Trevor Noah hosts a week of The Daily Show at the Athenaeum Theater.

Here are some of the events we recommend this week:

Mon 10/16-Thu 10/19: The Daily Show, which launched the careers of many a Chicago comedian—including Steve and Nancy Carell, Stephen Colbert, Dan Bakkedahl, and Jordan Klepper—tapes for a week at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Guaranteed tickets sold out; check-in for standby tickets opens at 3:30 PM

Mon 10/16: Overseen by professional memory care counselor Alex Schwaninger, the Neo-Futurists’ Tangles & Plaques teaches audiences about dementia using interactive tasks and an analysis of what makes a memory last. Join them at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland). 7:30 PM, pay what you can

Tue 10/17: Half a dozen writers and artists arrive from Mexico City for Make magazine’s annual Lit & Luz Festival. While here, they’ll participate in readings, conversations, and performances in both English and Spanish. Find the full schedule at Various times, various prices

Tue 10/17: In this Australian journalist’s new book The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China, Madeleine O’Dea profiles Chinese artists who fought for expression despite the country’s hostility toward free speech. O’Dea reads from her book at the Columbia College Library (624 S. Michigan). 5:30 PM, free

Kaneji Domoto is memorialized as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial Wednesday 10/18.Credit: Alphawood Gallery

Wed 10/18:
 The life of architect Kaneji Domoto, who passed away in 2002, included a move to the United States (where he was interred in a Japanese prison camp), a stint in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, and eventually an architecture practice designing buildings with Japanese flavor. Columbia University professor Lynnette Widder speaks to the breadth of Domoto’s work at Alphawood Gallery (2401 N. Halsted) as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 6 PM, free

Wed 10/18:
Joffrey Ballet presents the Chicago premiere of Giselle, the classic 1841 ballet as adapted by Lola de Ávila, former associate director of the San Francisco Ballet. Tonight is the run’s only Wednesday performance, taking place at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress). 7:30 PM, $39-$174

Tuna and the Rock Cats! make a rare, Instagram-worthy appearance with the Amazing Acro-Cats Thursday 10/19.Credit: Via Artist

Thu 10/19:
The Amazing Acro-Cats includes a skateboarding cat, a cat that holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ record for longest cat jump, and an entire band called Tuna and the Rock Cats! entirely made up of . . . cats. Bring your cat-hoarding pals to the Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble). 7:30 PM, $23-$38

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