So — a needle pulling thread.
What: An exhibit of up-and-comer Kathy Halper’s minimal, arresting embroideries based on teenagers’ Facebook photos stir questions about privacy and the loss of innocence.
Why: She’ll need to start a fan page soon.
When: Thru Jan. 7, 2012.
Where: Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake St., at Sangamon St. (312-226-8984). Admission is free.
Schadenfreude Rent Party
What: The sketch comedy group returns to the stage to address new laughing matters, including city budgets, protests, and drunken sports fans.
Why: They’re joined by stand-up comedian Brian Babylon, AV Club editor Marcus Gilmer, and Second City veteran Abby McEnany.
When: Fri., 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at Hoyne Ave. (773-281-4444). Tickets ($10) online at ticketweb.com.
The Beckoning of Lovely Finale
What: Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal spent three years making a film about human connection and drawing meaning from the everyday. It culminates in this feel-good public gathering, where Rosenthal delivers a few final surprises.
Why: The sure-to-be-viral film releases via YouTube on the same day.
When: Fri., 11:11 a.m.-noon.
Where: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., b/t Michigan & Columbus Aves., around The Bean. More info at email@example.com. Admission is free.
Dogfish Head Occupies Division
What: The craft brewer takes over the taps at Jerry’s Sandwiches with seasonal and uncommon drafts. Lap up food specials (potato, ale, and cheddar soup; ale-braised pork shoulder) made especially to pair with the pours.
Why: Rare IPAs are rolled out throughout the night.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m. until the taps run dry.
Where: 1938 W. Division St., at Damen Ave. (773-235-1006).
What: The local singer (a.k.a. Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, American Football, and Joan of Arc) plays two gigs in honor of his new album, Ghost Town.
Why: Soft, whirling acoustic melodies perfect for blustery fall.
When: Sat., 6:30 & 10 p.m.
Where: Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at Hoyne Ave. (773-281-4444). Tickets online ($12) at beatkitchen.com or at the door ($15).
Photo: Courtesy of Kathy Halper