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Vaccines, chicken curry, mushroom talk and music duets

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Have you scheduled your monkeypox vaccine (MPV) yet? While the virus is spreading rapidly among people who have sex with MSM (men who have sex with men), anyone can catch it. Intimate skin-to-skin contact with someone who has MPV is the riskiest activity (note that condoms alone are probably not enough to prevent transmission), but kissing, cuddling and dancing indoors at crowded parties could also be risky, as MPV can spread spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact. Contact. Although less likely, even sharing drinks and intimate contact items like bedding and towels can put you at risk. You’re very unlikely to typically catch it walking through public spaces or from fabrics or surfaces during routine activities like working out, commuting, or trying on clothes. The CDC maintains an updated guide to MPVs and social gatherings here. So who should be concerned about getting the MPV vaccine right now? Anyone who knows they have been exposed to it through a close contact is the highest priority for a vaccine, but the Chicago Department of Public Health also advises it for “gay, bisexual and other men (cis or trans) having sex with men age 18 or older who had multiple or anonymous sex partners, sex in a social or sex venue, or sex for money or goods in the past 14 days . Only you can know your level of risk, but protected sex is sexy! To schedule your appointment, check the Department of Health’s website for a growing list of providers. (MC)

Monday Night Foodball is offering a ‘summery, South Indian’ menu tonight in the form of Thommy’s Toddy Shop, a pop-up chef takeover at the Kedzie Inn (4100 N. Kedzie) by chef Thom Padanilam. Padanilam will offer more than a few choices, including curried Kerala fried chicken mixed with red chutney and served with coconut rice and zucchini. And behind the bar for those who want to make it an evening, Jon Pokorny will concoct a special cocktail consisting of mezcal, mango puree and ginger pickle. Pre-orders are available at Tock, but a limited amount of food will be available for walk-in purchase. The Delight will perform from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (SCJ)

Are you a mushroom? Have fungus in your life for more mycological knowledge? OK, I’ll stop there but if you picked up what I wrote, you might be interested in tonight’s one Illinois Mycological Association Online social zoom dedicated to Show and Tell, mushroom style! (I was working on another pun for this sentence, but didn’t want to get into the truffle.) Join the members and friends of the Mycological Association at 7:30 p.m. to hear some fun memorabilia collected while mushroom hunting, see participants’ mushroom collections themed objects and explore mushrooming and picking as a hobby. The public is invited, but you will need to email [email protected] to receive the Zoom link. (SCJ)

If you haven’t been out to see live music on the weekend, there are some great options tonight. At Constellation (3111 N. Western), the Baltimore-based duo Matmos perform their music and experimental electronic sound, focusing on material from their Thrill Jockey releases, including The consuming flame and plastic birthday. Jeff Carey opens and the 18+ show begins at 8:30 p.m. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required at the entrance of the site. And at Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western), you’ll find a completely different duo offering their wares: Telekinetic Yetithe Iowa doom band that Reader contributor Monica Kendrick called trippy and fuzzy (for psychedelic doom bands, that’s high praise) in her preview of the 2018 Scorched Tundra Festival. Yet another duo opens up for them: New York psychedelic rockers White Hills, which start at 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available on Eventbrite. (SCJ)