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Your Weekly Guide for What to Do, See, Eat, and Drink in Chicago: January 6–12

Photo courtesy of National Veterans Art Museum

This week in Chicago, learn about the city’s theatrical origins, take the kids to a film festival, celebrate CHIRP Radio’s 10th anniversary, and makes cards for a good cause.

Photo courtesy of Volumes Bookcafe

January 6: The Voices of Chicago Theater: 1953-Present 
How did Chicago theater get here? How? Mark Larson has some of the answers as told by a few of the people who made it happen. Don’t miss this free event for the inside scoop on what has made theater work in the City That Works. Details: 6:30 p.m. at Harold Washington Library Center
—Tanuja Jagernauth, Theater

January 8: Pour One Out: The Death Before Rebirth 
Ada Cheng doesn’t stop! Former sociology professor, now an avid storyteller, Cheng has curated another heartbreaking lineup of storytellers ready to plumb the depths of their lives and losses for your entertainment. And yes, I am one of them. Come through for this free event—and do bring tissues. Details: 7 p.m. at Volumes Bookcafe
—Tanuja Jagernauth, Theater

January 10: “This Land Is Your Land” at Rhona Hoffman Gallery 
This unmissable exhibition showcases photographs of African-American youth by the legendary Gordon Parks, honing in on images from the 1940s to ’60s. Many are on public view for the first time ever, providing new glances into American culture by an inimitable documentarian.
—Claire Voon, Art

January 11: Facets Family Film Series 
You don’t have to wait for the International Film Festival to catch movies from all over the world aimed toward families. Watch one of the creative flicks the second Sunday of the month at Facets. Details: $9
—Samantha Lande, Family Fun

Silke Otto-Knapp, Screen (Trees), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

January 11: “In the Waiting Room” at Renaissance Society 
Artist Silke Otto-Knapp presents a series of large-scale, black and white paintings that depict landscapes and moving figures, each hovering between figuration and abstraction. You’ll want to see them in person, as they are carefully arranged to resemble a sort of stage, intended to evoke in you a sense of waiting.
—Claire Voon, Art

January 11: Family Yoga 
Tree pose, turtle pose, or downward dog: Be one with nature with the perfect backdrop—the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. You will all achieve a state of zen when class is over, which is the perfect mood for exploring the popular butterfly sanctuary. Details: 10:15-11:15 a.m.; $8–$15
—Samantha Lande, Family Fun

January 12: Wazwan Supper Club Pop-Up at GT Fish & Oyster 
Wazwan Supper Club is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and innovative restaurant startups in recent memory, and the company is collaborating with the venerable GT Fish & Oyster for an evening that’s sure to be epic. Chefs Giuseppe Tentori, Zubair Mohajir, and Andrew Pingul are joining forces for a multicourse, one-night-only menu featuring dishes like Japanese sweet yams with garam masala and Wazwan honey; smoked salmon egg with vadouvan cauliflower and cucumber; sinigang salmon with tamarind broth, daikon, pickled green beans, kimchi tofu, and garam masala; grilled prawns with Japanese eggplant and hoisin; tandoori fried chicken; and pistachio-orange cardamom tarts with spiced yogurt mousse, ginger, rosewater cake, pistachio ice cream, and orange butter caramel. Details: $90
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

Photo by Eric Kleinberg/Courtesy of GT Fish & Oyster

January 12: CHIRP Radio’s 10th Anniversary 
Raise a glass—and a taco—to CHIRP Radio to celebrate the station’s 10th anniversary at Rojo Gusano in Ravenswood. The Mexican restaurant is hosting a family-friendly event, donating a portion of sales from food and drink to benefit CHIRP. Live music will be provided by DJ Superfrye, 6–9 p.m. Details: 3–9 p.m.
Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

January 12: Card Making at National Veterans Art Museum 
Get creative for a charitable cause: Family volunteering nonprofit the Honeycomb Project hosts this card-making event for veterans, under the guidance of local artist Lauren McPhillips. You’ll learn to block-print cards and even have a chance to explore the artwork currently on view at the museum.
—Claire Voon, Art