Fri 9/7: Is the work in Gwendolyn Zabicki’s new exhibition a painting or a mirror? Only scuffs and scratches will tell. 4-7 PM, Roman Susan Gallery, 1224 W. Loyola, 773-270-1224, romansusan.org, free.
Fri 9/7-Sun 9/23: “When we talk about a “universal language,” we almost always mean music or love. If you need to be reminded why, the World Music Festival can help,” writes the Reader‘s Philip Montoro. The festival kicks off its two-week run this Friday.
Sat 9/8: As a part of the World Music Festival, check out Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina. “Though there’s no shortage of experimental and ambient artists with the know-how to string together effects pedals (and endlessly diddle away at them to summon fascinating sonic textures), Molina isn’t so much trying to discover something as she is infatuated with the act of exploration itself,” according to the Reader‘s Kevin Warwick. 7 PM, the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park, free, 21+.
Sat 9/8: Nejla Yatkin dances down the Burnham Wildlife Corridor in “Conference of the Birds.” “With her site-specific pieces, Yatkin takes inspiration from natural spaces to create works that invite viewers to look at their surroundings from new perspectives,” writes the Reader‘s Oliver Sava. 5-7 PM, Caracol Gathering Space, Lakefront Trail near 27th Street, ny2dance.com, free.
Sat 9/8: Fall Out Boy, Chicagoland’s favorite pop-punk misfits, make a scene with Mania. 7 PM, Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison, $24.75-$90.50, all-ages.
Sun 9/9: The visually splendid School of Life (L’École Buissonnière) follows an orphan’s immersion into the 1920s French countryside. The film celebrates the flora and fauna of Sologne, the rural region of north-central France where Nioclas Vanier, the director, grew up. In French with subtitles, 116 min. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2800, siskelfilmcenter.org, $11.
Sun 9/9: The Art Institute presents a dazzling 12-performance showcase of music by John Zorn throughout its galleries. 11 AM, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, free with museum admission, all-ages.