The Harvest Credit: MICHAEL COURIER

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

Mon 8/20-Thu 8/24: Visit the Perry Mansion Cultural Center in Englewood. “When Sam Smith opened the Perry Mansion Cultural Center in 2010, his preeminent goal was to reclaim and reshape the narrative of black life in America,” writes the Reader’s Tyra Nicole Triche.

Mon 8/20: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Michael Cera elevates deadpan to an art, starring as a slacker turned action hero in this wildly inventive comedy, writes Reader critic Andrea Gronvall. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. 2010. 11:00 PM, Logan, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave, $9.

Tue 8/21: Animator. “The supernatural premise dates back at least as far as W.W. Jacobs’s 1902 horror story ‘The Monkey’s Paw,’ but screenwriter Roberta Jones wisely pushes her narrative past the confines of genre and into complicated emotional territory,” writes the Reader‘s J.R. Jones. Logan Hall directed. 99 minutes. Part of the Black Harvest Film Festival. 8:15 PM Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. $11

Tue 8/21: Hey podcast lover! At the Fest Preview Party, you can get a taste of several podcasts that will be featured at The Fest 2018, two weeks of podcasts live on stage in venues across Chicago. Also, yes, you can get a taste of beer. Presented by Third Coast International Audio Festival.
6 PM, The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Free

Wed 8/22:
Chicago prog-rock misfits McLuhan perform a rare reunion show. “Named after famed media theorist and philosopher Marshall McLuhan, the group formed after meeting as students at the University of Illinois-Chicago in the late writes the Reader’s Leor Galil. 9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, $10

Thu 8/23: In The Harvest, Samuel D. Hunter suggests that even fundamentalists are human. “The is the most revolutionary play you’re likely to see anytime soon. In this current, angry cultural climate plenty of writers try to catch the zeitgeist by weaponizing empathy: lavishing it on some, withholding it from others in order to shake audiences out of their presumably smug complacency. Not Hunter,” writes the Reader’s Tony Adler. 7:30 PM Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, 773-697-3830,, $28-$36.

Thu 8/23: Chicago rap legend Bump J relaunches his career with I Don’t Feel Rehabilitated. “At the end of ‘Crown,’ on G Herbo’s debut album, Humble Beast, the Chicago rap star ad-libs an anecdote about walking home from school one day as a child and becoming starstruck at the sight of Terrance Boykin, aka Bump J,” writes the Reader’s Leor Galil. 8 PM, the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park, 18+.