From 9 AM-1 PM, Catatumbo, a worker-owned cooperative farm in Englewood, is inviting volunteers to grow (pun intended) their land knowledge by helping the farm build out their space. During the summer, they’ve gradually been relocating to their current spot at 58th and Ada, and they’re hoping 10 generous people will donate some time and energy as they settle into the new spot and look ahead to winter. Sign up here, and come prepared to be outside getting dirty. Masks and sanitizer will be provided, but please be vaccinated. As of this posting, three slots are still available, but it looks like some people have to leave early. If all the slots are full, consider contacting the group about participating to cover the gaps. (MC)
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Chicago Children’s Theatre and Manual Cinema collaborate on presenting the latter’s latest, Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster. Based on Mo Willems’s popular children’s books, the all-ages piece, directed by Manual Cinema codirector Sarah Fornace, follows the plight of green-and-furry Leonardo, who fails at monsterhood by virtue of the fact that he doesn’t know how to be scary. When Leonardo and his “scaredy-cat” friend, Sam, meet another monster and scaredy-cat in the form of Frankenthaler and Kerry, Leonardo has to decide if he cares more about “scaring the tuna salad” out of someone, or if friendship is a better goal. True to their aesthetic, Manual Cinema combines a variety of puppet and found-object styles in this show, including paper cutouts and fuzzy hand puppets along with projections and original music. The show won raves this summer in runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at New York’s New Victory Theater. It runs 9:30 and 11:30 AM Sat-Sun through 10/16 at Chicago Children’s Theatre (100 S. Racine); tickets are $25-$36 at chicagochildrenstheatre.org. (KR)
If you’re looking for an afternoon respite from Printers Row Lit Fest today but still want to stay close to books, consider heading south to Bridgeport. The Richard J. Daley Chicago Public Library branch (3400 S. Halsted) is slowly getting back into programming free punk and experimental shows, and today they offer a Dream Pop Coffee Hour starring Fever Queen (aka northwest Indiana based pop and indie songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Rose Lee). Fever Queen just released an album, In the Ether, on First to Knock (who co-presents this afternoon release party). Free non-alcoholic beverages will be available from Marz Brewing. The event is open to all ages and starts at 1 PM. (SCJ)
Did you know there are a bunch of artist-run spaces around Logan Square and Ukrainian Village? From 2:30-7:30 PM, Patient Info—an artist-run space in Ukrainian Village—is hosting a free bike tour of seven of them as part of MdW Assembly, which runs all weekend. Meet at the gallery (902 N. Western), then follow like minds to Ohklahomo, Cleaner Gallery & Projects, No Nation Art Lab, Companion Co-Op, and Comfort Station. I am unsure what the seventh location is; what should be number three on the journey was left off the map! Perhaps a surprise is in store..? Even if the ride only hits six galleries, that’s still a heck of a lot of art. Make friends and discuss cool work with them? Sign me up. (MC)
Today is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a Chinese holiday shared by many South Asians that celebrates the autumn harvest, and Uptown is getting the party started at Argyle and Winthrop. From 3-10 PM, the streets will come alive with face painting, lanterns, mural making, art installations, shrines, and more. Local artists, makers, and shops will have booths, and while Immm Rice & Beyond and Pho Xe Lua will be selling food, visitors are encouraged to support any of the many local restaurants while enjoying the festival. Be sure to check out some music while you’re there. Performances will be spread across two stages: one for traditional music styles and one for contemporary music like hip-hop and R&B. This event is cross-cultural and multi-generational with something for everyone in the family to enjoy (for free!). (MC)