National Robotics Week kicks off at the Museum of Science and Industry on Sat 4/8. Credit: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

There’s plenty to do this weekend. Here’s some of what we recommend:

Through Sat 4/8: The Liz Gerring Dance Company makes its Chicago debut at the Columbia College Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan) with Horizon. Liz Gerring’s dance performance features seven dancers performing under a white ceiling on a bare stage in an effort to highlight the movement and the movement only. 7:30 PM

Fri 4/7:
During The Interview Show at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), Mark Bazer hosts playwright Tracy Letts, WXRT host Lin Brehmer, and filmmaker Stephen Cone. 6:30 PM

Fri 4/7: Pinwheel Records (1722 W. 18th) and the Ladylike Project host Funny Grabs Back, a comedy show featuring Emerald Catron, Alicia Molina, Adrienne Brandyburg, Marla Depew, and Kaitlyn Grissom. All proceeds benefit GirlForward. 8 PM

Sweet Spirit plays the Empty Bottle on Fri 4/7.Credit: Sean Daigle

Fri 4/7:
Austin country-rock outfit Sweet Spirit plays the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) tonight. 9 PM

Sat 4/8: The Midwest Rum Fest at Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie) features tastings, mixology demos, seminars, and work by local artists. 1:30-5:30 PM

Ali Wong performs at the Chicago Theatre on Sat 4/8.Credit: Getty Images

Sat 4/8:
Ali Wong, comedian and writer for Fresh Off the Boat, brings her stand-up to the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State). 7 and 10 PM

4/8-4/15: National Robotics Week at the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore) features a display of robots created by Chicago-area student and amateur teams, plus panels with leading scholars, and a live robotics competition. Fri-Sun 9:30 AM-2 PM

Osama Alomar reads from his book The Teeth of the Comb during Focus on Syria.Credit: Danielle A. Scruggs

Sun 4/9:
During Focus on Syria at Gannon Center Piper Hall (970 W. Sheridan), author Osama Alomar will read from his book The Teeth of the Comb and talk about the Syrian political situation with playwright, director, and former Syrian minister Riad Ismat; and Northwestern political science professor Wendy Pearlman. 1 PM

Sun 4/9: Six Organs of Admittance play the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) tonight. Peter Margasak writes, “[Ben Chasny] sounds refreshed on his gorgeous, intimate new acoustic album, Burning the Threshold (Drag City). Much of it is inspired by literature—opener ‘Things as They Are’ derives from a musical about the life of poet Wallace Stevens on which Chasny is collaborating—and the record features a stellar cast of players that includes fellow guitarist Ryley Walker, drummer Chris Corsano (Chasny’s bandmate in Rangda), and keyboardist Cooper Crain (Bitchin Bajas).” 9 PM

4/9-5/9: The exhibit “Dr. Rock” transforms the Franklin (3522 W. Franklin) into a therapist’s office where visitors can discuss their problems with the actual rock in attendance. It’s tied to the release of Coco Picard’s debut graphic novel, The Chronicles of Fortune.

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