7 p.m. at Hideout; $5 donation
AV Club maven and YA author Claire Zulkey hosts a grab-bag evening with a comic bent. Funny Ha Ha will feature readings, performances, and short films by local luminaries like Steve Gadlin (“Impress These Apes”) and longstanding improv troupe Schadenfreude. At the Hideout, the warmest, coziest, hippest venue to ever be stranded in the middle of an industrial wasteland.
9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $13-$15
With his blunt, matter-of-fact demeanor, LA-based MC, Murs, has become one of the most dynamic artists around. His personality alone is enough to handle hosting duties at the always-raucous Rock The Bells and Paid Dues (a festival he also co-sponsors), and it’s what keeps his name constantly circulating amongst loyal hip-hop followers. His resume includes an album with famed producer 9th Wonder (“Fornever”) and a soon-to-be-released project entitled “The Melrose.” His forthcoming album will be a bridge of sorts between his underground roots and his affinity for mainstream West Coast rap, which will be an unexpected (but welcome) change from what fans have heard in past years. Expect this show to explore his creative past, present and future.
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6-8 p.m. at Green Door Tavern; $25
Chicago Bar Project’s Sean Parnell, author of Historic Bars of Chicago, will visit one of the oldest bars in the city for a talk about, well, historic bars. In addition to the enlightening discussion (which will take place in the bar’s usually-closed speakeasy room), the admission price includes two drinks, appetizers, a copy of the book and a one-year Preservation Chicago membership.