Bronies and superheros converge at C2E2 this weekend. Credit: sun-times media

It’s nearly officially spring—the equinox is March 20—and it’s time to plan the weekend. Here’s some of what we recommend:

Fri 3/18: The youth poetry festival Louder Than a Bomb celebrates its sweet 16 at the Metro (3730 N. Clark) with a Young Chicago Authors showcase, an onstage hip-hop history lesson, and a performance by Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord. 6 PM

Louder Than a Bomb’s sweet 16 celebration takes place Fri 3/18 at Metro.Credit: Eugene Hahm

Fri 3/18:
The new Gallery19 (4839 N. Damen) hosts its inaugural show, “Woodn’t Be the First Time,” which features work on wood by Robert Porazinski, Max Sansing, and Jacob van Loon. 6-9 PM

3/18-3/20: There’ll be capes and tights aplenty at today’s opening of the annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). A photo op with the Power Rangers, a panel on Marvel comics, and a demonstration of the new card game SuperFight are all among the events happening today. The weekend continues with a panel with Chicago native Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and celebration of 50 years of Star Trek. Fri-Sat 10 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM

Fri 3/18-Thu 3/24: John Mulaney and Nick Kroll bring their characters George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon to the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport) for Oh, Hello. They’re a pair of self-proclaimed “racist liberals” who met in Toronto while dodging the draft during the Vietnam war, and they bonded over a shared love of wearing turtlenecks with blazers. 7:30 PM

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll bring their show Oh, Hello to the Athenaeum Theatre.Credit: Luke Fontana

Sat 3/19:
The game show/stand-up showcase hybrid Late Late Breakfast hosts its third annual Turnament of Champyuns at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), featuring local comics going head-to-head in the show’s signature challenges. 2 PM

Sat 3/19: In his acclaimed debut novel, What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell presents a 190-page meditation on sex, desire, identity, rejection, humiliation, and what it’s like to navigate these complex subjects in Bulgaria during the early 2010s. He discusses the book at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn). 3 PM

Garth Greenwell reads from his debut novel on Sat 3/19 at Seminary Co-op Bookstore.Credit: Max Freeman

Sun 3/20:
The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) hosts the reading series Contratiempo: She Says, Therefore She Is, featuring Naomi Martinez, Juana Goergen, and Jennifer Patiño Cervantes reading their poetry and short stories in English and Spanish. 3-5 PM

For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.