Rafiki, playing at CIFF Thu 10/11, 6 PM; Sat 10/13, 1:30 PM; and Thu 10/18, noon

There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this week. Here’s some of what we recommend:

Mon 10/15-Thu 10/18: Chicago International Film Festival. The Reader’s Kathleen Sachs writes: “Included in the lineup are many films made by Chicago-born or -based filmmakers or else set in our city.” Additionally, “the festival will screen more features directed by women than ever before,” according to the Reader’s Ben Sachs. Through 10/21; screening dates and times vary, AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois, 312-332-3456, chicago​film​festival​.com, individual screenings $15, $12 students and seniors, $8 Mon-Fri before 5 PM, $20 special presentation, $140 10-admission pass, $265 20-admission pass.

Mon 10/15: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is an experimental one-person show written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour and put on by Interrobang Theatre Project. “It’s as compelling and thought-provoking an hour as I’ve spent at the theater this year,” writes the Reader’s Dmitry Samarov. 8 PM, the Den Theater, 1331 N. Milwaukee, 312-219-4140, interrobangtheatreproject.com, $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Mon 10/15: Described by the Reader’s Izzy Yellen as “seasoned interdisciplinary artists who approach sound and music from a multitude of perspectives,” Lou Mallozzi and Douglas Ewart are playing a duo improv set at Experimental Sound Studio under the name Lunch With Money. 7:30 PM, Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-1069, ess.org, $10, $8 students.

Wed 10/17- Thu 10/18:
“‘The Long Term,’ the latest [art] exhibition created by PNAP, utilizes different media to raise awareness about long-term sentencing policies and the effects they have on inmates,” writes the Reader’s Marissa De La Cerda. Through 11/16, Wed-Fri, noon-6 PM, Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield, 773-702-9724, p-nap.org, free.

Thu 10/18: Pop-Up Magazine’s Fall Issue tour at Athenaeum Theatre. Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, created for a stage, a screen, and a live audience. Contributors include Sophie Lucido Johnson, Rebecca Skloot, Albert Samaha, Rowan Jacobsen, and more. 7:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 773-935-6860, athenaeumtheatre.com, $19-$29.

Thu 10/18: Swearin’ is “a charmingly rambunctious indie-rock group equally capable of knocking out rough-hewn rippers and stripped-back, intimate quasi ballads,” writes Reader’s Leor Galil. They’re performing at Lincoln Hall.  9 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lh-st.com, $13 in advance, $15 at door, 18+.