From the Left Bank in Paris to Key West to Chicago--drinking and writing seem to be linked in some mystical manner that brings out the best and worst in writers. Just for fun, you can decide if drinking makes writing appear better or worse at tonight’s RUI: Reading Under the Influences’ first Wednesday event at Sheffield’s in Wrigleyville.
The evening showcases author John McNally reading from his just published book, “After the Workshop: A Novel.” Joining John will be local writers/performers reading short selections of recognizable published work related to this month’s theme of envy and punctuated with strategically placed shots—plus trivia and prizes. If you’re a first timer, you might want to sit back, grab a seat and watch the many regulars who show up for this first Wednesday event. Stick around afterwards for conversation with the authors and audience at this unique Chicago literary happening. Readings start at 7:30p.m. or come at 7p.m. for food and drinks. $3 cover, back room, Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield. www.sheffieldschicago.com 773 281 4989
Not the Literary Type…
Chill out at the EMPTY BOTTLE in Ukrainian Village, where the Nothingheads, Yours Truly and The Heroes perform—indies to oldies. First time at the bottle—don’t be put off by the façade—it’s what’s inside that counts. No cover. 9:30p.m. 1035 N. Western Ave. 773 276 3600. Parking on Western free unless two inches of snow or more. www.emptybottle.com