Disability pride, Asian stoner food, yoga and the hip-hop and blues connection

Women and Children First Bookstore and Access Living have partnered to organize a Disabled Pride pop-up shop at the Access Living space (115 W. Chicago). From 1 to 6 p.m. there will be a pop-up bookstore as well as craft stations where people can make buttons, write stories or contribute to the Re-Wired project. There will also be an open mic at 4:00 p.m. for those who identify as members of the Disabled, Deaf, Neurodivergent and/or Psychiatric Survivor Community to share their experiences with disability; a conference on the book and a question-and-answer session with Liat Ben-Moshe, author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Abolition of Prisons (from 4.30 p.m.); and a book talk and Q&A with Riva Lehrer, artist, disability rights advocate and author of Golem Girl (5:30 p.m.). This event is free and the full program is available on the Women and Children website. (MC)

“Asian stoner food” may not be a category the folks at Michelin are handing out stars for, but the intriguing moniker was recently bestowed upon SuperHai, the duo of Jane Shang and Jordan Ross. Most Wednesday nights, you can find them and their pop-up menu of Asian and Jewish comfort food at Ludlow Liquors, but tonight SuperHai is offering a flight of yakitori skewers, curry fries, spicy salmon onigiri and more. Again. Monday night foodball at the Kedzie Inn (4100 N. Kedzie). This is first come, first served from 5 p.m. You can stay to eat, enjoy cocktails and mocktails, and more until 10am. (SCJ)

The city’s Millennium Park summer musical series explores hip-hop tonight, with a specially commissioned program titled “Hip-Hop: a child of the blues,” a music program hosted by veteran Chicago hip-hop producer Chris Coolout and longtime Chicago blues drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith. Chicago’s own rapper and librarian Roy Kinsey opens, and performances are scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is free, and the gates to the Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph) open at 5:00 p.m. if you want to host the perfect picnic. (SCJ)

Need an energy boost to start the week? Yoga works for a lot of people, and there are three different events open to beginners tonight if you’d like to try it out. First at 5:30 p.m. Yoga in the hood promises 30 minutes of community building and social time followed by a full hour of yoga led by local yoga instructor St. Yugen the Yogi. Bring your own mat and water to the Instituto Health Science Career Academy dance studio at 2520 S. Western and register here for this free program. And on the north side from 6 p.m., those with a bit more flexibility and stamina might be interested in Beach acro yoga, a mix of circus arts and yoga techniques taught by Yoga Gardens in collaboration with the Lion Loft Sanctuary. It’s $20 for instruction, and the class meets on Montrose Beach (Montrose by the Lake). You can check Lion Loft’s Facebook event for more details. Finally, at 7 p.m., you can head to Smith Park (2526 W. Grand) and join the musicians Son Monarchas during their presentation Yogiposa, a yoga class presented with live musical accompaniment. It’s free, but bring your own yoga mat and water. (SCJ)

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