Sugarward, The Side Project, 1439 West Jarvis Ave in Rogers Park, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. through Feb. 10. Go to Brown Paper Tickets ($20, $15 for students and seniors, $10 Rogers Park “Rush”).
Jonathan Safran Foer, “Judaism, Writing and Inspiration,” The Spertus Institute, 610 South Michigan Avenue in the Loop, this Sunday (Jan. 13) at 2 pm; book signing to follow. Tickets start at $35.
The author of the novel Everything is Illuminated, whose adaptation by Simon Block opens next month at Next Theatre, here talks about–well, what the title says. The Spertus conversation is the first of a series of events designed to illuminate (forgive me) the history behind and subtext of the tale, including a Feb. 7 discussion of the book at the Book Bin in Northbrook and a Feb. 10 program at the Evanston Public Library promising “a behind-the-scenes look” at the Next production, directed by Devon de Mayo and opening Feb. 21.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated the Safran Foer event was free. Tickets for the event start at $35.