Friday, September 25 It may still be September, but it’s Oktoberfest in Roscoe Village. The three-day festival of craft beer, brats, and bands starts today at St. Alphonsus Church and continues through Sunday, with performances by the Polkaholics, Wedding Banned, Stache, and others.

Saturday, September 26 “Read local, shop small” is the slogan of today’s inaugural Wicker Park and West Town Lit Day, featuring sales, readings, and activities at independent bookstores across the neighborhood. Participating shops run the gamut from the anarchist Revolution Books to the spy-themed Secret Agent Supply Co., aka the storefront cover of 826CHI.

Sunday, September 27 It’s the Edgewater Fall Art Fair today in, yes, beautiful north-side Edgewater. With more than 120 participating artists from across Chicago and music on two stages, not to mention a pet parade, it’s a lot of bang for your $5 suggested donation.

Monday, September 28 Singers Meredith Miller, Nick Davio, Emmy Bean, and Gary Damico join forces at Davenport’s Piano Bar to channel their inner gravel for The Piano Has Been Drinking: A Cabaret Tribute to Tom Waits. The team promises “unique arrangements” of Waits classics; there’s a $10 cover and, natch, a two-drink minimum.

Tuesday, September 29 Does getting up on stage and sharing personal stories with strangers sound enticing? Tonight you can live that dream when the Moth StorySlam returns to Martyrs. Audience members are invited to step up to the mic to deliver five-minute tales on the ever-hardy theme of “Nerds & Geeks.” Stories begin at 8 pm; doors open at 6.

Wednesday, September 30 Former Stereolab songstress Laetitia Sadier headlines an evening of kaleidescopic, ethereal pop tonight at Schuba’s. Angel Deradoorian, formerly of the Dirty Projectors, and her sister Arlene open, as does local boy Tim Kinsella.

Thursday, October 1 For the next six weeks you can take a fantastical walk through Chicago History with the help of the self-guided audio tour The State. Brought to you by Neo-Futurist alum Rachel Claff, the 70-minute tour is (loosely) inspired by the 22 brass plaques embedded along State Street in front of notable buildings. But don’t expect an architecture tour. The audio guide and map can be downloaded here.


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