April 30: Tom Morello is joined by Bucky Halker, the Rust Belt Ramblers in a benefit for the I.W.W. 8 pm at the Bottom Lounge
April 30: Tatsu Aoki and his Miyumo Project play a Jazz concert 9 pm at the Velvet Lounge for visiting Japanese trade unionists
May Day weekend: A Century + of May Days Conference at De Paul University
May 1: 70 trade unionists from Japan dedicate a new plaque as part of the May Day commemoration at the site of the Haymarket monument, 10 am, DesPlaines and Randolph.
May 1: historian Jeff Helgeson leads a bus tour of Haymarket and Chicago’s unique labor trail, 1-4 pm, Chicago History Museum.
May 2: Screening of Red Poet, film documenting the life of revolutionary poet Jack Hirschman, recent poet laureate of San Francisco, 7:30 pm at Mess Hall
May 3: Jack Hirschman will participate in the regularly scheduled Neighborhood Writing Alliance workshop at Hall Branch Library, 4 pm. (48th and Michigan)
May 3: Jack Hirschman will join with Kevin Coval and poets from Louder than a Bomb youth poetry slam to read and discuss their work: 7:30 pm Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents Dining Room
May 4: Jack Hirschman will read and discuss his work at Mess Hall, 7:30 pm.
May 9: Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere will be produced as a drama by Lifeline Theatre, May 9 through June 20.
May 13: Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi is Dead will be produced by the Court Theatre, the last of this year’s Fugard Chicago series. May 13 through June 13.