There’s plenty to do this week. Here’s some of what we recommend:
Mon 1/8: Think you’re ready for Eat More Tamales, the Delta’s (1745 W. North) tamale-eating contest? Heed the event title and give it a shot—proceeds benefit MLB baseball player (and Chicago homeboy) Curtis Granderson’s Grand Kids Foundation. 6 PM, $20 suggested donation
Mon 1/8: The National Public Housing Museum’s exhibit “Housing As a Human Right: Social Construction” was recently extended by Archeworks (625 N. Kingsbury). The Reader‘s Maya Dukmasova visited when the exhibit opened and wrote, “In each installation the curators juxtapose dark histories of discrimination and dispossession with hopeful stories of resistance and creativity.” 10 AM-5 PM, free
Tue 1/9: The Chicago Film Society unearths a 35mm copy of Elaine May’s 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid—about a newly married Jewish man who breaks both his bride’s and family’s hearts by pursuing a shiksa on his honeymoon. Screening at Music Box (3733 N. Southport), the film will be introduced by Chicago writer-director Joe Swanberg (Easy). 7 PM, $7-$11
Wed 1/10: Writer, poet, and artist Ava Kadishson Schieber, who was born in Yugoslavia in 1926 and survived the Holocaust in hiding, gives a talk at Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior) in celebration of the opening of “Here I Am,” a new exhibit devoted to her life and work. There will be refreshments, and singing from cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz. 7 PM, free
Wed 1/10: Accomplished poet Timothy David Rey headlines this iteration of Elizabeth’s Crazy Little Thing, an open-ended, welcoming, and warm open mike running each week at Phyllis’ Musical Inn (1800 W. Division). Comics, poets, and experimental performance artists alike are all given slots by host Elizabeth Harper. 9 PM, free
Thu 1/11: “Although he’s only a hair’s breadth into his 20s, Gus Dapperton makes effervescent music that feels like it emerged from an early 80s time capsule that was discovered buried deep within a picturesque California mountainside,” writes the Reader‘s Leor Galil about the artist, who performs at Schubas (3159 N. Southport). 7 PM, $18, $15 in advance
For more things to do this week—and every day—visit our Agenda page.