relationships during his only Chicago stop at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). 8 PM, $43.55

The final feature by the late Grey Gardens director Albert Maysles, In Transit, is currently playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center.Credit: Creative Commons

Wed 10/4:
The Reader‘s Leah Pickett says, of the lauded documentary In Transit, “The great documentary maker Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) died one week before the premiere of this final feature at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and like much of his best work it demonstrates a profound desire to observe and understand others.” See it at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State). 8:15 PM, $8

Thu 10/5: Eddie Izzard is ostensibly touring to promote his book Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. The book might be lovely, but it’s really an excuse to bring the outspoken, iconoclastic comic to the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). 8 PM, $64.25

For more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend—and every day—visit our Agenda page.