Joe Biden comes to the Chicago Theatre on his American Promise tour Mon 12/11

Baby, it’s cold outside—but there’s plenty to get out and do in Chicago this week. Here’s some of what we recommend:

Mon 12/11: Former vice president Joe Biden comes to his former boss’s former home turf on a 19-city book tour promoting his memoir Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. Tonight’s event at Chicago Theatre (175 N. State) will feature a “series of conversations” about politics and his family’s tragedy. It’s called “American Promise” which sounds like something a future presidential candidate might call it. 7:30 PM, $39.50-$89.50

Mon 12/11: Hosted by Molly Brennan and Malic White, WeFest (formerly LezFest and SheFest) is an inclusive, intersectional semiannual performance party at Center on Halsted, (3656 N. Halsted) celebrating the work of Chicago’s queer female, nonbinary, and trans artists. A dance party closes out the night. 6:30 PM, $10

Andrew Bird plays a four-night residency in Chicago starting Mon 12/11Credit: JESSE LIROLA

Mon 12/11-Thu 12/14
: Around this time of year, Los Angeles resident Andrew Bird brings his whistling songs and violin back to the city where he first took flight. This year he’s migrated to Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut) for a four-night residency. 8 PM, sold out

Tue 12/12: Just What I Needed author and Reader contributor John Corbett comes to the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) to read from his forthcoming memoir­-slash-music criticism collection Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music, and Oobleckians Diana Slickman and Terri Kapsalis perform part of the play featured in the book. 7 PM, free

Wed 12/13: Latkes, essentially really great hash-brown patties, abound at Liquor and Latkes, the annual interreligious Hanukkah performance at Victory Gardens (2433 N. Lincoln) hosted by Kevin Coval and featuring rappers, singers, comedians, graffiti writers and rabbis—and the Reader’s very own Leor Galil. 8 PM, $8

Wed 12/13: Trivia Mafia, the new weekly quiz night at North Bar (1637 W. North), comes with cheap drinks, popcorn, pizza, and is hosted by WBEZ’s Amy Wielunski. Also you can catch some cool bands and comedy acts after the trivia. 7 PM, free

Sound artist Olivia Block performs at Constellation on Thu 12/14Credit: Andrea Bauer

Thu 12/14: To say that sound artist and composer Olivia Block is playing the piano and organ at Constellation (3111 N. Western) is underselling it. From Reader contributor Bill Meyer’s preview: “Block turns time back upon itself by using a microcassette player to record herself playing, then accompanying the tape as it plays back from inside the piano.” Wow. 8:30 PM, $10

For more things to do this week—and every day—visit our Agenda page.