Spooky season is upon us, and what a more uncomfortable way to celebrate than with dolls. Through November 6, the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) presents “Haunted Dolls & History’s Horrors,” a collection of dolls hidden in 13 spots throughout their exhibit “Chicago: Crossroads of America.” Each (haunted?) doll is part of the museum’s permanent collection and reveals something uniquely unnerving about Chicago’s history and local legends. Museum tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, and Chicago residents get a $2 discount. Admission is free for Illinois residents 18 and under. Museum hours are Tue-Sat 9:30 AM-4:30 PM and Sun noon-5 PM (closed Mondays). (MC)
Sure they’re full of charm and charisma, but when you’re having a bad day, do they tell you you’re exaggerating? Or disappear altogether? Wait a minute, are you dating a narcissist? Join licensed clinical social worker and University of Chicago alumna Aviva Cahn for tonight’s “Navigating Narcissism” seminar hosted by Hypoxi (165 W. Chicago, Suite 3B). Cahn will talk about the effects of narcissistic abuse, and offer tools for navigating these kinds of relationships and people. “Healthy drinks and snacks” will be available. It’s $10 to attend, and tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Should you want to take a music adventure this evening, your concert choices are vast (as always, it’s Chicago!). Though it’s not for everyone, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out tonight’s visit from Swedish progressive death metal band Meshuggah; our music editor Philip Montoro wrote “Meshuggah have developed an approach . . . so distinctive and compelling that it’s spawned an entire subgenre of imitators.” The band headlines a 17+ show at Radius tonight, with openers Converge and Torche, starting at 6 PM.
If you’d like to dance, check out Chicago house legend Gene Farris as he kicks off the Carnival Nights series, a weekly event at Spy Bar (646 N. Franklin) hosted by Farris’s own Farris Wheel Recordings. He’ll be joined by Inphinity and Caleb Dent & Dre Mendez. Doors open for this 21+ event at 10 PM. Tickets are available here. (SCJ)
Cristela Alonzo made history by being the first Latina to create, produce, and star in her own network sitcom (ABC’s Cristela, which aired in the 2014-15 season). She was also the first Latina lead in a Pixar film, voicing the character of Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3, and released a 2019 memoir, Music to My Ears, about growing up a first-generation Mexican American in Texas. The busy comedian spends her offstage time advocating for nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood and LUPE, the organization founded by labor rights activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta—Huerta opened Alonzo’s most recent Netflix special, Middle Classy. (She also hosts the Netflix Is a Joke podcast The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up). Alonzo lands at the Den (1331 N. Milwaukee) for a three-show stand (7:15 PM tonight and 7:15 and 9 PM Fri). Tickets ($21-$36) are available at 773-697-3830 or thedentheatre.com. (KR)