Hello you glorious intellectuals, you radiant bookworms!  Here are some literary events happening in our lovely Chicago to help give your pens a push and your cats some much needed alone time!

9/28 – It’s the weekend! Nothing says crazy party like some poetry, am I right?  Start it off with featured poets Virginia Bell and Bryan Borland.  They will be reading at Brothers K coffeehouse just north of the city in lovely Evanston (500 Main St.) tonight from 6-7:30. It’s hosted by Rhino magazine and for a $5 or $10 donation, it’s the best opportunity you have to bust out your black beret and turtleneck you pretend you don’t own.

9/29 – It’s the last weekend to catch Better, a romantic comedy written by the very lovely and talented Amy Giacolone.  Grab a date (or your mom), share a beer from the bar (or drink alone in the corner), and relax through the middle of your weekend with witty banter and an unexpecting love story. Seriously though, it’s good, I’ve seen it. And I wasn’t alone doing a weird laughing/crying thing, either.  I swear.  The Den Theatre in Wicker Park (1333 N Milwaukee Ave.),  Directed by Kristina Carr, 7pm, $10, buy tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/267200

10/2 – Oh, so you spent your weekend inside with The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath, petting your six cats, and gazing into the streets of Chicago, thinking “One day, It’s gonna be me! One day I’m gonna be a star!”?  Well, it’s time to do the thing already!  Grab the lint roller and head on over to The Chicago Literati‘s networking event for writers, with guests Dan Krokos (False Memory) and Keir Graff (The Price of Liberty).  $20, $15 in advance at the Hidden Shamrock (2723 N Halsted).  Cats not allowed.

10/3 – What’s better than drinking beer while reading?  Forcing people to watch you, of course! Check out Reading Under the Influence, where you can watch Mark Brand, Jeanie Chung, Jon Natzke and RUI co-host Jesse Jordan read short original work at Sheffield’s (3258 N Sheffield).  Get a little sauced up while you’re at it!  It’s only $3, and there’s trivia where you can win books and prizes, too. Starts at 7:30.  For questions on submissions go here: http://www.readingundertheinfluence.com/

Have a super week, readers!

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