As the weather warms up, take the opportunity to get out and about in Chicago. Here’s some of what we recommend doing this week:
Mon 2/19: Get a (humorous) glimpse inside the mind of the man so many love to hate, in Annoyance Theatre’s (851 W. Belmont) last show of American Carnage: A Solo Staged Reading of Select Screenplays by Stephen K. Bannon. Zack Mast plays the former White House chief strategist and former Breitbart News executive, who presents his magnum opus, a “dramatic portrayal of the struggle between good and evil.” 8 PM, $8
Mon 2/19, Wed 2/21, and Thu 2/22: Stunning. Tense. Intimate. That’s how the Reader’s Leah Pickett describes South African film The Wound, set in a rural Xhosa community that initiates teenage boys into manhood through circumcision. The film, playing at Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State), is in Xhosa and Afrikaans with English subtitles. Mon and Wed 6 PM, Thu 8:15 PM, $11
Tue 2/20: Enjoy a three-course Montelobos Mezcal Dinner hosted by the executive chef at La Josie (740 W. Randolph) and the Montelobos brand ambassador, who will guide diners through each dish and cocktail pairing. 7-10 PM, $80
Wed 2/21: The non-traditional Wall-to-Wall concert, organized by the Hyde Park Art Center, uses walls (shocker), amps, and wire to transform the United Church of Hyde Park space (1448 E. 53rd) into a musical instrument. 6:30-7 PM, free
Wed 2/21: The show Scheduled Demonstration of Virtual Reality With Guest Speakers From the Santa Monica Institute of Technology, at Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston) and part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, is a whirlwind of genres: “part TED talk, part sketch comedy, mostly impish theatrical insurrection,” The Reader’s Justin Hayford writes. The performers, Mario Guzman and Patrick TJ Kelly, transform “nearly every moment in this hour-long performance about gender, sexuality, and high-technology inscrutable, contradictory, and hilariously banal,” Hayford continues. 9 PM, $12-$15
Wed 2/21-Thu 2/22: Alan Zweibel’s Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, a Sort of Love Story is structured as a fast-paced sketch revue a la Saturday Night Live, which is also where the two met: Radner as a performer, and Zweibel as a writer. The play, at Mercury Theater (3745 N. Southport), touches on heavier matters like the late comedian’s bulimia and ovarian cancer, and manages to be “funny and poignant in equal measure,” writes Reader critic Albert Williams. 8 PM, $30-$55
For more things to do this week—and every day—visit our Agenda page.