5 things to do today: Monday, October 14
Chicago Ideas Week 2013 What's the big idea? Oh, just 200 speakers hitting the city for seven days of TED-style talks on topics ranging from creativity to entrepreneurship. The lineup of the third annual event includes Tracy Letts, Dan Savage, Malcolm Gladwell, Elizabeth Smart and the Winklevoss twins. Various venues including Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre. Mon 10am.
collision_theory Collision_theory, a part of Link Hall's Artistic Associates program, is a series of improvised performances where musicians and dancers—with little collaborative experience—are paired to create an impromptu show. The series was created in 2009 by Rachel Damon and Dan Mohr and has showcased artists from across the U.S. in more than 20 shows and workshops throughout Chicago. Links Hall at Constellation. 7:30pm. $10.
French Classics Conserved Throughout October, eight films by French auteurs such as Truffaut, Renoir and Melville—ones previously unviewable through legitimate channels—will be shown in either new or archival 35mm prints or digital restorations. Gene Siskel Film Center. 6pm. $11 general admission, $7 students, $6 members.
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 among the tile floors and velvet drapes of a Middle Eastern restaurant. Alhambra Palace. 7pm. $25.
Shaw's 25th Anniversary Oyster Fest Shaw's its 25th annual Oyster Fest this year and that means specials every night, like half-priced oysters on the half shell. The crab house will be offering hot oyster dishes as well, such as fried oysters, oyster po' boys and oysters rockefeller. Each night will also feature a slurp-off at the oyster bar where participants slurp down a dozen oysters as fast as they can, hands free. Each winner will advance to the Grand Slurp-off, held at the block party at the end of the week. Shaw’s Crab House. 6pm.