5 things to do today: Monday, May 6
ART & DESIGN
"The Artist and the Poet." "Picasso and Chicago"—and Picasso's love of poetry—inspire this survey of 20th-century works on paper in which artists including Henri Matisse, Ellsworth Kelly and David Hockney respond to Stéphane Mallarmé, Wallace Stevens and other poets. Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30am–5pm.
La Dolce Vita This new weekly explores the cool corners of '60s European hip, not the cliché version from the last decade. Los Inmortales de Chicago (featuring Frank Orral as Dandy Jack and Gilles Aniorte) will play live and Joe Bryl, Clark Quente and Orral will spin jazz, jive, bossa, rhumba and more. La Sirena Clandestina. 9pm.
The Armando Diaz Experience In this culty iO staple, a person starts the show with a monologue inspired by an audience suggestion, then the city's top improvisers create scenes around it. Simply put, this is iO doing what it does best. iO Del Close Theater. 8:30pm. $12.
GAY & LESBIAN
Salonathon Jane Beachy invites the city's strangest and queerest performers and provocateurs to take over West Town. Folks like Big Dipper, Jyldo, DAAN and Trandroid have so far kept this party weird and wonderful. Beauty Bar. 9pm.
Bill Callahan Ask a contemporary songwriter about who their favorite working songwriters are, odds are good that Bill Callahan will be on their list. The indie vet, who formerly performed as Smog, plays typically lovely, unsettling and subtly funny tunes in the rare verdant setting of Horticulture Hall. Garfield Park Conservatory. 7pm. $25.