The Condition of Femme, 3/16-3/18, explores the trauma women face in their lives. Credit: Cody Jolly Photography

There are a lot of events this weekend—murder mysteries and sci-fi abound. Here are some recommendations for what we recommend:


Fri 3/16-Sun 3/18:
In Lauren Marie Powell’s The Condition of Femme, at Pride Arts Center (4147 N. Broadway), a rape crisis hotline counselor recalls the trauma of 11 callers, dealing with experiences from encounters with strangers to overt brutality. In their narratives, we see the lack of resolution, the internal conflict women and femmes feel, and the importance of believing their stories, the Reader’s Irene Hsiao writes. Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2:30 PM, $28

Fri 3/16-Sat 3/17: Jack Schultz embraces his coffee addiction in his one-man show, I’m Falling in Love All the Time at Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron). After his brother overdoses on heroin, Schultz himself develops a coffee habit to cope, and the piece explores the intersection of addiction and love. The Reader’s Marissa Oberlander praises the show’s “potent mix of humor, physicality, and in-your-face vulnerability.” 10 PM, $5-$15 donation

Fri 3/16: Comics often reuse material, but the Killing Your Darlings stand-up series nixes that idea: Once a joke is said, it can never be told again on that stage. Tough for the five comedians performing each time at the Den Theatre (1331 N. Milwaukee), but it guarantees a fresh show for audiences. 10 PM, $10

Sat 3/17: Mystery and crime lit lovers and writers shouldn’t miss the Murder and Mayhem in Chicago conference at Roosevelt University (430 S. Michigan). Speakers include Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, as well as detectives, journalists, and others involved in the genre. Various times, $65, $35 students, $75 at the door

Sat 3/17 : Check out the Sci-Fi Spectacular movie marathon at Davis Theater (4614 N. Lincoln). The event promises 14 hours of “sci-fi insanity,” with showings of 1987’s Robocop, the iconic Méliès short A Trip to the Moon, The Never Ending Story (with an in-person appearance by star Noah Hathaway), and more. 11 AM, $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Teen poets compete at Louder Than a Bomb team finals, 3/18.Credit: Facebook

Sun 3/18: Four high school poetry slam teams compete in a veritable Olympics of poetry, with special guest judges to be announced, during Louder Than A Bomb team finals at Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress). With so much young talent in the room, no matter who wins, you’ll leave inspired to pick up a pen to write your own poems. 6-9 PM, $10-$20

For more things to do this weekend—and every day—visit our Agenda page.