5 things to do today: Wednesday, October 16
Local Author Night This installment of the Book Cellar's Chicago-area author showcase features Janice Deal (The Decline of Pigeons), Kelly Daniels (Cloudbreak, California: A Memoir) and Jude Stewart (Roy G. Biv: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color). It's an eclectic lineup, as per usual. To quote the Book Cellar: "If variety is the spice of life, then Local Author Night is pretty much a giant jar of cayenne pepper." The Book Cellar. 7pm. Free.
Comfort Films and the Logan Square International Film Series Every Wednesday night in October is a double feature at Comfort Station. October 16 is campy night, so don't miss out on the schlock fest including Troll 2 (1990). October 23 is What the Hell is Happening night with Blue Sunshine (1978) and Pontypool (2009). And finally on the eve of Halloween, Japan Night, featuring Wild Zero (1999), starring Japanese garage rockers Guitar Wolf, and Hiruko the Goblin (1991). Comfort Station. 7pm. Free.
GAY & LESBIAN
Burly Burliness is optional at this night for bearded boys, funky folk and all other queers and allies the third Wednesday of each month. Rotating guest DJs spin in the front room, and there are often live performances in the back. The Burlington. 9pm. Free.
Ang Li Pianist Ang Li will be performing a mix of the classics and Spanish compositions, from Frederic Chopin to Isaac Piazzolla. Chicago Cultural Center. 12:15pm. Free.
Whiskey Women Sip whiskey and learn about the role women have had in the whiskey industry when author Fred Minnick discusses his new book, Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey. Monique Houston, a whiskey specialist at Stoller Wine & Spirits, will be on hand as well. Hungry Brain. 6pm–8pm. Free.