5 things to do today: Monday, May 13
Printers Row: Kevin Powers Michener Fellow in Poetry Kevin Powers discusses his spare, lyrical war novel, The Yellow Birds, recently released in paperback. Tribune Tower. 7pm. $15.
Porn and Chicken Chicago loves throwing the word rage around when talking up rock-fueled DJ parties. It also likes throwing said parties on Mondays (see Rehab). Tatted-up residents Phives, Dan Dwyer and Orville Kline keep the raging Monday tradition alive, spinning banging electro and bass music while revelers gnaw on chicken wings and ogle skin flicks. Evil Olive. 10pm. $5.
The Comedy Evening This Lincoln Park stand-up night might just be our new favorite room. The lineup is varied and often full of surprises, and the musical intros by DJ Nate Burrows are a nice touch. Wise Fools Pub. 9pm. Donation $5.
"Collision_Theory" Spring means freshness, much like this 2009 venture as part of Links Hall’s Artistic Associates program. With uncanny panache, Rachel Damon and the members of Synapse Arts emerge from their winter hibernation, pairing musicians and dancers for a series of new, uninhibited sets of improv dance. Links Hall at Constellation. 7:30pm. $10.
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. Free.