Black Boy Joy Credit: Teen Cudi

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

Mon 9/10: After eight years in Seattle, Derek Erdman is back in Chicago, and he’s having a show. The artist/writer/prankster has moved beyond city rat poster parodies to a gallery. Living Room Realty, 1530 W. Superior, 312-226-3020,, free.

Tue 9/11:
Eighth Grade: social media, but no social life. In Bo Burnham’s indie comedy, online culture becomes a breeding ground for teenage anxiety. Rated R, 94 min, various showtimes, various locations.

Wed 9/12: The Holocaust drama A Shayna Maidel takes the redemptive route. But, according to the Reader‘s Tony Adler, “the production’s happy ending feels unearned.” 7:30 PM, TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington, 773-281-8463,, $40-$54.

Wed 9/12: Catch singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh at the World Music Festival. Actores Alidos open. 7 PM, Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont, free, 21+.

Thu 9/13: Michael Nesmith brings his pioneering country-rock group, the First National Band, to Chicago. 8 PM, Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, $75, $73 members, all-ages.

Thu 9/13: Sketch show Black Boy Joy presents a refreshing depiction of young black men. Comics Devin Middleton and Jordan Stafford send up race without pulling punches. 8 PM, the Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 773-697-9693,, $10.

Thu 9/13: Formed 31 years ago, Ireland’s Altan are one of the most venerable and celebrated bands in traditional Irish music. 7 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, free, all-ages.