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Doug Benson at Thalia Hall, Wizard World Comic Con, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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click to enlarge Catch Zbigniew Brzezinski's "Doodles" at the Society for Arts before it closes Wednesday 8/23. - COURTESY OF THE SOCIETY FOR ARTS
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  • Catch Zbigniew Brzezinski's "Doodles" at the Society for Arts before it closes Wednesday 8/23.

There are myriad events this week not related to today's eclipse, including the opportunity to cosplay as your favorite sci-fi or fantasy character. Here's some of what we recommend:

Mon 8/21: Junior high is tough for any student (braces, brooding, boners), let alone a closeted half-black girl. Her exploration of identity is told via sketch comedy and song in You Listen to White People Music? at the Annoyance Theatre (851 W. Belmont). 8 PM, $6

Tue 8/22: Jorja Smith performs at Schubas (3159 N. Southport). The Reader's Noah Berlatsky writes, "If throaty, jazz-tinged vocals and smoky grooves are your thing, though, you'll want to check Smith out . . . Her intimate style and improvisatory chops make her a striking and delightful live performer who's worth getting out to see on a Tuesday night—though with any luck she'll be coming back through Chicago for many years to come." 7 PM

Tue 8/22: Funk music accompanies improv, both supporting the story of a Peruvian fetus-turned-god in Ayahuasca Baby at the iO Theater (1501 N. Kingsbury). A cowboy prophet and didgeridoo prodigy guides the narrative and, presumably, rocks the sound of an elephant symphony. 8 PM, $12

Through Wed 8/23: Polish-American Zbigniew Brzezinski's pencil-shaded drawings resembling sketches in ancient times are part abstraction, part mathematical precision. Brzezinski passed away earlier this year. "Doodles," a posthumous exhibition of "drawings of subconscious amusement," demonstrates his melding of right-and left-brain ink. Located at the Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee). Noon-6 PM

click image Doug Benson tapes a live version of his podcast Doug Loves Movies at Thalia Hall Wednesday 8/23. - GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Doug Benson tapes a live version of his podcast Doug Loves Movies at Thalia Hall Wednesday 8/23.

Wed 8/23:
Comedian Doug Benson enjoys two things: marijuana and movies. During this live taping of his podcast Doug Loves Movies, he'll mostly be talking about the latter. Celebrity guests join Benson at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport) for film critiques and to play the Leonard Maltin Game, in which people must guess the names of films from excerpts of Maltin's reviews. 8 PM, $49

Thu 8/24: Celia C. Perez joins Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark) for a reading of The First Rule of Punk, her novel about an adolescent rock music enthusiast's struggle to fit in at a new school. Perez's work is inspired by her love for punk culture and zines, and has been featured by NPR's Talk of the Nation, The Horn Book Magazine, and El Andar. 7:30 PM

Thu 8/24-Sun 8/27: Two distinct performances take place at Set Free, an evening of contemporary and modern dance at Links Hall at Constellation (3111 N. Western). The first, "Better Versions of Prayers," explores miracles and divinity, while the second, "Evergreen," draws inspiration from nature and its continuity. 7 PM, $10-$12

click image Wizard World Comic Con celebrates all things sci-fi and fantasy from Thursday 8/24-Sunday 8/27. - GABBOT
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  • Wizard World Comic Con celebrates all things sci-fi and fantasy from Thursday 8/24-Sunday 8/27.

Thu 8/24-Sun 8/27:
Nerd out to the max with four days of science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, anime, manga, cosplay, comic books, card games, and celebrity appearances at Wizard World Comic Con. Among those in attendance at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River) this year: Charisma Carpenter, John Cusack, Dulé Hill, and Gene Simmons. Thu 5-10 PM, Fri noon-7 PM, Sat 10 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM; $40-$60 one-day pass, $94.95 four-day pass

For more things to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.

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