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Monday, November 20

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Jhumpa Lahiri @ Harold Washington Library

Tonight Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri holds a discussion with Mary A. Dempsey, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. Lahiri's books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow. Free at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzer Auditorium, 400 S. State St. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

That's Weird, Grandma 5th anniversary celebration

The Barrel of Monkeys theater company present a special 5th-year anniversary performance of their weekly show That's Weird, Grandma tonight at 8:00 at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland, at Foster). Tonight's performance of plays written by Chicago Public Schools students will feature guest appearances by Barrel of Monkeys alumni, a performance of The Favorite Story of All Time, and refreshments after the show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and can be purchased at the ticket hotline: (312) 409-1954.

McSweeney's Night of Convergences @ 826CHI

Former New Yorker writer and current artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival Lawrence Weschler will be talking about his new book, Everything that Rises, and the "convergences" that inspired it. The book also launched a "Convergence of Convergences" contest: readers submit sets of seemingly dissimilar images, along with a paragraph or three exploring their deeper resonances. Contributions are posted on the site each week, along with commentary from Weschler. Consider this event a chance to participate in the contest live: check out some of the recent entries, bring your own and (potentially) win a prize. Weschler will be joined on stage by actor TJ Jagodowski, whose improvisational work tends to expose some unexpected convergences, as well. Tickets go for a $15 donation; 826CHI is located at 1331 N Milwaukee Ave.

Louis Sullivan and the Beaux Arts @ Roosevelt University

As part of a series of events commemorating Louis Sullivan's 150th birthday, David Garrard Lowe, the author of Lost Chicago and Chicago Interiors, speaks at 6 PM in the Rudolph Ganz Recital Hall. Free, but space is limited: call 312-341-9668 to reserve a place. 430 S Michigan. For more information, visit the website.

Gapers Block Book Club Meeting

This month's meeting of the Gapers Block Book Club takes place tonight at The Book Cellar at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., where we will be discussing The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, and new members are always welcome! Hope to see you there. Visit the official book club homepage for more information.

 

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