Fri 8/3: Folk goddess Kath Bloom plays Chicago for the first time in her four-decade career. “Miss it at your own risk, as this might be your only chance to catch Bloom’s gorgeously aching tunes live in Chicago,” writes the Reader’s Steve Krakow. 6 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, $10
Fri 8/3: Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett wants everywhere to be a place black people can be themselves. When he was a teenager, one of his havens was Navy Pier. And this weekend, he’ll make himself at home onstage at Lollapalooza. Fri 8/3, 2:30 PM, Perry’s Stage, Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Columbus Jackson, sold out, all ages
Fri 8/3-8/5: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. “This uninhibited biopic immortalizes John Callahan, who was left quadriplegic by a drunken auto accident at age 21 but managed to swear off alcohol and, holding a pen between his paralyzed hands, forge a career for himself as an inspired sick cartoonist,” writes the Reader’s J.R. Jones. Van Sant directed, Rated R. 113 minutes. Various times, various prices.
Fri 8/3-8/5: The Third Murder deepens on a repeat screening. “Scenes that are tedious or familiar on first viewing become absorbing on the when you focus on small details that point to the characters’ true selves, writes the Reader’s Sachs. NR. Hirokazu Kore-eda directed. 125 min. Various times, Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State St. $11
Sat 8/4: The cast of Anarchy improvises a full-fledged rock musical. “The production quality remains high, thanks to musicians and behind-the-scenes technicians who alternately follow the lead of the improvisers or steer the proceedings with lighting changes,” writes the Reader’s Steve Heisler. 8 PM, Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 773-697-9693, theannoyance.com, $20.
Sat 8/4: Alternatives to Calling Police During Mental Health Crises. A community-based movement to train folks in de-escalation techniques and protect mentally ill community members from police violence and the criminal justice system. 11 AM, Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave, $5-10 suggested donation.
Sat 8/4-Sun 8/5: Silk Road Rising’s New China Festival introduces American audiences to Chinese playwrights. “In keeping with the company’s stated core values of discovery, pluralism, and empathy, the New China Festival, led by director Helen Young, will present a trio of staged readings of plays by authors from the Chinese-speaking world,” writes the Reader’s, Dan Jakes. 4 PM, see website for performances, the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, 312-857-1234, silkroadrising.org, $10.
Sun 8/5: carve out atmospheric space and thread rustic folk-rock with indie-pop flavors. “There’s something about the raspy tone and breathy catch in the singing of Jess Price that’s hard to resist, especially when her dusky melodies split the difference between humid folk and crisply played indie-rock grooves, writes the Reader’s Peter Margasak. 9 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, free