Las Comadres, Tenant Rights, Call Me Elizabeth, and more

Want to learn about community groups organizing around issues like tenants’ rights and the cop academy? The Humboldt Park Housing Project (HPHP), a group fighting for affordable housing for low-income residents, hosts training at its headquarters (1629 N. Washtenaw). HPHP has been living in vacant public housing since January and is currently battling with the Chicago Housing Authority, which has tried to forcibly remove them so they can sell the properties to developers. Not only will they provide an update on their campaign and ways to get involved, but they will host workshops led by other organizers, such as New Era Young Lords, North Spaulding Renters’ Association and Chicago Union of the Homeless ( to name a few!). The day runs from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and includes free food and drink, a film screening, and a dance party. Check HPHP’s Instagram for the full schedule. (MC)

Latin stories are at the center of Las Comadres of Theater and Comedy, featuring six leading writers and performers in two shows to benefit IC U/Latinas, a social enterprise program for Latino entrepreneurs run by Letty Velez of Velez Global Enterprises. The half-dozen heavy hitters include comedians Jesnaira Baez and Alicia Molina, actress and activist Tamika Lecheé Morales, former WGN host, comedian and (recently) political candidate Patti Vasquez, artistic director of the UrbanTheater Company Miranda González and actress/comedian Susana Rodriguez. It all happens at the Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble) at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available on Eventbrite. (KR)

If HBO The latest movie stars whetted your appetite for Old Hollywood tales, so Theo Ubique has you covered this weekend with call me elizabeth. Kayla Boye wrote and performed this solo piece on Elizabeth Taylor around 1961 (right after winning the Oscar for Butter Field 8), speaking to unseen biographer Max Lerner during a pivotal time in his life. Her current husband, Eddie Fisher, plays in Vegas and keeps calling, while she can’t stop thinking about her co-star in the troubled production of Cleopatra she’s supposed to join—Richard Burton. (She also pours champagne and pills as she unloads on her troubled life.) Boye’s piece has toured several Fringe festivals and appeared during the pandemic as a digital production presented via Porchlight. Boye, who is based in Chicago, is taking him home for two nights at Theo Ubique (721 W. Howard, Evanston), tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 on theo-u.com. (KR)

The premiere of CTArarchya one-hour documentary produced locally on painting CTA trains, is happening tonight outside the Fulton Market Lofts (350 N. Ogden). Billy the Kid will perform at 8 p.m., then cinema screens at 9 p.m. Throughout the evening there will also be live painting. In the event of rain, the screening will move to the Fulton Market basement studios. No fees, all the love. (MC)

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