Superstitious? There’s plenty to do this Friday the 13th weekend that doesn’t involve black cats or walking under ladders (hopefully). Here’s some of what we recommend:
Fri 5/13: Naked Girls Reading presents this special Friday-the-13th installment of the salacious reading series at Studio L’Amour (4001 N. Ravenswood) focusing on the theme “superstition.” 8 PM
5/13-5/14: The Chicago Science Fest at 1871 (222 W. Merchandise Mart, Plaza #1212) features lectures, workshops, and demonstrations on topics like deep ocean research, neuroscience of hallucinogenic drugs, urban wildlife, climate change, black holes, and the physics of Game of Thrones. Fri 3-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-5 PM
5/13-5/15: Sartorial work by SAIC fashion students is on display at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park) during Fashion 16.
Sat 5/14: BookCon debuts in Chicago at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore) and features panels, discussions, and signings with more than 80 authors, including Ann M. Martin (The Babysitter’s Club), Lucy Knisley (Something New), Ransom Riggs (Tales of the Peculiar), and Veronica Roth (the Divergent series). 10 AM-6 PM
Sat 5/14: McGee’s Tavern (950 W. Webster) hosts the Headsucker’s Ball, an all-you-can-eat celebration of crawfish served alongside gumbo, red rice, and jambalaya with drink specials and zydeco music from Hurricane Gumbo. 11 AM-8 PM
Sat 5/14: Late-night talk show Good Evening With Pat Whalen goes prime time during Uptown Saturday Nights at Truman College (1145 W. Wilson). 7:30 PM
Sun 5/15: In Fine Spirits hosts the Andersonville Wine Walk during which guests can taste the best vino Andersonville has to offer, including stops at City Olive, Pastoral, and the Wooden Spoon. The journey kicks off at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark). 3-6 PM
Sun 5/15: UnPlugged: A Survivor’s Story, the “alt-rock musical play” about a musician struggling in the wake of a sexual assault, plays at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont) tonight; it’s adapted from Paul McComas’s 2002 novel of the same name. Music is by the Dayna Clay Band. Proceeds benefit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. 8 PM
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.