A fund-raiser for Comfort Station, Logan Square's multipurpose arts space, with performances by White Mystery, Marrow, Tim Kinsella, and the Rapper Chicks featuring Psalm One. Plust there's a photobooth courtesy of Glitter Guts and kegs full of local beer. A VIP ticket grants you into the upstairs luau, featuring tiki drinks from Land and Sea Dept., the crew behind Lost Lake. $20, $40 VIP
Masciotra presents his new book, Mellencamp: American Troubadour, a biography of rock singer John Mellencamp. Musician Kev Wright also performs.
In this original sci-fi thriller for Strangeloop Theatre, playwright Keith Gatchel imagines the Thinking Cap, a social-media platform embedded in a Google Glass-like headset equipped with a camera that points into the wearers' conscious memories, allowing them to telepathically play virtual simulations and chat with friends. That's how faintly kooky Charles ends up having his first date with his naive and puckish future wife, Maggie. All the personal details and dialogue are smart and sweet, and the play touches minds with Vonnegut more than once. But after Maggie is hired by the smooth-talking Thinking Caps CEO and Charles aligns himself with an anti-thinking-cap congresswoman, a sinister super PAC commandeers the plot with attacks executed so incoherently and laboriously that even the intriguing notion of "weaponizing thought" gets lost in the muddle. —Jena Cutie $18, $15 students and seniorshttp://strangelooptheatre.org
Chinese artist Hua Tunan's debut gallery show features art based on animal forms. Reception Fri 5/1, 6-10 PM.
A BYOB stand-up showcase hosted by Rebecca V. O'Neal, Mike Sheehan, and Alex Stone.
A series of works that explore space and time.