Neil deGrasse Tyson talks cosmos and more at the Chicago Theatre on Tue 5/10. Credit: Chris Cassidy

Time to plan the week. Here’s some of what we recommend:

Mon 5/9: The Poetry Foundation and Maggie Queeny hosts Found Poetry at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee), a discussion and workshop about drawing inspiration for poetry from found objects. 7 PM

Poet Maggie Queeney hosts the workshop Found Poetry on Mon 5/9.Credit: Christine De Carvalho

Through 5/10:
It’s the final days of “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan). Dmitry Samarov writes, “The three painted versions of the bedroom at Arles are worth the trip, as is a small sketch of the same composition, which accompanied one of van Gogh’s letters to his younger brother, Theo.”

The bedroom paintings are worth it, says Dmitry Samarov, but you only have until Tue 5/10 to see them.Credit: COURTESY VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM

Tue 5/10:
Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen of the Nerdette podcast host (En)Lightning Talks Chicago at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark), a panel five experts—Paul Sereno, Audrey Petty, Vicky Kalogera, Miguel de Baca, and Eugenia Cheng—who have five minutes each to discuss anything from black holes to contemporary art to dinosaurs. Registration required. 7:30 PM

Tue 5/10: Neil deGrasse Tyson, the king of the universe (or at least the king of the knowledge of the universe), discusses the science behind the mysteries of space tonight at the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State). (UPDATE: Sold out) 7:30 PM

Wed 5/11: Unabridged Bookstore (3251 N. Broadway) hosts Dreams and Stones, a discussion featuring authors Magdalena Tulli, Bill Johnston, and Ru Freeman in conversation with Susan Harris (Words Without Borders). 7 PM

5/11-5/22: The Joffrey Ballet closes its 60th season with Sir Frederick Ashton’s classic ballet Cinderella at Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress). Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Wed 5/11, 7:30 PM and Thu 5/19, 7:30 PM

Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella closes out Joffrey Balley’s 60th season.Credit: Herbert Migdoll

Thu 5/12:
Today’s Daley Plaza Farmers’ Market kick-off at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington) features an introduction to the year’s vendors and an announcement of the winner of the ninth annual Reusable Bag Contest, a competition among Chicago Public School students to create a new design for the market’s reusable bags. 11:30 AM

The Daley Plaza Farmers Market kicks off Thu 5/12.Credit: Sun-Times Media

Chicagoans invite audiences into their homes for a local version of the Chicago Home Theater Festival. Residents host performances, film screenings, and other arts events in their kitchens, living rooms, and on their rooftops. A complete fest schedule is available at

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