There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts to see this week. Here’s some of what we recommend:
Mon 5/7: Frankie Cosmos, or Greta Kline, released her third and largest studio album, Vessel, in late March. The Reader’s Kevin Warwick writes, “Kline continues to write the same flickering, aching pop songs that regularly come in under two minutes in length. And she continues to become more amazing at it.” 7 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, sold out, all-ages.
Mon 5/7: Director Paul Schrader, best known as the screenwriter for Taxi Driver, releases his new religious drama, First Reformed. The plot centers on a middle-aged pastor who must counsel a suicidal young man. Schrader will be at the venue himself for the film’s screening as part of the Chicago Critics Film Festival. Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604.
Tue 5/8: Breeders are no strangers to the rock scene. The 29-year-old band—whose only continual member is Kim Deal—is still finding ways to shake up their music. “They sound stronger here than they have in decades—years sober and reunited with that agile yet off-kilter rhythm section, which seems to understand Kim’s knack for messy brilliance in a way no one else has,” the Reader’s Peter Margasak writes. 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, $35, 18+.
Wed 5/9: “He’s always been intensely ensemble minded, adding drive, color, and presence to every project he’s part of,” the Reader’s Peter Margasak writes about drummer Chad Taylor. Now Taylor, who’s created beats for jazz players such as Jaime Branch and Mara Rosenblum, has dropped a solo debut, Myths & Morals, out next week. Wed 5/9, 8:30 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, $15, $10 in advance, 18+.
Thu 5/10: Dael Orlandersmith channels the voices of Ferguson, Missouri, in Until the Flood, a show consisting of eight monologues. “While Until the Flood is not forthrightly not a work of journalism, in this Goodman Theatre production, directed by Neel Keller, Orlandersmith’s masterful series of performances taps into theater’s distinct ability to add in-the-room human voices and faces to hard conversations that are otherwise increasingly held anonymously, digitally, and without empathy,” writes the Reader‘s Dan Jakes. 7:30 PM, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, goodmantheatre.org, $10-$29.
Thu 5/10: Support the Girls, directed by Andrew Bujalski, one of the Reader’s J.R. Jones’s favorite indie filmmakers, is a charming comedy about waitresses who work in a Hooters-like restaurant. “Most of the laughs spring from the inherent contradiction of the business, whose waitresses are coached to flirt with customers but not to let situations get out of hand,” he writes. Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604.