Fri 8/10: BlacKkKlansman retells the true story of a black cop who joined his local Klan chapter. “Lee’s vibrant docudrama BlacKkKlansman, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival earlier this year, is one of the director’s stronger films and—perhaps not coincidentally—one of his most focused,” writes Reader film critic Ben Sachs. Directed by Spike Lee. Rated R, 135 min. Various times, various prices.
Fri 8/10: Dance alchemist Luke Vibert makes magic with the same tricks he’s used for decades. “If you’re looking for a musical figure to represent the vast and boundless aesthetics of electronic music, you can’t go wrong with Luke Vibert,” writes the Reader‘s Leor Galil. 10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, $20, $15 before midnight, $12 in advance.
Fri 8/10: In The Harvest, playwright Samuel D. Hunter suggests that even fundamentalists are human. “Hunter and [director Jonathan] Berry are both scrupulous in their compassion toward their characters,” writes the Reader‘s Tony Adler. Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, 773-697-3830, griffintheatre.com, $28-$36.
Sat 8/11: The Lady Demands Satisfaction is good swashbuckling fun. “This Babes With Blades Theatre Company world premiere is a rowdy, rollicking spoof of 18th-century English Restoration comedy, infused with fast-paced farcical energy and lots of swashbuckling swordplay,” writes the Reader‘s Albert Williams. Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-904-0391, babeswithblades.org, $25, $15 students and seniors.
Sun 8/12: Jonah Parzen-Johnson takes lessons from Chicago’s rich musical heritage to tell some new stories. 9 PM, Elastic, 3429 W. Diversey, $10, all-ages.
Sun 8/12: Chicagoland native Josie Dunne makes music for Everywhere, U.S.A. 7 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, $15, all-ages.