Mickey Leigh, a.k.a. Joey Ramone's kid brother, will be joined by co-author Legs McNeil (Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk) as the two sign copies of their new book I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir at Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, at 7:30 p.m. TODAYFriday, Thursday, Dec. 17. They'll also read passages and do a question and answer session. Admission is free; call (312) 413-2665 for more info.
Sally Timms, Jon Langford and their usual group of co-conspirators will present their Fourth Annual Hideout Christmas Panto (as they explain it, panto is short for "pantomime, a traditional British Christmas play"), entitled "Ho Ho Ho the Humanity:
Prior to his career as a purveyor of gifts, Santa Claus was a zeppelin pirate!" at 7 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and again on Friday, Dec. 18. (The early show each night is all-ages and family-friendly; the late show is 21 and over.) Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 children, and "fancy dress is encouraged." Advance tickets and more info can be found at www.hideoutchicago.com.
Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman will join Bob Nanna (Braid), Mike Kinsella (Owen, The Owls, Joan Of Arc) and Drew Brown in performing a set of covers by the mighty Morrissey on Dec. 26 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North, during a benefit for the worthy cause of Girls Rock! Chicago (www.girlsrockchicago.org). Show time is 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $10; for more info on this one-night-only show, visit www.subt.net.